Don't Get Too Excited If A DNA Test Says You Have Royal Ancestors

People love finding out that they have a famous relative, or they’re descended from royalty. Thanks to genetic testing services like 23AndMe, it’s easy to send your spit away and get a rundown of your potentially regal DNA. But being related to long-ago kings doesn’t make us special — it just makes us human.


Santa Barbara Still Reeling From The Worst Oil Spill In Decades

Last Tuesday, an onshore pipeline belonging to the Texas-based oil company Plains All American burst, spewing roughly 105,000 gallons of crude down a storm drain and into an undeveloped stretch of coastline just north of Santa Barbara. Roughly a fifth of that oil made its way into open water.


A Rare Glimpse Into The Eye Of Typhoon Dolphin

To remote sensing scientists, peering directly into the eye of a tropical storm is like hitting a hole in one. That’s exactly what NASA’s CloudSat satellite did on May 16th, completing a stunning overpass of Typhoon Dolphin as the category 4 storm churned across the west Pacific.


This Was Your First Reproductive Organ

You were once as wrapped as snug as the pony in the picture. Before you were born, you sat wrapped inside a placenta tucked inside your mother’s womb. That placenta was the very first reproductive structure your body built, long before you built your testes or ovaries or genitalia.


You Can Take This Little Wind And Solar Powered Home Anywhere

If life in a future megacity isn’t for you, your hour of escape is fast approaching. Especially if you don’t mind living alone in a 14 x 7 x 7-foot pod. Well, what if I told you the view was fantastic?


Britain's Poo-Powered Bus Hits A Land Speed Record

The UK’s poop-powered bus is officially one fast son-of-a-bitch. As reported Friday by Ars Technica, the bus recently hit a top speed of 123km/h at the Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire — a record for a regular service bus.


DIY Prosthetics: The Extreme Athlete Who Built A New Knee To Help Fellow Amputees

Brian Bartlett lost his leg at 24. He now has one of the most famous prostheses in the world. Rose Eveleth meets the man who just wanted to ski again.


This Is The Star That NASA Has Nicknamed The 'Nasty One'

While this star was discovered decades ago, it’s the first time researchers have seen it up close — and it’s brought with it some surprises. But none of that explains why NASA chooses to call it Nasty One.


Octopus Senses Light With Its Skin, No Eyes Required

We already knew cephalopods are amazing creatures — how many of us can go from coloured to invisible in a blink? Hell, octopuses can even operate cameras. Still, sensing light with one’s skin is a pretty impressive trick, even for the rock stars of the invertebrate world.


We Still Don't Know What Jumpstarts Puberty

Maybe you grew so fast it left stretch marks on your legs. Or your voice started cracking every time you got on the phone. Or you hated needing to wear a bra. Growing up means going through puberty. It’s an integral part of becoming an adult. But we still don’t know how our bodies start the process.


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