Known as a "living fossil," the coelacanth is an order of fish thought to have been extinct for 65 million years until one was caught in 1938 in a fisherman's net off the coast of South Africa and identified by museum curator Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer. This wonderful paper animation tells the story of the curious creature and its rediscovery.
A study into the stigmatization of "gay-sounding" voices found that British and American men expect to be discriminated against if they sound gay and make efforts not to be gay-sounding. More broadly, the study concerns essentialist beliefs about sexuality and voice. The research highlighted that essentialist beliefs about homosexuality can result in "auditory gaydar," or… READ THE REST
A new paper from Luca Comisso and Felipe A. Asenjo in the Physical Review titled "Magnetic reconnection as a mechanism for energy extraction from rotating black holes" explains, well, how to use magnets to retrieve something from the gravitational collapse of a black hole. So the good news is: it might be possible! The bad… READ THE REST
Most people know not to put metal in the microwave. (Watch the above video, but don't try it yourself.) Even the filigree in an old bowl can spark and ignite a kitchen fire. That's because the metal reflects the microwaves. But what's the deal with the occasional vegetable fire in the microwave? After a beet… READ THE REST
If you're in the market for wearable tech, you'll likely look at Apple first. That's no surprise considering the Cupertino giant owns nearly 50 percent of the entire smartwatch market share. But that definitely doesn't mean that Apple has a monopoly of smartwatch quality — and its products certainly don't come cheap. There are a handful… READ THE REST
High-quality air is important, but it's hard to properly gauge whether or not your area is experiencing a bad air day. You'd think there would be more smart air purification systems on the market because of this. The Sensibo Pure Smart Air Purifier jumps to the head of that line, utilizing what Sensibo calls the world's… READ THE REST
We would all like to do everything we can to sustain our environment, but have you ever thought about the waste that comes from doing laundry? We hate to break it to you, but your favorite detergent doesn't break down in the wash entirely, seeping toxic metals like cadmium and arsenic into the water supply. … READ THE REST