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The First Tank-on-Tank Battle Happened 100 Years Ago

The lumbering steel beasts were a far cry from today’s tanks.<p>A hundred years ago this week, British and German tanks made history on the battlefields of World War I. In the last year of war, at the French town of Villers-Bretonneux, the two sides clashed in the first tank-on-tank battle in …

Russian mercenaries reportedly want revenge after getting whooped by US forces in Syria

France 24 published an interview last week with a man it described as a Russian paramilitary chief who provides Russian citizens access to mercenary work in Syria in which he said his countrymen had been galvanized by reports that they were taking an embarrassing loss to US forces.<p>"Each week I …

Superstition keeps a lot of Olympians from boinking. But what does the evidence say?

Many of the Olympic Village's 110,000 condoms likely went unused due to superstition.<p>Consider, if you will, the Olympic Village. Close quarters. Dorm-like accommodations. Thousands of young, hot athletes at the peak of their physical performance. It’s no wonder that dating apps like Tinder light up …

Stem cells made from skin grow into working muscle - Futurity

"It's taken years of trial and error, making educated guesses, and taking baby steps to finally produce functioning human muscle from pluripotent …

The US government just gave someone a $120-million robotic arm to use for a year

Johnny Matheny is the first person to live with an advanced mind-controlled robotic arm. Last December, researchers from Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab delivered the arm to Matheny at his home in Port Richey, Florida. Aside from the occasional demo, this is the first time the Modular Prosthetic …

Robotics

New Blood Test For Alzheimer's Is So Precise It Could Predict It 30 Years Ahead

It was accurate in 90% of patients tested.<p>Scientists have developed a new blood test where a tiny drop of blood could be enough to predict the onset …

Blood test could use DNA to spot eight of the most common cancers, study shows

Scientists have made a major advance towards developing a blood test for cancer that could identify tumours long before a person becomes aware of symptoms.<p>The new test, which is sensitive to both mutated DNA that floats freely in the blood and cancer-related proteins, gave a positive result …

Cancer

E-cig smokers breathe easy as scientists declare 'vaping is safe'

A two-year study carried out by a leading E-cig brand claims users do not suffer any health problems from the smoking device.<p>Vapers around the world …

The FDA approved an algorithm that predicts death

Life-Saving Predictions<p>The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of an algorithm which monitors patients’ vitals to help …

This map shows the US really has 11 separate 'nations' with entirely different cultures

The United States comprises several different regions, each with its own rich history and cultural identity.<p>Exactly where those regions start and end has been a long-running debate, but according to author Colin Woodard, the United States can be divided into 11 distinct sub-nations.<p>Woodard mapped …

New Jersey

Scientists seek super-shot for flu 100 years after pandemic

The descriptions are haunting.<p>Some victims felt fine in the morning and were dead by night. Faces turned blue as patients coughed up blood. Stacked …

Scientists create new molecule to combat pain

Researchers from the University of Texas at Dallas have created an RNA-mimicking molecule that blocks the series of pain sensitization reactions that …

Top U.S. Military Adviser Says ISIS Fighters Will Be Beaten to Death With Shovels

The U.S. military’s top enlisted leader warned ISIS militants fighting in Iraq and Syria on social media they will be shot in the face or beaten to …

Supercomputer provides black hole breakthrough

Black holes are regions of space-time whose gravitational effects are so strong that even electromagnetic radiation such as light cannot escape from …

Police capture 72-year-old Japanese fugitive who was recognised when images of his body art were circulated online<p>A retired Japanese crime boss has been arrested in Thailand, ending more than 14 years on the run, after photos of his yakuza tattoos and a missing little finger went viral.<p>Shigeharu …

Thailand

First-Ever Drone Swarm Attack Has Struck Russian Military Bases, Sources Claim

We knew this day was coming.<p>Ever since technological advancements made drones possible, people have warned of the potential dangers of weaponised …

You think it and a robot sees it: The future is here with mind-reading AI

The first “this could change everything” AI story of the year comes to us in the form of (yet another) AI that’s supposed to read minds. This time however, there’s no parlor trick. We’re one step closer to being able to broadcast our thoughts to a screen, thanks to artificial intelligence.<p>Japanese …

'Serious gap' in cosmic expansion rate hints at new physics

<b>A mathematical discrepancy in the expansion rate of the Universe is now "pretty serious", and could point the way to a major discovery in physics, says a Nobel laureate.</b><p>The most recent results suggest the inconsistency is not going away.<p>Prof Adam Riess told BBC News that an unknown phenomenon, such …

You could fit the entire human race into a sugar cube -- and 12 other facts to put the universe into perspective

If you unravelled all of the DNA in your body, it would span 34 billion miles, reaching to Pluto (2.66 billion miles away) and back ... 13 …

Intel Unveils 'Breakthrough' Quantum Computer - ExtremeTech

Intel Unveils ‘Breakthrough’ Quantum Computer<p>By on January 9, 2018 at 4:15 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. …

Who is attacking Russia’s bases in Syria? A new mystery emerges in the war.

The attacks have also spurred a flurry of questions over who may be responsible for what amounts to the biggest military challenge yet to Russia’s …

These Birds of Prey Are Deliberately Setting Forests on Fire

Even more proof Australian wildlife is nuts.<p>It's pretty hot in Australia right now. A brutal heatwave that's incinerated temperature records …

This Extraterrestrial Stone Contains Compounds Not Found Anywhere Else in Our Solar System

Whoa!<p>A small pebble found in Egypt is decidedly Not From Around Here.<p>The Hypatia stone, as it is known, is not only extraterrestrial in origin. It …

2018 Will Be The Year Humanity Directly 'Sees' Our First Black Hole

Black holes are some of the most incredible objects in the Universe. There are places where so much mass has gathered in such a tiny volume that the individual matter particles cannot remain as they normally are, and instead collapse down to a singularity. Surrounding this singularity is a …

Black Holes

Scientists Discovered What Causes Dementia

An international team of researchers claims to have found a major cause of dementia - an incurable brain disease.<br>Read More

Apple: Yes, we're slowing down older iPhones

Apple has acknowledged what many iPhone owners long suspected: It has slowed older phones.<p>The tech giant issued a rare statement of explanation on Thursday, saying that it has used software updates to limit the performance of older iPhones that may have battery issues that would cause them to turn …

Mobile Technology

Scientists may have awoken an ‘alien intelligence’ inside asteroid ‘Ouamuamua, UFO hunter claims

We don’t wish to alarm you, but humanity may just have woken up a mysterious ‘alien intelligence’.<p>That’s the remarkable claim from UFO expert Nick …

Horror explosions and terrifying crash landings as striking colourised images bring WWII planes back to life

Striking photos of World War 2 planes have been brought back to life with these specially colourised images.<p>One of the snaps show the damaged tail of …

Star Trek

Transhumanism And The Future Of Humanity: 7 Ways The World Will Change By 2030

Companies today are strategizing about future investments and technologies such as artificial intelligence, the internet of things, or growth around new business models. While many of these trends will make for solid investments for the next 5-10 years, fewer companies are considering the …

Singularity

I paid $300 for DNA-based fitness advice and all I got was junk science

Consumer-genomics company Helix promises insights so you can live your best life — but it’s little more than genetic astrology<p>In January of this year, I decided I would complete a half-marathon. I would push my body to the limit and be reborn as my best self. For months, I woke up at 6 to run …