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New test can predict cancer up to 13 years before disease develops

People who develop cancer have shorter telomeres, the caps at the end of chromosomes which protect the DNA<p>Genetic changes can predict cancer up to 13 years in the future, according to new research.<p>Harvard and Northwestern University discovered that tiny but significant changes are already happening …

Cancer

NASA Chief Scientist Is Sure We'll Find Alien Life Within 20 Years

The truth is out there<p>NASA is certain: We’re not alone in this universe.<p>Speaking at a public panel on Tuesday in Washington D.C., NASA scientists discussed the likelihood of finding organic life in our solar system. Given the surprising number of oceans residing throughout our celestial home, they …

Astronomy

Can you solve the maths question for Singapore schoolkids that went viral?

Albert, Bernard and Cheryl’s threesome sets the web aflutter<p>How to solve Albert, Bernard and Cheryl’s birthday maths problem<p>Why this problem turned into the maths version of #thatdress<p>Cheryl’s birthday puzzle part two, Denise’s revenge - can you solve it?<p>Singapore usually comes top, or nearly top, …

Mathematics

Spotted: A planet 10 times the size of Jupiter with four suns

Astronomers have discovered a massive planet with four suns only 125 light-years from Earth.<p>The planet is at least 10 times as big as Jupiter, and scientists say it probably has no actual surface to stand on. But if you could fly a spacecraft into its atmosphere and look up, you would see one …

Universe

Soon, A Giant Balloon Could Leisurely Float You To The Edge Of Space

World View sets a new record in the quest to conquer the stratosphere<p>It’s a dream of many to visit the great wide vacuum that is outer space—but getting there can be pretty intense. You know, like the part where you have to strap yourself into a 60-ton rocket accelerating upward at 18,000 miles per …

Global Perspectives

Supermassive Black Hole Found Farting A Trillion Suns' Worth Of Energy

Scientists zero in on the size, shape, and speed of the gas that reconfigures galaxies<p>At the center of any massive galaxy, you’ll most likely find one daunting portion of space-time: a supermassive black hole. These gigantic gravity wells are so enormous, they have a mass that’s equal to millions …

Black Holes

Space Shots: The Universe's Best Images

A gallery of photos, visualizations, and other pictures of outer space.<p><i>This post was last updated on Friday, May 12, 2017.</i><p>Here at <i>Popular Science</i>, we love space—and we know you do too. From seeing the nearly-true colors of Europa, a molten metal orb levitate in microgravity, or even a map of a …

Astronomy

Science Is Beautiful: The Human Body Under The Microscope

A new book showcases the magnificent micro-world<p><i>Science Is Beautiful</i>, a new book by Colin Salter, is a compilation of images that show what the human body looks like under a microscope. With an artistic eye, the book showcases cells, microbes, and more. Here are some of our favorite images from</i> …

E.coli

Why Nasa’s Europa mission has people excited

Jupiter’s icy moon Europa may harbour extraterrestrial life. Nasa has announced a mission to go, but Esa will get there first<p>Europa is a tantalising place orbiting the giant planet of Jupiter. Extraordinary images from the twin Voyager spacecraft in 1979 showed that Europa’s surface was cracked in …

Astronomy

What causes the aurora borealis?

The aurora borealis, or northern lights, are an ethereal display of colored lights shimmering across the night sky. What causes them?<p>Those who live …

Astronomy

Mystery ‘alien’ radio signal picked up in space

Radio waves in space could be evaporating black holes, alien communication or merging neutron stars<p>A mysterious radio signal which may have come from a black hole, a neutron star or even an alien civilisation, has been picked up by astronomers.<p>Fast radio bursts, which last only milliseconds, are …

Universe