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Tibetans get high-altitude edge from extinct Denisovans' genes

Forget climbing Mt. Everest — for most humans, just eking out a living on the harsh Tibetan plateau is challenge enough. But Tibetan people have thrived there for thousands of years, and a new study says it's thanks to a genetic adaptation they inherited from an ancient human relative.<p>The study, …

Fossilized Human Poop Reveals The Real Paleo Diet

Scientists said on Wednesday they found five samples of human fecal matter at an archeological site called El Salt, in the floor of a rock shelter where Neanderthals once lived.<p>Analysis of the samples provided a new understanding of the diet of this extinct human species, offering the first …

Pure Genius: How Dean Kamen's Invention Could Bring Clean Water To Millions

He just needs to get it to them<p>At first glance, the bright red shipping container that sits by the side of the road in a slum outside Johannesburg doesn’t look like something that could transform hundreds of lives. Two sliding doors open to reveal a small shop counter, behind which sit rows of …

Aerofex hoverbike could be yours by 2017

Aerofex's hoverbike made a pretty big splash when the Californian company showed off its working prototype all the way back in 2012, but then it went eerily silent. Now, Aerofex has finally revealed a launch date and price: it'll cost $85,000 and ship in 2017, according to its website.<p>"Where you're …

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Simple harmonic motion: the swing of the pendulum

Yesterday my daughter saw the famous Tacoma Narrows bridge video for the first time in a talk by Roma Agrawal at the Royal Institution. As an example of oscillatory motion it made, as it always does, a profound impression.<p>Oscillatory motion is everywhere. The swing of the pendulum seems to be an …

Ham TV Lets You Video Chat With The International Space Station

Hi, great to see you!<p>Now—if you catch a lucky window—you can video chat with the International Space Station.<p>Amateur radio enthusiasts have set up a "ham TV" system—the video counterpart to amateur or "ham" radio—from which folks on Earth can get video and sound from the space station. Astronauts …

SpaceX Dragon splashes down to Earth from space station | Reuters

CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) - A Dragon cargo ship owned by California-based Space Exploration Technologies ended a 28-day stay at the International Space Station on Sunday, parachuting into the Pacific Ocean.<p>The SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo spacecraft is grappled to Canadarm2 at the …

Scientists propose collider that could turn light into matter

A pair of researchers predicted a method for turning light into matter 80 years ago, and now a new team of scientists are proposing a technique that could make that method happen in the purest way yet. The proposed method involves colliding two photons — the massless particles of light — that have …

Matter will be created from light within a year, claim scientists

Researchers have worked out how to make matter from pure light and are drawing up plans to demonstrate the feat within the next 12 months.<p>The theory underpinning the idea was first described 80 years ago by two physicists who later worked on the first atomic bomb. At the time they considered the …

Scientists unearth world’s largest dinosaur in Argentina

Dinosaur fossils found in Patagonia provide the first evidence that long-necked, whip-tailed diplodocid sauropods survived well beyond the Jurassic period, when they were thought to have gone extinct, according to Argentine paleontologists.<p>Scientists announced the discovery of the fossilized …

Illuminating neuron activity in 3-D

Researchers at MIT and the University of Vienna have created an imaging system that reveals neural activity throughout the brains of living animals. …

Modified measles virus destroys cancer in early clinical trial

Promising early results from a clinical trial at the Mayo Clinic out this week suggest that a modified version of the measles virus can be used to target cancer cells and put the condition into remission. Researchers intravenously delivered 10,000 times the typical dosage of measles vaccine to two …

T-Mobile Manager Sought To Ban High-Fives For Pro-Union Workers

The accusation comes in an NLRB ruling announced Tuesday.

Fancy a breeze-block sofa? Sarah Lucas unveils her first foray into furniture

Fancy sitting on a breeze-block couch? A chair made of, er, breeze blocks set in MDF? Artist Sarah Lucas is offering an eponymous furniture range that elegantly, albeit uncomfortably, parodies modern design and spartan chic.<p>Lucas is not the kind of artist who blandly celebrates the veneer of the …