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Why People Are Kissing Camels On Social Media

Doesn't seem like a good idea<p>Health authorities in Saudi Arabia recently warned people to stay away from (sick) camels and to avoid raw camel meat and milk, after research suggested that the animals carry Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), a viral respiratory illness that has sickened at …

Social Media

This Microchip Heart Has A Rare Genetic Disease

The heart was created, in part, using skin cells from people with Barth syndrome.<p>It doesn't look much like a heart, but it works—a little bit—like one. Researchers have created a microchip heart that has a rare genetic disease. Using the chip, the researchers were able to learn some basics about …

Immune System

Has The End Of The Banana Arrived?

Researchers fear that a relentless and virulent fungus could cripple the world's banana monoculture<p>Two weeks ago, at a conference in South Africa, scientists met to discuss how to contain a deadly banana disease outbreak in nearby Mozambique, Africa. At fault was a fungus that continues its march …

Forestry

New Super-Strong, Self-Healing, Infinitely Recyclable Polymers Will Change How We Make Things

Recycling valuable chip components inside our electronics could suddenly become a lot more doable–and that’s just the beginning.<p>It’s nearly impossible to go through a day without encountering polymers–molecules that play a part in paint, plastic, food packaging, car and plane parts, clothes, cell …

This date in science: Dramatic space photos of Pavlof Volcano

As Pavlof Volcano poured out lava and ash, ISS astronauts managed to capture these seldom-seen oblique views of the volcano.<p><b>May 18, 2013.</b> On this …

Scientists unearth world’s largest dinosaur in Argentina

Dinosaur fossils found in Patagonia provide the first evidence that long-necked, whip-tailed diplodocid sauropods survived well beyond the Jurassic period, when they were thought to have gone extinct, according to Argentine paleontologists.<p>Scientists announced the discovery of the fossilized …

The Week In Numbers: On-Demand Lucid Dreaming, The Science Of Lucky Streaks, And More

<b>40 hertz</b>: the frequency of electrical brain stimulation most likely to induce lucid dreaming, according to a a recent study<p><b>$65</b>: cost to hack your Nerf gun to automatically fire at large heat signatures<p><b>2030</b>: the year Russia plans to colonize the moon<p><b>1969</b>: year of NASA's Apollo 10 mission (here's …

Consciousness

Illuminating neuron activity in 3-D

Researchers at MIT and the University of Vienna have created an imaging system that reveals neural activity throughout the brains of living animals. …

Your corporate internet nightmare starts now

<i>Boop boop beep boop — *snap* — boop boop.</i> You stare at the decaying paint chips on your bedroom ceiling while that stupid jingle loops again. It’s the only ringtone that comes free with your AT&T phone, and you hear it everywhere. You hear it when you wake up. You hear it when you’re walking down …

Two drugs offer hope for fatal lung disease

(HealthDay)—A pair of drugs offers new hope to patients with a progressive, fatal disease that robs their breath by scarring the lungs, according to …

Stars beyond counting: A peek into the Mily Way's heart.

Look. I’m an astronomer, and a science communicator. I think about this stuff a <i>lot</i>, and it comes up in my life all the time. I’m also an amateur …

Nasa would speak out if private manned missions to Mars too risky

Nasa says it will not regulate private missions to land people on Mars but would offer advice if it felt lives were in danger<p>It’s like an interplanetary re-telling of the famous tortoise and hare story. Nasa and the world’s other space agencies are pursuing a careful, long-winded programme aimed at …

Scientists propose way to turn light to matter

Scientists believe light transformed to matter shortly after the Big Bang. Two UK physicists say they now know how to change light to matter here on …

What is the electromagnetic spectrum?

The electromagnetic spectrum describes all the wavelengths of light. From dark nebulae to exploding stars, it reveals an otherwise invisible universe.<p>…

Why stars twinkle, but planets don’t

Stars and planets both shine steadily, when seen from outer space. But – from Earth – stars twinkle while planets (usually) don’t. Why?<p>Stars twinkle, …

Exoplanets made of diamonds: Do they exist? - Futurity

Carbon-rich planets that are made largely out of diamonds or graphite may be more common than previously thought.

Global "Selfie" to Be Beamed to Outer Space

The crowd-sourced message will be uploaded to New Horizons spacecraft.<p>If you had the chance to send a message to aliens in outer space, what would you say? What would you tell them about life on Earth? How would you explain who we are?<p>These are not hypothetical questions.<p>This summer, you will get …

Why Saturn has auroras

After a three-year observing campaign of Saturn using the Hubble Space Telescope, scientists have confirmed that auroras on Earth and Saturn have a …

Scientists discover how to turn light into matter after 80-year quest

Imperial physicists have discovered how to create matter from light - a feat thought impossible when the idea was first theorised 80 years ago.<p>In …

Physics

A Second Life For Exoplanet Hunter Kepler

The Kepler space telescope, famed for its exoplanet discoveries, gets a new mission after equipment troubles put it out of commission last year.<p>After five years' work, and a disappointing mechanical failure, NASA's exoplanet-hunting Kepler telescope is moving into the second phase of its …

Universe

Ongoing Friendship Between a Girl and Her Adorable Cats

Since we first wrote about the heartwarming friendship between a girl and her cat, Russian photographer Andy Prokh has continued to enchant us with charming photos of his daughter Katherine growing up with her adorable British Shorthair cat LiLu. Although both Katherine and LiLu are now one year …

Cute

Matter will be created from light within a year, claim scientists

In a neat demonstration of E=mc2, physicists believe they can create electrons and positrons from colliding photons<p>Researchers have worked out how to make matter from pure light and are drawing up plans to demonstrate the feat within the next 12 months.<p>The theory underpinning the idea was first …