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Scientists Move Closer to Inventing Artificial Life

Synthetic biology advances with a man-made chromosome inserted into live brewer's yeast.<p>In a biological first, an international team has inserted a man-made chromosome into brewer's yeast, producing a life form that thrives and successfully passes the designer genes on to its offspring.<p>The …

There Was No First Human

Richard Dawkins

Why Is This Ebola Outbreak Spreading?

The deadly virus emerged in Guinea and spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone. Can it be stopped?<p>At least 60 people have died from an outbreak of the Ebola virus in Guinea. This particular outbreak has moved from the jungle to Guinea's capital city, Conakry, and reportedly crossed into Liberia and …

NASA astronomer finds first Earth-sized planet in habitable zone

The search for a new Earth outside the solar system seems to be nearing its end. NASA's Ames Research Center astronomer Thomas Barclay has found a …

Tech and Science

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The female curate offering salvation to the Post Office

<b>This weekend, Paula Vennells has two sermons to write and deliver to her Church of England parishioners in Bedfordshire.</b><p>She also has a family to look after.<p>Oh, and in the back of her mind will be the fact that she has been entrusted to try to rescue a 350-year-old British institution which is …

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14 Foods Your Doctors Eat

Food can save your life. That's no exaggeration. But if you're saying "yes" to the wrong diet—one crammed with sugar, industrial fat, salt, excess …

Nutrition

Did You Know We Can Still Spot Voyager 1?

NASA’s Voyager 1, which last week made headlines after scientists announced it had officially left our solar system, is now more than 11 billion …

Unknown Force Kicks Stars Out of Milky Way. Really.

If you could see it from the outside, the Milky Way would look like a majestic spiral of stars and glowing gas, rotating on its axis once every 200 …

Pope Francis in Pictures

This Is The Tiniest And Thus Most Adorable Planet We've Ever Seen

It's barely larger than our moon--though considering its surface temperature, you may not want to move to this cute planet anytime soon.<p>NASA announced a fun new finding from its Kepler mission today--the smallest planet we've ever seen, and it's orbiting a sun that resembles our own. It orbits a …

Congratulations, you've won a Nobel Prize

For the next several days, academics and scholars in a variety of fields may have a little trouble sleeping through the night. That's if they're hoping to get THE CALL from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.<p>Typically, a Nobel Prize winner gets the call early in the morning... very early if the …

The Nobel Prizes of 2013

Contributors:<p>Share Tweet<p><b>Share</b> The Nobel Prizes of 2013<p>share tweet Linkedin Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email<p>The annual celebration of scientific discovery and cultural improvement known as the Nobel Prizes has now concluded its 2013 edition. The scientists behind the identification of the Higgs boson …

Nobel Peace Prize winners: from 1901-2014

The Nobel Peace Prize is the most illustrious and most controversial of the five annual awards made by the Nobel committee, and today the Nobel Foundation announced the prize for 2014<p>Created with four other prizes by the Swedish industrialist, inventor, and arms manufacturer Alfred Nobel, the Nobel …

Nobel Prize 2013: Alice Munro's lifetime of perfectionism

The Nobel Prize for Literature is a fitting end to Alice Munro's career in fiction<p>Earlier this year, the Canadian short story writer Alice Munro announced her retirement, at the age of 82: “<b>It’s nice to go out with a bang</b>,” she said when she won a Canadian book award for <i>Dear Life</i>. Now she has won …

Peter Higgs skipped town to avoid spotlight during Nobel announcement

Peter Higgs may be grateful to have won the Nobel Prize in physics, but he wasn't eager to sit in the media spotlight — so much so that he actually skipped town ahead of the announcement just in case he won, reports the <i>Guardian</i>. At 84, Higgs apparently isn't fond of modern technology, eschewing …

What You Need To Know About The Group That Won The Nobel

The Norwegian Nobel Committee on Friday awarded the 2013 peace prize to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, a group that's only recently been thrust into the spotlight as it works to dismantle Syria's chemical program.<p>The OPCW, which is based at the Hague, was established in …

Nobel Peace Prize Organization Forced To Hunt Down Winner On Twitter

If you're doing something that warrants winning the Nobel Peace Prize, you're probably a little busy. The people of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons were too busy to answer the phone... from the Nobel Peace Prize committee.<p>On Friday morning, the OPCW won the Nobel Peace …

Peter Higgs went to lunch while Nobel physics prize was announced

Physicist says he learned of his award from an old neighbour who stopped him on the street as he returned from lunch<p>Peter Higgs first heard he had won the world's most famous science prize when an old neighbour stopped him on the street a few yards from his top-floor Georgian flat in …

Should Nobel Prizes go to theorists or experimenters? Scurvy vs. the Higgs Boson

The 2013 Nobel prize for physics has sparked debates about whether we should reward theorists or experimenters. Although experiments are supposed to have the power to test theories, the history of scurvy shows that sometimes theories change the way we understand our data.<p>James Lind is celebrated as …

Malala On Nobel Prize: 'I Think I Have Won' With Nomination

It seems odd to say that someone "lost" the Nobel Peace Prize. But that's what some folks were saying this week about Malala Yousafzai, who was favored to win the award because of the resilience she showed after being shot in the head by the Taliban.<p>Yousafzai, 16, was in Washington, D.C., this …

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Serena wrestles way to more history

NEW YORK -- She was still a few weeks shy of her 18th birthday when, with a cascade of white beads in her hair, she announced herself to the world …

Tennis