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Physicists discover a weird new form of matter - Futurity

New research uncovers an unusual form of matter—not a conventional metal, insulator, or magnet, for example, but something entirely different.

NASA reveals that Antarctica is actually gaining more ice than it is losing

Antarctica's ice floes have been found to be growing faster than they are shrinking despite fears over global warming<p>NASA scientists have shattered the conventional wisdom that Antarctica's ice surface is shrinking and revealed that the amount of ice is in fact growing.<p>Though accepting that …

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Why Do We Want To Squeeze Cute Things?

Studying how adorable animals can turn us aggressive<p>Seeing something cute actually does bring out aggression in us, according to a paper presented at Society for Personality and Social Psychology's annual meeting in New Orleans last Friday.<p>Researchers found 109 people to look at pictures of animals …

Latest finding supports a theory of a ‘lost world of dinosaurs’ that lived in a far cooler climate than most people associated with the creatures<p>Fossils from a unique plant eating dinosaur found in the high Arctic of Alaska may change how scientists view dinosaur physiology, Alaska and Florida …

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Computer models reveal how the Universe's biggest and brightest galaxies formed

It all has to do with a big buildup of gas<p>In the far-off depths of our Universe, there are giant, luminous galaxies that are, essentially, star farms. Our home, the Milky Way, produces one to two new stars every year, but these galaxies create more than 1,000 new stars annually. How they do this …

Why were some ancient galaxies so bright? Supercomputer probes mystery

Not all astronomy is about gazing at stars. By creating a galaxy inside a powerful supercomputer, scientists say they've developed a model that may explain how some of the brightest galaxies in the early universe came to be.<p>The findings, described in the journal Nature, could help solve a …

A World Without Humans Looks A Lot Like A Rat Race

In this scientific "thought experiment" from the podcast The Adaptors, humans have gone extinct and rats take over. What makes rodents so well-positioned to take over the world?<p>Transcript<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:<p>Here's a story about something that won't make the news, should it ever happen - a future …

Quiet winter riversides may still be full of birds - Futurity

New research highlights the need to protect areas near rivers and streams that attract birds—and not just during the breeding times of spring and …

Milky Way’s black hole is more active!

The black hole at the Milky Way’s heart recently blasted out 10 times its normal rate of X-ray flares. Is it due to the close passage of a …

Photograph: Life on white/Alamy<p>Mice don’t really like cheese. Their views on wine have yet to be determined.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/9/22/1442916873634/45fa9edf-5983-406f-b6a2-999c913ab747-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Life on white/Alamy<p>Mice don’t really like …

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The Arctic’s “Edmontosaurus” Gets a New Name

Dinosaurs lived all over the world during their Mesozoic heyday. Maps in books and documentaries drove the point home to me during my childhood dinomania, dots scattered across the globe showing all the places where the great reptiles had been found. But, no doubt influenced by <i>Fantasia</i> and the …

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Archimedes’ legendary sphere brought to life

Recreation of a 2,000-year-old model of the Universe to appear in exhibition.<p>Building the sphere of Archimedes<p>Michael Wright reconstructed a fabled …

Dinosaur discovery in Alaska: A duck-billed herbivore that didn't fear the snow

In a remote area of northern Alaska, scientists have discovered a duck-billed dinosaur the size of a minibus that roamed above the Arctic Circle roughly 70 million years ago.<p>The newly described herbivore was dubbed <i>Ugrunaaluk kuukpikensis</i> (pronounced oo-GREW-na-luck KOOK-pik-en-sis), which means …

How Physicists Quantum Teleported Information Over 62 Miles

Bringing us one step closer to a quantum Internet<p>Teleportation isn’t real, at least not as it’s depicted in fiction. No one has ever made a material object -- be it Harry Potter or Captain Kirk -- physically disappear from one location and reappear elsewhere. But information … that’s a different …

Are viruses alive? New evidence says yes

Evolutionary history suggests they evolved from ancient cells<p>Influenza, SARS, Ebola, HIV, the common cold. All of us are quite familiar with these names. They are viruses—a little bit of genetic material (DNA or RNA) encapsulated in a protein coat. But what we don’t really understand, and what …

7 Ancient Mysteries Archaeologists Will Solve This Century

National Geographic archaeologist Fredrik Hiebert predicts the amazing finds we may make in the 21st century.<p>When the National Geographic Society awarded its first archaeology grant to Hiram Bingham in 1912, the archaeologist headed off to Machu Picchu with one of the most advanced pieces of …

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Are you going to be observing the supermoon lunar eclipse on Sunday night? Share your images via GuardianWitness<p>The moon will appear coppery red on Sunday night as its closest approach to Earth coincides with a total lunar eclipse. This astronomical event last occurred in 1982.<p>Weather permitting, …

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What Can We Learn From Homo naledi’s Skull?

Changing Planet<p><i>After the excitement of Homo naledi’s discovery and extraction from deep in a narrow cave in South Africa, and the implication that these non-humans may have intentionally carried their dead deep into the earth, we are left with the bones themselves, what they tell us about these</i> …

Andromeda galaxy next door to Milky Way

The Andromeda galaxy is the closest spiral galaxy to our Milky Way and the most distant thing you can see with your eye alone. Find it in your night …

The astonishing village where little girls turn into boys aged 12

In every way, Johnny is physically and biologically male. But, astonishingly he did not grow a penis until he hit puberty.<p>He is one of many children who live in Salinas, an isolated village in the southwestern Dominican Republic, who are seemingly born female, only to become men in their teenage …

Growing a penis at 12: the 'Guevedoce' boys of the Dominican Republic

Scientists and BBC presenter travelled to the Dominican Republic to meet the 'Guevedoce' males who do not grow a penis until puberty<p>I hated going through puberty; voice cracking, swinging moods, older brother laughing at me. But compared to Johnny, who lives in a small town in the Dominican …

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Why Vegan Diets Suck

5 reasons to enjoy your ham and cheese sandwich<p>There is no one right way to eat for everyone.<p>We are all different and what works for one person may not work for the next.<p>I personally advocate consumption of both animals and plants and I think there is plenty of evidence that this is a reasonable …

How Long Could You Survive In A Coffin If You Were Buried Alive?

It depends on how big your coffin is.<p>A normal, healthy person might have 10 minutes to an hour, or six hours to 36 hours--depending on whom you ask--before settling into a premature grave. Scientists disagree, but one thing’s for sure: it wouldn’t be long.<p>It all comes down to the amount of air …

Sleepless Fruit Flies Could Hold The Secret To Curing Insomnia

Research on fruit flies with insomnia is revealing the pathways in the brain that can cause people to have trouble sleeping. <i>This story originally aired on Sept. 18 on</i> Morning Edition.<p>Transcript<p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:<p>Insomnia is not just a problem for people, it also affects animals, even insects. …

The Universe Is Almost Done Making Stars

Star formation is now 30 times lower than at its peak 11 billion years ago.<p>In its youth, the universe was a roiling soup of star ingredients, with new stars forming rapidly. But now it's much quieter, and things are not expected to get more exciting anytime soon, astronomers say. For the first …

Encryption might be the reason we've never heard from aliens, says Snowden

Edward Snowden thinks he might have an answer to the Fermi paradox — the cosmological puzzle of why, given that the universe is so very old and so very big, we haven't heard from any aliens yet. Speaking with Neil deGrasse Tyson on the astrophysicist's <i>StarTalk</i> podcast (the relevant section starts …

Dinosaur Discovered 'Down Under' Sported 10-Inch Claws

The largest meat-eating dinosaur ever discovered in Australia had sickle-shaped claws the size of chef's knives, a daunting feature that likely made up for its fairly delicate jaws and small teeth, a new study finds.<p>The dinosaur's 10-inch-long claws likely helped it hunt, said study lead researcher …

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Are We Alone? Survey Finds No Sign of Advanced Alien Civilizations

Nearby galaxies in our universe show no signs of advanced alien civilizations — at least for now.<p>A new study that examined the most promising galaxies we can see out of a collection of 100,000 found no signs of the waste energy that such alien civilizations might generate, showing that they're …

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