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How can I make money from my DNA?

If you have your DNA sequenced, someone somewhere will be making money from the data. A new start-up aims to make sure that you get your share<p>• A share in the future of DNA: Prof George Church Q&A<p>If you unlock the secrets of your DNA by paying a company to read your genes, behind the scenes it is …

Genetics

Alzheimer's Plaques Erased in Mice—What's Next?

The remarkable results suggest a route for future medications, but a great deal of work remains.<p>Now more than ever, Alzheimer's disease poses an enormous burden. The neurodegenerative disease afflicts more than five million Americans, robbing them of their memories and placing strain and heartache …

Dementia

SpaceX Hid a Second, Secret Payload Aboard Falcon Heavy, And It Sounds Amazing

Designed to last for millions of years.<p>Elon Musk's personal Tesla might have gotten all the headlines during SpaceX's historic rocket launch last …

Space Exploration

SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy rocket for first time, putting a sports car in space

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket rose into space today for the first time amid pillars of flame and clouds of exhaust, blending …

Space Travel

Gone With A Shot? Hopeful New Signs Of Relief For Migraine Sufferers

Humans have suffered from migraines for millennia. Yet, despite decades of research, there isn't a drug on the market today that prevents them by targeting the underlying cause. All of that could change in a few months when the Food and Drug Administration is expected to announce its decision about …

Medicine

An Ancient Virus May Be Responsible for Human Consciousness

You've got an ancient virus in your brain. In fact, you've got an ancient virus at the very root of your conscious thought.<p>According to two papers …

Biology

Scientists invent way to turn astronaut poop into food for long-haul space missions

Humanity has big dreams when it comes to space travel, but our technology isn’t quite there yet. Spacecraft that can take astronauts to Mars and …

Long Haul

Universes with no weak force might still have stars and life

An alternate universe that lacks one of the four fundamental forces might still have galaxies, stars, planets and perhaps life, a new study suggests.

Physics

Life-extending protein could keep us healthier for longer

Everybody wants to live longer, but really, what's the point of reaching your 120th birthday if your last 50 years will be spent in pain and too …

Biology

Superpowered Chinese Lasers Could Soon Rip Open Raw Vacuum

Physicists are getting close to building lasers powerful enough to rip matter out of a vacuum.<p>According to a report published Jan. 24 in the journal …

Physics

FactCheck: can native title 'only exist if Australia was settled, not invaded'?

… there is a fundamental point which goes to the heart of this debate that literally no one, to date, seems to have picked up on …<p>Native title can …

Australia

The Magnetic Field Is Shifting. The Poles May Flip. This Could Get Bad.

The shield that protects the Earth from solar radiation is under attack from within. We can’t prevent it, but we ought to prepare.<p>One day in 1905, …

Magnetism

Elon Musk's Huge Battery in South Australia Made $1 Million in Profit in Just a Few Days

Fast, clean, reliable.<p>On December 1, Tesla's 100MW battery system went online in South Australia after meeting founder Elon Musk's self-imposed …

South Australia

Physicists are planning to build lasers so powerful they could rip apart empty space

Inside a cramped laboratory in Shanghai, China, physicist Ruxin Li and colleagues are breaking records with the most powerful pulses of light the …

Physics

See this bizarre Plan B to cool the planet

As efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions fall woefully short and many scientists agree cuts alone will not be enough to avert the consequences of climate change, radical new schemes are being proposed.<p>While “Plan A” remains tackling the problem at its source, these “Plan Bs” includes a raft of …

Climate Change

New Tiny Implanted Pumps Can Inject Drugs Directly Into the Brain

The new devices offer hope for people with Parkinson's disease.<p>Filed Under Animals, Death, Drugs, Experiments & Medicine<p>The revolution will not be …

Neuroscience

NASA Is Testing a Mini Nuclear Reactor to Keep The Lights on When We Get to Mars

There aren't many other options.<p>Once we've figured out the logistics of getting people to Mars, there's the small matter of providing power for the …

Energy

100 Years Later, This Russian Scientist's Predictions on Space Travel Are Eerily Accurate

But he got some of it wrong, too.<p>In the early years of the 20th century a Russian scientist – now known as the father of astronautics and rocketry – …

Solar System

Audi smart home battery grid creates a 'virtual power plant'

Audi isn't going to let rival automakers like BMW and Tesla corner the market on home batteries. The German badge is testing a Smart Energy Network where solar-powered batteries not only help your home minimize use of the electrical grid, but talk to each other. The result is, as Audi put it, a …

Audi

Here's Everything Science Knows So Far About The Origins of Humans

The story evolves every year.<p>The question of where we humans come from is one many people ask, and the answer is getting more complicated as new …

Evolution

How a promising Alzheimer's drug turns back the cellular clock

Alzheimer's is a devastating disease, and with the world's average population getting older, its effects will be felt further and wider in the …

Bacteria Living in Our Gut Are Hijacking And Controlling Our Genes

Don't panic, they're on our side.<p>Your gut microflora isn't just sitting silently waiting for you to wolf down your next meal – it turns out there's a …

Biology

CRISPR gene editor could spark immune reaction in people

Immune reactions against proteins commonly used as molecular scissors might make CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing ineffective in people, a new study …

Here's The Most Effective Way to Lose Weight With Minimal Effort, According to Science

You don't need to slave away on the treadmill.<p>So you want to lose a few kilograms. You've heard the mantra: "Eat right. Work out."<p>But when it comes …

When did humans first make music?

Our ancestors may have been singing tunes for as long as they were able to speak.<p>The oldest discovered musical instruments in the world (flutes made …

Scientists say brain implant may be the key to beating addiction

The findings offer promise for those who suffer from life-threatening addiction and other destructive disorders.<p>What if people suffering from debilitating addiction could regain control of their lives thanks to a brain implant? We’re not there yet, but a provocative new study shows it may be …

The Brain

Meet the AI startup that wants to make a digital copy of every person in the world

“Oben,” in German means “above,” or to be on top. That, in a nutshell, is also the vision Nikhil Jain has for the AI startup ObEN, of which he’s CEO …

Scotland Is Starting a Universal Basic Income Experiment in 2018

The only way to figure out if it will work.<p>People living in the Scottish cities of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Fife, and North Ayrshire may soon receive an …

Scientists Are Designing Artisanal Proteins for Your Body

Our bodies make roughly 20,000 different kinds of proteins, from the collagen in our skin to the hemoglobin in our blood. Some take the shape of molecular sheets. Others are sculpted into fibers, boxes, tunnels, even scissors.<p>A protein’s particular shape enables it to do a particular job, whether …

Why Do Stormtroopers Even Wear Armor?

Think back to every <i>Star Wars</i> film you’ve seen. Have you ever witnessed a Stormtrooper take a direct hit from a blaster and not immediately crumple? …