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First particle-beams of 2016 in Cern's Large Hadron Collider

The LHC has begun circulating proton beams again, after a 13-week maintenance break. What are the next steps?<p>It was definitely a “maintenance break”, not a holiday. Those accelerator people don’t care about holidays, as indicated by that fact that, like last year, they are working over Easter. …

Why watching comb jellies poop has stunned evolutionary biologists

No buts about it, the butthole is one of the finest innovations in the past 
540 million years of animal evolution. The first animals that arose seem …


Paradigm shift: 'We need to study lumps of bacteria'

New research from the University of Copenhagen reveals that bacteria which agglutinate before entering the body are far more resistant than …

Our Coming Ice Age

The ice age may have occurred when an enormous meteor hit the earth, resulting in the destruction of a whole species of "larger than life" creatures whose remains we now see in the glass enclosed exhibits in museums of natural history. It's possible that the earth could again experience a …

How We Found the Dinosaur Doomsday Site - D-brief

By Eric Betz | March 23, 2016 10:30 am<p>When the impact hit Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula 66 million years ago, it wiped out most life on Earth. <i>(Credit:</i> …


Bill Gates Is Backing a Waterless Toilet That Generates Energy From Human Waste

Here's how it works.<p>Five years after the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation first challenged the world to design a sustainable and inexpensive toilet, … is coming soon