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To Predict Future Diseases, Doctors Will Map Newborns' Genes

The crystal ball of science<p>If you could find out your baby’s future health problems right after he or she was born, would you want to know? Some new parents will get to make that decision soon. This month, doctors in Boston will begin the BabySeq project, in which they will sequence the genomes of …

Genetics

While you were sleeping, your brain was working overtime

Sleep has profound importance in our lives, such that we spend a considerable proportion of our time engaging in it. Sleep enables the body—including the brain—to recover metabolically, but contemporary research has been moving to focus on the active rather than recuperative role that sleep has on …

Sleep

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Russian bombers threatening Britain could hit passenger aircraft

Air Chief Marshal Lord Stirrup, the former head of the armed forces, warns that Russian bombers testing Britain's air defences could hit a passenger plane<p>Russia is playing a "very dangerous game of chicken" by encroaching on Britain's airspace there is a growing risk that one of its bombers could …

Russia

The Parent Fat Traps

<b>Graze on grown-up goodies.</b> If you feed the kids separately (because who wants dinner at 5 p.m.?), have something healthy and filling to munch on while they eat, like a handful of almonds, hummus and baked pita chips, or edamame (in the pods, so you have to take time to pop 'em out). Bonus: All of …

“How to Come Out Like a Porn Star”: A sex-industry veteran shares advice on the risks and rewards

A new collection of essays edited by a genderqueer porn star explores coming out, in public and private<p>When most of us think of coming out, we think sexual orientation. But for 34-year-old genderqueer porn star Jiz Lee, who’s been starring mainly in queer, independent porn for a decade, it’s about …

Punk Music

Exploring the bleak, real world set of The Hunger Games

The first instalment of the blockbuster film series was shot in North Carolina, including around a ghostly, abandoned mill town.<p>In a clearing surrounded by autumn-tinged trees, a row of near-identical clapboard houses stood before me. Their military alignment and similarity were the only organised …

Movies

What Would It Be Like to Live on Venus?

Between its desiccated, red-orange landscape and surface temperatures hot enough to melt lead, Venus is our solar system's analog to hell. Setting up …

Earth's Dashboard Is Flashing Red—Are Enough People Listening?

As scientists and much of the public differ on the causes of climate change, the planet keeps getting warmer … and the effects are adding up.<p>Scientists are having trouble convincing the public that people are changing the climate.<p>A Pew Research Center survey, released last week as part of a broader …

Meditation May Stop Your Brain From Withering Away

Scientists have uncovered yet another perk of meditation.<p>It seems we can barely go a week without hearing about some new virtue of mindfulness meditation. It’s as though the universe is trying to tell us something: <i>That vow you made to yourself to start meditating more (or at all)? You should stop</i> …

Meditation

25 Best Snacks For Weight Loss

From the editors of RedbookMag.com, four nutritionists share the small bites that pull their own weight in the dieting department so you don't have to.<p><b>1) Hard-boiled eggs with sriracha sauce</b> To improve thyroid function—the gland manages growth and metabolism—look no further than a low-calorie, …

Healthy Eating

The Acceleration of Acceleration: How The Future Is Arriving Far Faster Than Expected

*This article co-written with author Ken Goffman.<p>One of the things that happens when you write books about the future is you get to watch your predictions fail. This is nothing new, of course, but what’s different this time around is the direction of those failures.<p>Used to be, folks were way too …

Singularity

Religion in the time of superintelligence

The <i>Gizmodo</i> article “When Superintelligent AI Arrives, Will Religions Try to Convert It?” by my good friend Zoltan Istvan has gone viral and created a …

Meet Monemvasia, A Hidden 'Fortress Town' Perched On An Island In Greece

Discovering a secret town? Well that's one way to get off the beaten path.<p>We've seen a few hidden towns in our day (mostly in America), but never one quite as beautiful as the town of Monemvasia, Greece.<p>Perched on an island off the east coast of the Peloponnese, Monemvasia's name means "single …

European Travel

UFO And Alien Egyptian Artifacts Discovered In Jerusalem Kept Secret By Rockefeller Museum

Alien and UFO circles are abuzz with claims of remarkable ancient Egyptian artifacts discovered in the former Jerusalem home of the famous …

Scale of space: Can you fit all the planets between the Earth and Moon?

I’ve been getting some emails and tweets asking me if a viral video called “209 Seconds That Will Make You Question Your Entire Existence,” about …

Astronomy

Fourteen weird and wonderful family hotels

If family holidays are starting to make you yawn then why not put the vroom into your room by booking something more unusual?<p>The big wide world has dreamed up a range of weird and wonderful overnight experiences for all the family; here are 14 of the best.<p>1. Bizarre bedrooms in Propeller Island …

Travel

Can divorce REALLY be good for children? Mums battle out the controversial question after Kate Winslet said her marriage splits taught her children valuable lessons

• <b>Kate Winslet spoke out in the March issue of Harper's Bazaar</b>• <b><br>Two mothers debated the matter appeared on ITV's This Morning</b>• <b><br>Mum-of-two, Sally Jones,</b> …

6 Reasons Why You'll Know It's Time to Move Overseas

How many times have you said you're going to do something but change your mind at the last minute? It might be a spontaneous pledge, a throw-away comment or spur-of-the-moment remark but the result is usually the same.<p>Because taking a leap of faith is <i>hard,</i> particularly when it means life might …

Positive Thinking

Does Pooping Actually Affect Your Weight?

If you poop after a few days of constipation, you might think you’ve lost a ton. “Pooping can reduce bloating and help you feel more comfortable in your jeans so you feel smaller overall,” says Dulan. But that amazing feeling is more about de-bloating than actual loss of body mass. “It’s not like …

Your European Vacation Just Got Cheaper: 8 Ways to Explore a Now-Cheaper Europe

<i>Enjoy Europe for less now!</i><p>You know what's the best thing when you're a budget-conscious traveler? When something happens that makes your entire trip cheaper, without you having to change a single thing on your itinerary. That something, in this case, is a steep drop in the value of the euro, making …

The RIGHT Way To Clean Mushrooms

There are many myths being told about mushrooms. To be fair, mushrooms are the most mysterious of ingredients that frequent the kitchen counter -- from the way they grow to the way they are best prepared. For many of us cooking with these fungi, it feels like we're working in the dark.<p>We're here to …

Mushrooms

Naked Titan Viewed For First Time

As Saturn swans into sight for stargazers, the sun blasts its largest moon.<p>Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, looks more like Venus and Mars than astronomers ever suspected—at least when it comes to suffering a severe strike from the solar wind.<p>NASA’s Cassini spacecraft made a flyby of Titan in December …

Where Itching Comes From

The science behind what makes people scratch<p>Semanza lived in the Rukungiri region of rural Uganda. He suffered such unbearable itching that continuous scratching with his fingernails did not afford him even temporary relief. His solution was to break a clay pot and use the rough edge of one of its …

Neurology

Some Earthlike Alien Planets May Begin as 'Mini-Neptunes'

Some Earthlike alien worlds may have looked a lot more like miniature versions of Neptune when they were born.<p>Frigid "mini-Neptune" exoplanets that …

Universe

Hubble spies a loopy galaxy

This Hubble Space Telescope photograph of an oddball arc of stars in galaxy NGC 7714 tells of a 100-million-year-old close encounter.

Universe

Natural History Museum dinosaur ‘Dippy’ switched for blue whale skeleton

Dippy, the Natural History Museum’s beloved dinosaur cast, is to be moved from his spot and replaced by a blue whale skeleton<p>He was erected in the aftermath of the Winter of Discontent and has stood tall through the governments of six prime ministers.<p>But now Dippy, the Natural History Museum’s …

The 15 Most Surreal Destinations to Visit in 2015

Be prepared for dropped jaws, kids.<p>1. Sea of Stars on Vaadhoo Island in the Maldives<p>photo: Doug Perinne<p>2. Antelope Canyon in Arizona, United States<p>photo: Laura Grier<p>3. Cave of Crystals, Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico<p>photo: Adventure Medicine<p>4. Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia<p>photo: PlanetDen.com<p>5. Tunnel of Love …

Beaches

These airlines are making female flight attendants wear skirts, despite the safety risks

<b>Editor’s note:</b> After this post was published, it emerged that it was substantially the same in content as a post published on Jan. 24 on Runway Girl Network, and included several cases of identical or very similar phrasing. It should not have been published. We have therefore removed the text of …

Aviation

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft zooms in on Pluto

Pluto, get ready for your close-up.<p>After traveling nine years across more than 3 billion miles of space, a spacecraft the size of a grand piano is about to give humanity its first high-resolution view of the dwarf planet that's about two-thirds the size of our moon.<p>Nobody knows what the rendezvous …