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Scientists eye creating synthetic human genomes in lab

Mapping the genetic code was only complete 13 years ago, but researchers are already setting their sights on another lofty goal – creating a …

Birth of baby 'dragons’ in ancient cave in Slovenia

Scientists in Slovenia have captured a cave olm, also known as a 'dragon,' giving birth on camera.<p>Dragons are still the stuff of legend. But in …

Nature

Could black holes be the dark matter?

It’s an old idea made new again, but it just might fall apart.<p><i>“[The black hole] teaches us that space can be crumpled like a piece of paper into an</i> …

Earth - Why does time always run forwards and never backwards?

There's egg on your face, literally. You tried to juggle some eggs, it all went wrong, and now you've got to shower and change your clothes.<p>Wouldn't it be faster to just un-break the egg? Breaking it only took a few seconds, so why not do that again, but in reverse? Just reassemble the shell and …

Scientists think they know how water ended up on the moon

A new study concludes that asteroids probably carried water to the moon about 4.5 billion years ago, according to research published in the journal Nature Communications.<p>Back when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked the moon, we didn't even know the water existed.<p>It's only present in small …

Astronomy

This Crazy 'Einstein Ring' Has Just Been Discovered 10,000 Million Light-Years From Earth

Optical illusions in deep space.<p>Originally predicted by Einstein's theory of general relativity, an Einstein ring is one of the rarest and most …

Gravitational Waves Could Reveal a Stringy Universe, Say Physicists

Time to brush up on your string theory.<p>Back in February, physicists gave us one of the most exciting scientific discoveries of the century - the …

Physics

New photo of a back-lit Pluto reveals possible cloud on the dwarf planet

A newly-released image taken during New Horizons' flyby of Pluto shows the back lit dwarf planet in a detailed new light.<p>The photo, captured just …

Solar System

The Universe Is Expanding Faster Than We Thought

And it's giving Einstein a run for his money<p>A beautiful thing about science is that it’s constantly revised. In 1929, Edwin Hubble discovered that the universe was expanding. This means that the galaxies around ours are moving away from us as space is also expanding. As my Astronomy 101 professor …

Watching a SpaceX Rocket Land on a Drone Barge Never Gets Old

We usually see rocket launches and landings from above. But there’s something about seeing the whole thing happen from the ground-up that’s just so …

For the first time, a country has invested heavily in space mining | Ars Technica

We could live comfortably on resources just from space. But is it economical?<p>Luxembourg, a small European country about the size of Rhode Island, …

The Human Fear of Total Knowledge

Why infinite libraries are treated skeptically in the annals of science fiction and fantasy<p>Libraries tend to occupy a sacred space in modern culture. People adore them. (Perhaps even more than that, people love the <i>idea</i> of them. A Pew survey last year found that while people report feeling strongly …

Books

10 National Parks You Can Actually Walk Through With Your Dog

Celebrate the U.S. National Park Service’s Centennial by hitting the open road with your pup to visit a national park this summer. Although most of …

Ancient Egypt’s perfectly preserved underwater cities, and how they were discovered

Two sunken cities have been found at the mouth of the river Nile.<p>Two ancient cities have been discovered, perfectly preserved, at the bottom of the …

Archaeology

Universe is expanding far faster than expected, potentially causing huge problems for physics

The universe is expanding far quicker than we’d have thought – and might show a problem with the most central parts of our understanding of …