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3 Great Discoveries of 2014

This Robot Can Make You Feel Like There's A Ghost Behind You

Ever feel another human “presence” nearby? It may just mean your brain is confused.<p>You’re all alone in a room, when all of a sudden your senses start tingling. Though you can’t hear or see anyone around, you have this indescribable perception of a human presence lurking nearby. It just <i>feels</i> like …

New rocket findings might change definition of galaxies

Galaxies might not have such discreet boundaries as we imagined. Instead, they might stretch out to great distances, forming a vast, interconnected …

Google launches service to store and share human DNA in the cloud

It turns out that a human genome — the complete set of genetic material encoded as DNA sequences — is 100 gigabytes.<p>That’s the amount of storage …

To a Billionth of a Meter: Go Inside a Telescope Mirror Factory

'Interstellar' Animators Made A Physics Breakthrough While Creating A Black Hole For The Movie

The movie-making business has, unintentionally, helped make something more: a scientific discovery. One that you can experience first-hand in the film "Interstellar," coming out in US theaters everywhere on Friday, Nov. 7.<p>In the film, a crew of explorers travel through a wormhole to reach distant …

Black Holes

Hubble Snaps Detailed Photos Of Dust And Debris Surrounding Stars

And you thought your home was dusty<p>NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has just finished up a pretty extensive imaging survey of the debris surrounding distant stars – and the results look rather fantastic. The images above, snapped by the famous telescope, show various stars encircled by immense disks …

Universe

Obese Women Make Less Money, Work More Physically Demanding Jobs

Being overweight hurts your earnings, and being an overweight woman is particularly tough on income. Back in 2004, a landmark study found that a 65-pound increase in a woman's weight is associated with a 9-percent drop in earnings. The authors of the study noted that, in terms of wages, the …

The Creepy New Wave of the Internet

The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism<p>by Jeremy Rifkin<p>Palgrave Macmillan, …

Want to live to 120? Here’s how ....

Britons could live to 120 if they just exercised more, ate healthily and took beneficial drugs such as statins, scientists say<p>In an era that is obsessed with youth, it is unsurprising that so much time is devoted to fighting the ravages of age.<p>But a new study suggests that slowing the ageing …

First Amphibious "Sea Monster" Found; Fills Evolutionary Gap

Cartorhynchus lenticarpus's body was adapted to live in two worlds.<p>A new species of dinosaur-era sea reptile that could live on both land and in water has been unearthed in China—the first amphibious "sea monster" ever found.<p>The ichthyosaur, whose discovery was announced Wednesday, fills a crucial …

Why Thousands Of People Are Willing To Die On Mars

More than 200,000 aspiring space explorers volunteered for a one-way trip to Mars. Are they insane?<p><i>Editor's note: Mars One recently narrowed its pool of candidates to 100 people--many of whom we featured in the November 2014 issue (part of which exists here). We've reposted this story for your</i> …

Fundraising

WATCH: The Robotic Baby Penguin That Spies For Scientists

Emperor penguins are elegant and adorable. They're also quite shy and skittish around humans.<p>Many penguins tracked in Antarctica have data-collecting devices underneath their skin. Usually, researchers have to get close to them and use hand readers to pick up a signal from the devices — which …

After 'Cosmos,' Neil deGrasse Tyson Dives Into Science of 'Interstellar'

If you want to learn about the science behind a blockbuster movie like "Interstellar," astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is your man.<p>Tyson's the one who pointed out that the constellations were all wrong in the "Titanic" — which shamed director James Cameron into fixing the stars for the movie's …

A swarm of earthquakes buzzes underground in Nevada

Hundreds of small earthquakes have rumbled under northwestern Nevada like a seismic drumroll since midsummer, and in recent days, they have built to a crescendo.<p>This does not necessarily mean a big one will come, state seismologists said, but they added that it's good to be prepared, just in …