How fast hair grows, and other hairy science

On average, your scalp hair grows by 0.35 to 0.45 millimeters a day or half an inch per month.

What is the longest river in the world? That’s surprisingly debatable

It depends on how you measure. By one account it’s the Nile but others say that the Amazon is the longest river in the world.

America’s “Organic Dynasty”

Millenials love organics — here’s an overview of the impending revolution.

Prions — the Revenge of the Cows

Proteins that cause illness are still baffling scientists.

Using only light, scientists can manipulate memory — it’s called optogenetics

The future is here.

The pseudoscience of anti-vaxxing — the global movement that mocks science

There are a lot of myths that have convinced people to resist vaccination — don’t be fooled.

The role of art in research with science illustrator Sarah Gluschitz

Tip of the hat to the people who make science books so, so pretty.

Dance and science — an unlikely couple joining forces for a ‘courageous’ future

A unique experiment challenges all of us to fight for a sustainable future.

15 Quick Science Facts that Will Blow Your Mind

There is enough DNA in an average person’s body to stretch from the sun to Pluto and back — 17 times. More science facts after the jump.

Who was Vlad the Impaler, the original Dracula?

Vlad left a bloody mark on history — so why, then, is he treated with respect hundreds of years after he died?

Eating this fish could give you three days of nasty, LSD-like hallucinations

Poor man’s LSD… with a nasty twist.

The Timeline of Human Evolution

We’re taking you for a ride through evolutionary memory lane, carefully listing the members of our long family tree.

How a design and culture revolution could help us tackle our plastic problem

It’s not a simple problem and it doesn’t have a simple answer — but here’s what we can do.

In conversation with… Jane Goodall

As Jane Goodall turns 80, Henry Nicholls talks to her about her remarkable career.

The anti-plastic straw movement: What it is, Why it matters, and Is it a good thing?

We need to talk about plastic straws — and about banning plastic straws.

The science of superstition – and why people believe in the unbelievable

Black cats, 13, lucky charms — why do so many people fall for them?

Myths about Hay Fever — and how to beat it

Hay fever is in full swing, and the myths are a-plenty.

What are the steps of DNA replication

DNA replication is the basis for biological inheritance.

What is Pi (π) and what is it good for?

If you’re not a fan of straight lines, you’ll love Pi.

How long before the world runs out of fossil fuels?

They won’t run out during your lifetime, but there’s a catch…