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Have scientists found first sign of Dark Matter?

A signal picked up by Dutch and Swiss scientists is thought to be the first phsical evidence of Dark Matter<p>It was first theorised more than 70 years ago, but after decades of searching, scientists believe they have seen the first sign of elusive Dark Matter.<p>Researchers have picked up unexpected …

This Dwarf Planet Might Have More Fresh Water Than All Of Earth

And it's actually (relatively) nearby<p>This is poor, unfortunate Ceres. Discovered in 1801, it was at first called a planet, then soon classified as an asteroid, and recently as a dwarf planet, not quite qualifying for real planet status despite residing in the solar system's asteroid belt. But now …

Astronomy

A Decade After Committing Massive Fraud, A Cloning Scientist Is Back To Work

Ten years ago, South Korean geneticist Woo Suk Hwang was caught making up data about cloning human stem cells.<p>Ten years ago, South Korean geneticist Woo Suk Hwang made big news, twice. First, scientists heralded him for creating a population of stem cells from human embryos, which scientists had …

A Bird Backpack That Can Track Migrations

Something new for the carrier pigeon to carry around.<p>To study migrating birds, engineers have been developing a sensor-loaded backpack that would power itself with vibrations produced by flight. A special ceramic material would convert those vibrations into electricity.<p>The Parts<p>A) System battery<p>B) …

Clock change challenge

Spring forward; fall back. Or was that spring back and fall forward (equally possible)? And will we ever have a mnemonic that works for those of us who usually talk about autumn rather than fall? At least it's always an hour and only twice a year, right?<p>It's hard to imagine, but the person who …

'League of Legends' developer has its next game exposed by Twitter hack

Details on Riot Games' second videogame have surfaced after the company's CEO — Marc Merrill — had his Twitter account hacked. The hacker, referring to himself as 'Jason,' used Merrill's account to release images from what he termed "Riot's card game." They show a login screen for something titled</i> …

Apps on iPhone 5s Crashing at Twice the Rate as on Other iPhone 5 Models

Whenever there is a new operating system, it’s not surprising to see apps crash at a somewhat higher rate, given all the changes.<p>But one of the …

Star Wars Darth Vader Dark Side Coffee

Posted in Food<p>Star Wars fans can now get the day started right, enjoying a cup of coffee that was made in a galaxy far, far away. Darth Vader’s Dark …

If You Can Smell This, You May Not Have Alzheimer's

A new diagnostic test involves a dollop of peanut butter.<p>You may not have heard of "the peanut butter test," but it could become a fantastically low-cost and non-invasive way to test for Alzheimer's. After all, what's less invasive than asking someone to smell some delicious peanut butter?<p>"The …

Diamonds Stud the Atmospheres of Saturn and Jupiter

Precious gems generated by lightning storms, study says.<p><b>It sounds like science fiction, but as much as 10 million tons of diamonds may be stored in Saturn and Jupiter, researchers announced this week.</b><p>Observational evidence of storms on Saturn that actively generate carbon particles, combined with …

Nobel Goes To Scientists Who Took Chemistry Into Cyberspace

This year's Nobel Prize for chemistry is shared by three international scientists, who moved chemistry out of the lab and into the world of computing.<p>Together they developed tools for studying complex molecules — such as enzymes in the human body and plants' photosynthesis machinery — inside …

Design An Anti-Poaching Drone And Win $25,000

Can you and four friends figure out how to catch poachers on the cheap?<p>Poachers tend to operate in places that are difficult to reach and far from law enforcement. For countries that want to protect their indigenous wildlife, especially the rare and endangered rhinos whose horns can sell for up to …

The Rise Of Electric Car Charging Stations In The U.S. [Infographic]

New U.S. charging stations mean electric cars can travel<p>More than half of the nation's 8,051 electric-vehicle charging stations have opened since 2012. Here, each hexagon represents the number of stations in that area. Blue hexagons—mostly outside major cities—indicate those built in 2012 and 2013. …

Minecraft: The Video Game That Makes Kids Good

Four reasons why you should let your kid play Minecraft in moderation.<p>I've spent a lot of energy keeping my kids away from "the screens." The fact …

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Scientists discover life after brain death

The brain may live on after what's long been considered brain death. New research from the University of Montreal finds that there's a deeper state of coma beyond what doctors have been considering to be the final line. Traditionally, when an EEG recording — a measurement of electrical activity …

Space Oddities: 8 of the Strangest Exoplanets

Twenty years after scientists confirmed the first planets beyond our solar system, there are more than 900 confirmed exoplanets and thousands of additional candidates. Some of the worlds out there are just plain out-there.<p>Twenty years after scientists confirmed the first planets beyond our solar …

Astronomy

10 Weird Things We've Sent to Space

Space is a strange place made stranger by our need to rocket the weird and unusual beyond our atmosphere<p>Space is a strange place made stranger by our need to rocket the weird and unusual beyond our atmosphere

Space Exploration

Roman skulls found during Crossrail dig in London may be Boudicca victims

Blackened Roman skulls, possibly victims of Boudicca's revolution that scorched the foundations of the Roman empire in Britain, have come tumbling out of a Crossrail tunnel in the heart of London.<p>Archaeologists know they will find thousands of skeletons on the site, which was the 17th-century …

Jellyfish shredding robot tested to control swarms

A robot that hunts the coastline for swarms of jellyfish and destroys them has been developed by scientists<p>They can leave swimmers and surfers cowering on the beaches, clog fishing nets and have even caused nuclear reactors to shut down.<p>Swarms of jellyfish regularly cause disruption to seaside …

Happy 69 Year Old Lady Has Not Used Money For 15 Years | Wake Up World

<b>Heidemarie Schwermer, a 69-year-old woman from Germany, gave up using money 15 years ago and says she’s been much happier ever since.</b><p>Heidemarie’s …

Found Cassiopeia? Now look for Perseus

Perseus follows Cassiopeia across the night sky. It’s fainter, but has a graceful shape and some of the sky’s most interesting stars and star …

Astronomy

Possible to have 3 eclipses in 1 month?

In 1 calendar month, 3 eclipses are rare. But in 1 lunar month, 3 eclipses are are more common. From 2000-2050, it happens 14 times.<p>Every calendar …

What's The Forecast On Kepler-7B? Hot And Cloudy

Scientists are reasonably sure that it's a cloudy day on Kepler-7b, a planet that orbits its star about 1,000 light-years away from us.<p>Using NASA's orbiting space telescopes, researchers publishing in Astrophysical Journal Letters say that for the first time they've been able to make a rudimentary …

Does deadly frog fungus lurk in insects? - Futurity

An ancient skin fungus that has been killing frogs, salamanders, and other amphibians may be …

Zoology

Aw, They Named An Asteroid After The Creator Of XKCD

It's a harmless asteroid, which, good for him (?) and everyone.<p>Former NASA roboticist and internet folk hero Randall Munroe is the artist behind the web comic xkcd, a strip about "romance, sarcasm, math, and language." He is brilliant at what he does. (Genius credentials: this 3,099-panel comic and …

Congress Just Furloughed The Mars Rover Curiosity, Too [Update: Curiosity Is Safe]

But 97 percent of NASA employees are still grounded.<p>[**<i>UPDATE:</i> **Hooray! Curiosity will keep running after all. Although a NASA spokesperson had said the rover would be moved into safe mode and stop gathering data, a spokesperson with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory clarified to NPR that, since …