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Drugs Live: Cannabis on Trial - live blog

Join us for live action, discussion and debate during Channel 4’s TV experiment into the effects of cannabis, including hashish and skunk injested in a controlled environment

Drugs Live: why I wanted to get stoned on TV

‘Jon Snow’s negative experience on skunk is very understandable’


The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Offers Super-Quick Charging and Beautiful Display

The most striking Android smartphone we've seen in years

Before this week's Mobile World Congress 2015 (MWC) in Barcelona, Samsung had its back against the wall. The company reported slumping sales of its flagship smartphone , and many believed its dominance in the smartphone world was coming to an …


More than 1.5% of American babies owe their births to IVF, report says

More than 1.5% of babies born in 2013 owe their lives to in vitro fertilization, and fewer of them were twins or triplets, according to new figures from the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology.

A total of 63,286 babies were born as a result of 174,962 attempts to use assisted reproduction …


The NACA at 100

SolarCity sues Arizona utility over solar anti-competitive practices

The solar financier and installer chaired by Elon Musk, SolarCity, has filed a lawsuit in Arizona federal court claiming that the Arizona utility Salt River Project is using anti-competitive practices to maintain a monopoly around energy and solar power and unfairly block competition.

Last week the …


Stop relying on your smartphone to think for you, scientists say

Psychologists carried out tests which suggested many phone users see their hi-tech phone as their 'extended mind'

People are relying on smartphones to do their thinking rather than solving problems for themselves, scientists have said.

Psychologists in Canada carried out tests which suggested many …


Bias adds an extra hurdle for women entrepreneurs

Stereotypical beliefs about men’s and women’s traits and abilities get in the way of women’s entrepreneurship, new research finds.Sociologist Sarah …


How Volcanoes Could Help Power the Planet—But Barely Do

The Earth's heat offers a clean and steady source of electricity, though it doesn't come cheap.

PANGALENGAN, Indonesia—In this serene corner of Java, farmworkers pick tea leaves from striped-green hills threaded with pipes. The three-foot-wide pipes carry steam from a broiling underground reservoir, …


Watch A Homemade TIE Fighter Drone Fly [Video]

Begun, the drone wars have

Last time we saw the handiwork of hobbyist YouTuber Olivier C, he was smuggling for the Rebel Alliance with a custom-built Millennium Falcon body for his drone. Now, it appears Olivier has turned over to the Dark Side, as he's built a custom-made TIE Interceptor body for a …

TIE Fighter

Edge of Infinity There's nothing like the night skys awesome vista to give you a sense of the absolute immense scale of the universe.

See The Eiffel Tower's Gorgeous New Wind Turbines

Paris' iconic landmark is going green

When the Eiffel Tower was built in 1889 it was only intended to last for 20 years. The tower has gone through a lot of renovations n the past 126 years, but the latest makeover is decidedly green. Last week, renewable energy firm Urban Green Energy installed two …

Wind Power

UK spaceport must be built by the sea to protect the public

Ministers say that any future spaceport in Britain should be built along the coast to ensure “the safety of the general public”

Britain's first spaceport should be built by the sea to protect members of the public from potential rocket disasters, the Government has indicated.

A report said that …

United Kingdom

As Oceans Become Killing Field, Fish We Eat Dwindle

The oceans have become a killing field. Thanks to giant trawlers armed with technology and massive nets, the seas are running low on the fish we like to eat, like halibut and cod, making room for the ones we don't like.

Over the past century, the biomass of predatory fish in the world's oceans has …


Panel Discussion - Setting the Stage - NACA Centenary: A Symposium on 100 Years of Aerospace

Vienna Is Going To Build A 25-Story Skyscraper Out Of Wood

Why the idea isn't as crazy as it sounds

Next year in Vienna, architects will start working on a 275-foot-tall building made almost entirely out of wood. The Guardian reports that the approximately 25-story building will cost 60 million Euros ($67 million) and will save 2,800 tons of carbon emissions …


A Eulogy for the Universe

In 2011, 1 in 10 high school seniors used 'Spice'

In 2011, 1 in 10 high school seniors used ‘Spice’

Synthetic marijuana is touted as a safe legal alternative to illicit drugs, but its use was linked …


Tesla Model S Comes With Secret James Bond Homage

The name's Musk. Elon Musk.

James Bond may favor Aston Martins and Bentleys when he hits the road, but it turns out that Tesla Model S owners can channel a bit of the British superspy.

The dashboard on the electric car has a top secret Easter egg: hold down the T button on the entertainment system and …

James Bond

Pharaoh of "Lost Dynasty" Died Brutal Death, Forensic Study Reveals

Forgotten pharaoh may have been earliest Egyptian ruler to die in battle.

Skeletal analysis of a little-known Egyptian pharaoh, whose remains were discovered only last year, has revealed dramatic details about the ruler's violent death.

King Senebkay lived between 1650 and 1550 B.C. near the ancient …


The Birds and the Trees

Today’s “Museum Monday” video shows how museums are central to the process of shedding new light upon the relationships within the avian Tree of Life.

“If you’ve seen one little brown bird, you’ve seen them all.”

As any beginning bird watcher can tell you, many bird species tend to look alike, even …


Egypt Unearths Temple Guard's 3,000-Year-Old Tomb

Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities says American archaeologists have discovered a 3,000-year-old tomb with beautifully painted walls, belonging to a nobleman who guarded the temple of the ancient deity Amun.

Tuesday's statement says the tomb, found near the southern city of Luxor, dates back to the New …


Plague-Associated Fleas Found On New York City Rats

Don't let the disease-carrying fleas bite!

What could possibly be worse than the skittering impression left by a New York City rat after it runs across your foot? The knowledge that the rodent could be carrying disease-ridden fleas.

A study published today in the Journal of Medical Entomology examined …

New York

The 10 Best Things From March 2015

Some things are just ... better

This article was originally published in the March 2015 issue of Popular Science, under the title "Obsessed."

Space Station

How often does a solar eclipse happen on the March equinox?

There’s a total eclipse of the sun coming up on March 20, 2015 – the day of the vernal equinox! EarthSky reader Billy asked:Does the vernal equinox …


Methane-based lifeforms on Saturn’s moon?

A representation of a 9-nanometer azotosome, about the size of a virus, with a piece of the membrane cut away to show the hollow interior. Image …


U.S. satellite likely exploded after temperature spike: Air Force

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - A U.S. military weather satellite appears to have exploded while in orbit last month after a sudden temperature spike in its power system, producing 43 pieces of new space debris, the Air Force said on Tuesday.

The blast, which was first reported by the industry …


Low glucose ‘delivery’ may intensify Alzheimer’s

A deficiency in the protein that moves glucose across the brain’s protective blood-brain barrier appears to intensify the neurodegenerative effects …

The Brain

World Wildlife Day

Established as a way to celebrate and raise awareness for the conservation of wild flora and fauna, World Wildlife Day also serves as a reminder of the impacts of various wildlife crime. To mark the occasion, we took a look at the ways our explorers are working to conserve, protect, and explore the


Sea Horses And Neurons Merge In This Clever Graphic Of The Hippocampus

One of 10 award-winning visualizations from the 2015 Vizzies

One of the most prominent structures in the brain, the hippocampus plays an important role in acquiring semantic memory, or general knowledge such as bird names, and in holding onto auto­bio­graphical, or episodic, memories. It also looks …


Rosetta spacecraft glimpses its own shadow

The dark spot at the bottom of the frame is the Rosetta spacecraft’s shadow on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, which it has been orbiting since last …