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Solid-state magnesium-ion batteries could lick lithium

Lithium-ion batteries are the undisputed top dog of the battery world at the moment, but magnesium-ion devices have the potential to steal the crown …

Nature Communications

Fewer babies born underweight after phase out of common chemical, study suggests

The Environmental Protection Agency worked with U.S. manufacturers to begin phasing out synthetic chemical perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in 2006, …

Water

ScienceAlert Deal: Which VPN Should You Choose?

Not all VPNs are created equal.<p>The web can be a dangerous place, filled with hackers, cybercriminals, and shady agencies intent on stealing your …

This low-cost sKan device creates a heat map of your skin to spot signs of cancer

The sKan system from McMaster University has won the International James Dyson Award<p>A cheap, easy-to-use system for diagnosing melanoma skin cancer …

Earth Is Getting Hit by Too Much Anti-Matter, And Nobody Knows Why

What is going on?<p>Amid the high speed cosmic rays raining down on us from the depths of space are a handful of antimatter particles called …

Physics

Here's how eating sugar affects your body and brain

In the late 1960s, a food industry group called the Sugar Research Foundation paid three Harvard researchers $6,500 (about $50,000 today) to discount research that increasingly showed links between sugar and heart disease and to point the blame at fat instead, according to an analysis of historical …

Here's Why This County With 15,000 People Is The Unhealthiest Place in America

A life expectancy 10 years lower than average.<p>Union County, Florida could be in trouble.<p>Located about an hour southwest of Jacksonville, the county …

A biotech backed by Bill Gates is developing therapies that could treat everything from skin diseases to cancer

In September, Exicure, led by 36-year-old David Giljohann, raised $20 million from investors including Gates, AbbVie Ventures, Groupon cofounder Eric Lefkofsky, and retired Microsoft executive Craig Mundie, among others. In total, Exicure has raised $62 million. Giljohann is one of Business …

Hacking Brain Waves Can Give You an Instant Cognitive Boost, Says Study

"Like three cups of coffee without the jitters."<p>Artificially getting activity in certain parts of the brain to sync up can provide a small mental …

The Brain

Leukemia: Mushroom protein could be used in future treatments

A protein found in the edible mushroom known as "shaggy ink cap" might be able to kill a type of leukemia cell, new research suggests.<p><i>Coprinus …

University of Florida

Warren Buffett's Success Isn't Just Due to His Money Skills--It's Because He Stays Calm | Inc.com

Let's talk about Buddhism. Buddhism is about letting go of attachment to behaviors, people, situation, things--all of it. Good or bad, mean or nice--none of it matters.<p>Instead, Buddhists use mindfulness to focus on the here and now, and live focused on the idea that everyone ultimately seeks to be …

This Quantum Theory Predicts That The Future Might Be Influencing The Past

No, seriously.<p>One of the weirder aspects of quantum mechanics could be explained by an equally weird idea – that causation can run backwards in time …

Science Uncovers The Origin Of The First Light In The Universe

When we look out at the Universe today, highlighted against the vast, empty blackness of the sky are points of light: stars, galaxies, nebulae and more. Yet there was a time in the distant past before any of those things had formed, just after the Big Bang, where the Universe was still filled with …

Dark Matter

EU moves to restrict hormone-disrupting chemical found in plastics

A chemical found in CDs, DVDs, kettles and water bottles could soon be restricted after the EU authorities ruled that it posed a threat to human health because of its effects on hormones.<p>The European chemicals agency (Echa) voted unanimously that bisphenol A (BPA) was an ‘endocrine disruptor’, …

Pollution

Experiment With Chinese Satellite Demonstrates Quantum Weirdness Over Record Distances

Quantum mechanics is weird as hell, where the rules of the world you experience don’t apply. Even at distances a thousand kilometers apart, particles …

300,000-year-old skulls that look shockingly like ours could rewrite the human origin story

But new evidence outlined in two papers published in the journal Nature challenges that hypothesis. Instead, the authors describe recently discovered remains that suggest the first Homo sapiens showed up more than 100,000 years earlier than we thought in a place many experts didn't suspect.<p>The …

A first: All respond to gene therapy in a blood cancer study

CHICAGO (AP) — Doctors are reporting unprecedented success from a new cell and gene therapy for multiple myeloma, a blood cancer that's on the rise. …

Scientists create designer virus to kickstart immune system and kill cancer

A designer virus which helps the immune system clear our cancer has been created by scientists.<p>Cancer cells are very good a evading the immune system, but the new therapy capitalises on the body’s ability to quickly spot a virus.<p>Swiss scientists inserted cancer proteins inside an artificial virus …

Immune System

Scientists Achieve Direct Counterfactual Quantum Communication For The First Time

Communication without particle transmission.<p>Quantum communication is a strange beast, but one of the weirdest proposed forms of it is called …

What elephants teach us about cancer prevention

Every time a cell divides, there is a chance for a mutation (mistake) to occur in the DNA - the substance that carries genetic information in all …

Biologists Just Discovered a Simple Way to Make Cancer Cells Self-Destruct

A team of 22 biologists just made a huge breakthrough in cancer research.<p>The scientists from California Institute of Technology and UC San Diego …

Craig Venter Mapped The Genome. Now He's Trying To Decode Death

<b>THE WORLD’S MOST EXTREME</b> physical exam starts in the world’s plushest exam room, complete with a couch, a private bathroom and a teeming fruit plate. It will be my home for an entire day. First come the blood tests, vial after vial. Then two 35-minute sessions in an MRI tube, where REM and U2 try …

Genetics

The best of Bangkok: readers’ travel tips

<b>Winning tip: Cabbages and Condoms restaurant</b><p>Try Cabbages and Condoms, a restaurant in the Sukhumvit district opened in conjunction with the government’s Population and Community Development Association, which promotes family planning across Thailand. In the restaurant, this translates as interior …

Red Cross

Our Supermassive Black Hole Could Be 'Supercharging' Stars' Magnetism

For a supermassive black hole that's so close to us, we still have a lot to learn about Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*), the singularity in the center of the …

Our Galaxy Is Being Shoved Across the Universe by a Large Unseen Force, So There's That

Rude!<p>As if things weren't bad enough, an unseen force is pushing the Milky Way across the universe. What an asshole.<p>According to new research published in <i>Nature Astronomy</i>, the force is called the "Dipole Repeller," and researchers believe it's the reason why the galaxy has been moving across the …

Plastic Fiber Pollution: How Our Clothes Might Be Poisoning The Ocean

Plastic fiber pollution is one of the biggest problems in marine conservation today, with more than 700,000 plastic fibers polluting the ocean for …

Pollution

'Automated dermatologist' detects skin cancer with expert accuracy

<b>(CNN) —</b> Even though the phrase "image recognition technologies" conjures visions of high-tech surveillance, these tools may soon be used in medicine more than in spycraft.<p>A team of Stanford researchers trained a computer to identify images of skin cancer moles and lesions as accurately as a …

Artificial Intelligence

Physicists Say They've Manipulated 'Pure Nothingness' And Observed The Fallout

In the quantum vacuum, no one can hear you scream.<p>According to quantum mechanics, a vacuum isn't empty at all. It's actually filled with quantum …

Quantum Physics

Scientists just discovered a huge cluster of galaxies hidden in Earth’s backyard

A team of astronomers from several corners of the globe just discovered a massive collection of galaxies that they didn’t even know was there. That …