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Time Travel Is Possible Through the Whorfian Time Warp

It's the next best thing to a time machine.<p>The long-hypothesized time machine still eludes scientists, but that doesn’t mean they don’t know how to</i> …

'Robot intelligence is dangerous': Expert's warning after Facebook AI 'develop their own language'

Two robots - created by Facebook - have been shut down after developing their own language.<p>It happened while the social media firm was experimenting …

Scientists build DNA from scratch to alter life's blueprint

NEW YORK (AP) — At Jef Boeke's lab, you can whiff an odor that seems out of place, as if they were baking bread here.But he and his colleagues are …

Genetics

Google’s life sciences unit is releasing 20 million bacteria-infected mosquitoes in Fresno

Verily, the life sciences arm of Google’s parent company Alphabet, has hatched a plan to release about 20 million lab-made, bacteria-infected mosquitoes upon Fresno, California — and that’s a good thing!<p>You see, the Zika-carrying Aedes aegypti mosquito is prevalent in the area. Earlier this year, a …

Mosquitoes

A New Drug Can Fix Abnormal Brain Activity in Alzheimer's Disease

by Science Alert July 13, 2017 Health & Medicine 10611<p>Signe Dean<p>Alzheimer’s Breakthrough<p>For the first time, researchers have shown that a common …

An Exciting New Cancer Treatment Has Just Been Endorsed by FDA

We can reprogram immune cells!<p>Food and Drug Administration advisers on Wednesday enthusiastically endorsed a first-of-its-kind cancer treatment that …

Immunotherapy

Big Bang Confirmed Again, This Time By The Universe's First Atoms

The Big Bang is the leading theory as to where our Universe came from. The Universe was hotter, denser, more uniform, and smaller in the past, and is only as vast as it is today due to the fabric of expanding space. This idea was extremely controversial for many decades, until detailed observations …

Physics

There Are X-Rays Coming From Pluto And We Still Don't Know What's Causing It

Ummm...<p>Once held to be the outermost planet of the Solar System, Pluto's designation was changed by the International Astronomical Union in 2006, …

Former Facebook exec wants to make us telepathic by 2025

Reading someone's mind might be as easy as putting on a hat.<p>Former Facebook executive Mary Lou Jepsen says she hopes to make communicating telepathically happen relatively soon.<p>Last year Jepsen left her job heading up display technology for the Oculus virtual reality arm of Facebook to develop new …

We Could Resurrect the Woolly Mammoth. Here's How.

It's now possible to actually write DNA, which could bring an iconic Ice Age herbivore back to life.<p>Jurassic Park imagined a future in which it was possible to bring dinosaurs back to life. Now, that fiction may become reality as geneticists seek to resurrect the woolly mammoth.<p>These Ice Age …

Is It Possible To Pull Something Out Of A Black Hole?

Once something falls into a black hole, it can never get out. No matter how much energy you have, you can never move faster than the speed of light, and yet you’d need to in order to exit of the event horizon once you’ve crossed inside. But what if you tried to cheat that little rule by tethering a …

Black Holes

Incredible graveyard of 5000-year-old 'giants' found in China

A graveyard of 'giants' buried 5,000 years ago has been uncovered by archaeologists in eastern China.<p>The men, whose bones were discovered in Jiaojia village near Jinan City in Shandong province, would have towered above many of their contemporaries.<p>Many of the men discovered in the graveyard …

New DNA From a Neanderthal Bone Holds Evidence of a Lost Tribe of Humans

We've been swapping DNA for a long time.<p>A femur discovered in a cave in southwestern Germany has provided researchers with firm evidence that a small …

Extreme internet use linked to mental illness in teens

More than one-third of 15-year-old children in the UK could be classified as ‘extreme internet users’, or those who are online for more than six hours daily outside of school.<p>A report from UK think-tank Education Policy Institute (EPI) states that children in the UK have a higher rate of extreme …

Mental Health

Fish becoming transgender from contraceptive pill chemicals being flushed down household drains

A fifth of male fish are now transgender because of chemicals from the contraceptive pill being flushed down household drains, a study by has suggested.<p>Male river fish are displaying feminised traits and even producing eggs, the study found. Some have reduced sperm quality and display less …

Pollution

Welp, Even Occasional Happy Hour Drinks Muck Your Brain

Moderate alcohol consumption causes long-term brain changes.<p>There’s no harm in going to happy hour each day, or enjoying a cold, crisp beer, maybe …

Scientists Find 100 Million-Year-Old, Nearly Complete Baby Bird Trapped in Amber

This has been a huge year for finding specimens in amber, from bird wings to dinosaur feathers to this ugly-ass bug. But this new finding might be …

Newest LIGO Signal Raises A Huge Question: Do Merging Black Holes Emit Light?

Billions of years ago, two black holes much more massive than the Sun — 31 and 19 solar masses each — merged together in a distant galaxy far across the Universe. On January 4th of this year, those gravitational waves, traveling through the Universe at the speed of light, finally reached Earth, …

Jumping Spiders Can See Galaxies Far, Far Away

Telescopic eyes that can peer into alternate galaxies.<p>Spiders are already scary impressive, what with their speed, cunning hunting skills, and …

NASA Scientists Baffled By Mysterious Pit Photographed On Mars

Whatever this perfectly circular thing is, it has experts wondering if it was formed from above or below.<p>While it’s been said that the moon is made of cheese, we know, of course, that particular dairy product was never discovered on our close lunar neighbor. But what about a place on Mars that …

300,000-year-old skulls that look shockingly like ours could rewrite the human origin story

But new evidence outlined in two papers published in the journal Nature challenges that hypothesis. Instead, the authors describe recently discovered remains that suggest the first Homo sapiens showed up more than 100,000 years earlier than we thought in a place many experts didn't suspect.<p>The …

Anthropology

Scientists defy Einstein's prediction and use relativity to measure a star's mass

Astronomers scanning the skies with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have pulled off a feat that even Albert Einstein had declared all but impossible: they've witnessed the subtle bending of one star's light by another star's gravity and used that distortion to measure a star's mass.<p>The findings, …

Universe

DARPA wants to give you a glimpse inside the AI brain

Does the thought of giving Siri more power unsettle you? What about self-driving cars — do you feel uneasy about letting a computer take the wheel?<p>If …

Cannabinoids and chemotherapy in combination kill cancer cells

A new study confirms that cannabinoids, which are a class of active chemicals in cannabis, can successfully kill leukemia cells. They also find that …

There's Now More Evidence That We're All Living in a Giant Cosmic Void

So alone.<p>We now have even more evidence that our galaxy sits inside an enormous void, and it could help settle a disagreement over the rate at which …

The mad Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet has sold out

The Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet is an absurd thing. We love it, but we probably wouldn’t buy one. Mostly because we can’t quite pull it off, but …

World's Most Powerful X-Ray Laser Creates Molecular 'Black Hole'

The world's most powerful X-ray laser has created a molecular "black hole."<p>The black hole is not a tiny version of the supermassive celestial object …

Indian judge claims peacocks reproduce from tears and that cow urine prevents ageing

An Indian judge has claimed that peacocks do not mate, but sire their offspring through tears.<p>“A peacock is a lifelong celibate” said Justice Mahesh Chandra Sharma of the Rajasthan High Court in western India on Wednesday.<p>On his last day as a judge in the state capital, Jaipur, Mr Sharma went on to …

Scientists may have found evidence of a parallel universe

The idea that we might be living in just one of an infinite number of universes has been fodder for scientific debate and sci-fi movie plots for a long time, but coming up with evidence to support the theory has been hard to come by. Now, researchers have discovered something in space that they …