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In Cave in Israel, Scientists Find Jawbone Fossil From Oldest Modern Human Out of Africa

Scientists on Thursday announced the discovery of a fossilized human jawbone in a collapsed cave in Israel that they said is between 177,000 and 194,000 years old.<p>If confirmed, the find may rewrite the early migration story of our species, pushing back by about 50,000 years the time that Homo …

Anthropology

Exclusive: First U.S. Baby Born After a Uterus Transplant

For the first time in the United States, a woman who was born without a uterus gave birth to a baby. The landmark birth took place at Baylor …

Yes, humans are still evolving. Here's how you can tell.

Even more evidence that we’re continuing to change.<p>The nice thing about bacteria is that they multiply really fast. This is inconvenient if they happen to infect, but useful if you want to see how evolution works. Put antibiotics on a Petri dish with enough bacteria, and a few days later you’ll …

Biology

Triple Threat: New Pneumonia Is Drug-Resistant, Deadly And Contagious

In the past few years, there have been so many "superbugs" appearing in hospitals around the world that we here at Goats and Soda haven't had the time or resources to report on all of them.<p>But a new type of pneumonia emerging in China seems so important that we dropped what we were doing to write …

Microbiology

The funny things happening on the way to singularity

John Hauer Contributor<p>John Hauer is the CEO of Get3DSmart.com<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>The diagnosis and the cure of automation<br>• Inventors, Entrepreneurs And The Space In Between<p>People often ask me about the impact of 3D printing on jobs. Will the technology be a job creator or destroyer? The …

Scientists have synthesized a 'minimal genome' with only genes necessary for life

A pioneering accomplishment in the field of genetic research could help scientists gain new insights into the very definition of life. The new …

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 …

Magnetic Fields at Milky Way's Central Black Hole Revealed by Event Horizon Telescope | Space

<b>Story Views</b><p>Such resolution is needed because a black hole is the most compact object in the universe. The Milky Way’s central black hole, Sgr A* …

The Civil War Almost Didn't End Slavery

On the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the 13th Amendment, we should reflect on the arduous battle to rid the nation once and for all of the …

Black History

NASA: Earth’s magnetic poles are ‘switching’ with catastrophic consequences for humanity

NASA•GETTYThe Earth's magnetic field (left) would be gone, leaving us at the mercy of solar flares<p>The US space agency confirmed fears that we may be …

These are the 10 smartest countries in the world when it comes to science

That's partly why the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) tracks new college degrees in 40 of the world's most advanced countries.<p>Now the group has released its 2015 Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard report, which includes data up to 2012.<p>The ranking is based on …

Your Brain Is a Mosaic of Male and Female

There is no such thing as a "male brain" or a "female brain," new research finds.<p>Instead, men and women's brains are an unpredictable mishmash of …

Scientists make monkeys smarter using brain implants. Could you be next?

For the very first time, scientists have demonstrated that a brain implant can improve thinking ability in primates. By implanting an electrode array …

A New Kind of Bionic Eye Will Feed Images Directly Into Your Brain

Most types of bionic vision rely on using large parts of the existing human visual system to restore sight. But a new technique will simply feed the …

Here's What Happens To Your Brain And Body If You Don't Sleep

You’ll be pleased to hear that science has got your back if you want an excuse to get more sleep. There are many health effects linked to a lack of …

Sleep

Should we upgrade the intelligence of animals?

Well, it finally happened. As we reported last week, scientists have successfully enhanced the intelligence of rhesus monkeys using a brain implant, …

Humans Caused a Major Shift in Earth’s Ecosystems 6,000 Years Ago

It’s hard to imagine a global force strong enough to change natural patterns that have persisted on Earth for more than 300 million years, but a new …

Earth Science

Google Claims to Have Proved That Its Quantum Computer Actually Works

A team of researchers from Google’s artificial intelligence labs has published results which it claims demonstrate that its controversial D-Wave …

16 Ways To Improve Your Mental Health In 2016

Meet your new resolution.<p>New Year's resolutions often focus on improving <i>physical</i> health, but what if you focused on mental health this year?<p>While the culture at large often dismisses mental self-care, in part because of the stigma against those facing mental illness, emotional well-being is a …

Study identifies area of brain that perceives music

Listening to music evokes an intangible emotional reaction, but the neural basis of this reaction is complicated. Pitch, melody, rhythm and other …

There Actually Is Sound in Outer Space

You’ve heard it before: In space, no one can hear you scream. That’s because sound doesn’t move through a vacuum, and everyone knows that space is a …

What Happens If You're Traveling At The Speed Of Light And Turn On Your Headlights?

One of the most popular questions from our "ask a physicist" feature was, "What happens if you're driving at the speed of light and you turn on your …

Teen Sex May Affect Brain Development, Study Suggests

The uproar that followed a November episode of Fox's "Glee" in which two teen couples had sex for the first time may have some scientific legs. New …

The Brain

Learning Soft Skills In Childhood Can Prevent Harder Problems Later

Academic learning is usually in the spotlight at school, but teaching elementary-age students "soft" skills like self-control and social skills might help in keeping at-risk kids out of criminal trouble in the future, a study finds.<p>Duke University researchers looked at a program called Fast Track, …

Education

This Giant Salamander Isn't 200 Years Old, But It's Still Super Rare

The biggest amphibian on Earth is critically endangered due to habitat loss and demand as a delicacy.<p>If you’re ever wading through a river in China and step on something squishy, take care—you might be standing on <i>Andrias davidianus</i>, the largest amphibian on Earth.<p>This is exactly what Chinese media …

North Korea could deploy thermonuclear weapon seven times more powerful than Hiroshima bomb

The 100 kilotons device would fall short of the hydrogen bomb that Pyongyang claims it has "perfected"<p>North Korea could deploy a thermonuclear weapon with seven times the power of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945 within five years, in a significant leap from Pyongyang's present arsenal, …

North Korea

'Star Wars' Tech: 8 Sci-Fi Inventions and Their Real-Life Counterparts

A long time ago in a studio far, far away, filmmaker George Lucas created one of the seminal works of science fiction: the "Star Wars" movie …

This gas is worse for the climate than carbon dioxide — and it's leaking all over the place

Think of it as undoing in a matter of years what was 150 years in the making — a world economy based upon the burning of coal, oil, and natural gas to light our homes, propel our transportation, and produce the goods we consume.<p>A key element to weaning nations off of the dirtiest fossil fuel — coal …

Nine in 10 cancers caused by lifestyle

Environmental and external factors such as smoking, drinking, sun exposure and air pollution account for nine in 10 cancers, new study shows<p>Up to nine in 10 cancers are caused by environmental and external factors such as smoking, drinking, sun exposure and air pollution, a new scientific study has …

Cancer

Germany turned on its stellarator W7-X