Sharon Jordan

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What Was It Like When The First Stars Died?

The cosmic story that gave rise to us is a story rife with creation and destruction. At the start of the hot Big Bang, energetic particles, antiparticles, and quanta of radiation were created. Fractions-of-a-second later, most of the particle-antiparticle pairs had annihilated away. Atomic nuclei …

Black Holes

Study: CRISPR may have cracked cancer’s “immortality switch”

CRISPR might be en route to halting the progress of certain aggressive cancers.<p>A new study finds that the gene editing tool is capable of limiting a common protein that enables cancer cells to keep reproducing. More than 50 types of cancers possess an “immortality switch” that essentially lets them …

Cancer Cells

The "Big Bang" of Alzheimer’s: Breakthrough study uncovers genesis of the disease

Impressive new research led by scientists at UT Southwestern, has discovered the earliest point in a neurodegenerative process that is thought to …

Neuroscience

Decolonise science: time to end another imperial era – podcast

Recent years have seen an increasing number of calls to “decolonise science”, even going so far as to advocate scrapping the practice and findings of …

Bad News for Kissers: Mono Virus is Actually Linked to 7 Other Diseases

Celibacy's looking pretty great right now.<p>Getting mono is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it means you have someone to kiss, or at least swap …

If I Die, Do All My Quantum Selves Die, Too?

We hope you are either very clever or very high for this one<p>The reality you think you’re living in isn’t what you think it is.<p>That’s according to …

For Men

Researchers Uncover Proteins That Could Finally Explain ALS

On Monday, researchers published a breakthrough in <i>JAMA Neurology</i> that suggests a gene that causes amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, could be …

Neuroscience

More than half your body is not human

<b>More than half of your body is not human, say scientists.</b><p>Human cells make up only 43% of the body's total cell count. The rest are microscopic colonists.<p>Understanding this hidden half of ourselves - our microbiome - is rapidly transforming understanding of diseases from allergy to Parkinson's.<p>The …

This 'SNL' Skit Got Hilariously Real About What Your Nike Leggings Are Actually For

For every woman out there currently sporting a pair of leggings while lying on the couch, three episodes deep into a Netflix binge of Wild, Wild Country (* raises hand *): <i>Saturday Night Live</i> sees you, hears you... and, well, wrote a skit about you.<p>Last night, <i>SNL</i> delivered a funny (and beyond …

Six fantastic 2018 festivals for science lovers

The Sun is showing some signs of life, which means festival season isn’t a world away - if you’re looking for a little inspiration, we reckon these …

Festivals

There's a Link Between Autism And Epilepsy, And Scientists Might Have Figured It Out

Their brains can't calm down.<p>Researchers have discovered why a mutated gene causes seizures in some children who have autism.<p>Autism spectrum disorder …

Blood test to detect Alzheimer’s disease

Scientists have developed a new blood test for Alzheimer’s disease that can detect early indicators of the disease long before the first symptoms …

Scientists Have Discovered a New Stem Cell That Could Heal Brain Damage

This could be a game-changer.<p>A newly discovered type of stem cell could help brains repair themselves from injury or even debilitating diseases like …

MIT's AlterEgo headset can read words you say in your head

I don't want to alarm you, but robots can now read your mind. Kind of.<p>AlterEgo is a new headset developed by MIT Media Lab. You strap it to your face. You talk to it. It talks to you. But no words are said. You say things in your head, like "what street am I on," and it reads the signals your brain …

18 Documentaries That Have Shocking Endings

"I'm thinking the allegations are clearly false, and then...bam!"<p><i>Warning: Some spoilers ahead. Continue at your own risk.</i>

Agriculture

Rethinking How Students With Dyslexia Are Taught To Read

Dyslexia is the most common learning disability, affecting tens of millions of people in the United States. But getting help for children who have it in public school can be a nightmare.<p>"They wouldn't acknowledge that he had a problem," says Christine Beattie about her son Neil. "They wouldn't say …

Special Education

Five brilliant science books for kids

Need some brilliant science books for children? Dust off the safety glasses, don your lab coat and get stuck in to these excellent reads.<p>Advertisement<p>…

Getting the Inside Dope on Ketamine’s Mysterious Ability to Rapidly Relieve Depression

Ketamine has been called the biggest thing to happen to psychiatry in 50 years, due to its uniquely rapid and sustained antidepressant effects. It …

Neuroscientists Figured Out What Unconsciousness Looks Like in the Brain

Just because it's unconscious doesn't mean it's not on.<p>The human brain is the only reason our species has survived on this planet for so long, but …

Neuroscience

Ancient cave paintings turn out to be by Neanderthals, not modern humans

A new analysis shows ancient cave paintings were too old to have been painted by modern humans<p>A new discovery that Neanderthals were painting cave walls more than 64,000 years ago has anthropologists rethinking the history of art. Found deep in Spanish caves, the rock art was once thought to be the …

Programming a DNA Clock

Nature is a master at constructing biological machines and circuits, including the ones that maintain the body's internal clock, copy genes or help …

How to build a human brain

Organoids, made from human stem cells, are growing into brains and other miniorgans to help researchers study development

Neuroscience

A fish that barely sleeps could help turn humans into all-night party animals

The Mexican cavefish have no eyes, little pigment, and require about two hours of sleep per night to survive.<p>There’s something about the blind Mexican cavefish that will make you quite jealous: To survive and thrive, they require two hours of sleep each night; no more, no less. Imagine everything …

Let's talk about Charles Darwin's sexy theory of selection

Happy Darwin-tine's Day, everybody!<p>Charles Darwin’s voyage aboard the <i>HMS Beagle</i> was something like a spiritual bachelor party. Before he settled down in a life serving God as a country parson (the caretaker of a church and its congregation), the young naturalist wanted to see the world. At 22 years …

Eight Samsung Galaxy tricks you can't do on any other phone

Make the most of your smartphone.<p>Samsung likes to add its own flourishes to the Android operating system, which means Galaxy phones boast quite a few unique features that you won't find on standard Android devices—or iPhones for that matter. We've collected eight tips and tricks that should work on …

Apps

Rejecting the Solutrean hypothesis: the first peoples in the Americas were not from Europe

Last month’s release of The Ice Bridge, an episode in the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation series The Nature of Things has once again revived public discussion of a controversial idea about how the Americas were peopled known as the “Solutrean hypothesis”. This idea suggests a European origin for …

Native Americans

Can We Change The Past?

Who has no regrets about things done in the past? Wouldn't it be nice if, somehow, we could go back to tweak a couple of bad decisions?<p>This sounds (and as we will see, <i>is,</i> to a certain extent) like science fiction.<p>The laws of physics prohibit traveling backwards in time for many reasons. If we did …

Quantum Physics

To control RNA, hide it under a ‘blanket’

Researchers have developed a new tool could help uncover some of the secrets of RNA, essentially by hiding its molecules from the world. What this …