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Scientists Get Their First Look at the Enzyme That Could Help Battle Aging

The enzyme holds clues to a possible cure for aging or potential cancer therapies.<p>Nothing in your body lasts forever. Every single cell in your body will die eventually, and eventually you’ll run out of replacements. When that happens, various parts of your body will stop working correctly, and at …

It's Official. Cooling to Absolute Zero Is Mathematically Impossible

Thermodynamics<p>The laws of thermodynamics, a cornerstone of modern physics, help to explain how physical quantities act under certain conditions and …

Quantum Physics

Scientists ‘discover’ more than 100 planets in our solar system

Most of us grew up learning that there are nine planets in our solar system. Back in 2006 that all changed, when Pluto was demoted from being labeled …

Chinese Scientists Become First to Use CRISPR Gene-Editing on Humans

Chinese scientists are attempting to use CRISPR to develop a new treatment for cancer patients, and the U.S. will soon follow their lead.<p>A team of Chinese scientists from Sichuan University in Chengdu have become the first to inject a person with cells modified with the gene-editing tool …

Jupiter's moon Europa may shoot liquid water into space

The high-powered Hubble Space Telescope has caught sight of something amazing on Jupiter's icy moon Europa, NASA announced today.<p>Scientists using the …

How to change the world with a $1 microscope

MacArthur “genius” Manu Prakash wants the world to love science as much as he does.<p>When Manu Prakash was growing up in India, he was obsessed with skeletons. Upon finding a dead rabbit, he would clean and painstakingly reassemble its 200-plus bones.<p>"It physically told me how intricate every object …

Science

Google’s ‘worst’ self-driving accident was still a human’s fault

‘Our light was green’<p>Google said that one of its self-driving cars was involved in an accident in Mountain View, California last week. The accident was first reported Friday by <i>9to5 Google</i>, which characterized the incident as Google’s “worst accident yet.”<p>In a statement, Google insisted its …

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400-year-old Greenland shark is oldest vertebrate animal

Shark, which would have reached sexual maturity at around 150 years, sets new record for longevity as biologists finally develop method to determine age<p>She was born during the reign of James I, was a youngster when René Descartes set out his rules of thought and the great fire of London raged, saw …

White Shark

There are more jobs in renewable energy than in oil, gas, and coal combined

A word to the burly coal miners who complained that cutting coal out of our energy mix would take away their jobs when the Climate Action Plan was up …

Renewable Energy

Meet Zenbo, the Asus robot that costs no more than a smartphone

Voice-controlled companion, whose touchscreen face shows its emotions, can entertain kids and control the lights<p>The Taiwanese electronics manufacture Asus has unveiled a home robot called Zenbo that can talk, control your home and provide assistance when needed – all for the cost of a top-end …

Robotics

Ancient DNA and the rewriting of human history: be sparing with Occam’s razor

1. Thorne AG, Wolpoff MH. The multiregional evolution of humans. Sci Am. 1992;266:76–9. doi: 10.1038/scientificamerican0492-76. [PubMed] [Cross …

Surreal Tattoos By This Belarussian Artist Will Make You Want To Get Inked

When French artists George Seurat and Paul Signac invented pointillism in 1886, they probably never expected that the style would one day be applied …

Why Sales of Solar Panels Could Soon Start Booming

The way people are getting solar panels installed in their homes is going through a rapid change.<p>The <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reported that companies such …

How to create an animated scene

Creating an interesting and detailed 3D art model can be a challenge in itself. Putting together a believable environment for 3D movies that tells …

Scientist Creates Possible Cure to All Viruses, Needs It to Go Viral

When MIT-trained engineer Todd Rider revealed his revolutionary idea for killing virtually any virus, everyone from fellow scientists to The White …

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Artificial Intelligence Should Be Protected by Human Rights, Says Oxford Mathematician

Machines have feelings too.<p>With huge leaps taking place in the world of artificial intelligence (AI), right now, experts have started asking …

Singularity

'Break Free' fossil fuel protests deemed 'largest ever' global disobedience

Coalition of environmental groups call for oil, coal and gas to be kept in the ground during mass protests around the world over the past two weeks<p>Thousands of people have taken part in what organizers have called the largest ever global civil disobedience against fossil fuels, with dozens of …

An Artist Has Replaced Classic Nintendo Bad Guys with Donald Trump

Using ROMs and an emulator, an artist has replaced classic Nintendo bad guys with an 8-bit Donald Trump.<p>Artist Jeff Hong today launched Trumptendo, a group of old school Nintendo Entertainment System video games that replaces antagonists like Donkey Kong, Bowser, and Mike Tyson with The Donald. The …

150 Scientists Just Met in Secret to Discuss Creating a Synthetic Human Genome

Get ready for it.<p>A very select group of scientists, lawyers, and industry leaders just met at Harvard Medical School in Boston to contemplate …

See where game graphics tech could go in this 2016 SIGGRAPH preview

It's that time again: The annual SIGGRAPH computer graphics conference is nigh, and that means conference organizers have released a video preview …

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Star Trek Knew 50 Years Ago That Robots Would Take All of Our Jobs

It's a thought experiment about how humans conduct themselves under improved conditions. And most startling, it got much of the future right.<p><i>Star …

Science Fiction

Astronomers measure NGC 1332 central black hole at 660 million solar masses.

Seventy million light-years from Earth lies the somewhat odd galaxy NGC 1332. It falls somewhere in between the two main galaxy types of elliptical …

Universe

Mysterious Mars Methane Spike Not a Seasonal Event

A big methane spike that NASA's Mars rover Curiosity detected two years ago was not due to seasonal changes on the Red Planet, NASA scientists …

Global Warming

An unsettling photo of a US physicist cheerfully holding the 'Fat Man' atomic bomb's core

<i>Photo source: Los Alamos National Laboratory</i><p>This image from 1945 shows Manhattan Project physicist Harold Agnew smiling and holding the plutonium core of one of the world's most devastating weapons.<p>Weighing 14 pounds and responsible for 80,000 deaths, the heart of the "Fat Man" atomic bomb was …

Ancient Roman treasure trove found off coast of Caesarea

The Antiquities Authority called the discovery the biggest treasure uncovered in at least 30 years.<p>><p>1,600 year-old Roman artifacts found off the …

Coming soon: A “Made in India” space shuttle

A “Made in India” space shuttle may be on the horizon.<p>This month, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)—India’s equivalent of NASA—will begin the mission to launch its indigenous space shuttle, the Press Trust of India reported on May 15.<p>Although the test model is about six times smaller …

Space Exploration

Physicists Just Discovered a Totally New Form of Light

Science, always keeping us on our toes.<p>Physicists have just discovered a new form of light that doesn't follow our existing rules of angular …