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Flint Activist Wins Major Environmental Prize

A Flint activist who worked to expose the Michigan city's lead crisis is being hailed as an environmental hero. She's one of the winners of the 2018 Goldman Environmental Prize.<p>The honor, announced on Monday, recognizes grass-roots environmental activists from around the world.<p>Shortly after the …

Water

Different Species of Monkeys are Having Sex Now, but Biologists Don't Mind

"It is nature's way to respond."<p>Hooking up with members of other species is generally frowned upon. But maybe we’re just prudes. As grolar bears, …

Monkeys

If We’re Searching for Earth 2.0, Would We Know It When We Find It?

In the past few decades, there has been an explosion in the number of extra-solar planets that have been discovered. As of April 1st, 2018, a total …

People Voted for Trump Because They Were Anxious, Not Poor

A new study finds that Trump voters weren’t losing income or jobs. Instead, they were concerned about their place in the world.<p>For the past 18 months, many political scientists have been seized by one question: Less-educated whites were President Trump’s most enthusiastic supporters. But why, …

Corporate espionage hacks hit health care sector

Symantec is tracking what it believes to be a longstanding corporate espionage hacking effort against medical manufacturers. The details: Based on …

Move Over, Double Helix: A New Form of DNA Has Just Been Discovered

This is the first time it's ever been seen in a living cell.<p>When we learn about human genetics in high school biology class, one of the most basic …

Genetics

Which Animal Kills the Most Humans?

Animals fatally maul, sting, trample, and chew about a million humans per year. Pretty nice of them, given the numbers on our side—the average of 750 …

An Actual Science Study Showed Why Male Flies Love to Ejaculate

There's an evolutionary reason sex feels so good.<p>The <i>Drosophila</i>, better known as fruit flies, have between 40 and 50 days on this planet before they …

Biology

Autistic children may inherit DNA mutations from their fathers

There is no one gene that, when mutated, causes autism. But over the past decade, researchers have identified hundreds of gene variations that seem …

Scientists Genetically Engineered Flies to Ejaculate Under Red Light

Their experiments confirm that sex is pleasurable, even for animals we think of as simple.<p>Humans have spent a lot of time figuring out ways to get animals to ejaculate. They have fashioned artificial vaginas, inserted electric probes, and donned helmets that encourage birds to hump their heads. …

Biology

New Species of ‘Exploding Ant’ Discovered in Borneo

When confronted by an enemy, Southeast Asian “exploding ants” do exactly what their name implies: they explode. Ignored for decades, researchers have …

There's a California fault far more dangerous than San Andreas - and it's ready to go off

Everyone knows that California’s San Andreas fault is a ticking time bomb ready to erupt – but a new study shows that another fault right under the …

Saturn May Be the Missing Piece in the Puzzle of Jupiter's Moons

Saturn may have played a key role in the birth of Jupiter's largest moons, a new study finds.<p>This discovery may shed light on whether potentially …

Scientists have figured out how to listen to the earth and unlock Africa’s hidden riches

Africa was once at the centre of the world – literally. It was the landmass at the centre of Pangaea, a super continent that broke up into smaller plates about 200 million years ago.<p>Today, Africa sits on the second largest of these plates and her physical landscape is not a permanent fixture. It’s …

Earth Science

An Inordinate Fondness for Wasps

There are probably more species of them than any other animal group.<p>When talking about whether theology has anything to learn from science, the British biologist J. B. S. Haldane used to quip that God must have “an inordinate fondness for beetles.”<p>He had a point. Around 380,000 species of beetle …

Insects

Astronomers Just Found They've Been Completely Wrong About These Giant Sun Tornadoes

Whoops.<p>Scientists have discovered that the massive bursts of solar activity we call 'solar tornadoes' are not at all like the twisters we get here on …

Universe

This bear refusing to wake up from hibernation is all of us

It's rare to watch a bear trying to awaken from a six-month slumber. But it's happening right now at Glacier National Park, in northwestern …

Wildlife

The Milky Way’s Center Is a Cornucopia of Black Holes

Astronomers have detected evidence of a handful of the likely thousands of light-gobbling objects in the middle of the galaxy.<p>For the last few years, Chuck Hailey has had the center of the Milky Way hanging in his office at Columbia University. The picture, pinned above his desk, shows a bright …

Cases Of 'Nightmare Bacteria' Reported In Texas: CDC

A CDC study found that the antibiotic resistant germs can "spread like wildfire" and result in infections that are impossible to …

Why you should be color bathing in the shower with LED lights

I recently met a woman who takes morning baths, and while she is definitely my new #goals icon, who can fit a soak into their a.m. (or even p.m.) …

The dinosaurs were wiped out because they couldn’t stop eating the wrong food, scientists claim

We humans find it extremely difficult to say no to unhealthy treats.<p>But it turns out that our species is a paragon of dietary discipline compared to …

Dual attack with two existing drugs destroys lung cancer

Breaking research concludes that the use of two existing drugs could successfully treat certain lung cancers. The study delves deep into the …

Cancer

What on Earth Is This Fiery Blob?

At first glance, it looks like a fiery monster out of "The Incredibles." Or maybe a glowing alien orb, or a giant, irritated zit popping up above the …

Geology

Elon Musk's next SpaceX rocket could blast off 100 times

Believe it or not, all the SpaceX rockets you've seen making those impressive landings the past few years are something like the beta version of the Falcon 9 rocket. We may get to see the final version at work later this month, when the real revolution in space flight will begin.<p>Over the past week, …

Elon Musk

How close are we to video-recording our dreams?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Although most of us dream four to six times a night, we forget 90% of our dreams 10 minutes after they end.<p>Dreams are designed to be forgotten, explained Antonio Zadra, a psychology professor at the Université de Montréal. It's "very important to not confuse dream experiences with …

Stephen King

Now, there’s an injectable bandage that stops bleeding, speeds healing | health

An injectable bandage fabricated from a seaweed-derived gel that is used in cooking can stop bleeding and promote wound healing, according to …

Cell Biology

Alberta woman one of first adults in Canada to be 'cured' of sickle cell anemia through stem cell transplant

An Alberta woman is among the first adults in Canada to be cured of sickle cell anemia with the help of a sister's love — and a stem cell …

Medicine

NASA orders a supersonic X-Plane, easy on the boom

NASA wants to bring supersonic speed back to commercial aviation, and it's turning to Lockheed Martin to help us get there.<p>The space and aeronautics agency on Tuesday awarded Lockheed Martin a $247.5 million contract to build the Low-Boom Flight Demonstrator, a one-off X-Plane with a design …

Losing life savings in middle age increases risk of early death by 50 per cent

Money may not be able to buy happiness, but a new study suggests it does buy health. Researchers in the US discovered that people who lost at least 75 per cent of their nest eggs in middle or older age, were 50 per cent more likely to die in the next 20 years.<p>The researchers say the financial loss …

USDA confirms it won't regulate CRISPR gene-edited plants like it does GMOs

A statement issued by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue last week has clarified that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) currently …

Agriculture