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Space Exploration

Scientists can trace your ancestors to within 30 miles using DNA

You might know where your forebears lived a few generations prior, but how about the exact village they came from -- <i>1,000 years</i> ago? Thanks to DNA sequencing, it's now possible to find that out in many cases according to researchers from the University of Sheffield in the UK. The aptly-named GPS or …

We may already know how we will cure death—but should we?

A pair of advocates—they do legitimate research too, but their ardor is so intense, it’s hard to call them scientists—believe that they will, within their lifetimes, make ours the first generation of humans to live forever.<p>Their quest is elegantly laid out in <i>The Immortalists</i>, a new documentary …

Peter Thiel

Can women get sex whenever they want?

In a guest post, Girl on the Net ponders the supposed inequality of sexual opportunity. A man walks into a bar and offers sex to anyone who's interested and is laughed out of the room. A woman walks into a bar and does the same and she's inundated with horny suitors. Is this really how it …

Are diverse, cohesive neighborhoods just myths? - Futurity

It's impossible to create neighborhoods that are both integrated and socially cohesive, according to new research with computer modeling.

The friends you keep can predict your risk of gun violence - Futurity

A person’s social network is a better predictor than race, age, gender, poverty, or gang affiliation of whether they will become a victim of gun …

The Three Biggest Aviation Advances From This Year

How RFID tags, carbon-fiber airframes, and battery sensors will change the course of flight.<p>RFID Tags<p>A regular addition to cellphones and bank cards, radio frequency identification (RFID) tags are creeping into airplane cabins. With tags in life vests, seats, medical kits, and other frequently …

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Thanks to the “mancession,” metrosexuals have become “manfluencers™”

They called it the “Great Mancession.” As the post-2008 economic decline put more men out of work than women in the US, marketers began to notice a trend: Men in opposite-sex couples were taking over what had traditionally been women’s roles. In focus group after focus group, Julie Murphy, an …

San Francisco

It's Back To The Future For E-Cigarette Ads, At Least For Now

E-cigarettes are a booming business among smokers who want to light up indoors and smokers who want to quit. And, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last month, use is also growing among children.<p>And right now, e-cigarette-makers have a tremendous amount of latitude in the …

Scientists discover DNA body clock

Newly discovered mechanism could help researchers understand ageing process and lead to ways of slowing it down<p>A US scientist has discovered an internal body clock based on DNA that measures the biological age of our tissues and organs.<p>The clock shows that while many healthy tissues age at the same …

Nicotine patches work best for 'fast metabolizers' - Futurity

The same gene that controls how quickly smokers process nicotine also predicts how those who …

Furloughed Workers Binged On Netflix During Government Shutdown, Report Suggests

Netflix might want the government to shut down a lot more often.<p>Washington, D.C., saw a spike in weekday Netflix traffic during the more than two-week government shutdown, according to a report prepared for The Huffington Post by Procera Networks, a company that monitors web activity. According to …

Titanic violin fetches £900,000 record price

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/uk/1020000/1020724_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1522195373_04999fae5b07d4de378f7632006f082c<p><b>The violin that was apparently played to calm passengers on the Titanic as it sank was sold for £900,000 in just 10 minutes at auction in Wiltshire.</b><p>It …

Fine Art

America’s highest earners work at least 60 hours a week—more than anyone else in the world

<i>This item has been corrected.</i><p>Do Americans—and many Europeans working in American-dominated fields such as investment bank, consulting and ventures—work too hard?<p>Economic data show that in 1950, Americans worked around 1,900 hours per year. That’s now down to 1,700. But the French, who used to work …

Die Hard

Extra bites for mom could mean future fat for baby: study - TODAY.com

Today<p>Expectant moms often justify an extra slice of cheesecake or late night pizza by saying they’re eating for two. But they might want to temper those indulgences. A new study published Tuesday in <i>PLoS Medicine</i>, says pregnant women who gain excessive amounts of weight contribute to their children …

Pregnancy

3Doodler 3D printing pen starts shipping to Kickstarter backers, retail models arriving in early 2014

It's not news <i>every</i> time a Kickstarter product starts shipping to backers, but in the case of 3Doodler, it's worth a mention. At last count, the startup had raised $2.3 million to fund its 3D printing pen, and with a cost of $99 per device, well, you do the math: that's a lot of people waiting for …

How Our Stone Age Bodies Struggle To Stay Healthy In Modern Times

If you got sick, you probably wouldn't go to an evolutionary biologist to get treated. But Daniel Lieberman, professor of evolutionary biology at Harvard University, says that his field can help you understand why you got sick, and make you more aware of healthy and harmful behaviors.<p>He joins <i>Fresh</i> …

This Magic Projection Box Will Melt Your Brain

It can float, combine with other boxes, and make you lose all faith in the rules of physics.<p>San Francisco design studio Bot & Dolly created this demonstration of<p>what is almost certainly sorcerya projection mapping system. The project's simply called "Box," and without ruining too much, the studio …

First mind-controlled bionic leg a 'groundbreaking' advance

After losing his lower right leg in a motorcycle accident four-and-a-half years ago, 32-year-old Zac Vawter has been fitted with an artificial limb that uses neurosignals from his upper leg muscles to control the prosthetic knee and ankle. The motorized limb is the first thought-controlled bionic …

U.S. Army

Entrepreneurs Were More Likely To Cause Trouble As Teens, Study Says

"Disrupting" norms is profitable when you're a 35-year-old tech maven. When you're 16, it just makes you a delinquent.<p>In many respects, we view entrepreneurs as successful, self-made men and women. We value their innovation and charitable endeavors. Yet we also associate plenty of negative …

Study Shows Millennials Are More Forgetful Than Seniors

Historically, studies have equated forgetfulness with old age. Indeed, when someone misplaces something like their car keys, people generally refer to it as a "senior moment." But a new survey tells a different story.<p>A Trending Machine national poll finds that millennials aged 18 to 34 are, in …

Evolution Punishes Selfish People, Game Theory Study Says

How long can you get ahead by screwing other people over?<p>Contrary to our Darwinian inclinations, evolution may not be as dog-eat-dog of a world as we thought it was. The selfish can survive for a while, but according to new game theory research, long-term survival requires cooperation.<p>Game …

Worms' Bright Blue Death Could Shed Light On Human Aging

Last year, researchers at University College London's Institute of Healthy Ageing were looking through their microscopes when they saw something amazing.<p>David Gems, professor of biogerentology, was part of the team looking for answers to big questions about human aging in small, squishy little …

Pentagon Papers Leaker Daniel Ellsberg Praises Snowden, Manning

Daniel Ellsberg, the military analyst who in 1971 leaked the top-secret Pentagon Papers detailing the history of U.S. policy in Vietnam, tells NPR's <i>Weekend Edition Saturday</i> that unlike Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden, he "did it the wrong way" by trying first to go through proper channels — a …