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New type of photosynthesis discovered that could change hunt for alien life

The discovery of a new method that bacteria can use to harvest infrared light and turn it into energy has boosted scientific understanding of the …

Biology

Why plant protein is better for you than animal protein

Sorry, steak fans.<p>It’d be great if a burger-a-day diet was healthy. Don’t get me wrong—it’s not the worst. You’ve got protein in there and hopefully some veggies on top (and on the side) , and even some fiber from the roll (you used whole grain, right?).<p>Unfortunately, study after study shows that …

Nutrition

FEMA Blamed Delays In Puerto Rico On Maria; Agency Records Tell Another Story

<b>Updated at 5:50 p.m. ET</b><p>A month after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, Army Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan stepped off a helicopter in the town of Ceiba with a mission: Get relief supplies to people in need.<p>He and FEMA's regional administrator, Thomas Von Essen, told the town's mayor and other mayors …

Caribbean

Brains May Teeter Near Their Tipping Point

In a renewed attempt at a grand unified theory of brain function, physicists now argue that brains optimize performance by staying near — though not …

Neuroscience

He Blew the Lid Off Area 51

The now famous ‘Area 51’ is no longer a conspiracy., in fact it left that realm years ago when the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officially …

Paranormal

Scientists wanted to understand how baobab trees live for thousands of years. Then the ancient trees started dying.

The culprit is still unknown—and at large.<p>Baobabs are an iconic part of the sub-Saharan landscape in Africa. Wielding gnarled branches that can spiral up to nearly 100 feet into the air, and with bloated trunks that send out branches spanning an average of 65 feet all together, the baobab is a …

Ecology

Is Your Gut Healthy? How to Tell | Goop

In partnership with our friends at<p>Rarely, if ever, are we given a precise view into what’s actually going on within our own microbiome, despite it …

Wellness

CNN's Anthony Bourdain dead at 61

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> In death, as in life, Anthony Bourdain brought us closer together.<p>On his award-winning series, "Parts Unknown," Bourdain brought the world home to CNN viewers. Through the simple act of sharing meals, he showcased both the extraordinary diversity of cultures and cuisines, yet how …

Anthony Bourdain

Google pledges not to develop AI weapons, but says it will still work with the military

The company has released much-needed guidelines on its approach on AI research<p>Google has released a set of principles to guide its work in artificial intelligence, making good on a promise to do so last month following controversy over its involvement in a Department of Defense drone project. The …

Artificial Intelligence

Russian VPNFilter Router Malware Much Worse Than Thought: What to Do

Remember that Russian router malware warning from last week? The situation is even worse than we originally thought, and a whole lot more router …

Wi-Fi

A Rare Virus Without a Cure Has Emerged in India And Is Killing People

It has the potential to cause a deadly pandemic.<p>At least nine people in southern India have died in cases linked to an outbreak of the rare and …

Trump’s Assault on American Governance Just Crossed a Threshold

Since Donald Trump entered the White House, American democracy has sometimes been described as dangerously fragile, but that isn’t necessarily true. Having survived for two hundred and forty-two years, American democracy is more like a stoutly built ocean liner, with a maniac at the helm who seems …

Donald Trump

The Blooming Chelsea Flower Show in London: Pictures

F.B.I. Used Informant to Investigate Russia Ties to Campaign, Not to Spy, as Trump Claims

WASHINGTON — President Trump accused the F.B.I. on Friday, without evidence, of sending a spy to secretly infiltrate his 2016 campaign “for political purposes” even before the bureau had any inkling of the “phony Russia hoax.”<p>In fact, F.B.I. agents sent an informant to talk to two campaign advisers …

Donald Trump

This physicist’s ideas of time will blow your mind

Time feels real to people. But it doesn’t even exist, according to quantum physics. “There is no time variable in the fundamental equations that describe the world,” theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli tells Quartz.<p>If you met him socially, Rovelli wouldn’t assault you with abstractions and math to …

This Is the Summer You Start Making Homemade Salad Dressing

By Alex Delany<p>"But it's never as good as the bottled stuff," you say? We're here to help.<p>I grew up in a bottled salad dressing household. There were brief periods of my life when oil and vinegar would be placed on the table—a nod to health or culture or maybe something else I was missing …

Healthy Eating

Tom Wolfe: A Life in Pictures

T.I. arrest: Security guard felt 'threatened' by rapper seeking entry to gated community

The security guard whose argument with T.I. led to the rapper's arrest early Wednesday morning, told a 911 dispatcher that he felt "threatened."<p>In a 10-minute phone call, Eagles Landing Country Club guard Euwan James told a 911 dispatcher early Wednesday that a resident kept asking for his name and …

Contemporary Works by New York Academy of Art Graduates

This Thursday, 32 female artists will be among the students displaying their thesis projects in the New York Academy of Art’s annual MFA Thesis …

Michigan State’s $500 Million for Nassar Victims Dwarfs Other Settlements

Victims of Lawrence G. Nassar, the Michigan State University physician who sexually abused young women under the guise of medical treatment, would receive $500 million from the university in a settlement that is believed to be the largest ever reached in a sexual abuse case involving an American …

Penn State

Jack Dorsey joined a company hackathon to get bitcoin in Square

Square’s stock price has enjoyed a major boost since it began letting users buy and sell bitcoin on the company’s Cash payments app. But the feature only got there because Square founder and CEO Jack Dorsey joined a company hackathon, intent on finding a way to put bitcoin on his Cash payments card.<p>…

Iran's top leader, lawmakers lash out at US on nuclear deal

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader chastised President Donald Trump on Wednesday over his decision to pull America out of the 2015 nuclear deal, while lawmakers lit a paper U.S. flag on fire inside parliament, shouting, "Death to America!"<p>The government backlash reflected broad public anger …

South Asia

New Water-Based Battery Could Help Store Solar and Wind Energy

A new type of battery is cheaper and longer lasting, creating new possibilities for use with renewable energy generation.<p>A group of researchers at Stanford University have developed a new type of battery using water and salt that they hope could be used to store energy produced from wind and solar …

How Far Should Science Go to Create Lifesaving Replacement Organs?

As we envision a new era of regenerative medicine, sci-fi-esque scenarios are raising thorny ethical issues. Just how far is society willing to go?<p>In …

Genetics

6 Amazing Structures Built by Surprising Creatures

Without a blueprint to speak of, organisms big and small can build air-conditioning systems, massive walls, and even islands.<p>Life on Earth is constantly shaped by our ever-changing planet. Mountain ranges and sea barriers cut species off from one another, causing new species to emerge or older ones …

Nature

A botanist finally settled that debate about whether Baby Groot is actually original Groot's son

There's a hotly debated topic in Marvel circles about whether Baby Groot from "Guardians of the Galaxy 2" is adult Groot's son, or a tiny version of Groot himself, grown after (SPOILERS) adult Groot's body was destroyed at the end of the first "Guardians" movie.<p>In the film, Baby Groot weighed in on …

Record-breaking paper water purifier operates at near 100% efficiency

Researchers at the University at Buffalo have created a highly efficient device that uses sunlight and black carbon-dipped paper to clean water. The …

Did the dying Stephen Hawking really mean to strengthen the case for God?

Scientists have discovered a surprising fact about our universe in the past 40 years: against incredible odds, the numbers in basic physics are exactly as they need to be to accommodate the possibility of life. If gravity had been slightly weaker, stars would not have exploded into supernovae, a …

Physics

Rock star physicist Carlo Rovelli on why time is an illusion

“I found something extraordinarily beautiful and extraordinarily radical. And I thought, wow, this is better than LSD”<p>At the outset of Julian …

Trump's NRA address comes after zigzag on gun-control policy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Back for a return engagement, President Donald Trump's address to the National Rifle Association on Friday comes after he temporarily strayed from the group's strong opposition to tougher gun controls following the school shooting in Parkland, Florida — only to rapidly return to …

Donald Trump