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Cancer, mutations and the facts of life

If you live long enough, you get cancer. But without our mutating, blundering cells, we’d never have made it out of the primordial soup…<p>Bob Weinberg of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been one of the world’s foremost experts on cancer for nearly five decades. Back when I was a wee …

Cancer

Mexican Walking Fish may hold key to helping paralysed people walk again

An endangered salamander may hold the key to helping paralysed people walk again, scientists believe.<p>The axolotl, or Mexican salamander has the astonishing ability to regenerate limbs and even spinal cord if it has been injured.<p>But now a new study by the University of Minnesota in the US has …

Spinal Cords

Earth was buzzed by a giant asteroid this weekend and we didn't even realize it was coming

Earth just survived a near miss with an asteroid, and we didn’t even know it was coming. Around 1,500 people were injured in the aftermath of the …

Astronomy

One Galaxy Cluster, Through Hubble's Eyes, Can Show Us The Entire Universe

Galaxy clusters, like the massive one captured here by Hubble, PLCK G004.5-19.5, impress not just for their looks, but for their science.<p>Out there in the depths of space, collections of thousands of galaxies have formed over billions of years from gravity’s relentless pull.<p>These are the largest …

Universe

Japan Just Found a Huge Rare-Earth Mineral Deposit That Can Supply The World For Centuries

This could change the global economy.<p>Researchers have found a deposit of rare-earth minerals off the coast of Japan that could supply the world for …

Rare Earth

21 Creatures From The Deep Sea That Will Absolutely Give You Nightmares

*Shudders.*

Zoology

Was There a Civilization On Earth Before Humans?

A look at the available evidence<p>It only took five minutes for Gavin Schmidt to out-speculate me.<p>Schmidt is the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (a.k.a. GISS) a world-class climate-science facility. One day last year, I came to GISS with a far-out proposal. In my work as an …

Rare Earth

Hubble Unravels a Twisted Cosmic Knot : This... - Just Space

Hubble Unravels a Twisted Cosmic Knot : This Hubble image shows what happens when two galaxies become one. The twisted cosmic knot seen here is NGC …

Who was here first? A new study explains the origins of ancient Indians

A new paper authored by 92 scientists from around the globe that was posted online this weekend could settle some major questions about the subcontinent’s history and what that means for various theories of Indian civilisation. The paper, titled “The Genomic Formation of South and Central Asia,” …

Anthropology

Foucault Pendulum

The Foucault pendulum which was displayed for many years in the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History was removed in late 1998 to make …

Physics

Physicists Found a Trick to Solve an ‘Impossible’ Puzzle of Gravity

The experiment would confirm that gravity is a quantum force.<p>In 1935, when both quantum mechanics and Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity were young, a little-known Soviet physicist named Matvei Bronstein, just 28 himself, made the first detailed study of the problem of reconciling the …

Quantum Mechanics

This new multiverse theory will blow your mind

You’ve read about them in sci-fi novels, seen them in sci-fi movies, and virtually entered them through sci-fi video games, but is there any way …

Frida Kahlo’s incredible wardrobe is coming to London

64 years after her death, Frida Kahlo still remains one of the most well known female artists – a testament to her work that explored spirituality, political ideas, and her struggle with disability, but still feels modern today. Beyond that, Kahlo’s image has been commodified, especially in fashion …

Google says Bristlecone chip could ignite quantum computing

Google's quantum computing effort takes a big step forward, and the company thinks a prototype could outdo conventional machines in some tasks.<p>Google has a quantum computer chip, called Bristlecone, and the company thinks it'll outdo the classical computers using today's silicon processor …

Quantum Computing

Watch: ALMA Telescopes Zoom 1,350 Light-Years into Space

Take a trip through the Orion constellation.<p>If you’ve always wanted to soar through the cosmos, buckle up. The Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) …

Nebulas

A star is about to plunge head first toward a monster black hole. Astronomers are ready to watch.

Sometime over the next few months, a massive star is going to take a deep plunge near a gigantic black hole in our galaxy. As it screams past the …

Sea Level Rise in the SF Bay Area Just Got a Lot More Dire

If you move to the San Francisco Bay Area, prepare to pay some of the most exorbitant home prices on the planet. Also, prepare for the fact that …

Passing through a black hole could open up a whole new future, but it would erase your past

It’s a controversial idea. But an enticing one. A new study has once again tackled the implications of a black hole’s event horizon — the point beyond which not even light can escape its gravitational pull.<p>This time, mathematicians have been crunching the numbers to determine if an object can cross …

Physics

The winner of the 'Nobel Prize of Architecture' was just named — here are his stunning buildings

On Wednesday, Indian architect and urban planner Balkrishna Doshi was named the winner of the 2018 Pritzker Prize— the biggest award in architecture.<p>The first Indian recipient of the award, Doshi is known for his low-cost housing projects, public complexes, and educational and cultural facilities …

Architecture

NASA invites people to send their names to be placed on a microchip aboard a solar probe which is heading to the Sun- Technology News, Firstpost

If you want your name to travel through the <b>Sun's atmosphere</b>, braving brutal heat and radiation conditions, here comes your chance. NASA is inviting …

Cosmology

Meet the universe's weirdest, wackiest stars: Live-stream lecture

Our galaxy is filled with so many stars, some were bound to be oddballs. This month, the Perimeter Public Lecture looks at some of the strangest. …

A new state of matter created

An international team of physicists have successfully created a “giant atom” and filled it with ordinary atoms, creating a new state of matter termed …

How five became one: the odd history of horses' hooves

We’re so used to seeing horses, we often forget just what a bunch of weirdos they are. Let’s start with their feet: can you name another animal with only one hoof? If you said cow, sheep or goat, then you need to take a closer look next time you’re on the farm, because they all have two hooves per …

Anthropology

Rare Planetary Alignment Confirms Universal Insignificance

Nostradamus foretold it in a Quatrain. Mashallah ibn Athari confirmed it for the caliphate. Vashistha vetted it in Vedic. There will be an alignment …

Freight Train

How One Quantum Particle Can Send Messages to Itself

Just another demonstration of the magic of quantum superposition.<p>Quantum computing promises a future where technology is exponentially faster, more efficient, and more secure. But the mechanics of how it will work are still being figured out. Now, scientists from the University of Vienna and the …

Earth is slowly drifting away from the Sun into space, scientists warn

Come back! Come back! Copyright: Science Photo LibraryThe Sun’s getting older, and like a lot of people in middle age, it’s now struggling to pull – …

Mark Webster - Dan M. 242-19 - Abstract Geometric Futurist Figurative Ink Drawing

2 days ago - By Mark Adam Webster<p>Mark Webster - Dan M. 242-19 - Abstract Geometric Futurist Figurative Ink Drawing.<br>8x5" Ink on Bristol Board.<br>Read …

Universe

How To Tell When Someone Is Lying To You Because It's Harder Than You Think

I consider myself a pretty intuitive person, and I'd like to think that I can tell when someone isn't being truthful. However, research indicates …