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Science explains why this image disgusts some people

Does the lotus fruit image above make your skin crawl?<p>Up to 16 per cent of people (18 per cent of females and 11 per cent of males) become viscerally …

Piebald mystery solved: scientists discover how animals develop patches

Researchers hope mapping how mutated gene produces animals’ white patches may lead to medical advances<p>Scientists have solved what shall henceforth be known as the piebald mystery: by discovering the origins of the broad white patches that can adorn the belly and head fur of cats, dogs and farm …

'Stripped' black hole could be a rarely seen phenomenon, study says

Even black holes can lose a little glitter. Scientists studying a galaxy containing two black holes have found that one of them seems to be missing the usual crowd of stars surrounding it – a hint that it may be an elusive astrophysical object: an intermediate-mass black hole.<p>The findings, …

Black Holes

By 2050, Utilities Will No Longer Charge For Electricity

PARIS—Just around the corner a future awaits when electricity consumers will no longer have to suffer the vagaries of fuel costs, according to a United Nations under-secretary general, whether the fuel is natural gas, coal, or enriched uranium.<p>Achim Steiner, executive director of the UN Environment …

Renewable Energy

The US Could Run Exclusively on Renewable Energy By 2050

There are many things holding up the US’s move towards renewable energy, but one of those things is not science: We already have all the technology …

With landmark climate accord, world marks turn from fossil fuels

PARIS (Reuters) - The global climate summit in Paris forged a landmark agreement on Saturday, setting the course for a historic transformation of the world’s fossil fuel-driven economy within decades in a bid to arrest global warming.<p>After four years of fraught U.N. talks often pitting the …

Terrorism science: 5 insights into jihad in Europe

In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris on 13 November that left 130 dead and more than 350 wounded, Alain Fuchs, president of the French …

The inside story on wearable electronics

Göran Gustafsson looks at people and thinks of cars — the ageing models that rolled off assembly lines a few decades ago. Today, says Gustafsson, …

Nanotech

Paris massacre: At least 128 killed in gunfire and blasts, French officials say

<b>Paris (CNN) —</b> On a night when thousands of Paris residents and tourists were reveling and fans were enjoying a soccer match between France and world champion Germany, horror struck in an unprecedented manner. Terrorists -- some with AK-47s, some reportedly with bombs strapped to them -- attacked …

François Hollande

High-tech water-saving system draws a crowd at North Hollywood home

Whether she's driving a hybrid car, installing solar panels on her roof or tearing up her beloved front lawn and replacing it with mulch, Carrie Wassenaar said, she wants to do her part for the environment.<p>"I try to be responsible," the 39-year-old animation line producer said. "I want to feel like …

Wildlife Group Says Not To Rake Leaves, As If You Needed A Reason

We're definitely on board with this advice.<p>Environmentalists are confirming what teens have known for decades: Raking is terrible and overrated.<p>Bagging up leaves and throwing them out destroys precious habitat for small animals and fills up landfills. In fact, leaves and other “yard debris” make up …

Mars is destroying its moon Phobos

Mars has two moons, but they’re both quite small and unusual. Phobos is the larger of the two, and it orbits close to the planet. Even though mars …

10 Brain Myths Busted

It's going to take more than 10 percent of your brain to read this story<p>In the Hollywood action-film <i>Lucy</i>, actor Morgan Freeman—playing a world-renowned neurologist— speaks to a packed auditorium. “It’s estimated most human beings only use 10 percent of their brains’ capacity,” he says. “Imagine if …

The Brain