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Researchers discover how human cells maintain the correct number of chromosomes

Cell division is an essential process in humans, animals and plants as dying or injured cells are replenished throughout life. Cells divide at least …

Why Are Tardigrades the World’s Hardiest Creature? DNA Offers Clues

Despite their tiny stature and their adorable nicknames—moss piglets, water bears—the tenacious tardigrade has some tremendous capabilities. …

The Secrets of Unkillable Tardigrades Found in Their DNA

They can survive freezing temperatures close to absolute zero, pressure six times greater than what's at the ocean floor, hundreds of times the radiation that would floor a human, and the vacuum of space.<p>Tardigrades, sometimes referred to as water bears, have a mythical toughness. The eight-legged …

Is Iceland about to experience its biggest volcanic eruption yet?

There have been over 500 earthquakes in Iceland in the last four days, leading experts to believe that a volcanic eruption could be imminent.<p>A series …

The science behind how and why fireflies light up

Fireflies are a trademark of summer. We're all familiar with their glowing tails, but how do they produce that glow and why do they glow? It turns out, fireflies have a specific organ in its abdomen that helps it glow.

Science

Tardigrades Are Still a Complete Evolutionary Mystery

You’re probably aware that nature’s most badass animal is undoubtedly the tiny tardigrade, or water bear. They might be small, but unlike your weak …

Invertebrates

Secrets of the world's toughest creatures revealed

<b>Genetic analyses of tardigrades has revealed some of the secrets of their incredible survival abilities.</b><p>These tiny creatures, sometimes called water bears, can survive radiation, freezing, extreme dehydration and even the vacuum of space.<p>Researchers have now decoded the DNA of two species of …

Scientists are creating a cell-phone battery that charges instantly

Researchers at Drexel University’s College of Engineering are working on a special material that will one day provide the capacity for instant battery charging. This is made possible by super-conductive two-dimensional MXene material.<p>The quest for a better battery has been ongoing since Alessandro …

Battery Charging

10 most common DSLR mistakes amateurs make and how to avoid them

Digital single-lens reflex cameras – or DSLRs, as they are widely known – are capable of adapting to any shooting conditions to get a good image, and …

Top Five Budget Laptops for Photographers in 2016

When the world shifted from celluloid to digital, the computer became the main component in developing our images to their fullest potential. Instead …

The Animal Connection: Why Do We Keep Pets?

Pets are popular family members. / iStock image.<p><i>Ed. Note: Another favorite this Friday about those furry members of our family—no, not your Grandpa</i> …

Why the Senate Doesn't Have to Act on Merrick Garland's Nomination

The Constitution doesn’t require the chamber to hold hearings or a vote.<p>Does the Senate have to hold hearings and a vote on President Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court? The Constitution says that unless the Senate gives advice and consent Garland cannot be …

Do Science and Religion Conflict? Yes - And It Matters

Is there a conflict between religion and science? Some say yes. Others say no. Regardless of their answer, nearly everyone thinks that the relationship between faith and science has to do with <i>competing knowledge and truth claims</i>, where science says one thing about the world and religion says …

MIT Scientists Develop a New ‘Second Skin’ Material

Scientists from MIT, Massachusetts General Hospital, Living Proof, and Olivo Labs partnered on a project to develop a new silicone-based “second …

How Do We Get Our Drinking Water In The U.S.?

Before you take a gulp of water, try to mentally trace where that water that just gushed out of your taps has been: How did it go from that weird-tasting raindrop to the clear, odorless water that is sitting in your glass now?<p>Safe drinking water is a privilege Americans often take for granted — …

What you need to know about realistic photo compositing and image manipulation - a primer

Creating realistic photo composites or photo manipulation isn’t as hard as it looks. The steps you have to take to create a good composite are …

Tutorials

SpaceX: Rocket’s own camera captures historic barge landing

On its fifth attempt, SpaceX on Friday finally succeeded in landing its Falcon 9 rocket on a barge floating in the sea.<p>The achievement is a major …

Falcon Heavy

Apple rumored to be proceeding with plans to bring iCloud in-house

Apple is working with China-based server vendor Inspur as part of its ongoing plan to bring its iCloud data services in-house, according to a new report.<p>At the moment, Apple mainly uses Amazon Web Services for its cloud server needs.<p>Last month, it was reported that Apple is migrating some of its …

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The Science of Memory: How to Effortlessly Boost Your Retention and Recall

There's an easy way to improve your memory, but don't take my word for it - here's the research.<p>Have you ever had trouble remembering names? I know I have. There's nothing more embarrassing than having someone who "knows you" start a conversation while you're running through your mental Rolodex and …

Does a Mysterious Ninth Planet Cause Mass Extinctions on Earth?

Invaders from outer space might have doomed the dinosaurs, after all. Dr. Daniel Whitmire, a retired professor of astrophysics, published a paper …

‘Don’t drink the water’

YOU’VE probably never heard of these two chemicals but they have been creeping into our water and food for years.

This Stunning Chart Helped Uncover Climate Change in 1959

Spring is in the air, but what is it? The blossoms blossoming? The vernal equinox?<p>Yes to both, and one more: It's how a young American chemist named …

Supermassive Black Hole Simulations Suggest Dark Matter Origin

Cutting edge simulations have revealed for the first time exactly how the supermassive black holes at the heart of quasars were formed.<p>Quasars are some of the brightest objects in the visible universe and they are believed to contain supermassive black holes that are more than a billion times the …

Black Holes

Humans Evolved to Believe In God, This Theory Argues

More than eight in ten people worldwide believe in some form of religion.<p>More than eight in ten people worldwide have some sort of religious belief, according to a Pew Research Center study. Approximately one third of those people are Christian.<p>Even though the percentage of people who identify as …

11 gotta-know iOS camera tricks for beginners

The original iOS Camera app was so simple, toddlers could master it—and often did. Indeed, there was little more than a viewfinder, a shutter …

Gravitational waves explained

A century after Albert Einstein rewrote our understanding of space and time, physicists have confirmed one of the most elusive predictions of his …

Gene explains why some are sleepy and sad

SAN FRANCISCO — University of California researchers have found a genetic explanation for why some chipper early birds turn glum in the …

7 Science-Backed Ways To Get Happy Right Now

The happiness model we’re taught from a young age is actually completely backward. We think we work hard in order to achieve success and that …

13 Photography Channels on YouTube You Should Follow

If you’re looking for videos to watch to quench your thirst for photography, YouTube has a great selection. If you’ve never really poked around …

Is Donald Trump Too Old to Be President?

The oldsters in the presidential race might be exceptions to the rule, but science says brain function often declines noticeably at that age.<p>If the polling numbers for the primaries have the voters’ blood pressure spiking, imagine what it’s doing to the presidential candidates themselves. Actually, …

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