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Octopuses Are Aliens Say Scientists After Examining The Mollusc's DNA

A new study has revealed that octopuses are basically aliens. Research on their individual DNA make-up discovered that they are unlike any other …

Biology

C.O. Caturday Cat Café World Tour: Nakano, Tokyo

Spread the Cute:<p>At this point, we’re convinced Robb S. doesn’t sleep. “<i>Neko no Kanzume</i> (“Can of Cats”) cat cafe is in Nakano, Tokyo, with very …

Japan

The Majority Of Successful Dieters Eat Chocolate, Crisps And Carbs, Study Suggests

If you're trying to lose weight, cutting out chocolate, crisps and some carbs may seem like the obvious first step.<p>But a new survey has found 86% of …

Extreme experiments to test space’s effect on the body

In the sublevels of a German building, volunteers will soon be lying at an unnatural angle, all to help better understand the effects of space travel on the human body. Richard Hollingham reports.<p>The recently opened Envihab at the German space agency (DLR) near Cologne looks like a building of the …

Space Travel

Royal Ballet's leading lady returns at 52

Alessandra Ferri stars in Wayne McGregor's new Covent Garden production based on the novels of Virginia Woolf<p>At 19, Alessandra Ferri became one of the youngest principal dancers at the Royal Ballet. Aged 52, she is returning as its oldest leading lady since Dame Margot Fonteyn.<p>Ferri will take the …

Could electric biorocks save coral reefs?

In Indonesia, ecologists have created ‘biological rocks’ on the ocean floor using an ingeniously simple technology. Katie Silver investigates.<p>Just metres off the beach, beneath the clear water, is a giant motorbike, sitting atop a big steel structure in the shape of a speedbump. It is covered in …

Seafloor

Bill Nye is testing a spaceship that rides on sunbeams

LightSail project uses solar sails for propulsion<p>Back in 1976, famed physicist and astronomer Carl Sagan appeared on <i>The Tonight Show</i> to explain a new method of space travel. Using a technique called solar sailing, Sagan described a craft that used a large reflective sheet to "work exactly as a …

Space Travel

Meet Loki, your closest-known prokaryote relative

Deep in hydrothermal vents beneath the Arctic Ocean, scientists have discovered an organism that sheds fresh light on the evolutionary link between simple and complex cellular life.<p>The microbe and its relatives known as Lokiarchaeota, described in the journal Nature, are single-celled critters with …

How It Works: Death By Black Hole

A quantum quandary<p>As you fall feet first across an event horizon—the point where nothing can escape the black hole’s gravitational pull—you don’t feel anything change. But eventually, gravity is so much stronger at your feet than your head that you’re stretched apart, like Play-Doh, until you snap. …

Physics
Virtual Reality

Tapir Calf Makes His Debut

A Tapir calf born on February 27 at the Czech Republic’s Zoo Brno made his media debut at the ripe old age of four days!<p>Photo Credit: Zoo Brno<p>Known …

The Origin of Life and the Hidden Role of Quantum Criticality

KentuckyFC writes <i>One of the great puzzles of biology is how the molecular machinery of life is so finely coordinated. Even the simplest cells are</i> …

Natural History Museum creates 'virtual dive' to take you on trip to the world's most spectacular coral reefs

A gallery space will be transformed with a bank of screens providing a 360 degree immersive experience<p>If a trip to the Great Barrier Reef is beyond your means this year, the <b>Natural History Museum</b> has a novel alternative.<p>The museum is creating a ‘virtual dive’ that visitors can undertake without …

Natural History Museums

Murmuration over Utrecht

Today’s “Caturday” video features a large flock of starlings -- a murmuration -- performing their spectacular aerial ballet in the sky over Utrecht, Netherlands. This is likely one of the last such performances until November, so catch it while you can!<p>Large flocks of birds flying in a tight group …

Nature

How I conquered my anxiety — with a vitamin

Depression

Mario, Zelda, and more Mario: The best games for Wii U

Alas, poor Wii U! Nintendo’s ill-fated successor to the Wii must have been conceived under a bad star. It has never been able to grab the same …

Retrogaming

The August San Francisco Ballet Spotlights Young Dance Maker

San Francisco Ballet in Myles Thatcher's <i>Manifesto</i>. (Photo: Erik Tomasson)<p>San Francisco Ballet unleashed 24-year-old corps dancer Myles Thatcher's latest creation on a wildly enthusiastic audience Tuesday night that included dance world luminaries William Forsythe and Natalia Makarova, whose work …