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Genetically-modified humans: what is CRISPR and how does it work?

Targeted, genetic modification in humans is no longer in the realm of science fiction. Both the UK and US governments have approved the use of a …

Genetics

Otherworldly Images of Andromeda Galaxy Over a Tiny Swiss Village

Photographer Sandro Casutt lives in a remote Swiss village with unbelievable views of the Andromeda Galaxy. The village of Vals, population 990, is a prime location for viewing the closest major galaxy to the Milky Way. Thus, Casutt, together with his brother Markus, started Cosmic Art Photography …

Andromeda Galaxy

Humanity is actually about to start sending messages to aliens

If your most feared end-of-days scenario involves an alien race finding Earth, raiding it for its natural resources, and then doing away with …

The strange and sinister story of the Christmas Krampus

From medieval times comes a mythical beast: the legendary Krampus. Half-goat, half-devil, he’s an anti-St. Nicholas that swats and punishes naughty children before hauling them back to his lair in a basket and eating them for Christmas dinner.<p>In the folklore of Western Europe, Krampus shows up on …

6 More Mysterious Radio Signals Have Been Detected Coming From Outside Our Galaxy

They're all coming from the one place.<p>Back in March, scientists detected 10 powerful bursts of radio signals coming from the same location in space. …

9 Archaeological Sites of Biblical Importance

Archaeology might raise more questions about the Bible than it answers, but that doesn’t stop millions of religious tourists from flocking to the …

Why Only Americans Are Interested in the Hunt for Alien Life

Years ago, during a brief visit to the Dutch university where I once worked, I gave a colloquium about the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). Perhaps surprising to some, Holland ranks high in the quality of its scientific research. This small country produces more than beer and …

Aliens

Scientists say your “mind” isn’t confined to your brain, or even your body

You might wonder, at some point today, what’s going on in another person’s mind. You may compliment someone’s great mind, or say they are out of their mind. You may even try to expand or free your own mind.<p>But what <i>is</i> a mind? Defining the concept is a surprisingly slippery task. The mind is the seat …

Consciousness

Breathing modulates brain activity and mental function

New research shows that the rhythm of breathing directly impacts neural activity in a network of brain areas involved in smell, memory and emotions<p>The rhythm of breathing co-ordinates electrical activity across a network of brain regions associated with smell, memory, and emotions, and can enhance …

The Brain

A Planet With Brains? The Peril And Potential Of Self-Aware Geological Change

Recent years have seen a vigorous debate over whether or not we have entered a new epoch of geologic time, the "Anthropocene," characterized by humanity as a new geologic force.<p>Much of this has centered over when this age began. Three candidates for this include: an "Early Anthropocene" many …

Earth Science

This Melting Glacier in Antarctica Could Raise Sea Levels By 11 Feet

The Totten Ice Shelf is melting and it could have significant global impact.<p>The Earth's climate, it seems, isn't listening to the politicians that are insisting it's not warming. The temperature continues to rise incrementally, and the globe's large glaciers—giant vaults of stored water—continue to …

Antarctica

Water On Mars: Discovery Of Boron Suggests The Planet Once Had Habitable Groundwater

NASA’s Curiosity rover has unearthed fresh evidence that Mars once had plentiful water on its surface. The rover, using its laser-shooting Chemistry …

Ancient Sumerian Writings Reveal the Earth was Ruled by Eight Immortal Kings for 241,200 Years

More than a dozen copies of a mysterious text referred to as the Sumerian King Lists have been uncovered over the years by archaeologists in regions …

Ancient History

Drug lord 'El Chapo' recaptured, Mexican president says

The world's most-wanted drug lord was recaptured in a daring raid by Mexican marines Friday, six months after he fled through a tunnel from a maximum security prison in a made-for-Hollywood escape that deeply embarrassed the government and strained ties with the United States.<p>Mexican President …

Cognitive science backs up the ancient Indian philosophy that we’re conscious even in deep sleep

Deep, dreamless sleep is often described as unconsciousness. We certainly don’t see distinct objects or have linear and memorable trains of thought, as we do in daily life or while dreaming. But in a meta-analysis published last month in Trends in Cognitive Sciences, cognitive science experts argue …

Consciousness

The New Horizons Spacecraft Has Found A Strange Asteroid Teeming With The Ingredients Of Life

Red isn’t a common color outside of planets in our solar system. Sure, you’ve got Mars, and surprising patches of color on Pluto among other mysteries, but by and large, space is greyscale. So that makes MU69, a red asteroid in the Kuiper Belt, a subject of serious fascination among scientists.<p>MU69 …

Sunken cities reveal secrets of Ancient Egypt | CNN Travel

(CNN) — Until 1996, two of Egypt's greatest cities were missing. Then along came French archeologist Franck Goddio, who made an extraordinary discovery underwater.<p>For 1,000 years, Thonis-Heracleion was completely submerged. Fish made their homes among the rubble of mighty temples; hieroglyphs …

Ancient History

Did We Sell Each Other Into Slavery: Misconceptions About the African Involvement in the Slave Trade

There are many misconceptions about African history and nowhere is this more true than the topic of the slave trade. Very often I see comments by people who argue that Africans sold each other into slavery. There is some element of truth to this, but to speak of the slave trade solely as Africans …

Black History

Why Did the Genetic Code of All Life on Earth Suddenly Stop Evolving?

Around 3,000 million years ago, something stopped the genetic code from growing.<p>All life on Earth exists thanks to a universal genetic code. This biological rulebook tells our cells how DNA should be translated into life-supporting proteins, without which we couldn't survive.<p>Even though the genetic …

Genetics

Could these newly-discovered planets orbiting an ultracool dwarf host life?

Three Earth-sized planets are thought to have surface temperatures which would allow liquid water, making them potentially hospitable to life<p>Three distant worlds that orbit a feeble star in the constellation of Aquarius are the most likely places discovered so far to find life beyond the solar …

Universe