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Scientists Say They've Come Up With a Way to Test Once And For All Whether The Big Bang Actually Happened

Not with a bang, but with a bounce?<p>According to the Big Bang cosmological model, our Universe began 13.8 billion years ago when all the matter and …

Harvard

It's Official, Australia Has Had Its First Recorded Marine Animal Extinction

We barely knew you.<p>We see the surface of the sea: the rock pools, the waves, the horizon. But there is so much more going on underneath, hidden from …

Marine Mammals

When You Feel Overwhelmed, Remember There Are More Microbial Species on Earth Than Stars in Our Entire Galaxy

Woahh.<p>For centuries, humans have endeavoured to discover and describe the sum of Earth's biological diversity.<p>Scientists and naturalists have …

Taxonomy

Elon Musk Just Gave The Most Revealing Look Yet at The Rocket That'll Fly to The Moon And Mars

A stunning insight into the future of space travel.<p>Elon Musk has provided several new, rare, and telling glimpses into how his rocket company, …

Carbon Fiber

Here's How Long Common Drugs Stay in Your Body

Just in case you were wondering.<p>Contrary to what many advertised drug tests might promise, not all substances leave their telltale chemical signature …

The New IPhone Is in Stores. Here Are 5 Reasons to Wait Before Buying It

Just think about it.<p>Hello there, savvy iPhone shopper. Ready for an upgrade? There are a few things you should know before emptying your wallet at …

iPhone

We Might Have Just Discovered The Missing Link Between The Brain And Gut

"We think these findings are going to be the biological basis of a new sense."<p>New research with mice may upend our understanding of the connection …

Duke University

Scientists Just Created a Magnetic Field That Takes Us Closer Than Ever Before to Harnessing Nuclear Fusion

They were able to control it without destroying any equipment this time.<p>Inexpensive clean energy sounds like a pipe dream. Scientists have long …

Magnetism

Scientists Gave Octopuses Ecstasy This Week, And What Happened? Take Our Science News Quiz

Octopuses can get high.<p>Another week, another round of terrific stories - there's so much in the world to perpetually keep us amazed. But if you …

Plastic Pollution Is Now Spreading From Ocean Food Chains Into Land Animals, Thanks to This Insect

Just when you thought it couldn't get worse.<p>We know that plastic pollution is a major problem for the world's oceans, but scientists just discovered …

Mosquitoes

There's a Serious Problem With The Way We Measure Global Food Security

We are producing more than enough calories.<p>The way that we currently measure food security severely underestimates the enormous scale of global …

Sustainability

Watch Scientists Flip Out Over Rare Footage of a Devilishly Cute Deep-Sea Eel

"Is it engorged or is it – like that?"<p>Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, the nation's largest protected area, stretches over half-a-million …

Fish

Giant Coconut Crab Caught on Camera Attacking And Eating a Seabird

Cannot be unseen.<p>Researchers have captured rare footage of something equally amazing and terrifying on a small island in the Indian Ocean.<p>The video …

Your Brain Is Hardwired to Do This

Here's why you struggle to make it to the gym.<p>It's a paradox. We know exercise is good for us. We know staying still all the time isn't. So why do so …

University of British Columbia

Japanese Scientists Just Got a Huge Step Closer to Creating Human Babies From Blood Cells

It's not as bizarre as it sounds.<p>Scientists in Japan made progress recently in the quest to combat infertility, creating the precursor to a human egg …

Stem Cells

NASA's New Planet Hunter Has Already Spotted Two Candidates For Earth-Like Alien Worlds

And what have you achieved in the past couple months?<p>NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has only been on the job less than two …

Planetary Habitability

Build Your Own Drone With These LEGO-Compatible DIY Kits

Yes, please!<p>Do you remember receiving your very first Lego set when you were a kid? They were offered in a wide variety of projects, such as an …

Lego

NASA Just Captured Data on an Incredibly Rare Type of Cloud in Earth's Atmosphere

So beautiful!<p>In certain times of the year, at the polar regions of Earth, just after the Sun has set, sometimes you can see electric-blue clouds high …

There's a Vicious Cycle Behind Alzheimer's That Could Explain Why So Many Treatments Have Failed

"A major step forward in our understanding of the disease."<p>The discovery of an aggressive feedback loop between the build-up of protein and nerve …

Alzheimer's Disease

A Simple Chemical Reaction Caused Injuries And Evacuation at a Hotel in Australia

The staff were just cleaning the pool...<p>Guests at a hotel in Sydney, Australia had to be taken to hospital after a staff member cleaning the pool …

Hyde Park

This Study on Nearly Half a Million People Has Bad News For The Keto Diet

Here's what you should do instead.<p>Scientists and dietitians are starting to agree on a recipe for a long, healthy life. It's not sexy, and it doesn't …

Diets

This Insane Plan to 'Prop Up' Antarctica Could Help Save The World

It's crazy, but hear this out.<p>For the hundreds of millions of people who live alongside the world's coasts, the scariest sea-level rise scenario is …

Sea Level

Strange And Unexpected Movement Has Been Detected Along California's Biggest Fault Lines

Earth is never still.<p>A new study looking at the San Andreas and San Jacinto fault lines in California has uncovered some strange and unexpected types …

San Andreas

Scientists Studied People Who Don't Use Any Social Media. Here's What They Learned

Many of us spend hours every day tethered to our devices, pawing at the screen to see if it will deliver a few more likes or emails, monitoring the …

Social Media

This Eerie Creature Was Just Officially Confirmed as The World's Earliest Known Animal

It's unlike anything alive today.<p>The evidence is in. A mysterious creature that lived on Earth over half a billion years ago has now been proven an …

Fossils

Researchers Gave Octopuses Ecstasy And Watched What Would Happen, For Science

Spoiler: there was a lot of cuddling.<p>Ever wanted to see what happens when you give octopuses drugs? Scientists in the US have just lived that dream. …

Ecstasy (Drug)

An Influential Celebrity Food Scientist Has Now Had 13 Studies Retracted

His "findings" have probably changed your eating habits.<p>You might never have heard of Brian Wansink, but there's a decent chance your kitchen or …

Medical Journals

People Are Electrically Zapping Their Brains With Devices Bought Online, to "Boost Creativity"

Not enough facepalm.<p>There's a gadget that some say can help alleviate depression and enhance creativity. All you have to do is place a pair of …

Here's What Fruits And Vegetables Looked Like Before We Domesticated Them

We're all eating GMOs.<p>Next time you bite into a slice of watermelon or a cob of corn, consider this: these familiar fruits and veggies didn't always …

China's Chilling 'Social Credit System' Is Straight Out of Dystopian Sci-Fi, And It's Already Switched On

Like Black Mirror. Totally like Black Mirror.<p>It's been in the pipeline for years: a sprawling, technological mass surveillance network the likes of …

China