Do stress balls really work?

You seem them in every corporate office but do these squishy foam balls actually relieve stress?

Supermarkets in Thailand start using leaves as packaging instead of plastic

It’s sustainable both environmentally and economically.

It’s official: soda tax offers “net good” to society

It really works.

Fossil Friday: Alcmonavis poeschli, the second-oldest bird we’ve ever found


What is the house of the future going to look like?

Bigger, better, faster, stronger. Ok, maybe just better and stronger.

Some people have extra bones, teeth, and even nipples. Here are some examples

Not all bodies are the same.

Perception Is Reality: The Looking-Glass Self

According to sociologist Charles Horton Cooley, individuals develop their concept of self by observing how they are perceived by others, a concept Cooley coined as the “looking-glass self.”

Why the bubbles from Guinness go down, not up

The beer bubbles exhibit an unusual phenomenon, which researchers felt warrants a closer look.

How UV lights could end up saving crane species

A simple way to help bird populations.

Fossil Friday: earliest known millipede found in piece of Burmese amber

It’s nearly 100 million years old.

Trees help keep cities cool and cozy — especially if there’s a lot of them

In truth, all cities in the world would benefit from planting more trees.

Fossil Friday: newly-discovered Callichimaera perplexa is an adorable, weird crab

How is it possible for something with those eyes to ever go extinct? How? Why?!

What are the different types of energy

Don’t let your boss find out, but in a physical sense, energy is defined as the ability to do work.

Fossil Friday: massive, ancient African carnivore found in a drawer in Kenya

It pays to stick your nose in museum drawers!

Coffee not essential for life, Switzerland decides

Say what now?

The LED sun: artificial light completely mimics properties of natural sunlight

A natural skyline at the flick of a switch.

Who really invented the light bulb?

Spoiler: It wasn’t Edison.

Why is snow white?

…because it can’t get a tan.

Two of the world’s oldest universities team up to digitize treasured medieval manuscripts

Some works will come straight from the Vatican.

The best black hole photo memes the internet has to offer

Get sucked into the joyous celebration of the black hole image.