PoochKing

56 Flips | 1 Magazine | 3 Likes | 1 Following | @PoochKing | Keep up with PoochKing on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “PoochKing”

Prehistoric fossils suggest modern dogs evolved from a single population of wolves

Did humans domesticate dogs once, or twice?<p>The dogs of ancient Europe probably looked a lot like the mutts roaming Europe today, new DNA discoveries from dog fossils suggest. In the ongoing debate over how many times dogs were domesticated from wolves, this new study suggests it happened just …

Nature Communications

Scientists discover enzyme that supports brain tumor growth

Researchers from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston have discovered that an enzyme helps brain tumors to grow. This finding …

The World Is Wasting Our Irreplaceable Helium, And Nobody Cares

When Helium was discovered on Earth, its unique properties immediately lent itself to scientific uses. As a lighter-than-air gas, it could be used for buoyancy or even levitation. Since it’s both non-reactive and inert, it can be used at high temperatures and in oxygen-rich environments without a …

Helium

Scientists Found 50,000-year-old Life in These Mexican Crystal Caves

The caves are nicknamed "Hell" for their 160-degree temperatures.<p>In a mysterious Mexican cave nicknamed “Hell” by scientists, a research team …

Peer-Reviewed

Whether You’re Right- or Left-Handed Has Nothing to Do With Your Brain

Right-handed people are more logical, and left-handed people are more creative. Right? Maybe not.<p>According to a study published last week in the …

Genetically-modified humans: what is CRISPR and how does it work?

Targeted, genetic modification in humans is no longer in the realm of science fiction. Both the UK and US governments have approved the use of a …

Scientists turn mice into fierce hunters by flicking a 'killer switch' in their brains

A predatory ‘hunter switch’ has been identified in mice after researchers implanted an optic fibre into their brains to beam lasers onto specific …

The Sixth Mass Extinction Will Be Like Nothing In Earth's History

The sixth mass extinction—the one that seven billion humans are doing their darnedest to trigger at this very moment—is shaping up to be like nothing …

Why are we now? Researchers suggest life on Earth may be early in cosmic terms

Why are we now? We know that the universe is roughly 14 billion years old, and that someday it is likely to end—perhaps because of a Big Freeze, Big …

Universe

Dear Science: Why aren’t apes evolving into humans?

<i>Dear Science: Why are there no hominins left on Earth? If evolution is ongoing and species are always changing and adapting, shouldn't we see new human-like species evolving from apes, even if the old ones died out?</i><p>Here's what science has to say:<p>We hate to be the ones to break it to you, but you …

Humanity

A controversial theory may explain the real reason humans have allergies

For me, it was hornets.<p>One summer afternoon when I was 12, I ran into an overgrown field near a friend’s house and kicked a hornet nest the size of a football. An angry squadron of insects clamped onto my leg; their stings felt like scorching needles. I swatted the hornets away and ran for help, …

Immunotherapy

8 truly horrifying ways the Earth could die

When astronaut Jim Lovell saw Earth outside his window during Apollo 8, the moment forever changed him.<p>"People often say, 'I hope to go to heaven when I die,'" Lovell previously told Business Insider. "In reality, if you think about it, you go to heaven when you're born."<p>Lovell was referring to the …

Google just proved how unpredictable artificial intelligence can be

The 4-1 defeat of Go grandmaster Lee Se-Dol by Google's AlphaGo artificial intelligence (AI) is only the latest in a string of pursuits in which technology has triumphed over humanity.<p>Self-driving cars are already less accident-prone than human drivers, the TV quiz show Jeopardy! is a lost cause, …

DNA Study Points to Prehistoric Hanky Panky With Neanderthals

Ancient Eurasia saw more than a little prehistoric hanky panky, a new study shows. It finds the ancestors of modern humans interbred with Neanderthals and another type of prehuman not just once, but several times.<p>And the genes of these ancient Neanderthals and Denisovans live on today, in modern …

Anthropology

Five childhood games that science has ruined forever

As any creationist, climate change denier, or even the flat-earth-based rapper B.O.B. will tell you, science can so often be a killjoy. Proving and disproving things is its job, of course, but occasionally it might be better just to let sleeping dogs lie.<p>(Sleeping dogs, of course, cannot lie. …

Stanford University

9 Deadliest Rocks And Minerals On Earth

Lead found in Flint, Michigan water is an unfortunate example of negligence leading to the mass exposure of elemental lead found naturally in iron ore. Much in the same way humans communicate warnings of deadly plants and animals, it’s important to communicate the risks and exposure of deadly rocks …

Geology

Here's What Fruits And Vegetables Looked Like Before We Domesticated Them

The original genetic modification.<p>Next time you bite into a slice of watermelon or a cob of corn, consider this: these familiar fruits and veggies …

Science Explains Why The 5-Second Rule Is Actually True

*As long as the food and surface are dry.<p>You may not want to pick up and eat food once you've dropped it on the ground. But the five-second rule is actually a real thing when the item and the surface it falls onto are dry, according to the Discovery Science Channel's "The Quick and the Curious" …

Food

Stop hurting your engine by idling the car when it's cold out

If you're one of the many drivers who thinks it's important to idle your car — turn it on and let it sit — in these frigid winter months to protect the engine, you've likely fallen victim to a myth that may be doing more harm than good.<p>We spoke with former drag racer Stephen Ciatti— who has a PhD …

Are beards good for your health?

<b>If you were in search of a new, disease-fighting antibiotic, where might you start? In a swamp? A remote island? Well, how about combing beards? Michael Mosley investigates.</b><p>On Trust Me I'm a Doctor we do experiments which sometimes throw up genuinely new science. In a previous series, for example, …

Microbiology

Even now, with it finally being released, the amount of attention that Star Wars: The Force Awakens has gotten is hard to comprehend. The film is …

Star Wars

The Scientific Reasons Why Introverts And Extroverts Are Different

<b>This article first appeared on</b> <b>QuietRev.com</b><p>I’m standing in the crowd in front of the stage at the small gritty music club. My two friends—both extroverts—are on either side of me, swaying along with the crooning Indie singer and smiling. I was having fun for a while, but now I’m ready to head home …

22 Maps That Show How Americans Speak English Totally Differently From One Another

Everyone knows Americans don't agree on pronunciations.<p>That's great, because regional accents are a major part of what makes American English so interesting.<p>Joshua Katz, a Ph.D. student of statistics at North Carolina State University, published a group of awesome visualizations of professor Bert …

Are viruses alive? New evidence says yes

Evolutionary history suggests they evolved from ancient cells<p>Influenza, SARS, Ebola, HIV, the common cold. All of us are quite familiar with these names. They are viruses—a little bit of genetic material (DNA or RNA) encapsulated in a protein coat. But what we don’t really understand, and what …

Biology

Four future space technologies that will change the world in your lifetime

From ending natural disasters, to flying to Sydney in an hour, scientists are working on future technologies to solve some of humanity's biggest challenges<p>Imagine a world where severe storms, tornadoes, and flash flooding are no longer a threat to human life. Or a time when flying from London to …

Time Travel

How I Survived A Week Without Food

I consumed nothing but Soylent, a food-replacing beverage, for a week. Here's what happened to me (and my poop).<p><i>Click here for a step-by-step guide to making homemade Soylent</i><p>My best friend's graduation ceremony starts in 10 minutes and I'm trying to suppress vomit at a Speedway.<p>It's my third day on …

'Sweatworking': Why you should turn your next meeting into a workout - TODAY.com

Fitting a workout in between work and family is no easy task. You may have every intention of getting in that early morning run, but your kid gets sick and you need those precious few hours for some extra sleep. Or, you plan to hit the gym after wrapping up at work, but have to take a client …

Predator or prey? The eyes have it - Futurity

House cats have pupils that are vertical slits, but bigger cats, like tigers and lions, don't. A new study of predators and prey could explain why.

The people who need very little sleep

Is it true that some people need only a few hours of sleep? Helen Thomson talks to a woman whose genes might hint at how we all could survive on less shuteye.<p>What would you do if you had 60 days of extra free time a year? Ask Abby Ross, a retired psychologist from Miami, Florida, a “short-sleeper”. …

San Francisco