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The Craziest Myths the MythBusters Have Tackled, According to the MythBusters

To celebrate the new season of MythBusters (check out the epic sizzle reel here) premiering this Sunday at 8pm ET/PT on the Discovery Channel, we asked hosts Jamie Hyneman, Adam Savage, Grant Imahara, Kari Byron and Tory Belleci to pick the most insane myths they’ve ever tackled in their decade of busting. Here’s what [...]

Discovering Oxygen: A Brief History

Because there are three different dead guys who regularly vie for credit for discovering oxygen, we’ve staged a little friendly competition to establish which of these great men deserves the title of the O-master. In evaluating the contenders, we’ll look at when they isolated oxygen and how their experiments furthered our understanding of the [...]

Living Stem Cells Survive in Corpse 17 Days After Death

How long do stem cells in your body last after death? New research by histologist and neuropathologist Fabrice Chrétien shows that stem cells can last much longer without oxygen and nutrients than previously thought: Apparently [...]

Bacteria Survive Being Buried for 86 Million Years

Photo: Bo Barker Jørgensen It may sound like the plot of a Syfy movie, but it’s real: scientists have discovered that bacteria can survive being buried for 86-million-years in deep-sea mud. The scientists jammed a [...]

Dog Carries Girl’s Oxygen Tank

Two-year-old Alida Knobloch has a rare lung disorder that requires her to lug around an oxygen tank – a hard thing to do when you’re only a tiny toddler. Enter her knight in shining armor, or in this case, kind of like [...]

Oxygen discovered around Saturn moon

Scientists believe all of Saturn’s moons may have oxygen around them, but could anything be living there? While Dione itself doesn’t seem to be a like…

Would you eat a two-week-old sandwich?

British food technologists are launching a type of long-life sandwich that stays fresh for weeks. The trick is to flush oxygen from the packaging and …

Skunk Cabbages Are So Hot

Can a plant be warm blooded? Well, being as how they have no blood, the obvious answer is no. But the skunk cabbage comes as close as it can by producing enough heat to stay 65-95 degrees above the ambient temperature of the freezing winters of its New England home. To produce heat, it metabolizes oxygen—the [...]

Indian Students Built Motorcycle That Runs on Oxygen

Engineering students in Palwal City, India, built a motorcycle that runs on a tank of compressed oxygen: “This bike is different from others because the engine doesn’t burn fuel, nor does the temperature rise. The air is compressed and transferred to the engine without any combustion. The piston reciprocates from the air pressure leading to an [...]

Scientists Make Progress in Growing Giant Insects

John VandenBrooks of Arizona State University in Tempe examined how changing levels of oxygen in the atmosphere may effect the size that insects grow: The team raised cockroaches, dragonflies, grasshoppers, meal worms, beetles and other insects in atmospheres containing different amounts of oxygen to see if there were any effects. One result was that dragonflies grew faster [...]