Downton Abbey Creator Basically Calls Dan Stevens a Shit

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes would have liked to give Matthew and Lady Mary Crawley a happier ending, but wasn't able to because Dan Stevens bailed so unceremoniously. » 4/19/13 9:00am 4/19/13 9:00am

Doctors Remove 30-Year-Old Fetus From Living Woman's Body

A 59-year-old woman said she had experienced sharp pain in her abdomen for at least thirty years. Turns out it was the remains of a petrified fetus, which doctors removed when she finally got access to adequate medical care. » 3/29/11 2:47pm 3/29/11 2:47pm

The Scary Life Of The Woman Who Knows No Fear

A woman, whom the medical journal Current Biology simply calls SM, has a rare from of brain damage, and literally can not feel fear. But researchers sure had a good time trying to scare her! » 12/20/10 2:17pm 12/20/10 2:17pm

Two Male Mice Become Fathers—Together

Scientists have managed to take females out of the reproduction equation by getting two male mice to reproduce together, opening up the possibility for future human male/male reproduction (with a female surrogate to carry). No one tell Christine O'Donnell. » 12/10/10 3:18pm 12/10/10 3:18pm

The Disturbing Twinkie Diet

Today in Lessons We Don't Necessarily Need To Learn: a Kansas State professor shed 26.2 pounds while feeding primarily on Twinkies, Doritos, doughnuts, and other treats high in saturated fats for 10 weeks. Oh, and his cholesterol went down, too. » 11/09/10 10:49am 11/09/10 10:49am

President Obama To Appear On Mythbusters

On December 8, President Obama will appear on Mythbusters in an effort to highlight science education. Obama will help determine whether Archimedes really set fire to a Roman fleet using mirrors, though this was already "busted" in a previous episode. » 10/18/10 9:23am 10/18/10 9:23am

The Periodic Table Of Swearing

This print from Modern Toss (click to enlarge) provides a handy guide to British curses. That said, Americans may need a translation for "stink like a piss ceefax" and "acting like a cock snake on plant food." » 7/12/10 5:00pm 7/12/10 5:00pm

Understanding The Nastiness Of Morning Breath

The scientific explanation for morning breath: Billions of bacteria live in your mouth and create waste, using your mouth like a toilet bowl. When you brush your teeth and eat breakfast, they're killed by the acids in your stomach. [WaPo] » 6/28/10 10:20am 6/28/10 10:20am

Attractive Ladies Make Men Stressed-Out

This article, titled "Beautiful women can be bad for your health," would be better if it read: "Men stressed after being left alone with 'attractive' woman while playing Sudoku." Because that's the real problem here. Seriously. » 5/03/10 7:20pm 5/03/10 7:20pm

Personality Plus

"Males have more pronounced personalities than females across a range of species — from humans to house sparrows — according to new research." (NB: "Personality" is defined as "consistent, predictable behaviours.") [ScienceDaily] » 11/19/09 5:30pm 11/19/09 5:30pm

Breast Intentions

Doctors are hopeful that new stem cell technology will allow women to regrow breasts within the next three years. The technique - which involves injecting fat tissue into a biodegradable chamber - has already proved successful in pigs. [Telegraph] » 11/12/09 6:20pm 11/12/09 6:20pm

Making Physics Fun

At the link: A musing about the state of science in children's lives; chemistry sets have given way to "boogerology" kits, emphasizing gross stuff in an effort to lure kids. But click through for the anvil launch video! [Retro Thing] » 10/22/09 9:40am 10/22/09 9:40am

5 Movies John Hughes Will Be Remembered For

Filmmaker John Hughes passed away today at 59. Though he was responsible for such classics as Vacation, Mr. Mom, and Home Alone, it's probably his teen movies—which continue to resonate with each generation—that he'll really be remembered for. » 8/06/09 7:00pm 8/06/09 7:00pm

John Hughes 1950 — 2009

The director, producer and writer responsible for hugely popular movies like National Lampoon's Vacation, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Weird Science, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles and Pretty in Pink died today in New York. More to come. [TMZ, Wikipedia] » 8/06/09 5:20pm 8/06/09 5:20pm

Deception, Seduction & Cannibalism: Drama In The Night Sky

According to Dr. Sara Lewis, most of the flashing lights we see in the summer are the mating calls of male fireflies, who converse nightly with the females waiting in the grass for the male with the largest "gift." [NYT] » 6/30/09 12:20pm 6/30/09 12:20pm

New Technology "Prints" 3-D Fetuses

A Brazilian designer generates 3-D plaster models of fetuses from ultrasounds. It's a cool option for blind women — but will it become, as London Times commenters fear, another weapon in the fight against abortion? [TimesOnline] » 6/26/09 12:30pm 6/26/09 12:30pm

Germophobes Be Warned

Scientists have begun mapping the 1,000 species of bacteria living on the human skin in efforts to better understand healthy epidermis. Apparently, the forearm is teeming with an average of 44 different types of bacteria, while the armpit is a "lush rain forest" of microscopic life. [NationalGeographic & ScienceNow] » 5/29/09 9:40am 5/29/09 9:40am

The "Orgasm Robot": Educational Or Offensive?

A reader has tipped us to this bizarre contraption, known as "Moaning Lisa," a robotic instrument designed to challenge users to master "the process leading to a female orgasm" using a series of ultrasonic sensors. » 4/18/09 2:45pm 4/18/09 2:45pm