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Rare Mutation Among Bajau People Lets Them Stay Underwater Longer

The Bajau people of Malaysia and the Philippines are renowned for their free-diving abilities, often working eight-hour shifts in search of fish and …

Biology

Chimp DNA Points at a Genetic Reason Humans Are Always Ready for War

A new study gives new meaning to the term 'battle ready'.<p>The thrill of sudden conflict is unmistakable. Your heart races, your breathing rate …

Chimpanzees

Study: wind and solar can power most of the United States

In order to combat climate change, we need to rapidly move from fossil fuel energy to clean, renewable energy. The two energy sources I am most interested in are wind and solar power; however, there are other sources that have great potential.<p>Some people doubt how much wind and solar can supply to …

Renewable Energy

DARPA Is Researching Time Crystals, And Their Reasons Are 'Classified'

Mystery! Here's what you need to know.<p>The US military likes to stay at the forefront of the cutting edge of science - most recently investigating …

Quantum Mechanics

The road to Alzheimer’s disease is lined with processed foods

Dementia haunts the United States. There’s no one without a personal story about how dementia has touched someone they care for. But beyond personal stories, the broader narrative is staggering: By 2050, we are on track to have almost 15 million Alzheimer’s patients in the US alone. That’s roughly …

Alzheimer's Disease

The Puzzle Of Quantum Reality

There's a hole at the heart of quantum physics.<p>It's a deep hole. Yet it's not a hole that prevents the theory from working. Quantum physics is, by any measure, astonishingly successful. It's the theory that underpins nearly all of modern technology, from the silicon chips buried in your phone to …

Quantum Mechanics

Where Hate Groups Are Concentrated in the U.S.

Organized hate groups are found in 340 counties—but those counties spread across every state of the union.<p>Hate in America is on the rise. There are currently nearly a thousand known hate groups in the United States—an increase of 4 percent just this past year, according to the Southern Poverty Law …

Hate Groups

Everyone with the sickle cell gene mutation descended from the same ancestor 7,300 years ago

A one-time gene mutation in a West African human millennia ago gave them immunity to malaria and doomed some of their descendants to sickle cell anaemia, according to new research.<p>Today, about 300,000 children are born with sickle cell anaemia every year, with that number expected to rise to …

Ancient Humans Had Sex With More Than Just Neanderthals, Study Shows

There's another mysterious species in our ancestry.<p>We rarely portray Neanderthals, our close relatives, as telegenic. Museum exhibits give them wild …

Papua New Guinea

These Are the Prettiest Places on Earth to Feed Your Wanderlust

It's normal to overlook the simple pleasures in life when we feel stuck in a place or routine that doesn't fulfill us. But ironically, those are also …

U.S. Has Been Secretly Watching Russia's Nuclear-Powered Cruise Missiles Crash and Burn

Successful or not, if Russia is test flying these weapons, this means it has been repeatedly crashing nuclear reactors into the ground or the …

Stephen Hawking thinks he knows what happened before the beginning of time

Neil deGrasse Tyson asks him to weigh in.<p>Neil deGrasse Tyson’s show <i>Star Talk</i> is ending its fourth season with a bang—a big one. <i>The</i> big one, to be precise. The show, filmed at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, features famous astrophysicist Tyson interviewing …

Five lost cities of the world

The most intriguing abandoned settlements, from ancient ruins to modern ghost towns<p>Angamuco, Mexico<p>Last week laser scanning revealed the true scale of the ancient city of Angamuco in western Mexico. The city, built around AD900, is thought to have had 100,000 residents and included pyramids, road …

Archaeology

What America is getting wrong about three important words in the Second Amendment

On Wednesday night, CNN hosted a town hall about gun violence with members of the community of Parkland, Florida, which only a week earlier had experienced a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Seventeen students and teachers lost their lives.<p>The town hall was remarkable in many …

Olympians Are Using Nonalcoholic Beer As Recovery Drinks. Here's The Science

In Greek mythology, the Olympians were said to drink ambrosia, which bestowed upon them immortality. Occasionally, athletic heroes like Heracles were also gifted a sip. But the myths don't say much about the golden-amber liquid getting them all drunk.<p>Today's Olympians have been swept up in a new …

Beer

Physicists Have Confirmed a Pear-Shaped Nucleus, And It Could Ruin Time Travel Forever

Noooooo.<p>Physicists have confirmed the existence of a new form of atomic nuclei, and the fact that it's not symmetrical challenges the fundamental …

The Jesus we’ve inherited from centuries of Christian art is a lie

Over the past few decades, the question of what Jesus looked like has cropped up again and again. Much has been made of a digital reconstruction of a Judaean man created for a BBC documentary, <i>Son of God</i>, in 2001. This was based on an ancient skull and, using the latest technology (as it was), shows …

Sleep deprivation seems to have opposite effects in healthy and depressed people

The first sign that something is happening is Angelina’s hands. As she chats to the nurse in Italian, she begins to gesticulate, jabbing, moulding, and circling the air with her fingers. As the minutes pass and Angelina becomes increasingly animated, I notice a musicality to her voice that I’m sure …

President Trump, if You’re Innocent, Why Act So Guilty?

President Trump and Devin Nunes have been muddying the waters of the Russia investigation, so let’s try to clarify those waters so that they’re as clear as vodka.<p>Here are a dozen things we know.<p><b>1. Russia interfered in the U.S. election.</b> The U.S. intelligence community concluded that President …

Donald Trump

Can We Change The Past?

Who has no regrets about things done in the past? Wouldn't it be nice if, somehow, we could go back to tweak a couple of bad decisions?<p>This sounds (and as we will see, <i>is,</i> to a certain extent) like science fiction.<p>The laws of physics prohibit traveling backwards in time for many reasons. If we did …

Quantum Mechanics

The World's Tallest Man And Shortest Woman Hung Out At The Pyramids And The Pictures Are Pretty Amazing

Just two Guinness Record holders chilling together.<p>Kosen and Amge were invited to Cairo by Egypt's Tourism Promotion Board in an attempt to boost travel to Egypt's capital city.<p>Kosen's massive height is caused by pituitary gigantism, a condition where the body produces too much growth hormone.<p>Due …

Nine Times Smoking Weed Went Terribly Wrong

Smoking weed is great. Smoking weed is terrible. Here are all the marijuana mishaps we could find in our archive.<p>To doink or not to doink, that is the question.<p>Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous doinks, or to take arms against a sea of doinks, and by …

Cannabis

Newborns or survivors? The unexpected matter found in hostile black hole winds

The existence of large numbers of molecules in winds powered by supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies has puzzled astronomers since …

Black Holes

I've Watched Trump Testify Under Oath. It Isn't Pretty.

In a 2007 deposition in my libel case (which he lost), he was underprepared and overconfident.<p><i>“There’s been no collusion whatsoever. There’s been no obstruction whatsoever.”</i> <i>—Donald Trump</i><i>, Jan. 24, 2018</i><p>President Donald Trump held an impromptu press briefing in the White House early Wednesday …

Donald Trump

Yes, The Multiverse Is Real, But It Won't Fix Physics

“We are all agreed that your theory is crazy. The question that divides us is whether it is crazy enough to have a chance of being correct.” Niels Bohr spoke these words to Wolfgang Pauli about the latter’s theory of elementary particles, but it could just as easily apply to many of today’s most …

Dark Matter

Burger King's prank net-neutrality video shows what happens when customers are charged $26 for faster Whopper service

Burger King released a hilarious prank video on Wednesday that shows what would happen if the restaurant industry mimicked the potential effects of the FCC's recent repeal of net neutrality.<p>In the world of the video, Whopper neutrality was repealed. "They voted on it," a Burger King cashier tells …

Net Neutrality

Researchers Have Finally Decoded One of The Last Remaining Dead Sea Scrolls

They've found some interesting stuff.<p>Researchers have deciphered one of the two remaining unpublished Dead Sea Scrolls, laying eyes on an ancient, …

Silicon Valley wrestles with religion. Is high-tech “clean meat” kosher and halal?

Leviticus has swept into Silicon Valley.<p>For thousands of years, meat has come exclusively from sentient animals. And for a sizable portion of humanity, how to raise and slaughter those animals has been a central component in religious-dieting doctrine. But religious scholars are now being …

The Little-known Type of Airline Ticket That Can Take You Around the World on a Budget

There’s a little-known type of airline ticket that could help travelers on a budget circumnavigate the globe.<p>A round-the-world ticket — sometimes …

A Government Takeover by the Ku Klux Klan

The Ku Klux Klan was originally focussed on maintaining the old racial order in the post-Civil War South, chiefly through the violent suppression of African-Americans. But, in the nineteen-twenties, the Klan was reborn as a nationwide movement targeting not only African-Americans but Jews, …