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Image of Saturn

W00087393.jpg was taken on 2014-03-24 04:21 (PDT) and received on Earth 2014-03-25 03:15 (PDT). The camera was pointing toward Saturn, and the image …

The dark truth about chocolate

Industry-funded research tends to set up questions that will give them desirable results Marion Nestle<p>Research was making it clear that health benefits claims for dark chocolate were unrealistic<p>Chocolate has been touted as a treatment for agitation, anaemia, angina and asthma. It has been said to …

Holistic Medicine

Alien ‘cigar’ asteroid ‘collided with something mysterious in space’ before arriving at our solar system

Cigar? Penis? Probe? Credit: PAA strange visitor to our solar system became the subject of headlines around the world last year after alien-hunters …

All Your Memories Are Stored by One Weird, Ancient Molecule

We actually borrowed our ability to form memories from viruses.<p>How does memory work? The further we seem to dive in, the more questions we stumble …

Creepy skull-like asteroid to fly by Earth again in November 2018 - Xinhua

BEIJING, Dec. 24 (Xinhua) -- The "Halloween Asteroid" will be back next year. The giant space rock, which flew past Earth during Halloween 2015, …

Iron tools from the Bronze Age found to have otherworldly origins

A weapon as legendary as the dagger of King Tutankhamun needs an epic backstory, and last year X-ray analysis showed that the iron in the ancient …

Astronomers Want to Send a Probe to That Interstellar Asteroid, But There's a Catch

They'd better hurry!<p>It's not every day that an asteroid from outside the Solar System comes whizzing past your front door. In fact, it's only ever …

Astronomy

Is this the greatest place on Earth for birdwatching?

As we float through the air, my hand brushes through copious beards of sodden moss that droop from a brooding magnolia tree towards the cloud forest floor, a remote Lilliputian domain more than 200ft below. Above me, there is nothing but silky whiteness. But around me there is every imaginable …

From an evolutionary perspective, does it make any sense to be nice?

Solving Darwin’s puzzle of kindness.<p>World Kindness Day is a global 24-hour celebration dedicated to paying-it-forward and focusing on the good. We are encouraged to perform acts of kindness such as giving blood, cleaning a communal microwave at work, or volunteering at a nursing home.<p>Of course, …

Saudi Arabia's Newest Citizen Is a Robot And She Just Had a Go at Elon Musk

Last year this robot said she would destroy humans.<p>An empty-eyed humanoid named Sophia has become the first robot in the world to be granted a …

Robotics

How Hollywood Is Responding to the Harvey Weinstein Allegations

As expected, <i>The New York Times</i>’ exposé on the multiple sexual-harassment allegations lodged against noted Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, …

We finally know how durian got so stinky

It's one funky fruit.<p>Durian, best known in the United States as a fruit so stinky it caused the normally unflappable Andrew Zimmern of Bizarre Foods fame to gag, has an unexpected (though arguably as pungent) cousin. In a study published today in <i>Nature Genetics</i>, researchers sequenced durian’s …

Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe - Great British Chefs

Alfred Prasad's chicken tikka masala recipe pays homage to Britain's national dish, offering a twist on the classic Indian dish murgh makhani. Read …

Nobel prizes awarded while Mzansi debates the decolonisation of science

This week three eminent scientists won the Nobel prize in physics for observing ripples in space-time called gravitational waves.

North Koreans process salmon, snow crab eaten in US, Europe

HUNCHUN, China (AP) — Americans buying seafood for dinner may inadvertently have subsidized the North Korean government as it builds its nuclear …

It’s time the BRICS nations realised that they’re running a “limited purpose partnership”

Over the years, many observers have expressed skepticism about the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) initiative—and skeptics within member states perhaps outnumber those outside.<p>The reason is a clear lack of traditional logic behind the coming together of these countries. They …

Geopolitics

The true cost of sugar is more than its price | Letters

<b>Alison Tedstone</b> of Public Health England says that the food industry must put any savings made from the falling price of sugar into research against its damaging effects on health. <b>Michael Tribe</b> says we must consider the impact of sugar prices on developing countries<p>In response to your article (Beet …

Ancient Viruses Are Buried in Your DNA

In July, scientists reported that a strange protein courses through the veins of pregnant women. No one is sure what it’s there for.<p>What makes this protein, called Hemo, so unusual is that it’s not made by the mother. Instead, it is made in her fetus and in the placenta, by a gene that originally …

These award-winning microscope photos reveal a bizarre universe just out of reach

A strange and unseen world exists at our fingertips, and only microscopes have the power to bring this hidden dimension into view.<p>To honor the beauty and scientific importance of microscopic photographs— also called micrographs — the Nikon Small World image contest hands out awards and prizes to …

Nature Photography

Pluto's 'Skyscrapers': What's Responsible for Dwarf Planet's Giant Ice Blades

Pluto's surface hosts blades of ice that soar to the height of skyscrapers — and researchers have narrowed down exactly how the dramatic features …

Solar System

Fire ant venom might contain treatment for psoriasis

One of the key culprits behind the painful sting of a fire ant could prove to be a key component in new creams to treat psoriasis, an auto-immune …

Psoriasis

A Man Got Cyanide Poisoning From Taking Apricot Kernel Extract to Prevent Cancer

DIY medicine can have serious consequences.<p>A seemingly healthy 67-year old Australian man developed cyanide poisoning after ingesting apricot kernel …

Cyanide

Nanoparticles turn a clear window into a mirror and back again

Creating a material that can alter its optical properties in real time has proved challenging for scientists, but a team at Imperial College London …

Nanotech

We Can Finally Read The 'Clock' That Tells How Long Human Cells Have Left to Live

This will help us understand disease.<p>Up until now, it's only been possible to track where cells are in their life cycle once they're dead. However, a …

New York University

Electric cars dominate the buzz at Frankfurt auto show

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Carmakers at the Frankfurt auto show are unveiling the low-emissions vehicles and technology strategies they hope will let …

Tanzania has seized a UK miner’s diamond shipment and spooked the global mining world—again

A British mining company has become the latest casualty of Tanzanian president John Magufuli’s nationalist drive to take on what he believes is corruption and international exploitation of its mining industry.<p>Late last month (Aug. 31), Tanzanian authorities seized $15 million worth of diamonds at …

Africa

Scientists Just Revealed a Hidden Secret About The Sun's Inner Core

The beginning of new solar physics.<p>The innermost region of the Sun is hidden from our eyes, and it looks like this stealth has enabled the core to …

Astronomy

Japan Has Sent an Autonomous Drone Assistant to the International Space Station

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has sent a crew member to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard a SpaceX launched rocked. The …

Space Exploration

Lunar colonies take a step closer to reality as large amounts of water are found under the Moon's surface

Living on the Moon may be easier than first thought, after scientists discovered large amounts of water trapped beneath the surface.<p>It was generally assumed that the Moon was a fairly dry lump of rock, although ice still exists at the poles.<p>Both Nasa and the European Space Agency are keen to …