The types of clouds: everything you need to know

Clouds come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Some look cute and fluffy, others appear menacing and apocalyptic.

Scientists decode complex sentences with ‘mind reading’ tech

The mind is not the closed book we think it is.

Himalayan Sherpas owe their super-human high-altitude performance to a unique metabolism

Nepalese Sherpas use oxygen more efficiently than puny lowlanders.

Mainstream US broadcast networks decrease climate change coverage time by 66 percent to only 50 minutes. For a whole year!

How much time is the climate worth to you?

Muscle-like fabric could turn regular clothes into ‘Superman suits’

The fibers could be woven in clothes so those who have disabilities can enhance their mobility.

Why worms can actually taste sunshine

A photoreceptor related to odor proteins was found inside the worms — it could lead to a new generation of better sunscreens.

Colours and language — how the two influence each other

There are as many colours as you can name. In some cultures, like Africa’s Himba tribe, they can only name five colours, for instance.

Chile just signed the cheapest unsubsidized power in the world at ¢2.91/kWh. Of course, it’s solar energy

There are absolutely no subsidies which means this is the cheapest power plant in the world.

Cassini finds canyons flooded with liquid hydrocarbons on Titan

NASA’s ever-resourceful Cassini probe found steep-sided canyons on Saturn’s moon Titan.

Flossing might be useless: little evidence showing it keeps teeth and gums healthy

Have we been living a lie all this time?

Why we get dark circles around the eyes

Fatigue is often what causes dark circles around the eyes, but there’s more to it.

Early childhood stunting costs developing countries $177 billion/year

Developing countries stand to lose $177 billion each year or about half a percentage point of GDP due to delays in the physical development of children.

Can this planet survive humans 50 years from now?

Let’s face it — we haven’t taken care of this planet as well as we should.

Caffeine is essentially useless after three sleep-deprived nights

After only three nights of sleeping five hours or less, caffeine stops working.

Vaccines work: only 15 polio cases in 2016. In 2020 it should be eradicated

The wild poliovirus is about to go extinct. In 2015, only 74 new cases were reported or 80 percent less than in 2015. Furthermore, these cases were contained in two countries: Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Half of sunscreens might disrupt sperm function

Women who use certain sunscreens might be at risk of infertility, as scientists found 45 percent of the tested products contained chemicals that mess with the function of sperm.

Dogs labeled as ‘pit bull’ wait three times longer to be adopted

Pit bulls have a really bad rap, being thought of as an aggressive and potentially killer dog breed. These accounts are highly exaggerated, but that doesn’t stop many people to discriminate them, as well as those breeds that have the misfortune to marginally resemble pit bulls.

Robots highly likely to take over jobs that pay 20$/hour or less

It’s obvious that automation will replace a lot of jobs in the coming decades, especially the low paying ones. A new report made at the White House assessed the likelihood of robots taking over jobs and broke it down by hourly wage.

You can arrange 128 tennis balls in 10^250 ways. A seemingly impossible problem solved

That’s not one million or one billion, but roughly on unquadragintillion — a number so big it exceeds the number of particles in the Universe. So, why is this important?

How to check if a 22,338,618 digits long number is prime

A supercomputer checked if a 22,338,618 digits long number is prime in less than 3 days. Here’s how.