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The real reason the sound of your own voice makes you cringe

Most of us have shuddered on hearing the sound of our own voice. In fact, not liking the sound of your own voice is so common that there’s a term for it: voice confrontation.<p>But why is voice confrontation so frequent, while barely a thought is given to the voices of others?<p>A common explanation …

Psychology

Hawaii Sunscreen Ban Aims to Stop Coral From Mysteriously Self-Destructing

Sunscreen chemicals seem to cause a very strange phenomenon in coral.<p>The corals of Hawaii are so stressed out that they’re encasing themselves <i>in</i> …

David Ige

New type of photosynthesis discovered

The discovery changes our understanding of the basic mechanism of photosynthesis and should rewrite the textbooks.<p>It will also tailor the way we hunt …

Chemistry

Yale experiment to reanimate dead brains promises 'living hell' for humans

A scientific experiment to reanimate dead brains could lead to humans enduring a ‘fate worse than death,’ an ethics lecturer has warned.<p>Last month Yale University announced it had successfully resurrected the brains of more than 100 slaughtered pigs and found that the cells were still healthy.<p>The …

Figure Out Where You Are With Nothing But a Watch and Protractor

In a recent episode of MacGyver, Angus (yes, that's his first name) finds his location in the desert using only a string, a protractor, and a watch. …

Self-destructive species: from exploding ants to postnatal octopuses

Ants<p>Earlier this month, a group of scientists described a newly discovered ant species, <i>Colobopsis explodens</i>, in the journal <i>ZooKeys</i>. As the name suggests, the worker ants of the species, which is found in south-east Asia, are known to explode when attacked, releasing sticky, toxic fluid from their …

Insects

Scientists Find a Crucial New Role For DNA We Once Considered Junk

We were so wrong.<p>Researchers have determined how satellite DNA, considered to be "junk DNA", plays a crucial role in holding the genome …

Study: Global warming is weakening key ocean circulation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming is likely slowing the main Atlantic Ocean circulation, which has plunged to its weakest level on record, according to a new study.<p>The slowdown in the circulation — a crucial part of Earth's climate — had been predicted by computer models, but researchers said they …

Global Warming

The Secrets of the X Chromosome

Most people know that the X chromosome is one of the two sex chromosomes; inherit an X from each of your parents and you will likely be deemed …

Why genes don't hold all the answers for biologists

It is still widely believed that the gene is the foundation of life – that its discovery has provided information about how all living beings are …

Genetics

WHO launches health review after microplastics found in 90% of bottled water

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced a review into the potential risks of plastic in drinking water after a new analysis of some of the world’s most popular bottled water brands found that more than 90% contained tiny pieces of plastic. A previous study also found high levels of …

Pollution

Einstein made his share of errors. Here are three of the biggest

Lucky for us, he was a persistent sort.<p>Even people who know little about Albert Einstein’s work know he was brilliant — so clever that his name is synonymous with genius. Of course, the mind that gave us the theory of general relativity, the 1915 masterwork that sealed Einstein’s scientific …

Physics

British river has worst recorded microplastic pollution in the world, study finds

A British river has the worst microplastic pollution in the world, researchers have found, with levels even greater than hugely built-up areas such as in South Korea and Hong Kong.<p>Geographers at The University of Manchester are calling for tighter regulations to prevent plastic entering waterways …

These Curious Spiders Evolved the Same Way Over and Over and Over Again

The genus of spiders known as Ariamnes has always been known to have a few tricks up its sleeve. Measuring a max of just two centimeters in size, it …

Scientists solve a methane puzzle

Since 2006, levels of heat-trapping methane in Earth’s atmosphere have risen sharply. A new study settles a disagreement about the source.<p>The video …

Tractor beam breakthrough could lead to levitating humans

Tractor beams have made the jump from science fiction to reality in recent years, but only for levitating very small objects. A new breakthrough could lead to futuristic, far out new uses for the technology and open the door to levitating much larger objects, including humans.<p>Engineers from the …

Breakthroughs

Our memory comes from an ancient virus, neuroscientists say

This study is radically changing how we view the process of evolution.<br>Read More

Evolution unleashed

Is evolutionary science due for a major overhaul – or is talk of ‘revolution’ misguided?<i>By Kevin Laland</i>Read at Aeon

Parasites and hosts may respond differently to a warmer world

Organisms infected by parasites may respond differently to changes in temperature than their uninfected counterparts, according to new research from …

A High-School Student Just Won $250,000 For This Incredible Explanation of Relativity

This is genius.<p>The German physicist Albert Einstein needed complex equations to describe his theory of relativity, but 18-year-old Hillary Diane …

Physics

What Is Time? A Simple Explanation

Time is familiar to everyone, yet hard to define and understand. Science, philosophy, religion, and the arts have different definitions of time, but …

Stranger than science: Seven really weird discoveries from 2017

<i>When an apple fell from a tree and Sir Isaac Newton wondered why, he probably didn’t expect the answer to profoundly change how we understand the</i> …

Live Science

Animal Gas<p>Cows do it. Koalas do it. But birds don’t. Fart, that is.<p>In a new book aptly titled "Does It Fart?", zoologist Dani Rabaiotti and ecologist …

Digestion

A classic Darwinian ecological hypothesis holds up—with a twist

New University of Colorado Boulder-led research shows that a long-held hypothesis about the factors that govern species ranges largely holds true, …

Ecology

A scientist named George Church has a wild idea to upend evolution — here’s what you should know about him

They're considering launching a decade-long drive to build, from scratch, all the genes that make humans human.<p>The meeting raised all sorts of ethical questions. But that's nothing new for Church. He has been stirring controversy, and excitement, in the scientific community for decades. He wants to …

Octopus And Squid Evolution Is Officially Weirder Than We Could Have Ever Imagined

They edit their own genes!<p>Just when we thought octopuses couldn't be any weirder, it turns out that they and their cephalopod brethren evolve …

Biology

On the Origin of High-Sodium Species

Roads and the salt spread on them are pushing the evolution of species<p>Over the course of millions of years, environmental pressures push species to …

Seemingly Adorable Dog Behaviors That Can Also Indicate Aggression

Dogs can't use their words to express their displeasure so they resort to visual and auditory clues like snarling, barking and growling to warn …

Cute

Supercool Water Mystifies Physicists

Water can drop below its freezing point and still remain liquid, but scientists haven't figured out why.<p>It’s a basic property of matter: Water goes …

Physics

Dragonfly Wings Can Rip Apart Bacteria Without Antibiotics

We finally know why.<p>Special bacteria-killing surfaces constitute a highly active area of research and development. Strategies to construct them vary …

Biology