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Wanna Get Away? Making the Case for Time in Nature

Sometimes you just need to drop everything you’re doing and make some time for yourself. No job. No kids. No stressful to-do lists. But instead of …

Celebrating Phoenix, One of the Most Successful Mars Missions

On this day in 2008, the Phoenix spacecraft landed on Mars. It was the first mission to Mars led by a public university in NASA history and though it …

Planetary Habitability

How Much Water Should We Drink Every Day?

More than 2000 years ago Hippocrates (460–377 BCE) said, “If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too …

Here's What it Sounds Like on Jupiter

NASA’s Juno space probe is currently undergoing a multi-year orbit of Jupiter, and on Thursday the agency released a series of important discoveries …

Astronomy

We May Be on the Brink of a New Age in Human Evolution

Accelerating Evolution<p>Very soon, we could witness an acceleration in human evolution like never seen before, argues Caleb Sharf, director of …

Artificial Intelligence

Birth of a black hole witnessed as star vanishes without a bang

For the first time, astronomers have witnessed a star disappear right before their eyes. Known as N6946-BH1, the star appears to have collapsed into …

Astronomers Have Finally Pinpointed The Source of One of Those Mysterious Cosmic Radio Bursts

This explains a lot.<p>Fast radio bursts (FRBs) are arguably the weirdest phenomena in our Universe right now. They're some of the most explosive …

We've Been Underestimating How Many Black Hole Collisions Are Terrorising The Universe

Staring into the void.<p>Astronomers have found what looks to a fresh trove of supermassive black hole pairs, increasing the number of known pairs by …

Turn Dates into Vegan Caramels Without Turning on the Stove

Date caramels are one of those culinary magic tricks that you can't even believe works until you try it. You pulse whole dates with a few other …

Is Intelligence Genetic?

A study has found 52 genes responsible for intelligence, raising questions.<p><b>By Raffaele Ferrari, UCL</b><p>Exactly what constitutes intelligence, and to what …

Genetics

Why Not Use the Moon as A Gas Station to Get to Mars?

It’s been over four decades since we last set foot on the moon, but it looks like we could soon be revisiting the extraterrestrial body. Not only is …

Male Lab Rats Have Outnumbered Females, And That's Bad News For Science

Science has a gender gap—and we're not just talking about the scientists themselves. Research has uncovered the fact that when it comes to the …

Scientists Have an Experiment to See If the Human Mind Is Bound to the Physical World

Spooky Action<p>Perhaps one of the most intriguing and interesting phenomena in quantum physics is what Einstein referred to as a “spooky action at a …

He Built the Xbox—Can He Make a Microsoft Product Out of Quantum Computing? - MIT Technology Review

Microsoft executive Todd Holmdahl has led teams to invent profitable new computing hardware products before. His latest project is his first with a …

Extra layer of tectonic plates discovered within Earth's mantle, scientists say

Scientists say they have found a possible layer of tectonic plates within the Earth’s mantle which could explain a mysterious series of earthquakes in the Pacific.<p>For more than half a century scientists have known that continents drift over the surface of our planet, and that the ocean floor tears …

Geology

A Nearby Frozen Planet May Once Have Supported Life

It's just 40 light years away.<p>A frozen planet, in the nearby Trappist-1 system may have been warm and habitable for hundreds of millions of years, …

A New And Unusual Force in The Universe Just Got Even Stranger

The blackbody force is real.<p>New research has expanded on the discovery of a strange phenomenon called blackbody force, showing that the effect of …

A Powerful Energy Beam in Space Seems to Exceed the Speed of Light

A Fascinating Cosmic Q-Tip<p>In the Galaxy M87 (which was created when two other galaxies merged), a jet of hot plasma — caused by gas being sucked into …

Universe

Scientists May Have Found a Simple Solution to a 40-Year-Old Space Mystery

“Sherlocking” our Galaxy<p>While scientists have already uncovered answers to some of the universe’s greatest mysteries, there’s still a great deal we …

Watch a Simple Experiment Make Sense of Quantum Mechanics

“No One Understands Quantum Mechanics”<p>Quantum mechanics: a branch of physics that is, to many, confusing and misunderstood. It encompasses and deals …

Introducing The 'Chit' - The World's First One-Bit Chemical Hard Drive

Storing data in chemicals.<p>In classical computing, information is stored in bits that are read by physical phenomena such as electricity. You might …

If Proxima b has an atmosphere like Earth's, it might be habitable

A second Earth may orbit our nearest neighboring star, and according to new simulations, it may be comfortable for life as we know it. Maybe.<p>Proxima …

Astronomy

Top 10 new species 2017

This year’s list includes a spider and an ant with names drawn from popular books, a pink katydid and an omnivorous rat.<p>Thousands of new species are …

Scientists One Step Closer To 3-D-Printed Ovaries To Treat Infertility

The list of things that can be created with 3-D printers keeps getting longer: jewelry, art, guns, food, medical devices and, now, mouse ovaries.<p>Scientists have used a 3-D printer to create a mouse ovary capable of producing healthy offspring. And researchers hope to create replacement human …

Northwestern University

Human antibodies in Ebola survivor's blood effective against all strains

The fight against Ebola continues with news of a new outbreak in the Republic of Congo. That said, a discovery by scientists at the Albert Einstein …

Woman seriously burned after intestinal gas catches fire during surgery

A patient in Japan was hurt mid-surgery when she passed gas that caught fire causing serious injuries to her body, a university hospital in Tokyo said on Friday.<p>The woman, in her 30s, was undergoing an operation that involved applying a laser to her cervix, the lower part of the uterus at the Tokyo …

Carbon Dioxide

3tags.org

Project aims to end 'ambiguity' of plant-based medicine

<b>A team of scientists at Royal Botanical Gardens Kew has embarked on the mammoth task of creating a single database of the world's medicinal plant species.</b><p>Our knowledge of beneficial botany is dispersed across many sources, and is complicated with most species having a variety of different names.<p>The …

We've Been Treating Appendicitis Wrong For Years

Perhaps you’ve had this nightmare: you’re doubled over with stabbing pain. You feel like you’ve been knifed on your right side. You’ve Googled, gone …

Physicists Might Have Found a Way to Break The Second Law of Thermodynamics

Wha??<p>The laws of thermodynamics are some of the most important principles in modern physics, because they define how three fundamental physical …