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How fast your heart beats predicts if you will die early

It’s enough to make your heart beat a little faster. A new study suggests that resting heart rate can be used as a ‘death test’ to predict your chance of keeling over in the next two decades.<p>Although doctors have known for some time that people with low resting heart rates are usually fitter and …

Ancient teeth found in China reveal early human migration out of Africa

The "game-changing" discovery of 47 ancient teeth in a cave in southern China shows that Homo Sapiens reached Asia at least 80,000 years ago<p>A trove of 47 ancient teeth discovered in a cave in southern China is prompting a dramatic re-think of the accepted “Out of Africa” history of man’s migration …

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Tesla Cars Become Autonomous Overnight

Wireless update to Model S lets the machine take the wheel<p>The Rise of the Machines has begun—fittingly, via an overnight wireless global “awakening."<p>That’s right, owners of Tesla Model S and Model X electric vehicles woke up today to cars suddenly empowered to drive themselves down the road. The …

Up Late? Looks Like Our Paleo Ancestors Didn't Sleep Much Either

In America, it seems only unicorns get seven or eight hours of sleep a night, and the rest of us suffer. But people may be meant to sleep as little as 6 1/2 hours nightly and were doing so long before the advent of electricity and smartphones, researchers say.<p>To find that out, they consulted with …

Boeing has made a metal structure light enough to sit on top of a dandelion

If there were a metal as light as a feather, would you fly in a plane made out of it? Airplane manufacturer Boeing announced last week that it’s working on a new type of metal structure, called a microlattice, so light that it can be displaced with a breath of air.<p>Responding to a curious YouTube …

Microsoft lab predicts a working quantum computer within 10 years

The quantum speedup may be closer than we think. According to a new paper lead-authored by researchers at Microsoft's quantum lab, a working quantum device could arrive within the next 10 years. "Recent improvements in control of quantum systems make it seem feasible to finally build a quantum …

The Most Mysterious Star in Our Galaxy

Astronomers have spotted a strange mess of objects whirling around a distant star. Scientists who search for extraterrestrial civilizations are scrambling to get a closer look.<p>In the Northern hemisphere’s sky, hovering above the Milky Way, there are two constellations—Cygnus the swan, her wings …

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