Matthew Spata

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DNA At the Fringes: Twins, Chimerism, and Synthetic DNA

DNA tests are thought to be conclusive proof—of crime, of family relation—but in some cases, our genetic material acts in mysterious ways.<p>Plenty of …

A Glimpse Inside Hawaii's 'Forbidden Island'

Secluded and untouched.<p>When the sun sets over Kauai's Kekaha Beach on an especially clear night, a tall, silhouetted tract of land emerges west of the Hawaiian islands, toward the horizon.<p>For most of the state’s residents, that’s the only way to see the island of Niihau.<p>It's known as "The Forbidden …

Hawaii

Earth 2.0: Nasa says scientists have found 'closest twin' outside solar system

Using four years’ worth of data from the Kepler space telescope, researchers announce the new exoplanet along with 12 possible ‘habitable’ others<p>Scientists on the hunt for extraterrestrial life have discovered “the closest twin to Earth” outside the solar system, Nasa announced on Thursday.<p>Working …

Aliens

North Korea economy 'grows 1pc' but remains crippled by food shortages

The secretive nation's economy is now worth 34.2 trillion won but is facing a difficult year after the worst drought 'in a century'<p>North Korea's economy grew at around 1pc in 2014, the fourth consecutive year of positive growth, according to South Korea's central bank.<p>However, the figures are only …

Mind-blowing Pluto has ice mountains and water

<b>Laurel, Maryland (CNN) —</b> It had been downgraded to a dwarf planet. It looked like a fuzzy blob in our best telescopes. And it was often referred to as just an icy orb. Even scientists working on the first mission to Pluto expected to find an old, pockmarked world.<p>But Pluto is turning out to be full …

Solar System

CERN's Large Hadron Collider has discovered a new class of particle

Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider have announced the discovery of the pentaquark, a class of subatomic particle consisting of four quarks and one antiquark bound together. Like the Higgs boson before it, the pentaquark's existence has been theorized for years, but experiments in the …

What New Horizons Is Looking For On Pluto, And How

After nine years and three billion miles, here’s what we're learning from it all<p>At 7:50am EDT tomorrow, July 14, New Horizons, the fastest spacecraft ever launched, will perform the first close-encounter flyby of Pluto and its system of five known moons. During that approach, New Horizons will be …

Solar System