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Armenia’s revolution enters new stage as Russia begins to take notice

By Amie Ferris-Rotman<p>, Moscow reporter<p>YEREVAN, Armenia — Russia, which for more than a week has been an ever-present factor in the background as Armenian protesters thronged the streets, is starting to define its role here.<p>Moscow has watched as the peaceful revolt to its south unfolded, first with …

Russia

Solar storm could strike Earth this week: What you need to know

A solar storm — a disturbance in Earth’s magnetic field caused by changes in solar wind — is forecast to hit Earth this week, the Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) has warned.<p>The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a G1 (minor) geomagnetic storm watch for Tuesday and …

SpaceX just launched two of its space internet satellites — the first of nearly 12,000

They’re hitchhiking to space with another satellite<p><i>Update February 22nd, 1</i><i>1</i><i>AM ET:</i> <i>SpaceX successfully launched and deployed its primary satellite after a smooth Thursday morning launch.</i><p><b>Original story:</b> Now that the dust has settled from SpaceX’s first Falcon Heavy mission, the company is getting back …

Space Travel

Science takes a step toward real-life lightsabers

Researchers from MIT and Harvard in 2013 managed to get photons, which are basically particles of light, to play nice with each other and create a new state of matter. Harnessing such a breakthrough could lead to actual quantum leaps in computing and perhaps even give us a real-world lightsaber.<p>Now …

Watch: A short film about Scotland reminds us why we travel north

For those who love to travel to the northern places of the world, it can be difficult to describe that passion to someone who prefers that their …

From dusk till dawn: in search of old-school Bangkok

Bangkok is now a strange amalgam of past and future, with the present suspended between them<p>There's a delicious hitch. Thais have their anarchic side and are often whimsically bound by official edicts and visions<p>Bangkok may be the most-visited city on Earth, but it remains one of the least-known to …

Bangkok

Here's your first look at the most detailed simulation of the cosmos ever made

Illustris: The Next Generation<p>The largest simulation of the cosmos ever run has boldly taken us where we have never gone before: the formation of the …

Scientists discover ancient Mayan city hidden under Guatemalan jungle

Researchers using a high-tech aerial mapping technique have found tens of thousands of previously undetected Mayan houses, buildings, defence works and pyramids in the dense jungle of Guatemala’s Peten region, suggesting that millions more people lived there than previously thought.<p>The discoveries, …

Archaeology

An Ancient Virus May Be Responsible for Human Consciousness

You've got an ancient virus in your brain. In fact, you've got an ancient virus at the very root of your conscious thought.<p>According to two papers …

The DNA database that is key to beating our rarest diseases

Some of these disorders do not have names and in many cases we do not know the causes. Professor Mark Caulfield<p>Jillian Hastings Ward gave birth to her second child, Sam, almost four years ago. For the first few months of his life, the boy appeared to be in good health. “Then we realised that he was …

Genetics

Elon Musk plans Boring Co. flamethrower rebranding to avoid customs scrutiny

20,000 preorders and it’s already stirred up plenty of controversy<p>In nearly every respect, The Boring Company flamethrower has been one of Elon Musk’s most talked-about creations just this year. After many comments of disbelief that the device actually existed, the flamethrower may be attracting …

Elon Musk

Best Friends Really do Share Brain Patterns, Neuroscientists Reveal

"Our results suggest that friends process the world around them in exceptionally similar ways."<p>Whenever my best friends and I say the same thing in a …

Dark matter near black holes sends gamma rays from galaxy’s core

There’s a flood of gamma rays coming at us from the centre of the Milky Way, and dark matter smashing apart at the edge of black holes could be …

The Earth's magnetic poles are overdue for a switch

by Chelsea Gohd January 29, 2018 Earth & Energy 35889<p>Field Flipping<p>Earth’s magnetic field is pretty adept at flipping polarity. The poles have …

'Non-Aging' Naked Mole Rats Seem to Defy the Laws of Mortality

Scientists think they hold to key to living forever.<p>We get old and then we die. At least, that’s the best-case scenario for humans: Each encroaching …

What's the Speed of Dark Matter?

Based on physicists’ measurements, most of the mass in the universe is actually taken up by dark matter. Whatever this stuff is, we can see its …

Human genome decoded with pocket-sized device

Scientists used a portable device no bigger than a cellphone to sequence the most complete human genome ever assembled with a single technology, …

Scientists warn of 'mini ice age' that could hit Earth and freeze major rivers by 2030 - IBTimes India

The Earth is approaching a "mini ice age" as the planet's temperature is likely to start dropping in 2021, scientists claim.<p>Amid rising concerns over …

Mathematicians Awarded $3 Million for Cracking Century-Old Problem

<i>Editor's Note: This story was updated at 3:15 a.m. E.T. on Monday, Dec. 11</i><p>Two mathematicians have each earned the (massive but countable) sum of $3 …

Did Religions Arise From Our Misunderstanding of Human Consciousness?

Humans have been claiming to hear the voice of God for eons, but one psychologist's controversial theory disputes whether we ever heard it at all. …

Denmark's new feminist party declares, 'Out with the racists! In with the feminists!'

In an illustrated campaign poster hanging in Sankt Hans Torv in Copenhagen, Muneeza Rosendahl stands like a cartoon superhero brandishing a broom midswing, sweeping dust toward an open door.<p>The dust, in this case, is racism and the patriarchy. “Ud med racisterne! Ind med feministerne!” her campaign …

These 3D-printed Wi-Fi-connected gadgets don’t need batteries to work

Researchers have made plastic gears and switches that reflect ambient WiFi<p>Researchers at the University of Washington have come up with a way to 3D …

Mercury Will Devour Your Gold If You Let It

Freddie Mercury may have had the golden voice, but real mercury, that endlessly entertaining and dangerous liquid metal, has the golden touch. That …

Chemistry

Superhuman in making: Biohacker edits his own DNA to boost his strength - IBTimes India

Josiah Zayner said: "This is the first time in history that we are no longer slaves to our genetics."<p>What if someone told you that you can be a …

These Futuristic Floating Buildings Are Made From Thousands of Plastic Bottles

They can resist storms and floods.<p>Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world when it comes to flooding, storms, and impact from …

Sea Level

NASA satellite launch promises accurate week-long forecasts

NASA and NOAA know that multi-day weather forecasts can be crucial to tracking hurricanes and their aftermath, and they're about to significantly boost the reliability of those forecasts. They just launched JPSS-1 (Joint Polar Satellite System-1), the first of a series of NOAA satellites that …

Twitter Will Ban User Ties to Violent Groups 'Both On and Off the Platform'

Early Friday, Twitter announced changes to its policies on violent and hateful speech, some of them dramatic. Users will no longer be able to use …

Budget 2017: UK to launch self-driving cars on British roads by 2021

Embattled chancellor will sweep away regulation to allow testing of cars and put up £1bn for tech<p>Driverless cars will be on Britain’s roads by 2021 as a result of sweeping regulatory reforms that will put the UK in the forefront of a post-Brexit technological revolution, Chancellor Philip Hammond …

Great Britain

Chinese report highest levels of racial harassment in UK

New research suggests that 15% of community reported discrimination<p>Chinese people in Britain report higher levels of racial harassment than any other ethnic group, according to the first study of its kind to be undertaken.<p>The new research, which will be published this week by the Institute for …

US general says illegal nuclear launch order can be refused

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) — The top officer at U.S. Strategic Command said Saturday an order from President Donald Trump or any of his successors to launch nuclear weapons can be refused if that order is determined to be illegal.<p>Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of Strategic Command, told a …