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Some Animals Switching To Nocturnal Life

A new study finds that animals are becoming more active during the night in order to avoid humans. NPR's Susan Davis talks with one of the study's co-authors, Neil Carter.<p>Transcript<p>SUSAN DAVIS, HOST:<p>If you go to great lengths to avoid human interaction, you are not alone. A new study published in …

Wildlife

Mega black hole could devour the Sun

Australian researchers have discovered the fastest-growing black hole known in the universe which is swallowing up the surrounding cosmos.<p>The astronomers from the Australian National University (ANU) described it as a monster that devours a mass equivalent to our sun every two days.<p>The astronomers …

What are multiple orgasms and how do you have them?

Because we all have a different understanding of what they actually are.<p>Multiple orgasms are a bit like squirting and the G-spot: some people think they're a myth... that they don't exist. Even I (someone whose job it is to know such things) wasn't really sure if 'multiple orgasm' meant having one …

A New Study Suggests There Could Have Been Intelligent Life on Earth Before Humans

Looking for aliens across deep space is great, but have we looked hard enough in our own terrestrial backyard—here on Earth?<p><i>One author of the new study, leading climatologist Gavin Schmidt, wrote a work of fiction to explore its findings. Read 'Under the Sun', which we published at Terraform</i> …

Mud near this small Japanese island could change the global economy

<b>(CNN) —</b> A small island in the Pacific Ocean is the site of a huge discovery that could change Japan's economic future. How huge? One economist called it a "game changer." The researchers who helped find it said it had "tremendous potential."<p>It's mud. A whole bunch of mud -- an estimated 16 million …

Rare Earth

Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles

Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis by enabling for the first time the full recycling of bottles.<p>The new research was spurred by the discovery in 2016 of the first …

Pollution

A Woman Who Went Viral For Being Assaulted During A Protest Is Now Facing Arrest

A young woman was assaulted by police at a protest against sexual harassment. Now those same police are threatening her with arrest — for assaulting them.<p>NEW DELHI — “Tear off her clothes!” the policewoman shouted as several pairs of hands ripped at Sheena Thakur’s blue-and-white cotton shirt. …

Self-Driving Uber Car Kills Pedestrian in Arizona, Where Robots Roam

SAN FRANCISCO — Arizona officials saw opportunity when Uber and other companies began testing driverless cars a few years ago. Promising to keep oversight light, they invited the companies to test their robotic vehicles on the state’s roads.<p>Then on Sunday night, an autonomous car operated by Uber — …

Autonomous Vehicle

Aadhaar linking deadline of March 31 extended indefinitely till Supreme Court delivers verdict

The Supreme Court extended on Tuesday the March 31 deadline to link Aadhaar with various government services, bank accounts, Permanent Account …

India

NASA astronaut who spent a year in space now has different DNA from his twin

Space travel is dangerous for a lot of very obvious reasons — traveling off of Earth on a rocket has its risks, after all — but even when everything …

Oscars 2018: See the Complete Winners List

The Shape of Water was the biggest winner of the night, taking home best picture and director.<p>On Sunday night, <b>Jimmy Kimmel</b> welcomed us to the 90th Academy Awards—a landmark evening that made history in a variety of ways even before the first awards were handed out—with an opening monologue that …

The surprising reason why NASA hasn't sent humans to Mars yet

We could have been on Mars 30 years ago. At the peak of the Apollo era in the early '70s, NASA was already planning its next step into the unknown.<p>Its plans included building multiple space stations, continued trips to the Moon, and the first crewed mission to Mars by the 1980s. Can you imagine …

Samsung's new Galaxy S9 scorched by old iPhones in speed tests

Samsung’s newly announced flagship device, the Galaxy S9, is getting destroyed in benchmark tests meant to gauge performance and speed. The device, which we recently got our hands on (along with other members of the press), is lagging behind last year’s iPhone X, and iPhone 8.<p>In benchmark tests …

Any aliens on exoplanet Proxima b likely wiped out last year

The chances that the nearest planet beyond our solar system might be habitable and perhaps even host quirky, telepathic aliens have dimmed significantly thanks to one day last year when the star Proxima Centauri shone exceptionally bright.<p>Astronomers observed a huge solar flare from the star just …

Astronomy

When You Think About It, Monogamy Is Kinda Weird

Here, asapSCIENCE runs through a gamut of research that points to the fact that among mammals, committed, long-term relationships are the exception …

This week we were told that rats didn’t spread the plague, the Aztecs weren’t wiped out by smallpox and ‘whipping boys’ may never have actually existed. So what other ‘facts’ are historically suspect?<p>You wait years for a historical theory to be debunked and then three come around at once. So far …

World History

Huge reserves of water ice discovered on Mars could speed manned missions

Huge ice sheets more than 300 feet deep have been discovered on Mars, making it possible that human astronauts could have access to almost limitless water, scientists said Thursday.<p>"Astronauts could essentially just go there with a bucket and a shovel and get all the water they need," said one of …

Georgia Tech

Indian apps are seeking way too many “dangerous permissions” on your phone

Indian apps may be a lot more dicier than you think.<p>A report by data privacy consultancy Arrka estimates that, on an average, apps from India seek 7.9 “dangerous permissions” from users, significantly higher than those from the US, for instance.<p>Dangerous permissions include those to access and …

Review: Amazon wants a key to your house. I did it. I regretted it.

I gave Amazon.com a key to go into my house and drop off packages when I'm not around. After two weeks, it turns out letting strangers in has been the least-troubling part of the experience.<p>Once Amazon owned my door, I was the one locked into an all-Amazon world.<p>When Amazon first floated the idea …

Smart Homes

A radical startup has invented the world’s first zero-emissions fossil-fuel power plant

Houston, Texas<p>From the top of the Sam Houston Ship Channel Bridge, more than 50 meters (160 ft) above Buffalo Bayou, in every direction you look, you can see huge oil tankers, massive piles of coal, and uncountable smokestacks. This small corner of Houston is home to some of the world’s most …

Raja Mandala: After Indo-Pacific, the Eurasian idea

Delhi has ignored Central Europe and neglected the EU. It’s time to correct the imbalance.<p>Written by |<p>If Indo-Pacific is an idea that gained traction …

Geopolitics

Here's how many nukes each nuclear country has

Since President Donald Trump assumed office, there has been an intense focus on North Korea's nuclear weapons program, which North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has refused to halt. Trump has criticized and mocked Kim in response and put pressure on countries like China to persuade the rogue state to …

Acceptance for autocracy is growing in India

When I was about eight years old, my twin brother and I – and many other geeks of our generation – played a sprawling, addictive computer game called …

Scientists Have Concluded That The Universe Shouldn't Really Exist

And yet here we are.<p>Scientists just confirmed the problem at the centre of the Universe: it shouldn't really exist at all.<p>That's because at the very …

The world's tropical forests now emit more CO2 than all US cars and trucks combined

Scientists have a wake-up call for the world.<p>Tropical forests are now a threat in our fight against climate change. They emit more CO2 than all US cars and trucks combined, according to a study recently published in Science. This wasn't always the case.<p>After all, trees absorb CO2 from the …

A Rare Element From The Edge of The Periodic Table Is Breaking Quantum Mechanics

This is amazing.<p>There's a lot we don't know about the actinides. On the periodic table, this series of heavy, radioactive elements hangs at the …

With an assembly line approach, an Indian hospital chain performs 250,000 eye surgeries a year

For decades, millions of Indians have suffered blindness that could have been avoided.<p>Cataracts, which cause the eye’s natural lens to become cloudy, are the leading cause of the condition around the world, and they account for around 62% of the cases in India. But this can be prevented by …

Tamil Nadu

Cabinet rejig: PM springs a few surprises; Nirmala gets defence, Goyal railways

Nirmala Sitharaman became the defence minister of the country, only the second woman after Indira Gandhi to hold the post since Independence, as …

Saturn moon Tethys shines above rings in gorgeous photo

Saturn's icy moon Tethys hovers above the planet's iconic rings in a breathtaking photo by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.<p>Though NASA released the image Monday (Aug. 21), Cassini actually captured it on May 13, 2017. At the time, the probe was about 750,000 miles (1.2 million kilometers) from Saturn and …

PM Modi's Sports Talent Search Portal launch a golden feather in AIFF's cap

The Sports Ministry's decision to launch a nation wide talent search portal was inspired from AIFF's scouting programme and it could be revolutionary<p>One of the highlights from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's monthly radio address, <i>Mann Ki Baat</i>, on Sunday was the announcement of a National Talent …