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A Convincing Theory About Human Evolution

No ape had done that before.<p>It was an important milestone in the story of human evolution.<p>The ancestor in question, Homo erectus, could use simple tools and hunt. His diet was more meat-based than plant-based. Meat has more calories than food derived from plants. Humans had transformed themselves …

Glasses That Make Beer Taste Better

“What’s your recommended glassware for an IPA?”<p>Brewers spend years perfecting a chocolaty stout or balanced IPA, but when it comes to showcasing their craft, a pint glass serves about as well as a bucket. To rectify this crime against taste, the glass makers at Spiegelau created a line of …

Homni: The new superorganism taking over Earth

Is our species evolving into something new? Gaia Vince makes the provocative argument that humanity is transforming, and it is already having a huge effect on life on our planet.<p>In Ancient Greek mythology, the Earth Goddess Gaia had nine titan sons, who attempted to control not just the Earth, but …

Singularity

The Surprisingly Strong Case for Colonizing Venus

Science fiction writers have come up with a plausible scenario for a floating city above the fiery planet.<p>Why worry about building a colony on Mars when instead you could float one high above the surface of Venus? Science fiction writer Charles Stross recently revived the idea of building a …

Facebook Ran A Huge Psychological Experiment On Users And Manipulated The Emotions Of More Than 600,000 People

Chris Jackson/Getty Images Facebook's data scientists conducted a massive experiment where it messed with people's feeds and proved that longer-lasting moods, like happiness or depression, can be transferred across the social network.<p>The company tweaked the Newsfeed algorithms of 689,003 unwitting …

A CRISPR Way To Fix Faulty Genes

Scientists from many areas of biology are flocking to a technique that allows them to work inside cells, making changes in specific genes far faster — and for far less money — than ever before.<p>Now you can essentially change a genome at will to almost anything you want. The sky's the limit. - Craig …

Hong Kong's `Illegal' Democracy Poll Draws 700,000 Voters

More than 700,000 Hong Kong people have voted after the third day of a democracy poll that China says is illegal, dwarfing the most-optimistic …

Study finds association between maternal exposure to agricultural pesticides and autism

Pregnant women who lived in close proximity to fields and farms where chemical pesticides were applied experienced a two-thirds increased risk of …

How Congress Brought the Measles Back

In 2000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made a stunning declaration: Measles — a disease that once infected 3 million to 4 million Americans each year, and killed 500 of them — had been eliminated in the United States. It was a victory decades in the making, the product of a highly …

Wall Street and Washington want you to believe the stock market isn't rigged. Guess what? It still is

Most Americans don't think much about the stock market, and that's just fine with Wall Street. Because once you wake up to how screwed up the stock market really is, the financial industry knows you're likely to get very nervous and take your money out.<p>Many are catching on: between 2007 and 2014, …

Has science solved the mystery of the hiccup? Don't hold your breath

It happens in the blink of an eye: your breathing muscles contract, your vocal cords clamp shut and out comes that unmistakable sound: "hic".<p>We all get hiccups from time to time. So do cats, rats and human foetuses. Perhaps you ate too quickly, got too excited or drank something carbonated. Or you …

Fasting for three days can regenerate entire immune system, study finds

Fasting for as little as three days can regenerate the entire immune system, even in the elderly, scientists have found in a breakthrough described as "remarkable".<p>Although fasting diets have been criticised by nutritionists for being unhealthy, new research suggests starving the body kick-starts …

New smartphone chip will beam high-definition holograms as early as 2015

Just imagine: a smartphone that projects 3D holograms into thin-air. If you can wait until the end of next year, and if you can believe the claims being made by a well-funded company called Ostendo, then your next handset could be capable of just that. Thanks to breakthroughs by the Californian …

Futuristic science: Electronics that melt away

Imagine tossing your old phone in the toilet, watching it dissolve and then flushing it down, instead of having it wind up in a landfill.<p>Scientists are working on just that: electronic devices that can be triggered to disappear when they are no longer needed.<p>The technology is years away, but …

Viral Video of the Day: Charlie Day's Graduation Speech

“You will get to receive wisdom, life lessons, knowledge… from a man who has made a living pretending to eat cat food,” actor Charlie Day warned in …

What We Can Learn From Humans Who Don't Age

A closer look at the science behind two unusual little girls, who have appeared on Dateline and Good Morning America.<p>Perhaps you've seen them on <i>Dateline</i>, or <i>Good Morning America</i>. Gabrielle Williams and Brooke Greenberg are girls who don't seem to age at the same rate as the rest of us. Nine-year-old …

Watch Alton Brown's Complicated Grilled Cheese Method

Alton Brown will not abide by your Wonder bread and Kraft slices: In the latest installment of his Cook Smart video series, Brown eschews the usual "<i>griddled</i> sandwich containing some melted cheese" to present an actual grilled cheese sandwich <b>made on a charcoal grill</b>.<p>The recipe requires fresh-grated …

New medical gel grows bone tissue exactly where you need it

Repairing seriously damaged bones is normally a delicate art; while you want to regrow bones quickly, you also have to carefully manage that growth to produce the right shape. Thankfully, Rice University has created a gel that makes it easier to produce only the bone tissue a patient needs. The …

Scientists find switch for people to control their dreams

Have you ever had a dream where you realized you were dreaming? The technical term is a lucid dream. And people who are lucky enough to have them can often control the dreams, as well. This week, researchers showed for the first time that they could use electrical stimulation to switch lucid …

Why Synthetic Biology Is the Field of the Future — NOVA Next | PBS

Most Americans may not be familiar with synthetic biology, but they may come to appreciate its advances someday soon. Synthetic biology focuses on …

Scientists create the first life form with 'alien' DNA

Researchers in California have for the first time created an organism whose genetic code comprises six letters, instead of four. This means that the bacterium, described in a study published in <i>Nature</i> today, is the first life form to contain artificial genetic building blocks.<p>When biologists talk …

A Billboard That Purifies the Air Around It

Scientists can trace your ancestors to within 30 miles using DNA

You might know where your forebears lived a few generations prior, but how about the exact village they came from -- <i>1,000 years</i> ago? Thanks to DNA sequencing, it's now possible to find that out in many cases according to researchers from the University of Sheffield in the UK. The aptly-named GPS or …

The Canyons: panned by critics, is that because it dares to show our future?

The Canyonsis Paul Schrader's zombie movie. Its blank-generation protagonists feast upon each other's weaknesses with glazed eyes, or submit blandly to each other's vile manipulations in a hollowed-out, ice-cold hellscape in which everyone is either prostitute or pimp, or both. It sounds like a …

Exclusive: CIA Falls Back in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan—The CIA is dismantling its frontline Afghan counterterrorist forces in south and east Afghanistan, leaving a security vacuum that …

Swapping Young Blood for Old Reverses Aging

Muscle tone, endurance, memory, and smell improve in elderly mice infused with blood from younger mice<p>In what could have profound implications for understanding the process of aging, a trio of scientific papers published today show that infusing elderly mice with the blood of young mice can reverse …

Birds near Chernobyl have adapted to low-level radiation

At high doses, radiation can have terrible and lethal effects on humans and nonhuman animals alike. But what if organisms could adapt to low-levels of radiation? This is what an international group of researchers are suggesting in a bird study published recently in <i>Functional Ecology</i>, reports <i>The</i> …

Chemtrail Conspiracy Theory Finally Exposed

Imagine you are the leader of a powerful country. Let's call it the Bunited Spates of Flamerica. Your people are becoming unruly and generally suspicious, and some of them are starting to unravel the complex plots your government has enacted over the years, like that time you pretended to go to the …

5 Reasons Why Raising The Minimum Wage Is Going Nowhere For Now

Credit: Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images<p>The latest blow to President Obama's domestic agenda came today when the Senate failed to advance a …

This Is What 100 Calories Looks Like

Diet fads come and go every day, each one more extreme than the next. No carbs, no fat, high fat, no meat, high meat, no gluten — we don't know about …

Nutrition