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Remote-controlled chip could be the future of contraceptives

A tiny chip implanted under a woman's skin can deliver hormonal birth control for up to 16 years and is entering pre-clinical trials next year.<p>If you could have safe, effective, long-term birth control that you didn't have to think about, would you jump at the chance? That's what's being proposed …

Remote Controls

Lack Of Sleep Kills Brain Cells, New Study Shows

If you’re burning the midnight oil, you may be burning out brain cells, too, new research shows. A study published this week in the Journal of Neuroscience found that staying awake too long destroys brain cells in mice, and may do the same in humans.<p>It’s the first study to show (if only in animals) …

Scientists Suggest Dark Matter Played Role in Dinosaurs’ Doom

The conventional wisdom is that a cosmic impact caused the extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago — but now two scientists are adding an unconventional twist to the theory: Maybe, they say, dark matter helped.<p>The hypothesis, set forth in a research paper by Harvard theoretical physicists …

Dark Matter

Blood test might predict who will develop Alzheimer's

Scientists revive giant Neanderthal virus entombed in ice

French scientists bring back to life a giant, still-infectuous virus lying dormant from the Siberian tundra for 30,000 years, raising fears that global warming could unleash other ancient viruses deadly to man.<p>French scientists have awakened a giant, Stone Age virus - the world’s biggest - locked …

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Climate change threatens to bring eradicated viruses back from the dead

Scientists revive a frozen 30,000-year-old giant Siberian virus<p>All it took was a single sample of frozen Siberian soil for an international collaboration of researchers to discover, and revive, a new type of "giant virus" — a virus whose unusually large size means scientists can spot it through a …

A Study Claims Global Warming Could Cause 180,000 More Rapes by 2099

The Periodic Table Could Soon Be Getting a New Member

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Scientists at Lund University in Sweden announced yesterday that experiments they had conducted …

Miniature 'human brain' grown in lab

<b>Miniature "human brains" have been grown in a lab in a feat scientists hope will transform the understanding of neurological disorders.</b><p>The pea-sized structures reached the same level of development as in a nine-week-old foetus, but are incapable of thought.<p>The study, published in the journal …

Scientists confirm existence of new, super-heavy element 'ununpentium'

A heavyweight contender for the periodic table<p>Swedish scientists have confirmed the existence of a new super-heavy element, temporarily dubbed ununpentium for its position at the 115th spot on the periodic table. First proposed by Russian scientists back in 2004, the new element was created by a …

Fracking Blamed For Widespread Death Of Federally-Protected Fish In Kentucky

Hydraulic fracturing fluids leaked from nearby natural gas drilling wells caused the widespread death or distress of aquatic species in Kentucky’s Acorn Fork, according to a joint study by the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.<p>Hydraulic fracturing is the most common …

Migraine sufferers' brains 'show structural differences'

<b>There are structural differences in parts of the brain between people who have migraines and those who do not, according to a review by Danish researchers.</b><p>The analysis of 20 separate studies, in the journal Neurology, showed changes in the brain's white matter and tiny lesions could be …

Neurology

Japan launches ISS-bound HTV-4 - Video on NBCNews.com

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Japan

‘Runaway greenhouse’ easier to trigger on Earth than thought, study says

NASA’s Pioneer Venus Orbiter took this false color image of Venus’ clouds during its mission circling the cloudy world from 1979 into 1992. The planet experienced a runaway greenhouse that evaporated its oceans. A similar scenario is could occur on Earth today, a new study says.<p>It's plausible that …

Climate Change

LOOK: Cassini's Version Of 'The Pale Blue Dot'

Cassini — the NASA spacecraft orbiting Saturn — has beamed back a picture of what Earth looks like from its perspective.<p>Earth and all its trillions of creatures are seen as a speck of light — lower right — in the vastness of space. What's more, Cassini captures Earth while also capturing Saturn's …

New Evidence Suggests That Mars Was Once Covered By Huge Oceans

The latest clues were found in photos from NASA's powerful Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter circling the planet. The images show what appears to be an ancient river delta, which may have emptied into a vast Martian ocean that inundated up to one-third of the Red Planet long ago, a new study …

Divers discover 50,000-year-old cypress trees on Gulf of Mexico floor

Deep beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, off the Alabama coast, lie ancient cypress trees that only a handful of people have ever seen.<p>One of those lucky few is Ben Raines, director of the Weeks Bay Foundation. For many years, Raines was the environment reporter for a newspaper in the area, …

Fracking Doesn’t Contaminate Water

Earth’s Gold Forged in Stellar Collisions

<b>Until today, astronomers believed that all the gold on Earth, and in the universe, was forged in ancient supernova explosions. But new evidence points to a far more violent birth for this most precious metal.</b><p>The new culprit is the cataclysmic collision of two neutron stars. The impact produces a …

New Big-Nosed Horned Dinosaur Found in Utah

Nasutoceratops titusi is a distant relative of Triceratops, study says.<p><b>Paleontologists have discovered a new dinosaur, a Triceratops relative with a supersize schnoz that once roamed present-day Utah.</b><p><i>Nasutoceratops titusi</i> belonged to a group of horned dinosaurs called ceratopsids, large four-legged …

China Harvests the Majority of Its Organs From Executed Prisoners

This practice, done without consent, highlights the problems with the country's legitimate organ donation system.<p>On the morning of July 12, Zeng Chengjie, a businessman and real estate developer from China's Hunan Province, was executed by firing squad. Mr. Zeng, 55, was convicted of illegal …

New Kickstarter ion thruster would speed space exploration using nanosatellites - ExtremeTech

By on July 8, 2013 at 9:00 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>For the past few decades, space …

True Color Of An Exoplanet Discovered For The First Time

Looks a bit like home!<p>Looks a bit like Earth, doesn't it? You wouldn't find this planet very comfortable, however. Called HD 189773b, it's 1,000 degrees Celsius on its surface and it rains glass. Sideways.<p>HD 189773b looks like Earth because it's blue. Astronomers have determined its true color, a …

Duolingo brings free language courses to the iPad

The service has 5 million users across its Web, iOS and Android smartphone versions, said CEO Luis von Ahn, and is among the most popular education apps.<p>Duolingo, a free language-learning service that doubles as a crowdsourced text translation platform, is now available for the iPad.<p>The service, …

Language Learning

Hubble finds new moon around Neptune that Voyager missed!

The new moon is about one hundred million times fainter than the faintest star that can be seen with the naked eye.<p>In 1989, the Voyager 2 spacecraft was carrying out a survey of Neptune's moons and rings but inexplicably zipped by the planet without registering what would turn out to be truly big …

Astronomy

Russia hopes to have a floating nuclear power plant in operation by 2016

Russia has been hard at work on a floating nuclear power plant for years, but the project is finally getting closer to completion. According to RT.com, one of Russia's biggest shipbuilders revealed that the country's first floating nuclear power plant is expected to be in operation by 2016. While …

Antarctica’s hidden Lake Vostok found to teem with life

Russia's Vostok Station, shown in this image from the 2000-2001 field season, is the center of activity for studies of Lake Vostok, a subglacial body of water in Antarctica.<p>Lake Vostok, Antarctica's biggest and deepest subsurface lake, might contain thousands of different kinds of tiny organisms — …

Biology

French nuclear tests 'showered vast area of Polynesia with radioactivity'

French nuclear tests in the South Pacific in the 1960s and 1970s were far more toxic than has been previously acknowledged and hit a vast swath of …