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Farthest-Ever Confirmed Galaxy Offers Glimpse Of Early Universe

Astronomers have found and confirmed the distance of a galaxy that's so far away, it shows us light from just 700 million years after the Big Bang.<p>The farther away something is in space, the longer its light takes to reach Earth and Earth-orbiting space telescopes… which means super-far galaxies …

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No Year After 2047 Will Be As Cool As Now

What will you be doing then? I'll just be nearing retirement age.<p>By the time you're your parents' age, there's a good chance every new year will be hotter than any year you experienced before 2005. That's according to a new analysis of the top mathematical models that predict how the Earth will …

The Big Bang May Not Have Spawned The Universe After All

Our universe might actually be the result of the collapse of a four-dimensional star.<p>According to a new paper posted on Arxiv, the Big Bang may not have been what we think it is. In fact, there may have been no Big Bang at all--our universe may have come from an entirely different source.<p>The Big …

What Are The Most Lactose Intolerant Places In The World? [Infographic]

Whether you can digest milk comfortably after childhood is a genetic fluke. For many people, the ability to produce lactase--the enzyme that allows the body to break down lactase, the sugar in milk--disappears after childhood, when we no longer need to survive on our mother's milk.<p>Lactase …

Getting Heart Surgery? Wait For The Full Moon

Surgeries during a waning full moon have lower mortality rates and shorter hospital stays, according to a new study.<p>It sounds a bit like an old wives tale, but if you're in the market for a cardiac surgery, you may want to keep a watchful eye on the moon.<p>A recent study at Rhode Island Hospital …

How Do We Program Ourselves To Save Fuel?

Monitoring and controlling drivers' behavior could save billions of dollars in gas.<p>Last year, American car buyers named fuel economy the most important consideration when shopping for a car, outranking even quality and safety. The change coincides nicely with the flood of hybrid and high-efficiency …

The startling sense of smell found all over your body

Bemused biologists have found the machinery that helps us identify smells and tastes crops up everywhere – from our kidneys to sperm. After many years they think they might know why, as Veronique Greenwood reports.<p>Sometimes the results of science experiments are just too weird to believe. In 2005 …

What Does Space Smell Like?

Man, that comet really reeks<p>The final frontier smells a lot like a Nascar race—a bouquet of hot metal, diesel fumes and barbecue. The source? Dying stars, mostly.<p>The by-products of all this rampant combustion are smelly compounds called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. These molecules "seem to be …

The Surprising Origin Of Earth's Gold

New observations suggest your jewelry may have originated from colliding stars. Twinkle, twinkle!<p>Pirates have hunted it. Monarchs have exploited it. Jewelers have sold it. But where did gold come from?<p>Research by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) suggests that the Earth's supply …

The Odd Way Beavers Impact Climate Change

It's all in the dams.<p>When the industrious beaver scurries around being its toothy self, cutting down trees and blocking up waterways, it's not just altering the lay of the land; it's out there combating climate change, a few carbon emissions at a time.<p>When beavers build a dam, impeding the natural …

FYI: Will People Ever Evolve Out of Craving Unhealthy Food?

Maybe, but it's going to take a long time. For the past 200,000 years or so, fatty and sugary foods were hard for humans to come by and well worth gorging on. Fats help maintain body temperature, sugars provide energy, and craving such food is hardwired: Eating fats and sugars activates reward …

Environmentalism Must Not Be Exclusive To Succeed

In 2004, Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus wrote their now-famous scathing commentary, “The Death of Environmentalism,” which exposed the …

The teenage scientist revolutionising cancer detection

Pancreatic cancer 's high death rate is partly blamed on the difficulty of early detection. Teenage scientist Jack Andraka has come up with a cheap and simple way to test for it.<p><i>Over the next month, we’re celebrating technology and innovation in a new series called Bright Sparks. As part of the</i> …

Same-Sex Marriage Doesn't Affect Opposite-Sex Marriage Rates, Study Finds

Imagine that!<p>The data sets are in, and marriage equality isn't the harbinger of death for "traditional" marriage between men and women, according to a study from the School of Community Health at Portland State University published recently in PLOS ONE.<p>The study took the number of opposite-sex …

The Energy Fix: How Geography Drives Energy Development

The importance of global landscapes<p>Worldwide renewable energy production reached 66.83 quadrillion BTUs in 2010. The countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development—which keeps detailed records for its 34 members [see map]—produced 16.50 quadrillion BTUs that year. Which …

The mind-bending mysteries of multiple universes

There’s a vast amount of fun to be had with the possibilities that other universes exist, so how should we react to claims that some of these might be real?<p>Stand by for something fascinating about mitochondria. Or perhaps the strange properties of molybdenum? Or, better yet, why don’t we dive into …

In Ancient Ice, Clues That Scientists Are Underestimating Future Sea Levels

The cold, hard facts<p>The skies do strange things at the NEEM camp, a remote ice-drilling and research facility on the northern Greenland ice sheet. Midnight sunshine. Low clouds of sparkling ice crystals known as "diamond dust." But when rain fell instead of snow last summer, complete with a rainbow …

Inconsistency In The Big Bang Theory Resolved

Previous measurements of lithium isotopes in the galaxy may not have been entirely accurate. Woops!<p>A team of scientists working at the Keck Observatory in Hawaii has solved one of the vital inconsistencies in the Big Bang theory, reconciling observed data with our current theoretical models of how …

Взрослый "маугли": жизнь без слов

Затрудняюсь представить внутренний мир человека, который не знает ни одного языка и не подозревает, что языки существуют. Такой человек даже не …

This Lensless Camera Is Never Out Of Focus

It creates images using only a fraction of the data a normal camera would.<p>Researchers from Bell Labs in New Jersey have created a camera that operates without any lens, making it lighter, cheaper and immune to blurry, out-of-focus images.<p>The lensless camera relies on compressive sensing, a type of …

Why feeling more pain may be better for you

Psychology studies show painful experiences aren’t dictated by how long they go on for, and this could teach us an important lesson about everything from hospital operations to holidays, says Tom Stafford.<p>When is the best treatment for pain more pain? When you're taking part in an experiment …

Why everyone must understand science

Many people feel excluded by science, but philosopher AC Grayling says this makes us slaves to technology. The less we know the more likely we are to be manipulated by others.<p>Science is undoubtedly humanity’s greatest achievement, says AC Grayling, Master of the New College of the Humanities. …