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Woman Says Ancestry.com Test Revealed Her Parents' Fertility Doctor Was Actually Her Father

It’s become a familiar story in the age of consumer DNA testing: A person spits into a test tube to learn more about their genetic heritage, and ends …

Genealogy

Dinosaurs were dying off long before asteroid hit: Study

Dinosaurs were in trouble long before the massive asteroid — believed to be the primary cause of their extinction — hit the earth some 65 million …

Paleontology

Long-lived bowhead whales found singing over 180 different songs

Bowhead whales are mysterious, Arctic-dwelling creatures. Scientists believe they can live for over two centuries, and even so, they largely avoid …

Biology

This New Detector Technology Aims to 'Scintillate' Elusive Dark Matter Particles

A group of researchers say they may be able to look directly for dark matter in brand new way. By using a new combination of materials in the form of …

Dark Matter

Can Artificial Intelligence Be Conscious?

Recently, I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about AI. There’s a lot of hype, excitement, and angst in the press about AI’s advancement. It’s …

Consciousness

3 boys in Mississippi find part of mastodon jawbone

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — Three boys have found a part of a mastodon jawbone while exploring family property in Mississippi.<p>The Vicksburg Post reports …

Anthropology

An Experimental Superbug Killer Is a Tiny Step Closer to Saving Us From the Antibiotic Apocalypse

A class of antibiotics heralded as an essential future weapon against drug-resistant superbugs passed an important test. There’s now evidence that …

Microbiology

Physicists Have Created a New Form of Light

Particles tend to interact. The interacting particles you're probably most familiar with are electrons, the negatively charged hangers-on of an atom. …

Physics

Shell's Plan to Save Us From Climate Change Makes a Dangerous Assumption

The necessary tech may never exist.<p>Reining in the effects of a changing climate before they become truly catastrophic will require monumental, collective effort. But exactly what that effort will entail is still a matter of debate. Many different groups and organizations have proposed strategies …

Fossil Fuels

Genes in songbirds hold clues about human speech disorders, biologists report

Insights into how songbirds learn to sing provide promising clues about human speech disorders and may lead to new ways of treating them, according …

Birds

Smile! Your dog’s brain will light up in response

As every dog lover—and scientist—knows, man’s best friend is good at reading faces. Dogs can tell the difference between happy and not-so-happy …

Imaging

ARIEL: Exploring strange new worlds and boldly observing what no telescope has observed before. - Science in the News

Since the first exoplanet discovery in the 1990s, scientists have learned of the diverse and abundant nature of exoplanets, having now found more …

Universe

Astronomers Discover a Gargantuan Planet Whizzing About a Brown Dwarf

Pixabay<p>According to Phys.org, Astronomers have made an interesting new discovery — a gas giant orbiting a brown dwarf. The exoplanet has been dubbed …

Universe

Can the causal order between events change in quantum mechanics?

Researchers at the University of Vienna and the Austrian Academy of Sciences develop a new theoretical framework to describe how causal structures in …

Quantum Mechanics

Are science fairs unfair?

A second grader in Mississippi explains his winning science fair project to members of his class. Credit Image: © Stan Carroll/The Commercial …

Education

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Business<p>Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged on Tuesday to lower car tariffs this year and take other steps to open the world's number two economy …

North Korea
Ecology

Young Children with Autism May Have Abnormal Brain Connections

Preschoolers with autism spectrum disorder may have abnormal connections between networks of their brain.<p>Researchers say these abnormalities can be …

Autism

Beyond the face: how context modulates emotion processing in frontotemporal dementia subtypes | Brain

The importance of assessing social cognition to characterize dementia syndromes is increasingly recognized, with lower social cognition capacity …

Dementia

Dream job alert! NASA is looking for a few good mission control directors

You’ve seen them in movies. You’ve probably pictured yourself in their seats. And now you could be one of them: NASA is looking to hire new mission control flight directors for the famed Johnson Space Center in Houston.<p>If chosen, <b>you’ll get to head human spaceflight missions to the International</b> …

Space Exploration

This Story of How a Freshwater Fish Crossed The Salty Ocean Is Pretty Wild

You couldn't make this stuff up.<p>What we know for certain is that there are small guppy fish – <i>Poecilia vivipara</i> – on the Fernando de Noronha …

Fish

If Earth Were an Alien Planet, It Would Be Classed Habitable - But Getting Worse

Our precious blue marble.<p>By applying methods used to evaluate the chances of life on other planets, scientists have concluded that Earth is indeed …

Space

Meet the people volunteering to defend nature in their local communities

As spring arrives and campaigners in Sheffield win a temporary pause in tree felling, here’s a gallery of Friends of the Earth volunteers defending nature in local communities

Ecology

A runaway star in the Small Magellanic Cloud

Astronomers have discovered a rare "runaway" star that is speeding across its galaxy at a 300,000 miles per hour (at that speed it would take about …

Cosmology

Increase in heart rate as blood pressure falls could be early sign of neurological disease

A simple bedside test that matches a change in heart rate with a drop in blood pressure after a patient stands may help doctors diagnose certain …

Medicine

Shell oil just unveiled a plan to move the world away from fossil fuels

Royal Dutch Shell just laid out a proposal to move us away from its own product. The company’s Sky Scenario is a plan to help the world meet the …

Royal Dutch Shell

Foreign languages: How to memorise vocabulary

When trying to learn a foreign language, most of us have the same complaint: “I’m just not good at memorising.” Learning new vocabulary can be daunting, especially for busy adults whose minds are already occupied with work, family, and other responsibilities.<p>A comfort? Linguists say that to “get …

Language Learning

The Sun Is Spitting Out Strange Patterns of Gamma Rays--and No One Knows Why

Our closest star remains an enigma. Every 11 years or so its activity crescendos, creating flares and coronal mass ejections—the plasma-spewing …

Universe

Young-Earth Creationism is Cruel

Young-earth creationism is a cruelly efficient machine for manufacturing spiritual crisis. It has created more atheists than all of Richard Dawkins' …

Faith

According to Psychologist Adam Grant, This Is the Best Way to Respond to Negative Feedback

The secret is in focusing less on the feedback itself, and more on how you respond to it.<p>When we receive negative feedback, our bodies react instinctively. Physiologically, our shoulders tense up and our breath becomes more shallow. What's worse is that, according to studies on how we respond to …

Adam Grant