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5 Plants That Can Help Purify Indoor Air, According to Science

<i>This article originally appeared on Health.com.</i><p>Want to clear the air in your home or workplace? Get some greens, says research presented today at the …

Move over Nessie: Real Scottish sea monster uncovered

A toothy, dolphin-like predator which prowled the oceans in the Jurassic era, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, has been uncovered in a Scottish …

Quantum mechanics technique allows for pushing past 'Rayleigh's curse'

(Phys.org)—A team of researchers with the National University of Singapore has found a way to get around what they describe as 'Rayleigh's curse'—a …

Quantum Physics

Nasa captures rare 'double eclipse' as the Earth and Moon cross the Sun

Nasa’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) caught a glimpse of a rare double eclipse when the Earth and Moon lined up this weekend, blocking its view of …

Scientists discover ‘sixth taste’ - and it could explain our love of pasta, potatoes and bread

The desire to delve into a whopping great bowl of pasta or devour a huge bag of crisps comes to many of us - and now scientists believe they have discovered a “sixth taste” which could be fuelling our carb cravings.<p>Until now, it was believed that humans could only detect five different primary …

Born gay or transgender: Little evidence to support innate trait

Contrary to Lady Gaga’s lyrics, a report finds scarce scientific evidence to conclude that gay and transgender people are “born that way.”<p>The …

Western diet increases Alzheimer's risk

Globally, about 42 million people now have dementia, with Alzheimer’s disease as the most common type of dementia. Rates of Alzheimer’s disease are …

Scientists discover a 'dark' Milky Way: Massive galaxy consists almost entirely of dark matter

Using the world's most powerful telescopes, an international team of astronomers has found a massive galaxy that consists almost entirely of dark …

Dark Matter

Scientists solve puzzle of converting gaseous carbon dioxide to fuel: Saving the planet from climate change with a grain of sand

Saving the planet from climate change with a grain of sand<p>Every year, humans advance climate change and global warming by injecting about 30 billion …

Weird Magnetic Bacteria Could Be Key in Targeting And Destroying Tumours

Magnets FTW.<p>Researchers have used bacteria that migrate towards magnetic fields to directly target tumours with cancer killing drugs.<p>Tumours can be …

Tumors

Scientists Find New Way To Convert Carbon Dioxide into Energy

Scientists have discovered a way to convert greenhouse gas emissions into a fuel in a single step using a light-driven bacterium, according to new …

Lyme bacteria swap ‘catch bonds’ to navigate blood vessels

To zip through the bloodstream and spread infection throughout the body, the bacteria that cause Lyme disease take a cue from the white blood cells …

Surface water shifting around the Earth

<b>Scientists have used satellite images to study how the water on the Earth's surface has changed over 30 years.</b><p>They found that 115,000 sq km (44,000 sq miles) of land is now covered in water and 173,000 sq km (67,000 sq miles) of water has now become land.<p>The largest increase in water has been on …

These Are The Best Houseplants to Improve Indoor Air Quality, Study Finds

And... breathe.<p>If you're looking to improve the quality of air in your home, potted plants are a good place to start. But not all indoor plants are …

Plants

More to rainbows than meets the eye

In-depth review charts the scientific understanding of rainbows and highlights the many practical applications of this fascinating interaction …

meetstheeye

Have we been wrong about life’s origin?

For 90 years, science’s favorite explanation for the origin of life has been the “primordial soup”. But recent research adds weight to an alternative …

Divorce rates double when people start watching porn

There’s an oft-quoted rule on the internet: “If it exists, there is porn of it.” Even if that’s an exaggeration, there’s no question that men and …

How to Solve the Risks of a Sedentary Lifestyle, Per Science

I tested two standing desks and one stool to get a new perspective on my workday.<p>I've been standing here all day.<p>No, really. I'm testing standing desks (or "height-adjustable desks"), and I'm not 100% sure I'm using them correctly. I've heard you're supposed to stand for a set period, maybe use …

Ergonomics

Shifts in the microbiome impact tissue repair and regeneration

Researchers at the Stowers Institute have established a definitive link between the makeup of the microbiome, the host immune response, and an …

Immune System

This Weird Galaxy Is 99.99 Percent Dark Matter

Astronomers have discovered a galaxy as big as the Milky Way that consists almost entirely of dark matter, a mysterious and invisible substance that …

Universe

New kind of virus makes scientists rethink infection

The virus comes in many parts<p>A new kind of virus is making scientists rethink how infection works. This virus, found in mosquitoes, is broken up into several pieces. If the mosquito doesn’t come into contact with at least a few pieces, it won’t get infected.<p>This shakes up our existing knowledge, …

How Time Dilation Explains the "Twin Paradox"

If you travel in a spaceship and come back, you'll have aged less than the people who stayed. But why?<p>Last week's lesson was time dilation, and you hopefully understand the basics of how it works. Cliff notes: According to Einstein's theory of relativity, the faster you travel, the slower time …

A Physicist Has Created a Lab-Sized "Black Hole"

The experiment's results may finally prove that Hawking radiation exists.<p>Black holes swallow up everything, and nothing escapes. This property, the most iconic characteristic of these mysterious space phenomena, had its first major challenge this week when Techonion professor Jeff Steinhauer posted …

The Mystery of How Cancer Cells Barrel Through Your Body

In 1995, while he was a graduate student at McGill University in Montreal, the biomedical scientist Peter Friedl saw something so startling it kept …