Butt Identification, and Other Awkward Biometrics

Biometrics are everywhere. Fingerprint scanners are a standard feature in the newest smartphones, DNA testing is common, and facial recognition is getting more and more terrifyingly reliable. But there are many biometric applications still lurking on the fringe, and some of them get really, really personal. »6/18/15 2:04pm6/18/15 2:04pm

I Fooled Millions Into Thinking Chocolate Helps Weight Loss. Here's How.

“Slim by Chocolate!” the headlines blared. A team of German researchers had found that people on a low-carb diet lost weight 10 percent faster if they ate a chocolate bar every day. It made the front page of Bild, Europe’s largest daily newspaper, just beneath their update about the Germanwings crash. From there, it… »5/27/15 6:26pm5/27/15 6:26pm

Popular Exercises To Avoid At All Costs—Unless You Do Them Right

Many popular exercises are performed incorrectly, often by people who probably shouldn’t be attempting them in the first place. This can result in injuries and futility at the gym. We talked to the experts to find out which exercises are the most problematic, and how to do them correctly. »5/12/15 7:01pm5/12/15 7:01pm

Brontosaurus Should Be Reinstated As A Distinct Dinosaur, Say Scientists

It's the most famous dinosaur that never was — or at least that's what paleontologists have believed for 112 years. After an exhaustive comparative analysis of over 500 physical characteristics, researchers have concluded that Brontosaurus is sufficiently distinct from Apatosaurus to warrant its own genus. Bronto, it… »4/07/15 12:09pm4/07/15 12:09pm

We're in a Technological Arms Race with Bears for Our Food

It's almost impossible to secure yourself against a food raid from bears. That's because these giant mammals are clever tool users, and they share their tech knowledge with other bears nearby. As a result, bear-proofing technology rarely works for more than a couple of decades before every bear knows how to crack it. »1/28/15 4:58pm1/28/15 4:58pm

We've Been Depicting Runners Wrong For Thousands Of Years

Imagine someone running. Now freeze him in place. How is he positioned? Now stand up and reproduce with your body the pose you've pictured in your mind. It doesn't have to be perfect, just capture the essence. Are you doing it? Good. Now where are your arms and legs? Are they where they should be? »10/11/14 5:10pm10/11/14 5:10pm