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The Root of Gravity

Does recent research bring us any closer to understanding it?

Scientists identify third gene linked with Parkinson's disease

Researchers in Illinois have unveiled the third gene linked with Parkinson’s, a discovery that comes following the death of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, who suffered from the neurodegenerative disease for three decades.<p>Scientists’ findings, published Monday in Nature Genetics, suggest the genetic …

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PC Hardware Is Physically Leaking Your Encryption Keys

All it takes is a dedicated hacker, an antenna, and some signal processing skills.<p>Your computer has an aura. That sentence causes me actual physical pain to type, but there's not really a better way to put it—whether you're surfing really fucked up porn or writing the great American metaphysical …

Watch hackers hijack WhatsApp and Telegram accounts using known telecom flaw

WhatsApp and Telegram have both billed themselves as secure alternatives to phone, text or email correspondence. For the most part, that’s true, the two are end-to-end (e2e) encrypted by default and because of this, your conversations are much harder to monitor by outsiders.<p>But, sometimes it’s not …

For the First Time, Scientists Have Imaged the Brain on LSD

The scientists hope their long-awaited study on LSD in humans will open the floodgates to further research into psychedelics.<p>Researcher, drug policy reformer, and Countess of Wemyss Amanda Feilding made a promise to Albert Hofmann, the "father of LSD," after meeting him in the 90s: She would carry …

An Ancient Route Rolls On: Questions For Author Of 'The Silk Roads'

The very mention of the Silk Roads creates an instant image: camel caravans trudging through the high plains and deserts of central Asia, carrying silks, spices and philosophies to Europe and the larger Mediterranean. And while these ancient routes may remain embedded in our imagination, they have, …

A pair of mathematicians have discovered a prime-number conspiracy

A prime is a number that is divisible only by 1 and itself, like 2, 3, 5, 7, and 11. A number like 6 is not prime, because 6 is divisible by 2 and 3.<p>Prime numbers are one of the major objects of interest of the mathematical subfield of number theory. One favourite obsession of number theorists is …

8 Awesome Science Resources That You Can Access For Free Online

Including ALL of Feynman’s lectures.<p>There's nothing worse than wanting to expand your knowledge, satisfy your curiosity, or just confirm some weird …

Rare reptile holds clue to penis evolution

A rare reptile is shedding light on the evolution of the penis — even though it doesn’t have one.<p>The tuatara, a lizardlike species in New Zealand, …

You can sequence, analyze your genome for $999, but are you ready for the results?

For $999, you can get your genome sequenced and analyzed and see what medical conditions you’re predisposed to. That’s the proposition from Veritas …

Sling TV

Using This Phone Passcode Strategy Will Take The FBI 127 Years To Crack Your Encrypted Data

<i>Note To Readers: This report is based on the assumption that Apple is on the up-and-up about their refusal to create backdoor tools for the FBI. As</i> …

Classic Theory In Evolution: The Big Four Questions

Explanations for things appear to be a truly vexing issue for people in many instances. Admittedly, that might sound a little strange; after all, we …

DNA rarely resembles the iconic double helix scientists saw for the first time 60 years ago — and its strange ’supercoils’ dramatically change how it behaves

Instead, double-helix DNA is further wrapped into complex shapes that can play a profound role in how it interacts with other molecules.<p>"DNA is way more active in its own regulation than we thought," said Lynn Zechiedrich, a biophysicist at Baylor College of Medicine and one of the researchers …

There’s no space for today’s young Einsteins | Philip Ball

The gravitational waves theorist saw physics as no one else did, but if he was around today his time would be spent chasing grants or tenures<p>The discovery of gravitational waves has been hailed as yet another vindication of Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity, unveiled a century ago. …

Albert Einstein

Entanglement: Gravity's long-distance connection

When Albert Einstein scoffed at a “spooky” long-distance connection between particles, he wasn’t thinking about his general theory of …

The Two Big Bangs

When you think about how the Universe got its start, from a scientific point of view, there’s one theory that explains what we see above all others: the Big Bang. But not everyone agrees on what “the Big Bang” actually means. In particular, there’s always some news that periodically goes around …

Scientists Discover a Key Mechanism That Could Prevent Alzheimer's-Related Memory Loss

It's about blocking the right proteins at the right time.<p>We're seeing some exciting progress being made in the fight against neurodegenerative …

101 things you thought were true, but have actually been debunked by science

No more.<p>It's time to put an end to the most alluring science myths, misconceptions, and inaccuracies passed down through the ages.<p>To help the cause we've rounded up and corrected dozens of the most shocking science "facts" that are bizarrely wrong about food, animals, the Earth, biology, space, …

Wellness

Gene Wars: Targeted Mutations Will Spawn Unique Dangers, And Soon

In 2012, scientists discovered a cheap and easy way of editing genes that determine the biological features of all living things, including humans. The method is called Crispr-Cas9, and it exploits the defenses that bacteria have evolved against viral invaders to add or subtract material from an …

Solving hard quantum problems—everything is connected

Quantum physics is a game of luck and randomness. Initially, the atoms in a cold atom cloud do not have a predetermined position. Much like a die …

Why bingeing on health foods won’t boost your immune system

There are only two ways the human body can deal with the invading pathogens and infections that can cause colds and other illnesses – and neither involves vitamins or ‘superfoods’ that claim to offer protection<p>Walk through the aisles of any health food shop and you’ll see pots of echinacea or zinc …

Immune System

Norovirus and the anatomy of a scientific discovery

The process of scientific discovery is far from mysterious, even if it is often more convoluted than you might imagine<p>“A virus,” wrote the celebrated immunologist Peter Medawar, “is a piece of bad news wrapped in protein.”<p>The bad news from norovirus, one of the main preoccupations of my research …

Can a Field in Which Physicists Think Like Economists Help Us Achieve Universal Knowledge?

The world has gotten a lot smaller over the past century, but the store of knowledge has become unfathomably large. One way to think about it: Last …

John Dee painting originally had circle of human skulls, x-ray imaging reveals

Enigmatic Tudor polymath known in his day as ‘the Queen’s conjuror’ is subject of exhibition at Royal College of Physicians<p>Hidden beneath a painting of the enigmatic Tudor polymath John Dee performing an experiment for Elizabeth I is a dark and slightly terrifying secret, research has …