Categories for Science & History

15 Tragic Stories of Brilliant Inventors Killed By Their Own Creations

December 11, 2016 1:48 pm  | Comments: 3 | Views: 162319
Inventions have been boosting economic growth and productivity since the dawn of man. Unsurprisingly, it is the inventor who is often the early tester of those inventions. And some of those inventions pose deadly risks. While some inventors enjoy fame and fortune thanks to their inventions, for a handful of inventors, their devices proved to be their own worst enemies. Here’s a short list of 15 brilliant engineers, scientists, and old-fashioned daredevils who fell victim to their own ideas.

25 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Thanksgiving

November 23, 2016 10:53 am  | Comments: 1 | Views: 24711
Have you ever wondered why we break the wishbone or watch football every year on Thanksgiving? While this holiday is all about showing gratitude, it’s easy to take some of these century-old traditions for granted. So, while you’re preparing, eating or sleeping off your Thanksgiving meal, ponder these fun (and bizarre) Turkey Day facts, and wow your family at the dinner table with your Thanksgiving knowledge.

New Discovery Suggests Amelia Earhart Died as a Castaway, Not in Plane Crash

November 2, 2016 3:34 pm  | Comments: 1 | Views: 6440
New evidence has come to light supporting the theory that legendary aviator Amelia Earhart died as a castaway on an uninhabited island in the southwestern Pacific, rather then in a plane crash as previously assumed. Researchers believe the new discovery puts them one step closer to cracking the enduring mystery of Earhart’s fateful 1937 disappearance that… View Article

Study Suggests Bacteria in your Mouth May Be What Triggers Migraines

October 22, 2016 12:06 pm  | Comments: 1 | Views: 4722
Scientists have found that migraine sufferers tend to have a different mix of bacteria in their mouth and gut compared to non-migraine suffers. This increased level of bacteria potentially makes them more susceptible to the debilitating headaches due to it causing sufferers an increased sensitivity to certain foods. People who suffer from migraines often say that eating certain foods… View Article

New Research Suggest Human Lifespan Has Hit its Natural Limit

October 19, 2016 2:10 pm  | Comments: 1 | Views: 936
Over the past century, the human lifespan has been steadily increasing in large part due to advances in science, medicine and social conditions. In addition to longer average lifespans, the maximum age at death of the longest-living people also rose steadily throughout the 20th century, leaving many to speculate that human longevity may not have an upper limit. However,… View Article

New Study Finds the Bigger Your Brain, the Longer You Yawn

October 8, 2016 12:37 pm  | Comments: 1 | Views: 3757
A new study has discovered a surprising relationship between the duration of mammals yawns and how big and complex their brains are, with researchers now believing the length of a species’ yawn is indicative of greater cognitive abilities. The exact physiological function of yawning is still largely a mystery. Although it appears to be triggered by… View Article

World’s First Baby Born with DNA From 3 Parents

October 2, 2016 12:22 pm  | Comments: 2 | Views: 10553
In what experts are calling a “revolutionary” medical event, the first baby containing the DNA from three different people was born five months ago after being conceived through a new and controversial technique. The divide is due to the method of conception: a three-parent technique called “spindle nuclear transfer,” the details of which were published last… View Article

Elon Musk Reveals His Plans to Begin Colonizing Mars by 2022

September 28, 2016 1:35 pm  | Comments: 5 | Views: 5820
On Tuesday afternoon, SpaceX founder Elon Musk unveiled his company’s detailed plans for transporting people to Mars and establishing a human settlement on the red planet by 2022. In an effort to protect humanity from certain doom, the tech billionaire unveiled his ambitious plans to colonize Mars within the next decade during a keynote talk… View Article

Ancient Human Skeleton Found in Antikythera Shipwreck

September 22, 2016 12:47 pm  | Comments: 3 | Views: 381
A well-preserved 2,000-year-old skeleton was recently uncovered at the famous Antikythera shipwreck site in the Mediterranean waters off the coast of Greece. Researchers hope the discovery will shed light on what caused the ancient vessel to sink off the jagged coastline, as well as possibly providing the first DNA evidence recovered from a first century B.C. shipwreck victim…. View Article

Stanford Scientists Create a Plastic Clothing Material that Cools the Body

September 17, 2016 12:23 pm  | Comments: 8 | Views: 7305
Just as scientists declared 2016 to be the hottest year on record, scientists at Stanford University revealed they have invented a fabric inspired by kitchen plastic wrap that actively cools your body temperature if woven into the clothing.  The new fabric — a form of polyethylene derived from plant material — and its futuristic cooling properties were… View Article

New Study Reveals the Sugar Industry Manipulated Heart Research More Than 50 Years Ago

September 13, 2016 5:45 pm  | Comments: 13 | Views: 9094
New research reveals that the sugar industry funded studies in the early 1960s that downplayed sugar’s critical role in heart disease, while instead placing the blame on fats. This is the latest example of  food and beverage makers attempting to shape public understanding of nutrition, with this recent revelation proving that a dangerous and erroneous cornerstone of… View Article