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Colonizing the Moon Just Got a Lot More Dangerous

Bad news, would-be lunar colonists: that dusty, airless space rock you dream of escaping to is apparently swarming with deadly projectiles. According …

A Lightning Strike Just Killed 300 Reindeer in Norway

RIP.<p>More than 300 wild reindeer have been killed by a lighting strike in a Norwegian national park, and experts say they’ve never seen anything like …

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Philippines drugs war: The woman who kills dealers for a living

<b>The Philippines is in the midst of a brutal war on drugs sanctioned by the controversial President Rodrigo Duterte, which has seen almost 2,000 killings in a matter of weeks. The BBC's Jonathan Head explores the country's dark underbelly of dealers and assassins through the story of one woman</b> …

Asia

Resurrecting Extinct Animals Won't Be as Fun as You Hoped

Less Jurassic Park, more fully integrated ecosystems.<p>The movies may have filled your mind with visions of wooly mammoths and velociraptors walking the Earth once more, but de-extinction—that is, bringing extinct species back to life—is probably going to be a lot more boring than that. Now that the …

Paralysed patient walks again in astonishing medical breakthrough

In an astonishing breakthrough, patients left paralysed by severe spinal cord injuries have recovered the ability to move their legs after training …

There's a mysterious object doing a crazy loop around our solar system, but scientists have no idea what it is

Astronomers have nicknamed it "Niku," which means "rebellious" in Chinese, because of the object's reckless behavior.<p>An international team of scientists discovered the object using the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS) in Maui, Hawaii. The study announcing their …

‘Stranger Things,’ Parallel Universes, And The State Of String Theory

A conversation with theoretical physicist Brian Greene<p>Undoubtedly a hit of the summer, Netflix's <i>Stranger Things</i> is a Sci-Fi horror series that utilizes some serious scientific theories. Although they may use some terminology interchangeably, the series dives into some intense, confusing topics in …

Physics

Scientists have researched if drunk or stoned sex is better for you

The awesome study was conducted by researchers at New York University and looks at 24 adults who engaged in sex while either drunk on alcohol or high on marijuana, reports the <i>Washington Post</i>. <b>It found that, overall, drunk sex is riskier and worse for you than sex while high</b> because:<p>• the “beer …

There's a 'switch' in our brains that wakes us up

Scientists are one step closer to unravelling the mystery of sleep after pinpointing a 'switch' in the brain that tells us when to go to sleep and …

Neuroscience

We Finally Know Why Women Have Orgasms, Thanks To Science

9.8K<p>SHARES<p>In case you didn't know, we have sex to procreate. That’s kind of the only reason why we have those innate urges to take off our clothes …

Biology

Denver Museum of Nature & Science curator discovers real reason turtles have shells - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

DENVER, Colo. – July 14, 2016 – It is common knowledge that the modern turtle shell is largely used for protection. No other living vertebrate has so …

To save native island animals from extinction, eradicate the uninvited guests, study finds

In 1894, a pregnant house cat escaped from a lighthouse on Stephens Island, New Zealand. She had her kittens in the wild, where they went feral. Within 13 months, a native bird species known as the Stephen Islands wren was nearly extinct.<p>It's a story often cited as an extreme – and by some accounts …

Biodiversity

Beetle's chemical signal tells mate, 'Honey, I'm not in the mood'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When a female "burying beetle" is focused on caring for babies and not making new ones, she releases a chemical signal to her libidinous mate that says in no uncertain terms, "Honey, I'm not in the mood."<p>Scientists described on Tuesday how these females employ an …

Insects

Today's gravitational wave announcement could be two great discoveries in one

Today’s expected announcement may not be just one great discovery but two because of the black holes that are rumoured to have created the signal<p>It is now widely expected that the detection of gravitational waves using the Ligo (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) observatories …

Black Holes

North Korea 'executes army chief of staff'

North Korea reportedly executes its army chief of staff, Ri Yong Gil<p>North Korea has executed its army chief of staff, Ri Yong Gil, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday, which, if true, would be the latest in a series of executions, purges and disappearances under its young …

North Korea

This secret code will let you play chess on Facebook Messenger

From the amazingly intricate easter egg department: Facebook has a hidden, fully functional, graphical game of chess embedded into its Messenger, and …

Revealed: Rusingoryx, an ancient wildebeest cousin with bizarre dinosaur traits

In an ancient streambed on Kenya’s Rusinga Island, scientists have unearthed fossils of a wildebeest-like creature named Rusingoryx that boasted a weird nasal structure more befitting of a dinosaur than a mammal.<p>Researchers said on Thursday the crescent-shaped protrusion atop the head of …

Dinosaurs

Fine art hair transforms your tresses into famous masterpieces

Looks like hair-dye trends can't stop, won't stop. Kansas stylist Ursula Goff has begun reinterpreting famous works of art as hairstyles, so your …

The secret world of membership libraries

Public libraries are a relatively new phenomenon. Before the 1880s, when Andrew Carnegie started funding the more than 1,600 library buildings that bear his name, most libraries in America were subscription-based, with members funding and shaping the collections. As free public libraries sprouted …

Libraries

Morocco Unveils A Massive Solar Power Plant In The Sahara

Morocco has officially turned on a massive solar power plant in the Sahara Desert, kicking off the first phase of a planned project to provide renewable energy to more than a million Moroccans.<p>The Noor I power plant is located near the town of Ouarzazate, on the edge of the Sahara. It's capable of …

Renewable Energy

Tortured Italian student died 'slow death': Egypt official

CAIRO (AP) — The body of an Italian graduate student who disappeared last month has been found with multiple stab wounds, cigarette burns and other …

Latin America

Cancer treatment development to be speeded up by new London research hub

A new “global hub” for cancer research is being set up in London with the aim of speeding up the discovery of new treatments.<p>It is hoped the London Cancer Hub will deliver at least two extra cancer drugs every five years.<p>The partnership between the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), the Royal …

Cancer

Ohlala, An Uber For Escorts, Launches Its ‘Paid Dating’ Service In NYC

New Yorkers sick of the uncertainties of the urban dating scene can now turn to a new app designed to reduce the complexities of dating to dollars and cents.<p>Ohlala, a controversial<p>on-demand escort dating app popular in Germany, is launching its services today in its first American market, New York …

Moon overhead makes rainfall lighter, scientists conclude

The Moon actually influences Earth's weather, scientists have found, as it causes bulges in the atmosphere which affect rainfall<p>When deciding whether to take an umbrella, a quick glance at the Moon is probably the last place you look.<p>But according to scientists Earth’s closest neighbour actually …

Astronomy

First British couple to clone dead pet dog pick up puppies from South Korea

The puppies are exact clones of their beloved deceased pet boxer Dylan<p>Having a pet die is a traumatic experience. One way to deal with it is to take DNA from your dead dog's body and send it to South Korea, so they can clone it.<p>Laura Jacques and Richard Remde have become the first British people to …

South Korea

Rare Fossil Offers a View to a Beast’s Old Age

Picture a prehistoric animal. Don’t worry, I won’t judge you if it’s <i>Tyrannosaurus</i> or another super-popular species. Any creature will do. Now, what age is the animal you imagined? I’d be willing to bet that it’s an adult, representing a healthy individual in the prime of life. (If not, and you …

Paleontology

Eagles are being trained to take out illegal drones

Forget anti-drone drones, one of nature's most majestic hunters may soon play a valuable role in taking down dangerous UAVs. As part of a new trial, the Dutch National Police force has begun training eagles to intercept troublesome drones during an emergency, when another capture device might put …

11 Clever Ways to Use Potatoes for Game Day

Some of the greatest game day snacks ever start with the humble potato.<p>From potato-crust pizza to warm, gooey pimento cheese fries, here are eleven …

Watch: How to make artificial neurons that grow - Futurity

Watch this video to see a researcher pull a hairline object across the screen to make a new neuron. They are indistinguishable from ones in our …

Artificial Intelligence