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Scientists have evolved a remarkable new form of life that can bond silicon to carbon

You're probably already familiar with a few products products that use carbon-silicon, or organosilicon: glues, caulks, and pesticides, to name a few.<p>But the new biological trick, which was forcefully evolved in bacteria, is safer and 15 times more efficient than synthetic, industrial chemistry at …

Chemistry

How About a New Theory of Evolution with Less Natural Selection?

In early November, a group of preeminent biologists, doctors, anthropologists, and computer scientists met in London to consider making a major …

6 million years of human evolution in 1 minute

Mesmerizing reconstructions of long-lost human ancestors – created using fossil discoveries and forensic techniques – from a 2013 book published by …

Astronomy

Pyro mini is a new $150 gadget that lets you shoot fireballs from your hands like a superhero

I test hundreds of products each year that span all kinds of categories. From smartphones, tablets and wearables to clothing, headphones, accessories …

Largest dinosaur with birdlike wings and feathers

Discovery of largest-ever winged dino in China, from 125 million years ago. It was sleek and birdlike with feathers on its arms and torso, but it …

Mind-blowing Pluto has ice mountains and water

<b>Laurel, Maryland (CNN) —</b> It had been downgraded to a dwarf planet. It looked like a fuzzy blob in our best telescopes. And it was often referred to as just an icy orb. Even scientists working on the first mission to Pluto expected to find an old, pockmarked world.<p>But Pluto is turning out to be full …

Solar System

Ericsson takes lawsuit against Apple to Europe, wants up to $725 million per year

Claiming that Apple is infringing on several of its patents, Ericsson has ramped up its legal efforts against the company by expanding lawsuits to cover Germany, Britain and the Netherlands.<p>“Apple continues to profit from Ericsson’s technology without having a valid license in place,” said Kasim …

Top 10 Hubble Photos - Photo Gallery

NASA; ESA; F. PARESCE, INAF-IASF, BOLOGNA, ITALY; R. O’CONNELL, UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA;<br>WIDE FIELD CAMERA 3 SCIENCE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE<p>10<b>Cosmic Fireworks</b> Sparkling with energy, a cluster of young stars lights up a cavity in the roiling dust of the Tarantula Nebula. For Zoltan Levay, charged with …

Could Mars Rover Curiosity's Wheel Damage Be Caused by Corrosion?

A research team has published some intriguing work in the journal Nature Geoscience regarding transient liquid water and water activity at Gale …

Mars Rover

Secret Air Force Space Plane Gets Darth Vader-Style Engine

For secret reasons, like turning in secret directions<p>The Air Force’s secret robot space plane is going to try out a new engine. The X-37B has so far spent a total of 1367 days tooling around in Earth’s orbit, doing classified things. Yesterday, the Air Force Research Lab announced that on its …

Vegetarian T-Rex the size of a turkey discovered

New dinosaur - a plant-eating relation of the T-Rex - has been found and named Chilesaurus diegosuarezi after boy who made discovery<p>A tiny vegetarian dinosaur the size of a turkey that roamed South America 145 million years ago has been named after a seven-year-old boy who discovered it while …

15 Must Have Gadgets For Living Off The Grid - Part 2.

Collection of 'Must Have Gadgets For Living Off The Grid' from all over the world.<p><b>Murakami Chair</b>: Designed by Rochus, the rocking chair's attached …

Stolen 2,600-Year-Old Sarcophagus Returns to Egypt

FRED HIEBERT, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ARCHAEOLOGY FELLOW:<br>We’re looking at a series of artifacts that actually came from Egypt, were stolen and recovered by U.S. customs agents in the United States.<p>We have just a few artifacts that are going back to Egypt from a major antiquities smuggling case that …

Here's How Wi-Fi Actually Works

Most computer users know little about how Wi-Fi works. In fact, one of the only things many do know is that sometimes it doesn’t. But even a little …

Wi-Fi

Apple rejects iOS apps that support the Pebble watch

Apple has begun rejecting iOS apps that support Pebble, the immensely popular and more affordable alternative to Apple Watch.<p>One developer received an email to say that their app, SeaNav US, was no longer welcome in the App Store because it mentions the Pebble — a third-party mobile platform — in …

The first world war scientists who gave their lives to defeat poison gas

On the hundredth anniversary of the first fatal use of chemical weapons, we look back at the scientists who risked their lives to fight a new enemy<p>Chemical warfare made its deadly debut a century ago, at a time when science was still in the era of personal experimentation. Scientists routinely used …

Winston Churchill

Security flaw allows attackers to crash carrier iOS devices within range of a fake WiFi hotspot

Security researchers yesterday demonstrated a method of creating a ‘No iOS zone,’ inside of which all carrier iPhones and iPads on iOS 8 are rendered impossible to use, reports Skycure. Most apps that connect to the Internet crash on opening (shown above), and it’s even possible to put iOS devices …

Serious OS X vulnerability isn’t fixed after all

A significant security flaw affecting OS X Yosemite hasn’t been fixed as previously thought, according to a former NSA staffer.<p>The flaw, known as Rootpipe, is said to have existed since 2011, and could allow an attacker to gain full control of another user’s Mac without requiring authentication.<p>To …

Wealthier children have bigger brains, study finds

Brain scans offer new dimension to the so-called “achievement gap”<p>Richer pupils achieve higher academic grades because their brains are different, according to research.<p>Past research has shown pupils from low-income backgrounds fared worse than those from wealthier families.<p>Brain scans have now …

The Brain

Pee-power toilet to light up disaster zones | Reuters

A toilet that uses urine to generate electricity will soon light up dark corners of refugee camps after being tested by students in the UK. The pioneering toilet, the result of collaboration between global aid agency Oxfam and the University of the West of England in Bristol, uses live microbes …

Fuel Cell

'Star Wars: Rogue One' will depict raid to steal original Death Star plans

“What does the <i>Star Wars</i> universe look like beyond the view of the Skywalkers? We’re about to get an answer.<p>While each trilogy installment has focused …

Siberian Sinkholes: Scientists Probing Mystery Run Low on Cash

MOSCOW — Russian scientists setting out to study a gigantic crater that appeared in Siberia last year had to hitch a ride due to academic budget cuts.<p>"Due to our modest budgets, we had to travel with another expedition passing by the craters en route to a scientific station on Bely Island," …

Earth Science

First Ever Picture Taken of a Rare African Monkey

The Bouvier’s red colobus monkey had not been seen in some 40 years and was thought by many to be extinct.<p>The Bouvier's red colobus monkey had never been photographed until now.<p>Long feared extinct, the rare primate hadn't been observed by scientists since the 1970s. But late this February two …

Is Nike and Apple’s relationship on the rocks?

Apple’s new Activity and Fitness apps for Apple Watch might signal the end of the company’s long partnership with Nike.<p>So what does this mean for the millions of us who were introduced to Nike+ by Apple in 2006 and have been logging our runs this way ever since? Are we about to get caught in a</i> …

What The Apple Watch Could Be

What is the Apple Watch? The simple answer is Apple’s first smartwatch. In fact Apple calls it its “most personal device ever”. But early reviewers have wrestled with the <i>raison d’être</i> of the Apple Watch.<p>“Do you want another tiny computer in your life that you have to worry about and charge every …

Smartwatches

Divers Search for Tiny Animals in Iceland’s Fissures

Fans Gasp In Awe At New 'Star Wars' Trailer

The Force awakened its target audience<p>Much like Darth Vader after his fateful fight against Obi Wan on Mustafar, Star Wars fans have been burnt before. The last time new live-action Star Wars films came back to theaters, they brought with them a legion of unlikeable characters and a plot full of …

Darth Vader

Stone Age toolmakers deserve more respect - Futurity

Scientists took brain scans of people while they learned to make a hand axe. The results suggest Stone Age toolmakers don't get the respect they …

Stone Age