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Too much stress can make you physically ill. Researchers now may know why.

It’s not a surprise when cold and flu season strike once a year with aches, pains and bodily misery. However, something even more virulent has the ability to make us ill year-round: stress.<p>I know a bit about the link between stress and illness first hand. Four years ago, I set out to regenerate a …

Immune System

This adorable puppy has a very important job at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts

The latest staff member to take up a position at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts is definitely the most adorable. But don’t let the sweet eyes and floppy ears fool you. Riley, a Weimaraner puppy, is currently in training for the very serious job of detecting bugs that could potentially harm …

finearts

Losing a Pet Is Devastating and It’s OK to Not Feel Mentally Well for a While

Within 24 hours, two celebrities took to Instagram to share their thoughts after losing a pet. On Wednesday night, actress Salma Hayek posted a sweet …

Pets

Dog flu is real: Here's what you need to know to keep your pet safe

Many pet lovers treat their furry friends like human companions, but few dog owners understand that this season’s human flu has an equally infectious form for pets.<p>According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), “Canine influenza (CI), or dog flu, is a highly contagious viral …

Pets

This week in Space: Asteroid flyby, China's space junk zapping laser, invisible black holes and more

IBTimes UK's science team brings you the biggest and most interesting space stories of the week.<p>Every week, new and interesting things about the …

Searching for the Dark: The Hunt for Axions

The cosmos is mostly made of something we cannot see. That was the conclusion astronomers started to reach in the 1930s by looking at galaxy …

Dark Matter

Scientists Have Figured Out How to Make Wounds Heal Without Scars

Like it never happened.<p>Whether it's from a surgical procedure, clumsy shaving, or that traumatic biking incident that happened when you were five, …

LG unveils two patents for foldable smartphones

Foldable smartphones are slowly becoming a reality with the likes of the ZTE Axon M having arrived on the scene last year. However, ZTE is far from …

Apple plans new U.S. campus, to pay $38 billion in foreign cash taxes

(Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) will open a new campus as part of a five-year, $30 billion U.S. investment plan and will make about $38 billion in one-time tax payments on its overseas cash, one of the largest corporate spending plans announced since the passage of a tax cut signed by U.S. President …

Customer Service

The future of stem cells: tackling hype versus hope

For many people suffering from disabling conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, spinal injury and paralysis, multiple sclerosis, macular …

Stem Cells

How Long Until The Moon Slows The Earth To A 25 Hour Day?

<i>At this rate of the Moon’s gravitational force slowing down Earth’s rotation, how long will it take to increase an hour to our day?</i><p>The Earth’s rotation is indeed being slowed down by the presence of the Moon – every year, the Moon gains a little energy from the Earth, and drifts a little farther …

Earth

Physicists Have Found a Metal That Conducts Electricity But Not Heat

Defying one of the most fundamental laws of conductors.<p>Researchers have identified a metal that conducts electricity without conducting heat - an …

The Elegant Simplicity of The Red Turtle

The first feature from the Oscar-winning animator Michaël Dudok de Wit is a beautifully sparse meditation on the cycles of life.<p>A man, lost at sea, washes up on an island. Upon exploration, it proves to be uninhabited except for the occasional sea lion and a delightful platoon of curious sand …

Animation

Juno Just Took One Of The Best Images Of Jupiter Ever

Wow! If you’ve ever wanted to know what it would be like to hang above Jupiter’s clouds, here you go. This absolutely stunning view of Jupiter’s …

Melt your brain with this video of objects behaving strangely

British design company Mainframe created this odd little video called “For Approval.” It features objects that subvert the laws of physics in weird …

World’s First Semisynthetic Organism Created: Scientists Expand Life’s Genetic Code To Include Two Artificial DNA Bases

All DNA-based life forms on Earth contain, at their core, a genetic code made up of four bases — adenine (A), thymine (T), guanine (G), cytosine (C). …

3,800-Year-Old Ancient 'Thinking Person' Statuette Unearthed

A team of high school students and archaeologists made the amazing find in Israel.<p>JERUSALEM, Nov 23 (Reuters) - A team of Israeli archaeologists and high school students have unearthed a 3,800-year-old pottery jug bearing a statuette of a person who appears deep in thought, sitting with knees bent …

Egypt ancient city unearthed by archaeologists

<b>Archaeologists in Egypt have unearthed what they describe as a city that dates back more than 5,000 years, containing houses, tools, pottery and huge graves.</b><p>It lies by the River Nile, close to the Temple of Seti the First in Abydos.<p>Experts say the size of the 15 newly discovered graves indicates …

Archaeologists find previously undiscovered Ancient Egyptian city

Archaeologists have uncovered an Ancient Egyptian city dating back more than 7,000 years near Abydos, thought to be one of Egypt's earliest capitals. …

Ancient History

Egypt Ancient History: 7,300-Year-Old City Found In New Excavation Along The Nile

Civil unrest, political upheavals and two airplane incidents in recent years have affected the flow of tourists to the land of the pharaohs, but a …

Researchers capture key ocean predator

For the first time, a group of Canadian and international researchers has identified and photographed the most prolific predator known. It is a denizen of the ocean depths – a creature so stealthy and mysterious that scientists were only recently alerted to its presence.<p>Of course, when you are one …

Oklahoma earthquake activity up 4000%, locals sue oil and gas companies

Earthquake activity in Oklahoma has increased by around 4,000 percent over the past eight years, according to Carnegie Mellon University. Concerned …

This space engine breaks a law of physics. But a NASA test says it works anyway.

NASA scientists have been daydreaming about a new kind of engine that could carry astronauts to Mars in 70 days without burning any fuel. Now, in a new paper published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Propulsion and Power, they say that it might really work.<p>The paper, written by scientists at NASA's …

Physics

This Magnetic Ink Would Let Broken Wearable Heal Themselves

If you cut through this gadget it will repair itself in minutes.<p>As wearables become more ubiquitous, scientists are looking forwards towards the problems these new technologies may present. One recent avenue of inquiry is into printable tech, using inks that conduct electronic current to print …

Wearable Tech

How We Got a Bendable Airplane Wing to Work

While electric jets and flying Ubers are just around the corner, there’s one aspect of air travel technology that hasn’t changed in almost a century: …

Engineering

The Case Against Reality

A professor of cognitive science argues that the world is nothing like the one we experience through our senses.<p>As we go about our daily lives, we tend to assume that our perceptions—sights, sounds, textures, tastes—are an accurate portrayal of the real world. Sure, when we stop and think about …