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30 years later, former NASA scientist wishes he hadn't been right about climate change

James Hansen wishes he had been wrong. He wasn't.<p>NASA's top climate scientist in 1988, Hansen warned the world on a record hot June day 30 years ago …

Climate Change

This Quantum Theory Predicts That The Future Might Be Influencing The Past

No, seriously.<p>One of the weirder aspects of quantum mechanics could be explained by an equally weird idea – that causation can run backwards in time …

Quantum Physics

The Inca Left Behind a Strange, 3D Code That Scientists Still Can't Figure Out

They communicated in multiple dimensions.<p>The Inca Empire (1400-1532 CE) is one of few ancient civilisations that speaks to us in multiple dimensions. …

Harvard

Hungry mushrooms could clean, build, and make shoes - Futurity

We're just beginning to harness the power of fungi. Doing so has an environmental benefit, too: "You're literally helping stopping the planet …

Mushrooms

What Counts As A Schrödinger Cat?

“Schrödinger’s Cat” is probably the most infamous thought experiment in the history of <i>gedankenexperimenten</i>. You’ve undoubtedly heard the set-up: a cat is placed in a box with a diabolical device containing a single unstable atom that has a 50% chance of undergoing a radioactive decay in the next …

Quantum Physics

Limiting warming to 1.5 degree C would save majority of global species from climate change

Limiting global warming to 1.5oC would save the vast majority of the world's plant and animal species from climate change—according to new research …

Ecology

Are octopuses alien? New theory argues Earth was 'seeded' by interstellar genetic code

Octopuses are weird. This is not just because they look odd. It’s not because they’re disturbingly smart. It’s because they have a strange power.<p>The ability to edit their own bodies. This has biologists scratching their heads.<p>Evolution doesn’t work that way. It’s supposed to be spurred by genetic …

Biology

Hubble's Latest Batch Of Space Porn Is Some Of The Best We've Ever Seen

Space is mind-bogglingly vast, and it's practically impossible for our puny brains to comprehend just how huge it really is. Using the Hubble Space …

These diamonds are from one of our solar system's 'lost planets'

<b>(CNN) —</b> When an asteroid fell to Earth in 2008 and landed in Sudan's Nubian Desert, researchers weren't expecting to find diamonds from a lost planet inside.<p>Those remnants act like a time capsule from the early days of our solar system.<p>New research conducted on the meteorites collected at the site, …

10 things you (probably) didn’t know about your mind

We can imagine that we must have the ultimate ‘inside knowledge’ of our minds. How wrong we are.<p>The progress of science has been a succession of …

The five habits that can add more than a decade to your life

People who stick to five healthy habits in adulthood can add more than a decade to their lives, according to a major study into the impact behaviour has on lifespan.<p>Loneliness isn't inevitable – a guide to making new friends as an adult<p>Read more<p>Researchers at Harvard University used lifestyle …

Holistic Medicine

The world's oldest recorded spider built herself a hole, then just stayed there till age 43

Just how many walking sticks would an elderly spider require?<p>Researchers in Australia monitored what is most likely the world's oldest spider on …

Batteries have a dirty secret

Energy storage is considered a green technology. But it actually increases carbon emissions.<p>Energy storage (batteries and other ways of storing electricity, like pumped water, compressed air, or molten salt) has generally been hailed as a “green” technology, key to enabling more renewable energy …

Wind, solar deliver stunning 98 percent of new U.S. power capacity in January, February

Renewables to provide 69 percent of new capacity by March 2021, as dozens of coal plants are retired<p>Solar and wind power was responsible for a …

CDC: Throw All Romaine Away, Washing Won’t Do the Trick

No romaine is safe.<p>The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expanded its warning about an E. coli outbreak found in romaine lettuce. …

Public Health

New Study Finds Group of People Are Genetically Adapted for Life Underwater

A Bajau child looking just at home underwater as above. Image: BBC/Filipinow<p><b>The Bajau Laut have been sea nomads for centuries.</b> In the waters they …

Space Photos of the Week: Light a Candle for Hubble, Still Gazing Strong

This week we celebrate the birthday of the Hubble Space Telescope. Believe it or not, it has been in Earth’s orbit studying the cosmos for 28 years. …

Hubble Releases Mind-Blowing New Images of the Lagoon Nebula to Honor Its 28th Anniversary

NASA has released incredible new images of the Lagoon Nebula taken by the Hubble space telescope, in honor of its 28th anniversary and presumably …

Since 2016, Half of All Coral in the Great Barrier Reef Has Died

A new study warns it has become a “highly altered, degraded system.”<p>Once upon a time, there was a city so dazzling and kaleidoscopic, so braided and water-rimmed, that it was often compared to a single living body. It clustered around a glimmering emerald spine, which astronauts could glimpse from …

David Reich: ‘Neanderthals were perhaps capable of many modern human behaviours’

For David Reich, research can be a harrowing experience. The 44-year-old Harvard University geneticist says he now goes to bed terrified he will wake up to find his team’s recent, stunning discoveries about human ancestry have been proved wrong. “We are now making so many startling insights I …

Native Americans

Hearts Get 'Younger,' Even At Middle Age, With Exercise

Eventually it happens to everyone. As we age, even if we're healthy, the heart becomes less flexible, more stiff and just isn't as efficient in processing oxygen as it used to be. In most people the first signs show up in the 50s or early 60s. And among people who don't exercise, the underlying …

High Blood Pressure

Nuclear fusion on brink of being realised, say MIT scientists

The dream of nuclear fusion is on the brink of being realised, according to a major new US initiative that says it will put fusion power on the grid within 15 years.<p>The project, a collaboration between scientists at MIT and a private company, will take a radically different approach to other …

Physics

Here’s how much it costs to mine a single bitcoin in your country

So-called bitcoin mining is a hot topic of in the cryptocurrency world.<p>That’s chiefly because of the rising electricity costs associated with …

LSD Brings Your Brain to the Edge of Chaos

This new LSD study is like an acid trip all on its own.<p>One Saturday in 1964, neurologist Oliver Sacks took a bit of amphetamines, LSD, a “touch” of cannabis, faced a white wall in his home, and said “I want to see indigo now—now!”<p>“And then,” he wrote in the New Yorker in 2012, “as if thrown by a …

Graphene film makes dirty water drinkable in a single step

Every year, millions of people around the world die from drinking unclean water. Now, researchers have developed a process that can purify water, no matter how dirty it is, in a single step. Scientists from Australian research organization CSIRO have created a filtration technique using a graphene …

Graphene

ESO’s VLT Working as 16-metre Telescope for First Time

eso1806 — Organisation Release<p>ESPRESSO instrument achieves first light with all four Unit Telescopes<p>The ESPRESSO instrument on ESO’s Very Large …

Picture of Single Trapped Atom Wins UK Science Photography Prize

Zoom in close on the center of the picture above, and you can spot something you perhaps never thought you’d be able to see: a single atom. Here is a …

Photography

'How To Think Like An Anthropologist' — And Why You Should Want To

Civilization originated in the Fertile Crescent region, including parts of modern-day Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel and Egypt. That's the lesson most of us learned in school.<p>In it, <i>civilization</i> is used in a highly positive way to refer to the rise of city-states and the development of writing …

Anthropology

Bill Gates Slammed Donald Trump This Morning

The annual letter from the Gates Foundation is a huge clap-back at the President and his policies.<p>Bill and Melinda Gates released their annual letter this morning and it contains a huge slam at Trump and his policies. Here are some excerpts, followed by my comments:<p>"For decades the United States …

What happens in the brain when habits form?

There are a million things that we do every day without thinking. Brushing our teeth, drying our hair after a shower, and unlocking our phone screen …