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First sex-determing genes appeared 180 million years ago

The Y chromosome, which distinguishes males from females at the genetic level, appeared some 180 million years ago, according to a new study …

The Brain

Meet Kepler-186f, the most 'Earth-like' planet ever found

Sifting through observations from tens of thousands of distant stars, astronomers say they have discovered the first definitive Earth-sized planet that orbits in a habitable zone where water could exist in liquid form — a necessary condition for life as we know it.<p>Experts don't know if the planet, …

How To Replace Your iPhone 5's Screen

The latest news on the iPhone 6, apart from the fact it’s not going to launch in May, is that Apple is switching from Gorilla Glass to sapphire crystal in an effort to beat scratches. However, an issue that has plagued more than a few butter-fingered owners is the fact that the screen, like any …

Harvard researchers look to termites as inspiration for autonomous building robots

Termites may be among the most repellent and invasive insects on the planet, but they've also provided the inspiration for a set of swarm-based construction robots designed by a group of Harvard researchers. The TERMES robot project is based on the behavior of actual termites: while the insects may …

APOD: Cassini Spacecraft Crosses Saturn's Ring Plane (2014 Feb 23) Image Credit: Cassini Imaging Team, ISS, JPL, ESA, NASA http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140223.html Explanation: If this is Saturn, where are the rings? When Saturn's "appendages" disappeared in 1612, Galileo did not understand why. Later that century, it became understood that Saturn's unusual protrusions were rings and that when the Earth crosses the ring plane, the edge-on rings will appear to disappear. This is because Saturn's rings are confined to a plane many times thinner, in proportion, than a razor blade. In modern times, the robot Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn now also crosses Saturn's ring plane. A series of plane crossing images from 2005 February was dug out of the vast online Cassini raw image archive by interested Spanish amateur Fernando Garcia Navarro. Pictured above, digitally cropped and set in representative colors, is the striking result. Saturn's thin ring plane appears in blue, bands and clouds in Saturn's upper atmosphere appear in gold. Details of Saturn's rings can be seen in the high dark shadows across the top of this image, taken back in 2005. Moons appear as bumps in the rings. http://ciclops.org/ http://spacescience.org/ http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/ http://www.esa.int/ http://www.nasa.gov/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140223 #APOD

"Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing" (w/ Jimmy Fallon & Will Smith)

Jimmy Fallon

We're not suggesting that it was previously illegal for drivers, marshals and commentators to eat the sugary snacks on race weekend but rather it was frowned upon by the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) for jubilant Grand

We're not suggesting that it was previously illegal for drivers, marshals and commentators to eat the sugary snacks on race weekend but rather it was …

Rumor: Xbox One Might Be Getting Graphics Performance Patch

Microsoft may be looking to improve the Xbox One’s graphics performance, a new report from Hothardware.com suggests. Currently, 10% of the machine’s GPU is reserved for the motion-sensing Kinect, but a new patch could loosen that restriction. Sources say Microsoft could allow developers to make use …

Glowing Life-Sized Skull is Handcarved from a Colorful Geode

Gemstone crafter Skullis hand-carved this glowing life-sized skull entirely out of microscopic crystals with colorful bands of blues and purples that run throughout it. Just below its smooth and soft surface, the skull's open top reveals a cluster of multifaceted crystals that lie beneath.<p>In …

Bands

Sketch Collection by Marcelo Shultz

We have featured Marcelo Shultz a few times on Abduzeedo and it seems that it's becoming a trend. That's because he never ceases to inspire us with …

Typography

Coffee vs. Beer: Which Drink Makes You More Creative?

<i>Mikael Cho is the co-founder of ooomf, a network that connects short-term software projects with handpicked developers and designers. Mikael writes about psychology, startups, and product marketing over on the ooomf blog.</i><p>I didn’t know what I was going to write about today.<p>When this happens, …

Black holes should be redefined, says Stephen Hawking in new paper

Black holes don't actually exist in the way we traditionally think of them, renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has proposed in a short but potentially revolutionary paper.<p>Classical theory holds that no energy or information can ever escape a black hole, but the principles of quantum physics suggest …

The changing face of psychology

In 1959, an American researcher named Ted Sterling reported something disturbing. Of 294 articles published across four major psychology journals, 286 had reported positive results – that is, a staggering 97% of published papers were underpinned by statistically significant effects. Where, he …

Rise Of The Insect Drones

Nature spent millions of years perfecting flapping-wing flight. Now engineers can reproduce it with machines.<p>Five years ago, Richard Guiler and Tom Vaneck were sitting at a bar a few blocks from their office, trying to take their minds off work. For nearly a year, the two engineers had been …

APOD: From the Northern to the Southern Cross (2014 Jan 27) Image Credit & Copyright: Nicholas Buer http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140127.html Explanation: There is a road that connects the Northern to the Southern Cross but you have to be at the right place and time to see it. The road, as pictured above, is actually the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy; the right place, in this case, is dark Laguna Cejar in Salar de Atacama of Northern Chile; and the right time was in early October, just after sunset. Many sky wonders were captured then, including the bright Moon, inside the Milky Way arch; Venus, just above the Moon; Saturn and Mercury, just below the Moon; the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds satellite galaxies, on the far left; red airglow near the horizon on the image left; and the lights of small towns at several locations across the horizon. One might guess that composing this 30-image panorama would have been a serene experience, but for that one would have required earplugs to ignore the continued brays of wild donkeys. http://www.nicholasbuer.com/ http://facebook.com/nicholasbuerphotography Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140127 #APOD

Mercedes AMG in F1: The Uncertainty Principle - The Big Picture

So here’s the deal: You’ve extracted a couple hundred million dollars from a bunch of sponsors — not to mention the gimlet-eyed board of directors at one of the world’s most prestigious automakers — on the understanding your team will build the world’s best race car and win the world’s most …

Motor Racing

Spied! Porsche 911 Mid-Cycle Refresh Could Bring Downsized Turbo Engines - Wide Open Throttle

At first glance, these Porsche 911 spyshots don’t look radically different than the 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 S – 2013 Best Driver’s Car – Motor Trend ” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>current car on sale. But a closer look reveals some bigger changes could be in the works that meets the eye. Our …

Engines

The Naked Gun reboot is more of a sequel

Last month it was announced that Paramount Pictures is to reboot <b>The Naked Gun</b>, with Ed Helms taking on the role of Sergeant Frank Drebin, Detective …

Buster Keaton Month - The General

<i>Simon Columb continues our Buster Keaton month with a review of The General…</i><p>Though <b>The General</b> is the highest ranked comedy in Sight and Sound’s …

The best tablet 2018: Top tablets and 2-in-1s to buy today - Pocket-lint

So you're looking for the best new tablet to buy? Or you rather like the thought of a 2-in-1 tablet-PC convertible? You've come to the right …

Everyday – Short Film by Gustav Johansson

Everyday.<p>Filmmaker Gustav Johansson from Stockholm, Sweden has written, directed and edited this beautiful short film called “Everyday”. The film is …

Daily Inspiration #1667

This post is part of our daily series of posts showing the most inspiring images selected by some of the Abduzeedo's writers and users. If you want …

Graphic Design

Duncan Hellmers' Nixie-Tube-Based Blub Clock

[<i>Editor's Note: This post has been edited to reflect a comment regarding the physical nature of nixie tubes.</i>]<p>In this age of digital displays, it's …

Industrial Design

From 14 to a Million: The Astronomical Growth of the Astronomy Picture of the Day

On June 16, 1995, Robert Nemiroff (MTU) and Jerry Bonnell (UMCP) posted the <br>first Astronomy Picture of the Day. The site received 14 page views that …

A Reading Teacher Who Lost The Ability To Read

Here's a medical mystery that begins with a kindergarten teacher. We're not using her full name to protect her medical privacy, so we'll call her M.<p>M. taught reading to 4 and 5-year-olds at a school outside Chicago, but two years ago something happened to her that changed her life: she lost the …

Flexible Sapphire Glass And Simpler OS Will Make iWatch More Fuelband Than Gear

Tim Cook acknowledged in an ABC interview yesterday that Apple has something big going on in Arizona concerning sapphire glass, but stopped short of admitting that a forthcoming iWatch might be a major beneficiary of the new material. A number of other factors conspire to make me think that to be …

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