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Fast radio bursts: stirrings from a galaxy far, far away

Scientists studying FRBs – energy explosions from distant parts of the universe – are on to something vitally important. But what causes them?<p>In summer 2006, astronomer Duncan Lorimer started work on a seemingly routine piece of scientific research. He and a team of students began examining old …

Astrophysics

Researchers find a more effective way to test self-driving cars

It's tricky to test self-driving cars. Even if you have hundreds of thousands of miles under your belt, it's still difficult to account for every possible real-world peril. Researchers think they can fast-track that experience, however. They've developed a sped-up testing process that should …

University of Michigan

Europe was the birthplace of mankind, not Africa, scientists find

The history of human evolution has been rewritten after scientists discovered that Europe was the birthplace of mankind, not Africa.<p>Currently, most experts believe that our human lineage split from apes around seven million years ago in central Africa, where hominids remained for the next five …

Anthropology

Is mindfulness meditation good for kids? Here’s what the science actually says.

Meditation is meant to help students deal with stress. But the hype may be outpacing the evidence.<p>Welcome to <i>Show Me the Evidence</i><i>,</i> where we go beyond the frenzy of daily headlines to take a deeper look at the state of science around the most pressing health questions of the day.<p>First period, 8:45 …

Mindfulness

Google made a site that shows how millions of people draw the same object

Back in November, Google released artificial intelligence experiment that asks you to draw a random object and see if the neural network can identify your doodle. Quick, Draw! was eventually turned into a tool that transformed drawings into clip art based on the best results it got, helping people …

Google I/O

Vatican astronomer: If you're afraid of science, you don't have faith

Vatican City, May 10, 2017 / 03:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Jesuit director of the Vatican Observatory, who has worked as an astronomer and planetary …

Science

Thailand bans commercial surrogacy for foreigners

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1147000/1147000_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1494834596_56fe5434219f4d8ca474429ad06aec90<p><b>Thailand has passed a law banning foreigners from paying Thai women to be surrogates, after two high-profile cases sparked debate last year.</b><p>The …

Thailand

Scientists warn thawing soil could suddenly unleash deadly pathogens unseen in centuries

Humans have fought viruses for centuries. We struck a temporary winning blow with the discovery of penicillin, but now we’re watching bacteria …

Climate Change

Researchers have answered a big question about the decline of the middle class

America is getting richer every year. The American worker is not.<p>Far from it: On average, workers born in 1942 earned as much or more over their careers than workers born in any year since, according to new research — and workers on the job today shouldn’t expect to catch up with their predecessors …

Equality

The woman who can smell Parkinson's disease

<b>Meet the woman from Perth whose super sense of smell could change the way Parkinson's disease is diagnosed.</b><p>Joy Milne's husband, Les, died in June, aged 65.<p>He worked as a consultant anaesthetist before being diagnosed with Parkinson's at the age of 45.<p>One in 500 people in the UK has Parkinson's - …

Dementia

Opinion | President Trump: I've given power back to the people (The Washington Post)

Open this storyin Apple News.<p>For the best reading experience, open this story on a device with<p>Apple News. It may also be available on the publisher's …

Humans in California 130,000 Years Ago? Get the Facts

A new study has dropped a bombshell on archaeology, claiming signs of human activity in the Americas far earlier than thought.<p>In an announcement sure …

Scientists Create Artificial Womb That Could Help Prematurely Born Babies

Scientists have created an "artificial womb" in the hopes of someday using the device to save babies born extremely prematurely.<p>So far the device has only been tested on fetal lambs. A study published Tuesday involving eight animals found the device appears effective at enabling very premature …

Pregnancy

Scientists have discovered a worm that eats plastic bags and leaves behind antifreeze

The wax worm, a caterpillar typically used for fishing bait and known for damaging beehives by eating their wax comb, has now been observed munching on a different material: plastic bags.<p>Scientist Federica Bertocchini of the Institute of Biomedicine and Biotechnology of Cantabria in Spain first …

Biology

Massachusetts Throws Out More Than 21,000 Convictions In Drug Testing Scandal

Massachusetts formally dropped more than 21,000 tainted drug convictions Thursday that were linked to a disgraced state chemist who in 2013 admitted to faking test results.<p>It's the largest single dismissal of convictions in U.S. history, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.<p>Thursday's …

Law

Bill Nye, the science guy, says I convinced him that philosophy is not just a load of self-indulgent crap

Bill Nye, the science guy, is now a budding philosopher.<p>It’s a big turnaround for Nye, who last year dismissed philosophy as useless and misguided. That prompted a strong backlash, including a piece that I wrote: “Why are so many smart people such idiots about philosophy?”<p>“Thank you for writing …

This Bizarre Deep-Sea 'Worm' Is as Long as Your Arm (National Geographic)

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AI programs exhibit racial and gender biases, research reveals

Machine learning algorithms are picking up deeply ingrained race and gender prejudices concealed within the patterns of language use, scientists say<p>An artificial intelligence tool that has revolutionised the ability of computers to interpret everyday language has been shown to exhibit striking …

Machine Learning

Fake News Is Finding Its Way Into Students' School Work, Teachers Warn

'Students don't believe you when you tell them what they have seen on Facebook is untrue.'<p>Pupils are including fake news in their school work as they struggle to distinguish what is “real” on the internet, teachers have warned.<p>More than a third (35%) of teachers surveyed by teaching union NASUWT …

Censorship

Octopuses and squids can rewrite their RNA. Is that why they’re so smart?

When Inky the octopus escaped from his tank at New Zealand’s National Aquarium in April 2016, he squirmed through a six-inch-wide drainpipe and stole away into the Pacific. He stole more than a few human hearts along the way, too. Inky fans celebrated the animal that outwitted the aquarium: “Please …

Animals

Accounts of girl raised by monkeys in India questioned

<i>Editor’s note: New information has been reported since publication of this story that raise significant doubts about the veracity of the initial accounts on which it was based. The story relied on reports by the Associated Press and the New Indian Express quoting local officials who came upon her,</i> …

India

Can Playing Tetris Block Traumatic Memories?

Traumatic events can cause people to experience "intrusive memories"—distressing recollections that occur without warning, summoning the sights, …

University's controversial assignment requires students to see 9/11 from a terrorist's perspective

An assignment issued by a teacher at Iowa State University has sparked quite a bit of controversy.<p>The project, which was obtained by The College Fix, …

AOL

The 'hot hand' isn't a fallacy — science shows momentum really shapes a game of basketball

It’s NCAA basketball tournament season, known for its magical moments and the “March Madness” it can produce. Many fans remember Stephen Curry’s superhuman 2008 performance where he led underdog Davidson College to victory while nearly outscoring the entire determined Gonzaga team by himself in the …

Behavior

Bobby Fischer’s Pathetic Endgame

Paranoia, hubris, and hatred—the unraveling of the greatest chess player ever<p>Bobby Fischer was singing the blues. As he wailed along with a 1965 recording by Jackie ("Mr. Excitement") Wilson, his voice—a gravelly baritone ravaged by age but steeled by anger—rumbled through the microphone like a …

Culture

When saying you’re black and being black are two different things

<i>Baz Dreisinger, a professor of English at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, is the author of “Near Black: White-to-Black Passing in American Culture” and “Incarceration Nations: A Journey to Justice in Prisons Around the World.”</i><p>Back in 2015, I was fascinated by the scandal that swirled around …

Racism

United Airlines Defends Right To Block Girls In Leggings

The young passengers had to follow a dress code because they were traveling as guests of employees, the company said.<p>United Airlines is defending its right to block certain passengers over their attire after it stopped three girls in leggings from boarding a flight Sunday. The airline first …

Airlines

Trump defends wild claims: 'I'm President, and you're not'

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump defended some of the most controversial claims of his young political career in a wide-ranging interview with Time magazine published Thursday, in which he offered a simple and absolute defense of his method:<p>"I'm a very instinctual person, but my instinct turns out to …

Donald Trump

Earth's oceans are warming 13% faster than thought, and accelerating

Our new study improves estimates of the rate of ocean warming - a critical component of climate change<p>New research has convincingly quantified how much the Earth has warmed over the past 56 years. Human activities utilize fossil fuels for many beneficial purposes but have an undesirable side effect …