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Is this mysterious space rock actually an alien spaceship?

It’s in the news because people want to know if it’s a rock or a rocket.<p>The “it” in question is a weirdly oblong asteroid that goes by the barely pronounceable moniker Oumuamua. It was first seen about a month ago by Pan-STARRS, a collection of telescopes perched high above the handsome beaches of …

Astronomy

'No Drill' Dentistry Shows Fillings Aren't Needed in Many Cases

Yes!<p>Many of us fear going to the dentist, and that fear is made worse by the dreadful prospect that on any given visit, you could be subjected to a …

Dental Care

How do consumers make good choices about clothes? Spider silk and brand transparency.

It took him 32 years, but scientist Sam Hudson and a team of other researchers have found a way to produce silk without silkworms.<p>Unlike fabrics such as polyester or nylon, there’s no petroleum-based plastic. Unlike rayon, there’s no toxic chemicals or deforestation involved.<p>It’s a yeast that when …

'Everything made of metal has gone' from Japanese island visited by North Koreans

"Everything has gone. Everything. Including door hinges and a door knob, everything made of metal has gone," said Shusaku Yoshida.<p>The 67-year-old is …

North Korea

Here's What You Need to Know About That Mysterious Radiation Cloud Over Europe

Russia has confirmed it's real.<p>After weeks of silence and denials, Russia has confirmed that it too has detected evidence of a mysterious radiation …

Nuclear Energy

Alps bus driver died after crashing into rocks to save passengers, inquest hears

A bus driver died in a “complete inferno” after driving directly into boulders on a narrow mountain road to try to save his passengers, an inquest has heard.<p>Maurice Wrightson, 63, from Ashington in Northumberland, had been descending the precarious D211 road from the Alpe d’Huez ski resort in …

Emergency Medicine

Harvest Moon 2017

Shine on, shine on Harvest Moon, up in the sky… The Harvest Moon is the full moon that occurs the closest to the autumnal equinox. In 2017, the …

Photographer Takes Portraits of Every Single One of Her Facebook Friends

A photographer recently completed a project that involved setting herself the task of taking a portrait of all 626 of her Facebook friends from …

Scientists spot a mysterious object beyond Neptune [VIDEO]

This strange object is found to be 160,000 times fainter than Neptune and it has been observed 22 times so far.<p>A new object discovered by astronomers …

A plane-size asteroid buzzes by Earth undetected

Astronomers first spotted an asteroid about as long as a 737 passenger jet on Sunday and analyzed its path to determine it had made a close pass by our planet three days earlier.<p>In other words, the big space rock slipped right by us without being detected and was only seen in our cosmic rear-view …

Asteroids

China Has Officially Started Construction on the World's First "Forest City"

Futuristic Green City<p>The world’s first “Forest City,” created to fight pollution, is now under construction in Liuzhou, Guangxi Province, China. …

Adam West, star of the 'Batman' TV series, dies at 88

Adam West, who donned a cape, cowl and tights to become an overnight sensation in 1966 as the star of the campy "Batman" TV series, has died, according to a family statement. He was 88.<p>West, who later lamented being typecast as the iconic Caped Crusader but eventually embraced having been part of …

Graduate School

Hawaii enacts law committing to goals of Paris climate accord

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Hawaii has become the first U.S. state to enact legislation to bring its environmental standards in line with the Paris climate accord, officials said on Wednesday, less than a week after President Donald Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the global …

You can buy the only sunglasses made with NASA optical technology for less than $100

In order to protect astronauts from harmful radiation, NASA developed a unique technology to protect astronaut's vision in space. Now, the California-based company Eagles Eyes is using the same technology in their sunglasses.<p><b>Follow Tech Insider:</b>On Facebook

Ice Cores Dating From The Black Death Challenge The Concept of 'Natural' Lead Levels

No such thing?<p>The Black Death tore through Europe in the years 1346–1353, killing as many as 200 million people as the deadliest plague known to …

These states will have the hottest temperatures in the country this summer

It’s going to be a hot summer, folks, but some parts of the United States are going to be much hotter than others.<p>If you live on the East Coast, the …

Global Warming

Want to Save the Trees? Unleash the Fungus!

They call it shroom juice, a dark slurry of fungi that will <i>not</i> get you high. Workers dump packages of magic powder into buckets, add water, and stir. …

How to Have a Brain Like Buddha’s, According to Neuroscience

To many people who don’t believe in any religion, Buddhism is generally seen as a “good” kind of religion. It doesn’t start wars and has powerful …

The brave, tragic adventurer who inspired generations of Chinese girls to adopt her nickname

<i>點擊閱讀本文繁體中文版本</i><p>I got my English name—Echo—from a tragic, romantic Taiwanese writer.<p>When I was 14, in my second year of middle school in my hometown of Guangzhou, China, my teacher introduced me to the writer San Mao, although she advised caution: “San Mao’s books can ‘misdirect’ a young girl,” she …

Beaten to death for being a dairy farmer

<b>An Indian Muslim died of his injuries after a group of men transporting cattle were attacked by members of a suspected cow protection vigilante group. BBC Hindi's Nitin Srivastava travelled to the victim's village in the northern Indian state of Haryana.</b><p>Villagers jostle to get a glimpse of the …

How Russian Twitter Bots Pumped Out Fake News During The 2016 Election

When he testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee last week, former FBI agent Clint Watts described how Russians used armies of Twitter bots to spread fake news using accounts that seem to be Midwestern swing-voter Republicans.<p>"So that way whenever you're trying to socially engineer them …

Japan’s cherry blossoms signal warmest climate in more than 1,000 years

For more than 1,000 years, emperors, aristocrats, governors and monks have chronicled the flowering of Japan’s famed cherry trees in the city of Kyoto. But bloom dates have shifted radically earlier in recent decades, a sure sign that the region’s climate is warming and warming fast.<p>Yasuyuki Aono, …

Scientists turn spinach leaf into working heart tissue

Researchers have managed to turn a spinach leaf into working heart tissue and are on the way to solving the problem of recreating the tiny, branching networks of blood vessels in human tissue.<p>Until now, scientists have unsuccessfully tried to use 3D printing to recreate these intricate …

Where to find what's disappeared online, and a whole lot more: the Internet Archive

In a gleaming white former church with Greek-style pillars, under the shade of cypress trees in a quiet neighborhood of San Francisco, an effort to preserve much of what’s online, and to scan books, and save video streams from around the world, is now underway.<p>Go in the front entrance, and you may …

Smart glasses are digital eyes for the legally blind

Yvonne Felix is watching me. This would not be remarkable for most people I meet with, but Felix is legally blind.<p>She smiles and tells me she can see …

Genomics

Makeblock's Lego-like 'Neuron' teaches kids robotics and code

Makeblocks, a company known for kid-friendly robotics and DIY hovercraft-drones, is launching a new gadget-building platform called Neuron. It's like Lego meets Littlebits -- you get over 30 blocks with different functions that kids can snap together and then program to create science experiments …

Lego

Supernova spotted just hours after star's death

A star going supernova at the end of its life epitomizes the phrase "going out with a bang."<p>For the first time, scientists say they've seen the early phases of that last stellar hurrah. Their findings were published on Monday in the journal Nature Physics.<p>A dying star tends to bloat and expand into …

Universe

Michael Flynn Leaks Show White House Strain With Intelligence Community

Once again, the Trump Administration is facing embarrassing questions after leaks that appear to have come from the intelligence and diplomatic …

Comments of the Week #148: From the Dipole Repeller to the limits of Science

“We have finally established the contours that define the supercluster of galaxies we can call home … This is not unlike finding out for the first …