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Mildly stressed fathers can damage the brain development of their children in the womb

The influence of a father's environment on the development of his child is not as well understood as that of a mother's.<p>If an expectant father is …

What is Taenia solium? Florida man contracts brain-eating tapeworm that almost leaves him blind

Taenia solium is commonly known as pork tapeworm, which can be contracted from raw or undercooked pork.<p>A man from Florida contracted a brain-eating …

Archaeologists have found a 7,000-year-old example of one of the world's earliest writing systems

Bulgarian researchers find ceramic tile featuring inscriptions of a set of symbols known as the Vinča signs.<p>Archaeologists have discovered a new …

Distant supermassive black holes are expanding so fast, they are actually outstripping star growth

Till date, scientists thought that black holes in distant galaxies grew in tandem with stars.<p>Supermassive black holes are those monstrous voids that …

Universal basic income: Giving people money does not cause them lazy, Alaska study finds

Supporters of the idea say it could bring an end to poverty while simultaneously enhancing people's freedom.<p>The potentially revolutionary idea of …

Physicists have just created an entirely new form of light

New findings could herald revolution in the power of quantum computers.<p>Light, as we understand it, is made up of countless tiny particles known as …

Scientists have detected something 7 miles up in the atmosphere which no one can explain

Researchers unexpectedly detected a particle of enriched uranium floating above Alaska.<p>Atmospheric scientists have been left completely stumped after …

Nearly 100 new exoplanets have been discovered using Nasa's Kepler spacecraft in record haul

Thanks to Kepler, we now know that planets around other stars are the rule rather than the exception.<p>An international team of scientists have …

SpaceX's Starman spotted cruising through space at incredible speeds by astrophotographer

The Tesla is headed for an orbit between Mars and the asteroid belt.<p>It has been over a week since SpaceX's Falcon Heavy was launched. And, now an …

New AI can detect earthquakes sooner and reduce natural hazards

New system is 13,500 times more accurate than current earthquake detection method.<p>A team of researchers have built an Artificial Intelligence (AI) …

Kamikaze sperm and four-headed penises - the hidden ways animals win the mating game

These five elaborate methods have evolved to increase the chance that an individual male's sperm is the winner.<p>We all know that individuals fight …

Money can buy you happiness - but after a certain point, it may have the opposite effect

Study finds there may be an optimal amount that will make you happy.<p>When it comes to how much money an individual earns, there may be an optimal …

These 700,000-year-old footprints reveal what it was like to be a child in prehistoric times

Children had far more responsibilities and less supervision than they do today.<p>Western society has a rather stereotypical view of what a good …

Money talks when it comes to women choosing to study science and tech

This 'gender equality paradox' could be explained by a variety of social and economic factors.<p>Prosperous nations with high gender equality have a …

Scientists have observed the mysterious origins of the Northern Lights for the first time

Scientists have not succeeded in explaining physical processes that produce colourful aurorae.<p>The Northern Lights - with their dazzling display of …

This extraordinary photo shows a single atom captured using an ordinary camera

David Nadlinger's 'Single Atom In An Ion Trap' won first prize in EPSRC competition.<p>An Oxford University student has captured an extraordinary image …

Nasa's sun-watching satellite captures incredible photo of a total solar eclipse in space

Nasa's Solar Dynamics Observatory watches the sun nearly 24/7 from space and is currently experiencing its bi-annual eclipse season.<p>Nasa's sun-watch …

Nasa's New Horizons will give us the next 'Pale Blue Dot' photo in 2019

New Horizons will turn its cameras back at us and take the furthest ever image taken of Earth from Earth.<p>The New Horizons spacecraft, which is now …

This is why humanity shouldn't open a message from aliens

"There is no compelling reason at all to assume benevolence".<p>If we ever detected an incoming message from an alien civilisation, it would arguably be …

Who's your ideal mate? Your 'first love' may have something to do with it

Studies have shown that early experiences play an important role in who we choose as a sexual partner.<p>Your first sexual partner may have more to tell …

Scientists discover hundreds of amazing two-dimensional, one-atom thick materials

If some function like graphene they will prove to be extremely useful in electronics and other fields.<p>Researchers have identified hundreds of new …

How 5,000-year-old wine discovered in inaccessible caves is rewriting the history of Sicily

Wine has been known as a magical substance since its appearances in Homeric tales.<p>Monte Kronio rises 1,300 feet above the geothermally active …

Ice Age mammoth fossil tracks reveal how young ancient elephants cared for a wounded adult mammoth

Palaeontologists identified 117 impressions in the fossilised tracks, which were dated to be around 43,000 years old.<p>Palaeontologists have discovered …

The multiverse: Could parallel realities be giving you memories of things that never happened?

The unconscious manufacture of fabricated memories is called confabulation.<p>Fiona Broome coined the term "Mandela Effect" to explain this collective …

Scientists used a portable atomic clock to measure gravity for the first time ever

Researchers transported the atomic clock from one lab in Turin to another in the French Alps.<p>For the first time ever, a team of European scientists …

Psychologists reveal the key factors to reveal if your spouse will cheat on you

Surprisingly, individuals in couples with a satisfactory sex lives were more likely to cheat on their partners.<p>Are you the type of person that …

Nasa sending space submarine to explore Kraken Mare, the -184°C alien ocean on Titan

The ocean on Saturn's largest moon measures 400,000 sq km and is mainly composed of liquid methane.<p>Nasa is planning an ambitious mission to explore a …

Oxford scientists capture breathtaking photo of a single atom suspended in an electric field

A strontium atom is suspended in high vacuum and illuminated between two electrodes with a blue laser.<p>An image of a single Strontium atom captured by …

World first: Woman in North America infected with eye worm that only attacks cattle

Itchy eyes traced to cattle worms living under woman's eyelids.<p>Mary (not her real name), a 26-year-old woman from Oregon, had an itchy eye for about …