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Phytoplankton Population Drops 40 Percent Since 1950. Key biological mechanism disrupted.

<i>“The atmosphere and climate do not respond to hopes or aspirations”.</i> <i>Yale 360</i><p>Earth’s climate is incredibly complex. Scientists are still discovering …

Marine Biology

Virgin Galactic launches successful powered flight since 2014 crash

Virgin Galactic successfully launched its first supersonic test flight on Thursday, CBS News reports. The new tourism space rocket SpaceShipTwo VSS …

Space Travel

The Atomic-Bomb Core That Escaped World War II

Before two deadly nuclear mishaps, scientists used to risk “tickling the tail of a sleeping dragon.” An Object Lesson.<p>In 1946, shortly after the end of World War II, the physicist Louis Slotin stood in front of a low table at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, concentrating intensely on the object …

Nuclear Energy

Your 2018 Guide to the Health Savings Account

Here’s what you need to know about the HSA and why it's such a great tax-advantaged savings vehicle.<p>Millions of Americans are eligible to contribute …

Retirement

Where fat goes when you lose weight

The world is obsessed with fad diets and weight loss, yet few of us know how a kilogram of fat actually vanishes off the scales.<p>Even the 150 doctors, dietitians and personal trainers we surveyed shared this surprising gap in their health literacy. The most common misconception by far, was that fat …

Nutrition

Cancer: How a novel gel could halt its return

Groundbreaking research has revealed a promising strategy to stop the recurrence of cancer, and it comes in the form of a biodegradable gel.<p>Created …

Cancer

Make any headphones wireless with this $20 Bluetooth receiver

Heads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, …

Tech Trends

How to get rid of love handles - beat those stubborn spots including bingo wings and thunder thighs

Most women have hard-to-shift fat spots that they’d love to lose. Top of the list is excess weight on our hips, closely followed by outer thighs, …

Nutrition

Researchers find a new material for quantum computing

Rumors of commercial quantum computing systems have been coming hot and heavy these past few years but there are still a number of issues to work out in the technology. For example, researchers at the Moscow Institute Of Physics And Technology have begun using silicon carbine to create a system to …

Quantum Computing

How to Take Revenge on Those Shady Robocallers That Use Your Area Code

I decided to write this column at 5:43 a.m. one recent morning. That’s when my cellphone rang with the first in a series of three robocalls that I …

Lost Art Of Bending Over: How Other Cultures Spare Their Spines

To see if you're bending correctly, try a simple experiment.<p>"Stand up and put your hands on your waist," says Jean Couch, who has been helping people get out of back pain for 25 years at her studio in Palo Alto, Calif.<p>"Now imagine I've dropped a feather in front of your feet and asked to pick it …

Yoga

Operation Gunnerside: The Norwegian Attack on Heavy Water That Deprived the Nazis of the Atomic Bomb

<i>The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research.</i><p>After handing them their …

Neutrons

What Is "Normal," Anyway?

I was in the modern agora of Walmart this winter when I started to lose it. I began to feel the onset of insanity, a sudden sense of …

Time I

How to build a human brain

Organoids, made from human stem cells, are growing into brains and other miniorgans to help researchers study development

Poison pass: the man who became immune to snake venom

Rock singer Steve Ludwin has been injecting himself with snake venom for 30 years. In a strange twist, his bizarre habit could now save thousands of lives. His former partner Britt Collins tells his outlandish story<p>Sometime in 2006, when my ex-boyfriend failed to show up for dinner, I assumed …

Zoology

These photos will make you want to travel to Switzerland

Set against the backdrop of the Alps, most of Switzerland looks like it's straight out of a postcard.<p>It may be a small country, but it boasts …

European Travel

Phosphorus pollution reaching dangerous levels worldwide, new study finds

Man-made phosphorus pollution is reaching dangerously high levels in freshwater basins around the world, according to new research.

Pollution

A travel comfort zone is really a safety zone. But stretch a little and you enter the oh! zone

I awakened with a jolt from a peaceful sleep, roused by my parents, who insisted I see the moose that had wandered into our campground in Montana's Glacier National Park.<p>The creature seemed a fitting reminder of the danger that lurks in the wilderness or, really, anywhere in the unknown.<p>Shortly …

Hiking

2017 was the hottest year on record without El Niño boost

Data shows the year was also one of the hottest three ever recorded, with scientists warning that the ‘climate tide is rising fast’<p>2017 was the hottest year since global records began that was not given an additional boost by the natural climate cycle El Niño, according to new data. Even without an …

Climate Change

From greenhouse gases to plastics: New catalyst for recycling carbon dioxide discovered

Imagine if we could take CO2, that most notorious of greenhouse gases, and convert it into something useful. Something like plastic, for example. The …

Carbon Dioxide

NASA's $1 billion Jupiter probe has taken mind-bending new photos of the gas giant

NASA's $1 billion Juno spacecraft completed its 10th high-speed trip around Jupiter on December 16.<p>The robot gets relatively close to the gas giant and takes new photos with its JunoCam instrument roughly every 53 days while traveling at up to 130,000 mph.<p>It can take days or sometimes weeks to …

Astronomy

Scientists warn of 'mini ice age' that could hit Earth and freeze major rivers by 2030

The Earth is approaching a "mini ice age" as the planet's temperature is likely to start dropping in 2021, scientists claim.<p>Amid rising concerns over …

Advanced anti-viral nanoparticles target and destroy a range of viruses

Over the last decade, advances in nanotechnology have resulted in scientists creating amazingly specific nanoparticles that can travel through a …

Watch: Incredible hurricane visualization

Take 2 minutes to watch this stunning NASA timelapse showing sea salt, dust, and smoke flowing around Earth during 2017’s active hurricane …

Lose 9 Pounds in 7 Days on the Grapefruit Diet

"The grapefruit diet — it’s been in, it’s been out, it’s been in, it’s been out. But today it’s back in,” Dr. Oz recently declared. “Grapefruit’s …