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Found: Neutrinos From Beyond the Solar System

Neutrinos could help astrophysicists create a fuller picture of the universe and help determine the mysterious origins of cosmic rays.<p><b>Today in the journal Science, researchers at</b> the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, a scientific instrument buried in the Antarctic ice, report the discovery of 28 …

Physics

Remember 'French Fries Cause Cancer'? Here's The Acrylamide Update

Back in 2002, french fry lovers around the world received a nasty bit of news: Those crunchy, fried strips of potato contained a known carcinogen. Now, all these years later, a new warning from the Food and Drug Administration has consumers once again puzzling over whether to fear the chemical …

Loss of genetic control in aging may be flexible - Futurity

Aging in fruit flies reduces their ability to silence certain genes. Now researchers find the loss of genetic control can be measured and manipulated.

24,000-year-old boy’s skeleton suggests first Americans came from Siberia

Researchers say 30 percent of modern Native American’s ancestry came from this youngster’s gene pool.<p>Results from a DNA study of a young boy’s …

Dogs likely originated in Europe more than 18,000 years ago, say biologists

“The wolf is the first domesticated species and the only large carnivore humans ever domesticated,” said biologist Robert Wayne.<p>Wolves likely were …

Iceberg the size of Singapore breaks from Antarctica to roam the ocean

NASA's Earth Observatory says that a vast chunk of ice the size of Singapore has broken away from Antarctica, and may soon start drifting in the Southern Ocean. Named B-31 by the US National Ice Center, the slab of ice is 21 miles by 12 miles in size and now floating in Pine Island Bay, south-west …

Everything You Ever Wanted to Ask an Astronaut: Exclusive Interview With NASA Astronaut Tom Jones

Astronaut Dr. Tom D. Jones has flown on four space shuttle missions for NASA. On his last mission, he led three spacewalks. He has spent a total of …

Keep Your Keys In The Cloud And Have Them Delivered When You Need Them

A new level of personal service for New York's "robot locksmith" app<p>KeyMe, the company that brought robot locksmiths and photo-copy-able keys to New York, is launching a new service. This time, there's not much new technology involved. You'll just be able to get your robot-made key copy delivered …



“If humanity does not want to go the way of the dinosaurs, we need to study an event like this in detail,” said earth scientist Qing-zhu Yin.<p>Consumer …

FYI: Could A Virgin Birth Ever Happen?

If you’re a mammal, no. But if you're not...<p>Virgin birth, known to scientists as parthenogenesis, appears to be rather common in the animal kingdom. Many insects and other invertebrates are capable of switching between sexual and clonal reproduction. Among the vertebrates, virgin births have been …

9 Things You Didn't Know About Poison

Snow White totally could have happened<p>A new exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History explores the weird and wonderful world of poisons. Curated by evolutionary biologist Mark Siddall, “The Power of Poison” recreates a Columbian forest filled with deadly natural toxins, delves into the …

Building computer brains that can reason like humans

What if a computer chip could think – and react – just like a human? IBM’s Cognitive Computing Group believes such a breakthrough is just around the corner.<p>Computing has developed at an amazing pace over the last few decades, but even today’s computers are essentially glorified calculators, says Dr …

Quantum Computing

Stonehenge: Origin of Stones Discovered

Geologists in Wales have identified the source of stones used to build Stonehenge, they told local publication the Western Mail on Tuesday, Nov. 19. …

The Worst Jobs in Science and Three Awesome Ones

How to spot a murderer's brain

In 1987, Adrian Raine, who describes himself as a neurocriminologist, moved from Britain to the US. His emigration was prompted by two things. The …

Sherry Turkle: 'We're losing the raw, human part of being with each other'

Bedraggled from a walk in the rain, Sherry Turkle shows up begging for a latte. She's left her wallet in her hotel room. She's exhausted, she says, …

CIA Official Breaks Silence on UFOs (+Video)

WASHINGTON—In a gripping testimonial, an ailing former member of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has talked via video for the first time …

Me, Me, Me: People Who Overuse The First-Person Singular Are More Depressed

A new study links first-person singular pronouns to relationship problems and higher rates of depression.<p>Researchers in Germany have found that people who frequently use first-person singular words like "I," "me," and "myself," are more likely to be depressed and have more interpersonal problems …

Early US colonists resorted to cannibalism, new evidence shows

Starving residents of the first permanent US settlement consumed one another to survive, according to a new analysis of recently unearthed bones by anthropologists at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.<p>The bones were found in Virginia, at the site of the Jamestown colony, which was …

Radio collars reveal hibernating lemurs - Futurity

DUKE (US) — Scientists only knew of one primate that hibernates as a survival strategy—the …

Lemurs

Shapeshifters: phones of the future could morph on demand

Download an app, transform your handset<p>Scientists in Europe have developed prototype devices that could drastically change the way we interact with our smartphones and tablets. The six working prototypes, known as "Morphees," are thin, electronic displays capable of automatically changing shape to …

Hurricane swirling around Saturn's north pole - video

Nasa's Cassini spacecraft has provided scientists with detailed views of a vast hurricane raging around Saturn's north pole. The eye of the hurricane …

Atoms star in world's smallest movie from IBM

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/science_environment/974000/974566_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524657603_400afc505bc36cb6cebfe2549c02a526<p><b>Researchers at IBM have created the world's smallest movie by manipulating single atoms on a copper surface.</b><p>The stop-motion animation uses …

'Proof' Jamestown settlers turned to cannibalism

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/974000/974902_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524684996_15cd176569eca3752a740e70bb0e16e3<p><b>Newly discovered human bones prove the first permanent English settlers in North America turned to cannibalism over the cruel winter of 1609-10, US</b> …

Dinosaur embryo fossils reveal life inside the egg

<b>Scientists have gained a remarkable insight into some of the oldest dinosaur embryos ever found.</b><p>The remains of the creatures were unearthed in south west China and are about 190 million years old.<p>They belong to a group of dinosaurs called <i>Lufengosaurus</i>, long-necked beasts that fully grown would have …

What exactly is twilight?

Sure, twilight is that magical time of day that lies between daylight and darkness. Astronomers, the experts on nighttime, recognize 3 twilights.<p>You …

Close-up views of large hurricane on Saturn

This massive hurricane at Saturn’s north pole may have been churning for years.<p>Hurricane season has begun on Earth, but Earth isn’t the only world …

What is Time and is Time an Illusion?

<i>“Time is a moving image of eternity.” —Plato</i><p>We tend to believe that destiny is not fixed and that all time past fades into oblivion, but can the …

Online brain-training: does it really work?

My week has been pretty hectic so far. On Monday, I manned a busy beach bar and had to remember a range of ice-cream and pizza orders for a constant …

Kepler Search Finds Two New Cozy, Possibly Watery Planets Around Faraway Star

Scientists can't know for sure if the worlds have water. But they could, making them a potential habitat for life.<p>In our solar system, only one world has just the right size, just the right temperature and just the right home for liquid water. Long ago, at least one other rocky planet had water, …