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Smoking Doesn’t Kill Them: The Strange Science of the Longevity Gene

Why do some cigarette smokers live to old age while others die young? Scientists are getting closer to an answer.<p>It’s a well-established fact that …

Galaxy studies show that the universe is slowly dying

Not to bum you out, but many scientists believe that the universe will eventually die -- stars and even black holes will release energy until there's virtually nothing left. And unfortunately, there's now stronger evidence that this inexorable decline is real. Scientists using radio telescopes have …

New NASA grant explores turning human poop into astronaut meals

With its interest in manned missions to the Moon and Mars, NASA is looking for renewable ways to feed its astronauts for the long haul. So the space …

Cook Once, Eat for the Week

Make five nights of new dinners with $28

Best of 2014: Five mind boggling theories about the universe and parallel worlds

<b>1. Is the universe a 2D hologram?</b><p>The US Department of Energy launched an experiment to find this out earlier this year using its "Holometer". …

Possible alternative explanation for dark energy

Dark energy is an unknown form of energy that is proposed to drive the accelerated expansion of the universe. A new study by University of Georgia …

Physics

It found the God particle... now a souped-up version of the Large Hadron Collider aims to solve some of the even deeper mysteries of the universe

• The world's biggest particle collider is located near Geneva, Switzerland<br>• It has been undergoing a two-year refit at a cost of £97 million<br>• It was shut …

Successful Engine Test Enables SpaceX Falcon 9 Soar to Space Station in Jan. 2015

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – To ensure the highest possibility of success for the launch of a critical resupply mission to the International Space …

Space Exploration

10 Ways to Make Girl On Top Even Hotter

Saddle up for a very good time.<p>If we had to crown the MVP (most valuable position) of sex, it'd be girl on top. You may have a different opinion, but this move puts you in the driver's seat and lets you take control of your orgasm. So what if we told you there was a way—10 in fact!—to intensify …

Bio-Electric-Solar Hybrid Triplane Seeks Backers

Borrowing from aviation’s golden age for our eco-friendly present<p>If completed, the crowdfunded BEHA plane will pair two battery-powered electric turbines with solar panels, wind turbines, and a separate biodiesel engine, to fly through the sky with as small an environmental footprint as possible. …

Astronomers and citizen scientists discover a strange galaxy

J1649+2635 is one of only four galaxies known to have both spiral arms and jets of subatomic particles propelled outward from its core at nearly …

Universe

A Drug Might Heal Spinal Injuries By Sparking Nerve Growth

A scientist who chose to ignore the mainstream nearly 30 years ago has found a new way to regenerate nerves in the spinal cord, at least in animals. A drug that Jerry Silver, a professor of neuroscience at Case Western Reserve University, helped design a drug that has allowed paralyzed rats to …

Astronomers solve mystery of the universe’s missing stars

There are not enough stars in the universe and now astronomers think they know why.<p>Using the Hubble space telescope, they have discovered a distant galaxy in which star formation is itself driving the raw materials for more stars out into space at two million miles per hour – and in the process …

Scientists create lab-grown spinal cords

Photograph: RIKEN CDB<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2014/11/26/1417001524832/97ca2784-409e-4ef2-a284-5e7bd4a3cc0f-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: RIKEN …

Oldest engraving rewrites view of human history

Anthropologists on Wednesday said they had found the earliest engraving in human history on a fossilised mollusc shell some 500,000 years old, …

Why Time Can't Go Backward: Physicists Explain

“<i>Time is what keeps everything from happening at once,</i>” wrote Ray Cummings in his 1922 science fiction novel “The Girl in the Golden Atom,” which …

Rare and wonderful full-circle rainbow

In theory, any rainbow can be a full circle, but – from Earth’s surface – we typically see only the top part of a rainbow.<p>Colin Leonhardt kindly gave …

Astronomy

Popular Science’s coolest innovation items of 2014

<b>NEW YORK (PIX11)--</b> Every December for the past 27 years, the editors of Popular Science have sought out the products and technologies poised to …

NASA Stumbles Upon A Dead Star That's 10 Million Times Brighter Than The Sun

Think our sun is bright? NASA says its NuSTAR space-based X-ray telescope has detected a dead star that pumps out as much energy as 10 million suns.<p>"You might think of this pulsar as the 'Mighty Mouse' of stellar remnants," Dr. Fiona A. Harrison, professor of physics and astronomy at the California …

There’s Actually A Scientific Reason You Sometimes Want To Eat Your Baby (or Puppy)

It's called cute aggression and the struggle is real.<p>This phenomenon has a name, and apparently, a sociological purpose. Commonly known as cute aggression, "dimorphous expressions" can be a helpful tool in controlling our emotions, according to findings by psychological scientists at Yale …

Aspirin a day does more harm than good for middle-aged women, say scientists

Aspirin can trigger stomach bleeding in women under 65, researchers warn<p>The benefits for women of taking a daily dose of aspirin to stave off serious illness, such as cancer and heart disease, are outweighed by the risks, scientists have concluded.<p>Previous studies have suggested that 6,000 lives …

A glass sub to probe the ocean depths

How do you build a submarine that can withstand the enormous pressure found at the ocean’s deepest depths? Explorer Sylvia Earle thinks the answer might be simple – build it from glass.<p>When Sylvia Earle travels many miles below sea level, to the depths of the Marianas Trench, she wants a good view …

The mind-bending effects of feeling two hearts

When a man was fitted with a new heart, his mind changed in unusual ways. Why? The answer reveals a surprising truth about all our bodies, says David Robson.<p>Every second or so, Carlos would feel a small “bump” hitting his tummy. It was the beating of his “second heart”.<p>The small mechanical pump was …

Psychology

The UK pornography law: a scientific perspective | Dean Burnett

Photograph: Dimitar Todorov/Alamy<p>Some find skinny guys dressed in black very sexy, but surely there are limits.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2014/12/4/1417726463019/132cc934-d23e-4b9d-b450-3634efdb2a57-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Dimitar Todorov/Alamy<p>Some find skinny …

How did Orion withstand temperatures twice the melting point of steel?

"There is a lot at stake for this flight test because we really need this data to refine our design and to know how the parts of Orion perform together," White says. "We have our models and our simulations, and while we do the best that we can, there could be parts that we missed or didn’t know …

Five reasons why Tesla’s stock is down

Electric car company Tesla Motors has seen its stock drop pretty significantly over the last three months. From a high of more than $291 on September …

Shocking discovery: Electric eels can 'remote control' their prey

Don't mess with an electric eel. Turns out these animals are neural puppetmasters, using electricity as the strings to manipulate their prey. While the serpentine creatures regularly use their zapping powers to temporarily paralyze unlucky fish, they can also send out a shock that will cause hidden …

Video: We are dead stars

Every atom in our bodies was processed in the body of an ancient star.<p>Eleanor Imster has helped write and edit EarthSky since 1995. She was an …

Coming Soon To A Filling Station Near You: $1.99 Gasoline

The photo above isn't from the archives. It was taken this week in Oklahoma City, where the price of regular gas has fallen under $2 a gallon. The last time that happened anywhere in the U.S. was in July 2010.<p>The OnCue filling station is the first in the country to drop its price below the …