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A Mysterious 3,000-Year-Old Castle Has Been Found Under a Lake in Turkey

Sometimes legends are true.<p>Sunken cities are typically the stuff of legend, but at the end of last year archaeologists found the real thing hiding …

Archaeology

Orbiform Rolls Like A Ball Without Being A Sphere

AltDynamic have machined a mathematically perfect solid of constant width that is capable of rolling like a ball even though it is not a perfect …

Mathematics

Judge Failed To Disclose Donation From GOP Defendant In Gerrymandering Suit

A Republican Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice failed to disclose a $25,000 campaign donation from a top Republican lawmaker who is a defendant in a lawsuit challenging the state’s congressional map as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander.<p>Justice Sallie Updyke Mundy filed an updated disclosure …

Weird: Naked mole rats don't die of old age

Just when it seemed the naked mole rat couldn't get any weirder, it turns out the buck-toothed, bare-skinned rodents don't even age.<p>Unlike literally every other mammal, naked mole rats don't become more likely to die as they get up there in years. In humans, for example, with all else being equal …

Report: Felons, people under foreign influence got national security clearances

WASHINGTON — A Defense Department report obtained by NBC News found that 165 defense contractors had their initial security clearances revoked last year after further investigation linked the recipients to problematic or illicit activity, including questionable financial transactions, influence by …

Donald Trump

Alex Azar confirmed by Senate as new head of Health and Human Services

The Senate voted Wednesday to confirm Alex Azar, a former drug industry executive with pristine conservative credentials, as the next secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.<p>The 55-to-43 vote for Azar ushers in his return to the government's largest domestic agency, where he held …

Health Care

University of Haifa researchers decipher mysterious Dead Sea Scroll

“An important peculiarity of the present discovery is the fact that the [Qumran] sect followed a 364-day calendar."<p>The reconstructed scroll in …

2,500-Year-Old 'Dragon Bed' Restored By Chinese Archaeologists

Share this:<p><b>AncientPages.com –</b> A lacquered “dragon bed” that dates back t aboput 2,500 years has been now restored by archaeologists in southwest …

Edward Snowden’s New App Turns A Smartphone Into a Security System

Edward Snowden, who blew the whistle on NSA surveillance of U.S. citizens, knows a thing or two about spying. He’s now released an app, Haven, that …

Surveillance

Elon Musk Just Reached a ‘Hitchhiker's Guide’-Themed Boring Co. Milestone

Musk sure does like his sci-fi references.<p>Elon Musk’s digging efforts are paying off. The tech entrepreneur behind Tesla and SpaceX has been working …

Elon Musk

Scientists have beaten down the best climate denial argument

Clouds don’t act as a climate thermostat, and they’re not going to save us from global warming<p>Climate deniers have come up with a lot of arguments about why we shouldn’t worry about global warming – about 200 of them – but most are quite poor, contradictory, and easily debunked by consulting the …

Climate Change

Why Is M-Theory the Leading Candidate for Theory of Everything?

The mother of all string theories passes a litmus test that, so far, no other candidate theory of quantum gravity has been able to match.<p>It’s not …

Quantum Mechanics

Head of Pentagon’s secret ‘UFO’ office sought to make evidence public

Just before leaving his Defense Department job two months ago, intelligence officer Luis Elizondo quietly arranged to secure the release of three of the most unusual videos in the Pentagon's secret vaults: raw footage from encounters between fighter jets and "anomalous aerial vehicles" — military …

National Security

This Is How Every Type of Alcohol Affects Your Mood, According to Science

Pick your holiday drink wisely.<p>A new study has analysed how different types of alcohol cause different emotional responses in both men and women.<p>The …

2 of 5 FCC commissioners favor net neutrality

As December 14 – the day that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote on repealing net neutrality guidelines – draws ever nearer, it’s worth noting that not all of the agency’s members are in favor of eroding the principles that keep the internet open in the US.<p>Jessica Rosenworcel and …

Net Neutrality

A type of mental exercise could reduce dementia risk by nearly 30%

Researchers say they have the first scientific evidence that brain training can help ward off dementia, after a 10-year study showed a particular type of cognitive exercise was associated with significantly reduced risk of developing the condition.<p>Scientists claim a short course of 'speed of …

The Brain

Could this groundbreaking all-in-one solar energy device bring cheap hydrogen cars to the masses?

The device can produce clean hydrogen fuel using solar power and store energy both cheaply and efficiently.<p>Researchers have created a device that can …

A carb called fructan may be the real culprit behind gluten sensitivity

Some people could be blaming the wrong element in wheat for their sore stomachs.<p>Many Americans have become obsessed with avoiding gluten, despite the dearth of scientific evidence proving this protein (found in wheat, rye, and barley) actually makes people who haven’t been diagnosed with celiac …

Holistic Medicine

PC vendors scramble as Intel announces vulnerability in firmware [Updated] | Ars Technica

Millions of computers could be remotely hijacked through bug in firmware code.<p>Intel has issued a security alert that management firmware on a number …

The FCC’s craven net neutrality vote announcement makes no mention of the 22 million comments filed

For someone who claims to be working for the American people, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai sure doesn’t seem to care what they have to say. In his announcement today that the Commission would vote whether to roll back net neutrality rules on December 14, he made no mention of the inconvenient and …

Net Neutrality

Attica: It’s Worse Than We Thought

DETROIT — Last year I published a book, “Blood in the Water,” that offered the first comprehensive account of the uprising at New York’s Attica Correctional Facility in 1971 and its legacy. Though this protest against systematic abuse and abysmal living conditions — in which nearly 1,300 prisoners …

University of Pennsylvania

10 Really Rare Herbs You Should Try Growing In Your Herb Garden

There are few things better than relaxing in your own beautiful herb garden, enjoying the aroma of sage and lavender while sipping on a cup of mint …

A significant number of mass shooters may be aggrieved narcissists

A new review article published in American Behavioral Scientist argues that mass shootings are linked to narcissism. “I have studied aggression and …

Psychology

Leading Stanford climate scientist builds incredible net zero home, complete with Tesla Powerwall

A leading climate scientist — who has dedicated his career to proving the feasibility of transitioning the world off fossil fuels — walks the walk …

Clean Energy

Anti-aging stem cell treatment proves successful in early human trials

The results of two human clinical trials into a stem cell therapy that can reverse symptoms of age-associated frailty have been published, and the …

Solar is now so cheap in the US it beat government goals by three years

Though US president Donald Trump has promised many times that he will bring back coal, he really can’t do much to fight the forces of good old economics.<p>On Tuesday (Sept. 12), the US Department of Energy announced that utility-grade solar panels have hit 2020 cost targets three years early. …

Solar Power

The great nutrient collapse

The atmosphere is literally changing the food we eat, for the worse. And almost nobody is paying attention.<p>Irakli Loladze is a mathematician by training, but he was in a biology lab when he encountered the puzzle that would change his life. It was in 1998, and Loladze was studying for his Ph.D. at …

Climate Change

Brilliant zero-energy air conditioner in India is beautiful and functional

New Delhi-based Ant Studio made a zero-electricity air conditioner to combat the brutally hot summers in India’s capital. Built for a DEKI …

India

Teen Abortions Surged In Texas After Republicans Defunded Planned Parenthood

NEW YORK ― Republicans are trying to find a way to defund Planned Parenthood as part of an overall effort to limit abortion in America. But doing so had the opposite effect in Texas, according to a new study based on research from Texas A&M University.<p>The study, conducted by economics professor …

Planned Parenthood

Even In The Military, Black People Are Punished Disproportionately, Report Shows

Black service members are “substantially more likely” than white service members to be punished in four out of the five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, according to a new study published by military advocacy group Protect Our Defenders.<p>Data obtained by the organization through the Freedom of …

Military