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"Octonion" Math Could Underpin Physics

In 2014, a graduate student at the University of Waterloo, Canada, named Cohl Furey rented a car and drove six hours south to Pennsylvania State …

Physics

The Baby-Formula Crime Ring

It’s pricey, it’s portable, its users need it constantly, and retailers love to buy it at a discount. All of which makes it a perfect product to steal.

Portable

Spy agency NSA triples collection of U.S. phone records: official report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency collected 534 million records of phone calls and text messages of Americans last year, more than triple gathered in 2016, a U.S. intelligence agency report released on Friday said.<p>The sharp increase from 151 million occurred during the second …

Researchers are developing a brain editing device

Neuroscientists at the University of California Berkely are building a device that’ll hack our brains so we can ‘edit’ what we feel and remember. It looks like we’ve drawn “Total Recall” in the ‘which horrifying Arnold Schwarzenegger sci-fi movie will scientists recreate today’ lottery.<p>The …

If sea slugs take ‘eternal energy’ from algae, can we?

Certain sea slugs suck raw materials from algae to provide a lifetime supply of solar-powered energy, according to new research. That’s kind of like …

Dramatic photos show one of Hawaii’s most active volcanos on the brink of eruption

<b>Update, May 4, 10:30am ET:</b> Mount Kilauea has erupted, around 1,500 people have been ordered to evacuate.<p>Residents of Hawaii’s Big Island are being told to prepare for a possible eruption at Mount Kilauea, one of the state’s most active volcanoes, after a series of more than 200 small earthquakes, …

Kilauea

One of the TRAPPIST-1 Planets Has an Iron Core

In February of 2017, a team of European astronomers announced the discovery of a seven-planet system orbiting the nearby star TRAPPIST-1. Aside from …

Tennessee girl, 11, finds 475-million-year-old trilobite fossil

For Ryleigh Taylor, this was no ordinary stroll.<p>The 11-year-old came across a fossil that’s 475 million years old on the banks of Douglas Lake in Tennessee, WATE reports.<p>Taylor's mother, Tammy, was "surprised" to hear the fossil was hiding in plain sight.<p>“It was right on top of [a] rock ... where …

Humpback Whale Baby Boom Near Antarctica

In a rare piece of good news for whales, humpbacks who live and breed in the southern oceans near Antarctica appear to be making a comeback, with females in recent years having a high pregnancy rate and giving birth to more calves.<p>Humpback whales were nearly hunted out of existence in the late 19th …

Antarctica

Can You Change Your Microbiome? — NOVA Next | PBS

“I can’t believe it—he’s a chatterbox!” Samantha Jones* shrieked with delight.<p>Her autistic son was typically quiet, nearly non-verbal most of his …

Mistletoe Somehow Survives Without Protein Needed by All Other Multicellular Life

Mistletoe might be a nice yuletide decoration, but it’s also a nefarious, parasitic badass that preys upon a series of hosts. Apparently one species …

Biology

The Superorganism Revolution

This Article From Issue<p>September-October 2014<p>Volume 102, Number 5<p>Page 330<p>DOI:<p>In 1676, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek—a Dutch draper and amateur …

Colorectal cancer: Treatment looks set for human clinical trials

A treatment type that uses patients' own immune cells to attack cancer looks ready for testing in human clinical trials of advanced colorectal cancer.<p>…

The hidden dangers of testing your DNA

The controversy surrounding Facebook in recent months has raised huge concerns about the security of our data.<p>While the data scandal raised valid …

We reconstructed the genome of the 'first animal'

The first animals emerged on Earth at least 541m years ago, according to the fossil record. What they looked like is the subject of an ongoing …

Plants 'talk to' each other through their roots

Plants use their roots to “listen in” on their neighbours, according to research that adds to evidence that plants have their own unique forms of communication.<p>The study found that plants in a crowded environment secrete chemicals into the soil that prompt their neighbours to grow more …

Botany

A new physics discovery could change the game for quantum computing

From tunneling through impenetrable barriers to being in two places at the same time, the quantum world of atoms and particles is famously bizarre. Yet the strange properties of quantum mechanics are not mathematical quirks—they are real effects that have been seen in laboratories over and over.<p>One …

Quantum Physics

Batteries have a dirty secret

Energy storage is considered a green technology. But it actually increases carbon emissions.<p>Energy storage (batteries and other ways of storing electricity, like pumped water, compressed air, or molten salt) has generally been hailed as a “green” technology, key to enabling more renewable energy …

Natural Gas

Experiment shows Einstein's quantum 'spooky action' approaches the human scale

Quantum physics is often defined as the physics of the very small – think atoms, electrons and photons.<p>But we have managed to demonstrate one of the …

In a feel-good Korea summit, Kim lays the groundwork for meeting with Trump

GOYANG, South Korea — North Korea’s Kim Jong Un has laid the foundations for a meeting with President Trump as soon as next month, signaling a willingness to discuss denuclearization and trying to dispel the idea that he’s an unreliable “Little Rocket Man.”<p>In an astonishing turn of events, a …

North Korea

Science Focus Podcast: What it’s really like to die

Palliative medicine expert Dr Kathryn Mannix on the myths and taboos of death<p>This week, we tackle one of the last taboos. Death is the only certainty …

Yes, Solar And Wind Really Do Increase Electricity Prices -- And For Inherently Physical Reasons

In my last column I discussed an apparent paradox: why, if solar panels and wind turbines are so cheap, do they appear to be making electricity so expensive?<p>One big reason seems to be their inherently unreliable nature, which requires expensive additions to the electrical grid in the form of …

Scientists can now keep brains alive without a body

A team of scientists recently revealed they’d successfully conducted experiments on hundreds of pigs that involved keeping their brains alive for up to 36 hours after the animals had been decapitated.<p>Maybe Sergio Canavero, the mad scientist who wants to perform a brain transplant on a human, isn’t …

Every Day, Tons Of Viruses Are Swept Into The Sky And Fall Back Down To Earth

Scientists now think they understand why so many viruses seem able to exist in widely varying ecosystems on Earth.<p>There are an enormous number of viruses that get sucked up into the outer atmosphere and then fall out of the sky and scatter across the globe, according to new research published in …

Millennial Study Reveals a Widespread Driver of This Generation’s Illnesses

Isolation should not be taken lightly.<p>The harmful effects of loneliness are well documented in seniors, who suffer from isolation and an increased …

Probiotics and Vaginal Fungus

Approximately 75 percent of women experience at least 1 vaginal infection caused by fungi, according to a November 2017 <i>Cochrane Database of</i> …

Madagascar officials discover 10,000 stolen tortoises crawling in home after reports of 'rancid' stench

The smell was overwhelming as Madagascar police and wildlife officials pulled up to a two-story home in Toliara earlier this month. But the inside of the house was even worse — it was there they found thousands of endangered tortoises crawling in every room of the house.<p>“You cannot imagine. It was …

Why Did NASA Just Send a Load of Sperm Into Orbit?

When a SpaceX supply mission recently visited the International Space Station, its 5,800 pounds (2,631 kilograms) of cargo included equipment for …