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Earth - How cancer was created by evolution

Will we ever win the "war on cancer"?<p>The latest figures show just how distant a prospect victory is right now. In the US, the lifetime risk of developing cancer is 42% in men and 38% in women, according to the American Cancer Society. The figures are even worse in the UK. According to Cancer …

Cancer

The Evolutionary Reason for Growing Old and Dying, with Bill Nye

<b>Jaco</b>: Hi there Bill. My name is Jaco. I'd like to know what the evolutionary advantage is in growing old and dieing. They are biologically immortal …

Humanity’s forgotten family

Hominin fossils discovered near the site of the ‘hobbit’ Homo floresiensis provide yet more evidence that the human lineage is more diverse than was …

Ancestral Remains of Mysterious ‘Hobbit’ Species Uncovered on Indonesian Island

Bones and teeth belonging to the ancestors of the short-statured human lineage known as “the Hobbits” have been discovered on the Indonesian island …

The Very Long War Between Snakes and Newts

The two have been locked in an evolutionary arms race since before they even existed.<p>In the mountains of Oregon, there are newts with so much poison in their skin that each could kill a roomful of people. There are also snakes that eat those newts; they’re completely resistant to the toxins. The …

Bioluminescence is so useful to fish that it evolved 27 times, study says

We don't often encounter species that produce their own light here on land. Fireflies do it. Some millipedes and fungi do it. That's about it.<p>But in the murky depths of the ocean, it's a whole different glowing story.<p>About 1,000 to 1,500 feet beneath the ocean surface, in a region known as the deep …

Biology

'Hobbits' probably barbecued mini-elephants on this Indonesian island

Want to mingle with hobbits? All you’ll need is a time machine and these coordinates: Flores Island, Indonesia, 700,000 B.C.<p>There, you’d find 70-pound, three-foot-tall humanoids dwelling in caves. If you met the hobbits on a good day, you might catch them butchering a tiny elephant-esque species …

Light pollution prevents 1 in 3 Earthlings from seeing the Milky Way at night

Across the globe, light pollution is making the night sky lighter and the stars harder to see, according to a new study.<p>In a paper published Friday in Science Advances, researchers reveal that 1 in 3 people worldwide are unable to see the Milky Way when they gaze at the heavens in their hometown. …

Science

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Black Holes Could Be 'Back Doors' to Another Universe, Say Physicists

How to tunnel to another world.<p>A physical object, such as a person or a spacecraft, could theoretically make it through a wormhole in the centre of a …

Physics

Why Do So Many People Have a Fear of Holes?

NSFL.<p><i>Why Is This Still a Thing</i> <i>is a column exploring the anachronistic, seemingly-outdated technology that surrounds us. New columns appear every Friday.</i><p>I still remember the genesis of my trypophobia. One day in the second grade, I stumbled on a nest of yellow jackets, filled to the brim with milky …

Relaxation Benefits Introverts More Than Extraverts in Boosting Creativity

Everybody loves creativity. Organizations spend large sums of money on programs designed to "unleash creativity"-- from Edward de Bono's lateral …

Scientists Say The Rio Olympics Should Be Postponed Due To Zika

A few weeks ago I helped organize an open letter to Margaret Chan at the WHO and the IOC expressing concern about the wisdom of holding the Olympic Games in Rio this August. The letter, signed by 223 scientists, doctors, bioethicists and public health experts, urged that since the WHO itself had …

Public Health

Scientists Use Lasers To Regrow Teeth From Stem Cells

Imagine if a trip to the dentist to treat a cavity didn’t involve a filling, root canal, or crown. What if a simple light treatment could actually …

Stem Cells

Depressing Theory: Cancer May Be An Evolutionary Safeguard To Protect Our Species

Living forever wouldn’t be good for the species. Did nature make a way to keep it from happening?<p>When our DNA is damaged and cannot be repaired, the damaged cell is marked for termination so its compromised DNA isn’t passed on. The cells are told not to reproduce. If this process, called apoptosis, …

Biology

Milky Way no longer visible to one third of humanity, light pollution atlas shows

It has inspired astronomers, artists, musicians and poets but the Milky Way could become a distant memory for much of humanity, a new global atlas of light pollution suggests.<p>The study reveals that 60% of Europeans and almost 80% of North Americans cannot see the glowing band of our galaxy because …

Universe