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31 Oct

Happy Halloween!

You know what Halloween means? We're getting ever-closer to Punkin Chunkin.

The 2014 event is still a few weeks away -- mark your calendars for Saturday, Nov. 29 at 8/7c on Science Channel -- but in the meantime, here are some best moments from Punkin Chunkin 2013 to help you relive past glory.

Hamster Wheel Breaks the Barrier

Chunk Norris on Stilts

Air Cannon Backspin Nozzle

Young Glory III's Brand-New Barrel

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30 Oct

How to Hunt for Ghosts: A Halloween Tutorial

Halloween is just a day away so there's no better time to start preparing for a night of searching for ghostly signs. Get your ghost-hunting tools ready -- here's what you need:

Ghost-Hunting Toolbox

Electromagnetic Field Detector

Haunting Thermometer

Frequency Meter

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29 Oct

The Science of 'Interstellar'

Wednesday night on Science Channel, Matthew McConaughey takes viewers behind the scenes of Interstellar with a look at the real-life science that went into this out-of-this-world film.

Over on SCI2, we're highlighting the science of sci-fi, including this Interstellar featurette:

Watch 'The Science of Interstellar' Wednesday night at 10/9c on Science.

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28 Oct

Eat More Chocolate To Boost Your Brain Power

Good news for chocolate lovers: a new study suggests a component of chocolate could reverse age-related memory loss.

As The New York Times reports:

"In a small study in the journal Nature Neuroscience, healthy people, ages 50 to 69, who drank a mixture high in antioxidants called cocoa flavanols for three months performed better on a memory test than people who drank a low-flavanol mixture."

Eating a chocolate bar every day isn't enough to reap the health benefits; rather, it would take "insane amounts" of chocolate to see improved memory. As The Guardian notes, "A typical chocolate bar contains about 40mg. The special drink used in the trial contained 900mg."

"It would make a lot of people happy, but it would also make them unhealthy," study co-author Scott A. Small said.

How It's Made: Cocoa Beans

How It's Made: Assorted Chocolates

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27 Oct

Watch Google Exec's Record-Breaking Skydive From 135,890 Feet

Feliz Baumgartner made international headlines in October 2012 when he made the highest-ever skydive from 128,100 feet. Two years later, Google vice president Alan Eustace broke that record with a near-stratospheric skydive from 135,890 feet.

As DNews reports:

"Eustace began his ascent at dawn, rising above Roswell, N.M. at 1,000 feet per minute for about 2 1/2 hours in a pressurized spacesuit. He then spent about half an hour checking out Earth's upper atmosphere, 'experiencing the wonders of the stratosphere before being released from the balloon,' according to a statement from Paragon Space Development, which created the suit.

Once he separated from the ballon, it only took about 90 seconds for him to break the sound barrier in free fall.

After about 4 minutes, he deployed his parachute at 18,000 feet, and landed 15 minutes later. Chase vehicles and a recovery team picked him up."

You have to see it to believe it:

Want more extreme skydiving? Check out these guys skydiving with a bowling ball.

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23 Oct

It's Thursday, So Here's a Thorny Devil

Earlier this week, we met a spider the size of a puppy. Today, here's another weird creature: the thorny devil.

One of the strangest-looking animals out there, the thorny devil lives in Australia and is able to absorb water through its skin to cover its entire body. Take a look:

If you want to meet more strange creatures, head over to ScienceChannel.com.

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21 Oct

How The World Series Is Made

Whether your team is in the World Series or not, baseball is America's national pastime.

How are baseballs made?

What goes into the perfect baseball glove?

Wooden or aluminum baseball bat?

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20 Oct

There's A Puppy-Sized Spider In The Rainforest

Next time you're trekking through the rainforest in Guyana, look out for a spider the size of a small dog.

Entomologist Piotr Naskrecki spotted the massive South American Goliath birdeater (Theraphosa blondi) on a nighttime walk through the rainforest. As he writes on his blog,

"Although far from being the largest member of the subphylum Chelicerata – this honor belongs to horseshoe crabs – Goliath birdeaters are ridiculously huge for a land arthropod. Their leg span approaches 30 cm (nearly a foot) and they weigh up to 170 g – about as much as a young puppy."

When Naskrecki approached the creature, as detailed in his blog post titled 'The sound of little hooves in the night,' the spider "would start rubbing its hind legs against the hairy abdomen" and made a hissing noise.

See photos of the puppy-sized spider on The Smaller Majority.

Learn about more alarming arachnids on Science Channel:

Trapdoor Spider

Ogre-Faced Spider

Tent Spider Colony

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17 Oct

Friday Fun: Skipping Stones on Frozen Lake Makes Awesome Sound

Skipping stones is a learned skill but once you've mastered the art of the skip, what happens when you try to skip a stone across a frozen body of water?

Cory Williams tried it and said of stones skipping across a frozen lake in Alaska, "This is the coolest sound I've ever heard!"

Karl Pilkington visited Alaska for 'An Idiot Abroad.' For more Friday fun, take a look at some of his adventures:
Whale Pops

What's A Honey Bucket?

Go For A Walk

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16 Oct

Earth Just Had the Hottest September On Record

This was the warmest September since record-keeping began 134 years ago, new NASA data reveals, marking "September [2014] as the 355th month in a row that was hotter than the 20th-century average," according to DNews.

Furthermore, Slate notes, "the last six months were collectively the warmest middle half of the year in NASA’s records -- dating back to 1880."

El Niño, a period of unusually warm sea surface temperatures, is still to come this year.

What Are El Niño and La Niña?

Global Warming, Shrinking Glaciers and CO2 Emissions

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