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A Mystery Space Plane Just Broke an Orbital Record - and We STILL Don't Know Why It's There

Conspiracy theories abound.<p>On 20 May 2015, the US Air Force launched a solar-powered, unmanned space plane into Earth's orbit to carry out its fourth …

Surgery

Elon Musk Just Launched Neuralink - a Venture to Merge the Human Brain With AI

This is really happening.<p>Elon Musk has already launched a new company dedicated to linking human brains with computers, <i>The Wall Street Journal's</i> …

Elon Musk

Become a Jet-Setting Pro With the World Travel Hacker 2017 Bundle

Buy a ticket, quit your job, never look back.<p>We've all thought about it – travelling around the world, learning a new language, working overseas.<p>But …

Digital Nomads

Scientists Think Titan's Towering Dunes Are Made of Unyielding Electric Sand

Grit that won't quit.<p>Scientists think they might have solved a longstanding mystery about the towering sand dunes of Titan - Saturn's largest moon - …

Astronomy

Immortal Stem Cells Let Scientists Create an Unlimited Supply of Artificial Blood

This is a big deal for medicine.<p>Researchers have developed a line immortal stem cells that allow them to generate an unlimited supply of artificial …

Immortality

Panther Kittens Have Been Seen Outside Their Florida Territory for the First Time Since 1973

They're actually expanding their range.<p>For the first time since 1973, endangered panther kittens have been spotted north of Florida's Caloosahatchee …

Wildlife

The Largest Dinosaur Footprint Ever Has Been Found in Australia's 'Jurassic Park'

This thing is huge.<p>On a 25 kilometre (15.5 mile) stretch of coastline in Western Australia, there lies a prehistoric treasure trove.<p>Thousands of …

Paleontology

Relativity Just Passed a Major Test Involving the Most Accurate Clocks Ever

Yep, Einstein is still right.<p>Science loves nothing better than to find new ways to kick well-tested theories even harder and see if they can't be …

Physics

The World's Rarest and Most Ancient Dog Has Just Been Re-Discovered in the Wild

The first sighting in more than half a century.<p>After decades of fearing that the New Guinea highland wild dog had gone extinct in its native habitat, …

Wildlife

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Atheists and Highly Religious People Are the Least Scared of Death, Study Reveals

It happens to all of us.<p>Benjamin Franklin once famously wrote in a letter that "in this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and …

Psychology

How Much Energy Would You Need to Power an Actual Time Machine?

1.21 gigawatts?<p>There are two hypotheses for time travel that are most popular: wormhole tunneling and cosmic strings. A wormhole is a hypothetical, …

Physics

Brain Cells We Thought Were Just Fillers Might Actually Be the Key to Our Body Clocks

Neurons aren't everything.<p>Scientists have discovered that brain cells that were once considered to be simple place-holders for neurons could actually …

Biology

Russia Covered Up a Nuclear Fallout Worse Than Chernobyl, Confidential Report Reveals

"For many years, this has been a secret."<p>The director of Russia's Institute of Biophysics has uncovered a top secret report on the aftermath of a …

Radiation

Scientists Have Turned Spinach Into Beating Human Heart Tissue

These greens are definitely good for you.<p>Researchers have successfully used spinach leaves to build functioning human heart tissue, complete with …

Biology

This Object Has Been Sprayed With the World's Blackest Material, and It's Freaking Us Out

Seriously, that's not Photoshopped.<p>Well, we've finally cracked it. Scientists have finally figured out how to paint a portal to another dimension, as …

Materials Science

Astronomers Are About to See a Black Hole's Event Horizon for the First Time

We might finally get an image of one.<p>Ever since first mentioned by Jon Michell in a letter to the Royal Society in 1783, black holes have captured …

Physics

Photos Reveal More Than 200 Bright Blue Arctic Lakes Have Started Bubbling With Methane Gas

Not good.<p>Satellite images have revealed more than 200 strange, bright blue lakes in Russia's Arctic regions that are bubbling "like jacuzzis" as a …

There's an Algae Bloom the Size of Mexico in the Arabian Sea Right Now, and It's Not Good

The ocean is suffocating.<p>An algae bloom the size of Mexico has appeared in the Arabian Sea, thanks to a growing 'dead zone' in the Gulf of Oman.<p>It's …

Secrets of What Ancient Mummies Look Like Under Their Wrappings Are Finally Being Revealed

The public hasn't seen some of these in more than 100 years.<p>If you'd like to be mummified when you die, you can contact an organisation in Salt Lake …

Course Offer: Study Big Data Online Now

In 2017, data is power.<p>With more and more data collected around the internet every second of every day, the most powerful and hireable people in the …

Scientists Think They've Traced the Very First Mutations in a Human Life

"Like finding a needle in a haystack."<p>For the first time, scientists have caught a glimpse of the earliest genetic mutations in human …

Scientists Create a New Kind of Liquid That Can Push Itself Along a Flat Surface

How the... ?<p>Moving a liquid from point A to point B typically requires either a sloping surface or a pump of some sort to apply pressure.<p>A new kind …

Scientists Think They Have Another Reason Humans Became Smarter Than Our Ancestors - Blood

It's not just about brain size.<p>Anthropologists have been curious about the evolution of human intelligence for many decades. The main lines of …

We Were Wrong - the Testes Are Connected to the Immune System

We'll have to rewrite the textbooks... again.<p>Some parts of the body – including the tissues of the brain and testes – have long been considered to be …

Immunotherapy

Scientists Say We Can Fix the E-Waste Problem by Pulverising Electronics Into Nanodust

Particle theory.<p>Scientists have come up with a new solution for the mounting piles of e-waste that are rapidly building up on the planet, which are …

An Unexpected New Lung Function Has Been Found - They Make Blood

Things just got complicated.<p>Researchers have discovered that the lungs play a far more complex role in mammalian bodies than we thought, with new …

Biology

Scientists Have Broken the Efficiency Record for Mass-Produced Solar Panels

Yes!<p>Researchers in Japan have set a new record for the efficiency of mass-produced solar panels, meaning even more of the Sun's energy can now be …

Solar Power

Researchers Say the Maths Behind Quantum Theory Can Explain Humour

Stop me if you've heard this one.<p>Have you heard the one about the librarian getting a request for a book about Pavlov's dog and Schrodinger's cat? …

Quantum Mechanics

Learn a New Language With This Award-Winning Software

Get started now.<p>Learning a new language is an amazing skill, and research has shown that the brains of those who speak two or more languages operate …

Language Learning