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Earth - There are microbes that eat and poo nothing but electricity

Some microbes have developed the ultimate stripped-down diet. They do not bother with food or oxygen. All they need to survive is pure electrical energy.<p>They often live in muddy seabeds or along the banks of rivers. Finding them is easy: biologists can coax them out of hiding by sticking an …


Bill Gates says these are the two books we should all read to understand AI

The tech world’s book-nerd-in-chief wants you to add two books to your list of summer science reads. To get up to speed on artificial intelligence, Microsoft cofounder and philanthropist Bill Gates recommends Nick Bostrom’s <i>Superintelligence</i> and Pedro Domingos’s <i>The Master Algorithm</i>.<p>Gates never …

Machine Learning

Flesh-eating bug wreaks havoc

A HORRIFIC disfiguring disease is sweeping through ISIS strongholds — and it’s spreading. WARNING: Graphic.

Middle East

Why You Should Stop Hugging Your Dog If You Really Love Them

Plants and Animals Photo credit: "Please, someone save me from this embrace." Liukov/ShutterstockSnuggling up with a dog or a puppy is a sure fire …

Blood Pressure

Did Stephen Hawking Claim Black Holes Are Portals To Alternate Universes? Not Quite

This week, Stephen Hawking launched a new research initiative into black holes, working with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics to learn more about what are increasingly strange celestial phenomena. And he said something that got people overly excited, namely that “Things can get out …

NASA has detected a burst of light that might be linked to one of the most monumental space discoveries ever made

Using equipment called the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), the researchers detected ripples in the fabric of space-time called gravitational waves, something Einstein's general theory of relativity predicted a century ago.<p>These gravitational waves should allow scientists …


Delhi's first dog cafe will bowl you over with its cute canines

Delhi has just got its first dog café, Puppychino, where dog owners can pamper their pets with delicious food and games, and canine lovers can cuddle …


What's China's Navy Doing in the Mediterranean?

Why is China announcing joint naval exercises with Russia in the Mediterranean, so far from home? There’s a global answer connected to the new cool …


Nepal earthquake: 3 survivors pulled out alive after 8 days as toll reaches 7,056

In a miraculous rescue, two men and a woman were pulled out alive on Sunday from under the rubble of their homes in Nepal, eight days after the …

How to supercharge the way you learn

What is the easiest way to learn? David Robson meets a group of scientists and memory champions competing to find techniques that make facts stick... fast.<p>Face to face with the world’s leading memory experts, my mind is beginning to feel very humble. Ben Whately, for instance, tells me about the …

The Brain

Inside Nepal's Next Challenge: Overflowing Hospitals

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Natural Disasters