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Rebooting the immune system with stem cell transplants trialed for Crohn's disease

A large trial has just been launched in the UK exploring the use of stem cells for treating patients with Crohn's disease. The radical treatment …

Immune System

A Soviet-Era Fox Experiment May Finally Reveal The Genes Behind Domestication

How animals came to put up with humans.<p>In 1959, Soviet scientists embarked on an audacious experiment to breed a population of tame foxes, a strain …

Biology

Where the Next Big Cascadia Earthquake Might Occur

The Pacific Northwest is known for many things – its beer, its music, its mythical large-footed creatures. Most people don’t associate it with …

Geology

Ants build hanging bridge to attack wasp nest

Astonishing footage captures the moment a million army ants worked together to build a bridge designed to help invade a giant wasp nest.<p>The highly …

Zoology

Decoding the Secrets of an Ancient Maya Cave

When archaeologist Holley Moyes first poked around Belize’s Actun Tunichil Muknal cave, the massive amount of bat feces impressed her. Sure, the …

Archaeology

Why Saudi Arabia is waging diplomatic war on … Canada

Saudi Arabia has kicked out Canada’s ambassador over tweets about human rights activist Samar Badawi.<p>Saudi Arabia and Canada are fighting a nasty war of words on Twitter that has now escalated into a full-on diplomatic crisis.<p>In the past two days, Saudi Arabia has declared the Canadian ambassador …

Human Rights

Scientists Have Uncovered a Disturbing Climate Change Precedent

During the rise of mammals, Earth's temperatures spiked in a scary way that the planet may experience again soon.<p>They were strange days at the beginning of the age of mammals. The planet was still hungover from the astonishing disappearance of its marquee superstars, the dinosaurs. Earth’s newest …

Climate Change

How Long Would It Take To Travel From One End Of The Universe To The Other At Light Speed?

<i>If the universe is 93 billion light years in diameter, how long would it take to travel end to end at light speed? originally appeared on Quora:</i> <i>the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world</i>.<p><b>Answer by Jack Fraser, Master’s Physics,</b> …

Physics

Power Worth Less Than Zero Spreads as Green Energy Floods the Grid

Bright and breezy days are becoming a deeper nightmare for utilities struggling to earn a return on traditional power plants.<p>With wind and solar …

Renewable Energy

Astronomers Have Detected an Intense And Mysteriously Low Frequency Radio Signal Coming From Space

Hello?<p>Astronomers have detected yet another mysterious and powerful fast radio burst hitting Earth from an unknown source in space.<p>If that's not …

Universe

Decomposing Plastics Have Been a Source of Greenhouse Gases This Whole Time

Ugh.<p>No. On top of all the other bad things we can attribute to plastics pollution (the damage to marine life, the leaching of toxic chemicals into …

Pollution

People Are Contracting Flesh-Eating Bacteria at the Beach

This is how scared you should be.<p>Necrotizing fasciitis (or NF, the clinical term for flesh-eating bacteria) is an infection caused by swimming in infected water—and it’s very rare. Like, a few hundred cases a year rare. And yet, I personally know two people who just barely survived the disease. …

New Jersey

The first female war photographer took enormous risks—and died in battle at 26

Gerda Taro’s images were searing, disquieting, and groundbreaking, and they helped spawn an entire field—war photography.<p>Today (Aug. 1), to mark the 108th anniversary of her birth, she has been honored with a Google Doodle.<p>On July 25, 1937, at just 26, she became the first female photojournalist to …

War

Pope changes teaching to oppose death penalty in all cases

Pope Francis has said the death penalty is “inadmissible” and that the Catholic church would work for its abolition across the world.<p>Capital punishment was “an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person”, Francis said in a change to Catholic teaching which leaves the Vatican at odds with …

Pope Francis

Your Brain Doesn't Contain Memories. It Is Memories

Recall your favorite memory: the big game you won; the moment you first saw your child's face; the day you realized you had fallen in love. It's not …

The Brain

CRISPR creates new species with single giant chromosome

For at least the last 10 million years every yeast cell of the sort used to make beer or bread has had 16 chromosomes. But now—thanks to CRISPR …

Biology

We're Going to Die in Record Numbers as Heatwaves Bake The World, First Global Study Shows

Be alarmed.<p>Mounting science is painting a very bleak picture of a future of soaring temperatures, and the accompanying death toll those soaring …

Climate Change

'High status' Roman gold ring found in Somerset field

<b>An amateur detectorist has found what is believed to be one of the most significant archaeological finds in Somerset's recent history.</b><p>Jason Massey discovered a Roman gold signet ring with an engraving of the god Victory in a field near Crewkerne.<p>Experts at the British Museum are yet to assess the …

Archaeology

Middle-aged non-drinkers may have 'higher risk' of dementia

People who abstain from alcohol in middle age may be at heightened risk of dementia later in life, research has found.<p>A long-term study of more than 9,000 people, which tracked the health of civil servants working in London, found that people who drank over the recommended limits for men and women …

Dementia

Is Waking Up In The Middle Of The Night Bad For You? Experts Say It's Usually Not A Big Deal

When I first adopted my kitten, he had a terrible habit of waking me up at about 3 a.m. every single night (morning?) by licking my eyelashes — yes, …

Sleep

Deceased and still in debt: the student loans that don't get forgiven

In 2005, Sean Bennett took out a student loan with Sallie Mae, in 2010 he graduated from college and in 2011, when Sean was 23 years old, he died in a car accident.<p>At first, Sallie Mae sent out a letter of condolence to Sean’s parents explaining that they had a policy of forgiving debt if the …

College & University

Outcry as coffins crushed in Chinese 'zero-burial' campaign

Officials in south-east China have been ordered to moderate their enforcement of a “zero-burial” policy after videos circulated of elderly villagers weeping as coffins were dragged from their homes and destroyed.<p>Jiangxi province has called for large-scale funeral reform, including phasing out …

China

Older than Giza: 4,600-year-old pyramid uncovered in Egypt

TORONTO — Archaeologists working near the ancient settlement of Edfu, in southern Egypt, have uncovered a step pyramid that dates back about 4,600 years, predating the Great Pyramid of Giza by at least a few decades.<p>The step pyramid, which once stood as high as 43 feet (13 meters), is one of seven …

Archaeology

Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change

We knew everything we needed to know, and nothing stood in our way. Nothing, that is, except ourselves. A tragedy in two acts.

Climate Change

New radio telescope picks up mysterious signal from space

A new radio telescope in Canada is doing its job picking up mysterious signals from deep space known as "fast radio bursts" (FRBs).<p>The Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) in British Columbia detected the first-ever FRB at frequencies below 700 MHz on July 25, a signal named FRB …

Universe

German Court Awards Farmer $1 Million for 2000-Year-Old Bronzed Horse Head Found in His Well

A lucky discovery made nearly a decade ago just got even luckier for one German farmer. In 2009, archaeologists excavating a former Roman settlement …

Archaeology

Watch: Top Trump Officials Refuse to Raise Hands to Defend Family Separation

In a shocking moment, no one said ‘zero tolerance’ was a success and one official said he warned of ‘traumatic injury’ to immigrant children.<p>Top …

Immigration

Incredible discovery made inside Great Pyramid of Giza

Scientists have made an incredible discovery about the Great Pyramid of Giza which can focus electromagnetic energy in its internal chambers and its …

Ancient History

Here's How America Uses Its Land

Pasture/range<p>Forest<p>Cropland<p>Special Use<p>Miscellaneous<p>Urban<p>= 1 million acres<p>Pasture/range<p>Forest<p>Cropland<p>Special Use<p>Miscellaneous<p>Urban<p>= 1 million …

Exports

Woodruff: Got lump in throat telling of Trump inaccuracy

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Veteran journalist Judy Woodruff says it affected her when she mentioned on air that President Donald Trump had said something that wasn't accurate.<p>"The first time I had to say on the air the president had said something that we needed to point out was not accurate, I …

Donald Trump