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Scientists invent way to create ‘unlimited renewable energy’

Scientists have reached a “milestone” in a technique of semi-artificial photosynthesis that could eventually create an “unlimited source of renewable …

University of Cambridge

This Man Took 140 Drugs and Wrote a Harm Reduction Bible

We spoke to Dominic Milton Trott about 'The Honest Drugs Book'.<p>What does a person who has taken 140 different drugs look like?<p>I didn't know what to expect before Skyping Dominic Milton Trott, author of <i>The Honest Drugs Book</i> – but really, his appearance shouldn't come as a surprise: a man in his …

Drug Addiction

My favorite beverage is a 2,000-year-old energy drink from ancient Rome

We all know it’s good to hydrate. Water can be so blah, though. So when I’m trying to rehydrate after a long run in the summer heat, I tend to reach for an old-timey solution: The energy drink of ancient Rome.<p>The Romans were famed for their innovations in military logistics, which allowed them to …

Ancient History

New Horizons Just Sent Back The First Images of The Mysterious Object It'll Reach on New Years

"We now have Ultima in our sights"<p>In July of 2015, NASA's New Horizons mission made history when it became the first spacecraft to conduct a flyby of …

Solar System

Adopting Mediterranean diet in old age can prolong life, study suggests

It’s been touted as the recipe for a healthy life, preventing all manner of ills. Now researchers say a Mediterranean diet still offers benefits in older age and could reduce the risk of death.<p>While somewhat nebulous in specific makeup, the diet is typically said to be rich in fish, nuts, fresh …

Mediterranean Diet

Europe’s Worsening Drought Reveals Ominous Message in Czech ‘Hunger Stones’

"If you see me, weep."<p>The severe drought ongoing in Europe has caused ancient “hunger stones” to emerge from the Elbe River in the Czech Republic. …

Central Europe

I was deluded. You can't beat fake news with science communication | Jenny Rohn

I’m going to begin this piece by suggesting that it’s a waste of your time to read it.<p>Sort of.<p>I’ve been blogging in the Guardian for seven years now, and it’s been an interesting ride. Like most of my fellow science bloggers, the majority of whom are mild-mannered academics, the most eye-opening …

Fake News

Scientists may have discovered the very first ‘ghost’ black hole from a different universe

It’s common knowledge that, because of the speed at which light travels, we can see things in space that aren’t even there anymore. If we peer at a …

Universe

Scientists Reveal the Number of Times You're Actually Conscious Each Minute

Spoiler: It's not very often (and that's a good thing).<p>Two papers released Wednesday in <i>Neuron</i> delve deep into the way we perceive the world, …

Times Square

An Answer To Fermi's Paradox

Time and place: Summer 1950, Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico.<p>Over lunch at the lab’s mess hall, Nobel Prize winning physicist Enrico Fermi and three colleagues are pondering the possibility of life out there. Could extraterrestrials exist?<p>A reasonable conversation, then as now. Although …

Universe

Ancestor of All Cellular Life on Earth Appeared Way Earlier Than We Thought

"Fossils can only tell us so much."<p>About 4.5 billion years ago, a proto-planet named Theia crashed into Earth, birthing our moon. A relatively short …

Biology

Hubble just took a brand new photo that will make you feel completely insignificant

We all might be anxiously awaiting the eventual launch of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope — which has been stuck in an endless series of delays …

NASA identifies 'foreign object debris' spotted by Mars rover

NASA's Curiosity rover team spotted a weird-looking object on Mars this week and worried it might be a piece of spacecraft debris.<p>The rover snapped an image of a thin, light-colored item laying on top of the reddish ground. It stands out from the surrounding surface.<p>Curiosity's Earth handlers …

We May Have Identified What Lies at the Outermost Edge of Our Solar System

New Horizons is the first spacecraft in nearly three decades to observe what appears to be evidence of a hydrogen wall at the edge of the heliosphere.<p>In July 2015, the New Horizons probe became the first spacecraft to explore Pluto and its moons after a nearly decade-long journey from Earth. Three …

Space

How nostalgia became our pop culture salve during these dark times

Times are tough right now. It’s hard not to feel beaten down by the relentless barrage of bad news and hopeless futures. During such periods, we can …

The Mystery of Jupiter’s Swirling Colors Is Finally Solved, Scientists Say

The answer was buried way below the surface.<p>A new study has finally offered an explanation for Jupiter’s trippy colors and unusual swirls. These …

Scientists say your “mind” isn’t confined to your brain, or even your body

You might wonder, at some point today, what’s going on in another person’s mind. You may compliment someone’s great mind, or say they are out of their mind. You may even try to expand or free your own mind.<p>But what <i>is</i> a mind? Defining the concept is a surprisingly slippery task. The mind is the seat …

These half-billion-year-old creatures were animals—but unlike any known today

So-called Ediacaran organisms have puzzled biologists for decades. To the untrained eye they look like fossilized plants, in tube or frond shapes up …

Regular lie-ins are worse than getting too little sleep, study suggests

Having regular lie-ins is worse for the body than getting too little sleep, new research suggests.<p>Scientists have known for some time that not getting enough sleep increases the risk of a string of health complaints such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.<p>But a new review …

Ancient Mud Reveals an Explanation for Sudden Collapse of the Mayan Empire

The empire took thousands of years to build and just 100 years to collapse.<p>During their 3,000-year dominance over Mesoamerica, the Mayans built …

Stonehenge mystery solved, says breakthrough scientific study

The ancient mystery of who built Stonehenge has been solved, according to a breakthrough study.<p>A groundbreaking new analysis of the 25 cremated remains buried at the prehistoric monument in Wiltshire has revealed that 10 of them lived nowhere near the bluestones.<p>Instead they came from western …

Archaeology

Most Vitamin Pills Are Useless, But Here Are The Ones You Should Take

Forget multivitamins.<p>It seems like simple, obvious advice: eat your vegetables, get some exercise, and - of course - take your vitamins. Or …

Canada’s new radio telescope just picked up a strange signal from deep space

Canada’s shiny new radio telescope is up and running, and it just heard something very, very odd coming from deep space.<p>The Canadian Hydrogen …

Universe

Beyond Time

We conventionally think of time as something simple and fundamental. It flows uniformly, independent of everything else, from the past to the future, …

Why sleeping with a fan on can be bad for your health

If you don't currently own a fan in the midst of this heatwave, here's why you might not want to bother.<p>We say this for two reasons. One: we can almost guarantee that you won't actually be able to find one in stock anywhere, because everyone has had the same idea as you. And secondly, it's not …

Liquid water spied deep below polar ice cap on Mars

Far beneath the deeply frozen ice cap at Mars’s south pole lies a lake of liquid water—the first to be found on the Red Planet. Detected from orbit …

New study links Alzheimer's disease with liver function and diet

Scientists have presented new research pointing to the liver as a potential culprit in the onset of Alzheimer's disease. Presented at the Alzheimer's …

Dogs go out of their way to help owners when they are upset, study shows

Dogs will make a speedy effort to comfort their owners if they think they are upset, a study has shown for the first time.<p>Although anecdotally, dog owners claim that their pets are in tune with their emotions and will offer support in times of crisis, it has never been scientifically tested …

Longest lunar eclipse of century to give UK a rare celestial thrill

Britain will witness a spectacular and rare celestial spectacle this week. At dusk on Friday, the full moon will rise and reveal itself coloured a deep red. The nation will then experience a blood moon or, as astronomers term it, a total lunar eclipse.<p>If you have good photos of the moon during …

Lunar Eclipse

Can the wonderful octopus help make wheelchairs obsolete?

There’s a lot we can learn from the octopus. Scientists working in the field of soft robotics have been devising smart materials, smart skins and …