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Oxford researchers initially thought Betty the New Caledonian crow had come up with idea on the spot but further study finds her breed adept at making tools<p>A crow that astonished the world by bending a straight piece of wire was simply acting out behaviour in her species’ natural repertoire, a …

Birds

Breakthrough in understanding how stem cells become specialized: Pluripotency factor primes genes involved in differentiation

Pluripotency factor primes genes involved in differentiation<p>Scientists have made a major advance in understanding how the cells of an organism, which …

Brain Simulations Will Take Over the Government, and Our Jobs, within 100 Years

Economist Robin Hanson’s new book “The Age of Em: Work, Love and Life when Robots Rule the Earth” imagines a not-too-distant future when robots are …

How a college dropout went on to invent one of the most groundbreaking machines in the history of science

Decades of work, and the construction of a $300 million dollar observatory, known as the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), led up to this defining moment in physics.<p>Fifty years ago, Rainer Weiss thought up a way to detect these ripples, known as gravitational waves, which …

Scientists in South Africa have discovered a compound that could end malaria

Scientists at the University of Cape Town’s Drug Discovery and Development Centre (H3D) say they have found a new anti-malaria compound “with potential for both treatment and prevention of malaria.”<p>The compound, which is set to be developed and is referred to as ‘UCT943’, is the second candidate …

How nature helps us overcome trauma

Writers have long explored the healing powers of nature. Fiona Macdonald looks at how 21st-Century authors are weaving memoir with landscape in dealing with difficult times.<p>In his book The Moth Snowstorm, Michael McCarthy mentions research carried out in a hospital in the 1980s. Architecture …

Melting ice unleashes live anthrax from dead reindeer frozen since WWII

<b>Anthrax-spewing zombie reindeer? A Siberian heatwave has given new life to the hibernating infectious disease; dozens now hospitalized.</b><p>Ah, climate …

Global Warming

The Physics Behind a Madman’s Parachute-Free Skydive Into a Giant Net

Luke Aikins went skydiving without a parachute. This is crazy—not because it's impossible, but because really bad things happen if you make a …

Physics

How to fix all of your sleep problems with science

A myriad of distractions are constantly in cahoots to keep you from getting enough shut-eye.<p>We're supposed to get seven to nine hours of sleep, but many Americans don't hit that target every night.<p>Sleep can provide incredible health benefits— from helping us lose weight to improving our memories, …

Scientists Have Just Uncovered a Major Difference Between DNA And RNA

Time to update the textbooks.<p>A new study has shown for the first time that RNA - the older molecular cousin of DNA - splits apart when it tries to …

Scientists flip energy equation with solar leaf that converts CO2 into fuel

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago say the fuel from carbon dioxide can remove the greenhouse gas from the atmosphere, and provides …

Here Is What The World's Happiest Man Can Teach You About Happiness

"If you can learn how to ride a bike you can learn how to be happy," says 67-year-old Buddhist monk and Happiest Man In The World, Matthieu Ricard.As …

Gorgeous Photographs of the Milky Way in Bolivia

When he visited Bolivia and more precisely the Salar de Uyuni, which is the largest salt desert in the world, the photographer Daniel Kordan had the …

Hitchcock's Holocaust documentary to be restored

Alfred Hitchcock is one of many famous filmmakers to deal with the horrific images of the Holocaust. His documentary, created during the war, is set …

Scientists: Humanity Faces ‘Great Filter’ As Early Species in Universe

<b>Physicists have suggested that life on Earth was premature on the cosmic scale, which implies that humanity faces an epic wall known as the “Great</b> …

Temperatures, sea levels and carbon dioxide all hit milestones amid extreme weather in 2015, major international ‘state of the climate’ report finds<p>The world is careening towards an environment never experienced before by humans, with the temperature of the air and oceans breaking records, sea …

Climate Change

This Tool Kit Contains All You Need For A Two-Acre, Off-The-Grid Farm

Farm from a Box generates solar, collects rain, and powers a drip irrigation system. In a year, you can feed your whole neighborhood.<p>While some social enterprises try to solve the problem of food security with cheaper groceries or redistributing wasted food, one startup is taking a different …

The media largely relegate the greatest challenge facing humanity to footnotes as industry and politicians hurtle us towards systemic collapse of the planet<p>What is salient is not important. What is important is not salient. The media turns us away from the issues that will determine the course of …

Climate Change

Could Robots Replace Medical Workers?

Medical data is an essential part of any healthcare system. This valuable information is the result of hundreds of years work by various people in …

The Very Strange—And Fascinating— Ideas Behind Quantum Computing

IBM has been working on a new quantum computer that can dominate the industry for decades to come. If that sounds incredible, wait till you hear the …

Hit by the hummus crisis? Here's how to make it at home

Some of Britain's supermarkets have recalled hummus from their stores following 'production issues'. Today Sainsburys, M&S and Tesco stores have empty shelves following complaints of a 'fizzy' 'plastic' and 'metallic' taste from consumers.<p>The ubiquitous dip's absence from the supermarket shelf has …