Poor Johannes Kepler. One of the greatest astronomers ever, the man who figured out the laws of planetary motion, a genius, scholar and mathematician — in 1611, he needed a wife. The previous Mrs. Kepler
The largest gains in life expectancy have come in developing countries. The average girl born in 2012 can expect to live to the age of 72; the average boy to 68, according to statistics released today
The nearly complete skeleton of a teenage girl who died some 12,000 to 13,000 years ago in a cave in the Yucatan Peninsula, has yielded DNA clues linking her to Native Americans living today. The connection
A massively multiplayer online co-op version of Pokémon is being watched and played by more than 8,000 people right now. The game is the original Pokémon Red/Blue for Game Boy and it's being controlled,
Motion controls. VR goggles. Whatever. Let’s get down to brass tacks: How fast do these need to be to feel real? Twenty milliseconds or less. Kinect can be fun, but the experience rarely feels real. You’re
“Jesus,” Molly said, her own plate empty, “gimme that. You know what this costs?” She took his plate. “They gotta raise a whole animal for years and then they kill it. This isn’t vat stuff.” She forked
Be still my heart. A team of scientists from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine has created lab-grown human heart tissue that can beat on its own, according to a new study in Nature Communications.
Over most of the past century, researchers have been trying to determine whether there's any link between religion and intelligence. The studies haven't all come to the same conclusion, but a group of
The Hyperloop, an ambitious new form of transport proposed by SpaceX and PayPal founder Elon Musk, could be possible but faces some flaws, according to those who have analysed his plans. The unveiling
This diagram from 1963 imagines how future humans will adapt to hostile environments. "The wheel, the ski, the kayak, the sports car—pure geometry in motion," wrote aviation researchers Toby Freedman Gerald
An unusual "semi-natural" lab setup quantifies ill effects in mice drinking the equivalent of three sodas a day. Update: I've changed the headline and some sentences in this post. Previously, the headline
What if — just maybe — we find extra-terrestrial life in the oceans of Europa, a little moon circling Jupiter? If we do, says writer Caspar Henderson, don't expect that oceanic alien to be very big. Or
A study of British "family annihilators" reveals some macabre data. In what must be one of the darkest research projects we've covered, a British team has studied 32 years' worth of "family annihilator"
IBM was in the news last week when it announced it had created “an entire computing architecture based on the brain” (at least, that’s how Gizmodo summed it up). A few days before that, a press release
In "incredibly rare" find, scientists discover animal in Andean cloud forests. A fuzzy fog-dweller with a face like a teddy bear is the first carnivore found in the Western Hemisphere in more than three
What happens in our brains while we're asleep? That's one question neuroscientist Penelope Lewis is trying to answer. She directs the Sleep and Memory Lab at the University of Manchester in England. Her
Dragonflies process light and dark a little differently than the rest of us. New research into the visual system of dragonflies could one day improve target detection and tracking in robotics, according
A new study shows that even after cardiac arrest, the brain keeps on going. Can a new study lay the basis for the scientific understanding of mystical-sounding near-death recollections, filled with vivid
According to Nintendo sales figures released this past January, Pokemon Black Version 2 and White Version 2 have sold nearly eight million copies worldwide. Of those millions of players, just three will
Anarchism, the Prophet Muhammad and Jesus also made the list of the most hotly-contested topics on Wikipedia's English-language edition. Scientists analysed edits made to 10 language editions, including
Lernstift is a pen which vibrates when you spell the word incorrectly. However, it could also be capable of spawning its own App ecosystem. After launching on Kickstarter recently, it’s picking up speed
It turns out you can make money by wasting time on your smartphone. Locket is a new Android app that places advertisements on your phone's lock screen and rewards you for swiping through for more information.