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Curious Kids: Where did the first person come from?

<i>This is an article from Curious Kids, a new series for children. The Conversation is asking kids to send in questions they’d like an expert to</i> …

This ‘Living Touch Screen’ Is Made out of Bacteria and Gold

When it comes to touch screen devices, “grow” isn’t the first verb that comes to mind. After all, smartphones and their silicon-based inorganic …

Biotechnology

Daydreaming May Be Sign of Intelligence

New research suggests that daydreaming, or being off in your own little world, may not be an example of inattentiveness or disrespect, rather a sign …

Slime from this 300 million-year-old creature could create bulletproof body armor

Older than the dinosaurs, slime from a primitive creature could be used for future bulletproof body armor.<p>The hagfish is more than 300 million years …

'Self-regulating nanoparticles' can be made just hot enough to kill cancer

Researchers have developed a new type of nanoparticle that allows itself to be heated up to a temperature that kills cancer cells, but not so high as …

Wave nature of delocalized electrons in defective hydrocarbons at the origin of cosmic infrared emission

A new study in Physical Review Letters reveals that the series of infrared (IR) band peaks, collectively known as the cosmic unidentified IR …

Nanotech

Spotted: A New Small Clue for the Very Big, Very Old Puzzle About Our Sun

<i>Sarah Iqbal is a senior research fellow at the department of biochemistry, Aligarh Muslim University, India.</i><p>The Sun’s atmosphere is hotter than its …

Magnetism

Regenerative Agriculture: Our Best Hope of Cooling the Planet

Another report sounding the alarm about climate change. Another missed opportunity to talk about the most promising solution: regenerative …

You Can Now Use Google Maps to Explore the Solar System

Chances are, at one time or another, we’ve all used Google Maps to find the shortest route from point A to point B. But if you are like some people, …

Astronomy

Scientists edited pig genes and accidentally made bacon healthier

Bacon is love, bacon is life, and now scientists want to make it even better (?). New research using the groundbreaking CRISPR gene editing process …

Growing pains: The oldest trees on Earth ripped themselves apart, fossils show

Scientists have discovered 374-million-year-old tree fossils from the dawn of Earth's forests — and found that these strange plants literally had to rip themselves apart as they grew.<p>The fossils, described in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shed light on the nature of ancient …

Carbon Dioxide

How the universe creates gold

Finally, scientists know how the universe makes gold. They’ve seen it created in the cosmic fire of 2 colliding stars via the gravitational wave they …

Dolphins Get Alzheimer's: Disease Plaques Discovered in Brains of Dead Aquatic Mammals

Alzheimer’s Disease—one of the worst-feared side effects of human ageing—is near-unique to humans and it is unusual to find signs of it in animals. …

Sun-like star may have devoured 15 alien planets

A distant sun-like star may have devoured a dozen or more of its own Earth-size planets, new research shows.<p>Researchers named the star Kronos, after the Titan of Greek mythology who ate his own children out of fears they'd dethrone him, according to a statement from Princeton University. Kronos …

Science

Merging Neutron Stars Deliver Deathblow To Dark Matter And Dark Energy Alternatives

If you ask an astrophysicist what’s the greatest puzzle in the Universe today, two of the most common answers you’ll get are <i>dark matter</i> and <i>dark energy</i>. The stuff that makes up everything we know of here on Earth, atoms, which is in turn made up of other fundamental particles, adds up to only around …

Dark Matter

Colliding neutron stars apply kiss of death to theories of gravity

Primary alternative to dark matter can't deal with gravitational waves' speed.<p>Theoreticians claim to love data. Data is the thing that allows them to …

Dark Matter

Humans are just starting to understand this nearly invincible creature — and it's fascinating

Scientists are just starting to understand the tardigrade. It can survive boiling water, outer space, and extreme radiation. Following is a transcript of the video.<p>This funny looking little guy can survive boiling hot water, outer space, and decades without food or water. It's called a "tardigrade" …

'We will be toasted, roasted and grilled': IMF chief sounds climate change warning

The world will be in deep trouble if it fails to tackle climate change and inequality, IMF managing director Christine Lagarde has warned.<p>“If we don’t address these issues... we will be moving to a dark future” in 50 years, she told a major economic conference in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Tuesday.<p>…

Climate

There’s A Blood Type So Rare, Only 40 People Have Had It. They Call It ‘The Golden Blood’

A, B and O.<p>These are the most common blood types. The ones we all know. Then there's one called the Bombay Blood group which is considered extremely …

Scientists discovered a "kill switch" that destroys any cancer cell

Suicide Molecules<p>A new study has established that RNA molecules, originally developed as a means of studying genes, can trigger a hidden mechanism …

After Death, You’re Aware That You’ve Died, Say Scientists

Time of death is considered when a person has gone into cardiac arrest. This is the cessation of the electrical impulse that drive the heartbeat. As …

The Brain