Why rats can’t vomit, and how they make up for it

Sure vomiting can be gross, but it’s also an essential survival reflex that’s saved countless lives. Humans are very fortunate to able to vomit, unlike other species like rats.

Lack of natural history focus hurting students and young scientists

Natural history and in general, all natural sciences, are falling out of favor in school curriculums

MIT-designed interface can mimic physical properties of any substance

Materiable is a novel shape changing interface designed to not only offer shapes that let you physically manipulate data, but also recreate the material properties of any substance.

Climate change on the Red Plant: Mars is emerging out of an ice age

Swirling patterns in the ice of Mars’ North Pole suggest the planet is emerging out of a long ice age that began some 370,000 years ago. The findings are extremely important for climate change, improving our understanding of both Mars’ and Earth’s climate.

Untreatable bacteria identified in the US

A strain of E. coli resistant to last-resort antibiotics has been identified on United States soil for the first time. Health officials say this could be the end of the road for antibiotics, leaving us virtually helpless in fighting future infections.

Archimedes’ legacy: inventions and discoveries

Look no further than Archimedes for the embodiment of a man ahead of his time. Even among his peers, who practiced philosophy, arts and established democracy more than two thousand years ago, Archimedes of Syracuse outshined them all.

The U.S. Military is still using floppy disks to coordinate its nuclear arsenal

Some might be surprised to learn that the country’s entire nuclear arsenal is still programmed on floppy disks, and army personnel is still reliant on the antiqued IBM Series/1 computer to implement the launch codes.