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99-million-year-old bird found preserved in amber stuns scientists

Archeologists have just discovered a nearly complete bird, encased in fossilized tree sap, that has remained intact for almost 100 million years. The …

The forgotten origins of the modern gay rights movement in WWI

One of the World War I’s most enduring legacies is largely forgotten: It sparked the modern gay rights movement.<p>Gay soldiers who survived the …

The 11 Best Science Fiction Movies and Shows on Netflix This Month

July has SO many great sci-fi movies.<p>In June we had to say a sorrowful goodbye to Netflix’s <i>Sense8</i> because the series ended with a huge finale. But …

Science Fiction

Apple Just Revealed the Secrets to Taking Perfect iPhone Pictures

Struggling to take your photography game to the next level? Then fear not, for help is at hand. Apple has just launched a new website brimming with …

33 Sephora employees reveal the one product you should buy

With its many gleaming rows of beauty products, Sephora is a makeup lover's heaven. But it can also be a nightmare — with so many options, it's hard to know what's really worth spending money on.<p>To narrow down the beauty chain's must-have products, INSIDER asked store employees, as well as Sephora …

I Tried 10 Insanely Popular Pinterest Beauty Hacks IRL

Some delivered — and others (definitely) didn't.

Facts About Teens, Suicide And '13 Reasons Why'

It was in a school in the South Bronx a few weeks ago that I first heard about the Netflix series <i>13 Reasons Why.</i> The TV show, released at the end of March and based on a best-selling young adult novel, depicts a teenager who kills herself. She experiences sexual assault, cyberbullying and …

Seven Facts About Gender You Should Know

Just because you don’t understand something doesn’t invalidate it.<p>In the past few months there have been an increasing number of attacks on the legitimacy of transgender and gender non-conforming people coming from both the left and the right. Most of these attacks stem from either a flawed …

Chicken Embryos With Dinosaur Snouts Created in Lab

Chicks with dino-snouts? With a little molecular tinkering, for the first time scientists have created chicken embryos with broad, <i>Velociraptor</i>-like …

Dinosaurs

New Type of Carbon Is Harder and Brighter Than Diamonds

Scientists have designed a new type of carbon that is harder and brighter than naturally formed diamonds.<p>For those who want to wear a one-of-a-kind …

Google wants to suck the blood from your body (nicely)

First Google wanted your search traffic, now it wants your blood.<p>The company has filed a patent for a "needle-free blood draw" system that can act as …

New Telescope to Take First-Ever Black Hole Photo

A group of astronomers are meeting this week to plan out an ambitious and unprecedented project — capturing the first-ever image of a black hole.<p>The …

Black Holes

How can we store more energy from the sun and the wind?

<b>It could be a scene from a science fiction movie.</b><p>Deep in the Nevada desert, thousands of mirrors arrayed in concentric circles face the sky, lit up by the sun.<p>All this reflected sunshine is directed to the top of a 640 ft (195m) tower standing in their midst.<p>It's an innovative power plant …

Awesome cat-packs allow cats to travel like tough tiny astronauts

Most cats would make great astronauts. They’re low-maintenance pets and partners who seemingly defy the laws of gravity.<p>While the average cat will …

Scientists see the light on microsupercapacitors

Rice University researchers who pioneered the development of laser-induced graphene have configured their discovery into flexible, solid-state …

Student recreates her mom's European vacation photos from 30 years ago

Lydia Coutré studied abroad in Florence, Italy, in 2012 and while she was there she seized the opportunity to recreate old slide photos from her …

The creator of Android might start a new smartphone company

He is best known as one of the key architects of Android, helping to create the now-ubiquitous mobile operating system and working on it at Google until 2013. After that he moved to Google's robotics division, before leaving the Californian tech giant altogether in 2014.<p>But a report from The …

Artificial Intelligence

Verizon creates a working iPhone in Minecraft

We’ve seen so-called “working” iPhones created in <i>Minecraft</i> before, but they pale in comparison to this one, created by Verizon: It’s a towering, skyscraper-size smartphone that allows you to make video calls and even browse the web!<p><i>Minecraft</i> allows you to create a lot of computer-like things, …

The Smallest Galaxies In The Universe Have The Most Dark Matter

If you want to find dark matter, there’s one simple rule: you follow the mass. Indeed, if you look at the largest structures in the Universe — big galaxies, groups of galaxies, or even the most massive clusters — they all show the same thing: their internal motions are all too fast to be explained …

Electric cars and the coal that runs them

The assembly of the Model S cars at a factory in Tilburg, Netherlands.<p>The assembly of Model S cars at a factory in Tilburg, Netherlands.<p><b>POWER PLAY | Cheap electricity, a changing climate</b> <i>This is part of a series exploring how the world’s hunger for cheap electricity is complicating efforts to combat</i> …

Ancient viruses are alive in humans and crucial for life, says Stanford University

The human genome is littered with sequences left behind from long-ago viral infections but now scientists have found the code is still active<p>Ancient viruses were critical to the evolution of humans and infections left genetic code in our bodies which is still essential for life today, Stanford …

Apple Core Thrown Over Fence Puts White House on Lockdown

An apple core thrown over a White House fence prompted security officials to clear a portion of Pennsylvania Avenue, the Secret Service said.<p>Parts of the avenue in front of the White House were cleared after the incident shortly before 4:30 p.m. Saturday.<p>The White House was briefly placed into …

Scientists Unveil the World's First Cyborg Plant

The concept of “green energy” got a whole lot more literal this week, when scientists announced they’d successfully turned living roses into …

Microsoft uses 'Minecraft' to teach your kid how to code

You can get kids to do a lot if you promise them <i>Minecraft</i>... just ask parents who've watched their children race through chores to get some building time. And Microsoft knows this, too. It just released a tutorial for Code.org that uses <i>Minecraft</i> to teach the basics of computer programming. Instead …

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Astronomers discover a distant galaxy with a pulse

Astronomers at Yale and Harvard have found a galaxy with a heartbeat — and they’ve taken its pulse.<p>It is the first time scientists have measured the …

We Already Know How To Build a Time Machine—In Theory

<i>New Scientist</i>’s fledgling Explanimator series on YouTube has already explored the burning questions of how many friends you can have, and when you …

Harvard Marching Band Gets Cocky, Spells 'PENIS' On The Field

Looks like Penn got shafted.<p>Harvard's marching band may consist of talented musicians, but on Saturday, it was clear some of them had a different kind of instrument on their minds.<p>Twitter user @jacobadler posted a photo on during Harvard's Saturday game against University of Pennsylvania that shows …

Microsoft Is Doing Something Really Smart With Minecraft

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DNA from teeth discovered in Siberia suggest that an extinct human species lived there for 60,000 years

Until now, Denisovans were represented only by DNA from a finger bone found in Siberia's Denisova Cave in 2008.<p>Evolutionary geneticist Susanna Sawyer of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, and her colleagues have now extracted nuclear and mitochondrial DNA …

Leading Harvard physicist has a radical new theory for why humans exist

For example, an astrophysicist might say that the chemical components of our bodies were first forged in the nuclear fires of stars.<p>On the other hand, an evolutionary biologist might look at the similarities between our DNA and that of other primates' and conclude we evolved from apes.<p>Lisa Randall, …