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10 Last-Minute Dinner Ideas to Make Before the Hanger Sets In

As much as we love to devour elaborate, well-rounded homemade meals, it's just not an option every night of the week. But that doesn't mean we …

Healthy Eating

Columbia Removes Thomas Jessell, Renowned Neuroscientist, From His Posts

Columbia University on Wednesday removed a top neuroscientist from his posts and announced plans to dissolve his lab after an internal investigation uncovered violations of “university policies and values.”<p>The scientist, Thomas Jessell, a professor of biochemistry, biophysics and neuroscience, is …

Neuroscience

Science Focus Podcast: The future of humanity with Michio Kaku

This week, we speak to theoretical physicist Michio Kaku about the future of humanity, how we’re going to terraform Mars, why the modern space race …

How to build a human brain

Organoids, made from human stem cells, are growing into brains and other miniorgans to help researchers study development

It's Scientifically Possible to Boil Water Until It Freezes Solid

Wait, what?<p>If you feel like having one of your fundamental beliefs thrown out the window, try this on for size - under the right conditions, you can …

NASA And Google Just Announced They've Found Another Solar System Like Ours

It also has 8 planets.<p>NASA and Google announced a "major discovery" on Thursday: another solar system with eight planets.<p>That finding is due to the …

Ocean winds could power the entire planet, but harnessing them could also kill us

Okay, I’ve got some good news and some bad news, which one do you want first? Let’s start with the good news: New research into the winds over the …

NASA will stream video during Cassini's death plunge today — here's how to watch live

<b>Update: The live broadcast of Cassini's Grand Finale have wrapped, but you can replay the event via Facebook Live.</b><p>If you could magically teleport across the solar system, Saturn would be a great place to swing by on Friday morning.<p>Hovering above the ringed planet's surface, you'd see something …

Astronomy

Quantum Theory Rebuilt From Simple Physical Principles

Physicists are trying to rewrite the axioms of quantum theory from scratch in an effort to understand what it all means. The problem? They’ve been …

Quantum Mechanics

Researchers have a theory on how the lights went on after the big bang

Fade to Black<p>Not long after our universe was formed by the Big Bang, the lights went out. We know that this darkened state didn’t last, but we don’t …

A Government Staffer Asked A Scientist To Delete “Climate Change” From Her Grant, And People Are Mad

An employee at a DOE lab said that "climate change" and "global warming" cannot be used in project descriptions because "we have to meet the President's budget language restrictions."<p>The Department of Energy funded a Boston researcher's project but asked that she remove references to "global …

Ice Age bones discovered inside inescapable "black hole"

Around the end of the last Ice Age, about 13,000 years ago, animals could roam through subterranean passageways in what is now Mexico. But the …

Paleontology

The world is on course to warm beyond a crucial threshold— here's why 2 degrees Celsius is considered the tipping point

Recently a series of scientific papers have come out and stated that we have a 5 percent chance of limiting warming to 2°C, and only one chance in a hundred of keeping man-made global warming to 1.5°C, the aspirational goal of the 2015 Paris United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change …

Climate Change

This is the Best Photo Ever Shot of a Star Other Than Our Sun

Astronomers using the ESO Very Large Telescope have created the most detailed photo ever of a star other than our own Sun. The subject of the photo …

Astronomy

Introducing 'dark DNA'—the phenomenon that could change how we think about evolution

DNA sequencing technology is helping scientists unravel questions that humans have been asking about animals for centuries. By mapping out animal …

Biology

Astrophysicists Believe They've Found Another Earth-Like Planet in a Nearby Star System

Hope for Exoplanets<p>Last year, the Trappist-1 system was discovered, and it reignited humanity’s hope of finding planets that could one day (or …

Universe

Saturn’s moon Titan has a key ingredient that could be used to cook up life

How to form cell membranes in lakes of methane<p>Saturn’s moon Titan harbors a key chemical ingredient that may allow organisms to exist on this distant, chilly world. Astronomers have spotted a molecule in Titan’s atmosphere that could be instrumental in the formation of cells, which are a crucial …

Astronomy

A visual explanation of quantum mechanics

From the ViaScience YouTube channel comes this 31-part video explainer of quantum mechanics. As the introduction video notes, there is a fair bit of …

Quantum Mechanics

Scientists mapped the inside of a stellar explosion and may have found proof for the circle of life

Space is a messy, violent place: When a very large star runs out of gas (literally), the star’s molten innards collapse, triggering a giant explosion …

Universe

Surprise Find Flips a Decade of Research Into an Exotic Quantum Particle

Efimov Molecule<p>Scientists have discovered that a simple model used to describe the formation an exotic type of quantum particle, an Efimov molecule, …

Quantum Mechanics

Al Franken had to explain the scientific method to Rick Perry.

During his Thursday testimony before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee about his department’s 2018 budget request, Minnesota Senator …

Clean Technology

Uncontacted Tribes Are Not Only The Most Vulnerable Peoples On Earth - They're Also Vital To Its Future

For as long as I can remember I have considered it a very significant and moving fact that there are people in the world who don't live as we do. It …

Rainforests

The Science Behind Weighted Blankets As A Treatment For ADHD

Elusive Sleep<p>Imagine living with a mind that never slows down, one that feels like it’s occupied by jackhammers, a marching band, or thousands of …

Harvard Medical School