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Why Green Beans Are Fruits and Strawberries Are Not

Why Green Beans Are Fruits and Strawberries Are Not

When scientists classify fruits, vegetables and nuts, it all comes down to anatomy. But in popular culture, we often get it all mixed up calling fruits vegetables and vegetables fruits. Thankfully, the good people at SciShow are here to clear things up. They’ve put together a video that explains how common produce items should really be classified. Sure, […]

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    Neil deGrasse Tyson: Politicians, Stop ‘Cherry-Picking Science’ for Political Gain

    Neil deGrasse Tyson: Politicians, Stop ‘Cherry-Picking Science’ for Political Gain

    Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson participated in a Q&A panel on Monday night with doctors, mathematicians and other scientists. The panelists took questions on topics including climate change, extraterrestrial life and artificial intelligence. Tyson said it’s “one of the great tragedies of modern society that we have politicians who are cherry-picking science in the interest of social, cultural, political or religious belief systems.” Neil […]

    Halfway to Hell: Global Temperatures Hit Critical Point, Warn Scientists

    Halfway to Hell: Global Temperatures Hit Critical Point, Warn Scientists

    As 2015 shapes up to be the hottest year on record, scientists warn the world could be halfway towards surpassing countries’ self-set red line of 2C temperature rise. Now with an El Nino underway and predicted to intensify, it looks as if the global average surface temperature could jump by around 0.1C in just one […]

    What Is a Blue Moon and Where Did It Get Its Name?

    What Is a Blue Moon and Where Did It Get Its Name?

    We’ve all heard the expression “once in a blue moon,” but have you ever stopped and thought to yourself, “What is a blue moon?” and “How rare are they actually?” Well, a blue moon happens when there are two full moons in one month. The second one is called a blue moon, and they happen about […]

    Epic Video Narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains the Universe in 8 Minutes

    Epic Video Narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains the Universe in 8 Minutes

    Set to the music of Igor Stravinsky, this epic video, narrated by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson explains the history of our universe. The video seen by more than 800,000 people covers everything from how the universe began to the spontaneous creation and dissolution of black holes. He gives a great explanation of how the sun and […]

    NASA Discovers ‘Earth’s Bigger, Older Cousin’

    NASA Discovers ‘Earth’s Bigger, Older Cousin’

    NASA announced yesterday that its Kepler spacecraft has discovered “the first near-Earth-size planet in the ‘habitable zone’ around a sun-like star.” NASA believes there may be up to another 11 other “new small habitable zone candidate planets,” marking “another milestone in the journey to finding another ‘Earth,’” according to the agency’s press release. How does Kepler-452b […]

    Extreme Heat Triggers Sex Change in Lizards

    Extreme Heat Triggers Sex Change in Lizards

    Climate change may cause gender switching. Now, there’s a line to motivate conservative politicians to cut carbon pollution. Extreme heat caused by climate change may eliminate male bearded dragons. Photo credit: Arthur Georges Let me explain. A team of ecologists has proven that temperature, not just genetics, plays a role in determining the sex of […]

    Satellite Data Shows Underground Aquifers Are Running Out of Water

    Satellite Data Shows Underground Aquifers Are Running Out of Water

    The planet’s great subterranean stores of water are running out—and nobody can be sure how much remains to supply billions of people in the future. Satellite instruments used to measure the flow from 37 underground aquifers between 2003 and 2013 have revealed that at least one-third of them were seriously stressed—with little or almost no […]