Category: Science


Today's Solar Eclipse Left a Path of Nightmarish Traffic in Its Wake

For months, even years, amateur astronomers, photographers, and anyone wanting the best possible view of today’s solar eclipse have been planning trips into the phenomenon’s path of totality. Now that it’s over, all that’s left are millions of grainy Instagram photos—and a traffic nightmare that traces the same path… Read more…


Miss the totality? Google Maps will make you feel better

Enlarge (credit: Earlier today, millions of Americans flocked to a strip of land about 70 miles wide, stretching from Portland, Oregon to Columbia, South Carolina, to view a once-a-decade total solar eclipse. Now the totality is over, and everyone is trying to go home. And as these screenshots from Google maps demonstrate, it’s causing traffic jams…


Chemical Compound That Gives Poop Its Stink Extends Healthy Lifespan in Animals

Indole, an organic chemical compound that’s found in our gut and contributes to the smell of poop, increases the healthy lifespan of worms, flies, and mice, according to new research. Scientists say this likely applies to humans as well, and that this stinky substance could eventually be used to delay age-related… Read more…