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SpaceX just landed a rocket on a drone ship for the first time

At 4:43 pm EST, SpaceX successfully launched their next resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS). In addition to a seamless launch, SpaceX landed the first stage of their Falcon 9 rocket on an autonomous drone ship for the very first time.<p>This was SpaceX’s fifth landing attempt on …

DNA rarely resembles the iconic double helix scientists saw for the first time 60 years ago — and its strange ’supercoils’ dramatically change how it behaves

Instead, double-helix DNA is further wrapped into complex shapes that can play a profound role in how it interacts with other molecules.<p>"DNA is way more active in its own regulation than we thought," said Lynn Zechiedrich, a biophysicist at Baylor College of Medicine and one of the researchers …

Genetics

Neanderthal DNA may account for nicotine addiction and depression

Matching modern genetic profiles against genes known to have been inherited from Neanderthals has shown links to a wide range of current disorders<p>Modern European and Asian people may owe more than skin or hair colour to Neanderthal ancestry. Interbreeding 50,000 years ago between two species of …

MIT Wins Hyperloop Competition, And Elon Musk Drops In

A student-led Hyperloop design team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was named the winner on Saturday of a SpaceX-organized competition …

Trader exposes sexist horrors of the Wall Street ‘frat house’

When Maureen Sherry resigned from Bear Stearns after 10 years, she was given a going-away party, a sizable check — and a nondisclosure agreement.<p>“The …

Muonium - the most exotic atom?

I’d never heard of it before this week, but it’s real. And there are plans to use it to look for antigravity<p>As I scrolled through the physics papers posted on the arXiv this week, one in particular caught my eye – “Measuring Antimatter Gravity with Muonium”. Possibly, this was because I wrote a bit …

President Obama Wants Every Kid To Learn Coding--For All The Wrong Reasons

President Obama just unveiled his “Computer Science for All Initiative.” Following up on the State of the Union Address, in which he announced his intention to offer “every student the hands-on computer science and math classes that make them job-ready on day one,” the initiative includes $4billion …

Emerging Technology

One of the most basic tools of science just got changed in a major way

You won't find these four elements in nature — they are synthetic elements that can only be produced in the lab, and because they decay in a matter of seconds, their existence has been extremely difficult to confirm.<p>Until now, elements 113, 115, 117, and 118 had temporary names and positions on the …

Chemistry

The highest-earning college major on Wall Street is not what you would expect

You might have a guess which college major is most common among Wall Street professionals.<p>But do you know which majors end up earning the most money?<p>Business Insider asked Emolument— a salary-benchmarking website that collects self-reported pay data — which college majors are the most lucrative on …

College & University

Everyone loves an a**hole: Science explains our attraction to creeps and deviants

Always falling for the wrong guy or gal? New research suggests it may actually be a part of the human condition<p>Are you a nice, well-rounded person, yet can’t seem to hit it off with the opposite sex? Maybe you need to embrace your dark side, according to a new study that shows people with certain …

Here’s What Happens When You Don’t Trust Your Gut

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Self-improvement

The hunt for Einstein’s gravitational ripples in space-time is about to begin

More than 100 years ago, Albert Einstein set out his theory of general relativity, arguing that space and time are two aspects of a single fabric. Extremely large objects cause space-time to curve, he said, and large, moving objects cause gravitational waves that ripple through the space-time …

Albert Einstein

Indian Scientist: "New NASA Findings Tell That 'True' Black Holes DO NOT Exist"

The conventional astrophysics tells us that black holes are ultra-compact objects that have a gravitational field so powerful that even light can not …

Mega-tsunami with a 1,000ft wave could wipe out mankind

<b>A tsunami of biblical proportions could be about to wipe us all out.</b><p>Scientists have discovered that a 1,000ft wave swept across the Earth some 73,000 …

A self-made millionaire who studied 1,200 wealthy people found they all have one — free — pastime in common

Since then, he's interviewed more than 1,200 of the world's wealthiest people over the past three decades and become a self-made millionaire himself.<p>In his research, he noticed a pastime the rich have in common: <b>They self-educate by reading.</b><p>"Walk into a wealthy person's home and one of the first …

Self-improvement

Scientists created a magnetic wormhole that could transform the way we use MRI machines

Ripped from the pages of a sci-fi novel, physicists have crafted a wormhole that tunnels a magnetic field through space.<p>The idea of a wormhole comes from Albert Einstein's theories. In 1935, Einstein and colleague Nathan Rosen realized that the general theory of relativity allowed for the existence …

Physics

The man with the toughest job in the world

When Staffan de Mistura became UN special envoy, his past successes brought hope for peace. A year later, with no solution in sight, he faces heavy criticism. Has his innovative diplomacy failed or is it simply mission impossible?<p>In July 2014, Staffan de Mistura, a 68-year old Italian-Swedish …

View of Earth from MESSENGER : Image of the Day

Launched on August 3, 2004, NASA’s Mercury MESSENGER spacecraft has been rocketing around the inner solar system for the past few years, doing flybys …