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Discovery of habitable planet could mean alien life is 'incredibly close', say scientists

Australian researchers have found a potentially inhabitable planet - called Wolf 1061c – which is 14 light years away, about a third closer than the nearest such planet<p>Alien life could be closer than previously thought after Australian scientists found the closest potentially habitable planet to …

New South Wales

An important development just happened for this $20 million submarine hotel

Having recently received patent and trademark approval, the Planet Ocean Underwater Hotel is all set to be constructed in Key West, Florida, after which it will be shipped out on a barge to an as yet undecided location.<p>Access to the structure will be via an elevator, with all rooms boasting Wi-Fi, …

Putin: Turkey will regret warplane downing 'for a long time'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Turkey has only just begun to feel repercussions for downing a Russian warplane last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned during his annual state of the nation address Thursday, hours before the countries' foreign ministers were to meet amid simmering tensions.<p>"If somebody thought …

Middle East

GOP Beginning to Face Stark Reality That Trump Might Become Their Nominee

Two interesting campaign articles today both point out a frightening new reality for the Republican Party. Previously considered unthinkable, unconceivable and downright unimaginable, some Republicans are now struggling to come to grips with the fact that Donald Trump might actually become their …

The blind woman who switched personalities and could suddenly see

It had been more than a decade since “B.T.” had last seen anything.<p>After suffering a traumatic accident as a young woman, doctors diagnosed her with cortical blindness, caused by damage to the visual processing centers in her brain. So she got a seeing eye dog to guide her and grew accustomed to …

Mental Health

Will Our Descendants Survive the Destruction of the Universe?

Billions of years from now, the universe as we know it will cease to exist. The good news is, that gives us a lot of time to prepare, and maybe even …

Singularity

First genetically modified humans could exist within two years

Humans who have had their DNA genetically modified could exist within two years after a private biotech company announced plans to start the first trials into a ground-breaking new technique.<p>Editas Medicine, which is based in the US, said it plans to become the first lab in the world to …

Genetics

10 Conspiracy Theories Of The World That Will Make You Question History

Wherever there is conspiracy, there is human interest. There is something about pseudo reality that gets to us. Maybe because it is out of the …

Strange ‘Trumpet Sounds’ From The Sky Are Creeping People Out All Across The World

A mysterious trumpet-like noise booming from the sky has been baffling people around the world for almost ten years now.<p>More than 150 videos posted …

Evidence of a multiverse? We might have just bumped into another universe

We might just have found evidence of another universe bumping into planet Earth, a scientist has very tentatively suggested. While mapping the cosmic …

China's bizarre 'floating city' is not a giant hologram or window into a parallel universe

Thousands of people in China saw what looked like a giant, floating city in early October, spurring conspiracy theories involving holograms or a …

Physics

Fury After "Biggest Elephant In Africa In 50 Years" Is Reportedly Killed By Hunter

Months after the death of Cecil the lion, a huge elephant was apparently shot by a hunter who paid £39,000 for a permit.<p>Three months after the killing of Cecil the lion, a German hunter has reportedly shot one of the largest elephants ever seen in Zimbabwe.<p>The elephant had reportedly never been …

Wildlife

Stephen Hawking Says 'God Particle' Could Wipe Out the Universe

Stephen Hawking bet Gordon Kane $100 that physicists would not discover the Higgs boson. After losing that bet when physicists detected the particle …

Scientists find DNA differences between gay men and their straight twin brothers

For men, new research suggests that clues to sexual orientation may lie not just in the genes, but in the spaces between the DNA, where molecular marks instruct genes when to turn on and off and how strongly to express themselves.<p>On Thursday, UCLA molecular biologist Tuck C. Ngun reported that in …

Stephen Hawking Says Advanced Alien Life Could Wipe Out Humanity

Hawking says the human race needs to find new homes elsewhere.<p>Theoretical physicist Professor Stephen Hawking believes that a visit from an advanced …

Paranormal

Saudi criticised after hajj stampede kills more than 700

The disaster, which also left several hundred people injured, was the second deadly accident to hit worshippers this month, after a crane collapse in the holy city of Mecca killed more than 100.<p>At the scene, bodies lay in piles, surrounded by discarded personal belongings and flattened water …

Bizarre Cloud Formation Spotted in Costa Rica, Internet Calls it the "End of Times" Lights

<b>Photo credit</b>: Mail Online<p>Just like everything else on the internet, people tend to over exaggerate things, such as this bizarre cloud formation …

Young man stunned by rare 'rainbow cloud' in Costa Rica

A so-called rainbow cloud formed over Costa Rica on Tuesday, leaving residents and tourists in awe as the natural phenomenon glided through the sunny skies.<p>The scientific name is cloud iridescence, which occurs when water droplets or ice crystals in the atmosphere scatter the light, according to …

The hospital computer that predicts if your time is up

A hospital in Boston is using artificial intelligence to revolutionise the way care is provided in its emergency department.<p>Patients at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center are linked up to a super computer which automatically collects and analyses data about their condition.<p>Although the computer …

Alzheimer’s disease could be transmitted through some medical procedures

The human body is a weird wonder. Despite centuries of study, we are still discovering completely new phenomena. The most recent addition is the evidence that neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s—considered mostly diseases of aging—could be passed on from one person to another through …

Dementia

Depersonalisation disorder: the condition you’ve never heard of that affects millions

Jane Charlton was not herself when she woke one day in April 2002, but it was more terrifying than any ordinary morning grogginess – and it did not shift for the best part of three years.<p>“It was a feeling of being fundamentally wrong in your own body,” Charlton says, attempting to describe what has …

Mental Health

Powerful phenomena are kicking stars out of our galaxy at speeds of over 1 million miles per hour

Stars are built with the lightest elements in the Universe, hydrogen and helium, but they contain an incomprehensible amount of mass. Our Sun is made of 2 x 10^30 kgs of stuff. That's a 2 followed by 30 zeros. That's 330,000 times more stuff than the Earth.<p>You would think it'd be a bit of challenge …

A daily dose of aspirin appears to cut the risk of a common type of cancer

Colorectal cancer is one of the most common types of cancer, and researchers say they have found a way to reduce one's risk of it by up to 45% – by taking aspirin, Advil, Motrin, Aleve or certain other painkillers.<p>A new study finds that people who took 75 to 150 milligrams of aspirin every day for …

Cancer

Trump outlines immigration specifics

<b>(CNN) —</b> Republican frontrunner Donald Trump said Sunday he would overturn a law that grants citizenship to people born in the U.S. and put stricter limits on legal immigration, offering his most detailed account yet of how he would handle a policy issue that has become a cornerstone of his campaign.<p>…

Donald Trump

Teen fighting for her life after doctors mistake rare cancer for a pulled muscle

Sixteen-year-old Melissa Sutton had always been an athletic teenager. That’s why she and her mother, Alison Brookes, didn’t initially question her doctors' diagnoses of a pulled muscle from a sports injury when Melissa reported shortness of breath and extreme pain near her rib cage, news.com.au …

We’ve Consumed More Than the Earth Can Produce This Year

Thursday, August 13, is Earth Overshoot Day, when resource use is expected to outstrip the capacity for production—and it’s getting earlier every year.<p>Biocapacity Deficits and Reserves<p>Biological capacity, or biocapacity, is a way to measure an area's ability to produce biological materials …

Climate Change

William Shatner will host 'Star Trek’s' first-ever official cruise

Trekkies, your captain has arrived.<p>William Shatner, aka Captain James T. Kirk, will be hosting the first officially licensed Star Trek: The Cruise in 2017.<p>The voyage will mark the franchise’s 50th anniversary and is set to sail a six-night trip aboard the Norwegian Pearl out of PortMiami from Jan. …

Are plants intelligent? New book says yes

Plants are intelligent. Plants deserve rights. Plants are like the Internet – or more accurately the Internet is like plants. To most of us these statements may sound, at best, insupportable or, at worst, crazy. But a new book, Brilliant Green: the Surprising History and Science of Plant …

Biology

Why do we intuitively believe we have free will?

Free will experiments may not explain whether we are in charge of our destinies – but they can nevertheless reveal just how little we know about our own minds, says Tom Stafford.<p>It is perhaps the most famous experiment in neuroscience. In 1983, Benjamin Libet sparked controversy with his …

Consciousness