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Heatwaves and cold snaps make babies shorter and smaller, scientists find

Women who experience 'weather shocks' in pregnancy go on to have babies that are lighter and smaller a major study has found<p>Women who experience severe heatwaves or cold snaps during their pregnancy are more likely to have small and underweight babies, a new study suggests.<p>It is the first time that …

Pregnancy

5 Ways to Eat Pizza Without Eating Pizza

All the flavors of pizza without the actual pizza.<p>This week, mathematicians developed new, innovative ways to slice a pizza into crazy, curvy, …

Light pillars and aurora over Montana

In one night, nature photographer John Ashley caught contrasting images of two very different light displays in the sky.<p>John Ashley in northwestern …

Astronomy

2 countries have been fighting over an uninhabited island by leaving each other bottles of alcohol for over 3 decades

The uninhabited half-square-mile island, possessing no apparent natural resources, is a bizarre sliver of territory for two countries to fight over.<p>However, since the early 1930s, this nondescript rock has been at the center of an ongoing disagreement between Canada and Denmark.<p>According to World …

Here are Science Magazine's picks for the coolest things that happened in science this year

CRISPR, yeast, and Pluto<p><i>Science</i> Magazine announced its top pick for "breakthrough of the year" this week — and it's a great choice! CRISPR, the gene-editing technique, definitely dominated the news in 2015. For the uninitiated, scientists use CRISPR to target and alter DNA segments with a high …

SpaceX will try to land a rocket stage on Earth after launching to space Sunday

On Sunday, SpaceX is planning to launch an upgraded Falcon 9 rocket, the company's first since another uncrewed Falcon 9 disintegrated above Florida …

Space Travel

Obama Commutes Nearly 100 Prisoners’ Sentences

End-of-year clemency grants are mostly for drug-related offenses<p>WASHINGTON—In his most expansive use of clemency power to date, President Barack Obama issued 95 commutations and two pardons on Friday.<p>The flurry of end-of-year clemency grants are mostly for drug-related offenses. Forty of the …

Barack Obama

100 years on, is this Einstein’s greatest gift to human understanding?

History may judge 2015 as the year when mankind opened up a completely new window on the universe, exactly a century after Albert Einstein laid the scientific foundations for it. The excitement concerns the possibility of detecting one of nature’s most elusive phenomena – gravitational waves – …

Physics

America's Broadband Embarrassment: We Are 19th to 55th in the World in Wired & Wireless Broadband Speed Rankings

<b>Year-End Review for the Year 2015</b><p>According to most sources, America's wireline or wireless broadband speeds are not even in the Top 20 in the world, much less are reasonably priced:<p><b>Wired Broadband</b><p><b>ZDNet --</b> 41st Average Speed of Fixed Broadband• <b><br>Internet Society --</b> 21st in Fixed Broadband Speeds• <b><br>Akamai</b> …

Telecoms

Sleepless Nights And Lighter Wallets: The Link Between Poverty And Sleep

What if you could never get a good night's rest? Some low-income people around the world face that challenge. A team of researchers is investigating whether sleep deprivation keeps some in poverty. (This piece originally aired on <i>All Things Considered</i> on Dec. 2, 2015.)<p>Transcript<p>RACHEL MARTIN, …

Mars to trade its moon Phobos for a ring - Futurity

Mars may gain a ring when its moon Phobos is torn to shreds by gravity. But while the demise is inevitable, it won't happen for at least 20 million …

Chicago police union stands by cop charged with murdering teen | Reuters

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The main Chicago police union is standing behind the white officer who was charged this week with first-degree murder for gunning down a black teenager. It is facing a backlash from leaders of the city’s black community as a result.<p>Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke is seen …

Astronomers watch black hole burp after eating a star - Futurity

Scientists have for the first time witnessed a black hole swallow a star and then quickly eject a flare of stellar debris moving at nearly light …

Obama backs protests over 'deeply disturbing' Laquan McDonald shooting

President Obama has said he was “deeply disturbed by the footage of the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald” in a Facebook message in which he also thanked the people of Chicago for their peaceful protests.<p>Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has also plunged into the heated debate …

Law Enforcement

The Physics Of Non-Newtonian Goo Could Save Astronauts' Lives

Understanding its mechanism will help researchers create better space suits and even concussion preventing helmets<p>There’s an experiment you may have done in high school: When you mix cornstarch with water—a concoction colloquially called oobleck—and give it a stir, it acts like a liquid. But scrape …

Scientists think they just found the most important planet outside our solar system

A small planet, just a bit bigger than Earth, has been spotted in our stellar neighborhood, just 39 light-years away.<p>Known as GJ 1132b, it is the closest rocky exoplanet to have ever been found, and astronomers say it could provide our most in-depth look yet at an alien world not so different than …

A futuristic 'garden' that lets you grow food in your home just raised $230,000 on Kickstarter in 4 days

That's what a startup called Grove wants to help you do with its Ecosystem, which they describe as "an intelligent, in-home garden."<p>Grove Labs, a startup based in Sommerville, Massachusetts, was founded by two MIT students who wanted to give people the ability to grow their own food, regardless of …

Proposed lethal injection drugs once hailed as 'sleep cures'

A list of four new lethal injection drugs proposed by the state of California on Friday all belong to a class of medications that once promised an end to anxiety, sleeplessness and certain mental illnesses but are now routinely used to end the lives of both the guilty and the innocent.<p>The drugs — …

Poof! The Planet Closest To Our Solar System Just Vanished

The disappearance of Alpha Centauri Bb raises questions for planet hunters looking for Earth-sized alien worlds.<p>Scientists just made a planet disappear. According to a new study, Alpha Centauri Bb, a world in the nearest star system to us, was merely a ghost in the data.<p>The planet, thought to be …

Universe

New Horizons aiming toward next target

On Sunday, the craft that explored Pluto successfully executed the 2nd of 4 maneuvers designed to aim it toward a small Kuiper Belt object called …

16 Wikipedia Pages That Will Change The Way You See The Universe

Robot proteins, immortality, Martian rocks falling from the sky, catastrophic eruptions, and reverse evolution! What more could you ask for?

Out-Of-This-World Space Colonies As Imagined By NASA In The 1970s And Today

Discover these astounding space colonies designed by NASA in the 1970s and the Mars colony they're plotting now.<p>Image Source: …

Astronomers say real-life 'death star' destroying faraway rocky object

A white dwarf star in the Constellation Virgo turns out to be a "death star" worthy of "Star Wars."<p>Astronomers announced Wednesday that they have discovered a rocky object coming apart in a death spiral around this distant star. They used NASA's exoplanet-hunting Kepler spacecraft to make the …

10 Of The Biggest Things In The Universe

With technology rapidly advancing, astronomers are finding more and more objects in the universe. The title of “largest thing in the universe” is …

Nasa images of cosmic catastrophe give glimpse of Earth's ultimate fate

The destruction of a solar system has been captured for the first time by astronomers who said the violent events provide a grim glimpse of Earth’s ultimate fate.<p>Images taken by Nasa’s Kepler 2 space mission reveal the rocky remains of a world that is being torn apart as it spirals around a dead …

Universe

The Food Lab Pronto: Soak Your Pasta for Easy Skillet Baked Ziti

More<p>Pasta<p>Essential techniques, recipes, and more!<p>Nothing says comfort to me like a nice baked pasta dish loaded with creamy sauce and cheese, and while California winters ain't exactly the kind that scream out for rib-sticking food, there's something about October that just makes me crave it no …

TalkTalk attack: 'Urgent action needed' on cyber-crime

<b>Business leaders have called for urgent action to tackle cyber-crime after an attack on TalkTalk, calling it one of the biggest threats facing companies.</b><p>The Institute of Directors (IoD) said only "serious breaches" made the headlines, but attacks on British businesses "happen constantly".<p>The …

Southeast Texas braces for heavy rains overnight

DALLAS (AP) — Southeast Texas was bracing for heavy rain late Saturday and into Sunday as the remnants of Hurricane Patricia combined with a powerful …

Statue of Lenin in Ukraine Gets Transformed Into Darth Vader Monument

The force has awakened in Ukraine.<p>A recent law banning Communist symbols in the country meant that a Soviet-era statue of Vladimir Lenin in Odessa needed to come down. Instead, the city opted to transform it into a monument to one of pop culture's greatest villains: Darth Vader.<p>The memorial to the …

Hurricane Patricia Weakens to Category 2 After Making Landfall in Mexico

Hurricane Patricia weakened to a Category 2 storm early Saturday, after slamming into southwestern Mexico Friday evening with lashing winds and heavy rainfall.<p>The hurricane, which was once clocking 200 mph winds and being called the strongest storm ever recorded, was "rapidly weakening," according …