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Chinese Scientists Teleport First Object from Earth to Space

In a major breakthrough, scientists in China announced yesterday that they have successfully teleported a photon, or light particle, from the ground …

Quantum Mechanics

NASA Just Fast-Tracked Its Mission to Explore a $10,000 Quadrillion Metal Asteroid

It would collapse the global economy if we brought it home.<p>It might have just pushed back its manned mission to Mars, but NASA just fast-tracked a …

Space Exploration

Researchers Develop Magnetic Switch to Turn On and Off a Strange Quantum Property

GAITHERSBURG, Md.--When a ballerina pirouettes, twirling a full revolution, she looks just as she did when she started. But for electrons and other …

Quantum Mechanics

This sneaky male fish steals eggs to clone itself

Men’s rights have gone too far<p>For the first time, scientists have discovered a fish capable of cloning itself. The trickster in question is a small Portuguese fish that managed to steal an egg to do the deed.<p>While studying the reproductive habits of the <i>Squalius alburnoides,</i> researchers found a …

Biology

A New Gene Therapy Cure Just Treated Its First-Ever Patient

Rarefied Cures<p>This March, child with severe combined immune deficiency (SCID) became the second commercial gene therapy patient ever. The patient …

Biotechnology

F-Droid 0.103 is finally out of alpha, brings a snazzy new design [APK Download]

F-Droid has just released its latest lovely layout to stable. The old three-tab design has been replaced, along with new visual changes to app …

Google becomes first foreign internet company to go live in Cuba

After former President Obama reopened America's diplomatic relations with Cuba, businesses started looking for opportunities to make inroads to the island nation. Google was one of these, with Obama himself announcing it would come to help set up WiFi and broadband access there. Cuba's national …

Cuba

UK ebook sales flounder as interest in print copies rebounds

Book sales in the UK are on the rise, but not because of ebooks. Figures for 2016 released by the Publishers Association show a 7 percent rise over 2015, the largest year-over-year growth in a decade. Physical book sales were up 8 percent, however ebook sales fell by 3 percent to £538 million. The …

Saturn's close up: Cassini images show the planet in more detail than ever before

Astronomy

Astronaut snaps unreal sunset spacecraft photo

A cargo ship on approach to the space station stars in a gorgeous sunset image that looks like a sci-fi movie still.<p>The Orbital ATK Cygnus spacecraft arrived at the International Space Station on a routine resupply mission on Saturday, but a spectacular image of its approach is anything but …

Space Exploration

Science finally figured out why your phone battery gets worse with age

Anyone with a laptop computer or smartphone knows all about how batteries lose their capacity over time. The day you bought it, your phone could …

Tillerson Warns Russia on Syria, Saying Assad Era Is ‘Coming to an End’

LUCCA, Italy — Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson said on Tuesday that President Bashar al-Assad’s reign in Syria was “coming to an end,” and he warned that Russia was at risk of becoming irrelevant in the Middle East by continuing to support him.<p>His remarks, five days after the United States …

Middle East

From the Archives: Downey space shuttle mockup displayed in 1975

North American Rockwell built the shuttle mockup in 1972. Originally, it was used to win approval of the space shuttle program. In later years, it was used for hardware and software development.<p>In a Feb. 6, 1975, Los Angeles Times article, aerospace writer Marvin Miles reported:<p><i>New, compartmented</i> …

Why the dinosaur family tree might have to be completely rewritten

Normally the dinosaurian world is rocked by a new fossil – the biggest, fastest, or toothiest. The latest dinosaur research threatens to change our …

Boeing's deep space habitat could be home for Mars astronauts

NASA teamed up with six companies to develop deep space vehicles as part of its NextSTEP program last year. Boeing, one of the six, has now given us an idea of what its creations could look like. The company has revealed concept images of its deep space habitat and transport vehicle that could make …

AI engineer builds and marries his robot wife

A 31-year-old AI engineer has married one of his robot creations.<p>Zheng Jiajia, who used to work for Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, held an informal …

Robotics

Vaccinations significantly reduce risk of death from the flu, CDC study finds

Children who were vaccinated in recent years significantly lowered their chances of dying from the flu, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.<p>Using data from four flu seasons between 2010 and 2014, researchers found that flu vaccinations reduced the risk of …

Public Health

This Ancient Tick Is Engorged on The Oldest Mammal Blood Ever Discovered

Jurassic Park for monkeys?<p>Imagine, if you will, an ancient, engorged tick feasting on the blood of a monkey in a steamy tropical jungle as far back …

Paleontology

On this birthday of Albert Einstein; here are 5 things you did not know about the genius

March 14, 2017, is the 138th birth anniversary of Einstein. Here are few things you did not know about the genius.<p>One of science's greatest minds of …

Nine in 10 people would electrocute others if ordered, rerun of infamous Milgram Experiment shows

A notorious experiment in the 1960s to find out if ordinary people were prepared to inflict pain if ordered to do so by an authority figure has reached an even more sinister conclusion.<p>Despite the lessons of history, nine in 10 would electrocute their peers even if they were screaming in agony, …

Psychology

12 things that can make you less attractive, according to science

There are, unfortunately, at least as many easy ways to sabotage your sex appeal, like slouching or crossing your arms in your online-dating photo. Swipe left!<p>Below, we've rounded up some all-too-common traits and behaviors that can make it harder to score a date — only some of which have to do …

Psychology

Why This Part of the Universe Makes No Sense to Scientists

New data from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and the Herschel Space Observatory is undoing a century of scientific evidence, boggling astronomer’s …

Universe

Here's Why It Smells So Nice After It Rains

Ah, that fresh smell just after it rains. It brings a sense of calm to the world. But did you know that it could kill you? That’s right, rain …

22 Glorious Photos That Prove Science Isn't Just For Dweebs

Brain-on- a-Chip<p>By Collin Edington and Iris Lee, © Massachusetts Institute of Technology<p>"Here, researchers are investigating how neural stem cells …

University College London

Patchy progress on fixing global gender disparities in science

‘Leaky pipeline’ stands the test of time, with overall progress for women in research continuing at a crawl.<p>Although women are publishing more …

Intellectual Property

US moves controversial missile defense to South Korea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. missile launchers and other equipment needed to set up a controversial missile defense system have arrived in South Korea, the U.S. and South Korean militaries said Tuesday, a day after North Korea test-fired four ballistic missiles into the ocean near Japan.<p>The plans …

North Korea

Indian Uber Drivers Aren’t Buying The Company’s Explanation About Why They’re Making Less Money

"I don’t know why the Uber India head is writing this on their website," said a driver. "I sold my second car because I couldn't afford to pay the monthly loan instalment. I’m definitely not earning enough.”<p>Uber has for the first time publicly addressed concerns surrounding earnings and incentives …

White House: Trump budget will hike defense spending by $54B

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump's upcoming budget will propose a whopping $54 billion increase in defense spending and impose corresponding cuts to domestic programs and foreign aid. The result is that Trump's initial budget wouldn't dent budget deficits projected to …

Donald Trump

Mexico will not accept Trump's immigration plans, says foreign minister

As US envoys visit Mexico City for talks, Luis Videgaray says his government will use the UN to defend migrants from deportation<p>Mexico has indicated it will not accept the Trump administration’s new immigration proposals, saying it will go to the United Nations to defend the rights of immigrants in …

Mexico

Uber launches 'urgent investigation' into sexual harassment claims

Move comes after former Uber engineer Susan Fowler wrote blog outlining allegations of discrimination and sexism at cab-hailing app company<p>A former Uber engineer has come forward with allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination, claiming that management repeatedly dismissed her complaints, …

Sexual Harassment