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Sesame Street welcomes Julia, a muppet with autism

<b>Its much-loved muppets Big Bird, Cookie Monster, and Oscar the Grouch have been charming viewers for almost 50 years.</b><p>And now the children's TV show Sesame Street is introducing a new muppet character with a simpler name, and a tougher brief.<p>Julia, a little girl, has orange hair, a toy rabbit - and …

Autism

Cloaked in dust and rags, Somalis flee a looming famine

Do Toilet Seat Covers Really Protect You?

Astronomers detect strange radio signals from deep space

The Earth is under constant barrage by radio signals from space. Typically they just come from mundane sources like our own satellites, your 'garden …

Einstein’s theory of gravity may have to be rewritten

Researchers at the University of St Andrews found a gigantic ring of galaxies darting away from us much faster than predicted.<p>This 10 million light …

Universe

Altering Sleep Cycles Can Treat Depression, Study Shows

Every technological advance has detrimental effects. Two in particular have become relevant when contemplating a variety of ailments, from cancer and …

Los Angeles

New WiFi system using infrared boosts connectivity by 100 times

The system would take another five years before it is available in stores for consumers.<p>Researchers have come up with a wireless network using …

We'll Probably Have to Genetically Augment Our Bodies to Survive Mars


The real cost of a one-way ticket to the Red Planet.<p>When it comes to space travel, there's no shortage of enthusiasm to get humans to Mars, with …

It's Official. Cooling to Absolute Zero Is Mathematically Impossible

Thermodynamics<p>The laws of thermodynamics, a cornerstone of modern physics, help to explain how physical quantities act under certain conditions and …

Quantum Mechanics

Cassini Says Farewell to Saturn's Delicious 'Ravioli' Moon Pan

The Cassini spacecraft has bid a photo farewell to Saturn's adorable, delicious-looking moon, Pan.<p>On March 7, the probe made observations of Pan that …

Does time and space continue if you fall into a black hole?

One of the biggest problems when studying black holes is that the laws of physics as we know them cease to apply in their deepest regions. Large …

Black Holes

Science says your dog is lying to you for food. Bad doggie.

When your pooch gives you those sad puppy dog eyes, don’t you want to just give them the world? But wait a second. According to new research, dogs …

Stephen Hawking Will Fly Into Space On Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic Spaceship

It's the world-famous physicist's 'ultimate ambition'.<p>Stephen Hawking has revealed he’s set to fulfil his “ultimate ambition” of travelling into …

Space Travel

Could We Protect Mars-Bound Astronauts With A Magnetic Bubble?

Could a synthetic magnetic bubble, like a mini-magnetosphere, protect a crewed mission to Mars from cosmic radiation, and would the energy cost be prohibitively high?<p>As much as some folks are keen on sending people to Mars as soon as possible, it’s become obvious that protecting any astronauts from …

Protons

Time Crystals Have Now Been Officially Declared as a New State of Matter

This year has already been monumental for physicists worldwide as a blueprint for making and measuring time crystals was produced. This was an …

Gene therapy successfully cures two babies of cancer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF<p>New gene therapy treatments could spell the end of painful and exhausting chemotherapy treatments, and give patients new …

HIV breakthrough may help scientists kill sleeping virus cells

AIDS patients must endure a lifetime of drugs because the virus conceals itself in the immune system and reactivates with a vengeance once the treatment stops. However, French scientists have discovered a marker that makes it possible to identify dormant, HIV-infected T-cells from healthy ones. …