SCIENCE

The world's largest solar farm, an overflowing dam, and other amazing images of the week
The world's largest solar farm, an overflowing dam, and other amazing images of the week

NASASun PowerWith four million solar panels covering 10 square miles of land, China’s Longyangxia Dam Solar Park is the largest in the world. As solar energy becomes cheaper, solar plants are getting bigger. In 2015, California was home to the two largest...

What's in a glass of water?
What's in a glass of water?

With nearly limitless beverage options, you might not realize how much variety exists in the seemingly bland realm of tap water. This colorless refreshment can vary widely from city to city, house to house, or even sink to sink. Scroll over the image below...

What are the ethics of creating new life in a simulated universe?
What are the ethics of creating new life in a simulated universe?
Our mothers' exposure to BPA might lead us to binge as adults
Our mothers' exposure to BPA might lead us to binge as adults
Here are the teams competing to map the ocean for $7 million in prizes
Here are the teams competing to map the ocean for $7 million in prizes
Who should be allowed to use CRISPR?
Who should be allowed to use CRISPR?

Sam WardCRISPR acts like a scissors for DNA.This week saw a resolution to the grueling legal battle between the University of California at Berkeley and the Broad Institute over the discovery of the novel, cheap, and easy-to-use gene-editing technique known...

Scientists may have just made a malaria vaccine breakthrough
Scientists may have just made a malaria vaccine breakthrough

Erik F. Brandsborg, FlickrA mosquito's bite does more than itch. It can be deadly if the malaria parasite is hitching a ride.Fever, chills, vomiting, headache, mental confusion, and occasionally death: That's the prognosis for more than 200 million people...

You can fake a healthy skin tone to look more attractive (without actually being healthier)
You can fake a healthy skin tone to look more attractive (without actually being healthier)
U.S. science advisory committee supports genetic modification of human embryos
U.S. science advisory committee supports genetic modification of human embryos
El Niño swept away huge chunks of the west coast last winter
El Niño swept away huge chunks of the west coast last winter
Celebrate Valentine's Day by eating an actual heart (seriously)
Celebrate Valentine's Day by eating an actual heart (seriously)

Wikimedia CommonsLook at all that flavorful fat.Most aphrodisiacs don’t work. But you know what does bump up your lover’s libido? Demonstrating your burning passion by showing how much you care about their nutrition. Feed them a heart to fuel their love.Eating...

Happy Valentine's Day! Stop being dumb about STIs.
Happy Valentine's Day! Stop being dumb about STIs.

pexelsLove is in the air, my friends. And you know what else is in the air? A whole world of bacterial and viral infections just waiting to make themselves at home in your vulnerable mucus membranes. Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) aren't gross, yucky,...

We may finally know how Rorschach tests trick us into seeing things that aren't there
We may finally know how Rorschach tests trick us into seeing things that aren't there
Yeah, good music kind of gets you high
Yeah, good music kind of gets you high
Texture is the final frontier of food science
Texture is the final frontier of food science
Ancient jars hold clues about the intensity of Earth’s magnetic field
Ancient jars hold clues about the intensity of Earth’s magnetic field

Oded LipschitsSeal on a jar handleThe seal on a jar handle dated to somewhere between the 8th and 2nd centuries BCE.Between the eighth and second centuries BCE, potters in the kingdom of Judah (near Jerusalem) made a bunch of jars with official state seals...

Not just cockroaches: Here are other crazy objects found in people’s skulls
Not just cockroaches: Here are other crazy objects found in people’s skulls

Wikimedia CommonsAn American CockroachDoctors removed a cockroach from a woman's nasal cavity this week.This week, The Times of India reported on a 42-year-old Indian woman who went to the emergency room complaining of a severely painful “tingling, crawling...

Scientists just found signs of a stolen Dead Sea Scroll
Scientists just found signs of a stolen Dead Sea Scroll
These dance moves are scientifically proven to be sexy
These dance moves are scientifically proven to be sexy
Is it too late for me to get a flu shot?
Is it too late for me to get a flu shot?
This male birth control worked for over a year (in monkeys)
This male birth control worked for over a year (in monkeys)

Kathy West/ CNPRCAs cute as that baby rhesus monkey is, now's just not the right time...Nearly half of all pregnancies in the United States are unintended. That’s 2.8 million pregnancies a year, at least as of 2011—and that’s the lowest it’s been...

The quinoa genome could help scientists get it out of the health food aisle
The quinoa genome could help scientists get it out of the health food aisle

flickr user Mickaël TQuinoa field in Salar de Uyuna, BoliviaA striking sea of red and yellow.Hailed as the King of grains, quinoa doesn’t need more hype to cement its position as a superfood in the American supermarket. But now scientists have a hold...

Droughts actually make West Nile virus worse
Droughts actually make West Nile virus worse
Carnivorous plants aren’t as cool as you think
Carnivorous plants aren’t as cool as you think
E-cigarettes might actually be a safe tool for quitting smoking
E-cigarettes might actually be a safe tool for quitting smoking