The Sugary Secrets Of Candy-Making Chemistry

10/29/14See Comments

There’s a real art to making candy—and a lot of science, too. Even the simplest sugary treat is shaped by complex chemistry. Here’s some of...[Read More]


What’s The Real Danger From Solar Flares?

10/29/14See Comments

Over the past week, our sun has been spewing out some pretty powerful solar flares as it lingers in the peak of its 11-year solar cycle. But...[Read More]

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Why Mentos And Coke Creates A Sugary Volcano, And Other Candy Tricks

10/27/14See Comments

Those pounds of sweets that kids haul home every Halloween aren’t just good for causing hyperactivity and tooth decay—they’re sugary chemistry experiments waiting to happen....[Read More]


How Fear Happens

10/27/14See Comments

A healthy aversion to snakes might be useful in the jungle, but a ramped-up phobia of them that has you running screaming from garden hoses...[Read More]


Ebola In NYC: Just How Worried Should You Be?

10/24/14See Comments

New Yorkers are, understandably, on edge, after hearing that a physician recently returned from West Africa has tested positive for Ebola. But unless an infected...[Read More]

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Life in the Universe: An Optimistic Cosmic Perspective

10/24/14See Comments

From radiometric dating, we know that the Earth (and indeed the solar system) is about 4.54 billion years old. While there is some debate on...[Read More]

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This Week In Science: A Working Tractor Beam, Shrinking Goats, And A Game of (Bee) Drones

10/23/14See Comments

Seven days; lots of science in the news. Here’s our roundup of this week’s most notable and quotable items: The previous 12 months represent the warmest such...[Read More]

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Recap: Science and Story: The History Of The Future

10/23/14See Comments

At the New-York Historical Society on Wednesday night, the audience learned an important lesson about technology: Pong is surprisingly difficult to play. But the real...[Read More]


New WSU Master Classes: Alan Guth on Cosmic Inflation and More

10/23/14See Comments

Interested in learning mind-blowing science directly from the leading experts? World Science U has you covered. Today we launch a new series called Master Classes, where...[Read More]


Smart Reads: James Essinger’s ‘Ada’s Algorithm’

10/22/14See Comments

Ada Lovelace is said to be the world’s first computer programmer; even though she never laid a hand on a mouse or keyboard, she helped...[Read More]