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These diamonds from space formed inside a long-lost planet, scientists say

Ten years ago, an Arizona astronomer spotted an asteroid that was headed straight for Earth. Swiftly he summoned the help of colleagues and casual stargazers, who tracked the space rock as it exploded in the sky, raining shrapnel down on the Nubian desert in Sudan. Students from the University of …

Universe

Amazon's Spyro leak is the highlight of my week

Earlier today, an Amazon leak hinted at the HD remake of the original <i>Spyro</i> trilogy, a remaster long whispered of the in the rumor mill.<p>A page for <i>Spyro Reignited Trilogy</i> first surfaced on Amazon this morning, with little fanfare. I wanted to believe it, but held myself back. I’ve been burnt crispy …

Movie Trailers

Scientists Finally Know Why Tattoo Ink Lasts Even Though Skin Regenerates

No wonder they're so hard to get rid of.<p>If the skin regenerates itself every couple of weeks, then why do tattoos last for <i>years</i>? Sure, we know that …

Particles

Scientists detect signal from ‘cosmic dawn,’ when stars first lit up the universe

For the first time, scientists have detected a signal from “cosmic dawn” — the moment when the universe's earliest stars emerged.<p>The signal, reported Wednesday in the journal Nature, is little more than a blip in the radio echo of that ancient era, as difficult to detect as the wingbeat of a …

Universe

Trump's proposal to arm teachers panned by experts as a 'colossally stupid idea'

President Donald Trump has proposed a solution to end classroom massacres once and for all: Arm some of America's teachers with concealed weapons, and train them to "immediately fire back if a savage sicko came to a school with bad intentions," he said Thursday.<p>But gun violence experts, educators, …

Guns

It's better to be single, according to science

Give Tinder a break and take yourself on a date tonight.<p>Being single has a handful of benefits, scientific research has found. Alone time is one of them.<p>Single people are more likely to not only embrace solitude, but benefit from it, recent studies have suggested.<p>Bella DePaulo, a psychologist at …

Psychology

Massive crayfish that didn't exist 25 years ago are capable of cloning themselves — and it's terrifying scientists

A crayfish that is capable of cloning itself is taking over Europe — and scientists are taking note.<p>The marbled crayfish has a mutation that allows it to clone itself, reports Carl Zimmer at The New York Times. Zimmer profiled scientists studying the all-female species known for its massive size, …

Biology

IS THERE LIFE AFTER DEATH? 50 YEARS OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH SUMMARIZED IN ONE LECTURE (VIDEO)

Nikola Tesla once said that, “The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the …

Newly Discovered Egyptian Dinosaur Is "Holy Grail" of Fossils

"When I first saw pics of the fossils, my jaw hit the floor."<p>In Egypt, buried within a stretch of the Sahara Desert, paleontologists have unearthed a …

Paleontology

Facebook starts polishing its privacy messaging ahead of GDPR

As the May 25 deadline for compliance with the EU’s updated privacy framework fast approaches Facebook is continuing to PR the changes it’s making to try to meet the new data protection standard — and steer away from the specter of fines that can scale as high as 4% of a company’s global …

Privacy

5 traits all emotionally intelligent leaders share

Some of the most revered leaders in business today share common traits that attract great staff and inspire the best work. These people are often described as warm, personable, approachable and just plain real.<p>What do they have in common? The qualities can best be described as emotional …

Emotional Intelligence

Facebook Says Social Media Isn’t Always Healthy for Democracy

Facebook Inc. acknowledged today that social media can have a negative impact on democracies, and that the company has more work to do in order to …

Social Media

Silicon Valley and the Threat to Democracy

Forget Russian hacking—the real threat to democracies around the globe is social media’s inexorable and unavoidable destruction of common ground and …

Social Media

This Is Why You Should Never Hold in a Sneeze

A recently released case report, courtesy of the <i>BMJ,</i> reaffirms one of life’s important lessons: Don’t try to hold back a sneeze. Especially, don’t do …

Can you hear this silent gif bouncing? Here’s why

The phenomenon may be more common than we think<p>Look at this GIF. There’s no sound, but most people who see it hear a “thudding” in their head each time the bouncing structure hits the ground. Why?<p>The answer has to do with how our senses work, says Christopher Fassnidge, a doctoral candidate in …

University of London

The Genetics of Skin Colour Are a Lot More Complicated Than Anyone Expected

Caucasian skin is only a tiny part of the story.<p>New research suggests the genetic coding behind skin pigmentation is more complicated than previously …

Cannabis Linked to Bipolar Symptoms in Young Adults

Researchers reveal a link between adolescent cannabis use and an increased risk of bipolar symptoms, including hypomania.

Neuroscience

Why we still don’t understand sleep, and why it matters

For the first 20 years of his life, Henry Nicholls had a healthy relationship with sleep. Shortly after his 21st birthday, he began to experience …

Exclusive: First U.S. Baby Born After a Uterus Transplant

For the first time in the United States, a woman who was born without a uterus gave birth to a baby. The landmark birth took place at Baylor …

Pregnancy

9 Things You Should Know About Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

You’ve probably heard of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), the evidence-based psychotherapy treatment method focused on changing negative thoughts …

Self-esteem
Cancer

Why millions of Americans believe things that aren’t true

Have you ever thought to yourself, “I’ll bet that’s true,” before you had all the facts? Most people probably have at some point.<p>Where people differ is in how often they do so. A 2016 survey that my colleague Brian Weeks and I conducted found that 50.3% of all Americans agreed with the statement, …

Scientists grow replacement skin for boy suffering devastating genetic disorder

Scientists have grown a replacement, genetically modified skin to cover almost the entire body of a seven-year-old Syrian boy who was suffering from a devastating genetic disorder.<p>The treatment marks a rare and striking success for the field of regenerative medicine, which has been struggling to …

Genetics

People With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Are Exhausted at a Cellular Level, Study Shows

Yet more evidence for this disease.<p>If you're one of the millions of people worldwide who deals with the symptoms of CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome, …

ScienceAlert Deal: Which VPN Should You Choose?

Not all VPNs are created equal.<p>The web can be a dangerous place, filled with hackers, cybercriminals, and shady agencies intent on stealing your …

7 things you peak at in life after age 50, according to science

It's in the back nine of life, for instance, that people have the best body images and can best pick up on others' emotions.<p>In case you're worried the prime of your life is rushing past you, here is some evidence the best is still yet to come.

Mathematics

8 Ways to Know When Someone Might Be Lying to You

A decade-long psychological study revealed that 60% of people lie during a typical 10-minute conversation. Here’s how to know when they’re doing …

JPEG vs. PNG: Which image-saving format is the better one to use?

In the world of digital imaging, there are two image formats that prevail above all else: JPEG (or JPG) and PNG.<p>At first glance, a single image shown …

Tutorials

The Endocannabinoid System: A Beginner’s Guide – Leaf Science

Learn more about the endocannabinoid system and how it affects your health.<p>The endocannabinoid system is a biological system which plays many …

Monster Planet, Tiny Star: Record-Breaking Duo Puzzles Astronomers

A giant planet has been found orbiting an ultracool dwarf star — the largest planet compared to its star ever found — leaving scientists baffled at …

Astronomy