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Why the children of the identical twin women that married identical twin men will be genetic SIBLINGS

If the identical twin sisters who married identical twin brothers last weekend decide to start families, the couples' children will all be genetic …

Genetics

These half-billion-year-old creatures were animals—but unlike any known today

So-called Ediacaran organisms have puzzled biologists for decades. To the untrained eye they look like fossilized plants, in tube or frond shapes up …

University of Cambridge

Scientists say your “mind” isn’t confined to your brain, or even your body

You might wonder, at some point today, what’s going on in another person’s mind. You may compliment someone’s great mind, or say they are out of their mind. You may even try to expand or free your own mind.<p>But what <i>is</i> a mind? Defining the concept is a surprisingly slippery task. The mind is the seat …

The Brain

Rejecting the Solutrean hypothesis: the first peoples in the Americas were not from Europe

Last month’s release of The Ice Bridge, an episode in the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation series The Nature of Things has once again revived public discussion of a controversial idea about how the Americas were peopled known as the “Solutrean hypothesis”. This idea suggests a European origin for …

Anthropology

Volvo Ocean Race L2 - Final throw of the dice

<b>In a final throw of the dice, Vestas joins Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag in Stealth mode and team AkzoNobel and Turn the Tide on Plastic loop down south</b> …

That Giant Antarctic Iceberg Just Revealed an Ecosystem Hidden For Thousands of Years

"A fantastic, unknown area for scientific research."<p>When a vast trillion-tonne chunk of ice the size of Delaware broke free from Antarctica in July, …

Antarctica

Susan Rice, the Former National Security Adviser, Has Some Strong Words for Donald Trump

Susan Rice spent three and a half years as national security adviser to Barack Obama, personally briefing the former president on the most pressing threats facing the country. Before that, she spent more than four years as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations (and was the first …

Lawrence Krauss on religion, science and our intellectual journey through the Universe

Author Lawrence Krauss' upcoming book is all about the history of physics and modern research, encompassing both cosmology and subatomic physics; …

Physics

Homeschooling on the High Seas

If you’re planning to set sail for a year with your kids, you have one narrow goal—to keep up so your children will be able to rejoin their friends …

An Unexpected New Lung Function Has Been Found - They Make Blood

Things just got complicated.<p>Researchers have discovered that the lungs play a far more complex role in mammalian bodies than we thought, with new …

Al Franken’s grilling of Gorsuch exposes the heartless cruelty behind conservative legal philosophy

<b>(AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Jeff Malet, maletphoto.com)</b><p>Comic turned senator rips apart Gorsuch’s infamous “frozen trucker” opinion. If only other Democrats would follow<p>Paul Rosenberg<p>March 22, 2017 4:30pm (UTC)<p>In a few short minutes of questioning Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch on …

Law

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Packing a Ditch Bag

When cruising, safety should always be at the forefront of your mind. Having a well-stocked and meticulously-planned ditch bag can be the difference …

Swede 55 upwind

Flying Boats Race at Manly Beach in New Zealand

They call them “flying boats” and the first of these arrived in New Zealand only six months ago. This class of WASZPs are small, single-man sailing …

The Invisible Force That Warps What You Read in the News | Backchannel

<b>Things we know to be true:</b> John McCain is a maverick. The New England Patriots are cheaters. Apple can’t innovate without Steve Jobs. But wait a …

Mutual Funds

Taking The Bt Virtual Chase Boat To Bermuda

One of the team's most successful mixes of technology and sustainability has been the BT Virtual Chase Boat. The concept was simple enough; transmit …

I learned how to do math with the ancient abacus — and it changed my life

A few years ago, I stood in a small basement classroom just outside of New York City, watching a high schooler named Serena Stevenson answer math questions in rapid succession.<p>An instructor read out numbers —<p>74,470<p>70,809<p>98,402<p>— and Stevenson added them in her head. For each question, she closed her …

Math is like magic on the Numberphile YouTube channel

For the past few weeks, I've been sharing YouTube channels that you may not know about, but are all fun and interesting in different ways. After all, everyone knows you can watch basics like sports replays and music videos on YouTube, but a good channel can become a destination for you if the …

Feeling Sluggish? These Are the Best Juicing Recipes for Energy

Trying to boost your energy without the caffeine? The key to upping energy levels through food lies in a diet with plenty of B vitamins. B6, B9, …

Harvard scientist worries we’re ‘reverting to a pre-Enlightenment form of thinking’

By Carolyn Y. Johnson<p>, Reporter<p>George Q. Daley, the new head of Harvard Medical School, knows what it's like when presidential politics collides with science. <b></b>Daley was a leading stem cell scientist back in 2001 when President George W. Bush suddenly barred federal funding for research on new …

Health Care

This New Metamaterial Is The First to Reach The Theoretical Limits of Stiffness

The most efficient foam in the known Universe.<p>Scientists have demonstrated that the design of their new 3D metamaterial is the first structure of its …

Want to be a better critical thinker? Here’s how to spot false narratives and “weaponized lies”

This weekend on <i>Face the Nation,</i> White House chief of staff Reince Priebus defended US president Donald Trump’s declaration that the American press is “the enemy.” “Certainly we would never condone violence,” Priebus said. “But I do think we condone <i>critical thought</i>.”<p>Add Priebus to a long list of …

Critical Thinking

An Obscure Fault in Southern California Is More Dangerous Than We Thought

A little-known fault underneath the southern Californian city of Santa Barbara is capable of producing stronger shaking and more damage during an …

Does Science Know Right From Wrong?

The alliance between science and state is ancient.<p>Archimedes, the great Greek mathematician and inventor, designed weapons to protect the city of Syracuse from attacking Roman fleets. For thousands of years, blacksmiths developed new, more powerful alloys to make arrows and swords for their king's …

Robots made from living cells are here

Scientists have created flesh-like mini-robots that can move when they detect light.<p>The fleet of walking “bio-bots” are powered using muscle cells …

New, ultra-flexible probes form reliable, scar-free integration with the brain

Engineering researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have designed ultra-flexible, nanoelectronic thread (NET) brain probes that can achieve …

Earth Has a New Continent Called 'Zealandia', Study Reveals

It was hiding in plain sight.<p>Kids are frequently taught that seven continents exist: Africa, Asia, Antarctica, Australia, Europe, North America, and …

Temperatures Skyrocket in Arctic, Prompt Desperate 'Refreeze' Plan

Temperature readings near the North Pole soared to 50 degrees F above average on Friday, as a storm pushed warm air into the Arctic region.<p>This is …