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Researchers discover aluminum foil actually does improve your wireless speed

Researchers at Dartmouth University have found that a 3D printed shape covered in aluminum foil can improve wireless range and increase Wi-Fi security. The project, which appeared on Eurekalert, involves placing a reflector on and around a Wi-Fi router’s antennae to shape the beam, increasing range …

Al-Shabab fighters storm military base in Somalia

<b>Somalia's militant Islamist group al-Shabab says it has carried out a major assault on a military base in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland.</b><p>Its fighters killed 61 government troops and seized 16 vehicles in the dawn raid, the group said.<p>A Puntland government minister has denied the high death …

Extremism

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 …

Anthropology

Your Facebook Messenger AI Therapist Will See You Now

If you're feeling blue, Woebot inside Facebook Messenger looks to provide some comfort.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn …

Alcohol and Brain Damage: Moderate Drinking Linked to Cognitive Decline

Even drinking a moderate amount of alcohol can cause brain damage over a prolonged period of time, scientists have said. In a study of more than 500 …

The Earliest Evidence of Human Impact on Earth's Geology Has Been Found in The Dead Sea

We've been forcing change for 11,500 years.<p>Scientists have uncovered the earliest hints of human-caused changes in Earth's geological processes, and …

Astronomers are freaking out that this star is ‘flashing’

A distant star has begun exhibiting the same strange behavior that led astronomers to suggest an “alien megastructure” is orbiting it.<p>Tabby’s Star …

Paranormal

Humankind may have originated in Europe not Africa

Analysis of 7.2 million year old remains in Europe and the areas surrounding the sites has led an international research team to suggest two key …

Anthropology

A Massive Dead Galaxy Existed Just 1.7 Billion Years After The Big Bang, But No One Knows How

We might be very wrong about how galaxies form.<p>For the first time, astronomers have spotted a massive, inactive galaxy from when the Universe was …

Forget Pluto: Amateur Stargazers Drive Hunt for a Ninth Planet

CANBERRA, Australia—A global hunt for a hidden ninth planet involving thousands of volunteer stargazers has turned up four possibilities for an undiscovered world lurking beyond Pluto.<p>Australian scientists helping lead the search say they are searching for a gaseous planet about four times bigger …

Astronomy