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This revolution in our understanding of depression will be life-transforming

Depression runs in families, we know. But it is only very recently, and after considerable controversy and frustration, that we are beginning to know how and why. The major scientific discoveries reported last week by the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium in <i>Nature Genetics</i> are a hard-won breakthrough …

Genetics

Is Coffee Good for You?

O ne day coffee can kill you; the next, it can prolong your life. If the flurry of contradictory news is preventing you from enjoying your daily cup, …

The Scientific Reason Why You Really Need to Get Enough Sleep in 2018

We're putting ourselves at risk.<p>If you need an alarm to get up in the morning, you're probably not getting enough sleep.<p>More than 40 percent of …

Scientists have discovered a potentially suicidal problem with going to Mars

NASA is dead-set on sending astronauts to Mars within the next 15 to 20 years. China has said it hopes to send people there between 2020 and 2030, and even Russia is floating plans to put boots on the red planet.<p>Meanwhile, SpaceX founder Elon Musk is trying to cut the cost of spaceflight enough to …

Space Exploration

Research Shows Magic Mushrooms Can Offer Real Benefits in Depression Therapy

Mindblowing.<p>A review of the research on combining therapy with the psychoactive component from magic mushrooms has concluded it's not only a safe and …

Minuscule Measurements Over 12 Years Confirm The Existence Of Orbiting Black Holes

In a ground-breaking study over ten years in the making, scientists have observed two supermassive black holes orbiting each other hundreds of millions of light years from Earth.<p>“For a long time, we’ve been looking into space to try and find a pair of these supermassive black holes orbiting as a …

Universe

Forty More Genes for Intelligence Discovered

Researchers said Monday they have found 40 new genes linked with intelligence, but they say their finding doesn’t show any clear genetic pattern for intelligence.<p>Instead, it shows that intelligence is possibly even more complex than anyone thought, and not easily explained. And it means specially …

Genetics

Stephen Hawking just moved up humanity’s deadline for escaping Earth

In November, Stephen Hawking and his bulging computer brain gave humanity what we thought was an intimidating deadline for finding a new planet to call home: 1,000 years.<p>Ten centuries is a blip in the grand arc of the universe, but in human terms it was the apocalyptic equivalent of getting a few …

Artificial Intelligence

Beer is the solution to that throbbing headache

Beer is the solution to that throbbing headache<p>Those times when you just can’t get rid of the headache, that feeling of a hammer hitting your head …

First Light From World’s Largest X-Ray Laser In Germany

The world’s biggest X-ray laser, located in the Hamburg metropolitan region of Germany, produced its first X-ray laser light this week. It was the …

Cassini Completes First Successful Dive Between Saturn and Its Rings

Astronomy

Are We Too Sitting a Too Close To an Alternate or Parallel Universe?

Astronomers have known about the electromagnetic radiation of the Universe known as Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) since the 1960’s. This …

Dark Matter

Gravitational Lensing Reveals “Iceball Earth” 13,000 Light-Years Away

<b>Astronomers have discovered an "iceball Earth" orbiting a star 13,000 light-years away. Multiple eyes on the sky have revealed some of this world's</b> …

Universe

Photo Release: The final frontier of the Frontier Fields

The NASA/ESA Hubble Telescope has peered across six billion light years of space to resolve extremely faint features of the galaxy cluster Abell 370 …

Cosmology

Exactly How To Have Sex On Top Of A Table | Women's Health

Makes sense, says sex therapist Ian Kerner, Ph.D. It's primal and offers "easy clitoral stimulation."<p><i>Check out these 14 fun facts about your orgasm.</i><p>But, not to be a mood killer, how practical is it? To find out the best kinds of tables to have sex on, we talked to carpenter and general contractor …

With a Recycled LHC Magnet, the Axion Solar Telescope Hunts for Ghost Photons

CERN's axion hunt drills down toward New Physics<p>CERN's Axion Solar Telescope (CAST) experiment has pushed past a critical boundary in its hunt for the elusive axion, a hypothesized subatomic particle with the potential to explain lingering problems in quantum physics, possibly even dark matter. …

What's The Largest Galaxy In The Universe?

Our Milky Way contains some 400 billion stars, spanning 100,000 light years in diameter.<p>Yet compared to other galaxies, it’s not even especially large.<p>In our own local group, the Andromeda galaxy is significantly larger, reaching 220,000 light years across.<p>Interacting spiral galaxies can have their …

Universe

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 …

Sex is better at hotels than at home, according to science

There’s a reason that couples tend to enjoy a romantic getaway involving a hotel stay, and it’s backed by science: Research shows that the benefits of a hotel bed are two-fold for lovers.<p>First, being in a new place increases dopamine, the powerful neutrotransmitter molecule that controls senses of …

How our universe will end: 'The black holes will eat up everything'

Robbert Dijkgraaf is a theoretical physicist and Leon Levy Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He is also the co-author of "The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge." In this video, he explains how our universe will meet its death. Following is a transcript of the video.<p><i>The black</i> …

Cassini Craft Beams Closest Images Ever Taken Of Saturn

After years, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will soon begin its final act — a plunge into Saturn. NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Dr. Carolyn Porco, head of the imaging team, about the mission's legacy.<p>Transcript<p>LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST:<p>Cassini's odyssey through the cosmos has entered its final act. …

Astronomy

Scientists just found telltale evidence of an ancient methane explosion in the Arctic

More than 100 million years ago, a sudden period of global warming — possibly brought on by a series of volcanic eruptions — released a massive upwelling of previously frozen methane gas from the bottom of the Arctic Ocean into the water, new research suggests. And the discovery has scientists …

Global Warming

NASA Marks Hubble's 27th Birthday With New Image Of Two Spiral Galaxies Just 7,000 Light-Years Apart

April 24 would mark the 27th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope. To commemorate the event, astronomers at NASA and the European …

The Failed Experiment That Changed The World

In science, we don’t simply perform experiments willy-nilly. We don’t put things together at random and ask, “what happens if I do this?” We examine the phenomena that exist, the predictions our theories make, and look for ways to test them in ever-greater detail. Sometimes, they give extraordinary …

Physics

Scientists Have Observed Epigenetic Memories Being Passed Down For 14 Generations

The past lives on.<p>The most important set of genetic instructions we all get comes from our DNA, passed down through generations. But the environment …

In A First, Gravitational Lens Reveals Magnified And Multiplied Images Of A Type 1a Supernova

Astronomers have, for the first time, detected a gravitationally lensed type 1a supernova — objects that always explode with the same brightness, and …

One Big Question: What will space exploration look like in 2040?

<i>Oh, and, he was so rich with information that we broke our regular format of asking only one question this time and threw in a few follow-ups. We</i> …

The 10 Most Highly-Reviewed Sex Toys On Amazon

One customer said: "My privates are still pulsating almost an hour later!"<p>Photograph courtesy of Amazon<p>In the post-Yelp world, reviews are everything. Most of us won't even think about going to a restaurant or hiring a handyman without doing a little research first. Why not apply this mentality to …

Doggy Style: 7 Sex Positions That Are More Fun Than Doggy Style | Women's Health

7 Sex Positions That Are More Fun Than Doggy Style<p>Score all the benefits of doing it from behind, without getting down on all fours.<p>Jordan Siemens/ getty<p>Ladies and gents love doing it doggy style. And though the name leaves a lot to be desired (seriously, who came up with that?), this position …

7 Sexologist-Approved Sex Toys Under $20

Plus, exactly how to use them to maximize your pleasure.<p>Photograph courtesy of Amazon<p>If you're hooked on the instant gratification of Amazon, you'll be happy to learn that you can find another type of gratification there too...often for under $20. We're talking about sex toys, here.<p>Once you click, …