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Let's Talk About Sex in Space

While there has been a human presence in space since 1961, the topic of cosmic coitus continues to be woefully under-examined.<p><i>This is the first in a three-part series about sex and gender issues in space. Read about reproduction and sexism in space.</i><p>Now that Earth has had a co-ed space station in …

Space Exploration

Cook Rice Differently To Reduce Its Calories

Researchers say it can curb obesity in countries where rice is a staple<p>Rice, the base for cuisines all over the world, contains a lot of starch. That makes it delicious but also high in calories. While that may a boon for people who struggle to ingest enough calories each day, it’s becoming a …

Nutrition

The Pirate Bay's new network is making ISP blocks useless

Despite global efforts to put the kibosh on infamous torrent site The Pirate Bay (TPB), the lair of internet swashbucklers is proving almost impossible to sack. Swedish police succeeded in taking the site down late last year, only for it to reappear the following month. And stronger than ever it …

Cyclops Submersible Brings Deep-Water Exploration to the 21st Century

"I wanted to be the first man on Mars, and then I realized all the undiscovered species are here, in the ocean."<p>That's how former jet pilot and aspiring space traveler Stockton Rush came to found OceanGate, a company in the Pacific Northwest that on Wednesday unveiled a brand-new manned submersible …

Bloatware Ready To Overpower Android Lollipop

One of the many interesting bullet points around the release of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge has been a proud Samsung announcing the reduction of features and applications available out of the box. There is no doubt that Samsung’s TouchWiz UI has grown over time and become unyielding, …

Gear & Gadgets

Did Dog-Human Alliance Drive Out the Neanderthals?

With the help of wolf dogs, early humans out-hunted—and outlasted—Neanderthals.<p>In popular culture, they're often portrayed like members of a heavy-metal band: fur clad, shaggy haired, ape-like. But in most ways they were like you and me. They used fire and made tools, lived in social groups, and …

Whistle-blowing chicken farmer sues Perdue for alleged retaliation

Late last year, Craig Watts blew the whistle on his bosses in the poultry business. Now he’s suing them.<p>The 48 year-old North Carolina chicken farmer …

Trying to steal signals is just part of being a football coach

Of course Auburn tried to crack Arkansas' codes. A team that didn't do so would be putting itself at a disadvantage.<p>Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema was briefly misunderstood following the Razorbacks' 45-21 loss to Auburn in Week 1. Through the clipped delivery of Twitter, the coach seemed to imply …

Wireless auction was a 'disaster' for consumers, T-Mobile chief says

The Federal Communications Commission's latest wireless spectrum auction, which raised a whopping $45 billion for the federal government, may have filled the government's coffers but it was a "disaster" for American mobile customers, said T-Mobile CEO John Legere.<p>The FCC's most recent auction -- …

Outspoken Atheist Asked What He’d Say to God After Death, Discovering ‘It’s All True.’ His Answer Throws the Interviewer for a Loop.

British comedian, actor and author Stephen Fry — a hardline atheist — appeared on a spiritually minded TV show and was asked by the host what he’d say after death, discovering that God really does exist.<p>“Suppose it’s all true, and you walk up to the pearly gates, and are confronted by God,” the …

Rivals launch “Don’t Comcast the Internet” to oppose TWC merger

In the current debate over how the U.S. should oversee the internet, the worst case scenario for many is the web reinvented as cable TV: a service …

Tablets and smartphones may affect social and emotional development, scientists speculate

Journal commentary warns that using a tablet or smartphone to divert a child’s attention could be detrimental to “internal mechanisms of self-regulation”<p>Using a smartphone or iPad to pacify a toddler may impede their ability to learn self-regulation, according to researchers.<p>In a commentary for the …

Boston University

What Makes a Great Sled Dog? Breed, Ambition, Tough Feet

A mixed heritage gives sled dogs their love of running, a desire to work, and a need for wild places.<p>Like many top athletes, Sultana trains hard and has no time for the shenanigans of younger teammates. But you won’t find her in a stadium. Sultana is a sled dog born and bred to work in the …

This video shows how SpaceX plans to land largest rocket in the world

You know what's cooler than a gigantic rocket? A gigantic rocket that can land itself. Elon Musk's SpaceX released a new video this week demonstrating just what it plans to do with its upcoming Falcon Heavy rocket, which is set to launch for the first time later this year.<p>In essence, the rocket is …

Space Travel

Cancun Will Change to Eastern Standard Time

East Coasters will no longer need to adjust their watches when they touch down in Cancun.<p>On Feb. 1, the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, which includes …

Neil deGrasse Tyson Thoughtfully Answered A Six-Year-Old Boy’s Impossible Question

There are some questions humans will never be able to answer. Where do babies come from? How did <i>According to Jim</i> air for eight seasons? What’s the meaning of life? That last one is particularly impossible, though astromemeicist Neil deGrasse Tyson gave it a shot when a …

Young people are 'lost generation' who can no longer fix gadgets, warns professor

Danielle George, Professor of Radio Frequency Engineering, at the University of Manchester, is giving this year's Royal Institution Christmas Lectures<p>Young people in Britain have become a lost generation who can no longer mend gadgets and appliances because they have grown up in a disposable world, …

Rivers, lakes and deltas, oh my! Mars rover probes crater's watery past

Was Mars once a land of lakes, protected by a thick atmosphere? That’s been up for debate as scientists try to determine how wet the now-parched planet once was -- and how long it stayed that way. But<p>NASA’sCuriosityrover has uncovered evidence that Gale Crater was once filled with a lake whose …

Mars Rover

America's Toughest, Ugliest Warplane Is Going Back Into Battle

For more than 30 years, the A-10 Thunderbolt II—better known as the Warthog because it's so ugly—has performed a crucial role: attacking hostile …

A Secret Message Hidden In A CIA Sculpture 25 Years Ago Might Finally Be Solved

The sculpture is 12 feet high, and stands on the grounds of the CIA complex in Langley, Virginia. American artist Jim Sanborn built it 25 years ago.<p>Kryptos contains four hidden messages, carved out of metal. Those four messages are the clues to a riddle. Sanborn has hinted that solving the riddle …

Magnetism

The Evolutionary Reason Why We Love Sitting By A Crackling Fire

Relaxing in front of a crackling fire (or at least the Netflix version) is one of the most enjoyable ways to spend a cold winter evening. And now scientists know why.<p>Watching a fire lowers blood pressure, according to new University of Alabama research. Our enjoyment of gazing at fire may be rooted …

Comet landing: Philae finds organic molecules

Related Stories<p>Rosetta's comet sings a mysterious 'song', Science Online, 13 Nov 2014<br>• Rough touchdown forecast for historic comet landing, Science …

'The Skyscraper' to Take Crown as World's Tallest Roller Coast in 2017

Kingda Ka better lose the 'king' part when it comes to being the world's tallest roller coaster.<p>Developer Wallack Holdings, in collaboration with …

Congratulations Ubisoft, You're The New EA

Yesterday, the dam broke for Ubisoft, and the gaming press and gaming public stopped fighting each other after two months of GamerGate warfare to turn toward a new common enemy. In fact, Ubisoft seems to have crossed so many lines with their recent Assassin’s Creed dual release, that critical …

Offshore islands make tsunamis stronger, not weaker

Instead of protecting the mainland from a tsunami, a new study shows that offshore islands do the exact opposite.<p>Rather than buffer, barrier islands …

President Obama Calls For A Free And Open Internet, Wants It Reclassified As A Utility

President Barack Obama has come out in favor of net neutrality in a special website and video announcement wherein he lays out his plan for protecting the freedom and openness of the Internet. In a video and letter, he lays out in no uncertain terms that he believes no cable company or access …

Official Tickets and Your Source for Live Entertainment

Jul<p>26<p>Thu<p>featuring Annie LeBlanc, Jet Jurgensmeyer, Caroline Grace, Macy Martin, Sage Charmaine… and a surprise special guest!<p>Rams Head Live!, …

A piece of Amelia Earhart's plane has been found, researchers claim

The part may be the piece used to repair one of the plane's windows<p>Researchers think they’ve finally found a piece of Amelia Earhart’s lost plane. An aluminum sheet, found in 1991 on Nikumaroro Island, might be the patch that once covered a window on Earhart’s plane, reports <i>Discovery News</i>. The …