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The wildest scientific discoveries of 2017

2017 was a year of discovery: NASA started using reusable rockets, patients started treating cancer using only their own cells, and scientists discovered the Earth's lost eighth continent.<p>Here are some of the wildest, coolest, most promising science finds of the year.

Nature Communications

The Trump Administration Has Reportedly Banned the CDC From Using Words Such as 'Transgender' and 'Fetus' [Update]

In its signature<p>dictatorship[REDACTED]authoritarian preference of democratic governing style, the Trump administration has reportedly banned the …

Trump Administration

5 better, healthier bowls of ramen to make tonight

Ramen is quickly becoming one of America's favorite comfort foods, and probably even one of yours. But before you give yourself a healthy pat on the back for trading in your economy-sized box of instant ramen noodles for the real deal, consider this: Those steaming, delicious bowls of fresh …

There's a Reason Time Seems to Speed Up as You Age - But It's Possible to Slow It Down

Stop the ride, we want to get off.<p>Ask an older person to recall their most vivid memories, and there's a good chance that many of them will come from …

San Francisco

Science Says This Playlist is a Must-Listen While Tripping on Mushrooms

If you’ve been filling your psychedelics playlist with stoner EDM or ‘70s rock, you are probably depriving yourself of a better trip.<p>While the health …

We May Have Underestimated Just How Bad It Is to Be Overweight

This could explain a lot.<p>Unhealthy food, and the way it helps to fuel obesity, has been called the number one cause of poor health in America, but …

New Semi-Synthetic Organism Can Make Molecules We've Never Seen Before

We have expanded the DNA.<p>Scientists have expanded the building blocks of DNA to create a stable semi-synthetic organism that can produce biological …

LHC Measurements Hint at Entirely New Physics Just Outside Our Reach

More tests are needed, though.<p>During the mid- to late-twentieth century, quantum physicists picked apart the unified theory of physics that …

People Are More Divided Than Ever Before, And Researchers Think They Know Why

Here's what's driving our polarization.

From an evolutionary perspective, does it make any sense to be nice?

Solving Darwin’s puzzle of kindness.<p>World Kindness Day is a global 24-hour celebration dedicated to paying-it-forward and focusing on the good. We are encouraged to perform acts of kindness such as giving blood, cleaning a communal microwave at work, or volunteering at a nursing home.<p>Of course, …

Psychology

What Drives Religious Belief? It's Not Intuition

Is religious belief driven by the heart or the head — that is, is it intuition or reason that explains why people believe in god or gods? The answer …

How an Archer’s Body Changes After a Lifetime of Firing Bows

There comes a time in every novice archer’s practice when their bodies start to change. But rather than grow elf ears and a disdain for grumpy …

Putin vows to retaliate for US actions against Russian media

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin is promising that Russia will retaliate for what he calls attacks on Russian media in the United …

Russia

All 73 of Netflix's notable original shows, ranked from worst to best

With popular shows like "Stranger Things" and "American Vandal," Netflix has hit the mark with both critics and audiences.<p>But the service has also had its share of critical flops, including the Marvel series "Iron Fist" and the Kathy Bates-led sitcom "Disjointed."<p>To figure out which Netflix …

Entertainment

Scientists think they've discovered a fourth type of fuel for humans — beyond carbs, fat, and protein

The nutrition label on a shot-size bottle of this clear, odorless liquid defies traditional explanation. It contains 120 calories — roughly the equivalent of a hearty slice of bread — yet it has no fat, no protein, and no carbohydrates.<p>Those calories instead come from ketones, an ingredient that …

Nutrition

Snapchat's biggest redesign ever is planned for December 4 — here's how it will work

The biggest redesign in Snapchat's history is planned to debut on Monday, December 4, Business Insider has learned.<p>With the company seeking to kick-start stagnant user growth, CEO Evan Spiegel on Tuesday publicly said the app would be redesigned to make it "easier to use" but didn't specify when …

Social Media

Researchers discover aluminum foil actually does improve your wireless speed

Researchers at Dartmouth University have found that a 3D printed shape covered in aluminum foil can improve wireless range and increase Wi-Fi security. The project, which appeared on Eurekalert, involves placing a reflector on and around a Wi-Fi router’s antennae to shape the beam, increasing range …

Science may have just answered the question of how life began

Research into the conditions under which life originally formed has given scientists a lot of tantalizing clues in recent years, but a new discovery …

These Simple, Science-Backed Exercises You Can Do at Home Have Huge Health Benefits

No need for gym!<p>Most of us probably know exercising is associated with a smaller risk of premature death, but a new study has found that doesn't have …

How to keep the passion alive in your relationship, according to a relationship scientist

Eli J. Finkel, a professor at Northwestern University and the author of "The All-or-Nothing Marriage," explains how to maintain fiery passion in a relationship. Following is a transcript of the video.<p><b>Eli Finkel:</b> I'm Eli Finkel. I am a professor at Northwestern University in the psychology …

Northwestern University

The most underrated foods — according to Anthony Bourdain and Danny Bowien

We sat down with Anthony Bourdain of "Parts Unknown" and Danny Bowien of Mission Chinese to discuss Bourdain's new film, "Wasted!" and the ever-changing food landscape. Here, they discuss some of their favorite underrated foods that you should be on the lookout for. Following is a transcript of the …

Food

Scientists Have Mathematical Proof That It's Impossible to Stop Ageing

We're sorry.<p>Just in case you were banking on science coming up with a way to let you hold onto your youthful looks forever, we have some …

Here's how eating sugar affects your body and brain

In the late 1960s, a food industry group called the Sugar Research Foundation paid three Harvard researchers $6,500 (about $50,000 today) to discount research that increasingly showed links between sugar and heart disease and to point the blame at fat instead, according to an analysis of historical …

Diabetes

Sony just announced a new Aibo robot dog

As rumored, AIBO is back. After more than a decade away, Sony has decided to resurrect its iconic robot pet brand with a brand new model simply called “Aibo” (model number ERS-1000).<p>Sony claims the new Aibo “can form an emotional bond with members of the household while providing them with love, …

Batteries

Penguin Random House Says "Demand" For Its Is E-Books Declining

Shortly before the Association of American Publishers announced a decline in e-book revenues for the first six months of 2017, Pearson published its January through September financial report , which includes commentary on the current fiscal health of Penguin Random House (Pearson currently holds a …

Books

Climate Change Already Hurting Our Health and Economy, Report Warns

Climate change is already killing people, hurting their health, worsening air pollution and helping the spread of infectious diseases, a global team of researchers said Monday.<p>Environmental disruptions are also affecting economies and costing hundreds of billions of dollars a year, mostly because …

5 little-known things that are just as deadly as smoking, according to science

The rate of American adults who smoke has declined from 42% in 1965 to 15% in 2015.<p>However, there are a number of risk factors taking its place, many of which stem from people's growing preference for sedentary, isolated lifestyles.<p>As smoking makes its exit in the US, here are the risk factors …

Smoking

Here's what losing weight does to your body and brain

<i>This video was originally published on October 29, 2017.</i><p><i>Special thanks to John Gunstad, professor with the Department of Psychological Sciences at Kent State University, for speaking with us about his cutting-edge research on how losing weight affects brain function. Following is a transcript of</i> …

Kent State

Saudi Arabia grants citizenship to robot Sophia

Saudi Arabia claims to be the first country to have granted citizenship to a robot. But the decision has garnered mockery from social media users as …

Woody Harrelson’s Dinner With Donald Trump Was So Brutal That He Busted Out Weed

Herbal refreshments might not be on the table for Woody Harrelson anymore, but that doesn’t mean his memory is hazy when it comes to recalling …

Donald Trump