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Autism traits could be 'edited' out genetic trial suggests

Autism traits may be “edited” out using new genetic techniques, scientists have said, following a successful trial.<p>Researchers are hailing a breakthrough after they used cutting-edge gene editing to to significantly reduce repetitive behaviour associated with the disorder.<p>The technique, which was …

Autism

NASA's planet-hunting TESS spacecraft snaps its first photo

TESS, NASA's new exoplanet-hunting spacecraft, has captured its first image ever, giving us a glimpse of what its powerful "eyes" can see. The spacecraft's science team used one of its four cameras to snap a two-second test exposure as part of their preparations now that TESS is only a month away …

5 of the best fly-fishing spots in the UK

Assynt, Sutherland<p>Under the shadow of massive mountains like Suilven and Quinag, it’s an awe-inspiring experience to discover waters like Fionn Loch, which is home to arctic char as well as native brown trout. Local guides can be hired to introduce you to this breathtaking wilderness, with salmon …

Fishing

The Milky Way’s Center Is a Cornucopia of Black Holes

Astronomers have detected evidence of a handful of the likely thousands of light-gobbling objects in the middle of the galaxy.<p>For the last few years, Chuck Hailey has had the center of the Milky Way hanging in his office at Columbia University. The picture, pinned above his desk, shows a bright …

Freshly Unearthed Baby T. Rex Skull Is a "1 in 100 Million" Discovery

But not everyone agrees it's a T. rex.<p>When we think of the <i>Tyrannosaurus rex</i>, the first thing we usually think of is a massive, fearsome predator. But …

Tyrannosaurus Rex

Inevitable muscle wasting of old age could be stopped, scientists believe

The inevitable muscle wasting of old age could be stopped, scientists believe, after discovering why people become frail as they grow older.<p>Most people become weaker in their later years, as their leg muscles get smaller and less able to bear weight, which often leads to disability and falls.<p>But …

Muscle

Look, no lithium! First rechargeable proton battery created

Scientists have created the world’s first rechargeable proton battery, a crucial step towards cheaper and more environmentally-friendly energy storage.<p>While the battery is just a small-scale prototype, it has the potential to be competitive with currently available lithium-ion batteries.<p>The …

Clean Energy

New Giant Viruses Further Blur the Definition of Life

A newfound pair of giant viruses have massive genomes and the most complete resources for building proteins ever seen in the viral world. They have …

New Species of 'Indestructible' Animal Found in Surprising Place

Discovered in a parking lot in Japan, the tardigrade species could provide clues for how the animal has changed over time.<p>Tardigrades are microscopic, resilient organisms that might just outlive the Sun—and their known world just got a little bigger.<p>Kazuharu Arakawa, a researcher at Tokyo's Keio …

Travel Photography

Incredible 3D Drawings Pop Off the Page and Sink Into the Ground

Hungarian anamorphic artist Sandor Vamos creates incredible trick-of-the-eye 3D drawings that seem to jump from the page. With an integral understanding of angles and a knack for perspective, Vamos uses clever shading, line work, and perspectives to create his hand-drawn 3D optical illusions. From …

MIT Engineers Have Designed a Chip That Behaves Just Like Brain Cell Connections

The most promising artificial synapse to date.<p>For those working in the field of advanced artificial intelligence, getting a computer to simulate …

Artificial Intelligence

Tractor beam breakthrough could lead to levitating humans

Tractor beams have made the jump from science fiction to reality in recent years, but only for levitating very small objects. A new breakthrough could lead to futuristic, far out new uses for the technology and open the door to levitating much larger objects, including humans.<p>Engineers from the …

Peanut Butter Chocolate Bombs

The sweet and salty combination of chocolate and peanut butter is irresistible to many people, and this<br>cookie not only offers both flavors, it adds a …

18 Spider-Killing Spiders Discovered—And They Look Like Pelicans

The brutally effective assassins live in the rain forests of Madagascar, a new study says.<p>There's a spider killer on the loose in the rain forests of Madagascar.<p>It’s quiet as an owl, quick as a cobra, small as a grain of rice, and when it strikes, it impales its victims on one of its jaws, which is …

Zoology

Mystery Radio Bursts From Space Just Got Even Weirder

Oxon Hill, Maryland<p>Astronomers are transfixed by twisted waves seen coming from an odd object three billion light-years away.<p>There’s a new twist in the tale of one of the strangest objects in the sky.<p>About three billion light-years away, that mysterious object continually hurls humongous blasts of …

Huge Water Reserves Found All Over Mars

New NASA images show layers of ice peeking out of eroded cliffs—a potential boon for future humans on the red planet.<p>At sites across the midsection of Mars, scientists have found layers of water ice buried mere feet beneath the red planet’s surface. The discovery adds crucial detail to Mars’s …

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

<i>Ricky Church celebrates the 25th anniversary of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine…</i><p>The <b>Star Trek</b> franchise has been one of the most ever-present pop culture …

Science Fiction

Photographer Captures One In A Million Photo, Doesn’t Realize It Until He Gets Home

Sometimes in nature things happen that seem too good to be true, perfect coincidences that vividly illustrate the beauty and wonder of the world …

Nature Photography

3 Simple Steps to Mastering Any New Subject, According to a Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist

Learn anything faster using the Feynman Technique.<p>As we get older, learning something new becomes more complex, tedious, and time-consuming than …

Richard Feynman

Astronauts Have Identified Unknown Microbes in Space For The First Time

No aliens... yet.<p>Wheresoe'er humans roam, there you will also find microbes. It's just a fact of life - we contaminate everything we touch.<p>Which …

Space Exploration

US President Donald Trump fires entire council advising on HIV/AIDS

Ten HIV/AIDS experts have been dismissed from their unpaid roles on the US presidential advisory council. Six other members quit in June, accusing …

10 Mind-Blowing Houses That Hide In Plain Sight

Everyone has secrets and that doesn’t even apply to people only. Have you ever seen or heard of a house with a secret room or a hidden passage …

Architecture

A New History of the Second World War

In 1936, Charles Lindbergh arrived in Berlin to inspect the Luftwaffe. The visit had been arranged by Truman Smith, an ingenious intelligence officer who knew that Herman Göring, the Nazi air marshal, would find the American aviator’s celebrity irresistible; Lindbergh flew to Berlin with his wife, …

World History

World's Deepest-Living Fish Found Five Miles Beneath the Sea Surface

The oceans’s deepest point is <i>Challenger Deep,</i> a chasm <i></i>almost 11000 meters (36,200 feet) below the surface. Few fish species can stand this dark, …

University of Washington

These 20 Winter Dinners Are as Easy as They Are Comforting

Winter weeknights are just like all other weeknights throughout the rest of the year — busy, busy, busy. Which means the season brings a desire for …

A Stunning Blue Tarantula And Its Friends Were Just Discovered in South America

"Something made me go back."<p>A previously unknown tarantula discovered in the forests of Guyana in South America is absolutely stunning - its legs and …

Two Stars Slammed Into Each Other And Solved Half Of Astronomy’s Problems. What Comes Next?

Progress, as they say, is slow. In science, this is often true even for major breakthroughs; rarely is an entire field of research remade in a single …

Universe

The ultimate apple pie recipe

There's nothing quite like a perfect apple pie – Simon Hopkinson shares his recipe to help you get it just right.<p>The particular pie I cooked for the …

Baking

Rwandan Orphans Find Hope in Innovative Youth Village

The Story of Us with Morgan Freeman<p>Some of the country’s most vulnerable teens are getting a good education and valuable skills through a pioneering program.<p>In 2005, Anne Heyman, a South African-born former lawyer for the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, sat at a table with a Rwandan genocide …

The Closest Star to Our Own Solar System Just Got a Lot More Interesting

There could be many more planets over there!<p>Astronomers have announced they've discovered a ring of cold cosmic dust surrounding the closest star to …

Astronomy