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The science of why human breasts are so big

Breasts come in different shapes and sizes. But there's one thing they all have in common. They are unique to humans. More than 5,000 mammalian species inhabit this planet. Yet, Homo sapiens are the only life forms with permanent breasts. Some may call this human anomaly sexy. But it also begs the …

Evolution

Google introduces ad blocker to Chrome: here's how it will work

Google has begun blocking obtrusive adverts by default in its Chrome browser leaving the tech giant, which makes most of its revenue from advertising, in control of the kind of ads users can see.<p>Starting on 15 February, Google will use a default ad blocker in its Chrome browser aimed at stopping …

Digital Advertising

Graphene film makes dirty water drinkable in a single step

Every year, millions of people around the world die from drinking unclean water. Now, researchers have developed a process that can purify water, no matter how dirty it is, in a single step. Scientists from Australian research organization CSIRO have created a filtration technique using a graphene …

Environmentally Friendly

Florida gunman had extra ammo at school, fired for 3 minutes

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The teenager accused of using a semi-automatic rifle to kill 17 people at a Florida high school confessed to carrying out one of the nation's deadliest school shootings and carried extra ammunition in his backpack, according to a sheriff's department report released …

Smith & Wesson

Daily Design Inspiration

Part of the Daily Design Inspiration series that started it all on Abduzeedo. This is where you'll find the most interesting things/finds/work …

Graphic Design

Beautiful Minimalist Brand Identity for estúdio arco

I am a fan of simplicity in design. Nothing beats the black and white when it comes to brand identity. I feel that if you can make something work …

Graphic Design

Moya Power tests sheeting material to harvest wind power from London's Crossrail

We can harness the power of wind in a field or on the ocean, but what about in drafty train tunnels? 27-year-old Charlotte Slingsby’s startup Moya …

Renewable Energy

Ocean Cleanup Project launches San Francisco base in Pacific trash-busting bid

The Ocean Cleanup Project seeks to dismantle the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, guided by an ambitious design concept and the development of new …

Pollution

Platio unveils next-gen solar sidewalk that can charge electric vehicles

The sidewalks of the future could be paved with solar panels – and the clean energy they generate could power electric cars. Hungarian startup Platio …

Nextgen

A Solar Storm Is Approaching Earth

A moderate solar flare early this week has generated charged particles that will light up the atmosphere — and could impact power grids and …

Astronomy

Surprise Discovery Shows We Have Been Totally Wrong About The Size of Andromeda Galaxy

Whaaaat?<p>A new technique for measuring the mass of galaxies has been applied to our closest galactic neighbour - and it has found that the Andromeda …

Astrophysics

'Time-traveller from 2030' PASSES lie detector test over whether his future predictions are true

A man who claims he is from the year 2030 - and has revealed a number of predictions for the future - has undergone a lie detector test and …

Frankfurt Motor Show

‘Made in the U.S.A.’ Turbines Complicate U.S. Offshore Wind Plan

With state officials eyeing $56 billion of wind farm projects off the American coastline, developers are worried the turbines will need to be stamped …

Renewable Energy

How far can a plane fly if both its engines fail?

In 2001 a plane carrying 293 passengers and 13 crew lost power in both its engines over the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.<p>Unbeknown to the pilots of Air Transat Flight 236, the aircraft bound for Lisbon had been leaking fuel ever since it left Toronto six hours earlier. Having lost the first of two …

Airplanes

See a single atom in this magnificent photograph

See the tiny dot in the center of the photo above? That's a single strontium atom, visible to the naked eye. University of Oxford quantum physicist …

Quantum Mechanics

Mysterious UFO ‘object’ spotted near Area 51 on Google Maps

A strange and unidentified object has been spotted outside a military base near Area 51.<p>Pictures of the weird object were first posted to Twitter by …

Paranormal

Concussions Can Be Detected With New Blood Test Approved by F.D.A.

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved a long-awaited blood test to detect concussions in people and more quickly identify those with possible brain injuries.<p>The test, called the Banyan Brain Trauma Indicator, is also expected to reduce the number of people exposed to radiation …

Medicine

Don’t use Huawei phones, say heads of FBI, CIA, and NSA

The US intelligence community is still worried about Chinese tech giants’ government ties<p>The heads of six major US intelligence agencies have warned that American citizens shouldn’t use products and services made by Chinese tech giants Huawei and ZTE. According to a report from <i>CNBC</i>, the …

Huawei

Parasitic Worms Found in a Woman's Eye—First Case of Its Kind

An Oregon woman’s infection marks the first time on record that an eye worm species normally found in cattle has been seen in humans.<p>Abby Beckley was salmon fishing in Alaska when she felt <i>something</i> in her left eye.<p>“It felt like when an eyelash is poking you,” she says. But try as she might, the …

Fishing

Supersonic Air Travel Is the ‘Next Big Thing,' Richard Branson Says

Supersonic jetliner travel, which ended more than a decade ago with the Concorde, will make a comeback and transform the aviation industry in coming …

Aerospace

With 'Elegant' Cockroaches as Models, Scientists Build Robots That Crash and Keep Climbing

If you could run head first into a wall and keep on going, you'd do it too.<p>Cockroaches are among nature's ultimate survivors. While they're often considered unwanted pests, scientists at the UC Berkeley and Harvard see them as natural models to learn from. Robotics researchers copied one of the …

Robotics

Alien A.I. Text Messages are the Ultimate Pandora's Box, Say Scientists

What if first contact with extraterrestrial life isn’t a UFO landing in the middle of Central Park, but rather just a message sent across the stars? …

Artificial Intelligence

Girl power: life's going swimmingly for all-female fish species

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An all-female freshwater fish species called the Amazon molly that inhabits rivers and creeks along the Texas-Mexico border is living proof that sexual reproduction may be vastly over-rated.<p>Scientists said on Monday they have deciphered the genome of the Amazon molly, one of …

Biology

Peru Moves to Protect ‘One of the Last Great Intact Forests’

The remote rain forests in Peru’s northeast corner are vast — so vast that the clouds that form above them can influence rainfall in the western United States. The region contains species, especially unusual fish, that are unlike any found elsewhere on Earth. Scientists studying the area’s fauna …

Conservation

Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster won't hit Earth anytime soon

Even though it doesn't obey any earthly speed limit and has a space-suited mannequin for a driver, Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster won't drive up his …

Tesla

A Potentially Powerful New Antibiotic Is Discovered in Dirt

The world is facing an epidemic of infections that no longer respond well to the drugs used to treat them—also known as super bugs. In the United …

Medicine

The "father of artificial intelligence" says singularity is 30 years away

You’ve probably been told that the singularity is coming. It is that long-awaited point in time — likely, a point in our very near future — when …

Singularity

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Mission for Air Force Targets June Launch

SpaceX fans still flying high from last week’s Falcon Heavy rocket launch may want to mark their calendars for June.<p>The U.S. Air Force is targeting …

Space Travel

SpaceX Is Launching Its First Internet Satellites This Week

A launch this Saturday will put two test satellites into orbit.<p>Back in 2015, SpaceX announced one of its more ambitious proposals: a constellation of satellites in orbit around the Earth, providing internet access to everyone and everywhere. Their plan involved launching over 4,000 such satellites, …

Space Exploration

Seafloor Exposed by Massive Antarctic Iceberg Is About to Get First Visitors

The iceberg that broke away from the Larsen C ice shelf last summer opened up access to an ecosystem that hadn’t seen the light of day in up to …

Global Warming