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See a Single Stem Cell Grow Into a Complete Creature

Scientists have created a genetic roadmap for how lone cells develop into complex life.<p>Your life is a result of many, many choices. School, career, relationships; each decision is made in sequence, building upon the past to create a traceable map of what led you to your current state of …

Biology

Inevitable muscle wasting of old age could be stopped, scientists believe

The inevitable muscle wasting of old age could be stopped, scientists believe, after discovering why people become frail as they grow older.<p>Most people become weaker in their later years, as their leg muscles get smaller and less able to bear weight, which often leads to disability and falls.<p>But …

One of the most sought after jobs for rural Chinese women is to become a mistress

Shanshan’s $550 shoes came from her lover, but the soles of her feet, as hard as leather, came from her childhood. “We used to play barefoot in the village,” she told me. “All the girls in the karaoke bar had feet like this.”<p>At 26, Shanshan has come a long way from rural Sichuan, one of China’s …

SpaceX's biggest rival has a 'genius' plan to cut its rocket-launch costs by more than 70%

SpaceX turned heads around the world on February 6 with the first launch of Falcon Heavy.<p>The 230-foot-tall rocket's three boosters helped push Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster into space, peeled off after running low on fuel, and then careened toward Earth.<p>Two of the 16-story boosters rocketed to a safe …

Space Travel

This simple sleep trick will help you fall asleep in under a minute

It's quicker than counting sheep!<p>Even though we spend all day running around, sometimes the biggest task of the day is actually falling asleep at the …

Sleep

9 Secret Shortcuts of People Who Are Good at Everyday Math

Even in an age of smartphones, crunching numbers quickly — and getting good at it — can give you snappy, useful answers to pressing real-life math …

Elon Musk's SpaceX rocket heading towards asteroid belt after overshooting Mars' orbit

Elon Musk's super-rocket has taken flight and overshot Mars' orbit, going further out into the solar system than originally planned.<p>His cherry-red Tesla, carrying a dummy and blasting Bowie's Life on Mars, was supposed to take a path around the Sun which would take it out into Mars' orbit.<p>It …

Elon Musk

You thought quantum mechanics was confusing? Check out entangled time

Entanglement is the inability to describe two quantum systems or particles independently, after they have interacted.<p>In the summer of 1935, the …

New research links human consciousness to a law that governs the universe

Human Entropy<p>Our species has long agonized over the concept of human consciousness. What exactly causes it, and why did we evolve to experience …

Artificial Intelligence May Have Cracked Freaky 600-Year-Old Manuscript

Since its discovery over a hundred years ago, the 240-page Voynich manuscript, filled with seemingly coded language and inscrutable illustrations, …

Sunken 8th continent reveals its buried secrets

A journey to plumb the remote ocean depths has revealed that Earth does indeed have an eighth continent.<p>A nine-week voyage took scientists from around the world to drill and explore the seafloor off New Zealand and Australia. They found evidence of land-based fossils, revealing that the ancient …

Jupiter's Great Red Spot Gets Its First-Ever Close Up Today

Jupiter is the Solar System’s largest planet, with the largest continuously-raging storm ever known.<p>Jupiter’s Great Red Spot (GRS) was discovered in 1665, raging continuously from at least 1830 until today.<p>The spot appeared solid and larger in the early 20th century, but appeared smaller and more …

This Quantum Theory Predicts That The Future Might Be Influencing The Past

No, seriously.<p>One of the weirder aspects of quantum mechanics could be explained by an equally weird idea – that causation can run backwards in time …

Diving deep into the world of emergent gravity

Getting rid of dark matter would be a big ordeal, so we talk to the man behind the theory.<p>The Universe is a strange place. Apart from the normal …

It's Dimming! Astronomers Jump At Opportunity To Solve The Mystery Of Tabby's Star

Of all the 150,000+ stars imaged by NASA’s Kepler, the most bizarre has to be KIC 8462852: Tabby’s Star.<p>While other stars show small, periodic dips in their brightness due to transiting planets, Tabby’s star shows something unique.<p>Its dips are much larger in magnitude by up to a factor of 20, and …

Universe

How We Define Distance In An Expanding Universe

Recently the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) has completed the largest map of the universe thus far. The map focuses on the positions of quasars. These objects are powered by supermassive black holes in the centers of galaxies, and are so bright they can be seen from the farthest regions of the …

Universe

Scientists Achieve Direct Counterfactual Quantum Communication For The First Time

Communication without particle transmission.<p>Quantum communication is a strange beast, but one of the weirdest proposed forms of it is called …

The Scientific Truth About Planet Nine, So Far

Last year, two astronomers were looking at the most distant objects orbiting our Sun ever discovered, when they noticed something funny. These ultra-distant Kuiper belt objects, instead of having their orbits oriented at random, were both swept off in one particular direction and tilted in the same …

Universe

Ripples in Space-Time Might Indicate That We Live in a Multiverse

Hunting for Extra Dimensions<p>As important as gravity is to us here on Earth, it is actually surprisingly weak in comparison to other fundamental …

Ask Ethan: What Was The Entropy Of The Universe At The Big Bang?

The second law of thermodynamics is one of those puzzling laws of nature that simply emerges from the fundamental rules. It says that entropy, a measure of disorder in the Universe, must always increase in any closed system. But how is it possible that our Universe today, which looks to be …

An Oxford mathematician explains how time might have existed before the Big Bang

Marcus du Sautoy, mathematician and author of The Great Unknown, explained why we don't really know what happened before the Big Bang.<p>He told Business Insider: "We're really not too sure and in fact, that may be a question that doesn't even make sense because time, we think, started at the Big …

Octopus And Squid Evolution Is Officially Weirder Than We Could Have Ever Imagined

They edit their own genes!<p>Just when we thought octopuses couldn't be any weirder, it turns out that they and their cephalopod brethren evolve …

Collective False Memories: What's Behind the 'Mandela Effect'?

Would you trust a memory that felt as real as all your other memories, and if other people confirmed that they remembered it too? What if the memory …

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Here Is What Donald Trump Wants To Do In His First 100 Days

At the end of October, Donald Trump spoke in Gettysburg, Pa., and released a plan for his first 100 days in office.<p>The plan (below) outlines three main areas of focus: cleaning up Washington, including by imposing term limits on Congress; protecting American workers; and restoring rule of law. He …

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SpaceX’s planned Mars rocket will be reused 1,000 times

Here's everything we know about the giant booster<p>SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has unveiled the design for the giant rocket booster he wants to build in order to colonize Mars. It is part of what SpaceX is referring to as the "Mars Vehicle" — the rocket booster and the Mars spaceship combined — and Musk …

Space Travel

Ancient Roman coins found in an old Japanese castle - CNN Style

Written by Emiko Jozuka, CNN<p>When archeologist Hiroyuki Miyagi heard that a bunch of ancient Roman and Ottoman coins had been unearthed from the ruins of an old castle in Okinawa, he initially thought it was a hoax.<p>"I couldn't believe they'd found coins from the Roman empire in Kasturen castle," …

The Universe Is Directionless, Study Finds

The universe, it turns out, looks the same in every direction.<p>Of course, this isn't true on a "small scale" — the stars, galaxies, dark matter and …

Universe

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