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Surprise! Earth’s core has a core

Researchers have found that the Earth’s inner core has an inner core of its own … smaller than the moon.<p>Researchers at the University of Illinois and …

What if the universe had no beginning?

Reports of the death of the Big Bang have been greatly exaggerated. Big Bang theory is alive and well. At the same time, our universe may not have a …

Dark Matter

No Yolk! Scientists Unboil an Egg Without Defying Physics

Scientists have figured out a way to do something that seems impossible: unboil an egg. But strange as it may sound, the feat doesn't defy basic laws …

Mystery ‘alien’ radio signal picked up in space

Radio waves in space could be evaporating black holes, alien communication or merging neutron stars<p>A mysterious radio signal which may have come from a black hole, a neutron star or even an alien civilisation, has been picked up by astronomers.<p>Fast radio bursts, which last only milliseconds, are …

Astrophysics

A Star Just Got Swallowed By A Warp In Space-Time

Om nom nom<p>A star has slipped out of view thanks to the space-time warp it creates as it orbits.<p>The disappearing star is part of a binary star system called J1906. It's a pulsar, which means it's a rotating neutron star, the result of a massive star collapsing in on itself. Researchers have been …

NASA VolcanoBot goes where no human dares to tread

NASA's VolcanoBot is a brave little machine on wheels that doesn't mind diving into fissures and lava tubes for science.<p>Volcanoes are fascinating beasts. Known for belching fire and molten rock, they aren't always the friendliest places to be, especially when it comes to scientists seeking to learn …

Winter may be knocking on your window, but 2014 was the warmest on record

You don't have to look hard to find evidence that the earth is warming up. In fact, you have to look pretty hard to find something that suggests that the earth isn’t warming up.<p>You have to look past the rapidly melting ice around both poles and on most of the world's glaciers. You have to look past …

Cuba has released 28 out of 53 political prisoners it promised as part of U.S. deal, group says | Fox News

Cuba has released more than half of the 53 political prisoners it promised to free as part of a deal made with the U.S. in December, a Miami-based Cuban exile and human rights activist group confirmed Thursday evening.<p>Thus far, 28 dissidents have been released from prisons throughout the island, …

Cuba

Kids with this gene variant may be extra vulnerable - Futurity

A certain gene variant may signal that a child is particularly sensitive to his or her environment. Should this lead to personalized interventions?

Physiology

Halfsider: a bizarre half-male half-female bird

A rare half male and half female – “halfsider” – bird won the intertööbz over the holidays. This unusual bird is comprised of two genetically distinct individuals – twins – fused into one being. But what is it like to be such an individual? A recently published paper shares observations of the …

At CES And Beyond, It's The End Of The Car As We Know It

Apologies to REM for borrowing the band’s song title, but I’ve never been more convinced that the car is undergoing a dramatic transformation courtesy of technology. The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week in Las Vegas is the prime place to witness this metamorphosis of the …

Severe weather kills four in southern US

Emergency declared after tornado tears through Mississippi<p>Severe weather slammed the southern U.S. two days before Christmas killing at least four people and knocking out power to thousands.<p>In Mississippi, Gov. Phil Bryant declared an emergency for two southeastern counties where officials said …

The Interview: Obama hails move to screen North Korea film

<b>US President Barack Obama has welcomed a decision by Sony to screen a comedy about North Korea in a limited number of US cinemas on Christmas Day.</b><p>He had earlier criticised Sony for pulling the film following a cyber-attack and threats against cinemas.<p>The US has accused North Korea of being behind …

Cyber-attacks

Richard Branson's wildly ambitious plan to explore the world's deepest oceans is put on ice

Virgin Oceanic quietly put out to pasture<p>Sir Richard Branson's lofty ambitions to explore the limits of Earth — in both directions — have been put on ice. After Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo crashed during testing earlier this year, company representatives have confirmed that Virgin Oceanic's goal …

Space Travel

Ice XVI Is the Strangest Form of Solid Water Yet

The sixteenth phase of solid H2O has arrived.<p>Water ice, the unlikely solid that is less dense than its liquid form, is already a thing that should not be. As temperatures drop below freezing, water molecules form super-resilient hexagonal crystals, leaving a material that is technically …

Chemistry

This $6,000 'Lamborghini' smartphone will make you feel special

If you want a smartphone to match your <i>lux</i> lifestyle, you can't settle for the same old iPhone as everyone else. You need something unique to show off just how special you are. That's where the 88 Tauri from Tonino Lamborghini comes in. Only 1,947 of these Android smartphones will be made, so you …

Amazon sellers hit by nightmare before Christmas as glitch cuts prices to 1p

Small businesses count cost of error in RepricerExpress software that resulted in thousands of items going for a song<p>There were Christmas shopping bargains galore on Amazon’s website over the weekend … for about an hour. Because of a technical glitch, the prices of thousands of items crashed to 1p …

Drug companies shake their rattlebag at the poor

Fay Schopen (Opinion, 12 December) cheerleads what she considers the American ease of pill-popping. Even a casual glance at the medicating patterns in my country reveal that the poor, and people of colour, especially children, are those that are prescribed the most pills. And this is not because …

155 Years Later, Darwin's Manuscripts Are Going Digital

Online archives let you get inside the great biologist's head<p>Charles Darwin may be a household name now, but we haven’t always had the theory of natural selection. On November 24, 1859, he published <i>On the Origin of Species</i> as a culmination of nearly three decades of research after his journey on …

Mirrors could replace air conditioning by beaming heat into space

Researchers have created a mirror that not only reflects 97% of light but also radiates heat into the cold depths of the universe<p>A mirror that sends heat into the frigid expanse of space has been designed by scientists to replace air-conditioning units that keep buildings cool on Earth.<p>Researchers …

DNA survives sub-orbital trip on the exterior of a rocket

DNA molecules smeared onto the exterior of a sub-orbital test rocket are capable of surviving a 13-minute trip into space and a scorching re-entry, European researchers say.<p>The scientists' surprising finding, which was published Wednesday in the journal PLOS One, suggests that genetic material is …

Space Exploration

Delusions and hallucinations may be the keys that unlock psychosis

The symptoms of psychosis were once dismissed as the meaningless product of diseased brains. A new report recommends clinicians take them more seriously<p>“Although it is a waste of time to argue with a paranoid patient about his delusions, he may still be persuaded to keep them to himself, to repress …

Stare Into This Genetic Material and Be Terrified

Just another day in the unfathomably complex world of cell biology.<p>Way down at the very bottom of <i>us</i> are cells dividing. It's happening right now, the micro-architectures behind your whole being are splitting into two new cells: things are growing, things are dying. DNA is duplicated, cleaved. Cells …

Biology

Computers can now describe images using language you'd understand

Software can now easily spot objects in images, but it can't always describe those objects well; "short man with horse" not only sounds awkward, it doesn't reveal what's really going on. That's where a computer vision breakthrough from Google and Stanford University might come into play. Their …

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