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In 40 million years, Mars may have a ring (and one fewer moon)

Nothing lasts forever – especially Phobos, one of the two small moons orbiting Mars. The moonlet is spiraling closer and closer to the Red Planet on its way toward an inevitable collision with its host. But a new study suggests that pieces of Phobos will get a second life as a ring around the rocky …

Nintendo needs to make this Gameboy concept a reality

Nintendo has been hinting at having a new console in the works, but what I’d really like to see from the gaming giant is a portable system based on this beautiful Gamboy-inspired concept by Munich-based designer Florian Renner.<p>Renner reimagined the 26-year old Gameboy with a horizontal form factor …

Weather disasters linked to climate change

Thirty two groups of scientists in 20 countries analyzed 28 weather disasters in 2014 – and found half of them linked to human-caused climate …

I’ve Got Your Missing Links Right Here (7 November 2015)

<b>Top picks</b><p>From me at The Atlantic:<p>Why Do Most Languages Have So Few Words for Smells?<br>• The Hottest New Cancer Drugs Depend on Gut Microbes<br>• The Woman Who Tweets Cheetahs<br>• A Venomous Fight Among Reptile Scientists<p>Through twin histories of telescopy and Hawaii, Adrienne LaFrance covers the bitter debate …

Religion doesn't make kids more generous or altruistic, study finds

Here's a discovery that could make secular parents say hallelujah: Children who grow up in nonreligious homes are <i>more</i> generous and altruistic than children from observant families.<p>A series of experiments involving 1,170 kids from a variety of religious backgrounds found that the non-believers were …

The Day of the Dead Bread You'll Want to Make All Year Long

In Mexico, the day after Halloween is known as the Day of the Dead, a celebration of the lives of friends, family, loved ones, and even pets. And...food!<p><i>Welcome to Buen Provecho, a column by associate food editor Rick Martinez. Each month, he’ll take us on a culinary tour of Latin American food and</i> …

Baking

Neanderthals ‘kept our early ancestors out of Europe’

Ancient teeth found in China suggest Homo sapiens was outwitted by its rivals<p>The discovery of a hoard of ancient human teeth in a Chinese cave has forced scientists to reconsider our species’ relations with our closest evolutionary cousins, the Neanderthals. The find, revealed in the science …

Humanity

How the particle that led Bohr to think energy might not be conserved could lead the next revolution in physics

Neutrinos are ubiquitous, but mysterious. A Nobel prize was awarded this year for the discovery that they have mass, and undergo quantum oscillations as they travel - discoveries that fundamentally changed our understanding of physics and cosmology. A rare nuclear decay, being searched for now, …

Physics

Leaked Continuum Video Shows Microsoft Has Found Its Mojo Again

Something has happened at Redmond. Whatever it is, it’s been enough to stir a few echoes back here with someone who left Windows as a platform over a decade ago for OSX. Of course I could sit here and quote statistics all night long about Android vs. Windows vs. OSX (and iOS in its various forms) …

Software

The latest 'gay gene' study gives no comfort to homophobes

The likes of Vladimir Putin might welcome a study which finds sexual orientation may not be fixed from birth. But they are ignoring the science<p>Vladimir Putin, Robert Mugabe, Pope Francis and other anti-gay world leaders may well rejoice at new scientific research that points to homosexuality as …

Like Your Coffee Black? Congratulations, You Could Be a Psychopath

A new study claims to have evidence that people with a taste for coffee are more likely to be psychopaths. According to Yahoo, "Psychology researchers at Innsbruck University in Austria found that people who expressed a preference for bitter tastes (like coffee) were more likely to be vain, …

Psychology