Nobody really believes that the shape of our heads are a window into our personalities anymore. This idea, known as “phrenonolgy," was developed by the German physician Franz Joseph Gall in 1796 and was hugely popular in the 19th century. Today it is often remembered for its dark history—being misused in its later days to back racist and sexist stereotypes, and its links with Nazi eugenics.
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Earlier this week, Nintendo introduced a new product called Labo. It's part video game, part craft project, and most importantly, part one of Nintendo's step into the booming industry of engineering toys. At launch, there will be two Labo kits. Each comes with sheets of scored cardboard from which you can pop out individual pieces to build contraptions. Once built, the machines interact with the Nintendo Switch console and its motion-sensing Joy-Con controllers.
One of my most vivid childhood memories revolves around willfully subjecting myself to stomach cramps and explosive diarrhea. Yes, like so many '90s children-of-the-calorie-conscious, I basically ate my weight in WOW chips whenever possible. The Frito Lay snack line replaced fat with a zero-calorie substitute called Olestra.
Finding out you have cancer is a bell you can't unring. As doctors increasingly have the tools to find cancers before they actually pose a problem, we're going to have to start asking ourselves a tough question: is knowing always a good thing?
The remipede Cryptocorynetes elmorei from Eleuthera, Bahamas. Remipedes are only found in deeper saltwater layers from caves on opposite sides of the Atlantic and from the Indian Ocean coast of Western Australia.
Franklin D. Roosevelt was one of the United States's more quotable presidents. But one of his best is all too easily forgotten. In a letter to the governors of what was then just 48 states, Roosevelt wrote, “A nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.”
Some years ago, NASA bred wheat in space with the goal of providing an unending food supply for astronauts. To help the plant along, astronauts shined light on the plant continuously. As far as the crop was concerned, the sun never set. It was always noon on a cloudless day. The extra light fueled its rapid growth.
Everyone gets gas. And (almost) everyone could stand to live without it. But figuring out what drives gas is a difficult endeavor—even for doctors. A multitude of foods can initiate gassiness, to varying degrees, depending on the individual. But a new gadget might someday help. In a paper in the journal Nature Electronics, a pair of researchers just introduced an electronic pill that can measure the different types of gas in a person's intestines.
Gone are the days when you had to lie about meeting your significant other through a dating app. As smartphones have transformed the way we look for love, swiping left and right to choose a potential partner has gradually become the new normal. But with so many people searching for a soulmate on these apps and sites, how can you stand out from the crowd? These expert tips, inspired by advice from the app-creators themselves, will improve your chances of matching with the right person.
The National Centers for Environmental Information get a lot of, well, environmental information. They gather an immense amount of climate data, and in order to organize it all, they sit down on the 4th of every month to review everything that's come in. It was at this meeting in December 2017 that the folks at NCEI noticed something: Utqiaġvik, Alaska was missing. Not the town itself, of course, but its data. All of it.