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Pacific Islanders Appear to Be Carrying The DNA of an Unknown Human Species

A third extinct human relative.<p>Hints of an unidentified, extinct human species have been found in the DNA of modern Melanesians - those living in a …

Two Scientifically Plausible Conceptions of Time Travel and Their Bizarre Consequences

The time traveller of <i>The Time Machine</i> by HG Wells proclaims, “There are really four dimensions, three which we call the three planes of Space, and a …

The Universe Might Have a Delete Button - And It Could Destroy Physics as We Know It

Eep.<p>Here’s something to think about - physicists have proposed that the Universe could have a 'self destruct' mechanism, whereby everything in …

Tracking Instagram’s money-flipping scammers

Trying to get more followers on Instagram? If you follow a few verified banks and financial institutions, you’ll suddenly end up with dozens of new followers. There’s just one drawback: Your new followers are trying to scam you.<p>Instagram has become a hotbed for so-called “money flipping,” according …

Ben & Jerry's recalls Cookie Dough ice cream batches

<b>Ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's has recalled tubs of one of its best-selling products over concern they may contain small pieces of metal.</b><p>Some consumers who bought 500ml cartons of Cookie Dough are being told not to eat it and instead throw it away.<p>The company has issued an alert over four batches of …

Here are some of the terrifying possibilities that have Elon Musk worried about artificial intelligence

Elon Musk, the Tesla and Space-X founder who is occasionally compared to comic book hero Tony Stark, is worried about a new villain that could threaten humanity—specifically the potential creation of an artificial intelligence that is radically smarter than humans, with catastrophic results:<p>Musk is …