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Weird Loops Of Genetic Material Help Cause Cancer

Scientists have shown that an unusual form of genetic material can help cause blood cancers.<p>While DNA stores life’s instructions, another genetic material – RNA – relays information. Some RNA molecules are copied from DNA as genes that encode proteins. But only 2% of the human genome consists of …

Why Stress Is Actually Good For Us—and How to Get Good at It | Goop

It’s been drilled into all of us since childhood: Stress is at the root of every modern-day ailment, it’s the primary culprit for all feelings of …

Newly-developed nanomachines can autonomously repair broken circuits,

We’ve always assumed that robots derive their marching orders from us humans and our programming skills, but sometimes, we’re just unnecessary. Such …

Surprising Benefits of Coconut Oil That Make You Healthy And Beautiful

When was the last time you read a book, or a substantial magazine article? Do your daily reading habits center around tweets, Facebook updates, or …

Coconut

Sex of a baby? Ancient virus makes the call

The sex of human and all mammalian babies may be determined by a simple modification of a virus that insinuated itself into the mammalian genome as …

Everything Is Made Of Waves; Also, Particles

Everything in the universe has both particle and wave nature, at the same time.They’re really just different language describing the same mathematical object.

Leak: Tesla Model 3 Goes 0-60 in Under 4 Seconds, Has 300-Mile Range

According to an insider, the Model 3 will get optional all-wheel-drive and a range of over 300 miles.<p>Tesla won't officially introduce the $35,000 Model 3 until tomorrow, but a wild leak is already spilling the beans on the car's performance specs. And they're pretty astonishing, if they're to be …

How To Make a Camera Rig Out of Stuff In Your Recycling Bin

Got cardboard? Great, let's get started.<p>To get perfectly stabilized smartphone camera shots, you could buy an expensive rig. Or you could snatch back a few things from your recycling bin before the city comes to pick them up. Let's go with the latter.<p>This video from BBC Earth Unplugged demonstrates …

Recall Alert: Fiskars Bypass Lopper Shears Can Break While Cutting Branches

The lopper handles can pose a risk of serious injury and laceration.<p>Fiskars' 32-inch Bypass Lopper Shears were recalled back in 2014, but since then there have been 10 new injuries, prompting a complete recall of the 277,000 lopper shears that were sold.<p>Lopper shears are a common gardening and …

Amazon Is Cracking Down on Cheap USB Cords That Could Fry Your Gadgets

In an effort to prevent bad USB-C cords from frying computers, Amazon is declaring open season.<p>Amazon is on the hunt. Its prey? Cheap USB cables. Its weapons? Permabanning of cables that don't adhere to the strict standards of the USB-C format. For good reason too; bad ones can seriously mess up …

Drones Are the New IEDs And Troops Need a New Way To Fight Them

Think tank report says adversaries will increasingly use drones to hunt American forces.<p>A report by a Washington D.C. think tank warns of a dangerous future for U.S. ground troops in which they must defend themselves against swarms of flying attack drones, each packing the explosive power of an …

See DARPA's Autonomous Sub-Hunting Ship Take to the Sea

A new video shows DARPA conducting the first speed tests of its giant anti-submarine drone.<p>DARPA began working on a 140-ton, 132-foot autonomous vessel to track and monitor submarines back in 2010. Now we have caught our first glimpse of the Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel …

The Air Force Wants a Microwave Missile that Fries Electronics

The cruise missile would fry everything from iPads to electrical grids under its path.<p>The U.S. Air Force is paying $4.8 million to modify two cruise missiles to carry a high-powered microwave energy weapon. The missiles would send out pulses of microwave energy, shorting out electronic devices in …

Learn the Counterintuitive Genius of Laser Cooling In Just Six Minutes

All you need is the right kind of light.<p>We usually see lasers as something that can burn, or making things hot. Or something that can get you arrested if you point one at a plane. But contrary to what you might think, lasers can be used to cool things down too.<p>The physics can be complicated. Dianna …

Newly Discovered Star Has an Almost Pure Oxygen Atmosphere

But good luck breathing in the bone-crushing gravity.<p>A newly discovered star is unlike any ever found. With an outermost layer of 99.9 percent pure oxygen, its atmosphere is the most oxygen-rich in the known universe. Heck, it makes Earth's meager 21 percent look downright suffocating.<p>The strange …

For Killer Whales, Menopause Is Just the Beginning

Killer whales and humans are among the only animals known to experience menopause. Female orcas go through two main stages of life: a fertile phase …

Killer Whales

People Who Constantly Point Out Grammar Mistakes Are Pretty Much Jerks, Scientists Find

But you probably already knew that.<p>Scientists have found that people who constantly get bothered by grammatical errors online have "less agreeable" …

A gorilla named Susie illustrates genome similarities with humans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A gorilla named Susie is helping provide fresh insight into the genetic similarities and differences between people and these endangered apes that are among our closest living relatives.<p>Scientists on Thursday unveiled an upgraded version of the gorilla genome based on DNA …

Living cells ‘hacked’ and hijacked by MIT

Scientists at MIT have proven they can ‘hack’ living cells and programme them to carry out new tasks.<p>In the same way that computer language tells a machine how to operate, researchers have shown it is possible to write DNA ‘code’ and insert it into bacteria to alter how they function.<p>They hope that …

10 Brain Discoveries You Should Know

Listed below are 10 discoveries about your brain that hold out to you the possibility of turning a brain wired for stress into a brain wired for the Good Life, which is a life of being well and doing well on the way to flourishing. Actualizing this change is simpler than you might imagine, and …

Brainwaves

Can You Smell Your Way to a Better Brain? Science Says Yes.

Having trouble focusing? Remembering things? Here are some easy tips to improve your brain power.<p>A wildly underrated member of the five senses, your sense of smell has a powerful effect on your brain's many functions. Any odor you breathe in affects your limbic system, which governs emotional …

Alcohol or Drug Use Can Rob Your Body of Nutrients

You might be surprised to learn that many people with substance use disorders suffer from nutrient deficiencies. If you’re one of the millions of …

Wellness

Trace Your Ancient Human Ancestry with New Map

The map reveals how extensively past interbreeding has affected people alive today.

What ‘white folks who teach in the hood’ get wrong about education

“There’s a teacher right now in urban America who’s going to teach for exactly two years and he’s going to leave believing that these young people …

Teaching

8 Super-Smart Travel Apps, Tips, and Innovations for Staying Connected

Stay connected when you travel--both with contacts and with ubiquitous access.<p>Traveling on business is not always a wonderful experience.<p>Time zone changes, abrupt flight cancellations, and hotels that are ill-equipped for the modern age of remote work make things a bit hectic and unproductive. …

Islamic State 'planning attack on Jewish children in Turkey'

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has made "advanced plans" to kill Jewish children in Turkey by attacking kindergartens, schools and youth centres, it was reported on Monday.<p>The information on the "imminent" threat came from six operatives arrested over the past week in the southern Turkish …

Scientists have identified the minimum set of genes needed for life

In a paper published in Science on March 25, the researchers, headed by genomics pioneer J. Craig Venter, reported that their cell survived and reproduced with only 473 genes, which is the smallest genome of any organism found in nature.<p>The human genome, in comparison, has between 19,000 and 25,000 …

Genetics

A Beginner's Field Guide To Augmented And Virtual Reality

Today Facebook-owned Oculus begins consumer shipments of their Rift VR headset, in many ways marking the beginning of a wave of dedicated consumer virtual reality (VR) products. Two weeks ago TIRIAS Research critically examined the VR and augmented reality (AR) product landscape at SXSW’s VR/AR …

Augmented Reality

5 Visions Of The Future Of Sex, From 3-D-Printed Genitals To Teledildonics

And if you don’t have a boyfriend, that’s no problem. With this technology, you can have sex with a virtual partner on the Internet and feel as if …

Virtual Reality

AP Investigation: China launders cash of foreign criminals

ASHDOD, Israel (AP) — Scam artists, drug cartels and gangs from around the world have found a new haven for laundering money: China. The country's …

Corruption