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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, …

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 …

Countries Who Want Renewable Energy To Replace Fossil Fuels

SunEdison project in Chile. Image: SunEdison.<p>As the climate negotiations wrap up in Paris I think it might be interesting to take a step back and look at the countries who have changed their tune about fossil fuels in the past few years and are now pushing for more renewable energy themselves. Some …

Renewable Energy
Climate

Terrorism science: 5 insights into jihad in Europe

Terrorism is tough to study, but researchers have gleaned insights from the current generation of Islamist extremists.<p>In the wake of the terrorist …

The inside story on wearable electronics

Researchers want to wire the human body with sensors that could harvest reams of data — and transform health care.<p>Göran Gustafsson looks at people …

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 …

Terrorism

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 …

El Niño

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 …