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Why you should never use alcohol to help you fall asleep, according to science

Scientists have been studying the counterintuitive relationship between the drowsiness that comes from drinking alcohol and actual sleep since at least the 1930s.<p>"If you drink alcohol before bed, it actually makes you fall asleep faster and sleep deeper, but then your body starts to metabolize that …

The Aztec treasure unearthed: New earth snake species discovered in Mexico - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

A new gem has been added to the vast treasure of Mexican reptiles. Mexican scientists recently described a new and strikingly colored species of …

Greenland shark now oldest living animal with backbone

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the cold waters of the Arctic, a denizen of the deep lurked for centuries. Now scientists calculate that this female Greenland …

Ancient DNA evidence traces origin of horses' smooth ride

Horses have held an important place in human history since ancient times. So-called ambling horses are particularly prized for their ability to …

ambling

This smart pillow wirelessly streams music to help you sleep better

ZEEQ, created by Moley Robotics, could be the answer to your sleeping problems.<p>The smart pillow wirelessly streams music and gathers analytics …

Actually, There's No Such Thing as a Fish, Say Cladists

Wtf.<p>Fish. They seem so innocent and harmless. But secretly, they're subverting scientific law and order.<p>That's according to a group of scientists …

Siblings

Australian museum close to identifying two new mammals in Solomon Islands

An Australian museum expedition to Solomon Islands believes it is just weeks away from describing two new species of mammals.<p>On the last day of a …

Zoology

Melting Greenland ice sheet will soon unearth waste from long-forgotten Cold War-era military base

In 1967, the U.S. decommissioned a military base that had been constructed underneath the Greenland Ice Sheet. In doing so, the military removed a …

Scientists say they’ve just discovered a new species of whale

Whales are hard to miss, even in the vast underwater wilderness of the oceans. So it’s surprising that we’re still discovering new species of whales.<p>The first hints of a new species came from Japan in 1940s, when whalers reported catching an unknown beaked whale. Then, in 2004, a dead whale washed …

Research

Snapchat raised so much money they're doing weird stuff

1.8 billion US dollars would make any sane person go crazy. Personally, I think I would buy an island.<p>But what happens if you’re one of the biggest, most influential social media companies the world has ever seen? Well, you start doing weird things too.<p>In an interesting turn of events, Snapchat …

These male spiders perform oral sex – and lots of it

Spiders are known for getting pretty wild in the bedroom. They’re famous for twerking around to attract the opposite sex, binding their mates up with silk, or even eating them after sex. But now scientists have found a species that adds oral sex — and lots of it — to the routine. Their findings …

Zoology

Scientists unveil the strange and wonderful creatures living in the Mariana Trench

Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are providing people with a unique insight into life at the deepest part of the Earth's oceans.<p>A remotely operated vehicle (ROV) fitted with a camera is currently scouring parts of the Mariana Trench, feeding back real-time …

NOAA

Scientists used stem cells to grow hairy, fluorescent skin for transplants

The skin was implanted in hairless mice<p>Researchers have grown a type of complex, hairy skin tissue in the lab for the first time. The fluorescent skin was implanted in living mice, and although its use in humans is a long way off, scientists think the lab-grown tissue could one day help burn …

Siberian unicorns? Five incredible science tales that aren’t April Fool’s jokes

Unicorns are real! Scientists propose cloaking device to protect Earth from aliens! Glow-in-the-dark skin grown in lab! Those may sound like April …

George R.R. Martin

The Marine Corps is planning a $50-million effort to help save desert tortoises. But will it work?

The Marine Corps is gearing up to airlift 1,185 desert tortoises from prospective combat training grounds to nearby terrain where they won't be crushed by military equipment.<p>One of the largest translocations of tortoises ever to be undertaken is expected to launch this month as mitigation for …

U.S. Marines

The Verge Review of Animals: the maned wolf

This guy's got the gams!<p><i>This column is part of a series where Verge staffers post highly subjective reviews of animals. Up until now, we've written about animals without telling you whether they suck or rule. We are now rectifying this oversight.</i><p>I know what you're thinking: "That's not a wolf! …

So You Want To Eat Snow. Is It Safe? We Asked Scientists

<i>Editor's note: A version of this post first appeared in January 2015.</i><p>Many people will see the snow currently blanketing much of the U.S. Eastern Seaboard as a nuisance coating sidewalks and roads. Others are celebrating it as an excuse to spend the day swooshing down a hill.<p>As for me, I like to …

McGill University

The Verge Review of Animals: centipedes

Get off my planet<p>A brief survey of film can provide important clues about the character of insects and their invertebrate cousins. In the 1973 animated children’s movie <i>Charlotte’s Web</i>, we learn to love spiders through the medium of empathetic pork. In 1989’s <i>Honey, I Shrunk The Kids</i>, an affable ant …

Charles Perrault: the modern fairytale's fairy godfather

Artist Sophie Diao has imagined scenes from three stories by the French author who collected fairytales such as Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty<p>Once upon a time, a search engine named Google decided to celebrate the 388th birthday of Charles Perrault, the French author celebrated for collecting …

Literature

Jar Jar Binks actor says he’d say no if ‘Star Wars’ asked him back

'I think I've done my damage,' says actor Ahmed Best<p>Ahmed Best, the actor who played notorious <i>Star Wars</i> character Jar Jar Binks, has confirmed that …

scifi

David Bowie Dead at 69

David Bowie, the legendary singer-songwriter and actor, has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 69.<p>The artist’s Facebook page announced the …

David Bowie

Snake Robot Slithers Through Pipes, Laser-Welds From Within

Coming soon to your plumbing<p>What if it was possible to weld pipes <i>from the inside</i>? While not necessary for all welding, sometimes there are metal tubes that need repair, and no good way to get to them other than going inside. For tubes that are too small for humans, repairing them means extensive …

UK police arrest man as part of VTech toy hacking investigation

UK police arrested a 21-year-old man on Tuesday as part of an investigation into the VTech data breach that exposed the personal data of millions of …

This weird bug is dropping a skull emoji into Gmail accounts

When people around the world logged into their Gmail accounts yesterday, some got a bit of a creepy surprise: an emoji skull and crossbones anchored in the right-hand corner of their screen. When users hovered over the skull, they saw ominous words like "Component Spy," "Channel Spy," and "Data …

21 Childhood Books Every British Person Will Remember

Five go on a trip down memory lane.

Inside the Bizarre Genome of the World’s Toughest Animal

Tardigrades are sponges for foreign genes. Does that explain why they are famously indestructible?<p>The toughest animals in the world aren't bulky elephants, or cold-tolerant penguins, or even the famously durable cockroach. Instead, the champions of durability are endearing microscopic creatures …

Why We Hurt Each Other: Tolstoy’s Letters to Gandhi on Love, Violence, and the Truth of the Human Spirit

In 1908, Indian revolutionary Taraknath Das wrote to Leo Tolstoy, by then one of the most famous public figures in the world, asking for the author’s support in India’s independence from British colonial rule. On December 14, Tolstoy, who had spent the last twenty years seeking the answers to …

Paleo Profile: “Miss Piggy” the Prehistoric Turtle

Science & InnovationLaelaps<p>Shortly after I moved to the beehive state and started doing fieldwork with the Natural History Museum of Utah, I started hearing snippets of a new turtle found in the vast desert of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The 76 million year old reptile, being …

Dinosaurs

Women can't understand scientific facts. Are you fracking kidding me?

Leading female British scientist Averil Macdonald has suggested women 'don't understand' the science behind fracking and only oppose it based on 'gut feeling'. Claire Cohen begs to differ<p>Ladies, put down your needlework and pay attention. I’m about to deliver some facts and I know it’s going to be …