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What Would Happen If You Dropped A Super Ball Off The Empire State Building?

The Super Ball is so ubiquitous even the Super Bowl was supposedly inspired by it, and now physics know exactly why and how it does its super things.

05/22/2015

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Beer Tasting Electronic ‘Tongue’ Gives Computer Discerning Palette For Good Brews

Computerized “tongue” can taste differences in beer, with incredible accuracy, leading to better quality beer.

05/19/2015

Approximately 40 orcas were seen by a Sausalito whale watching expedition in March 2009, about 19 miles from the Golden Gate Bridge, inside the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. (Farallones National Marine Sanctuary)

100-Year-Old Killer Whale Grandmothers Guide Orca Pods To Food

Pacific killer whale females were more likely to lead the groups than males, and the older females were more likely to lead when fish were hard to find.

05/15/2015

Amtrak Derailment on May 13, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Getty Images / Anadolu Agency)

The Physics Of The Philadelphia Amtrak Derailment: What Happens When Steel Rails Do Battle With Steel Traveling At 106 MPH

Double the train’s speed and you quadruple the centripetal force on the rails.

05/14/2015

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Is Wine Vegan? Sure, Except For The Egg Whites, Gelatin, Milk Products And Fish Parts

(Inside Science Currents Blog) — Is your wine vegan? It seems like an odd question: wine is made of grapes, grapes fall solidly under the “not an animal product” label, therefore it would seem that wine is a vegan-friendly beverage.

05/13/2015

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Stopping Kids From Re-Committing Crimes: A Lesson From Victorian England

(Inside Science) — From the mid-19th through early 20th centuries, children arrested for crimes in Victorian and Edwardian England were much less likely to wind up back in jail than youthful offenders are now, a team of English sociologists have reported. They credit, among other things, a penal system that provided young offenders with job training.

05/13/2015

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Nuclear Risk In Cargo At Nation’s Ports Could Be Reduced By Gamma Ray Scanning

16,000 nuclear weapons exist in the world, and with millions of shipping containers passing through America’s ports, the demand for better screening of shipments has never been higher. New research into nuclear materials detection could help.

04/24/2015

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UC Santa Cruz Science Leading To Perfect Beer Brewing, But Ancients Already Knew The Secrets

UC Santa Cruz has perfected the science of beer, and explains how sprouting barley then roasting it gives us the craft brew flavors that are fueling an entire new culinary economy.

04/24/2015

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Sewage Bacteria Levels Reveal Which Cities Have Weight Problems

The community of microbes that live in a person’s gut, known as the microbiome, is intricately tied to that person’s health. The microbiome can influence, and be influenced by, a range of characteristics such as weight, disease, diet, exercise, mood and much more. But it can be difficult to draw large-scale conclusions about what constitutes a “healthy gut” because of the financial and privacy implications of sampling large enough numbers of people.

03/09/2015

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Beatles USA Debut Is Still Playing Among The Stars, Light-Years Away

As fans mark the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ first performance on the Ed Sullivan show is still soaring in outer space. In fact, it’s on a star in the Pegasus constellation, almost 60 light-years away.

02/08/2014