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Scientists Dressed Horses Like Zebras to Figure Out Why They Have Stripes

The experiment aimed to resolve the longstanding debate over the evolutionary purpose of zebra stripes.
Becky Ferreira
2.20.19
Motherboard

LSD and DMT Caused the Brain to Form New Connections in Flies and Rats

The effects of psychedelic drugs on neurite density is a promising sign that they may be useful in treating depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Daniel Oberhaus
6.12.18
Contraception

You Can Now Get Plan B Out of a Vending Machine in Yolo County

We talked with students on the UC Davis campus where the "Wellness to Go" vending machine is located to find out how they feel about the quick and easy availability of the morning-after pill.
Chloe Kim
4.26.17
FDA

There’s a Huge Unregulated Stem Cell Industry in the US

A new study finds well over 550 clinics in the US are selling unapproved stem cell treatments.
Daniel Oberhaus
7.2.16
machines

Behold: The World's First 1,000 Processor Chip

Imagine a room full of 1,000 computers, but at nanoscale.
Michael Byrne
6.18.16
The VICE Guide to Right Now

Scientists Have Successfully Created a Half-Pig, Half-Human Embryo

They're not trying to create an army of mutant pig people, though. Don't worry.
Helen Donahue
6.6.16
video

This Trippy Augmented Reality Sandbox Lets You Move Mountains and Make it Rain

Relive the thrill of playing God as a child while learning about topography.
Adam Owen
7.29.15
earth

This Plant Covers Itself in Insect Corpses as a Grim Defense Mechanism

Unpleasant, sure, but also completely genius.
Michael Byrne
7.25.15
Stuff

We Asked a Cat Expert if Your Cat Could Kill You

Frank J. M. Verstraete knows everything there is to know about the teeth and jaws of cats. If anyone can figure this out, it's him.
Mike Pearl
5.15.15
Sugar

This Is Why Sugar Is So Damn Addictive

According to new research from UC Davis, the root of our global sugar addiction isn't just an inescapable sweet tooth: Sugar can actually act as a stress reliever.
Munchies Staff
4.27.15
California

Could California's New Bullet Coding Law Actually Curb Gun Violence?

Authorities think so, but some experts are skeptical.
Greg Thomas
5.25.13
Motherboard Blog

Pepper Spray Is a Brutal Weapon of War, Wielded By Dunce Cops or Whoever

This past Wednesday a University of California "investigatory report":http://documents.latimes.com/uc-davis-pepper-spray-incident-task-report/ concluded some very predictable things: the November 18th incident on the UC-Davis campus, in which a number...
Michael Arria
4.15.12