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Good Quality Sleep May Build Healthy Hearts

Are you not getting enough sleep, or are you getting too much? If your answer to either of these questions is "yes," you may be at risk of heart disease.<p>Just the right amount of good-quality sleep is key to good heart health, according to researchers at the Center for Cohort Studies at Kangbuk …

Homophobic people 'more likely to display other undesirable psychological traits'

Levels of aggression, physical hostility and anger can be found at a higher concentration in individuals who express homophobic attitudes, new research by the University of Rome suggests<p>Individuals with homophobic views are more likely to display undesirable psychological traits such as aggression, …

A device to zap away motion sickness

A new treatment being developed by scientists from Imperial College London could end the misery of motion sickness. By suppressing certain brain signals they found they could speed up a person's ability to adapt to motions that had previously caused symptoms such as dizziness, nausea and …

Yeast vs. plants: How to make better cancer drugs - Futurity

Scientists are trying to figure out how to use yeast instead of plants to create medications that are safer and more effective than their natural …

Why I'm sceptical about the idea of genetically inherited trauma

Recently, the Guardian published a story based on a scientific paper that claimed the stress experienced by Holocaust survivors somehow was detectable in their children through a process known as epigenetics. The paper was riddled with flaws: the scientists studied blood, which is a mixture of cell …

Genetics

New Pluto images confirm it as a world of mysteries

As celestial bodies go, Pluto is far more surprising than anyone could have expected.<p>“Pluto is showing us a diversity of landforms and complexity of processes that rival anything we’ve seen in the solar system,” said New Horizons Principal Investigator Alan Stern, of the Southwest Research …

Solar System

How the 'body map' connects babies to other people - Futurity

"Body maps" not only let babies develop a sense of their physical selves, but also help them form social bonds, according to new research.

Embedded 3D Barcodes To Ensure Pills Are Real

A laser scan could test for counterfeit medication<p>A new kind of barcode could be structurally built into a pill or other product, rather than just slapped on the packaging. A team of engineers unveiled the new technology this week at the British Science Festival in Bradford, UK.<p>Researchers from the …

Can robots make your life easier? We look at 14 of the best

As a Panorama investigation looks at the possibility of robots taking over our jobs, we look at the top 14 robots that could actually add to your life<p>A <b>BBC Panorama investigation</b> airing tonight will look at the <b>white collar jobs under threat</b> from machines, and experts have predicted the advances in …

Robotics

UK sperm bank has just nine registered donors, boss reveals

Chief executive announces drive to recruit new donors with ‘superman’ message based on successful scheme in Denmark<p>A year after it was established, Britain’s national sperm bank has admitted it has only nine registered donors – prompting its boss to urge men to prove their manhood by donating sperm.<p>…

Same-Sex Couples

Is sparkling water really bad for you?

We’re often warned to go easy on sparkling water, as it may be detrimental to our gut, bones and teeth. But is there any truth in this?<p>We all know by now that drinking sweet, fizzy drinks all day isn’t a good idea. The combination of a high sugar content coupled with acidity caused by the …

Expedition 44 Receives Warm Welcome Home

Now Open: The 2016 Vizzies

Got eye-catching photos, illustrations, or other visualizations of science? Submit them now for possible fame and fortune!<p>Once again, <i>Popular Science</i> has teamed up with the National Science Foundation to issue a challenge: Can you visualize a scientific idea, concept, or story in an arresting way? …

9 Crazy Body Hacks That Give You Superhuman Powers

But don't try these at home. Seriously.<p>Gamers often perform repetitive tasks to improve their character’s skill set, gain rewards, and advance to new levels. The process is known as grinding: Now, an underground movement has taken up that expression, calling themselves grinders, and they’re trying …

Mercury rotates faster than expected

Analysis of data from the MESSENGER spacecraft reveals that, along with the sun, distant Jupiter may be influencing Mercury’s orbit and spin.<p>It’s …

Tool fights 'wakelock' drain on smartphone battery - Futurity

Apps drain 28.9 percent of smartphone battery power while the screen is off. A new tool for Android phones reduces that energy drain by nearly 16 …

Android Phones

Preferring Mr Average in Britain may not have been a bad thing

A study of the genes of Europeans shows that Britons have consistently selected mates of average height<p>Britons are so boring in their choice of partner, because in the past it may not have mattered who you picked.<p>While having strapping, lean partners in Scandinavian countries like Norway and Sweden …

Evolution

How to stay one step ahead of the robots

Economists predict that 35 per cent of existing jobs will soon be at risk of automation. Is there any hope left for normal humans?<p>Look around you. Whether you’re commuting or reading this at work, it’s likely that in just a few years’ time, the person to your right or left will have had their job …

The Future

DARPA Taps Into the Brain To Give Patients Robo-Touch and Better Memory

A report from DARPA's Wait, What? conference<p>ST. LOUIS — By hard-wiring into the brains of people with traumatic injuries, scientists have been able to restore the feeling of touch and to improve memories, according to researchers at DARPA.<p>In one study, a 28-year-old man who was paralyzed more than …

'The Martian' Director Ridley Scott Discusses NASA’s Journey to Mars

Imagine: A Year Off The Earth, For The Earth

12 Theories of How We Became Human, and Why They’re All Wrong

Killers? Hippies? Toolmakers? Chefs? Scientists have trouble agreeing on the essence of humanity—and when and how we acquired it.<p>What a piece of work is man! Everyone agrees on that much. But what exactly is it about <i>Homo sapiens</i> that makes us unique among animals, let alone apes, and when and how …

Archaeology

Buzz Aldrin: We better start thinking about colonising Mars – video

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, former-astronaut Buzz Aldrin says the world should start pursuing polices to make a Mars landing, and even settlement, possible. He suggests July 2019 to be the ideal time for a landing and explains the need for international co-operation for this to be …

Buzz Aldrin

Diet heavy on olive oil cuts breast cancer risk by 62%, study says

The fight against<p>breast cancermay begin in the kitchen. A new study suggests that women can dramatically reduce their risk of the disease by following a version of the Mediterranean diet that goes heavy on extra virgin olive oil.<p>Data from a large, randomized clinical trial show that women who did …

Double Whammy: Ancient Earth Was Struck by Two Meteors at Same Time

It's not altogether uncommon to hear about double rainbows, but what about a double meteor strike? It's a rare event, but researchers in Sweden recently found evidence that two meteors smacked into Earth at the same time, about 458 million years ago.<p>Researchers from the University of Gothenburg …

Popular diet for autism doesn't pass tough test - Futurity

The most tightly controlled research on dietary intervention and autism to date doesn't back up a popular gluten-free, casein-free diet.

Paralyzed Man Becomes First To ‘Feel’ With Sophisticated Hand Prosthetic

It's the closest we have come to a naturally functioning hand<p>A 28-year-old man, paralyzed due to a spinal injury, was able to feel a physical sensation thanks to a hand prosthetic attached to his brain, DARPA announced on Friday. Though neuroprosthetics have become very advanced in recent years, …

Video From Inside a Crocodile’s Mouth

Here’s what one year in space does to your body

Want to know how much poop an astronaut produces while spending a year on the International Space Station? It's somewhere around 180 pounds.<p>That fun fact is brought to you by NASA, which just released an infographic breaking down all the numbers surrounding astronaut Scott Kelly's one-year stay on …

Former Hyundai CEO Will Lead Google's Self-Driving Car Initiative

John Krafcik takes the wheel<p>Google is getting serious about its driverless vehicle program. Their autonomous pod prototype moved from the company's campus to actual roads in 2015. Then the search giant brought its self-driving Lexus SUV to public roads in Austin, Texas the same summer. Now, moving …