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Water might be the weirdest liquid in the universe, and now we know why

H2O might seem simple, but how it arranges itself is bizarre.<p>Water might seem ubiquitous and ordinary; it covers 71 percent of the Earth's surface, …

Atoms

How to watch the supermoon this weekend

There are interesting skywatching events every year, but 2017 has been particularly generous, with the eclipse drawing millions to peer skyward and …

One chart from Bill Gates shows how far we've come in tackling AIDS

For years, AIDS used to be a death sentence.<p>When HIV/AIDS first arrived in the US 36 years ago, the disease quickly spiraled into an epidemic. But medical advances have since made HIV controllable with medication — especially if diagnosed early.<p>On Friday, Bill Gates tweeted a graphic showing that …

Public Health

Saudi Arabian Rock Art Depicts Prehistoric Dogs on Leashes

Your dog might not like being on a leash. He loves walks, of course, but could it be his glances are sometimes a touch reproachful as he gazes at you …

Pets

This incredibly gorgeous photo of Jupiter will mesmerize you

To say that 2017 has been weird would be a huge understatement. It’s been a year packed with political unrest, tech gaffes and security breaches, but …

Astronomy

Do Animals Murder Each Other?

Watch a wildlife show on television, and you'll likely see at least one scene of an animal killing another, whether it's a brown bear catching salmon …

Animals

When time seems to stop, blame your over-prepared brains

The perceived clock-stoppers.<p>Not every second is made the same—at least as far as our noggins are concerned.<p>Quickly glance at an analog clock. You might find that the second hand seems stuck at first. But if the precise machinery ensures every second is the same, why the pause?<p>Amelia Hunt, a …

Aberdeen

Yes, humans are still evolving. Here's how you can tell.

Even more evidence that we’re continuing to change.<p>The nice thing about bacteria is that they multiply really fast. This is inconvenient if they happen to infect, but useful if you want to see how evolution works. Put antibiotics on a Petri dish with enough bacteria, and a few days later you’ll …

15 Really Good Things Happening in Science Right Now

Enough bad news, here's the good stuff.<p>There's no shortage of bad news in the media, but sometimes we spend so much time focussing on nuclear weapons …

Quantum Theory Rebuilt From Simple Physical Principles

Physicists are trying to rewrite the axioms of quantum theory from scratch in an effort to understand what it all means. The problem? They’ve been …

Quantum Mechanics

Korean astronomers saw a distant explosion 600 years ago — and we just found the stars that caused it

What they thought was a new star was actually two stars causing a thermonuclear eruption<p>In March of 1437, Korean astronomers in Seoul saw what they thought was a new, bright star appear in the night sky. Now, nearly 600 years later, astronomers have figured out what those stargazers actually saw: a …

Databases

Giant Asteroid to Give Earth a Very Close Shave

The space rock will zip by at a distance of 27,000 miles, or about one-eighth the distance from Earth to the moon.<p>A space rock is approaching Earth! And although it would be irresponsible to shout "Incoming!" in a hypothetical movie theater and create a panic, asteroid 2012 TC4 will pass quite …

Space

Nanomachines that drill into cancer cells killing them in just 60 seconds developed by scientists

Nanomachines which can drill into cancer cells, killing them in just 60 seconds, have been developed by scientists.<p>The tiny spinning molecules are driven by light, and spin so quickly that they can burrow their way through cell linings when activated.<p>In one test conducted at Durham University the …

Cancer Cells

How to spot the massive asteroid passing by Earth right now

Its name is Florence, and it's basically a mountain speeding through space. Here's how to catch it as it zips by as close as it will come in our lifetimes.<p>A mountain-sized asteroid named Florence is passing closer by Earth this week than it will for the next 400 years. While the space rock poses no …

Astronomy
Nature

This is how your brain tells time

It takes a whole lotta gray matter.<p>Your mind is constantly counting: the rhythm of your speech, the minutes until your next snack, the awful pause between text messages. Without all that tallying, you’d misinterpret a friend’s motives, or (horrors!) miss doughnut time. So how does your clever …

Physicists Outline 10 Different Dimensions and How You’d Experience Them

Does string theory excite you? Mathematically, it holds up. Aspects about it suggest not one but several different dimensions, ones we’re not …

Quantum Mechanics

What If Cosmic Inflation Is Wrong?

All scientific ideas, no matter how accepted or widespread they are, are susceptible to being overturned. For all the successes any idea may have, it only takes one experiment or observation to falsify it, invalidate it, or necessitate that it be revised. Beyond that, every scientific idea or model …

Physics

Nasa should get rid of International Space Station as soon as possible and go to Mars instead, says Buzz Aldrin

Nasa needs to retire the International Space Station as soon as possible, according to Buzz Aldrin.<p>The US can't afford to keep running the floating …

Space Science

An Asteroid May Kill Us All. Congress Is Pinching Pennies.

Spending $50 million a year is a pittance in terms of managing this existential risk.<p>When the asteroid named 2014 J025 passed by the Earth in April, it came within 1.1 million miles of the planet -- a close shave by cosmic standards and also the nearest in more than a decade. And J025 was big. At …

Artificial Intelligence

Time Crystals Could be the Key to the First Quantum Computer

It’s been proven that time crystals do in fact exist. Two different teams of researchers created some time crystals just recently, one of which was …

Scientists Just Discovered a New Aurora and They're Calling It Steve

It's a bird… it's a plane… it's Steve?<p>A group of amateur sky watchers in Alberta, Canada just helped scientists discover a new celestial phenomenon and since nobody knows exactly what it is yet, they've taken to calling it Steve.<p>Yes, Steve.<p>Members of the Alberta Aurora ChasersFacebook group have …

Scientists Create a Bizarre Superfluid with "Negative Mass"

Scientists at Washington State University created a fluid with the previously-theorized (and rather counterintuitive) property of negative mass.<p>This …

Physics