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Horror heatwaves 'to kill up to 7,000 people a year in UK' this century

Deadly heatwaves will kill up to 7,000 people a year in the UK in the 2080’s if climate change is not tackled a study has found.<p>They could be among …

Nasa's beautiful dreams for a self-sufficient space colony revealed

Up to 140,000 people could happily live in the imagined space station.<p>Nasa's vision of a futuristic space station has been unveiled in a series of …

New research shows that almost everybody will develop at least one mental disorder

Despite their familiarity, however, these kinds of episodes are typically considered unusual, and even shameful.<p>New research, from our lab and from others around the world, however, suggests mental illnesses are so common that almost everyone will develop at least one diagnosable mental disorder at …

Mental Health

The Curious Omnipresence of 1: A Plot Hole In The Multiverse Theory

What do you think of when you hear the word <i>universe?</i> Most people naturally think, well, that’s what simply encapsulates everything that there is in …

Dark Matter

Many Scientists Say There’s No Purpose To Life — But A Theoretical Study Suggests There Could Be

Does humanity exist to serve some ultimate, transcendent purpose? Conventional scientific wisdom says no. As physicist Lawrence Krauss puts it in his …

Biology

Fishermen express fury as Fukushima plant set to release radioactive material into ocean

Local residents and environmental groups have condemned a plan to release radioactive tritium from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean.<p>Officials of Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the plant, say tritium poses little risk to human health and is quickly diluted by …

Is This The Exoplanet Where Life Will First Be Found?

It is good time to be an exoplanet hunter… or just an exoplanet enthusiast for that matter! Every few weeks, it seems, new discoveries are being …

Chinese Scientists Teleport First Object from Earth to Space

In a major breakthrough, scientists in China announced yesterday that they have successfully teleported a photon, or light particle, from the ground …

Quantum Mechanics

Scientists Used Supercomputers to Learn How Pythons Regenerate Their Organs

Maybe we could do it one day, too.<p>After Burmese pythons enjoy a meal, they undergo an extended period of fasting to save on energy. During this time, which can last as long as a year, their organs waste away.<p>According to researchers in Texas, when the pythons get around to feeding again, their …

Biology

Astronomers promise more mysterious planets like Planet Nine

<b>The last time researchers “found” another mysterious planet not named Neptune in our solar system was the famous Planet Nine.</b><p>Our solar system is …

Universe

Scientist says the sun is sneezing on Earth

The sun at the center of our Solar System is one of the big reasons why we’re here today, but it can also be a bit of a nuisance from time to time. …

Google is closer than ever to a quantum computing breakthrough

Its 20-qubit processor is currently undergoing tests, and the company appears to be on schedule to have its working 49-qubit chip ready by the end of 2017 as promised. Until it began trialing the 20-qubit chip, Google's most powerful quantum chip was the 9-qubit effort from 2015.<p>Traditional …

Quantum Computing

This Yale biologist has a fascinating theory of how women changed human evolution

Richard Prum, the author of "The Evolution of Beauty," explains how who a female chooses to mate with can change the common traits that men show. Over time, women can change the evolutionary definition of maleness. Following is a transcript of the video.<p><i>I'm Richard Prum. I'm the William Robinson</i> …

Anthropology

This Gene-Editing Breakthrough Could Change Life on Earth

The discovery of the gene-editing technology CRISPR came, in part, from Jennifer Doudna, a biochemist at the University of California, Berkeley. “It’s very profound," she told NBC News. "It means that we can control human evolution now."<p>With collaborator Emmanuelle Charpentier, Doudna was able to …

Genetics

We live in a parallel universe! Wow! Wait, what?

By now you may have seen them: Breathless headlines flowing through the viral ether declaring that a new study has found the "first" evidence that we …

Every single one of the 29 new Netflix original shows and movies coming this month

Everyone is still buzzing about <i>13 Reasons Why</i>, which is probably Netflix’s most talked-about original show in quite some time. If you haven’t yet …

Entertainment

The 3 Ways That Parallel Universes Could Be Real

The idea that things exist in a particular, well-defined state at all times where their properties can be determined so long as you can measure them well enough was fundamental to how we conceived of the Universe. When quantum physics came along, that idea went right out the window, never to …

Dark Matter

It's about damn time for NASA astronauts to get health care for life

Spaceflight is a pre-existing condition<p>Spaceflight is a pre-existing condition<p>NASA astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria flew to space four times for the …

Health Care

12 incredible women you've never heard of who changed science forever

But for every female scientist whose work has been recognized and celebrated, there are thousands who have been accidentally or purposefully forgotten.<p>For a few, that might change, thanks to a beautiful new book, "Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World," by artist Rachel …

Nobel Prize

Prehistoric 'Aspirin' Found in Sick Neanderthal's Teeth

Evidence of pain-killers is just one intriguing detail pulled from a closer look at the DNA in ancient tooth plaque.<p>It’s a good thing that Neanderthals didn’t have tartar-control toothpaste.<p>What looks to us like unsightly buildup has turned out to be a goldmine for microbiologists who study human …