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After all these years, Novak Djokovic is still refreshing

— Like a great novel, or a perfectly cooked filet mignon,<p>Novak Djokovicis fast becoming one of the joys of my life.<p>He came on the tennis scene about a decade ago as yet another Eastern European player whose name was impossible to spell. I could handle Novak. But who starts their surname with the …

New study discovers biological basis for magic mushroom 'mind expansion'

New research shows that our brain displays a similar pattern of activity during dreams as it does during a mind-expanding drug trip. Psychedelic …

Do we have the right to shape human evolution, wonders Robert Winston

Tonight, Prof Robert Winston ponders our "post-human" future. The question he will address is whether scientists should be given free rein to use advances in molecular biology – in particular our increasing ability to manipulate the genetic blueprint carried by eggs and sperm – to direct the …

Extinct Humans Passed High-Altitude Gene to Tibetans

Tibetan people can survive on the roof of the world—one of the most inhospitable places that anybody calls home—thanks to a version of a gene that they inherited from a group of extinct humans called Denisovans, who were only discovered four years ago thanks to 41,000-year-old DNA recovered from a …

New York State's governor puts weight behind HIV prevention pill

Cuomo's backing of Truvada could bring it into the light<p>New York State governor Andrew Cuomo did something unexpected last Sunday: he announced that he was backing Truvada — the controversial HIV prevention pill — in an effort to drastically cut the rate of new infections in the state. The pill was …

Meet The Scientist Who Might End The Climate Culture Wars

Katharine Hayhoe, "Climate Change Evangelist," wins national science communicator award<p>Texas Tech professor Katharine Hayhoe is among the American Geophysical Union's 2014 award-winners for science communication, announced on July 3.<p>"She's someone who has been tireless in having the public …

How body fat could help save elephants - Futurity

Scientists are taking a closer look at the body fat of African elephants to help save captive elephants, which are under serious threat.

Dance Of Human Evolution Was Herky-Jerky, Fossils Suggest

A trio of anthropologists has decided it's time to rewrite the story of human evolution.<p>That narrative has always been a work in progress, because almost every time scientists dig up a new fossil bone or a stone tool, it adds a new twist to the story. Discoveries lead to new arguments over the …

Princeton researchers use sunlight to convert CO2 more efficiently than plants do

Cutting back on greenhouse gases is only one part of the fight against climate change. The planet will also need to capture and store — or, better yet, capture and re-use — the gases already out there.<p>Now, new research from Princeton and a New Jersey-based startup has led to the most efficient way …

Drug companies may soon have to tweet dangerous side effects

Big Pharma is about to get a lot more retweet action<p>The FDA has proposed a new set of social media guidelines that will require drug companies to tweet their products’ side-effects to the world, reports <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>. Though still tentative, the proposal would make it so that all the …

The science of fireworks explained: Chemical reactions at 1,000 feet

All across the country, Americans will wrap up their Fourth of July celebrations by watching the sky light up with fireworks. If you’re going to be one of them, you have chemistry to thank.<p>Fireworks displays have become increasingly sophisticated and spectacular, but the chemical reactions that …

Hurricane Science: How Storms Like Arthur Form and Grow

It comes down to warm ocean water and the Earth's eastward rotation.<p>As Hurricane Arthur, the season's first hurricane, gathers strength off the U.S. southeast coast, thousands of Americans who were looking forward to baseball games, barbecues, and beaches are preparing for a windy, water-soaked …

Study Finds "Extreme" Climate Change in National Parks

Global warming threatens visitor experience and national treasures, scientists say.<p><b>Many national parks in the United States have already experienced "extreme" climate change over the past few decades, and the trend is likely to accelerate unless bold steps are taken, government scientists warn in a</b> …

The Truck of the Future Will Have Everything...Except a Driver

Truck drivers could become a thing of the past on the highways of the future. Daimler thinks so and unveiled it driverless Future Truck 2025 on Thursday. Using the maker’s Highway Pilot system, the prototype semi-truck is capable of hauling a full load at speeds exceeding 50 mph. “The truck of the …

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