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The Sobering Facts About Egg Freezing That Nobody’s Talking About

The Sobering Facts About Egg Freezing That Nobody’s Talking About

Women must be fully informed about reproductive medicine before setting their hopes on it. Facebook and Apple and all companies would do well by their employees to hold fertility vendors to the highest possible standards and not inadvertently put worker’s physical and mental health in jeopardy.

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Visualizing Our Tech Worship With Giant Webs of Circuitry

Visualizing Our Tech Worship With Giant Webs of Circuitry

For Italian artist Leonardo Ulian, this is our universe. At its center: a microchip. Beyond: resistors, capacitors, inductors, transistors. Ulian’s “technological mandalas”—webs of circuitry in the form of the Hindu or Buddhist symbolic diagrams of the cosmos—are icons for an electronic age, and he’ll be exhibiting them this fall in Milan. Each mandala, the biggest […]

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Regular Guy From Boston Decides to Map the City’s Entire History

Regular Guy From Boston Decides to Map the City’s Entire History

A veteran EMT and ambulance driver in Boston, Ed McCarthy is in a great position to understand his hometown spatially. But he’s also a history geek, and while constantly driving around the city’s neighborhoods, he loves recognizing the streets, buildings and other locales from the history books he so often buries his nose in.

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Absurd Creature of the Week: The Vampire Frog That Devours Its Mother’s Eggs

Absurd Creature of the Week: The Vampire Frog That Devours Its Mother’s Eggs

The frog they’d found wasn’t particularly remarkable. As far as flying frogs go, its feet weren’t as comically large and webbed as, say, Helen’s flying frog (which Rowley also discovered, and named after her mother). But once Rowley got a tadpole under a microscope, she realized she’d found the most unique larval frog on Earth.

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Science Graphic of the Week: Spectacular, Twisted Solar Eruption

Science Graphic of the Week: Spectacular, Twisted Solar Eruption

Like many stars, the sun is prone to sudden outbursts. Erupting from the star’s surface, these events sometimes sling globs of charged particles and sun-stuff in Earth’s direction. If they’re powerful enough, these coronal mass ejections can produce geomagnetic storms that damage satellites and disrupt power grids. Though we’ve known about such eruptions for centuries […]

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How Building a Black Hole for Interstellar Led to an Amazing Scientific Discovery

How Building a Black Hole for Interstellar Led to an Amazing Scientific Discovery

Kip Thorne looks into the black hole he helped create and thinks, “Why, of course. That’s what it would do.”

This particular black hole is a simulation of unprecedented accuracy. It appears to spin at nearly the speed of light, dragging bits of the universe along with it. (That’s gravity for you; relativity is superweird.) In theory it was once a star, but instead of fading or exploding, it collapsed like a failed soufflé into a tiny point of inescapable singularity. A glowing ring orbiting the spheroidal maelstrom seems to curve over the top and below the bottom simultaneously.

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How Everything from the Super Bowl to Sizzling Fajitas Manipulates You With Sound

How Everything from the Super Bowl to Sizzling Fajitas Manipulates You With Sound

The Super Bowl isn’t just a game, it’s a cinematic experience. Minutes before kickoff, trumpets blare, as though armies were charging towards each other for a clash. During the game, sounds herald the appearance of onscreen statistics and instant replays. Depending on your reason for watching the game, the signature tune that segues to a commercial break […]

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Fantastically Wrong: The Scientist Who Thought That Birds Migrate to the Moon

Fantastically Wrong: The Scientist Who Thought That Birds Migrate to the Moon

In the classic millennial film The Mighty Ducks, which was so awesome it convinced me and my frail pre-teen body to become a roller hockey goalie (to predictable ends), the team makes use of the iconic “Flying V” formation when in a pinch. The power of such a formation is of course proven in migrating […]

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What It Could Be Like to Live on Mars

What It Could Be Like to Live on Mars

Plans Courtesy of Blue Planet Research Bryan Christie Design I’d always wanted to visit Mars. Instead I got Hawaii. There, about 8,200 feet above sea level on Mauna Loa, sits a geodesically domed habitat for testing crew psychology and technologies for boldly going. I did a four-month tour at the NASA-funded HI-SEAS—that’s Hawaii Space Exploration […]

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The Futuristic Gadgets Running Today’s High-Tech Vineyards

The Futuristic Gadgets Running Today’s High-Tech Vineyards

Sure, the label on your Côtes du Rhinoceros suggests that the grapes were tended by craggy, distant-eyed, French-accented wine savants who nurture the earth, as did their fathers and their fathers’ fathers before them. But the truth is, if modern technology can make for better vino and cut costs, plenty of winemakers are going to buy it. (Anyway, between hotter summers and an influx of bulk wine from around the world, that French guy will soon be out of a job.) Here’s how they keep the Tempranillo flowing.

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Absurd Creature of the Week: The Wasp That Lays Eggs Inside Caterpillars and Turns Them Into Slaves

Absurd Creature of the Week: The Wasp That Lays Eggs Inside Caterpillars and Turns Them Into Slaves

Few parasitoids are more bizarre or disturbing than the wasps of the genus Glyptapanteles, whose females inject their eggs into living caterpillars. Once inside, the larvae mature, feeding on the caterpillar’s body fluids before gnawing through its skin en masse and emerging into the light of day. And despite the trauma, not only does the caterpillar survive—initially at least—but the larvae proceed to mind-control it, turning their host into a bodyguard that protects them as they spin their cocoons and finish maturing. Then, finally, the caterpillar starves to death, but only after the tiny wasps emerge from their cocoons and fly away.

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So Lockheed Martin Says It’s Made a Big Advance in Nuclear Fusion…

So Lockheed Martin Says It’s Made a Big Advance in Nuclear Fusion…

Yesterday, Lockheed Martin joined a long line of companies claiming to be hot on the trail of nuclear fusion, the long-promised savior of our energy economy. Unlike the atom-splitting fission reactions that run our submarines and nuclear power plants, fusion smashes atoms together at high temperatures, creating new particles in a reaction that emits massive […]

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