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Hard drives of the future could be made of DNA

Our data-driven society is churning out more information than traditional storage technology can handle, so scientists are looking for a solution in Nature's hard drive: DNA. A pair of researchers at Columbia University and the New York Genome Center recently wrote a full computer operating system, …

Wandering Black Hole Found Hiding In Gas Cloud Of Nearby Supernova Remnant

Nothing spoils a good day faster than a black hole sneaking up on you and gobbling you down — spaghettifying and ripping you to shreds for good …

An Unexplained 'Void' Appears to Be Pushing The Milky Way Through The Universe at 2 Million Km/h

We're fleeing from a mysterious 'dead zone'.<p>You can’t feel it, but our planet is orbiting the Sun at speeds of roughly 100,000 km/h (62,000 mph), and …

18 Signs That Show We've Reached the Tipping Point

By Bruce Melton<p>Our planet's systems have a tremendous capacity to absorb punishment before they begin to show signs of degradation. Earth's ecology …

Beautiful equations: E=mc² explained in two minutes – video

There’s beauty in simplicity. For space scientist and Sky At Night host Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, there’s nothing more beautiful than the way that Einstein’s theory of special relativity unlocks our understanding of how energy, mass and the speed of light work in the universe<p>Magic numbers: can maths …

Scientists Are Trapping CO2 And Turning It Into Stone

Back where it belongs.<p>Researchers have turned carbon dioxide (CO2) into solid rock by injecting volcanic basalt rock with pressurised liquid CO2, and …

Geology

Scientists develop drug that 'could cure HIV and Aids'

Scientists have developed a drug they hope could lead to a cure for HIV and Aids.<p>Reseachers in Israel have identified a protein they claim can reduce …

Are you in the diabetes danger zone? Here are some strategies to reduce your risk

<i>Editor's note: This story was originally published Nov. 1, 2016. We're bringing it back because November is Diabetes Awareness Month.</i><p><b>Here are some</b> …

Why Are Dark Matter And Modified Gravity In Such Conflict?

The laws of gravity are some of the most well-established and best-tested physical laws of all-time. If you made an observation of a massive object in space — a planet, star, galaxy or something even bigger — that didn’t appear to line up with what gravitation predicted, you’d be crazy not to …

Dark Matter

Artificial intelligence 'judge' developed by UCL computer scientists

Software program can weigh up legal evidence and moral questions of right and wrong to predict the outcome of trials<p>Artificial intelligence software that can find patterns in highly complex decisions is being used to predict our taste in films, TV shows and music with ever-increasing accuracy. And …

Hip surgery does not improve physical activity levels, research finds

Hip replacement surgery is failing to improve the physical activity levels of patients, a new study has shown.<p>Around 60,000 hip implants are carried out in Britain each year and most people tell doctors their main goal after the operation is to reduce pain so they can achieve the same fitness …

Exercise

The least educated people in the world are in denial about how robots will take over their jobs

Emolument surveyed 900 people working across "several industries and countries" and found that those with no university education were least likely to think that technology is a risk to their job. Just 18% of people with no degree answered yes when asked: "Is technology putting your job at risk?"<p>On …

World Economic Forum

Farmer stumbles across a brand new 'bus-sized' species of dinosaur

About 95 million years ago, a bus-size and scaly-skinned sauropod dinosaur with a long tail and even longer neck lumbered across what is now …

Dinosaurs

Why hospital infections are a bigger threat than HIV, influenza and tuberculosis

If you're in hospital, take care - take very good care. A new study suggests the risk of hospital infections is higher than that of a number of …

I Got a $600 Brain 'Reboot' and It Changed My World

NAD+ therapy can supposedly increase your energy, focus, and metabolism, improve your cardiovascular health, and help you detox from alcohol and drugs. All this, of course, sounds incredibly unlikely—so I thought I'd see for myself.<p>This post originally appeared on VICE UK.<p>It's good to be skeptical …

Mental Health

It's Official: Injection of Fracking Wastewater Caused Kansas’ Biggest Earthquake

The largest earthquake ever recorded in Kansas—a 4.9 magnitude temblor that struck northeast of Milan on Nov. 12, 2014—has been officially linked to …

Is the internet killing our brains?

The web gives us access to endless information. What impact does this have on our memory, and our attention spans?<p>Throughout history, people have always worried about new technologies. The fear that the human brain cannot cope with the onslaught of information made possible by the latest …

FDA Approves First 'Artificial Pancreas' for Diabetes

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first artificial pancreas — a cellphone-sized device that automatically takes care of checking a patient’s blood sugar and delivers lifesaving insulin as needed.<p>The surprise approval Wednesday — it wasn’t expected until next year sometime — means …

Diabetes

An Italian surgeon has renewed his promise to perform the world's first head transplant after a 'proof-of-concept' experiment on a dog

His latest, renewed claim comes after his collaborators released video footage to several news outlets, including a clip shown on Tuesday on Sky News. The video appears to show a dog stumbling on all fours and wagging its tail. Sky News claims the video was shot three weeks after an experimental …

Medicine

Scientists Make Major Discovery While Studying The Brain On No Sleep

This is WAY more complex than anyone thought.<p>Conventional wisdom suggests that the longer you go without sleep, the more tired you should be. But if you’ve ever pulled an all-nighter, you’ve probably experienced the opposite phenomenon: At 4 a.m., you can barely keep your eyes open. Then, it’s 8 …

New genus of bacteria found living inside hydraulic fracturing wells - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

8<p>COLUMBUS, Ohio–Researchers analyzing the genomes of microorganisms living in shale oil and gas wells have found evidence of sustainable ecosystems …

'Ghost snake' discovered in Madagascar

Malagasy master's student Bernard Randriamahatantsoa spotted the snake on the path. Randriamahatantsoa, Ruane and their collaborators discovered the …

Zoology

Jupiter's North Pole Unlike Anything Encountered in Solar System

NASA's Juno spacecraft has sent back the first-ever images of Jupiter's north pole, taken during the spacecraft's first flyby of the planet with its …

7 Remarkably Powerful Keys to Happiness and Success (According to Science)

The good news is that happiness and success are things we can get more of.<p>Do you ever feel like you're always striving towards something--like a doing well at a job, finishing a project, or even meeting a deadline--without fully reaping the potential benefits that come after attaining it because …

Happiness

Shields up! Scientists tweak design of Alpha Centauri probes to minimize damage

The scientists behind the Breakthrough Starshot mission are already fine-tuning the design for their nano-probes to increase the odds they’ll survive …

The science behind reality TV's new 'naked dating' show

It is perhaps not surprising then that dating programmes, featuring men and women competing for the attentions of a potential partner, are so popular.<p>Indeed, viewers have tuned in to series such as Blind Date, Take Me Out and The Bachelor for decades.<p>But recently Channel 4 took the format a "bold" …

Psychology

Feds can't spend money to prosecute people who comply with state medical pot laws, court rules

A U.S. appeals court decided unanimously Tuesday that the federal government may not prosecute people who grow and distribute medical marijuana if they are complying with state laws.<p>Congress in the last two years has banned the federal government from spending money in ways that would thwart state …

Cannabis

Do You Listen to Music While Working? Here's What It Does to Your Brain (and It's Pretty Awesome)

Music has enriched people's personal lives pretty much since the beginning of time, but scientists today have uncovered how best to make music enrich your professional life, too.<p>When the office is almost too much to stomach, music can deliver much-needed relief on the job. Before you press "play", …

Neuroscience Reveals the Nourishing Benefits That Silence Has on Your Brain

Here's what happens to your brain when it's surrounded by the noise of nothingness.<p>When's the last time you sat in total, utter silence? While it's not easy to find true peace and quiet, there's now evidence you may want to find more opportunities to embrace noiselessness throughout your day.<p>We …