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NASA's planet-hunting satellite TESS launches

<b>(CNN) —</b> TESS, NASA's planet-hunting satellite, launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 6:51 p.m. ET Wednesday. It had a 30-second launch window. The launch was originally scheduled for Monday, but rescheduled to conduct additional Guidance Navigation and Control …

Astronomy

Marijuana's effects on young brains diminish 72 hours after use, research says

<b>(CNN) —</b> Marijuana is notorious for slowing certain cognitive functions such as learning, memory and attention span (maybe that's why they call it "dope"?). But new research in young people suggests that these cognitive effects, while significant, may not persist for very long, even among chronic …

The Brain

Trillions Upon Trillions of Viruses Fall From the Sky Each Day

High in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Spain, an international team of researchers set out four buckets to gather a shower of viruses falling from the sky.<p>Scientists have surmised there is a stream of viruses circling the planet, above the planet’s weather systems but below the level of airline …

Biology

Monkey Clones Created in the Lab. Now What?

In a controversial milestone, researchers have cloned a pair of macaques using a method that could, in theory, be used to clone humans.<p>In a world first, Chinese researchers have successfully cloned macaques using the same technique that yielded the famous clone Dolly the sheep. The milestone, …

Ingredients for life found in meteorites that crashed to Earth

<b>(CNN) —</b> Although two 4.5-billion-year-old meteorites crashed to Earth in 1998, it's taken until now to uncover some of their secrets.<p>The two meteorites, called Monahans and Zag, are the first discovered to contain the ingredients for life: liquid water, amino acids, hydrocarbons and other organic …

Astronomy

The 4 Countries That Produce the Most Food | Investopedia

Food is an important and fundamental economic product, but only a handful of countries actually excel at food production. Most agricultural …

New STD cases hit record high in US, CDC says

<b>(CNN) —</b> In 2016, Americans were infected with more than 2 million new cases of gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia, the highest number of these sexually transmitted diseases ever reported, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.<p>"Clearly we need to reverse this disturbing trend," …

Public Health

Stephen Hawking mission to find alien civilisation detects radio signals coming from dwarf galaxy

Astronomers hunting for signs of intelligent alien life in the universe have recorded 15 mysterious radio signals coming from a dwarf galaxy three billion light years away.<p>The team is part of the Breakthrough Listen project, set up by Professor Stephen Hawking and Russian billionaire Yuri Milner, …

4 ways your smartphone is changing your brain

What is all this screen time *actually* doing to our minds?<p>An incredible 81% of us have our smartphones within arm's reach nearly all the time, and …

University of Missouri

Designer babies: an ethical horror waiting to happen?

Nearly 40 years since the first ‘test-tube baby’, how close are we to editing out all of our genetic imperfections – and should we even try to do so?<p>Comfortably seated in the fertility clinic with Vivaldi playing softly in the background, you and your partner are brought coffee and a folder. Inside …

Genetics

Europe was the birthplace of mankind, not Africa, scientists find

The history of human evolution has been rewritten after scientists discovered that Europe was the birthplace of mankind, not Africa.<p>Currently, most experts believe that our human lineage split from apes around seven million years ago in central Africa, where hominids remained for the next five …

Deadly spider venom could ward off stroke brain damage, say doctors

Ingredient in funnel web spider venom can protect cells from being destroyed by a stroke, even when given hours after the event, study shows<p>Doctors have stumbled on an unlikely source for a drug to ward off brain damage caused by strokes: the venom of one of the deadliest spiders in the world.<p>A …

Medicine

20+ Animals Who Have Perfected the Art of Camouflage

The animal kingdom can be harsh. What to do if you are a small animal trying to defend yourself or a predator who wants to stealthily stalk their prey? Evolution’s answer—camouflage. While we often think of the chameleon as the perfect example of camouflage, in reality, things are much more complex.<p>…

Zoology

Nail as a window of systemic diseases

CLASSIFICATION<p>It is important to classify the nail involvement in systemic diseases according to its specificity of association [Box 1].[2]<p>Nail …

8 Signs of Disease That Are Written All Over Your Face

When doctors chat with patients eye to eye, it’s not just about creating rapport. Certain facial traits may reveal vital clues to underlying health …

Medicine

Reza Aslan: How I (accidentally) convinced this guy he's the Messiah

<b>(CNN) —</b> I've had some pretty extraordinary experiences as the host of my new spiritual adventure series, "Believer." But no experience surprised me more than the day I learned I had accidentally convinced the leader of a doomsday group in Hawaii that he was, indeed, the messiah.<p>I had come to Hawaii …

Religion

A New Breakthrough in Lab-Grown Cells Could Restore Hearing

Auditory Illnesses<p>One of the most common causes of hearing loss is damage to the thousands of hair cells found within the inner ear. These hair cells …

Stem Cells

How Scientists Collected a Piece of the Sun

Our mighty Sun bathes Earth in a tender glow. Reach overhead on a cloud-free, summer day, and it almost feels like you can catch a few of its …

Scientists Have Grown The World's First Artificial Embryo, And It's Nuts

Building life from scratch.<p>In a world-first experiment, scientists have managed to grow a functional, artificial embryo from scratch, using two types …

Sickle cell anemia patient 'cured' by gene therapy, doctors say

<b>(CNN) —</b> In a world first, a teenager with sickle cell disease achieved complete remission after an experimental gene therapy at Necker Children's Hospital in Paris, researchers say.<p>People with sickle-cell disease, a group of inherited blood disorders, have abnormal hemoglobin in their red blood …

Medicine

Artificial human life could soon be grown in lab after embryo breakthrough

Artificial human life could soon be grown from scratch in the lab, after scientists successfully created a mammal embryo using only stem cells.<p>Cambridge University mixed two kinds of mouse stem cells and placed them on a 3D scaffold. After four days of growth in a tank of chemicals designed to …

Genetics

The discovery of a giant neuron could help explain how the brain creates consciousness

Nobody yet understands how a collection of mushy cells in the brain gives rise to the brilliance of consciousness seen in higher-order animals, including humans. But two discoveries give scientists vital clues to how human consciousness works.<p>In 2014, a 54-year-old woman went to George Washington …

The Brain

Inside Forward, ex-Googler Adrian Aoun’s idea for the doctor’s office of the future

Forward, a new type of futuristic doctors office launched its first location in the heart of San Francisco’s financial district at the beginning of this year. Some in the health industry have had their doubts about a doctor’s office with propriety tools like a body scanner, stethoscope and its own …

San Francisco

Do Ghosts Exist? Physicist Brian Cox Posits a Theory

40% of Americans believe in ghosts. For them, a remark by a famous leading scientist, regarding the large hadron collider (LHC), at CERN, may provide …

Darwin’s Unfinished Symphony: How food and culture made the human mind | Ars Technica

Evolutionary biologist looks at how humans became distinct from our closest kin.<p>In <i>The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy</i>, Douglas Adams noted that “on …

Humans 2.0: these geneticists want to create an artificial genome by synthesising our DNA

In July 2015, 100 geneticists met at the New York Genome Center to discuss yeast. At 12 million base pairs long, it's the largest genome scientists …

How Good Gut Bacteria Could Transform Your Health

Scientist Jeff Leach is studying gut microbes that have the potential to improve our weight, mood, allergies, heart and more.<p>Barefoot and coated in …

Microbiology

Nearly half the planet's species could be wiped out by the end of this century, biologists fear

Leading biologists estimate nearly half of the planet’s species could be extinct by the end of the century unless urgent action is taken.<p>A major …

Biodiversity

Smartphones to become pocket doctors after scientists discover camera flash and microphone can be used to diagnose illness

Smartphones will soon become mobile laboratories which can monitor bone density, calculate red blood cell levels and even predict if an asthma attack is imminent.<p>Scientists are repurposing the technology which already exists within phones, such as accelerometers, camera flashes and microphones to …

Medical Technology

Don't Fear the Pigman

Part-human, mostly-pig “chimeras” may sound spooky, but science isn’t racing ahead of ethics just yet.<p>Last month, scientists announced that they’d created an unusual form of life. They started with pig embryos produced through in-vitro fertilization, then injected them with a few human cells, and …

Genetics