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Why does food cook faster in a pressure cooker?

Electric pressure cookers like the Instant Pot have grown in popularity in recent years. One reason for this is that they allow people to prepare meals more quickly. But a lot of people aren't sure why electric and stovetop ...

dateFeb 14, 2019 in Other
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'Doomsday Clock' stays at two mins to midnight

How close is human civilization to destroying the planet? The symbolic Doomsday Clock is still two minutes to midnight, as close as it has ever been, said the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists on Thursday.

dateJan 24, 2019 in Other
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Why do egg whites turn white when you cook them?

When you crack open a raw egg, the egg white isn't white at all—it's more like a clear jelly. So why does it turn white when you cook it? Does that make it safe to eat? And what about egg yolks?

dateJan 17, 2019 in Other
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The science of steak

Before you throw a hunk of meat on the barbie this summer, read our guide to the perfect steak.

dateJan 15, 2019 in Other
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Myth of Mona Lisa's magical gaze debunked

In science, the "Mona Lisa Effect" refers to the impression that the eyes of the person portrayed in an image seem to follow the viewer as they move in front of the picture. Two researchers from the Cluster of Excellence ...

Hundreds of federal scientists miss conferences in shutdown

The world's largest airborne observatory was supposed to be parked in Seattle this week, so thousands of scientists attending the "Super Bowl of Astronomy" could behold this marvel: a Boeing 747 outfitted with a massive telescope ...

Best of Last Year—The top Phys.org articles of 2018

It was another great year for science, and physics was front and center, as a team at the University of Oxford announced that they may have solved one of the biggest mysteries in modern physics. They came up with a new theory ...

The science of seeing art and color

During three trips to London at the turn of the 20th century, Claude Monet painted more than 40 versions of a single scene: the Waterloo Bridge over the Thames River. Monet's main subject was not the bridge itself, however; ...

Nobel Peace winners urge global action vs. sexual violence

The Congolese doctor who shares this year's Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end the use of rape and sexual violence as weapons of war on Monday called for strong international action against the abuse, including reparations ...

Reproduction, from Hippocrates to IVF

The first book to take in 3,000 years of baby-making shows how women functioned as "vessels" in early ideas of creation, until the ancient Greeks established theories of "dual contribution—whether two seeds or two souls—that ...

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Light-based production of drug-discovery molecules
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Great white shark genome decoded
How our plants have turned into thieves to survive
Antibiotic resistances spread faster than so far thought
Linking sensing to signaling during plant immunity
Energetic particles can bombard exoplanets
Predicting sequence from structure

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