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Maximum adult lifespan: Debate over how long humans can live.

There’s an oddly persistent myth that people have always had a good chance of living to a ripe old age if they could just survive childhood. Socrates …

This Is Unofficially The World's Ugliest Animal

After tallying thousands of votes, the Ugly Animal Preservation Society has a new mascot.<p>Meet the blobfish (<i>Psychrolutes marcidus</i>), a tadpole-shaped deep-sea fish with a legendarily ugly mug. And last night, at the British Science Festival, biologist Simon Watt announced that the blobfish has been …

What’s Flying Above Your Head? Far More Than You Think | WIRED

Take to the heavens! It seems like a good idea. Dodge all the obstacles of the terrestrial rat race, in the limitless, empty, peaceful skies. But …

NASA to Grow Lettuce in Space on ISS

NASA is planning to grow lettuce in space under pink LED lamps on the International Space Station. It said that in all, lettuce, Swiss chard, …

Everything You've Ever Been Told About How You Learn Is A Lie

Three myths your teachers told you about how your brain learns, debunked<p>When I was in middle school and high school, teachers loved to impart various tidbits of wisdom about the way students learn during lectures, always couched in such a way as to indicate these were scientifically accepted facts.</i> …

Robo-Maggots Will Munch Through Brain Tumors

Gross, but great for minimally invasive surgery.<p>Creepy, crawly maggots might be making their way into people's brains. Robot maggots, that is. Inspired by a TV show where plastic surgeons use maggots to eat away dead tissue, neurosurgeon J. Marc Simard of the University of Maryland School of …

The Bloodhound project: five steps to 1,000mph

Andrew English talks to the the team building a car designed to set a new land speed record.<p>In just over 18 months Andy Green will press the starter on Bloodhound, the rocket- and jet-powered 1,000mph Land Speed Record (LSR) car, on Hakskeen Pan in South Africa.<p>To see how the project is going, we …

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Element of the week: lawrencium | video

This week, we meet the element lawrencium, which has the atomic symbol, <b>Lr</b>, and the chemical number, <b>103</b>. It was named in honour of nuclear physicist Ernest O. Lawrence, who worked at the University of California, and who invented the circular particle accelerator, the cyclotron. The symbol Lw was …

Why music is good for the heart

Doctors have discovered what music-lovers always guessed – music touches places nothing else can reach, says Ivan Hewett<p>In its onward march, science is always trampling over folk-wisdom. But sometimes a piece of research comes along which shows folk-wisdom might have a point after all. There’s been …

Gears evolved in nature long before humans 'invented' them

A gear system similar to those used on bicycles has been found in insects, proving that nature developed cogs long before humans.<p>The juvenile Issus – a plant-hopping insect found in gardens across Europe – has hind leg joints with curved, cog-like strips of opposing "teeth" that inter-mesh, …

Why popular painkiller could be making headaches worse

Taking the popular painkiller codeine too often could make a headache worse, according to a new study.<p>Researchers found the more of the over the counter medication people take the worse their pain gets, a particular problem for chronic sufferers.<p>A study that compared the effect of codeine and …

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Watch This Weird, Gelatinous Material Heal Itself

A Jell-O-ey new solution to a major problem in materials science<p>This is a neat trick. After slicing a tube of gelatinous material in half with a razor, researchers stick the two pieces back together again. After they've sat together for two hours at room temperature, the pieces are impossible to …

A Device That Converts Sunlight Into Hydrogen Fuel

Canned sunshine!<p><i>Editor's Note Although batteries are great for some things, they aren't quite up to storing large-scale solar power for later use. That's why many people are trying to make fuel from light instead.</i><p>"The idea is to take the energy in light and store it as a fuel we can use later. So …

The secret stock market run by ultrafast machines

A paper in <i>Scientific Reports</i> suggests there's a second stock market that's invisible to humans, running on millisecond-level machine time. High-frequency trading bots operate too quickly for humans to track, but a team of scientists examined five years of trading activity, from 2006 to 2011, and …

Study says new element 115, ununpentium, does exist

One more element may soon be added to the Periodic Table. On September 10, 2013, scientists reported evidence supporting the existence of element 115.<p>…

Ink-jet printing creates 'soft' nanostructures - Futurity

A new way to make nanostructures combines advanced ink-jet printing technology with block copolymers that …

Earth's inner core spins faster than rest of planet - Futurity

The Earth’s inner core, made up of solid iron, “superrotates” in an eastward direction, while …

NASA Pays People $11,000 to Stay in Bed

NASA is recruiting test subjects to spend 70 days in bed while being monitored to help scientists better understand the effects of space travel on …

Quitting Facebook: What’s behind the trend to leave social networks?

A social networking counter movement is emerging, and Facebook quitters, who remove their accounts, differ from Facebook users in several key ways.<p>If …

Healthful Living May Lengthen Telomeres And Lifespans

As Heard On Morning Edition<p><b>Listen</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b><p>Scientists claim they have evidence that explains why lifestyle changes known to be good for you — low-fat diets, exercise, reducing stress — can lengthen your life.<p>Based on a small, exploratory study, researchers say these good habits …

SINTEF Wants To Send Snake Robots To Mars

The Scandinavian-based Foundation for Scientific and Industrial Research (“SINTEF”) thinks that it might be able to offer an alternative to Martian exploration than traveling by wheeled rovers. In order to get into tight places and move around obstacles, SINTEF researchers are trying to see if …

Scientists Say Earth's Solid Iron Inner Core Spins East While Molten Outer Core Spins West

Scientists at the University of Leeds have determined that the Earth's solid iron inner core superrotates in an eastward direction. It spins fast …

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The Flipped Classroom Boosts Grades 5%. Why That’s As Big As We Can Expect.

Classrooms across the nation are adopting a new technology trend known as the “flipped” classroom, where students watch lecture videos as homework and teachers use class-time for discussion. First popularized by YouTtube sensation, Sal Khan, 3 years ago, the flipped model gained traction far faster …