Aug 2, 2021
You Are (Probably) Going to Be Infected With the Coronavirus
It may not be today. It may not be tomorrow. It may not be next week. It may not be this month, when the rapid ascension of the Delta variant in the United States could send...
Jul 29, 2021
Four Findings From a Systematic Review About Beer and Exercise
After a grueling sports match or a brutal workout, there's often nothing more refreshing than a nice cold beer... But what about the drink's intoxicating effects? When the human body...
Jul 27, 2021
One of the Greatest Debates About Consciousness Involves Zombies
An influential subset of philosophers has been debating 'zombies' for decades, and not the sort you see in horror movies and television shows. While the common conception of a zombie...
Jul 23, 2021
Study Suggests Pterosaurs Could Fly Soon After Hatching
A new analysis of hatchling pterosaur fossils finds that the flying reptiles which dominated the skies between 228 and 66 million years ago were likely capable of flight within days...
Jul 19, 2021
Four Scientific Questions We May Never Know the Answers To
Questions set the scientific method in motion. Without that initial curiosity, that "I wonder...", that "What if...", we would not have the technology, the medicine, nor the...
Jul 15, 2021
'Time-Traveling' on an Airplane: One of the Cheapest Tests of Relativity
One of the most mind-bending aspects of Albert Einstein's Theory of Relativity is time dilation. Time moves more slowly for a person in motion compared to a person at rest. This...
Jul 14, 2021
How Are Koalas Alive?
(via SciShow) Koalas are pretty darn cute, but...they aren’t the brightest bulb on the continent. They will only eat eucalyptus leaves off the branch. On a plate, a koala...
Jul 12, 2021
Why Americans May Be Dependent on Processed Cereals
Many American consumers are skipping the cereal aisle in grocery stores, viewing its contents as basically boxed candy. That’s understandable. A lot of cereals are chock-full...
Jul 8, 2021
Are Some Dogs Geniuses?
Albert Einstein. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Marie Curie. Gaia. The first person came up with the general theory of relativity. The second is regarded as perhaps the greatest classical...
Jul 6, 2021
What If an Alien Probe Visited Earth?
Popular media portrayals of extraterrestrials visiting Earth have tended to display the dramatic: giant spaceraft, killer robots, and nefarious aliens. A more realistic scenario is...
Jul 1, 2021
A Man Fractured His Penis in a Most Unusual Way
Sometime last year, a 40-year-old man visited a hospital in the United Kingdom with pain and swelling in his penis. While having sex with his partner, the man's erect penis buckled...
Jun 29, 2021
The 11,000-Year-Old Site Where Neolithic Humans Got Absolutely Hammered
Nestled near the top of a gentle sloping hill in the Southeastern Anatolia region of Turkey, surrounded by picturesque views of coarse, grassy savannah stretching into the distant...
Jun 25, 2021
How Much Money Does Regular Exercise Save You?
Regular exercise is without a doubt one of the best things you can do for your overall health. It reduces or prevents just about every mental and physical ailment, helps maintain...
Jun 22, 2021
Five Science Brain Teasers That May Leave You Stumped
The science-minded tend to love brain teasers, so as the RCS editor, I've been lucky to stumble upon a few of them over the years. I'd like to share five of my favorites. For some of...
Jun 17, 2021
A Simple, Upper-Body Exoskeleton Makes Carrying Things Much Easier
A trio of researchers based out of the Technical University of Munich and Technical University Darmstadt in Germany has engineered a soft, pneumatic exoskeleton that supports a...
Jun 14, 2021
Everything I Got Wrong About COVID-19
Each of us, in our own way, was tested by the Coronavirus Pandemic. Some lost livelihoods, others lost loved ones, and all of us soldiered through as best we could. As a science...
Jun 10, 2021
When Domestic Cats Eat Humans
(Warning: Graphic image below.) Most cat owners probably think their beloved pets adore them in return, and they may be right. Still, deep down, there's a nagging suspicion... "Does...
Jun 7, 2021
Do Brain Differences Trigger Transgender Identity? The Science Isn't Clear
Somewhere between 0.5% and 1.3% of individuals identify as transgender, adopting a gender that does not match their sex at birth. Is this biologically determined or socially...
Jun 3, 2021
The Problem With 'Survival of the Fittest'
Today, Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species is recognized as one of the greatest books in scientific history, but when it was initially published, the broad reaction was...
Jun 2, 2021
The Conspiracy Theory of Society
The QAnon conspiracy theory posits that "a cabal of Satanic, cannibalistic pedophiles run a global child sex trafficking ring which conspired against former President Donald Trump...
May 28, 2021
Scientist Goes on Epic Rant About 60 Minutes' Gullible Story on UFOs
On Sunday, May 16, the long-running television news magazine 60 Minutes aired an entirely credulous report on U.S. Navy sightings of supposed Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAPs),...
May 24, 2021
Did Karl Popper Doubt Evolution?
"I have come to the conclusion that Darwinism is not a testable scientific theory, but a metaphysical research programme—a possible framework for testable scientific...
May 17, 2021
How Long Can Americans Remain Ignorant and Free?
Founding Father Thomas Jefferson called freedom the "firstborn daughter of science." Freedom stems from science. Indeed, Jefferson treated science with such reverance that he...
May 14, 2021
Study: Mammals Can 'Breathe' Through Their Butts
A team of scientists hailing from institutions across the United States and Japan has discovered that rodents and pigs can respirate via their intestines. It's possible they share...
May 11, 2021
Four Incredible Dinosaur 'Graveyards'
Over their 165 million-year reign on Earth, hundreds of billions of dinosaurs lived and died. Occasionally, they did the latter en masse, making it much easier for us to find their...
May 6, 2021
A Lot of Animals in the U.S. Are About to Be Uncomfortably Full
The periodical cicadas of Brood X are starting to emerge. At this very moment, the forerunners of one of nature's great spectacles are burrowing up and out of the ground in fifteen...
May 3, 2021
What Scientists Learned From Iran's "Saltmen" Mummies
The Chehrābād salt mine is located near the village of Hamzelou in Northwestern Iran, but there hasn't been any actual mining there for more than a decade. That's because, starting...
Apr 29, 2021
How Frank Luntz, Chris Christie, and Five Simple Facts Changed Skeptical Trump Voters' Minds on COVID Vaccines
COVID-19 vaccines have become politicized, and we are all to blame. Right-wing media downplayed the severity of the disease and hyperbolized government interventions. Left-wing media...
Apr 26, 2021
Most Societies Completely Misunderstand Yawning
In many societies, yawning often gets a bad rap. We stifle yawns in conversation lest our companions deem us uninterested. We swallow them at work meetings so bosses don't think...
Apr 23, 2021
A Young Man Drank Four Energy Drinks a Day. It Almost Killed Him.
Bang, C4, Monster, Wicked, Rockstar, Reign, Amp... The gaudy brand names of popular energy drinks radiate explosive excitement. But be careful, when consumed habitually in high...
Apr 19, 2021
Neanderthals Were the Human Species Best Adapted to Cold. Here's Why
As the northern hemisphere wiggles out from Winter's chilling grasp, most humans dwelling there flock outdoors to welcome the emerging warmth. A neanderthal, however, might already...
Apr 15, 2021
Four Incredible Facts About Chess
Chess has captivated the world like no other board game has. Arising somewhere in Asia in the 7th century A.D., it has since spread globally, attracting players of all ages and...
Apr 12, 2021
What If Sweden Had Imposed a COVID-19 Lockdown?
It's been a little over a year since the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus began tearing across Europe, prompting almost all of the countries there to enter strict lockdowns with the hope of...
Apr 8, 2021
Tucker Carlson Misrepresents the Science on Transgender Youth
The Arkansas legislature recently passed the Save Adolescents from Experimentation Act, which prohibits minors from receiving hormones, puberty blockers, and surgeries related to a...
Apr 6, 2021
The Size of Your Brain May Change With the Seasons
For people living in higher latitudes, distinct seasons are a fact of life. A verdant spring gives way to a hot and humid summer, which simmers to a picturesque fall filled with...
Apr 1, 2021
How Did Empty Stadiums Affect Home-Field Advantage?
Home-field advantage, the benefit that a home team in a sporting contest enjoys over a visiting team, is one of the most well-known phenomena in sports. It's commonly thought that...
Mar 30, 2021
Will We Actually Use Isaac Asimov's Laws of Robotics?
Legendary science fiction author Issac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics seem as timeless as they are thought-provoking. You'd be hard-pressed to find an adult sci-fi fan alive today...
Mar 25, 2021
"Neutrobots" Breach the Blood-Brain Barrier to Treat Brain Cancer in Mice
In one microscale step for machine, but a potentially significant leap for the treatment of brain cancer, researchers at the Harbin Institute of Technology in China have created...
Mar 23, 2021
The Scourge of Chronic Scrotal Content Pain
In some cases, a knock to the groin can result in pain that doesn't go away. At any given time, an estimated 100,000 American men suffer from chronic scrotal content pain (CSCP),...
Mar 18, 2021
Ankylosaurs May Have Been Decent Diggers
The Gobi Desert today is a desolate place, but millions of years ago it seems to have been brimming with life. The Baruungoyot Formation in southern Mongolia reveals as much....
Mar 16, 2021
Amazing Creatures From Before the Time of the Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs really suck the air out of Earth's ancient history. Judging by coverage in the popular press, the timeline of our planet seems to go something like this: Earth formed. The...
Mar 11, 2021
You're Related to Egypt's Queen Nefertiti. So Is Everyone Else.
Neferneferuaten Nefertiti, whose name can be translated as "The Beautiful Woman has Come", was a great queen of Ancient Egypt during its 18th – and perhaps its wealthiest...
Mar 8, 2021
Young Adults Are Having Less Casual Sex. A New Study Found 3 Reasons Why
Young American adults are not as frisky as they used to be. Between 2000 and 2002, 18.9% of men aged 18 to 24 were sexually inactive. Between 2016 and 2018, that tally climbed to...
Mar 4, 2021
White Supremacists' Pride in Drinking Milk Reveals Their Ignorance
A few years ago, white nationalists and neo-Nazis became strangely infatuated with drinking milk. They repeatedly shared videos of themselves chugging gallons of the stuff. Prominent...
Mar 2, 2021
Why Is the Gut So 'Emotional'?
You don't get a 'sinking' feeling in your feet, nor butterflies in your fingers, nor elation in your shoulders. You feel these sensations in your stomach. But why? As RCS originally...
Feb 25, 2021
How Atheists and Believers Differ in Their Morality
According to a 2020 Pew poll, 44% of Americans think that belief in God is necessary for morality. Is that really true? In a new study, University of Illinois-Chicago Assistant...
Feb 22, 2021
Five Things Science Has Told Us About Cryptocurrency
With cryptocurrency prices skyrocketing to all-time highs, digital monies based on the ultra-secure blockchain are making some people very wealthy and catching eyes across the...
Feb 17, 2021
The Renewable Energy Disaster Far More Deadly Than Chernobyl
Decades ago, a single energy disaster left three million acres of land uninhabitable to humans and killed between 85,600 and 240,000 people. A casual student of history might assume...
Feb 11, 2021
Will Quantum Computers Control Traffic?
A team of researchers from Toyota and the University of Tokyo used a quantum computer to control traffic signals in a simulated large city, finding that it was superior to...
Feb 9, 2021
The Most Amazing Fact About Koalas
Koalas are absolutely fascinating creatures. Females have two vaginas, and males have a bifurcated penis split into two prongs. They also have one of the smallest brains in...
Feb 4, 2021
Postmodernism: "The Ultimate Sour Grapes of Science Deniers"
"Postmodernism, as it applies to science, is the philosophical position that science is nothing more than a cultural narrative and therefore has no special or privileged relationship...
Feb 2, 2021
Why Did the Pandemic Drive People to Purchase Tons of Toilet Paper?
Though hard to believe, it's been about a year since SARS-CoV-2 arose and rapidly spread around the world. Amidst the fear, doubt, and disease the virus fomented in its early days,...
Jan 28, 2021
The Dangers of Masturbating With a Vacuum Cleaner
The things one can find in the scientific literature never cease to amaze. For example, researchers have reported the existence of radiation-consuming fungi near Chernobyl's ruined...
Jan 26, 2021
How Do People Die in the Sauna?
Sauna bathing is generally safe for healthy individuals and good for cardiac health, as well as a breath of warm air in the frigid winter. However, in rare circumstances, it can also...
Jan 21, 2021
Schools Are Spending Millions on Ionization Technology to Fight the Coronavirus. There's No Good Evidence It Works.
In October, Tulare City School District in California announced it would spend more than $400,000 to install needlepoint bipolar ionization technology into the ventilation systems of...
Jan 18, 2021
How the River Thames Once Became a Cesspool in the Name of Public Health
The River Thames has a storied history. Stretching 215 miles from Kemble to Southend, it is the longest river in England. Archaeological evidence suggests that humans were living...
Jan 14, 2021
We Continue to Gradually Defeat Cancer
Cancer will not be vanquished in one fell swoop. No singular breakthrough will blare across television, smartphone, and computer screens signaling once-and-for-all victory, sending...
Jan 12, 2021
How Alcohol Saved Humanity From Crappy Water
Humans' knack for consuming alcohol dates back around ten million years, long before Homo sapiens were a distinct species. A single gene mutation granted our evolutionary ancestors...
Jan 8, 2021
The Funniest Side Effect of Returning to Earth From Space
In outer space, under conditions of microgravity, objects float. Astronauts who spend many months onboard the International Space Station (ISS) grow accustomed to this. Rather than...
Jan 4, 2021
COVID-19 Showcases the Supplement Scam
2020 was the year of COVID-19. As cases started to skyrocket earlier this spring, sales of dietary supplements ascended alongside. With no treatments yet in sight, worried consumers...
Jan 1, 2021
Could the Chemoton Conquer RNA World?
One of the leading hypotheses for the origin of life is called 'RNA world'. In this model, self-replicating ribonucleic acids (RNA) proliferated in Earth's primordial soup and slowly...
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