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Someone created a functioning Transformer out of a BMW car

While most of us in the U.S. are talking about Teslas and self-driving Ubers, a company in Ankara, Turkey has quietly one-upped us all by premiering a literal Transformer.<p>The dual car-robot, a metal Hollywood demigod come to life, was constructed from a BMW car by a research and development company …

How millions of patients with a crippling, misunderstood disease were misled by bad science

Problem is, the study was bad science.<p>And we're now finding out exactly how bad.<p>Under court order, the study's authors for the first time released their raw data earlier this month. Patients and independent scientists collaborated to analyze it and posted their findings Wednesday on Virology Blog<i>,</i> …

Clinical Trials

How Many Fizzy Lifting Drinks Would You Have to Drink to Float?

It’s a question I’ve asked myself ever since I first saw <i>Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory</i>: what could be inside the eccentric candymaker’s “Fizzy …

NASA Is Investigating The Microbes Aboard ISS

Not all astronauts in the space station are human<p>There may soon be a field guide to the microbes of the International Space Station. NASA announced on September 21 that it is seeking research proposals to investigate tiny creatures ferried from Earth on the bodies of the more than 200 astronauts …

The Sugar Industry Isn't as Sweet as It Pretends to Be

By on<p>The revolution will not be televised. It'll be sent to your inbox by us.<p>There’s no way to sugarcoat this: Sugar is terrible for you. Much worse …

What Happens When Comets Hit The Sun?

We know what would happen if a meteor collided with the Earth, but what about the sun? Can it even be hit?<p>We're all familiar with the doomsday …

Astronomy

44 Hours of Saturn

This video shows us just what the Cassini spacecraft saw when it trained its cameras on Saturn non-stop for 44 hours in April 2016. Cassini is a …

Astronomy

How scientists virtually unwrapped an ancient, burned scroll and read the words inside

Sometimes science seems like science, and sometimes it seems like magic.<p>This week, computer scientists at the<p>University of Kentucky-Lexington described how they virtually unfurled a charred and crushed biblical scroll dating back nearly 2,000 years.<p>Thanks to their work, scholars are now able to …

Archaeology

Computer Scientists Solve Mystery Of The Ein Gedi Scroll By 'Virtual Unwrapping'

In 1970, archaeologists excavating the site of an ancient synagogue in Israel dug up a cylindrical lump of charcoal that looked like the remains of a scroll.<p>The animal-skin document was badly burned and battered. It was so delicate, just touching its surface sent pieces flaking off. To attempt to …

Archaeology

Studies on the perils of polyester underwear and the personality of rocks win Ig Nobel Prizes

Not every scientific study can be about weighty topics, like gravity waves or gene editing. Sometimes you can gain a true scientific insight by discovering that mammals of vastly different sizes require roughly the same amount of time to empty their bladders, or by noticing that people who speak 10 …

Science

UK researchers tap into China's scientific powerhouse

<b>The UK government is to outline its plans to strengthen collaborative research between Britain and China.</b><p>The Science Minister, Jo Johnson, will give details while opening a joint UK-Chinese plant research centre just outside Shanghai.<p>Scientists at the centre will investigate new ways of growing …

Sustainability

Rosetta mission to end with audacious controlled impact

Spacecraft’s 15-hour controlled crash will give scientists a unique insight into the geological history of a comet<p>Europe’s pioneering Rosetta mission will conclude next week with an audacious piece of deep space parking.<p>The Rosetta mission has been studying comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko since its …

Space

Brexit won because those who opposed it did not address its core philosophy

Some scientists claim that philosophy is dead – but recent politics proves we need it more than ever<p>A few months ago, I was asked to give a lecture on the usefulness of philosophy while in the UK. The lecture followed a wave of hostility towards philosophy from well-known physicists. Stephen …

What Your Love of Funny Cat Videos Says About Your Personality, According to Science

Apparently, your preference for cute animals vs. inspirational content says a lot about your personality.<p>Scroll through your Facebook feed and what do you see?<p>Ignoring the current and hopefully temporary barrage of highly partisan election posts (just stop, people! You're not swaying anyone), most …