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Gamma-Ray Bursts Might Have a Really Weird Time-Reversible Mirroring Effect

Space, you weirdo.<p>Gamma-ray bursts are the brightest and most energetic events in the Universe. They're also some of the more mysterious - but now …

Universe

Monsanto é condenada a pagar US$ 289 milhões a vítima de câncer

Esta é uma daquelas notícias que é preciso ler duas vezes para acreditar. Um júri em São Francisco (Califórnia), nos EUA, condenou a Monsanto a …

The five universal laws of human stupidity

In 1976, a professor of economic history at the University of California, Berkeley published an essay outlining the fundamental laws of a force he perceived as humanity’s greatest existential threat: Stupidity.<p>Stupid people, Carlo M. Cipolla explained, share several identifying traits: they are …

University of California

The Mystery of Jupiter’s Swirling Colors Is Finally Solved, Scientists Say

The answer was buried way below the surface.<p>A new study has finally offered an explanation for Jupiter’s trippy colors and unusual swirls. These …

Astronomy

Ancient Octagon-Shaped Tomb Reveals Morbid Tales from Mongol-Ruled China

Archaeologists in Yangquan, China, have discovered an octagon-shaped tomb with walls covered in murals that dates back some 700 years, when the …

Murals

Teeth from a Mega-Shark twice the size of a Great White found in Australia

Fossil enthusiast Philip Mullaly was walking along the beach in Victoria Australia when he saw it: a glint in a boulder with quarter of a tooth exposed.<p>"I was immediately excited, it was just perfect and I knew it was an important find that needed to be shared with people," explained Mullaly.<p>He had …

White Shark

Cientistas identificam exoplanetas onde a vida pode desenvolver-se como na Terra

Os cientistas identificaram um grupo de planetas para lá do nosso Sistema Solar onde existem as mesmas condições químicas que podem ter levado à vida …

NASA Spotted a Vast, Glowing 'Hydrogen Wall' at the Edge of Our Solar System

There's a "hydrogen wall" at the edge of our solar system, and NASA scientists think their New Horizons spacecraft can see it.<p>That hydrogen wall is …

Space

Octopus research shows that consciousness isn’t what makes humans special

Whether or not octopuses should be viewed as charming or terrifying very much depends on your personal perspective. But it’s hard to deny their intelligence.<p>Octopuses can squirt water at an annoyingly bright bulb until it short-circuits. They can tell humans apart (even those who are wearing the …

Excessive Exercise Linked to Poor Mental Health in Counterintuitive Study

"If you do a high volume of exercise, you are stressing your body out."<p>If a little bit of something is good, then a lot of it must be <i>great</i>, right? …

Mental Health

Blue light from phone screens accelerates blindness, study finds

Scientists say they have found how blue light from smartphones, laptops and other digital devices damages vision and can speed up blindness.<p>Research by the University of Toledo in the US has revealed that prolonged exposure to blue light triggers poisonous molecules to be generated in the eye’s …

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Here's how much protein you really need

Athletes do need more protein—but that doesn't necessarily mean you need supplements.<p>Gym buffs get a lot of grief for their shaker bottles full of chalky protein powder—but should they? They, like so many of the rest of us, are just trying to fuel their bodies properly. And when it comes to …

Nutrition

Vue pleine voûte des étoiles en orbite autour du trou noir situé au cœur de la Voie Lactée Cette vidéo pleine voûte figure des simulations des trajectoires d’étoiles orbitant à proximité du trou noir supermassif situé au centre de la Voie Lactée.

Cette vidéo pleine voûte figure des simulations des trajectoires d’étoiles orbitant à proximité du trou noir supermassif situé au centre de la Voie …

Astronomie

Massive rogue planet with mystical aurora found drifting outside solar system- Technology News, Firstpost

A rogue planet, over 12 times bigger than that the largest planet in the solar system, Jupiter, and not attached to any star, was discovered to be …

North Pole

Akouos, a biotech startup that's trying to tackle a $750 billion global problem, just announced it's raised a new funding round

Akouos is a new biotech startup that's trying to address a $750 billion problem: hearing loss.<p>Manny Simons, co-founder and CEO of Akouos, spent his college and grad school years figuring out the biology of the ear and how to deliver drugs to the right parts of the ear. His interests drew him to his …

Hearing Loss

Scientists Have Uncovered a Disturbing Climate Change Precedent

During the rise of mammals, Earth's temperatures spiked in a scary way that the planet may experience again soon.<p>They were strange days at the beginning of the age of mammals. The planet was still hungover from the astonishing disappearance of its marquee superstars, the dinosaurs. Earth’s newest …

Climate Change

Das 316 UCs, 110 estão ameaçadas por projetos de infraestrutura

Dados preliminares de um estudo do WWF-Brasil divulgados na última quinta-feira (2) durante o IX Congresso de Unidades de Conservação (CBUC) em …

Spacetime Emergence, Panpsychism and the Nature of Consciousness

How does experience, which is so intimately tied to our perception of time and space, arise from timeless, non-spatial ingredients?

Consciousness

As causas de morte no Brasil em 2016, segundo o SUS

Gráfico<p>23 Jul 2018<p>(atualizado 23/Jul 20h04)<p>Doenças do aparelho circulatório causam a maior parte das mortes no país. Veja dados de mortalidade por …

Ancient lake holds secrets to Mayan civilization's mysterious collapse, study finds

The sediment under a lake in Mexico contains some of the long-sought answers to the mystery of the Mayan demise.<p>Ancient Mayans, primarily concentrated in what is now the Yucatán Peninsula, were among the most advanced civilizations of their time. Mayans were some of the first to build cities. They …

Climate Change

Yuval Noah Harari: ‘The idea of free information is extremely dangerous’

Yuval Noah Harari is an Israeli historian who has written two bestsellers: <i>Sapiens</i>, which examined the course of early human history, and <i>Homo Deus</i>, which speculated on where we might be heading as a post-human species. His new book, <i>21 Lessons for the 21st Century</i>, is an exploration of the …

Fake News

Sorry Elon Musk, But It's Now Clear That Colonizing Mars Is Unlikely — And A Bad Idea

<i>This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Space.com's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & …

Magnetism

Loopholes and the 'Anti-Realism' of the Quantum World

The theoretical physicist John Wheeler once used the phrase “great smoky dragon” to describe a particle of light going from a source to a photon …

Quantum Mechanics

Stonehenge mystery solved, says breakthrough scientific study

The ancient mystery of who built Stonehenge has been solved, according to a breakthrough study.<p>A groundbreaking new analysis of the 25 cremated remains buried at the prehistoric monument in Wiltshire has revealed that 10 of them lived nowhere near the bluestones.<p>Instead they came from western …

Archaeology

Study on Post-Orgasm Experiences Shows How Men Really Feel After Sex

The afterglow has a dark side.<p>Sex is straightforward until it’s over. As soon as an orgasm ends, a new, potentially confusing phase of sex begins — …

Psychology

Forget Sharks: Here's Why You Should Fear the Mantis Shrimp

The world's most impressive predator.<p>When you think about fearsome predators in the ocean, the first thing that pops into your mind is probably a …

Nature

Python has brought computer programming to a vast new audience

IN DECEMBER 1989 Guido van Rossum, a Dutch computer scientist, set himself a Christmas project. Irked by shortcomings in other programming languages, …

Python Programming

4 life hacks from ancient philosophers that will make you happier

You’ve probably heard about Stoics or Stoicism — and most of what you know is wrong.<p>They weren’t joyless bores. The ancient Stoics were the first …

Happiness

What Is A Scutoid? It Is A New Shape Maybe All Over You

The scutoid of trust.<p>A scutoid peg in a round hole.<p>Bizarre love scutoid.<p>The word scutoid hasn’t quite reached everyday lexicon as a shape yet because it is a really, really new shape. As described by a publication in <i>Nature Communications</i> entitled “Scutoids are a geometrical solution to …

Nature Communications

Star’s black hole encounter puts Einstein’s theory of gravity to the test

For more than 20 years, a team of astronomers has tracked a single star whipping around the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy at up …

Black Holes