popsci.comEverything you think you know about bald eagles is wrongBald eagles look awesome. Heck, all eagles look awesome. It’s why they’re a good national symbol—they seem so fearsome and regal. But despite their image being absolutely freakin’ everywhere, the average American probably doesn’t know a whole lot about them. And as today is National American Eagle Day, we thought we’d bring you up to speed.
popsci.comThe problem with taking scientific questions to courtLegal cases which try to prove that a particular chemical or product is the cause of an illness like cancer, are complicated. What the legal system considers enough evidence to establish that exposures causes illness is different from the standards of science—and trying to fit the two together can be hazardous.
popsci.comTo understand fossils, scientists are baking their ownYou’ll need an organism—preferably one with hard bones or a shell. Add fine-grained sediment and rapid burial and in 10,000 years or so, you’ll be well on your way to a deliciously durable fossil. It’s a cooking project that can only take place in Earth’s test kitchen, and the baking time is admittedly long. But what if there were a quicker way—think microwave instead of slow cooker?
popsci.comNew fracking wells are using hundreds of times more water than their predecessorsOver the last few years, fracking operations have gotten more efficient at removing oil and natural gas from the ground—this according to a new study published today in the journal Science Advances. That’s good news for the fossil fuels industry, which is getting more than ever out of a given well—but might be bad news for fresh water.
popsci.comEverything you need to know about added sugars (and how to avoid them)You should already be avoiding added sugars—but you’re probably not. Whoops. With all the guidelines on what you should and shouldn’t eat floating around, it’s easy to overlook a few. Most of them seem like nonsense anyway. But avoiding added sugar is one that’s actually important. If you want to cut back, you’ll need to figure out what an “added sugar” even is, why it’s bad, and how to avoid it. And whaddya know—we went ahead and created the guide you need to conquer your added sugar habit .
popsci.comThis is Jaguar's first real attempt to take on TeslaThis quiet beast provides astonishingly brisk acceleration (4.5 seconds to 60 mph), a fierce 400 horsepower, and stuck-to-your seat 512 pound-feet of immediately available torque. For these reasons and more the I-Pace, starting at a retail $69,500, is a significant achievement for Jaguar.
popsci.comMars has tons of newly discovered water in a 12-mile-wide reservoirMars is now a dry and dusty world, but at some point in the past it had water on it and it may still run at times today. For the first time, though, new research suggests the Red Planet might currently possess a large stable body of liquid water, one that stretches roughly a dozen miles across and is buried under nearly a mile of ice.
popsci.comA female Ebola survivor infected her family more than a year after she had the illnessA 33-year-old woman in Liberia harbored the Ebola virus for more than a year before transmitting the infection to family members—the first evidence scientists have that the Ebola virus can be transmitted by a female survivor of infection.
popsci.comWhy can't I use my dog's tick prevention medicine?Tick season is in full swing. For furry hiking companions, though, there’s a simple strategy: products like Frontline and Advantix go on once and protect against pests for an entire month. Unfortunately, no similar products exist for humans—we don't have one-time use methods that can keep the bugs at bay for an extended time. But they seem to work so well for our canine best friends, so why don’t we have them?