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Japan's monarchy in confusion as Emperor Akihito reported to be planning to abdicate

The future of Japan’s monarchy was thrown into confusion on Thursday when the national broadcaster reported that Emperor Akihito was planning to abdicate after 27 years on the throne.<p>No Japanese monarch has abdicated for almost two centuries and the revered Emperor symbolises national stability and …

Furious son calls police after father burns his 'prized' cannabis plants

A bemused police force took to social media after receiving a bizarre call from a man whose father burned his 'prized' cannabis plant collection.<p>He called the Northern Territory Police after an altercation with his relative, who set fire to the fruits of his labour.<p>The man was, according to the …

Scientists just confirmed there's a second layer of information hidden in our DNA

That's something biologists have known for years, and they've even been able to figure out some of the proteins responsible for folding up DNA. But now a group of physicists have been able to demonstrate for the first time through simulations how this hidden information controls our evolution.<p>Let's …

Genetics

There’s no space for today’s young Einsteins

The gravitational waves theorist saw physics as no one else did, but if he was around today his time would be spent chasing grants or tenures<p>The discovery of gravitational waves has been hailed as yet another vindication of Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity, unveiled a century ago. …

Physics

The 9 Best Internet Reactions to The Gravitational Wave Discovery

Including Einstein's mic drop.<p>It's no secret that the entire science world - ourselves included - was freaking out on Thursday when physicists …

Albert Einstein

Einstein predicted gravitational waves 100 years ago. Here’s what it took to prove him right.

The “chirp” is bright and bird-like, its pitch rising at the end as though it’s asking a question. To an untrained ear, it resembles a sound effect from a video game more than the faint, billion-year-old echo of the collision of two black holes.<p>But to the trained ear of experimental physicist, it …

Physics

The Man Who Said Einstein Was Wrong (and Was Right)

It takes a brave man to reject a scientific paper by Albert Einstein. But that’s what the physicist Howard Percy Robertson did in 1936, as editor of …

Physics

Physicists Are Freaking Out About Gravitational Waves and You Should Too

After five months of keeping their stupendous discovery under wraps, physicists at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) are …

Climate change helps slow, not quicken, rising sea levels – NASA

Glaciers are still melting, but climate change is having an unexpected effect on sea levels, NASA has found. Satellites show 3.2 trillion tons of …

Stephen Hawking hails gravitational wave discovery

The discovery of gravitational waves, or ripples in space-time, could “revolutionise astronomy”, according to renowned British physicist Stephen …

Black Holes

Understanding Our Changing Universe

Whether it's ripples in the fabric of spacetime or evidence of a new planet, our understanding of the universe is changing once again.

Marijuana for menstrual cramps? New product causes concern

A new product called Foria Relief offers marijuana compounds in the form of a vaginal suppository, and its makers claim it can relieve menstrual cramps. But is this product safe?<p>Experts say that, because of the lack of studies on the product, there's no clear evidence that it is safe to use, or …

Cannabis

'That is a low blow’ — Sanders slams Clinton during the Democratic debate

Bernie Sanders went on the offensive against Hillary Clinton during the last Democratic debate, criticizing her over her working relationship with controversial Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, and defending some of Sanders' own disagreements with President Obama.<p><i>Produced by Lamar Salter</i><p><b>Follow</b> …

Government

Judge Who Sentenced Small-Time Pot Dealer to 55 Years Again Urges Clemency

From the moment he was forced to impose a 55-year sentence on a 24-year-old pot dealer in 2004, Paul Cassell has been urging presidential clemency to …

United States

Smoking Pot Before This Critical Age Could Wreck Your Brain

Bad news if you lit up before graduating high school.<p>How bad is pot for your brain? The jury's still out on how it affects folks who take their first toke during adulthood. But a study recently published in the journal <i>Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience</i> suggests that lighting up prior to age 16 …

Does the discovery of gravitational waves foretell the end of physics?

It took us 100 years to confirm the last big puzzle of Einstein’s theory of relativity. On Feb. 11, scientists announced that they have detected gravitational waves, which are created when two accelerating masses generate “ripples” in the curvature of spacetime—just like frolicking children on a …

Physics

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Giant iceberg in Antarctica kills off 150,000 penguins

Researchers believe a grounded iceberg in Antarctica – which is larger than Luxembourg – could lead to the loss of an entire colony of Adélie penguins which have been forced to travel 70 miles to feed<p>An enormous iceberg in Antarctica has killed off 150,000 penguins and threatens to wipe out an …

Benjamin Golden Sues Man He Beat Up For Videotaping The Assault [Video]

If Benjamin Golden is indeed remorseful about that videotaped attack on an Uber driver, he has a funny way of showing it. Golden made national …

Taco Bell

The NSA ended one of its contentious spying programs this weekend

It was first brought to public scrutiny after NSA contractor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden leaked documents to journalists about the scale of the US government's spying, provoking a global debate over privacy and security.<p>Though hailed as a hero by privacy activists, Snowden is viewed as a …

Surveillance

Tesla Adds High-Speed Autonomous Driving to Its Bag of Tricks

WASHINGTON — It is not every day you get to open a door and step into the future.<p>But to pull the handle on a newly updated Tesla Model S this week and slide into the driver’s seat was to catch a glimpse of the auto industry’s plans to soon let cars drive us, rather than the other way around.<p>The …

Autonomous Cars

The UK government is refusing to give Julian Assange safe passage to go to hospital

Ecuador says that its request for the WikiLeaks editor to be granted safe passage to go to hospital for a check-up has been denied, The Guardian reports.<p>Assange has lived in the Ecuadorian Embassy since 2012. He sought political asylum there after Swedish authorities attempted to have him …

Julian Assange

With Gene Editing, Pigs Could Be The Perfect Organ Donor

And they would contain at least ten times more edited genes than any other animal yet<p>For years, scientists have been trying to manipulate pig organs so that they could be transplanted into the 8,000 humans waiting for a life saving transplant. So far, that hasn’t worked. But George Church, a …

Genetics

Stephen Hawking fears competent machines, not malicious ones

Like any good scientist, Stephen Hawking has taken his time. A Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) that collected questions from the site's users back in July is today being answered comprehensively by the world's most famous living physicist. Unsurprisingly, given his high profile and the extended period …

Artificial Intelligence

Waste Heat Is Free Energy. So Why Aren't We Using It?

Burning out<p>In the next few years, the stale, thick heat produced by the London underground will no longer drift uselessly into the atmosphere. Instead, some of it will warm 1,400 nearby homes, cutting heating bills by about 10 percent. Recycling heat is quite common in Europe. Denmark gets roughly …

U.S. Dept. of Energy

Ukraine crisis: Renewed Kiev assault on protesters

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1054000/1054223_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1522572881_cf4d0717c378c51b4b523dca974374f1<p><b>Police in the Ukrainian capital Kiev have launched a fresh attack on anti-government protesters as the death toll in renewed clashes has climbed to 26.</b><p>…

Russia