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We're losing the Neanderthal bits of our genome - Futurity

Neanderthals disappeared about 30,000 years ago, but live on via DNA sequences scattered through our genomes. Natural selection is changing that, …

The Physics of Falling Cats Is Surprisingly Complicated

Cats are mysterious creatures, and among their many secrets is how the heck they always manage to land on their feet. It’s a phenomenon that has …

ISIS army of scientists set to wage chemical and biological war on West: Experts warn weapons of mass destruction 'have been carried undetected' into European Union

• <b>ISIS already has smuggled chemical and biological weapons into the EU</b>• <b><br>The terror organisation has also recruited chemists and physicists</b>• <b><br>Western</b> …

Terrorism

China's Tianjin to relocate chemicals firms after blasts | Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - Hazardous chemical companies in the Chinese port city of Tianjin will be moved to an industrial zone far from the site of deadly warehouse explosions in August in the city’s development area, state media reported on Wednesday.<p>A firefighter truck sprays liquid as workers clean up …

China

The Butter Flavor Chemical Used in Microwave Popcorn Is Also in E-Cigs

In a new study, chemicals of concern were identified in common e-cigarette flavors—including the buttery compound often found in microwave …

Plastic chemical found in nearly 500 foods sold in US

Nearly 500 food items commonly sold in the United States contain a chemical compound also used in synthetic leathers and yoga mats, but a health …

Blast causes massive fire at chemical plant in China, firefighters at scene (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

A blast has been reported at a pesticide plant in the city of Jilin, Jilin Province in northeastern China. A fire broke out following the explosion, …

The chemical flavorings in e-cigarettes have been linked to serious lung problems

But a study published Tuesday notes that these candied confections have a downside: Many of the best-selling flavorings include a toxic chemical that has long been associated with serious lung problems.<p>The Environmental Health Perspectives, a journal published by the National Institute of …

Chemical Truck Fire Prompts Evacuation in Birmingham

An area around a Birmingham, Alabama, interstate was evacuated Wednesday as a precaution after a tractor-trailer carrying chemicals got into an accident and exploded in a fireball, authorities said.<p>There were no injuries in the incident on Interstate 20/59 northbound, which began when two trucks …

Tractor-Trailer

How zombies could be the future of artificial intelligence.

In July, news headlines blared that robots passed a “self-awareness” test. Naturally, the articles made the semi-joking references to Skynet and …

Meet The Woman Who Helped Discover A New Species Of Human

Hannah Morris in South Africa's Rising Star Cave, where the bones and fossils of Homo naledi were discovered.<p>Imagine descending more than 39 feet …

Engineers Create A Titanium Rib Cage Worthy Of Wolverine

At first glance, the metallic device almost looks like a high-tech bike pedal. Or maybe the latest cooking gadget for zesting lemons. Or, perhaps, it's a secret weapon for X-Men superhero Wolverine.<p>But look again.<p>Doctors in Spain say this is the world's first 3-D-printed rib cage, made entirely …

3D Printing

The challenges of building a hypersonic airliner

Could an airliner that flies anywhere in under three hours be in service by 2030?<p>“It is a magic aircraft… the pleasure of flying in it is almost a carnal one.” So said Joelle Cornet-Templet, a chief stewardess for Air France, about Concorde: one of the world’s first supersonic civilian airplanes, …

Aviation

'Sonogenetics' allows brain cells to be controlled by sound waves

Scientists have bred worms with genetically modified nervous systems that can be controlled by bursts of sound waves.<p>The tiny nematodes change direction the moment they are blasted with sonic pulses that are too high-pitched for humans to hear.<p>The pulses work by switching on motor neuron cells that …

Neuroscience

What Are The Real Risks of Bioweapons Research?

The Pentagon accidentally mailing plague and anthrax, it turns out<p>After a scandal-plagued summer, last week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that some of the Pentagon’s labs responsible for bioweapons research had accidentally sent out, well, plague. This comes after several …

Mario Kart 8 to Feature Smartphone and Tablet App

Japanese newspaper The Nikkei has revealed some interesting information: Nintendo is planning on releasing smartphone and tablet apps for uing coming …

‘Meteor Storm’ From Comet May Light Up Sky This Month

Skywatchers have something exciting to look forward to this month — a possible new meteor shower that could send up to 1,000 shooting stars per hour streaking through the sky.<p>On May 23 and May 24, Earth should plow through debris shed by Comet 209P/LINEAR, astronomers say. These extraterrestrial …

Astronomy

Scientists confirm existence of elusive 117th element

After four years of painstaking research, the discovery of the periodic table's 117th element has been confirmed. Element 117, otherwise known as ununseptium, was originally discovered back in 2010 by a group of American and Russian physicists with the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR). …

IBM's Watson Can Now Argue For You

The supercomputer has been programmed to lay out the pros and cons of an argument. Thanksgiving is saved!<p>IBM's Watson supercomputer has already mastered <i>Jeopardy!</i> and can even whip up an innovative recipe. Next step: it'll be elected to the presidency after dominating against humans in a series of …

Scientists uncover a secret of aging: Young blood helps restore elderly mice

A group of studies focused on properties of blood linked to rejuvenation, and human clinical trials are coming soon<p>Three studies, two from Harvard and one from Stanford, track the miraculous ability of young blood to rejuvenate both mental and physical abilities in aging mice. Harvard reported …

Swimwear Roundup

Sand and surf is-finally-upon us; celebrate in a bikini or maillot swimsuit that hits one of the season's top trends.<p>Sand and surf is—finally—upon us, celebrate in a bikini or maillot swimsuit that hits one of the season's top trends.

Emma Stone Opts for Bangs

The actress gives her hair a fresh makeover for spring.<p>Everyone loves a good celebrity hair change—Emma Stone, who's been on a chic style run for <i>The Amazing Spider-Man 2</i> press tour, debuted a new haircut today in New York. The actress revealed bangs and an ombré color in a cut that perfectly …

9 Essential Makeup Brushes (+ How to Use ’em!)

Sure, you can put makeup on with your fingers, with the little sponge brushes that come in an eyeshadow kit, even with a Q-tip or a cotton ball. But, you have way less control over what you’re doing and can end up with a big old mess! Having a handful of quality brushes is key to any beauty …

13 Wedding Dresses You Might Actually Wear Again

Because you're not the traditional bride.<p>Matching separates have been en vogue for quite some time now, but this season was the first time we saw them in numbers on the Bridal Fashion Week runway. Though a two-piece is certainly not for the traditional bride, we get behind opting out of average …

Weddings

The Most Iconic Wedding Gowns In History

This is so much better than Pinterest.<p>In lieu of some buzzy engagements, upcoming nuptials, and recent splits that have us gasping, we were spurred to look back at the wedding gowns that have made their mark on history. Here, the brides and the dresses that have left an indelible mark on our …

Oculus Rift: redefining virtual reality

A hands-on look at the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and what it means in the digital age<p>Following <b>Facebook's acquisition of the Oculus VR last month</b>, creative director Joe Kletz of Figure Digital has discussed what the future holds for virtual reality and consumers.<p>There are reports that <b>Tesco</b> …

Virtual Reality

Oil-Based Stains: Genius, Or Grease Bomb?

My love for lip and cheek stain is well documented, so when I saw that Josie Maran had debuted a tinted version of her creamy argan oil for use on …

The Secret to Rocking a Crop Top (Yes, Anyone Can Do It!)

Crop tops are all the rage, but truth be told, the belly-baring trend can be flat-out intimidating. But we're here to let you in on a little secret: …

Victoria Beckham's Best Looks

In honor of the designer's birthday today, a look back at all her best style moments.<p>She went from Posh to a sought-after designer and has looked chic each step along the way. Celebrate Victoria Beckham's birthday with her best looks to date.

The Duchess of Cambridge's Royal Tour Style Diary

We're chronicling the Duchess of Cambridge's style Down Under during the royal tour of Australia and New Zealand.<p>As the royal family goes Down Under for a three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand, we're chronicling the best of the Duchess of Cambridge's style choices. Keep checking back for …

Prince William