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China Wants to Build a Deep Sea 'Space Station'

China's plans to claim sovereignty over the South China Sea just got a whole lot deeper.<p>China's plans to secure sovereignty over the South China Sea were illuminated this week in a discovery of the nation's blueprints for a deep sea "space station."<p>The manned deep sea platform would sit 9,800 feet …

Mystery Of The ‘Hobbits’ Of Indonesia Who Vanished 60,000 Years Ago Revealed In Fossils

"Lord of The Rings" fans may know hobbits as the Shire-dwelling, diminutive relatives of the human race who live in underground homes known as …

Is the "Dark Force" Real, And Can It Unlock Dark Matter?

Scientists recently claimed evidence of a new, fifth fundamental force of nature. A physicist who wasn't involved in their research explains why this could be so important, and how he's planning to confirm the finding.<p>There are four fundamental forces of nature: gravity, electromagnetism, the weak …

Physics

Deep Sea Squid Uses Optical Fibers To Create An Invisibility Cloak

With their color-changing, luminous ink-squirting, whale-shredding abilities, it’s hardly as if the many varieties of squid found in the world’s …

Zoology

Want to Build a Moon Base? Easy. Just Print It

Welcome to the future.<p>Planetary Resources, a company hoping to make asteroid mining into a trillion dollar industry, earlier this year unveiled the …

Moon

What Do Scientists Do When They Think They Might Have Intercepted Alien Signals?

Inexplicable data can pose a particular problem.<p>A look at space, from Hubble. (Image: NASA/Public domain)<p>Imagine that you’re an astronomer, working …

What are the Motives Behind the Muslim Conversions to Christianity in Europe?

More Muslim refugees are converting to Christianity in Europe.<p>The past few months have seen large numbers of Muslim immigrants all across Europe …

Hate Hurts: Organization Battles Islamophobia

In late 2015, Imraan Siddiqi saw the expanding popularity of then-candidate for the Republican presidential nomination Donald Trump as a warning sign. He watched as the candidate's anti-Muslim rhetoric joined with American gun culture and racial discontent to make the already uncomfortable lives of …

Facebook's Ramadan greeting spreads dangerous myths about Islam

Facebook produced their own Ramadan greeting which popped up on news feeds as users logged onto the website. Though this may appear to be a simple, …

Physicists Just Quantum Entangled 10 Photon Pairs And Set a New World Record

Nailed it!<p>Once derided by Einstein himself as "spooky action at a distance", quantum entanglement is a strange phenomenon where two quantum particles …

New research explores Pluto's 'beating heart'

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flew by Pluto in July of 2015.<p>But data it gathered has not stopped coming in, and will be analyzed for years to …

Great Artists Who Passionately Hated Their Most Famous Work

Creating a work of art is an arduous process: the conceptualization, the drafting, the endless tweaking and editing, and, finally, the intense hatred …

Albert Einstein in Manchester – archive, 10 June 1921

<b>10 June 1921:</b> A Guardian writer reflects on the significance of the honour for both Albert Einstein and Manchester University<p>In accepting the degree of Doctor of Science conferred on him by the University of Manchester yesterday, Professor ALBERT EINSTEIN conferred a signal honour on Manchester and …

Petra monument discovery: Archaeologists discover massive ancient structure ‘hiding in plain sight’

An enormous ceremonial platform which could be more than 2,000-years-old has been discovered at the ancient city of Petra in Jordan.<p>Satellite imagery …

This Infographic Shows Just How Much of The Ocean We Don't See

We have so much left to discover.<p>People sometimes forget that oceans contain a lot more than the water you see just beneath the surface.<p>The depths …

Special Section: Everything Worth Knowing

Every month we promise you “science for the curious,” but there’s simply too much happening to cover it all. Albert Einstein himself gave up on the …

Scientists may have found world's oldest mechanical computer

When you're trying to fathom a mangled relic of very old hi-tech, it helps to have the manufacturer's instructions.<p>For over a century since its discovery in an ancient shipwreck, the exact function of the Antikythera Mechanism — named after the southern Greek island off which it was found — was a …

SpaceX Founder Says He Visited Pentagon To Talk About "Flying Metal Suit"

Iron Man, anyone?<p>Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, met with the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon earlier this week, apparently regarding "innovation".<p>…

Scientists turn carbon dioxide into stone to combat global warming

And it works much faster than expected<p>Researchers have developed a way to capture and store carbon dioxide by turning it into stone. Their technique, described in a paper published this week in the journal <i>Science</i>, could provide a safer, faster way to sequester CO2 and limit global …

21 Date Recipes for Breaking Ramadan's Fast

The first full day of fasting for Ramadan this year is June 6, and the last will be July 5, 2016. Between those days, the millions of people observing the holiday will abstain from food and drink from the meal before dawn (<i>suhoor</i>) to the meal after dusk (<i>iftar</i>).<p>Because it's recorded in the hadith, …

Physicists Confirm There's a Second Layer of Information Hidden in Our DNA

Incredible.<p>Theoretical physicists have confirmed that it's not just the information coded into our DNA that shapes who we are - it's also the way DNA …

Got Science? The Best Way to Boost US Clean Energy (That You've Never Heard of)

<i>Photo: Lance Cheung</i><p>For four days this May, Portugal's 10.5 million residents relied entirely on clean energy to power their homes and businesses; Portuguese wind, solar, and hydropower facilities supplied enough juice to power the nation for a record 107 hours straight. On an unusually blustery day …

Renewable Energy

Govt rejects Google’s plan to cover India through Street View

<b>New Delhi:</b> India has rejected Google’s plans to put Indian cities, tourists spots, hills and rivers in an application in which one can explore …

The world's most beautiful mosques

Ibn Tulun Mosque, Egypt<p>Wazir Khan Mosque, Pakistan<p>Koutoubia Mosque, Morocco<p>Masjid Sultan Qaaboos, Oman

Islam

NASA takes 23,000-foot view of the world's coral reefs

COCONUT ISLAND, Hawaii (AP) — Coral reefs have almost always been studied up close, by scientists in the water looking at small portions of reefs to gather data and knowledge about the larger ecosystems.<p>NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is taking a step back and getting a wider view, from about …

Female bartender beaten in France for serving alcohol during Ramadan

A young female bartender has been reportedly beaten at a bar in Nice, France, due to the fact that she was serving alcohol during the holy Muslim …

Bully particle beats up atoms to fix cosmic accounting glitch

A mysterious particle may have terrorised the first atoms in the universe – and then vanished. The culprit may explain why the element lithium is …

8 recipes for Ramadan

It’s the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which means quick breakfast and dinner recipes are especially in demand. We’ve pulled together a selection — some traditional, others less so — from our Recipe Finder.<p>Do you have a tasty Ramadan tradition? Let us know in the comments.<p><i>[Ramadan in Iraq is so</i> …