Science

Archive

Richard Jeo, 43, Portland, Oregon

Futuristic new submersibles are poised to take crews to earth’s greatest depths. It may get crowded down there.

Science be damned, a band of surfers and celebrities fight to save an iconic break

Chemistry Lab: Gummy Bear Experiment from GOi2P on Vimeo.   On day five of Expedition Bolivia, the i2P team ran another 38km and continued taking time to demonstrate some basic science in recognition of the UN's International…

Expedition Bolivia Day 3 – 37km from GOi2P on Vimeo. The Expedition Bolivia i2P team pushed through altitude sickness and 12,000-foot-plus elevations Monday to tackle a 41km run. Yesterday they were right back it, logging another 37km. The team dealt with high…

i2P Expedition Bolivia – Day 1: 30 KM from GOi2P on Vimeo. Ultrarunner Ray Zahab is in South America this week, running nearly 200 miles through Bolivia for the fourth stage of the impossible2Possible (i2P) World Expedition Series.

Your urgent inquiries about the world. Answered.

Serving as his own lab rat, an amateur bike racer spent a year taking supplemental testosterone—rumored to be a peloton favorite—to find out if it could transform an average Joe. His conclusion? No doubt about it.

This is a big month for wild salmon advocates. On Sunday, May 1 at 8 PM Eastern, PBS will air a Nature special, Salmon: Running the Gauntlet, that offers a terrific broad-strokes history of the collapse of the fish in the once-prolific Columbia…

https://youtube.com/watch?v=wiw-7-zY9iQ%C2%A0 Sitting down may be shortening your life and adding inches to your waistline, according to an article in the New York Times. The study, performed by Mayo Clinic researcher James Levine,…

Sometime around World War II, synthetics exploded into our everyday lives. By some estimates, these materials—plasticizers, dyes, pesticides—have increased by a shocking 8,200 percent in the last quarter century. The upshot of that, of course, has been improved agriculture, economic wealth, and an abundance of…

Sometime around World War II, synthetics exploded into our everyday lives. By some estimates, these materials—plasticizers, dyes, pesticides—have increased by a shocking 8,200 percent in the last quarter century. The upshot of that, of course, has been improved agriculture, economic wealth, and an abundance of…

An exclusive look inside the cutting-edge Army lab that's pinching, prodding, dunking, bruising, and building the soldiers of tomorrow—and revolutionizing adventure fitness along the way.

Geoelectric image showing electrical conductivity of magma plume beneath Yellowstone Caldera. Courtesy of the University of Utah. Geophysicists at the University of Utah have…

Geoelectric image showing electrical conductivity of magma plume beneath Yellowstone Caldera. Courtesy of the University of Utah. Geophysicists at the University of Utah have…

The Grand Canyon. Courtesy of Wikimedia The paddling community is rallying behind a federal effort to issue a moratorium on new uranium mining claims in Northern Arizona, according to Playak.com. Among other organizations involved,…

The Grand Canyon. Courtesy of Wikimedia The paddling community is rallying behind a federal effort to issue a moratorium on new uranium mining claims in Northern Arizona, according to Playak.com. Among other organizations involved,…

Maverick's surf break. Courtesy of Flickr A recent drowning at the California surf break Maverick's has rekindled the debate over the use of motorized personal watercraft, or jet skis, in the area, according to the…

Maverick's surf break. Courtesy of Flickr A recent drowning at the California surf break Maverick's has rekindled the debate over the use of motorized personal watercraft, or jet skis, in the area, according to the…

https://youtube.com/watch?v=PimHez3mkoY%C2%A0 Results of a four-year study by researchers at the University of Colorado suggest that living at altitudes around 5,000 feet (Denver is 5,280 feet above see level) or higher might increase lifespan. The study, recently published in the…

https://youtube.com/watch?v=PimHez3mkoY%C2%A0 Results of a four-year study by researchers at the University of Colorado suggest that living at altitudes around 5,000 feet (Denver is 5,280 feet above see level) or higher might increase lifespan. The study, recently published in the…

A group of hyper-energized twenty somethings bent on gathering the world's biggest names in business and entertainment for adventure-packed meet and greets has announced their next event. Summit Series will gather 1,000 of the world's top entrepreneurs, scientists, and…

A group of hyper-energized twenty somethings bent on gathering the world's biggest names in business and entertainment for adventure-packed meet and greets has announced their next event. Summit Series will gather 1,000 of the world's top entrepreneurs, scientists, and…

Here's a little inspiration this week to keep you going. And going. And in one case, going still. Hats off to everyone who's out there making it happen. Here's the stuff you should click on this week. Off to A Good Start:81-year-old walks or hikes more than…

Courtesy of Flickr Different types of happiness have different levels of importance, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal. Eudaimonic well-being, caused by engaging in meaningful activity, is more important to physical health…

A new study found that one in three runners that enter the London Marathon may suffer from allergies after the race, according to Science Daily. Dr. Paula Robson-Ansley and a team at Northumbria University gathered 150 runners to take a blood test, complete a questionnaire,…

Flying bikes, floating cars, and Yogi Bear in the gray bar hotel. Once again, here's the stuff you should click on this week. The Best Helmet Cam Footage We've Seen in a WhileChile's Valparaiso Cerro Abajo Race –Michael Webster…

Courtesy of Flickr Want to live longer? Feel youthful? Look younger? Become an endurance athlete. Premature aging in most organs was completely prevented in mice that ran on a treadmill three times a week for five months,…

The Japanese whaling vessel Kyo Maru No. 1 on a whale hunt in the Southern Ocean Sanctuary. Courtesy of IFAW The Japanese whaling fleet is leaving the internationally recognized Southern Ocean Sanctuary around…

Decades after the Soviet-era meltdown drove 60,000 people from their homes in the Ukraine, a rebirth is taking place inside the exclusion zone. With Geiger counter in hand, the author explores Europe's strangest wildlife refuge, an enchanted post-apocalyptic forest from which entirely new species may soon emerge.

Carl Safina is a critically acclaimed ecologist and marine conservationist whose latest book is The View from Lazy Point. You can check out Bruce Barcott’s review in…

Courtesy of Flickr Cherries have been linked to muscle recovery, according to the American College of Sports Medicine's  Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise journal. Cherry juice contains powerful…

Photo courtesy of Flickr. Russian explorers and scientists are prepping to begin the first crossing from Russia to Canada by way of the North Pole, Reuters reports. The expedition kicks off from Russia's Arctic shores on February…

Photo courtesy of Flickr. The nonprofit ARC announced a winner yesterday for it's competition to design a wildlife crossing over I-70, near Vail and Breckenridge ski resorts, The New York Times reports. The area marks…

The Loneliest Road in America gets a little more lonely, swingliners go big in Utah, an epic bore in Alaska, and tailgating: by the numbers. Here's the stuff you should click on this week. Not Your Average Backyard Swing Set: Forget Duran Duran:Playing…

In 2007, molecular biologist Ron Evans flipped a genetic switch on test mice and turned them into super-athletes. Headlines ensued, as did nervous references to human applications and "exercise in a pill." Evans is still toiling away in the lab, and guess what? The day is coming.

A week into the new year, and already plenty to see. Here's the stuff you should click on so far for 2011. Worth a Look:The Top 10 Travel Stories of 2010 (New York Times) Worth…

Germany debuts the first high-performance electric bike. It's the world's fastest, but is it worth the price?

Haggis potato chips, psychedelic snails, drunk lorikeets, an iPhone that speaks Spanish, and a carload of snowboarders. Our journey this week through the interweb to find stuff to click on was an interesting trip. ¡Es Loco! ¡Es MUY Loco! Best…

Mark W. Moffett, a.k.a. Doctor Bugs, sent in this video of a botfly emerging from under his skin. A mosquito deposited the egg into the entomologist during a recent trip to Belize. The egg hatched and grew—dining on Moffett's flesh all the way home—before emerging in front of…

Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee has called for Sea World to release a tape of trainers masturbating the park's most infamous Killer Whale, Tilikum. “We know from SeaWorld's own director of safety (as well as…

Our weekly roundup of the quirky, bizarre, entertaining, and astounding news from the world outside. Here's the stuff you should click on this week. Now You See It, Now You Don't:Then and Now: Repeat Photography Captures Changing Landscapes (…

Is global positioning contributing to our general sense of lostness? One British navigation nerd thinks so.

The mutant Bio-Inspired Ice Vehicle makes its way to the South Pole.

Could floating in a sensory-deprivation tank for several hours be as mind-expanding as a real-life adventure? Our neurological guinea pig is about to find out.

Photo courtesy of Flickr. Researchers studying 22 male chimps in Uganda's Kibale National Park found that males with more testosterone also had more parasites living in their stomachs, ScienceNow reports. Male chimps compete aggressively for dominance, like most primates, and…

Little Nemo is looking at you. (Photo courtesy of Shek Graham on Flickr.) The next time you go fishing, you might want to take a moment to consider how the fish feels before you bop one on the head or hook it through its gills,…

Courtesy of dobak on Flickr. Wolves in the Rockies will remain on the Endangered Species List despite growing controversy over their protection, the Associated Press reports. Negotiations between the Obama administration and lawmakers in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming…

A wolf in stilettos was crossing Iceland on his way to Vegas, got stopped at a traffic light and injured his Achilles, while Dolly the Sheep was speedflying in France. Sounds like a job for Leslie Nielson. Or something like that.  Here's the stuff you should click on this week.

It swims at 20 miles per hour and can carve out hunks of human flesh. It's one of eeriest beasts in the ocean—it's the Humboldt Squid.

In the early 18th century, only a few thousand species were known, the word “scientist” didn’t exist, and, according to Richard Conniff, “even educated people still inhabited a jabberwocky world in which monsters abounded.” Conniff’s ninth book, The Species Seekers: Heroes, Fools, and the Mad Pursuit of Life on…

Photo courtesy of Flickr. Engineers have developed a microchip muscle stimulator that can be implanted into the spinal canal, allowing paraplegics to exercise paralyzed muscles, ScienceDaily reports. The implant, which is the size of a child's…

Holiday gift ideas, surfing killer whales, flying versus driving, the best and worst of outdoor sports, and, of course, anti-matter.  Here's what you need to click on this week. Why I Want a Wingsuit for Christmas (Don't Blink): Thanks to the…

Obsessive biologist Rick McIntyre has some peculiar ideas about America's most controversial predator.

The climate cycle known as La Niña has remained steady through October, Surfersvillage Global Surf News is reporting. Characterized by below average surface water temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean, La Niña typically affects the western United States…

American Bison: A bovine mammal (Bison bison) of western North America, having large forequarters, a shaggy mane, and a massive head with short curved horns; a buffalo. If you were on the internet this week you probably saw the picture of the torn-up…

If you’ve ever been glued to the television during Discovery's Shark Week, chances are you've seen the work of Andy B. Casagrande. The 33-year old cameraman was obsessed with great white sharks as a kid and turned that passion…

Photo courtesy of Flickr A new species of monkey found in Mayanmar has an upturned nose that fills with water when it rains, causing it to sneeze, Science Daily reports. The new species, named Rhinopithecus strykeri, is better known…

In an effort to bring you the best in outdoor news each day, we comb through a lot of Web content.  And trust us, there's a lot out there. A good story can take a lot of clicks to find. But those clicks often lead us to content that, while…

Master all things meteorological with our expert primer on sun, wind, snow, and rain

Think Icarus in reverse. The following recently posted videos showcase extreme athletes pushing the limits of flying. The Adventure Life posted the following video of two basejumpers pulling their chutes dangerously close to the ground. Untitled from Steve Casimiro on Vimeo.

Your urgent inquiries about natural disasters answered.

Courtesy of NASA Goddard Photo and Video on Flickr. Energia, the lead Russian contractor in the construction of the International Space Station, has designs for the first hotel in space, Reuters reports. The proposed space…

Photo courtesy of Flickr. Pulses of light may one day give fully restored muscle activity to people with cerebral palsy or paralyzed limbs, New Scientist reports. Researchers at Stanford University are using light-activated proteins from photosynthetic…

Courtesy of Edward Vielmetti on Flickr. Despite surpluses of dry grass across the West, the 2010 fire season so far has represented about a 20-percent decrease in the number of recorded fires and a 50-percent decrease in total acreage burned…

Photo courtesy of Flickr. A baby snow leopard was caught on camera high in the Himalayas of Bhutan, the BBC reports. The cub triggered a camera trap set up by a BBC Natural History film crew, walking…

Boeing announced on Wednesday that it's entering the space tourism business, the New York Times reports. The aerospace company is building a seven-person capsule that it hopes will take four NASA astronauts to the International Space Station, leaving…

A team of Swedish scientists found a way to produce solar power using jellyfish goo, New Scientist reports. Green fluorescent protein produced by the jellyfish Aequorea victoria (pictured above)…

NASA launched a free iPad app on Wednesday that's full of mission information, photos, videos and factoids, CNET reports. NASA App HD, a beefed-up version of the original iPhone app, also allows users to…

Sylvia Earle on stage during Session 1 on the Mission Blue Voyage in the Galapagos. Credit: TED/James Duncan Davidson Sylvia Earle dives into all things blue. She moves equally well through conversations on ocean technology, ocean politics, ocean lifestyle, ocean science, and ocean exploration. In 1966,…

If you don't live in the Australian or Middle Eastern deserts, or spend time looking for ants in Arizona and New Mexico, chances are you haven't seen these three desert-dwelling animals, highlighted in a new slide show on Treehugger.com. …

A new study shows that physically clean people are more inclined than dirty people to judge others harshly, Wired reports. Researchers at Northwestern university invited 58 undergrads to a shiny new lab to “rate the morality of…

Listening up-tempo music during a workout will make you push harder, even if the effort hurts more, the New York Times reports. In a British study published…

UCSD graduate student Benjamin Thompson wants the process of selecting a surfboard to be a little bit more scientific. The Ph.D. candidate is researching how composite fibers in surfboards react to different users, according to wired.com. Thompson is bulding a system for measuring the flex…

Sometimes, when there's a big environmental problem that defies immediate understanding, it helps to resort to fourth grade science experiments. In June, Carl Safina pointed out during a TED talk that he believed bombarding oil with dispersants near the spill likely helped…

An Australian company has developed a new, Earth-friendly way to dispose of human corpses, New Scientist reports.  Aquamation, a process where the body is placed in a steel container with potassium and water heated to about 200-degrees Fahrenheit, decomposes the body…