Shreyas Ganesan

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Scientists sequenced the first ancient Irish genomes and found something surprising

Results of the study were published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.<p>The researchers sequenced the genome of an early farmer woman who lived near Belfast some 5,200 years ago and the genomes of three men from a later period, around 4,000 …

Anthropology

Skyrim: Beginning vs. End

The Elder Scrolls

News

China joins hunt for extra-terrestrials with FAST - the world's biggest-ever telescope

The massive structure will allow scientists to gather signals from tens of billions of light years away when it is completed in 2016<p>China is in the final stages of building the world's largest-ever radio telescope, which will give Beijing a leading role in space research and the hunt for …

Jeff Bezos beats Elon Musk's SpaceX in the reusable rocket race

Blue Origin, the private space firm owned by Amazon's Jeff Bezos, has just dropped a huge gauntlet in the race to develop a reusable rocket. It just launched its New Shepard space vehicle (video, below), consisting of a BE-3 rocket and crew capsule, to the edge of space at a suborbital altitude of …

Space Travel

Who is Lucy the Australopithecus? Five facts you probably didn't know about oldest hominin ever discovered

The 41st anniversary of the discovery of 'Lucy' has been celebrated with a Google Doodle.<p>'Lucy' is a collection of fossilised bones that once made up …

Gravity will rip Martian moon apart to form dust and rubble ring

Mars will become the fifth ringed planet as the largest of its two moons disintegrate - in 20 to 70 million years, according to new data<p>Mars is on course to become the fifth ringed planet in the solar system according to astronomers, who claim that its mini moon, Phobos, will one day disintegrate …

Astronomy

Newest Pluto pics show day in life of dwarf planet

NASA's newest Pluto pictures depict an entire day on the dwarf planet.<p>The space agency released a series of 10 close-ups of the frosty, faraway world Friday, representing one full rotation, or Pluto day. A Pluto day is equivalent to 6.4 Earth days.<p>The New Horizons spacecraft snapped the pictures as …

Without Einstein it would have taken decades longer to understand gravity

It was 1905, and Albert Einstein had just turned theoretical physics on its head by publishing a paper on what later became known as special …

Zinedine Zidane not looking to replace Rafa Benitez as Real Madrid boss

Zinedine Zidane has cooled speculation he could replace Rafa Benitez as Real Madrid boss following the 4-0 home defeat to Barcelona at the …

Neurologists Have Found a Scientific Explanation For Your Lack of Motivation

It's not (completely) your fault.<p>If you often struggle to get yourself motivated - or you have friends who seem stuck in a permanent state of apathy …

Durex thinks a condom emoji can help promote safe sex

Look, there's already a taco emoji, so it doesn't seem far fetched to have one that represents a condom as well. After all, despite their obvious differences, they both have something in common: pleasure. That's why Durex, a brand of male contraceptives, is hard at work advocating for a condom …

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella: "Cortana Is Going To Kill Your Web Browser"

Cortana is one of the best digital assistants out there and it’s giving a tough competition to Apple’s Siri and Google Now. While Facebook is busy …

The Star Wars franchise—even the prequels—is a work of weird genius

<i>With Run The Series,</i> The A.V. Club <i>examines film franchises, studying how they change and evolve with each new installment.</i><p>Imagine that there’d never …

NASA photos of Earth: Comparing the planet 1972 to 2015

The 1972 "Blue Marble" photo of Earth offered a previously unseen view of the world: A single image of the planet lit by the sun. In an instant, the image became iconic.<p>Since that time, many satellite photos of Earth have been taken in different ways and from different views. Usually, because the …

Can We Test Dark Energy Using The Solar System?

One of the biggest revolutions in our scientific understanding of the Universe occurred at the end of the last century, when we discovered the existence of dark energy. Prior to that, the Big Bang — where the Universe began from a hot, dense, rapidly expanding state that cooled and spread out over …

Nasa's new humanoid robot to tackle space missions

This 6 foot tall all-American robot may look like something from a Marvel film -- but it's actually helping future robots (and maybe even a few …

Birth of Planets! Formation of Alien Worlds Photographed for 1st Time

For the first time ever, astronomers have directly observed planets in the process of being born.<p>Scientists have photographed a gas-giant exoplanet …

Finally, humanity gets the tools needed to find life on other planets

Exactly four centuries ago this year, Galileo sent a letter to the Grand Duchess of Tuscany to implore the powers-that-be of the time to accept the scientific fact that the Earth revolves around the sun and not the reverse.<p>It was not a new idea -- the ancient Greek Aristarchus made the same …

Secret glue-filled satellite: Sticky answer to space debris threat?

<b>Le Bourget, France (CNN) —</b> Every day, millions of pieces of space junk fly around, hundreds of miles above our heads, each posing a potential threat to astronauts and satellites. It's a tricky problem -- but is a sticky solution just around the corner?<p>Scientists have puzzled for years over how to …

Space Debris

Methane in meteorites shows Mars soil could support life, study indicates

Analysis of meteorite samples has led scientists to believe that the subsurface of Mars could support microbes which thrive in methane-rich environments<p>Direct evidence for life on Mars may remain as elusive as ever, but if something is living there, it is probably lurking beneath the surface, …