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Star-dust, interstellar bumblebees and the secret alien civilisation controlling humankind

The Night Sky in November: The arrival of the winter constellation Orion arouses memories of the eccentric astronomy great Sir Fred Hoyle<p>Is it conceivable that bumblebees could have been originally designed as miniature vehicles for interstellar travel? And if so, could this have been part of an …

Nobel Prize

Deleting genes could boost lifespan by 60 per cent, say scientists

The secret of extending life by decades may lie in switching off certain genes, scientists believe, after showing that small genetic tweaks can make organisms live 60 per cent longer.<p>Ten years of research by the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing and the University of Washington has identified …

Immune System

5 Things To Know About The Search For Dark Matter

We know dark matter exists, but now comes the hard part: figuring out what exactly it is<p>It makes up a quarter of the universe. Without it, galaxies would fall apart, and stars would spin off into space. Dark matter is five times more abundant than normal matter (the stuff that makes up trees and …

Dark Matter

New Drugs Mimic Genetic Mutations To Make Humans More Super

It pays to study real-life X-Men<p>Steven Pete can’t feel pain. Timothy Dreyer has bones several times thicker than the average human. Both conditions were caused by a combination of genetic mutations. While both conditions have negatively impacted the men’s health at various points in their lives, …

Mutations

Has Nasa found another 'Earth' in corner of Milky Way?

Astrophysicists at Nasa today annouce they have found new Earth-like worlds<p>• Nasa finds ‘another Earth’ in Milky Way which ‘would feel a lot like home’<p>The science world is abuzz with anticipation as Nasa holds a press conference on Thursday to announce ‘new discoveries’ from its Kepler mission, …

Planetary Habitability

Why Britain has secret ‘ghost trains’

Empty and all but unknown, ghost trains are one of British transport’s strangest quirks. Why do they exist? To find out, Amanda Ruggeri gets on board.<p><i>This story is part of BBC Future’s “Best of 2015” list, our greatest hits of the year.</i> <i>Browse the full list.</i><p><i>-</i><p>The train that cuts across the West …

Trains

If we discover extraterrestrial life, what happens next?

The search for extraterrestrial life is seen as one of pure curiosity. But, as in other areas of science, we should worry about the consequences of success.<p>Fifty years ago the era of robotic exploration of our solar system was just beginning. In July 1965 the Mariner IV probe sent back data showing …

Paranormal

Aliens Are Here, The Military Knows It: 50 Year Cover Up Explained By Astronaut Who Walked On The Moon

For 25 years after the first accounts of “flying saucer” sightings appeared in American newspapers, reported encounters with aliens were …<p>A seemingly …

Why Do We Call Them the 'Dog Days' of Summer?

It doesn’t have to do with dogs lying around in the heat—the phrase comes from ancient Greek beliefs about a star.<p>The “dog days,” I always thought, were those summer days so devastatingly hot that even dogs would lie around on the asphalt, panting.<p>Many people today use the phrase to mean something …

Pluto may reveal secret of Earth's creation

Nasa's mission to fly by the dwarf planet expected to beam back images<p>Pluto could provide the 'missing link' to how planets evolve, a British space scientist has claimed ahead of Nasa's flyby next week.<p>On Tuesday evening, the U.S. spacecraft New Horizons will make a pass of the dwarf planet and …

Solar System

Pluto’s Spots Turn Into Weird Splotches in New View from New Horizons

LAUREL, Md. — Remember those weird black spots that showed up on Pluto's surface a couple of weeks ago in pictures from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft? Now that the piano-sized probe has closed in to a distance of less than 2.5 million miles (4 million kilometers), the spots look like even weirder …

Solar System

Now You Can Turn Your Photos Into Computerized Nightmares With 'Deep Dream'

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?<p>Have you ever wondered how your computer sees the world? Spoiler alert: it's the stuff of psychedelic nightmares, as the internet found out last month when Google revealed that in order to sort and categorize images online, it uses an artificial …

New Squirrel Virus Suspected In Three Human Deaths

One more reason why you shouldn't feed the animals<p>Earlier this year, three German men who worked as squirrel breeders died of brain inflammation. This “cluster” of deaths was likely caused by a newly mutated bornavirus, which is usually found in animals like horses, birds and pigs, according to …

Scientists get their last look at Pluto's mysterious dark spots

The closer New Horizons gets to Pluto, the more puzzling the dwarf planet becomes.<p>The latest image released by<p>NASAhighlights four mysterious dark spots lined up along Pluto’s equator. Each of the spots is about 300 miles across, and they are evenly spaced along a dark belt that rings the planet’s …

Solar System

Need Clean Water? Just Add These Seeds

Shaken or stirred, it's all purified<p>Clean, drinkable water is unfortunately out of reach for hundreds of millions of people around the world, contributing to a vicious cycle of poverty and disease. People who have to spend large amounts of time finding safe water to drink don't have time for other …