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10 Most Toxic Places on Earth

10 Most Toxic Places on Earth

Any substance, no matter how seemingly benign it may be, can cause damage to an organism. Something as simple as water can be considered toxic as most toxins are dose dependent. Whether whole or in part, toxicity is a huge problem on this planet we all rely on for survival. Though we do our best...

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What Is Mob Mentality?

Mob mentality refers to the behavioral tendency of people (or other social animals) to act in unison with the group of which they are a part. This is an evolutionary adaptation that provides the mechanism for collective intelligence, but also explains how morally reprehensible consensus can form....

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What Is Polymerization?

Polymerization is the process where monomers—or single molecules like amino acids and hydrocarbons—bond to create polymers. There are two kinds of polymers. The first are natural polymers, like deoxyribonucleic acid (or DNA), cellulose and rubber. The second are artificial or man made polymers,...

The 13 Scariest Australian Animals

The 13 Scariest Australian Animals

Australia is a land of deadly creatures that seem to take obscene joy in killing you — and not just Queenslanders hunting down anyone who's brown. No, the entire ecosystem seems specifically designed to kill, what with the horrible desert, deadly animals, annoying insects, and constant worry of...

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The Universe Magnified

This is one of the most beautiful infographics we've ever seen: a high resolution view of different levels of the universe. Our favorite parts are the jaw-dropping nebulae and then the point where you see the size of Pluto compared to Texas. Puts things into perspective. Try it out in full-screen...

15 of the Craziest Biological Hoaxes

15 of the Craziest Biological Hoaxes

The world of biological hoaxes is a great one. Some of them are pranks, some are there to make money, and some are just to laugh at those who don't know any better. There's something about slapping together of a handful of different animals and convincing tourists that it's a real thing that exists...

10 Best Science Kits for Kids

10 Best Science Kits for Kids

Every budding biologist or scientist needs the opportunity to explore and investigate the wonders of science in a safe, educational environment. Many science kits are available to provide the tools and equipment necessary to incite the imagination and increase learning beyond the average science...

15 Ways Science Will Kill Us All

15 Ways Science Will Kill Us All

15. LHC The chances of the Large Hadron Collider actually producing a miniature black hole—or anything life threatening for that matter—are so small as to be minute. Like, crazy minute. As in, will probably never happen so minute. And even if the LHC does start producing tiny little baby black...

What Is a Blue Moon?

What Is a Blue Moon?

Folk lore indicates that tonight, November 21, 2010, an extraordinary event will occur: the moon shines blue (but chances are it will not.) Observers can however defer to the present definition of the term "blue moon" and not be disappointed. Tonight star watchers can delight in a once in a fifty...

10 Incredible Two-Headed Animals

10 Incredible Two-Headed Animals

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