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DNA confirms cause of 1665 London's Great Plague

<b>DNA testing has for the first time confirmed the identity of the bacteria behind London's Great Plague.</b><p>The plague of 1665-1666 was the last major outbreak of bubonic plague in Britain, killing nearly a quarter of London's population.<p>It's taken a year to confirm initial findings from a suspected …

SpaceX's Red Dragon mission will cost around $320 million, NASA hints

SpaceX’s upcoming Red Dragon mission — the company’s plan to send one of its Dragon capsules to Mars in 2018 — is estimated to cost around $320 million, <i>Space News</i> reports. That’s according to NASA representative Jim Reuter, who spoke at a meeting of the NASA Advisory Council in Cleveland yesterday. …

Mars Colonists Must 'Live Off the Land': NASA Report

Long-term human colonization of Mars is feasible, as long as Red Planet pioneers "live off the land," a recent NASA report concludes.<p>"There are …

Space Exploration

SpaceX Might Send Humans to Space Next Year

Between companies like SpaceX, Blue Origin, Orbital ATK, Boeing, and many more, there’s no shortage of private companies vying to turn space travel, …

Space Travel

Forget What You Heard: Jupiter Does Not Orbit The Sun

Jupiter, the fifth planet from the sun, gas giant, and subject of the Juno mission, is huge. <i>Huge.</i><p>It's so huge, in fact, that it doesn't actually …

Astronomy

White Dwarf Lashes Red Dwarf with Mystery Ray

Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, along with other telescopes on the ground and in space, have discovered a new type of exotic …

How To Make An Ice Cube Into A Battery

A better way to beat the heat<p>It’s summertime. That means beaches, bikinis, and rolling brownouts as power grids groan under the weight of overworked air conditioners.<p>The summer months are the most challenging for grid operators and consumers. Energy-intensive cooling units hoard power during peak …

In Case You Still Needed Proof That Stanley Kubrick Didn't Fake the Moon Landing

His daughter calls conspiracy theories "a grotesque lie."<p>In 1968, Stanley Kubrick released <i>2001: A Space Odyssey</i>, a film that is widely regarded as a masterpiece of science fiction. Even today, its futuristic visuals of space—of stations orbiting the earth, of astronauts in zero gravity—hold up with …

Man says he invented the iPhone back in '92, sues Apple to the tune of more than $10 billion

By Dom Reseigh-Lincoln<p><b>Ever woken up and been sure you're the one responsible for creating one of the most revolutionary technological innovations in</b> …

Marijuana Compound Removes Toxic Alzheimer's Protein From The Brain

This is awesome.<p>An active compound in marijuana called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) has been found to promote the removal of toxic clumps of amyloid …

NBC will offer 85 hours of VR Olympics programming, courtesy of Samsung

NBC has already hinted at plans to capitalize on the exponential interest surrounding VR by adding the format to its planned wall-to-wall Olympic coverage, but for the first time, the Rio broadcasting network is shedding some real light on how it intends to do so.<p>The plan revolves around Gear VR — …

New research could lead to restoring vision for sufferers of retinal disorders

Engineers and neuroscientists at the University of Sheffield have demonstrated for the first time that the cells in the retina carry out key …

China bans Lady Gaga after the pop superstar meets with the Dalai Lama

On Sunday, Lady Gaga made a friend while angering a nation’s leaders.<p>Before the Dalai Lama was set to deliver the keynote address at the annual United States Conference of Mayors in Indianapolis, the 81-year-old Buddhist leader met with the 30-year-old pop star.<p>The Dalai Lama fielded questions Lady …

Scarlett Johansson now highest-grossing female film star of all time

Scarlett Johansson has become the 10th highest-grossing movie star of all time, according to Box Office Mojo.<p>Bam, pow, ker-ching! How Scarlett Johansson became box office queen<p>Read more<p>The 31-year-old is the only female actor in the top 10 and the youngest by 20 years, with her films making over …

Box Office

Lionel Messi Fans to Hold Mass Demonstration After Star's Argentina Retirement

Lionel Messi's retirement from international football has prompted quite a response from his fans in Argentina, with over 100,000 people reportedly set to march in the centre of Buenos Aires to persuade the Barcelona superstar to reverse his decision.<p>According to Goal's Daniel Edwards, the Obelisco …

Soccer

There’s a device that drains food out of your stomach--and the FDA approved it.

The most surprising thing about the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the obesity-control device called AspireAssist may be how little mainstream attention it attracted. Because, frankly, a weight-loss machine that lets you eat all you want and then drains the food out of your stomach is a …

We Can Now Gain A Deeper Understanding of Autism With New VR App

Autism is a disability that affects social interaction, and the way in which the person views the world. It is a very common condition, affecting …

British Scientists Are Flipping Out About Brexit

Britain is saying goodbye to the European Union, a monumental decision that’s triggering some serious alarm bells among the country’s researchers. …

Great Britain

The Top-Secret Cold War Plan to Keep Soviet Hands Off Middle Eastern Oil

Fearing a Russian invasion, the U.S. and Britain were prepared to ravage the region’s oil industry—and even considered going nuclear.<p>On a cool summer day in London in 1951, an American CIA officer told three British oil executives about a top-secret U.S. government plan. The goal was to ravage the …

Good guy with a gun: “Free State of Jones” trailers raise on-going questions about film violence

Amidst an urgent conversation about gun control and gun culture, this movie’s graphic promotion feels tone-deaf<p>Fans of history, the Civil War, and serious acting have a lot of reason to look forward to “Free State of Jones,” a film due this month that tells the story of a Mississippi farmer who …

Shocking News for the US Army: They Might Lose the Wars of the Future

The U.S. Army once was superior to every potential adversary in terms of combat power, what it called overmatch. This is no longer entirely true. In …

This Man Planned the Most Efficient U.S. Road Trip of All Time

All the state capitols in the lower 48, in one trip.<p>Hitting the open road and driving into the sunset is a romantic notion, but most of us need a …

University of Pennsylvania

Dark side of the moon: The grim history of NASA's space race

The Saturn V rocket was a remarkable achievement of human engineering. The man-rated rocket carried most of the Apollo missions into space, and won the Space Race for America.<p>It was also based on Nazi technology.<p>Wernher von Braun was an aerospace engineer and member of the Nazi Party during World …

Space Exploration

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'Sea monster' spotted on Google Earth

A 'sea monster' has been spotted on Google Earth near Antarctica, and it has driven people into a frenzy as they tried to figure out what it is.<p>Is it a kraken? Or something less terrifying?<p>Scott Waring of UFO Sighting Daily thinks it could be a sea monster.<p>“This looks like The Kraken. I used Google …

Paranormal

Scientists just confirmed there's a second layer of information hidden in our DNA

That's something biologists have known for years, and they've even been able to figure out some of the proteins responsible for folding up DNA. But now a group of physicists have been able to demonstrate for the first time through simulations how this hidden information controls our evolution.<p>Let's …

Evidence That Elon Musk Is an Alien

Last night, Elon Musk suggested that Earth is simply a simulation from an alien race’s video game. Why would Musk say this? Because he is one of …

Tesla

Army's Smart Earplug Damps Explosive Noise, But Can Enhance Whispers

Since 2014, the U.S. Army has gradually been deploying the latest version of a hearing protection system that protects users from loud noises while still letting them hear the world around them.<p>The system is called TCAPS, or Tactical Communication and Protective System, and about 20,000 of the new …

Beyond Asimov: how to plan for ethical robots

As robots become integrated into society more widely, we need to be sure they’ll behave well among us. In 1942, science fiction writer Isaac Asimov …