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Sleepless Night Leaves Some Brain Cells As Sluggish As You Feel

When people don't get enough sleep, certain brain cells literally slow down.<p>A study that recorded directly from neurons in the brains of 12 people found that sleep deprivation causes the bursts of electrical activity that brain cells use to communicate to become slower and weaker, a team reports …

The Brain

Science may have just answered the question of how life began

Research into the conditions under which life originally formed has given scientists a lot of tantalizing clues in recent years, but a new discovery …

Biology

This Unseen Form of Radioactive Decay Could Help Explain Where All The Antimatter Is

Seriously, where is it.<p>The mystery of where all the antimatter is gets to the heart of why you and I, and everything else in the known Universe, …

Physics

Octopuses Do Something Really Strange to Their Genes

It might be connected to their extraordinary intelligence.<p>Octopuses have three hearts, parrot-like beaks, venomous bites, and eight semi-autonomous arms that can taste the world. They squirt ink, contort through the tiniest of spaces, and melt into the world by changing both color and texture. They …

This Night Owl Gene Mutation Turns People Into Sleep Martians

Researchers have found a genetic mutation that turns people into Martians — at least when it comes to sleep patterns.<p>People with the mutation tend to be night owls because it keeps them on a perpetual 24 ½ hour schedule — close to the Martian 24 hour, 39 minute day, researchers reported in the …

Jet Lag

New Research Shows "68% of the Universe May Not Exist at All"

Dark Matter, Dark Energy<p>“Dark energy” is believed to comprise 68 percent of the universe, but a Hungarian-American research team thinks it may not …

Dark Matter

The Famous Schrodinger’s Cat Thought Experiment Gets Brought to Life in an Off-Kilter Animation

Schrödinger's Cat is one of the more famous thought experiments in modern physics, created by Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger back in 1935. <i>The</i> …

Physics

Cancer Genes Can Exist Outside Our Chromosomes

It's survival of the sneakiest.<p>Cancer sucks, in no small part because many types of tumour eventually develop a knack for dodging our best treatments.<p>…

Cancer

New Implant Method Could Give Amputees Direct Nerve Control of Artificial Limbs

A group of researchers have developed a new kind of human-machine interface that detects individual neuron signals for use in controlling artificial …

Singularity

How to see the lunar eclipse, New Year Comet and snow moon tonight

If you love looking up at the night sky, then this week you're in for a celestial treat.<p>Tonight stargazers will be able to see not one, but three spectacular astronomical events.<p>Firstly, a lunar eclipse will take place on the same day as February's snow moon. Then the New Year comet will whoosh …

Cellular reprogramming turns back the aging clock in mice

This cartoon depicts turning back the aging clock through cellular regeneration of progeria mice (credit: Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte Lab/Salk …

Nobel Prize

NASA's Spectacular New Video Shows Previously Unseen Changes In CO2 In The Atmosphere

NASA has released an extraordinary video that shows how the concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the earth’s atmosphere changes over a year’s time. The video is gorgeous, but it’s a lot more than eye candy because it gives climate scientists new insights into the role carbon dioxide plays in …

Climate Change

Scientists Turn Nuclear Waste into Diamond Batteries That’ll Last for Thousands of Years

Nuclear energy is carbon free, which makes it an attractive and practical alternative to fossil fuels, as it doesn’t contribute to global warming. We …

Clean Energy

Mexico Peso Jumps after FBI Clears Charges Against Clinton

Mexico’s peso jumped on Sunday after the FBI announced it stood by a previous decision to not charge Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton over emails …

Government

Giant Volcano Appears to Be Filled With Water

Investigating a strange electrical anomaly, geologists have discovered an enormous water reservoir beneath the now-dormant Uturunco volcano in the …

The Psychology Of Professional Purpose: How To Follow Your Calling

“There’s nothing I’d like more than a job that was so meaningful to me that I brought it home,” one 9-5 employee told historian Studs Terkel in <i>Working</i>.<p>She mirrors most of us: though the majority of us say we haven’t found our calling, we want one. Instead, we click at our keyboards like a ticking …

Hung Up

Linux exploit gives any user full access in five seconds

If you need another reason to be paranoid about network security, a serious exploit that attacks a nine-year-old Linux kernel flaw is now in the wild. The researcher who found it, Phil Oester, told <i>V3</i> that the attack is "trivial to execute, never fails and has probably been around for years." …

New Books about Mind Control, Mental Rest and Why We Swear

<b>This Is Your Brain on Parasites: How Tiny Creatures Manipulate Our Behavior and Shape Society</b><br>by Kathleen McAuliffe<br>Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016 …

To This Day

20 reasons why Reinhold Messner is the world's greatest living man

To mark World Mountain Day, we're paying homage to (probably) the coolest person on Earth right now. Here's why we love him:<p>1. He was the first man to climb every mountain over 8,000 metres<p>There are 14 peaks on Earth with summits in the “death zone”, above 8,000 metres (26,000 feet). Just over 30 …

Diamonds aren't forever: Team create first quantum computer bridge

By forcefully embedding two silicon atoms in a diamond matrix, Sandia researchers have demonstrated for the first time on a single chip all the …

Quantum Computing

The On-The-Rise Autoimmune Diseases That Every Woman Needs To Know About

<i>(Photo: Unsplash/Kyle Broad)</i><p><b>By Erin Magner for Well+Good</b><p>Sore joints, eczema, headaches, low energy, digestive issues -- if you suffer through any of these on the regular, you're probably tempted to brush them off as annoying but not that big of a deal.<p>Yet if your symptoms are chronic or don't have …

Glassblowing Program Trains Students To Craft Tools For Science

Some cutting-edging science today relies on the centuries-old art of glassblowing.<p>When researchers in chemistry, physics and medicine need special glass tools for complex experiments, they sometimes sit down with a glassblower to sketch out designs for customized beakers, flasks and condenser coils.<p>…

Glass Art

New report confirms grim outlook for elephants

<b>Elephant populations in Africa have declined by around 111,000 over the past 10 years according to a new study.</b><p>The African Elephant Status report says that poaching is the main driver of the fall, the worst losses in 25 years.<p>However the authors say that long-term issues such as the loss of habitat …

Wildlife

The evidence is mounting that the disappearance of MH370 was a deliberate act by the pilot

In an article published in The Australian, reporter Ross Coulthart lays out the new evidence, first broadcast on the Channel Nine current-affairs program "60 Minutes" on Sunday night.<p>He says Peter Foley, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau's program director of the operational search for MH370, …

Airplanes

A Researcher Just Accidentally Developed A Battery That Could Last A Lifetime

Technology Photo credit: A nanowire compared to a human hair. Thai et al./UC Irvine via YouTubePoor battery life is the number one complaint when it …

Clean Energy

Here's the Memory Trick That Science Says Works

If the brain could brag that’s pretty much all it would do. It’s easily the most complicated organ in your body, and, more than that, the nimblest …

The Brain

Is Digital Technology Making Us Any Better Off? One Prominent Economist Says No And He May Be Right

When Steve Jobs was trying to lure John Sculley from his lofty position as CEO at Pepsi to Apple, he asked him, “Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life, or do you want to come with me and change the world?” The ploy worked and Sculley became the first major CEO of a conventional …

Innovation