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The Last Days of the Blue-Blood Harvest

Every year, more than 400,000 crabs are bled for the miraculous medical substance that flows through their bodies—now pharmaceutical companies are finally committing to an alternative that doesn't harm animals.<p>Horseshoe crabs are sometimes called “living fossils” because they have been around in …

Biology

The 42 Biggest Questions About Life, the Universe, and Everything

In a homage to 'Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,' two physicists explain the biggest unknowns in science. I’ve summed them up as a tweetstorm.<p>In Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams’ classic irreverent tour through the universe, a supercomputer named Deep Thought discovers the answer to …

Physics

BREAKING: Physicists Just Smashed a Quantum Light Measurement Limit

An achievement decades in the making.<p>Scientists have set a new record in optical measurements using photons, achieving a level of precision that …

Astronomers Discover A Fast Radio Burst That's Even Stranger Than Ones Detected Before

A study revealed last week a team of scientists discovered a Fast Radio Burst that is unusual even by the standards used to judge FRBs. This …

MIT's mobile 3D printer built the largest structure to date

Your next house could be built by a robot. Following the recent success of San Francisco-based startup Apis Cor, a team of MIT researchers have created a mobile autonomous 3D printer of their own. And to prove that the prototype works, the team had it build a 12-foot tall, 50-foot-wide igloo out of …

Ancient stone carvings confirm how comet struck Earth in 10,950BC, sparking the rise of civilisations

Ancient stone carvings confirm that a comet struck the Earth around 11,000BC, a devastating event which wiped out woolly mammoths and sparked the rise of civilisations.<p>Experts at the University of Edinburgh analysed mysterious symbols carved onto stone pillars at Gobekli Tepe in southern Turkey, to …

Ice Age

Captured: First 'Image' of the Dark Matter That Holds Universe Together

For decades, scientists have tracked hints of a thread-like structure that ties together galaxies across the universe. Theories, computer models, and …

A 10K tiny house 3D-printed in 24 hours

Building a house typically takes months, exacerbating the housing crisis so many people face worldwide. Apis Cor, a San Francisco-based company that …

Weather

How a year in space affected the bacteria in Scott Kelly’s gut

A shift in the GI tract<p>Ten teams of researchers are poring over the data collected for NASA’s Twins study — an experiment to see how a year in space affected the health of astronaut Scott Kelly, compared to the health of his identical twin Mark who stayed on Earth. One of those research groups, …

A superhero-like soft exosuit created at Harvard gives people extra strength

In the comic book <i>Iron Man</i>, it’s Tony Stark’s bulky exosuit that gives him his superhuman strength. But in real life, those most in need of extra strength—those with cerebral palsy, for example, or the elderly—could never carry the weight of an enormous metal suit.<p>Now Harvard researchers have …

Iron Man

Is this picture a 'seed' sent to Earth by aliens? Scientists discover mysterious organism

University of BuckinghamSome scientists believe this is a seed sent to earth by aliens<p>The never-before seen image shows a microscopic metal globe …

Here's why those tech billionaires are throwing millions at ethical AI

Worried about a dystopian future in which AI rule the world and humans are enslaved to autonomous technology? You're not alone. So are billionaires …

This soft-shelled exosuit might put Iron Man's duds to shame

Exoskeletons of the future look like high-tech workout clothes<p>The word exosuit has become all but synonymous with a hard-shelled suit that imbues its wearer with superhuman abilities—leap tall buildings, lift multi-ton items, and make the paralyzed walk—thanks to some awesome looking robotics. But …

Robotics

In a first, scientists detect 'fast radio bursts' from beyond the Milky Way galaxy

Sifting through the heavens like prospectors panning silt for a glint of gold, astronomers say they have finally pinpointed the source of so-called fast radio bursts – brief, powerful and mysterious flashes of light.<p>The discovery, described in a paper in Nature and two others in Astrophysical …

Black Holes

We Finally Have a Solid Lead on One of Space’s Most Mysterious Signals

Where do fast radio bursts come from?<p>Fast radio bursts (FRBs) are among the most explosive and mysterious signals ever detected from space. They only …

Another Earth might exist right next door — and this tiny telescope may be the first to see it

The first telescope to photograph a "pale blue dot" of another Earth in a distant solar system may not be funded by NASA, the European Space Agency, or some other government agency.<p>It might come from Kickstarter.<p>Dubbed Project Blue, the effort isn't run by hucksters out to peddle unrealistic …

Robot bodies and cyberpunk Japan dazzle in first full Ghost in the Shell trailer

After initially revealing five teasing microtrailers, Paramount has revealed the first full length trailer for its upcoming live action adaptation of</i> …

Trump says he's considering keeping parts of Obamacare: WSJ | Reuters

(Reuters) - President-elect Donald Trump told the Wall Street Journal he is considering retaining parts of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law including provisions letting parents keep adult children up to age 26 on insurance policies and barring insurers from denying coverage to people with …

Donald Trump

Can Donald Trump fulfill any of his major promises?

On the road to the White House and making America great again, Donald Trump has vowed to build a wall at the southern border, ban Muslims from …

Newly Discovered State of Matter Could Be a Breakthrough for Quantum Computing

Quantum spin liquids seem to defy the laws of nature.<p>Physicists have finally detected the existence of a mysterious new state of matter known as quantum spin liquid in a real material.<p>This new discovery is not only exciting in its own right, it presents vast possibilities for the future of quantum …

This Lab-Grown Skin Grows Hair and Can Sweat

All you need to get it started is a drop of blood.<p>Whether you're a burn victim or just prematurely balding, scientists may soon be able to help you regenerate lost patches of your hair and skin. And they'll only need a drop of your blood to start.<p>A team of Japanese biomedical researchers—led by …

New Drone Footage Shows How Area 51's Secrets Stay Hidden in a Nevada Valley

There's no fence keeping people out of the top-secret military base. Only some dudes with guns and a license to kill.<p>Welcome to Area 51: holder of …

Why do our cell's power plants have their own DNA?

It’s one of the big mysteries of cell biology. Why do mitochondria—the oval-shaped structures that power our cells—have their own DNA, and why have …

Startling new finding: 600 million years ago, a biological mishap changed everything

If life is effectively an endless series of photocopies, as DNA is transcribed and passed on from one being to the next, then evolution is the high-stakes game of waiting for the copier to get it wrong.<p>Too wrong, and you’ll live burdened by a maladaptive mutation or genetic disorder. Worse, you …

Biology

This Is How To Survive If You Lose Everything (Including Your Home)

<i>The following survival guide was originally published by Nomad at The Survivalist Blog.</i><p><i>Editor’s Note: With the global economy in shambles and</i> …

Forgotten Weapons: The Burgess Folding Shotgun

A fascinating folding oddity from the 1890s.<p>Andrew Burgess is one of those gun designers from American history whose name has been forgotten, despite his many significant contributions. When Colt and Winchester were threatening to attack each others' markets, it was Andrew Burgess that Colt hired …

United States Major General Blows The Whistle On What They Really Found On Mars

<b>“The time to pull the curtain back on this subject is long overdue. We have statements from the most credible sources – those in a position to know –</b> …

Paranormal

Frontier Plus Portable Woodburning Camping Stove for Heating and Cooking in Your Tent

We have seen many nice camping stoves that allow you to cook during your camping trip, but if you want more features such as heating in your tent, …

The First Ever Optical Rectenna Turns Light Directly Into DC Current

This fancy-looking slab is the world’s first optical rectenna, a small device that’s part antenna, part rectifier diode — and it’s able to convert …