During breakfast on June 30, 1908, a man named S.B. Semenov was sitting on a porch at a northern Russian trading post when the sky burst into flames. He looked up and saw the heavens appear to split apart, and he felt as though his shirt was on fire; after a moment, a heavy blow knocked him off his feet and he passed out. The inferno, afterward known as the Tunguska Event, was a high-altitude explosion of a meteor or a comet--but nobody ever found the remains.
After public scrutiny over an article about how women's hormones might affect how they vote, CNN has pulled the story from its site. Go there now, and you get a message on how "some elements of the story did not meet the editorial standards of CNN." (It's still floating around the web, though.
As you've probably heard by now, in an interview Sunday, Missouri Representative and Republican Senate nominee Todd Akin said he believed that rape-related pregnancy was "really rare." He continued by saying that, "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."
So, now for the facts. Pregnancy resulting from rape is not rare. In fact, a woman is more than twice as likely to get pregnant during a rape than during consensual sex.
In other billionaire news today, a controversial and ostentatious Australian is supposedly planning a real-life Jurassic Park, complete with cloned dinosaurs. Clive Palmer, who also wants to build a modern-day Titanic replica, has held talks with the scientists who cloned Dolly the sheep, reports Australia’s Sunshine Coast Daily.
The fundamental backbone of life is unbending, according to two new studies — a plucky bacterium from a California lake cannot substitute a poisonous substance for phosphorus after all. The results address the question of whether GFAJ-1, as the bacterium is known, is “weird life” with implications for astrobiology.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.