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What is a Wormhole and Will Wormhole Travel Ever be Possible?

Science fiction’s favorite method for exploring the universe, most recently in the movie Interstellar, won't be easy.<p>As a curious species, humans have long dreamed of traveling to the farthest depths of space. That's the major theme of the upcoming science fiction epic <i>Interstellar</i>, which will take …

Diabetes UK: Type 1 breakthrough is 'significant step forward'

Richard Elliott of Diabetes UK says Harvard University research is a "significant step forward" in curing Type 1 diabetes<p>Scientists have discovered how to make vast quantities of insulin-producing cells that can be used in transplants for battling Type 1 diabetes.<p>It is a "significant" step towards …

Weekly injection could prevent Alzheimer’s disease, say scientists

Scientists have discovered how to get drugs into the brain to help prevent the build up of the sticky plaques which are thought to cause Alzheimer's disease<p>A weekly injection which could prevent Alzheimer’s disease may be possible after scientists discovered how to get drugs into brain.<p>Treating …

Where Do Genitals Come From?

Scientists discover the embryonic origins of the phallus<p>Whence your phallus? You probably have one—the term includes clitorises as well as penises—and, until now, scientists had never examined which cells in an embryo make it.<p>In biology, that's unusual. Tracking which embryonic cells become what …

Biology

Quantum computing is so powerful it takes two years to understand what happened

In 2012 a group of Chinese quantum physicists pulled off an acclaimed success in quantum-based factoring, running an adiabatic quantum algorithm for …

New Metal Alloy Has Highest Strength-to-Weight Ratio of Any Metal

A new ‘high-entropy’ metal alloy has been developed, and it’s as light as aluminium and as strong as titanium alloys.<p>An international team of …

Life on Earth could have started with comet impact, scientists prove

Scientists have shown that molecules found in comets can break down into the building blocks of our DNA when under great heat and pressure<p>Scientists have long believed that comets may have seeded Earth with the building blocks of life.<p>They theorised that around four billion years ago our planet was …

There May Be Some Hope For Restoring Lost Memories In The Brain

Alzheimer's Disease is the most common neurodegenerative disorder in the United States -- affecting more than 5 million Americans. Perhaps the most devastating symptom of the disease is its characteristic loss of memory and identity, which can take a heavy psychological and emotional toll on its …

Meniscus regenerated with 3-D printed implant

Columbia University Medical Center researchers have devised a way to replace the knee's protective lining, called the meniscus, using a personalized …

12 Interesting Documents from the Digital Einstein Papers

Earlier this month, Princeton University Press and The Einstein Papers Project at CalTech made more than 5000 of the famous scientist's documents …

11 Remarkable Health Advances From 2014

From groundbreaking new drugs to doctor-assisted suicide, 2o14 was full of historic moments that are bound to play on in a big way throughout 2015 …

Breast Cancer

Quantum Physics Just Got A Tiny Bit Easier To Understand

No one is about to claim that quantum physics is now easy to understand, but maybe it's not quite as devilishly complicated as we thought.<p>New research suggests that two of the quantum world's most mysterious features--the uncertainty principle and wave-particle duality--are simply two sides of a …

Exactly What to Eat to Raise Your IQ 20 Points

Asprey says there are three things you need to do to eat for your IQ. Read them below—and, if you’re feeling super inspired, try the Bulletproof Diet out for yourself. New Year’s resolution, anyone?<p><b>1. Fill Up on Fat</b><br>No, this is not an invitation to stuff yourself silly with gooey peanut butter …

Unexpected Life Found In The Ocean's Deepest Trench

The Mariana Trench cuts a 1,500-mile incision in the bottom of the Pacific Ocean near the island of Guam. That's where an international team of scientists has just spent over a month sending probes down to the deepest place on Earth.<p>The scientists were stunned by the amount of life they found …

England will sequence the genomes of 100,000 humans to tackle cancer and rare diseases

Patient recruitment will begin in February<p>England's National Health Service announced today that it would build 11 new Genomic Medicine Centers as part of the country's new 100,000 Genomes Project — an effort that aims to sequence the genomes of thousands of human genomes to understand various …

Belize's 'Blue Hole' May Help Solve Mystery Of Maya Downfall

Scientists know all about the sophisticated calendars and writing system of the Maya, as well as their ritual sacrifices. But as for exactly what caused the the ancient civilization to collapse around 900 A.D., that's long been a bit of a mystery.<p>Now a team of researchers from Rice University and …

14 Fantastic New Beasts Discovered in 2014

Although we might act like we’re the only game in town, humans are only one of Earth’s roughly 8.7 million species of animals, plants, fungi, and …

Zoology

NASA's Kepler telescope identifies most Earth-like planet yet

Kepler passes the 1,000-planet milestone as hundreds of new candidates are identified<p>Scientists have identified eight new exoplanets, including one described as perhaps the "most Earth-like alien world." The far-away planets were spied by NASA's Kepler telescope, which has now identified more than …

Telescopes

Archaeologists Discover Massive 12th Century UK Palace Hidden Within Iron Age Fortress

Using ground-penetrating x-ray technology, archaeologists in southern England have uncovered one of the largest medieval royal palaces ever found. …

Goldilocks planet: Deep in space, we may have found our 'twin’

The discovery of an Earth-like planet raises the question: are aliens also looking at us?<p>The starry sky is now far more fascinating to us than it ever was to our forebears. Stars may seem just points of light, but we’ve learnt recently that most are orbited by retinues of planets, just as our Sun …

Universe

Strange, Little Known Facts About the Original Star Trek

A new article at io9 reveals some interesting stories from <i>These Are the Voyages.</i> According to its promotional copy, this hardcover book is a …

Scientists say you can 'retrain' your brain to be addicted to healthy food instead of junk

Do you worry you’re stuck craving chips even when you know you should be eating healthily? Fear not: new research has shown that it’s possible to …

Going viral: Targeting brain cancer cells with a wound-healing drug

At the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, three scientists are planning to create a virus capable of destroying brain cancer.<p>It sounds like …

Kepler 438b: Most Earth-like planet ever discovered could be home for alien life

An alien world that orbits a distant star in the constellation of Lyra may be the most Earth-like planet ever found outside the solar system.<p>The planet, named Kepler 438b, is slightly larger than Earth and circles an orange dwarf star that bathes it in 40% more heat than our home planet receives …

Planetary Habitability

Stephen Hawking stresses the importance of space travel and understanding science

“It is important that the public understands basic science, if they are not to leave vital decisions to others”<p>Stephen Hawking continues to both steer thought on cosmology, and dominate pop-culture headlines. (On Sunday, Eddie Redmayne took home a Golden Globe for his portrayal of the scientist in …

'Super-Earths' May Have Stable Oceans That Are Key For Alien Life

NASA's Kepler space telescope celebrated its 1,000th exoplanet discovery earlier this month, an impressive milestone in the search for life on other worlds.<p>Now astronomers are homing in on those exoplanets that may have liquid water, which is thought to be essential for supporting life. And …

A New Antibiotic That Resists Resistance

The British chemist Lesley Orgel had a rule: Evolution is cleverer than you. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria have repeatedly proven him right.<p>Since humans started making antibiotics for ourselves in the 1940s, bacteria have evolved to counteract our efforts. They are now winning. There are strains of …

Microbiology

Stanford Researchers Identify Potential Treatment Approach For Alzheimer’s Disease

Newly published research from Stanford University could help steer treatment of a disease that affects 36 million people worldwide: Alzheimer’s …

Dementia

Life on Earth now officially at risk, scientists say

Humans are “eating away at our own life support systems” at a rate unseen in the past 10,000 years by degrading land and freshwater systems, emitting …

Albert Einstein Believed In Aliens, But Doubted Our Methods To Contact Them – Was He Right?

Albert Einstein, the man who correctly theorized astounding facts about our universe, also felt we were not alone in the cosmos. Moreover, Einstein …

Albert Einstein