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Why Your Dog Is Smarter Than My Baby

Dolphins are as smart as 3-year olds, and dogs as smart as two-year old children, and some chimps are better at remembering things than any adult I know. But what do intelligence comparisons actually show us?<p>On the surface, human babies appear to be miles behind the rest of the animal kingdom. …

Pets

Kids With Rare Disease May Hold Secret to Stopping Viruses

A brother and sister with an extremely rare genetic condition have a stunning ability to fight off viruses — an ability that could lead to a new family of antiviral drugs.<p>Their bodies stop viruses from building a protective shell, which leaves viruses "naked" and vulnerable, researchers report in …

North Korea tells the world 'wait and see' over new nuclear tests

North Korea commits to "new form of nuclear test", despite international condemnation over recent ballistic missile launches<p>North Korea said on Friday that the world would have to "wait and see" when asked for details of "a new form" of nuclear test it threatened to carry out after the United …

What if we could rebuild New York City?

New York has, over the last few centuries, become one of the world’s most densely packed cities. But what if you could redraw the city’s map – and build it from scratch?<p>If we were designing New York today, how different would it look?<p>The new New York City would balance the relationship between the …

NASA weighs the ethics of sending astronauts into space for years

Since NASA launched MAVEN on a yearlong mission to Mars at the end of last year, the organization has been thinking about sending more people into space for longer periods of time. To prep for these kinds of missions, NASA asked the Institute of Medicine, the health division of the National Academy …

The Teenage Brain Explained

Rough diamond hints at vast quantities of water inside Earth

A small, battered diamond found in the gravel strewn along a shallow riverbed in Brazil has provided evidence of a vast "wet zone" deep inside the Earth that could hold as much water as all the world's oceans put together.<p>The water is not sloshing around inside the planet, but is held fast within …

Trees On The Move As Temperature Zones Shift 3.8 Feet A Day

You are a snail. You are a plant. You like where you are. The temperature's right. It suits you.<p>But then, gradually, over the years, it gets warmer. Not every day, of course, but on more and more days, the temperature climbs to uncomfortable highs, drying you out, making you tired, …

Asteroid 2000 EM26: 'potentially hazardous' space rock to fly close to Earth

A "potentially hazardous" asteroid the size of three football fields will come uncomfortably close to Earth early on Tuesday.<p>The space rock, known as 2000 EM26, poses no threat and will pass the Earth at just under nine times the distance to the moon.<p>But it is defined as a potentially hazardous …

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Reportedly Met With Apple's Top Deals Exec

Last year, multiple analysts recommended that Apple buy Tesla to make a bold push into the auto industry. As it turns out, the Cupertino, Calif. may …

You Have Already Complied: RoboCop and the All-Too-Feasible Horror of Brain Hacking

In science fiction films, science tends to play the villain. Speculative theories and far-fetched technology wear the old black hat and outsize mustache, and tie us all kicking and screaming to the train tracks. These are adventure stories, ultimately, so why not set cloned dinosaurs and predatory …

Singularity

In The World's 'Sixth Extinction,' Are Humans The Asteroid?

The dinosaurs were killed during the Fifth Extinction — which scientists suspect was caused by an asteroid. Now, we are living through an epoch that many scientists describe as the Sixth Extinction, and this time, human activity is the culprit. As one scientist put it: We're the asteroid.<p>Elizabeth …

China just became the biggest investor in Laos, and Laos’s neighbors are worried

Land-locked Laos is one of the poorest countries in the world, but it has one thing in abundance: access to the massive Mekong River. The country’s hydropower potential has earned it the nickname “the Battery of Asia” and made it a magnet for investment from its neighbors: Thailand, southeast …

Halton Arp - obituary

Halton Arp was an astronomer who faced scientific exile after daring to question the Big Bang theory of the universe’s creation<p>Halton Arp, the award-winning American astronomer and protégé of Edwin Hubble, who has died aged 86, wrote a widely-used text, the Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies (1966); yet in …

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 …

Colossal 'Hole' in Space Could Be Link to Universe Beyond Our Own

Leave this world, travel 6 billion–10 billion light years toward the Eridanus constellation, and you’ll run into a giant cosmic wall of nothingness.<p>A …

Why viruses and bacteria trigger different immune responses

Scientists have identified a key difference in the way our immune systems respond to viral and bacterial pathogens.<p>The study, published in the …

Building A Social Network Of Crime

Can software distill mayhem into a database?<p>In Chicago's gang-embattled South Side, a shooting can incite swift retaliation, which spawns even further violence. That’s what may have happened in September in Cornell Square Park when gunmen opened fire on a basketball court just hours after one of …

U.S. Dept. of Defense

Biologists uncover a new clue to messenger RNA decay

Scientists have known for several decades that a certain chemical modification exists on messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA), which is essential to the …