James Swindon

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Is A Visit From Aliens Possible, And What Might It Look Like?

We asked several scientists about the possibility of making contact<p>In the new movie <i>Arrival</i>, a sophisticated take on the alien invasion genre, large, unidentified objects descend through the earth’s atmosphere at 12 different locations around the globe. Their intent is a mystery. Are they hostile? …

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Learning

Aids blamed on ‘Patient Zero’ man for decades because of horrifying typo

The man blamed for decades for bringing the Aids epidemic to the US was despised by many – and all because of a typo, new research has …

The Sixth Mass Extinction Will Be Like Nothing In Earth's History

The sixth mass extinction—the one that seven billion humans are doing their darnedest to trigger at this very moment—is shaping up to be like nothing …

Clown sightings have spread to North Carolina. Now police are concerned about creepy copycats.

It was near 10 a.m. Tuesday morning when man spied clown. The clown wore typical big-tent get-up — a wig of red curls, too-big shoes, blue pants and a shirt with yellow polka dots — topped off with a scary mask, as the witness would describe to Greensboro, N.C., police. The regularly dressed man, …

North Carolina

The Painkiller in Tylenol Might Be Messing with Your Emotions, Science Says | Women's Health

<b>Sign up for Women's Health's new newsletter, So This Happened, to get the day’s trending stories and health studies.</b><p>In the first of two separate experiments, 80 college students were given either a standard 1,000 mg dose of the drug or a placebo. They were then asked to read several short stories …

Are we alone? A new twist on the famous Drake Equation ups the odds that we aren’t

From the UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER:<p>In 1961, astrophysicist Frank Drake developed an equation to estimate the number of advanced civilizations likely to …

How Brainwaves Allow Paralyzed Musicians To Continue Playing

Linda Wertheimer speaks with Eduardo Miranda and Elisa Bergersen about their project that enables paralyzed musicians to perform again through proxies.<p>Transcript<p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:<p>At the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability in London last year, a quartet of musicians made music again. One was a …

Brainwaves

Most threats to humans come from science and technology, warns Hawking

The human race faces one its most dangerous centuries yet as progress in science and technology becomes an ever greater threat to our existence, Stephen Hawking warns.<p>The chances of disaster on planet Earth will rise to a near certainty in the next one to ten thousand years, the eminent cosmologist …

Black Holes

High cocaine doses 'can cause brain to eat itself'

High doses of cocaine can cause the brain to eat itself, research suggests.<p>A study of mice found that the drug can trigger out-of-control “autophagy”, a process by which cells digest themselves.<p>When it is properly regulated, autophagy provides a valuable cleanup service – getting rid of unwanted …

Neuroscience

Nuclear Computers Especially Vulnerable as Cyber Attacks Rise, Watchdog Says

The nation's unclassified nuclear computer systems are vulnerable to successful cyber attacks because "generic" security contracts don't make it clear who's responsible for keeping an eye on them, federal watchdogs said Tuesday.<p>The Nuclear Regulatory Commission's cybersecurity center isn't …

Cybersecurity

Russian Cosmonaut Returns From Record-Breaking Space Mission

Cosmonaut Gennady Padalka's safe return from months aboard the International Space Station has put him in the record books for spending more time in space than any other human — the equivalent of nearly two and a half years on five different flights.<p>Padalka, whose latest 168-day stay on the ISS …

Space Science