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Top Ten Weirdest Science Stories Of 2014

2014 was a pretty great year for science. A probe from the European Space Agency physically landed on a moving comet for the first time. Lockheed Martin made a significant technology breakthrough relating to nuclear fusion power. Oh, and the world’s biggest-ever dinosaur, the “Dreadnoughtus”, was discovered. There were also a bunch of science stories that grabbed headlines simply for being weird.


What Is Raw Milk And Why Is It Harmful?

Milk is a highly nutritious food, and an important source of amino acids and minerals such as phosphorus and calcium, which contributes to bone health.


This Video Explains What Happens To Your Body When You Eat Too Much

If you’ve just had a really big meal, there are a lot of things going on in your body. Between the stomach stretching and the chemical reactions taking place, here’s an explanation of what’s going on in there.


The Science Of Eyetracking And Pizza

If you prefer to order your pizza without going through all the trouble of actually speaking, Pizza Hut has just the thing for you — “the world’s first subconscious menu.” You sit down, glance through the menu, and before you say anything or even make a conscious decision, the menu has figured out which toppings you’d like on your pizza and places your order.


Why You Should Stop Feeling Smug About 'BPA-Free' Products

Purchase a plastic water bottle, and there’s a good chance that it will feature a “BPA-free” label. You might be seeing it more often because the industrial chemical Bisphenol-A has now been removed from a wide array of products. But, are products that are “BPA-free” actually less risky? And do these labels actually affect consumer behaviour?


How To Protect Your Skin While Getting Enough Vitamin D

It’s been more than 30 years since Sid Seagull first urged us to slip, slop and slap while out in the sun. But while we’ve made enormous progress fighting skin cancer, melanomas are still the fourth most common cancer in Australia and one of the most deadly. Add to the the huge burden of non-melanoma skin cancer.


Why People Are So Horribly Rude Online

Ever wondered why people can be so breathtakingly rude in online comments, spewing out vitriol in a way that would never be acceptable in a face-to-face exchange? Vincent F Hendricks, Professor of Formal Philosophy at the University of Copenhagen, explains why this happens.


How To Deal With Excessive Sweat

It’s time to stop living in fear of raising your arms. If you suffer from excessive sweating, wet armpits and sweat stained fabrics, here are some tips to make your life a little easier.


Sitting At Work For Hours On End Can Stress You Out

A lot of us spend large chunks of our day sitting. Although it might seem relaxing, sitting for such long periods damages our bodies. A recent study has discovered a correlation between sitting at work and psychological distress.


When Domino's Square Pizza Is Actually Bad Value

Consider a standard pizza box containing a standard circular pizza. How much more would you be willing to pay for a square pizza that filled the box?