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NASA's New Ion Thruster Engine Is Breaking Some Important Records

Faster than rockets with far less fuel!<p>NASA's new X3 thruster, which is being developed by researchers at the University of Michigan in collaboration …

One of The Sun's Most Perplexing Mysteries May Finally Be Solved

The Sun isn't as hot as you think.<p>It takes a little over 8 minutes for sunlight to journey across the chasm of space to Earth, but it took scientists …

Universe

Mystery surrounding ancient Easter Island people deepens

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The massive brooding stone figures peering from Easter Island's hillsides are emblematic of the enigmatic people who once thrived on the dot of land in the middle of the Pacific. New genetic research only deepens the mystery around these people.<p>Scientists said on Thursday an …

South America

Genes for Skin Color Rebut Dated Notions of Race, Researchers Say

For centuries, skin color has held powerful social meaning — a defining characteristic of race, and a starting point for racism.<p>“If you ask somebody on the street, ‘What are the main differences between races?,’ they’re going to say skin color,” said Sarah A. Tishkoff, a geneticist at the …

University of Pennsylvania

Confirmed: A Huge Gravitational Wave Announcement Is Happening

What a time to be alive.<p><b>Update 27/09/17:</b> The biggest rumour did not pan out, but the LIGO team announced something just as amazing - the most …

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever

Crispy on the outside, soft and gooey in the middle--the way a good chocolate chip cookie should be.<p>Makes about 12<p>Prep: 10 minutes<p>Total: 1 hour 30 minutes<p>Ingredients<p>4 1/4 cups|685 grams all-purpose flour<p>2 teaspoons baking soda<p>1 teaspoon kosher salt<p>1 1/2 cups|340 grams unsalted butter, softened, …

Dessert

Could a weekly injection get rid of harmful belly fat?

Scientists may be on the verge of an effective new treatment for diabetes and obesity, after designing a drug that can be injected directly into …

Beat Procrastination With These Productivity Hacks And Tips

Most successful people have one thing in common: productivity. Whether they’re inventing iPods, writing horror novels or discovering the theory of …

Repeating radio signals coming from space

Sign of life? Scientists discover an intriguing fast radio burst in a distant galaxy.

Universe

Time Travel Isn't Possible ... or Is It?

The speed at which you move through space determines the speed at which you move through time.<p>Special relativity teaches us that the three dimensions of space and the solitary dimension of time are woven together like a fabric. It's impossible to think of them as separate entities, only a singular …

Physics

Experts Weigh in On the First Human Head Transplant Surgeon: "I Just Don't Think He's Done the Science"

Real-Life Frankenstein<p>To Sergio Canavero, “Frankenstein” is scientific inspiration.<p>The Italian neurosurgeon told Business Insider that Mary Shelley’s …

Antidepressants work, so why do we shame people for taking them?

British society just cannot get comfortable with the reality of medication for depression. Despite widespread use, they still attract disapproval. New research appears to strike a decisive blow against widely publicised claims that antidepressant medications such as Prozac, a selective serotonin …

Depression

Three ideas about time that will bend your mind - Science News - ABC News

According to some of the latest physics, time isn't exactly what we think it is. In fact, it may not even exist at all!<p>When our best scientific …

Stephen Hawking mission to find alien civilisation detects radio signals coming from dwarf galaxy

Astronomers hunting for signs of intelligent alien life in the universe have recorded 15 mysterious radio signals coming from a dwarf galaxy three billion light years away.<p>The team is part of the Breakthrough Listen project, set up by Professor Stephen Hawking and Russian billionaire Yuri Milner, …

Physics

Here are the paths of the next 15 total solar eclipses

August's total solar eclipse won’t be the last time the moon cloaks the sun’s light. From now to 2040, for example, skywatchers around the globe can …

Researchers May Have Just Discovered an Entirely New State of Matter

Altered States<p>In a new study published in <i>Nature</i>, researchers lead by a team from the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) reveal that they may have …

Controversial New Theory Suggests Life Wasn't a Fluke of Biology—It Was Physics

The biophysicist Jeremy England made waves in 2013 with a new theory that cast the origin of life as an inevitable outcome of thermodynamics. His …

Biology

NASA says your eclipse glasses may be unsafe. Here’s how to tell if they’re not

August’s upcoming eclipse will be eagerly taken in by millions of people across the nation, and except for a scant few minutes if you are in the path …

Lexington

7 Vegan Meals to Satisfy Everyone | MyRecipes

The recently released investigative documentary <i>What the Health</i> tackles what "the nation's leading health organizations" don't want us to know about …

How to Build Muscle Mass on a Plant-Based Diet

With celebrities like NFL running back Adrian Foster and former President Bill Clinton embracing a vegan lifestyle, more and more health-conscious …

This Is Officially the Last Nail in Artificial Sweetener's Coffin

I used to be a tried-and-true Splenda consumer—using it in everything from plain yogurt to coffee to iced tea. After learning about the dangers of …

Many Scientists Say There’s No Purpose To Life — But A Theoretical Study Suggests There Could Be

Does humanity exist to serve some ultimate, transcendent purpose? Conventional scientific wisdom says no. As physicist Lawrence Krauss puts it in his …

Aliens from another dimension might have created our universe, according to a speculative new study

Does humanity exist to serve some ultimate, transcendent purpose?<p>Conventional scientific wisdom says no. As physicist Lawrence Krauss puts it in his latest book, our evolution on this planet is just a "cosmic accident". If you believe otherwise, many would accuse you of suffering from some kind of …

Indulge Your Chocolate Cravings With 22 Summer-Approved No-Bake Desserts

If you don't want to deal with turning on the oven, satisfy your chocolate cravings with these delicious, healthy, no-bake desserts. Make them for yourself, for a celebration, or for your next party.

Dessert

Gravitational Waves Can Unveil Hidden Dimensions, Say Scientists

In 2015, scientists first detected gravitational waves. Now they're figuring out how to use them.<p>It’s been two years since scientists discovered …

Just 21 Of The Best Documentaries You Can Watch On Netflix Right Now

There's seriously something for everyone.

Entertainment

There's Now More Evidence That We're All Living in a Giant Cosmic Void

So alone.<p>We now have even more evidence that our galaxy sits inside an enormous void, and it could help settle a disagreement over the rate at which …

Here’s why scientists think our entire universe could be a hologram

Scientists have come up with the sort of idea that’s normally only found by exploring ‘inner space’ with the aid of hard drugs.<p>Is our entire universe …

What Is A Singularity?

Ever since scientists first discovered the existence of black holes in our universe, we have all wondered: what could possibly exist beyond the veil …

Particle Accelerators Are Changing the Way We Look at Ancient Turds

Shit’s wild. No, seriously, there’s so much you can learn about animals, their lifestyles, and the world they interacted with based on what shows up …