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Newly-discovered human organ may help explain how cancer spreads

A newly discovered network of fluid-filled channels in the human body may be a previously-unknown organ, and it seems to help transport cancer cells …

Cancer

Yes, There Is Gravity in Space

This week, I settled down to watch the first episode of The 100. If you haven't seen the show, I'll just point out that it takes place in the near …

Elon Musk's Boring Company is selling a flamethrower

No, we're not kidding. After weeks of teases, Elon Musk has confirmed that The Boring Company is selling... a flamethrower. That's right, the same company digging traffic-skipping tunnels is now offering a weapon. Plunk down $500 for a pre-order (there's no word on when it will ship) and you can …

Earliest Black Hole Gives Rare Glimpse of Ancient Universe

Astronomers have at least two gnawing questions about the first billion years of the universe, an era steeped in literal fog and figurative mystery. …

This soul-crushing video of a starving polar bear on dry land shows how global warming is destroying wildlife

A video of a starving wild polar bear roaming around dry land looking for food has gone viral.<p>In the heartbreaking footage, taken in Canada's northerly Baffin Islands, the bony male polar bear slowly ambles along dry land.<p>Head down, he rummages in a nearby rubbish bin looking for food. When he …

Global Warming

Bird gets lost at sea, accidentally spawns an entire new species on a remote island

If you get lost at sea and find yourself on an island you’d probably try to build a fire, pile some sticks and stones into a makeshift home and maybe …

The lake is basic. The slippery, scuba-diving fly that lives there is not.

Salty, alkaline water? Sounds like a perfect nursery.<p>There was a salty lake that swallowed a fly. I do know why it swallowed the fly, and rest assured, neither the lake nor the fly is going to die any sooner as a result.<p>California’s Mono Lake is three times saltier than the Pacific ocean, and is …

Fishing

An Interstellar Tourist Barrels Through the Solar System

Astronomers describe what it's like to chart the first confirmed object from outside our home in the cosmos.<p>Nobody saw it coming.<p>The rocky object showed up in telescope images the night of October 19. The Pan-STARRS1 telescope, from its perch atop a Hawaiian volcano, photographed it during its …

Astronomy

This Incredible Footage Shows CRISPR Editing DNA in Real Time

This has never been seen before.<p>Want to see something that makes scientists gasp? Feast your eyes on this video, showing a direct observation of …

A Zombie Gene Protects Elephants From Cancer

Elephants and other large animals have a lower incidence of cancer than would be expected statistically, suggesting that they have evolved ways to …

Biology

If you enjoy sleeping at night instead of the day, thank the dinosaurs for going extinct

Mammals were largely creatures of the night until the dinosaurs were killed off by an asteroid some 66 million years ago, a new study finds.<p>The findings, described in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution, illuminate a pivotal transition in the history of Earth's living things.<p>Scientists have long …

Mosquitoes to Other Flying Insects: Do You Even Generate Lift?

Mosquitos stealthily float off us after filling up, by virtue of fast wingbeats that generate almost instant lift with only an imperceptible …

Mosquitoes

Scientists Are Mapping an Atlas of The Underworld Hidden Far Beneath Our Feet

And you can take a look.<p>For as long as humans have been around we've been fascinated by the world hiding underneath the surface of the Earth, and now …

Earth Science

Nobel Prize in physics awarded to three scientists for the detection of gravitational waves

The three are part of the history-making LIGO collaboration<p>Today, three researchers have been awarded the Nobel Prize in physics for their work in detecting gravitational waves — ripples in space and time that travel throughout our Universe. The recipients are Rainer Weiss, a physics professor at …

LIGO

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus review: The curious case of the time-traveling phone | Ars Technica

The iPhone 8 is a great phone, but who is it for?<p>The iPhone 8 exists simultaneously in two time periods—an emerging future pervaded by innovative new …

Mobile Technology

New evidence would push life back to at least 3.95 billion years ago | Ars Technica

Labrador find is similar to hotly debated Greenland rocks that had been oldest.<p>You could be forgiven for thinking that the remnants of the Earth’s …

Almost half a million pacemakers need a firmware update to avoid getting hacked

You may need to take grandma for an update<p>Nearly half a million pacemakers are being recalled by the US Food and Drug Administration after the agency found that the devices could be hacked to control pacing or deplete batteries. Rather than having patients remove or replace the device, however, the …

Medical Technology

How Color Vision Came to the Animals

Animals are living color. Wasps buzz with painted warnings. Birds shimmer their iridescent desires. Fish hide from predators with body colors that …

Kitchen sponges are festering germ dens—and sanitizing them doesn’t help | Ars Technica

The old ‘pop it in the microwave/dishwasher’ trick is worthless, new study shows.<p>Scientists have long thrown shade at the unassuming kitchen sponge. …

Tiny, Laser-Beaming Satellites Could Communicate With Mars

Last August, Masahide Sasaki and his team instructed a satellite to shoot laser beams at a suburb of Tokyo. No, not like that. The laser beam, made …

Tuna Fish School Human Engineers in Hydraulics

Underwater robots do a lot of neat things—take photos of underwater volcanoes, track leopard sharks, and explore shipwrecks—but they could still …

Einstein’s Little-Known Passion Project? A Refrigerator

Many people know that work on nuclear weapons enabled the development of the first electronic computers. But it’s no less true that the humble …

Decoding the Geometry of Viruses Could Lead to Better Vaccines

More than a quarter billion people today are infected with the hepatitis B virus (HBV), the World Health Organization estimates, and more than …

Scientists Can Use CRISPR to Store Images and Movies in Bacteria

It’s a step toward turning microbes into living hard drives.<p>In 1872, Eadweard Muybridge captured a series of photos of a running horse. His images settled a debate about whether the animal ever lifted all four feet off the ground at once—it did. They also formed the basis of one of the first motion …

Biotechnology

Video: Science Explains Why Thousands of Daddy Longlegs Swarmed This House

It’s among the worst of nightmares for an arachnophobe: a house full of thousands of spider-like creatures, congregating on the ceilings and walls …

Cancer-killing viruses may deliver stem cells to metastasized brain tumors

Investigators from Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) may have discovered a way to kill tumor cells that …

Immune System

Sixth mass extinction: The era of 'biological annihilation'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Many scientists say it's abundantly clear that Earth is entering its sixth mass-extinction event, meaning three-quarters of all species could disappear in the coming centuries.<p>That's terrifying, especially since humans are contributing to this shift.<p>But that's not even the full picture of …

Biodiversity

Tomatoes Can Turn Plant-Eaters Into Cannibals, Study Shows

Plants are often seen as taking a passive role in their environments, just hanging out and soaking up the sunlight. But that impression is …

A New Trick for Male Birth Control: Switching Off Sperm's Power | WIRED

Author: Megan Molteni. Megan Molteni Science<p>Date of Publication: 05.15.17.<p>Time of Publication: 4:03 pm. 4:03 pm<p>Scientists Found Sperm’s Power …

Verizon is killing Tumblr’s fight for net neutrality

One of the open internet’s fiercest defenders has a new boss<p>In 2014, Tumblr was on the front lines of the battle for net neutrality. The company stood alongside Amazon, Kickstarter, Etsy, Vimeo, Reddit, and Netflix during Battle for the Net’s day of action. Tumblr CEO David Karp was also part of a …

Net Neutrality