Laura Brockley

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Here's What Fruits And Vegetables Looked Like Before We Domesticated Them

The original genetic modification.<p>Next time you bite into a slice of watermelon or a cob of corn, consider this: these familiar fruits and veggies …

Your Obsession With 'Ideal Beauty' Explained Using Maths And Science

Why are certain face and body types considered ideal? And what makes us so obsessed with them? A new scientific study from the University of South …

Iggy Azalea

Discovery could lead to better therapies for people with obsessive compulsive disorder

A Waterfall in Yosemite Has Turned Into a Glowing 'Firefall'

This one's worth chasing.<p>Yosemite National Park is filled with natural wonders all year-round, but if you happen to visit during the last few weeks …

If you're alive in 30 years, chances are good you may also be alive in 1000 years

Sounds unlikely? It's not - it's actually quite likely.<p>The only way to get people to live for a thousand years or more is to develop advanced …

How You Can Help Polar Bears in the Arctic Today

Changing Planet<p>In honor of International Polar Bear Day, National Geographic spoke with Steven Amstrup, who has been studying polar bears in the wild for 35 years.<p>“I couldn’t imagine a more interesting or captivating species to study—giant white bears roaming around in an environment that looks …

Global Warming

3.5 billion years ago, the Earth's climate maybe wasn't so different from today

A new study that looks at glacial deposits and hydrothermal fields at the bottom of the ocean disputes the conventional belief that Earth, in its …

Pluto's Moon Charon Is Bursting at The Seams, Astronomers Find

Moons can get stretch marks, too.<p>Charon, one of Pluto's moons, is known primarily for its odd landscape full of valleys and ridges that make it look …

Extra Bright Supernova Could Change the Way We Measure the Universe

This could change the way we view standard candles.<p>The discovery of an extra bright supernova has baffled researchers. The research, available on the arXiv pre-print server, could change the way we view these cosmic explosions.<p>When stars die, they produce some of the most violent explosions in the …

Astrophysics

The left half - right half divide in human brains is a myth, scientist says

Whilst few people would claim to be well versed in the nuances of neuroscience, one idea about the human brain seems to have captured the public …

What Is Time, And Why Does It Move Forward?

The laws of physics don't care which way it goes.<p><i>This article was written by Thomas Kitching from UCL, and was originally published by The</i> …

FDA to test foods for controversial herbicide

The U.S. government will test various foods for exposure to glyphosate, the active ingredient in several herbicides.<p>Tests on foods including …

Astronomical milestones of 2015

The New Horizons mission to Pluto might get all the attention, but 2015 had plenty of other amazing space mission firsts — and lasts, as scientists …

Amazing

Urban heat islands exist even in the Arctic

<b>TROMSØ, Norway</b> — A novel form of the “urban heat island” effect might contribute to why the far north is warming faster than the rest of the globe, a …

Emissions Could Make Earth Uninhabitable

By <b>Tim Radford / Climate News Network</b><p><i>Baked earth caused by the severe water shortage in Senegal, West Africa. (United Nations via Flickr)</i><p>LONDON — …

Medicine

Epilepsy patient hopes to raise awareness with clothing line

SHELTON, Wash. -- Kara Sampson hopes she's found a way to make a profit and a difference.<p>Everything from her clothing and merchandise line, The …

Clothing

Many Epilepsy Deaths May Be Prevented with Better Education

Research shows that people with epilepsy have a 27-fold greater risk of sudden death compared to those without the disorder. Many of these deaths …

Medicine

Children with epilepsy are at increased risk of dying early

While epilepsy and migraines in children and adolescents are closely related neurologic disorders, youth with epilepsy face a significantly higher …

The Search For Alien Life Is Getting Bigger, Weirder, And More Contentious

Recent speculation over “alien megastructures” has reignited a heated debate over the best way of getting in touch with extraterrestrials.<p>It may not be common knowledge on Earth, but the search for intelligent life elsewhere in the universe is heating up—and so is the debate about how to do …

Five planets align in spectacular celestial show

Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are visible together in the night sky for the first time since 2005<p>Keen astronomers still have time to see five planets in the night sky, in a rare alignment which has not happened for more than a decade.<p>For the first time since 2005, Mercury, Venus, Mars, …

Astronomy

You Should See The Photos Tim Peake Took From Space

These beat your mid-flight Instagrams hands down.

Technology is making it easier to trust strangers

<i>This article was taken from The WIRED World in 2016 – our fourth annual trends report, a standalone magazine in which our network of expert writers</i> …

A Giant Gas Cloud Is Coming Toward Us At 700,000 Miles Per Hour

We only have 30 million years until it plows into the Milky Way.<p>An invisible cloud of gas is speeding toward our Milky Way galaxy at 700,000 miles per hour. But don't worry: It will take about 30 million years to get here.<p>It's a case of “what goes up must come down," according to Hubble Space …

Zika: how can it be stopped?

If the spread of the Zika virus wasn't bad enough, scientists have found that prior exposure to the dengue virus can make Zika infections …

Humans have made so much plastic it will probably show up in future fossils

Future archeologists aren’t just going to be digging up old bones: Looks like they’re also going to be sifting though old fossilized plastics.<p>A review published (paywall) in the journal Anthropocene this month finds plastic has discernibly changed the surface of the planet since humans began using …

Pollution

The 30 most beautiful towns in Europe

These are the 30 prettiest towns in Europe, according to the fine people at the Japanese Association of Travel Agents (JATA).<p>It was challenged to come up with 30 smaller destinations to promote to holidaymakers. This is what they came up with (and there's only one in Britain).<p>1. Kilkenny, Ireland<p>On …

European Travel

This Guy Managed To Climb One Of The Pyramids And You'll Never Believe The View

Just a casual afternoon climb...

12 Years on Mars

NASA's Mars rover, Opportunity just celebrated its 12th anniversary on Mars—a mission that was originally meant to last just 90 days. Although recently eclipsed in the news by its bigger brother Curiosity, Opportunity is still going strong and making valuable scientific discoveries. Launched into …

Cape Canaveral