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Is There Really A Cosmological Constant? Or Is Dark Energy Changing With Time?

According to physics, the universe and everything in it can be explained by just a handful of equations. They’re difficult equations, all right, but their simplest feature is also the most mysterious one. The equations contain a few dozen parameters that are – for all we presently know – …

Dark Matter

4 Black Hole Images From NASA: Portraits Of The Universe’s Best Killer

Black holes are one of the universe’s greatest mysteries. We can’t peer inside these objects, because they have such tremendous amounts of matter …

CRISPR kills HIV and eats Zika 'like Pac-man'. Its next target? Cancer

There’s a biological revolution underway and its name is CRISPR.<p>Genetically-modified humans: what is CRISPR and how does it work?<p>WIRED …

7 Magical Places to View Auroras

These tips will give you the best shot at experiencing the enchantment of the northern and southern lights.<p>The otherworldly aurora borealis, or northern lights, begin high in the Earth’s atmosphere—at altitudes from 60 to more than 250 miles—when charged particles from the sun become trapped in the …

European Travel

Slate Magazine - Politics, Business, Technology, and the Arts

Cover StoryWhy Angry Men Kill Laura L. Hayes It’s rage, not mental illness, that often prompts massacres. Here’s how we can stop them before they …

Scientists say the universe has a ‘resolution limit’ that governs how far telescopes can see

Is it possible that those distant galaxies are just too far away to ever be seen clearly? That’s the suggestion of researchers at the National …

Universe

A giant purple smiling emoji is looking down on us from deep space

A mischievous face with a big smile shines light-years away from Earth.<p>A new photo taken by a NASA space telescope called Chandra shows a group of …

The brain’s miracle superpowers of self-improvement

We used to believe our brains were hardwired at birth. Now we believe we can will them to change. Is that true? Will Storr analyses the truth and hokum about 'neuroplasticity'.<p>For years she had tried to be the perfect wife and mother but now, divorced, with two sons, having gone through another …

The Brain

Earth May Wear An Invisible Fur Coat Made Of Dark Matter

Mysterious substance may form hairs that are hundreds of thousands of miles long<p>Regular matter--the stuff that makes up everything humans have ever seen or felt--makes up just 5 percent of the universe. The rest is made up of dark matter and dark energy.<p>Although we’ve never detected dark matter, …

White fat in mice can be forced to burn energy like brown fat by flipping a molecular switch

The technique could be used to help prevent weight gain in humans<p>Scientists say they have figured out a way to make white fat cells in mice burn energy — just by flipping a molecular switch. If this mechanism works similarly in humans, it could open up new ways to help combat obesity.<p>There are two …

Diabetes

Eugenics need not be a dirty word - instead, it could be lifesaving technology

The UK becomes the only country to legalise 3-parent IVF on Thursday, and we have to stop being afraid of what that means<p>On Thursday, the UK will become the first country in the world that allows “3-person IVF” – the creation of a baby with three parents.<p>While this may sound like something out of a …

Can A Cancer Drug Reverse Parkinson's Disease And Dementia?

A drug that's already approved for treating leukemia appears to dramatically reduce symptoms in people who have Parkinson's disease with dementia, or a related condition called Lewy body dementia.<p>A pilot study of 12 patients given small doses of nilotinib found that movement and mental function …

Dementia

Malaria vaccine for pregnant women kills cancer - Futurity

Scientists testing a malaria vaccine in pregnant women made a surprising discovery that shows promise for treating many different cancers.

Smoking Doesn’t Kill Them: The Strange Science of the Longevity Gene

Why do some cigarette smokers live to old age while others die young? Scientists are getting closer to an answer.<p>It’s a well-established fact that …

For The First Time, Researchers Edit The Genes Of Human Embryos

Rumors that this research was underway turn out to be true<p>Rumors have been buzzing for months that a team of Chinese researchers was intending to edit the genes of a human embryo. According to a study published this week in <i>Protein & Cell</i>, the rumors are true. And though the researchers took pains, …

Found: Early Black Hole 12 Billion Times More Massive Than Our Sun

<i>Gulp</i><p>Deep within the early universe, there lies a gigantic black hole in the midst of an extremely luminous disc. This space-time warp is so gigantic, it’s estimated to be 12 billion times more massive than our own Sun. That makes it one of the most massive deep-space black holes ever …

Lab-made blood cells may curb brain cancer

Mouse study suggests it's possible to use the immune system to hunt glioblastoma<p>Teaching T cells to hunt cancer has spurred remissions in two kinds of leukemia. A new study suggests the technique may also work to treat glioblastoma, a type of brain cancer.<p>Today's study, published in <i>Science</i> …

Immunotherapy

Vaccine that targets 9 strains of HPV boosts cancer protection, study says

When it comes to HPV vaccines, more protection is better. A new version of the vaccine that fights nine strains of human papillomavirus offered greater cancer protection for women than the earlier one that targets only four, researchers reported Wednesday.<p>A multinational study involving thousands …

Olive oil compound kills cancer in minutes - Futurity

A compound in extra-virgin olive oil kills cancer cells in minutes, not hours. Now scientists think they understand how it works.

Food

HIV strain matters for treating new cases - Futurity

Understanding how different strains of HIV affect the immune system could lead to better treatments and perhaps even vaccines.

Scientists Map the Epigenome, Our Second Genetic Code

Genetics

Pain Really Is All In Your Head. Emotion Controls Intensity

When you whack yourself with a hammer, it feels like the pain is in your thumb. But really it's in your brain.<p>That's because our perception of pain is shaped by brain circuits that are constantly filtering the information coming from our sensory nerves, says David Linden, a professor of …

The Brain

Expect Republicans to Add Teeth to Iran Sanctions Bill

When the Senate Banking Committee debates and almost certainly approves a new bill to increase pressure on Iran Thursday, some Republican senators …

Sanctions

iChip: The Future of Antibiotic Discovery

Two weeks ago, a team led by scientists from Northeastern University published a study describing a new class of antibiotics called teixobactin, which they found in the soil of a field in Maine. The Internet subsequently lit up with both excitement and criticism (mostly excitement, though). It’s …

What’s a safe distance between us and a supernova?

And how many potentially exploding stars are located within the unsafe distance?<p>A supernova is a star explosion – destructive on a scale almost …

Multi-tasking nanoparticle both seeks and destroys cancerous cells

Nanoparticles hold great potential as a way of both detecting cancer cells and delivering the drugs to treat them. One hurdle that has proven …