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Research Shows Cannabis Restores Memory and Could Reverse The Aging Process

Aging and the Brain<p>One of aging’s most obvious signs is a decrease in cognitive function and learning ability. Usually, these issues express …

Facebook details its plans for a brain-computer interface

Facebook wants you to use your brain to interact with your computer. Specifically, instead of using something primitive like a screen or a controller, the company is looking into ways that you and I can interact with our PCs or phones just by using our mind. Regina Dugan, the head of Building 8, …

Gene Editing: The Next Step In Self-Evolution?

With humans on the cusp self-evolution, a new report emphasizes the need for a societal conversation that we’re not likely to have.<p>Last week, two …

Genetics

There are reasons to be cheerful ... LGBTI rights gains in unlikely countries

Iraq, Tunisia and Lebanon have recently made progressive steps forward in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex human rights<p>In the last 12 months, Martin Luther King’s “arc of the moral universe” has bent towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) human rights.<p>Nauru …

LGBTQI

Everything We Know About ALIEN: COVENANT

Five years ago, director Ridley Scott revisited the <i>Alien</i> universe with the prequel movie <i>Prometheus</i>. Over the half decade since, the film that would …

New AI Can Write and Rewrite Its Own Code to Increase Its Intelligence

Learning From Less Data<p>The old adage that practice makes perfect applies to machines as well, as many of today’s artificially intelligent devices …

Machine Learning

Some of the scientists aiming to 'bring back' the woolly mammoth originally wanted to do it using 28,000-year-old cells

Picture this: A beast with most of the features of a woolly mammoth (think long, shaggy hair, plus special adaptations to sub-zero temperatures, like subcutaneous fat and specially-adapted blood) plus a few elephant-like traits (like a slightly longer body).<p>Nope, it's not your Pottermore …

Telescopes

Scientists Have Unlocked the Code That Turns Genes On and Off

Human Initiator<p>A DNA sequence code critical to our understanding of how human genes are turned on and off has just been unlocked by a team of …

Hydrogen Has Been Turned To Metal, And It’s About To Change The World

Metallic hydrogen is one of the holy grails of modern science. It would essentially be a magic material, creating everything from impossibly fast computers to hovering cars (themselves powered by hydrogen) to batteries that never need charging. It was also supposed to be impossible, as it would …

Large Hadron Collider

Hydrogen turned into metal in stunning act of alchemy that could revolutionise technology and spaceflight

For nearly 100 years, scientists have dreamed of turning the lightest of all the elements, hydrogen, into a metal.<p>Now, in a stunning act of …

A Diabetes Drug Has Shut Down Cancer's Primary Way of Making Energy

A Welcomed Side Effect<p>While the typical side effects noted along with medications include upset stomach, headache, and difficulty operating heavy …

The Pit In Your Stomach is Actually Your Second Brain

The world is so much bigger and more interesting than we can see with our naked eyes. If we could, we could watch cells grow, morph, and split again over and over again on the backs of our own wrists--or the billions of foreign cells living in and among our own, forming what scientists are …

Show & Tell: Was This 20-Sided Die Used for Ancient Gaming?

The 20-sided die you see above could have been built by ancient Egyptian <i>Dungeons & Dragons</i> players, but it wasn’t. Rather, it was made by an unknown …

You Can Get a Viking-Based D&D-Style Game For $12

When I stumbled on the <i>Trudvang Chronicles</i> on Kickstarter, there may have been a squee loud enough for the neighbors to hear.<p>Drawing from Norse and …

Board Games

The Dark Souls Board Game That Earned £3.7 Million on Kickstarter

Button mashing won’t get you far in <i>Dark Souls</i>, where relying on a lucky strike is rarely a strategy that stacks up. FromSoftware’s series is …

Project Scorpio is the forever Xbox, console generations are over

For as long as there have been consoles, there have been console generations. Typically, a video game system remains viable for about 5-7 years …

Entertainment - MarketWatch.com

I give them thoughtful presents, but they give me hostile and trivial ones.<p>11:02 a.m. Today11:02 a.m. Dec. 22, 2017<p>Movement is a major character in …

DNA Shows Infamous ‘Piltdown Man’ Hoax Was Two Parts Human, One Part Ape

Just half a century after Darwin’s controversial claim that humans and apes were linked, proof appeared in Piltdown, England: A paleontologist named …

Scientists Found This Purple Blob Off the Coast of Los Angeles (And They Have No Clue What It Is)

<b>Scientists aren’t exactly on a tight leash with the general public.</b> They tell us something, use a few big words and the rest of us Average Joes tend …

Breakthrough as scientists create first drug to halt Alzheimer's disease

A pill taken twice a day has stalled deterioration of the brain in Alzheimer’s patients for the first time.<p>Scientists announced that the mental decline of participants in a final-stage trial had been halted for 18 months, raising hopes that an effective treatment for the drug, called LMTX, is close …

Dementia

Human intelligence question cracked using brain variability

What makes you smart? A new study finds that measuring the variability in the brain’s neural network might hold the clues to this clever …

How to live to 100: Meet the scientist who believes he can cure ageing

Imagine a world where people live to celebrate their 500th birthday; where sprightly, smooth-skinned men and women with the agility and metabolism of 30-year-olds roam the planet, popping pills that prevent the curse of ageing. It may sound like a fantasy (a rather gruesome one at that) but for …

10 Times Correlation Was Not Causation

It’s a scientist’s mantra: Correlation does not imply causation. But sometimes wrong feels so right.<p>1. EAT ENOUGH CHOCOLATE AND YOU'LL WIN A NOBEL.<p>If …

Germany

UK loses triple-A credit rating after Brexit vote

Standard & Poor’s issues downgrade and pound hits 31-year low despite chancellor’s attempts to soothe markets<p>The UK has been stripped of its last AAA rating as credit agency Standard & Poor’s warned of the economic, fiscal and constitutional risks the country now faces as a result of the EU …

Scientists discover new freaky-looking, amphibious centipede

In Southeast Asia and fancy a dip by a waterfall? You may want to watch out for this vicious-looking centipede, the first of its species known to be amphibious.<p>There's a new centipede in town, and it's one that you shouldn't mess with. The Scolopendra cataracta was discovered by George Beccaloni of …

Could ancient wheat be the future of food?

Researchers believe untapped consumer markets exist for ancient foods such as einkorn, emmer, and spelt, which fed large swaths of the world's …

Scientists Just Discovered Where HIV Began

Birthplace of the disease that won't die.<p>Diseases, while disastrous, often come and go in the public eye. We hear about ebola, but then another one …

No giant leap for mankind: why we've been looking at human evolution in the wrong way

Understanding exactly how and why humans evolved is clearly one of the most important goals in science. But despite a significant amount of research …

Biology