Clea Romayne Venancio

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Walking on Enceladus

On December 19th of 2015 Cassini made its final (but not closest) flyby of Saturn's moon Enceladus - an icy world almost certainly harboring a global …

Invasive Goldenrod Is Killing Europe's Ants and Butterflies

Here in North America, the ubiquitous plants known as goldenrod (from the genus <i>Solidago</i>) play host to literally hundreds of insects, providing …

Don't let your iPhone turn against you

Installing Apple's latest patch will help you keep attackers out of your phone and your life.<p>Your iPhone could be watching you.<p>Apple on Wednesday issued a patch for a flaw that could let hackers hijack your phone, copying what you type and making purchases without your knowledge. To do that, …

Kind customer leaves mother of autistic son in tears

<b>(CNN) —</b> Managing the meltdowns of a 6-year-old was something Lauren Nordberg had down to a science.<p>She carried headphones around if it got noisy for her son. And she kept an iPad on hand to distract him if there was too much stimuli. But as they settled into their seats in a busy diner filled with …

Some fairy tales go back thousands of years, study says

<b>London (CNN) —</b> Read "Jack and the Beanstalk" to your kids this evening, and you are probably putting them in touch with human sentiments that are thousands of years old.<p>Same goes if you read them "Beauty and the Beast," or maybe "Rumpelstiltskin."<p>A new study has found that classic fairy tales may …

Physicists Successfully Tie the Very First Quantum Knots

Theoretical physicists have been predicting that it should be possible for knots to form in quantum fields for decades, but nobody could figure out …

Quantum Physics

The Super Simple, Science-Backed Way to Curb Cravings

Most of us are guilty of mindless eating at some point—maybe it's while watching TV, procrastinating, or feeling just plain bored. Next time you're …

Researchers pinpoint place where cancer cells may begin

Cancer cells are normal cells that go awry by making bad developmental decisions during their lives. In a study involving the fruit fly equivalent of …

Having A Best Friend Is Good For Your Health, According To Science

<i>By Jacqueline Andriakos</i><p>Research has long shown that friendship is essential for your physical and mental well-being. Having a social network can lengthen your lifespan, help you stay slim, and keep your brain healthy as you get older.<p>But now picture that one friend (or two, or three, if you're …

Desert island toxic algae may hint to a treatment for dementia

<b>Scientists say they now have good evidence in animals that exposure to a toxin from algae can trigger dementia-like changes in the brain.</b><p>If the US team is right, they may have found a new route towards treating and preventing neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's .<p>Their work, in the …

These Extraordinary Close-Up Photos Of Animal Eyes Look Out Of This World

Putting the anatomy of eyes under the spotlight.<p>The February issue of <i>National Geographic</i> features an extraordinary up-close look at the eyes of various animal species.<p>As part of the magazine feature, British science journalist Ed Yong discusses the anatomy and evolution of eyes, including how an …

Web developers, data scientists, AI experts: The 15 top tech roles of 2016

Over the past few years, skilled developers and tech professionals have been in high demand for startups and corporations alike. And 2016 will be no …

The solar system as we know it might be all wrong

For decades, astronomers have wondered if a giant, mysterious planet is out there, one that orbits the sun so slowly it would force us to reimagine …

Scientists determine Spider-Man cannot exist. Here's why

Good news, Green Goblin! Take heart, Doc Ock!<p>In their bid to advance superhero-related scientific knowledge, University of Cambridge researchers have determined that Spider-Man cannot exist — at least not yet.<p>And it's not because humans can't shoot cables of sticky web from their wrists, although …

Forget Star Wars ; Get Ready for Water Wars

<i>Co-written by Stephen J. McConnell</i><p><i>Stephen J. McConnell is a Denver-based writer who recently finished a novel that explores a catastrophic environmental collapse and its implications.</i><p>A great war looms, one that will rise from the most desperate circumstance: our battle over water.<p>Today, we war …

Why anxiety makes people veer to the left

Scientists have discovered that feeling anxious makes people very to the left because their right hand side of the brain is so active.<p>If you feel like anxiety and stress have you going round in circles, then you are actually correct.<p>Scientists have discovered that feeling anxious makes people begin …

The Brain

Are Cosmologists Fooling Themselves About The Big Bang, Dark Matter And More?

Richard Feynman once said of the scientific process, “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself — and you are the easiest person to fool.” The idea that scientists might be fooling themselves (whether out of ignorance or in order to preserve their jobs) is a common accusation made by …

Dark Matter

Four Leading Theories on Why Humans Need to Sleep

It remains one of biology's biggest mysteries.<p>Outside of death, few things unite every member of the animal kingdom quite like sleep. Some animals, like the large hairy armadillo, sleep upwards of 20 hours a day in captivity, while others, like the giraffe, might only clock 10 minutes daily in the …

Frankenstein science: Maverick Italian surgeon announces 'successful' China monkey head transplant

A monkey head transplant has been performed in China, Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero has claimed. Images released appear to show a head …

Why Biotech's Biggest Breakthrough Is Now In Dispute

It sounds like the stuff of science fiction: A new gene-editing technology allows scientists to precisely locate and cut out bits of DNA from live …

Scientists Find Evidence for Ninth Planet in Solar System

The world, if it exists, would join the other eight (or nine, depending how you feel about Pluto).<p>A planet larger than Earth could be hiding in the cold, dark depths of the solar system. The presence of the planet, which would lie far beyond Pluto, is betrayed by the curious orbits of a handful of …

Universe

Being Easily Distracted Could Just Mean You're a Genius, Says Science

According to a new study by workplace solutions company Steelcase, clever people tend to have more difficulty prioritizing ideas.