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Am I Going To Die This Year? A Mathematical Puzzle

A few years ago, physicist Brian Skinnerasked himself: What are the odds I will die in the next year? He was 25. What got him wondering about this, I have no idea, but, hey, it's something everybody asks. When I can't wedge my dental floss between my two front teeth, I ask it, too. So Brian looked …

How To Use Trees To Prospect For Gold

There's gold in them leaves!<p>They say money doesn't grow on trees, but gold and other precious metals can accumulate in plants. Researchers recently discovered relatively high levels of gold in the leaves of a eucalyptus tree in Western Australia, before uncovering a deposit of the metal more than …

A Glue That Seals Heart Defects

The glue—which researchers showed is able to hold fast on live beating hearts—could be a gentler alternative to stitches.<p>Nearly a decade ago, Jeffrey Karp was playing around with a new, biodegradable polymer he'd made. He was a post-doctoral researcher at MIT. He ended up gluing together two pieces …

Contemplate the apex of the sun’s way

Tonight, as you look up at the stars, think about the way our local star, the sun, moves through our Milky Way galaxy. A friend from Australia …

Astronomy

Live From… the International Space Station

National Geographic will air a live special from the International Space Station orbiting some 200 miles high<p>The two-hour show in March will feature …

New Hubble Image Shows Tarantula Nebula in Infrared Light

This new Hubble image shows the Tarantula Nebula in infrared light. The nebula (also called 30 Doradus) is home to numerous star clusters. There are …

Why Dust is the Most Important Stuff in the Universe

It’s one of the astronomy’s most popular fun facts, trotted out by everyone from the geeky 1980s cosmic icon Carl Sagan to his impossibly cool heir …

Winter sun returns to Earth’s far north

The solstice is behind us. At high northern latitudes, sunlight is returning only briefly each day or casts an eerie twilight glow.<p>After the long …

Astronomy

Hubble telescope spots galaxies from 13 billion years ago

Telescope glimpses 'cosmic dawn' from infancy of our universe<p>The Hubble Space Telescope has peered back to a chaotic time 13.2 billion years ago when …

Elephant shark genome offers a few surprises - Futurity

Researchers have sequenced the genome of the elephant shark, a fish with a snout that resembles the end of an elephant's trunk.

Zoology

Simulation Shows G2 Gas Cloud Interacting With Milky Way Black Hole

The ESO simulation below shows the behavior of the G2 gas cloud as it approaches Sgr A*, the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way. …

The controversial case of GMO apples that won't turn brown

Sliced apples that never cease looking fresh: that's the promise from a Canadian company behind new apples that have been genetically engineered to retain their alluring color even after being cut open. But the apples, currently being evaluated for approval by the US Department of Agriculture, …

To seek out new worlds: The history of science’s search for distant planets

Since the time of Galileo, astronomers have speculated that the stars we see at night are distant suns, some of which may be circled by planets. The idea has long been a science-fiction staple. What might such distant worlds be like? Could some of them harbour life? But despite burning interest, …

Scotiabank iPhone and iPad Apps Get an Update, Brings New Features

Scotiabank has updated both their iPhone and iPad apps yesterday, to include new features and many bug fixes.<p>Scotiabank’s award-winning mobile …

Alleged iPhone 6 Metal Housing Leak Suggests Bigger Display, Thin Body

The iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c were just released last September, but the rumour mill has already started to spill some information about the …

Thermal Imaging Comes To Your iPhone With FLIR’s New Smartphone Case

FLIR Systems is a company that specializes in the design and production of thermal imaging cameras, components, and imaging sensors. At CES 2014 FLIR …

Gear & Gadgets

Glowing sharks light up underwater worlds

Deep sea-dwelling fish emit neon colours under blue light<p>Our deep underwater environments may be shrouded in darkness, but they also play host to …