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Smallpox find was among hundreds of other long-lost vials, FDA says

The six long-lost vials of smallpox found this month at a government lab were only a small part of a cache of forgotten biological samples, officials announced Wednesday.<p>Smallpox was discovered among more than 300 vials in a cold-storage area in a Food and Drug Administration lab on July 1. Among …

Silent, not deadly; how farts cure diseases

It seems like it was only last week that a study by the University of Exeter revealed that smelling farts cures all manner of fatal illnesses, which lead to a lot of media coverage about the healing properties of nether-region emissions.<p>Some cynical types tried to combat this, metaphorically …

U.S. Air Quality Has Improved. Here’s the Time-Lapse to Prove It.

The pho­tos, re­leased this week, come from the Ozone Mon­it­or­ing In­stru­ment, loc­ated aboard NASA’s Aura satel­lite, which has been in or­bit …

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'Cosmic own goal' another clue in hunt for dark matter

The hunt for dark matter has taken another step forward thanks to new supercomputer simulations showing the evolution of our 'local Universe' from …

World's oldest human poop may have been found in Spain

Maybe archaeologists should watch where they step. Researchers have stumbled across what may be the world's oldest human poop, deposited by Neanderthals about 50,000 years ago atop an ancient campfire in Spain.<p>If the discovery is truly a prehistoric latrine – a claim that has provoked skepticism …

Astronomers discover Earth-sized 'diamond' 900 light years away

The world's largest diamond, the Cullinan, is a tad over 3,100 carats uncut. Its estimated value is some $2 billion, and it only weighs about 1.37 pounds. That stone, while enormous relative to others like it, is but an invisible speck when up against the Earth-sized diamond discovered 900 light …

Is this procedure the first step toward genetic engineering?

A new piece in <i>The New York Times Magazine</i> looks at the growing controversy surrounding three-parent fertilization. The procedure introduces a donor's cytoplasm into the mother's egg, potentially adding a third parent's genetic data to the child, but effectively treating mitochondrial disorders and …

Ancient Skulls Reveal 'Mixed' Neanderthal-Like Lineage

A key first step in Neanderthal evolution may have been the development of front teeth that could act like a "third hand," researchers now say.<p>These …

Archaeopteryx: X-rays shine new light on mystery 'bird'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1078000/1078313_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534407471_65db3bb92745dfe95955f29cefaa9f93<p><b>Is it a bird? Is it a dinosaur? Or something in between?</b><p>The feathered limbs of <i>Archaeopteryx</i> have fascinated palaeontologists ever since Charles …

Algorithm Reveals Link Between Sour Cream And Traffic Accidents

Visualizing the unexpected correlations that surround us<p>Data suggest: marriages in Alabama are causing deaths by electrocution, divorces in South Carolina are causing bees to produce more honey, and Nicolas Cage movies are saving thousands of lives each year.<p>Tyler Vigen created a program, …

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Nearest bright 'hypervelocity star' found: Speeding at 1 million mph, it probes black hole and dark matter

Astronomers have discovered a "hypervelocity star" that is the closest, second-brightest and among the largest of 20 found so far. Speeding at more …

Wireless electricity? It's here

Katie Hall was shocked the second she saw it: a light-bulb glowing in the middle of a room with no wires attached.<p>Looking back, it was a crude experiment, she remembers: a tiny room filled with gigantic copper refrigerator coils -- the kind you'd see if you cracked open the back of your freezer.<p>She …

Researchers Track Isolated Amazonian Tribe With Google Earth

The researchers studied one village that has only 40 inhabitants.<p>As you can imagine, it isn't easy to study uncontacted tribes in Amazonia. And the history of western interaction with these tribes is dark indeed, often leading to the destruction of these peoples' way of life. So researchers have …

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110 Predictions For the Next 110 Years

It's never easy to predict the future. But as PM's 110th anniversary celebration draws to a close, we've decided to try. Here are 110 ambitious ideas for the decades ahead.<p><b>2012—2022</b><p><b>· People will be fluent in every language.</b> With DARPA and Google racing to perfect instant translation, it won't be …