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Stephen Hawking Issues A Wake Up Call

It has been argued that the greatest reason our species should explore space and colonize other planets is so that a cataclysmic fate won’t be able …

'It's like being on another planet': the tourist attraction with a two-year waiting list

Vietnam’s Hang Son Doong caves are so big, they have their own weather system. At their tallest point they could accommodate a 40-storey skyscraper – and at their widest point there’s enough room for a 747 to fly through. But that’s nothing compared to the size of the waiting list to visit them. …

North Korea 'feeding workers crystal meth' to speed up skyscraper project

North Korean workers are being given a methamphetamine-based drug in the hope it will speed up a major construction project, according to reports.<p>Project managers in the city's capital of Pyongyang are said to be under so much pressure to finish the job on time that they have resorted to openly …

Researchers just discovered the world’s deepest underwater sinkhole in the South China Sea

By Katie Mettler<p>, Reporter<p>As local fishermen tell it, the deep blue “Dragon Hole” in the Paracel Islands, called the “eye” of the South China Sea, is where the Monkey King in “Journey to the West” acquired his famous golden cudgel.<p>The mythical tale was published in the 16th century and is among the …

South China Sea

New NASA Image Reveals a Strange Bend in Saturn's Rings

Your eyes are playing tricks on you.<p>NASA's just released a glorious new image of everyone's favourite ringed planet, Saturn, captured by the Cassini …

Here are the apps that may be suffering from Pokémon Go’s popularity

Pokémon Go’s meteoric rise in popularity may be having a toll on rival game companies such as Supercell, according to a report by ad intelligence and location firm Placed. Placed found that Supercell’s Clash of Clans and Clash Royale are at the highest risk of losing revenue and playtime to Niantic …

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You Just Travelled Thousands of Miles Through Space in The Time It Took to Read This

This is what 850 km per SECOND feels like.<p>It's one of the most fundamental contradictions of life on Earth - we're sitting on a planet that's …

Owning a cat can lead to mental health problems, study warns

If you're prone to sudden bursts of anger, it could be your cat's fault.<p>A new study has found that people with Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED) - characterised by explosive bouts of rage - are twice as likely to have been infected by a parasite found in cat faeces.<p>The findings suggest that …

Test shows body parts become ‘strangers’ after paralysis

Anyone who has received a local anesthesia and watched while a doctor operated on their leg or arm, you may remember a strange sensation: Your own …

Amazon’s smartphone flop was the best thing that happened to Alexa

Alexa, are you too good for a smartphone?<p>Amazon’s Fire Phone may have been a surprisingly auspicious failure, I keep thinking as I watch the expansion of Alexa, the company’s cloud-based virtual assistant.<p>Artificial intelligence is the future, specifically, voice-controlled AI that allows you to …

This Could Kill Voicemail Once and for All

Chris Pecoraro—Getty Images<p>Sam Edwards—Getty Images/Caiaimage<p>Jetta Productions—Getty Images<p>by nacoki ( MEDIA ARC )—Getty Images/Flickr RF<p>Reza …

How NATO Can Disrupt Russia's New Way of War

Here are a few things the West can do against Moscow’s potent combo of special forces and electronic warfare.<p><i>The Ukrainian soldiers peered over the</i> …

Donald Trump is a 'xenophobic fascist' who will lose the presidential election, says George Clooney

Hollywood actor declares support for Hillary Clinton while dismissing billionaire property mogul's presdiential bid as "crazy"<p>George Clooney has denounced Donald Trump as a “xenophobic fascist” and forecast that American voters will reject his “crazy” campaign for president in November’s general …

Astronomers Spot Most Distant Galaxy—At Least For Now

Science & InnovationNo Place Like Home<p>“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away” doesn’t even begin to describe a small, bright galaxy hovering at the edge of the observable universe. The little cluster of stars, called GN-z11, is the most distant object astronomers have spotted: It existed when …

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Drinking more coffee may help prevent alcohol-related cirrhosis

<b>(CNN) —</b> Make that black coffee order a double.<p>Upping your coffee intake may help reduce your chances of developing alcohol-related cirrhosis, according to a review done by the journal Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics of multiple existing studies.<p>Drinking just two more cups of coffee every …

Are you sitting comfortably? Then try these bedtime stories... for robots

Scientists say robots could be ‘taught morality’ – using fairy tales. Michael Deacon imagines how they might be adapted for robot tastes...<p>Scientists in the US have argued that robots can be “taught morality”. The way to do it, they believe, is simple: <b>read them bedtime stories</b>.<p>“<b>Fables</b> and …

Is it a bird? Is it a bat? No, it's the future of drone technology

Inspired by bats and birds, the wings of a new type of unmanned Micro Air Vehicle can respond to air currents and change shape during flight<p>It flies like a bird, it was inspired by a bat and it could in every sense take off: a new British unmanned Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) can skim over the waves, …

Now that Litvinenko's murder 'probably' points to Putin, what's next for British relations with Russia?

Blame has been pinned unambiguously on the Russian state for the murder of the ex-KGB officer, but David Cameron seems to be doing little in response<p>Dealing with rogue states is easiest when they are weak and far away. A nuclear superpower on your doorstep with a penchant for murder is another …

How much damage is the Porter Ranch leak doing to the climate?

Stephen Conley has flown pollution-detecting airplanes over some of the largest oil and gas fields in the nation. But never before has the UC Davis scientist encountered as much methane in the air as in recent months over suburban Los Angeles.<p>Over and over, Conley has flown his single-engine plane …

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Here's scientific proof that your dog feels you

It's unlikely to come as a surprise to anyone who has a dog as a best friend, but your dog <i>gets</i> you. He knows when you're happy. She moves in a little closer when you're sad. He may not fetch your slippers, but he does seem to sense when you've had a truly lousy day at work.<p>In case you take this …

Paleo Profile: The North’s Sailback

Most of the Paleo Profiles I’ve written so far have highlighted new species, either found in the field or rediscovered in museum collections. But this week is a little different. The animal at the center of this story isn’t new to science, but a historic fossil whose identity has just changed.<p>In …

Why is the sky blue? Children's questions parents can't answer

Research reveals nearly two thirds of parents give incorrect answers to children rather than admitting ignorance. Could you answer these questions?<p>How can the universe be infinite? What is photosynthesis? Why doesn't the moon fall down? Why is the sky blue? These are just some of the questions, …