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Barack Obama is officially one of the most consequential presidents in American history

The utter failure of Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, and Donald Trump to pass a bill rolling back the Affordable Care Act makes one thing perfectly clear: love him or hate him, Barack Obama is one of the most consequential presidents in American history — and that he will be a particularly towering …

By Studying Skinny Apes, Science Figured Out Why Humans Are So Fat

It involves our evolutionary ancestors learning to sweat and having weak arms.<p>A new study published in the <i>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</i> explains how humans became, as <i>Science</i> magazine puts it, "the fat primate." Over the course of about 30 years, two scientists studied the …

Evolution

Why the Panthers Had to Pay QB Cam Newton Like a Superstar

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is 26 years old, just entering the prime of his NFL career. He plays the most important position on the field. He's proved that he can produce big numbers, that he has elite talent, that he can win and that he can lead.<p>You pay a guy like that, period. You …

Football (U.S.)

CRISPR, the disruptor

A powerful gene-editing technology is the biggest game changer to hit biology since PCR. But with its huge potential come pressing concerns.<p>Three …

Genetics

No-no regrets: Johan Santana would not alter a thing. Terry Collins might.

Suppose the devil made you this bargain: You can have one unforgettable night doing what you love to do, but in exchange, you will never again be …

Major League Baseball

Jason Kidd finds his long-armed pupil in Michael Carter-Williams

Jason Kidd surely sees a version of himself in Michael Carter-Williams. Now, it's his job to develop the long-armed youngster and build the scariest modern defense in the league.<p>Jason Kidd's departure from the Brooklyn Nets was painted with a variety of different words all rooted in the same tone. …

NBA

Landmark 'Gay Gene' Study Provides Evidence Sexuality is Not Chosen

In the largest ever study of its kind, scientists tested 409 pairs of gay brothers<p>The largest-ever study has been conducted into the existence of a …

You Can Call This Video Game From A Real Phone

Dial this number, and it will take you to far away places.<p><b>MINOR SPOILER ALERT.</b><p>The game—really more of an interactive phone line—is the latest …

Adventure Games

Chart suggests college football polls tend to be biased against the ACC

And suggests SEC teams tend to rank about a spot better than, say, Big 12 teams of similar quality.<p>SEC bias has become one of the storylines of 2014's college football season, with four teams from its West division ranking in the top four of the computer consensus and in the top six of the first …

Rice case: purposeful misdirection by team, scant investigation by NFL

The seven-month scandal that is threatening Roger Goodell's future as NFL commissioner began with an unexpected phone call in the early morning hours …

NFL

Do Miami Heat Rebuild Around Dwyane Wade or in Spite of Him?

As a general principle, professional basketball teams shouldn't attempt to rebuild around 32-year-old shooting guards with mounting injury issues, declining skills and production that's long been on the ebb. Even if the player in question is Dwyane Wade.<p>The case against Wade is simple and …

NBA

Auburn and Arkansas will put up or shut up in Week 1

The second edition of a budding rivalry sees Auburn hoping for another title shot while Arkansas hopes for ... anything. Can the Hogs do enough against Gus Malzahn's offense to change our perceptions of both programs?<p>Football coaching is a copycat profession, just like the business world. When one …

Destiny And The Perils Of Generation-Jumping In The Videogame Industry

Every generation of game consoles produces its share of disasters. Big games fail to find an audience and studios close every year, but there is a special sort of attrition that happens during console transitions, when popular developers emboldened by a legacy of success take bigger risks on new …

Strange Findings on Comb Jellies Uproot Animal Family Tree

Complete sequence of comb jelly genome reveals a separate course of evolution.<p>A close look at the nervous system of the gorgeously iridescent animal known as the comb jelly has led a team of scientists to propose a new evolutionary history: one for the comb jelly, and one for everybody else.<p>"It's a …

France and the UK will run out of fossil fuels within the next five years

The UK will run out of its own gas, coal, and oil within the next five years, according to a report released by the Global Sustainability Institute at Anglia Ruskin University. And France, which continues to rely heavily on nuclear energy, could run out of its remaining fossils fuels within the …

IBM discovers first new class of polymers in decades

The chemical tree got a bit of a shake this week with scientists at IBM announcing the discovery of the first new class of polymer materials in …

Shorter Men Live Longer, Study Says

Live tall, die young.<p>It's nice to be tall, right? Sure, it's great... unless you want to become an astronaut, or a horse jockey, or an old man.<p>Ok, I'm joking on the last point. But a new study found an inverse link between height and longevity, finding that shorter men are more likely to live …

Hawaii

Scientists create the first life form with 'alien' DNA

Researchers in California have for the first time created an organism whose genetic code comprises six letters, instead of four. This means that the bacterium, described in a study published in <i>Nature</i> today, is the first life form to contain artificial genetic building blocks.<p>When biologists talk …

Jumping Spiders Are the Cutest, and You Can Catch Your Own

If you keep a backyard garden, you might have been startled recently by a spotted spider like this one, suddenly leaping huge distances through your planting beds. If so, lucky for you! The bold jumping spider, <i>Phidippus audax</i>, is a common daytime spider and friend of the gardener — it’s not …

On and off the court, there's no other player like Joakim Noah

Bulls center Joakim Noah is doing things that haven't been done since Russell, Chamberlain, Abdul-Jabbar and Shakespeare. Wait ... Shakespeare?<p><b>More</b> …

Joakim Noah

We may already know how we will cure death—but should we?

A pair of advocates—they do legitimate research too, but their ardor is so intense, it’s hard to call them scientists—believe that they will, within their lifetimes, make ours the first generation of humans to live forever.<p>Their quest is elegantly laid out in <i>The Immortalists</i>, a new documentary …

Singularity

New drug makes brain cancer cells explode

Cells belonging to the most aggressive form of brain cancer are blown to smithereens<p>By screening over 1,000 different types of molecules, scientists have managed to identify a compound that can literally blow up tumor cells belonging to the most aggressive form of brain cancer — glioblastoma …

'The Bureau: XCOM Declassified' for Mac Gains Three New DLC Packs

Three new downloadable content packs are now available for the Mac version of <i>The Bureau: XCOM Declassified</i>, including Hangar 6 R&D, CodeBreakers, and Light Plasma Pistol.<p>First released for Mac in November by Transgaming, <i>The Bureau: XCOM Declassified</i> is a third-person tactical shooter set in late …

Daniel Kahneman changed the way we think about thinking. But what do other thinkers think of him?

Thinking, Fast and Slow was a global bestseller, and had a profound impact on psychology and economics, as these tributes from other leading figures show<p>'He revolutionised large parts of psychology'<p><b>Steven Pinker</b> <b>is a psychology professor at Harvard University. He is frequently named one of the</b> …

Bonobos, like humans, keep time to music: study | Reuters

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Some animals, like humans, can sense and respond to a musical beat, a finding that has implications for understanding how the skill evolved, scientists said on Saturday.<p>A study of bonobos, closely related to chimpanzees, shows they have an innate ability to match tempo and …

Mizzou's Michael Sam says he's gay

Michael Sam, an All-American defensive lineman from Missouri and the Associated Press' SEC Defensive Player of the Year, said that he is gay in an …