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Entombment Technologies to Protect You from Being Buried Alive

The fear of being buried alive is an old one, and is even the origin of the phrase “saved by the bell”. Annalee Newitz of io9 has a roundup of technologies developed over the years, right up to the present day, to prevent a person from meeting this fate. Pictured above is Thomas Pursell’s 1930s-era [...]

The Most Disgusting Jobs in Science

Annalee Newitz of io9 compiled a list of some of the grossest jobs in scientific research, like fart statistician: How do you know when you fart too much? Because gastroenterologists have studied human fart production, figured out what the average number of daily farts should be, and determined that levels above that might indicate a medical [...]

Six Scientists List the Most Realistic Works of Science Fiction within Their Fields

Annalee Newitz of io9 asked six prestigious scientists to provide examples of realistic works of science fiction. Dave Goldberg, a physicist at Drexel, argued that the first Terminator movie provided the most reasonable presentation of time travel: The entire thing is a completely self-consistent time loop, from John Conner’s parentage and survivalist training, to the picture [...]