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Guinness World Records' Weirdest Records Of 2015

Some people get into the record books by a nose, but Nick Stoeberl got into Guinness World Records by a tongue.<p>Stoeberl, 22, an artist and comedian from Monterey, California, has been trying to get official recognition for his massive tongue for two years.<p>Guinness World Records finally measured him …

The Week In Numbers: The Oldest Star In The Universe, Gaming For Science, And More

<b>90 minutes</b>: the time it takes to make your own light-up Valentine's Day card using conductive ink<p><b>13 billion years</b>: the age of the oldest known star in the universe<p><b>14,000 tons</b>: the mass of Fermilab's unfinished, 500-mile-long neutrino detector, which saw its first particles this week<p><b>73 percent</b>: the …

Modern Genes Reveal 100 Major Population Shifts In Human History

Wherever conquerors go, they leave a little bit of their genetics. Gene analyses of modern people are able to reveal those influences.<p><i>Spread of Mongol Empire. Astrokey44 on Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0</i><p>Violence and love, conquest and assimilation, they're all in your DNA. Literally. As human …

Genetics

7 Totally Awesome (and Terrifying) Objects Under a Microscope

Source: The Atlantic<p>Whether in black and white or saturated with color and light, even the most commonplace of objects assume new, ornate features …

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Energy

22 answers for creationists from someone who understands evolution

What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again. A disappointing public debate between popular US science telly presenter Bill Nye, and creationist zealot Ken Ham took place this week about whether creationism was a valid scientific position. Howls of anguish, cheers of victory …

Why you can't travel at the speed of light

Albert Einstein is famous for many things, not least his theories of relativity. The first, the special theory of relativity, was the one that began the physicist's reputation for tearing apart the classical worldview that had come before. Special relativity, a way of relating the motion of objects …

Black holes should be redefined, says Stephen Hawking in new paper

Black holes don't actually exist in the way we traditionally think of them, renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has proposed in a short but potentially revolutionary paper.<p>Classical theory holds that no energy or information can ever escape a black hole, but the principles of quantum physics suggest …

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Surprise! 20 Percent of Neanderthal Genome Lives On in Modern Humans, Scientists Find

Two new studies suggest that the contribution from Neanderthal DNA was vital.<p>When modern humans migrated out of Africa some 60,000 years ago, they found the Eurasian continent already inhabited by brawny, big-browed Neanderthals. We know that at least some encounters between the two kinds of human …

How big teams of neurons work together so fast - Futurity

A computer simulation reveals that a network of 50 neurons responds with the same speed as a network of 1,000 neurons.

Neuroscience

Watch This Magnet Fall Slowly Through Air

It's witchcraft science.<p>This video from 2012 is making the rounds right now--with good reason. Drop whatever you're doing, leave your desk, quit your job, and find a magnet and copper tube, because, wow. Look at this! It's a _Matrix _time-freeze in your hands.<p>The video is showing a demonstration of …

Magnetism

5 NASA Earth-Science Missions Blasting Off in 2014

The launch of a precipitation-measuring satellite next month kicks off a busy year for NASA's Earth-observation program.<p>The space agency will launch …

Varieties of Scientific Experience: Carl Sagan on Science and Spirituality

I was recently on NPR’s Science Friday to discuss my favorite science books of the year and a listener called in, asking for a recommendation for a good book on science and religion — an excellent question, given the long history of this polarization, which occupied great minds from Galileo to …

The best science and technology pictures of the week

Some of the most impressive pictures from the worlds of science and technology this week, including a brain sculpture and close encounter with a lion’s jaw.<p><b>More stunning image galleries:</b><p>Leaping whales and fierce fossils<p>Slingshot drones and lab-grown bones<p>US Air Force’s 2013 best pics and lobster …

National Parks