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Cut out alcohol and bacon to slash cancer risk, say researchers

Cut out alcohol and bacon entirely to slash the risk of cancer, a new global blueprint on preventing the disease says.<p>Its authors said all sugary drinks should also be shunned, advising people to “stick to water” as part of efforts to cut their risk by up to 40 per cent.<p>The 10-point plan, issued by …

Cancer

The war on gluten

The patients weren't crazy—Knut Lundin was sure of that. But their ailment was a mystery. They were convinced gluten was making them sick. Yet they …

University of Chicago

NASA's 'Impossible' Space Engine Tested—Here Are the Results

The first independent tests of the EmDrive suggest there's a mundane explanation for the wildly controversial device.<p>Spaceflight is hard. Blasting heavy cargo, spacecraft, and maybe people to respectable speeds over interplanetary distances (not to mention the luxury of stopping at destinations) …

Auctions

Breakthrough solar panel can harvest power from raindrops — day or night

In another advance, Chinese deploy two-sided solar panels to boost efficiency.<p>In a truly remarkable feat of innovation, scientists have figured out …

Clean Energy

The next big discovery in astronomy? Scientists probably found it years ago — but they don’t know it

<b>(Shutterstock)</b><p>Earlier this year, astronomers found that thousands of black holes likely exist near the center of our galaxy<p>Eileen Meyer<p>May 18, 2018 11:30pm (UTC)<p><i>This article was originally published on The Conversation.</i><p>Earlier this year, astronomers stumbled upon a fascinating finding: Thousands of …

Universe

Does Anyone Know What These Knobbly Orbs Are For?

No one can figure out these Neolithic artifacts. We want your best guesses.<p>On first glance, these intricately carved knobbly orbs might appear to be …

Archaeology

This 'metastasis-blocking' compound may stop the spread of cancer

Using a new approach, scientists have located a compound that stops the spread of breast, pancreatic, and prostate cancers in mice.<p>The compound — …

Cancer

Octopuses are not aliens, but boy are they a bunch of beautiful weirdos

A new paper raises an old, contentious idea.<p>We have to stop taking away Mother Nature’s achievements. Every time a creature is quirky or bizarre people say that it <i>must</i> be an alien, when the reality is that evolution is capable of creating some of the strangest, creepiest organisms you could ever …

Biology

Octopuses are officially the weirdest animals on Earth

Octopuses have blue blood, can change colors, and regrow their tentacles. But what really makes them stand out is even weirder: they can edit their own RNA. Following is a transcript of the video.<p>Octopuses are the weirdest animal on earth. I know what you're thinking... Is it because they have …

Biology

Hubble's Latest Batch of Space Porn Is Some of the Best We've Ever Seen

Space is mind-bogglingly vast, and it’s practically impossible for our puny brains to comprehend just how huge it really is. Using the Hubble Space …

Universe

Shocking detection in deep space is the ‘holy grail’ for cosmologists

The most powerful space telescopes on Earth have discovered traces of a common gas incredibly far into deep space, and that changes what we know …

Universe

NASA Satellites Detect Seriously Weird Changes in Earth's Freshwater

A fascinating new study from NASA reveals how the amount of freshwater in certain regions changed over the years due to various factors, including …

Water

Asteroid to whiz by Earth at closest distance in centuries

A gigantic asteroid is expected to fly by earth at 28,655 miles per hour on Tuesday — but will probably miss.<p>Asteroid “2010 WC9” will zoom past the …

Astronomy

Jupiter's Swirling Clouds Are Mesmerizing in These Views from Juno

Mesmerizing new views from NASA's Juno spacecraft capture a colorful mosaic of swirling clouds in Jupiter's atmosphere.<p>The JunoCam instrument on …

Astronomy

Hubble Trouble: A Crisis in Cosmology?

However, the problem could be much more mundane. "Though it’s not a very exciting hypothesis, one of the main ones is that there’s systematic …

Universe

Wild Baby Elephant Insists On Watching Over Injured Friend While Vets Treat Him

“He showed concern and protectiveness ... we feel sure he knew help was on hand.”<p>This wild baby elephant refused to leave his injured friend’s side — …

Animals

NASA built and tested a 'truly astounding' nuclear reactor that may help astronauts travel longer, farther, and faster in space

While nuclear power plants across America are shutting down, NASA is perfecting a new type of fission reactor.<p>The device, called Kilopower, could enable unprecedented exploration of the moon, Mars, and elsewhere in the solar system. Researchers announced on Wednesday that a prototype has …

Space Exploration

The universe is out of balance and nobody knows why

<b>(CNN) —</b> It seems like everywhere we look, the universe is balanced. Life and death. Yin and Yang. Jedi knights and Sith lords. But it's not true of the universe as a whole.<p>On the surface, that might not be obvious, but it has been obvious to scientists for nearly a century now. And a recent …

Physics

'We're doomed': Mayer Hillman on the climate reality no one else will dare mention

“We’re doomed,” says Mayer Hillman with such a beaming smile that it takes a moment for the words to sink in. “The outcome is death, and it’s the end of most life on the planet because we’re so dependent on the burning of fossil fuels. There are no means of reversing the process which is melting …

Climate Change

Anxiety Relief Without The High? New Studies On CBD, A Cannabis Extract

As more states legalize marijuana, there's growing interest in a cannabis extract — cannabidiol, also known as CBD.<p>It's marketed as a compound that can help relieve anxiety — and, perhaps, help ease aches and pains, too.<p>Part of the appeal, at least for people who don't want to get high, is that CBD …

Cannabis

Astronomers Witness a Galactic "Megamerger" from the Beginning of the Universe

It’s easy to take our quiet cosmic neighborhood for granted. Sure, an asteroid might graze past Earth every now and then, but the sheer chaos seen in …

Universe

A Huge Gathering of Octopuses Has Been Found at Record Depths, And They Don't Look Well

This is how horror movies start.<p>Off the coast of Costa Rica, about 3 kilometres (roughly 2 miles) beneath the ocean's surface, there is a literal …

Zoology

Promising cancer drug aces human clinical trials

A new cancer drug known as BLU-667 has moved through phase I human trials, and the results are promising. Taken orally, the drug targets what are …

This battery advance could make electric vehicles far cheaper - MIT Technology Review

For the last seven years, a startup based in Alameda, California, has quietly worked on a novel anode material that promises to significantly boost …

Clean Energy

What’s filming in Atlanta now? Instant Family, The Bobby Brown Story, Goosebumps 2, plus how to get Pinewood Studios to fund your movie

Keep an eye out for Mark Wahlberg, Octavia Spencer, Jack Black, Chris Parnell, and Ken Jeong in town<p>Spring has arrived in Atlanta, and yellow-green …

Marijuana linked to 'unbearable' sickness across US as use grows following legalisation

By the time Thomas Hodorowski made the connection between his marijuana habit and the bouts of pain and vomiting that left him incapacitated every …

This Volcano Erupted For 5 Years Straight, And The Photos Are Mesmerising

You're looking at a very rare type of lava fountain.<p>On 24 May 1969, a deep rumbling started within Kīlauea, the largest of the volcanoes comprising …

New diabetes drug may help people with obesity lose weight

CHICAGO--A compound that mimics a naturally occurring hormone that regulates appetite may help people who have obesity but not diabetes to lose …

Coffee Fights Disease and Extends Your Life, Especially If You Drink It This Way

Coffee is the ultimate super-food, especially if you know the right way to drink it.<p>As I explained last month, a meta-analysis of 127 studies revealed that drinking two to four 8 ounce cups of coffee each day results in enormous health benefits. The consensus of these studies is that coffee:<p>Reduces …

Why tea tree and lavender oils may cause 'man boobs'

Tea tree and lavender oil found in soaps, shampoos and hair gels may be causing men to grow breasts, new research has warned.<p>Petri dish analysis revealed that some of the chemicals widely used in the essential oils promoted the female hormone oestrogen, while holding back testosterone.<p>Previously …