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The Asteroid That Smote the Dinosaurs Burned the Birds Out of Trees

Forest fires killed off tree-dwelling species and left the ground-dwelling ones to restart the avian dynasty.<p>Around 66 million years ago, at the end of the Cretaceous period, an asteroid the size of Mount Everest smote the Earth. It landed in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, punching a 20-mile deep …

Paleontology

The Amazing Psychology of Japanese Train Stations

The nation’s famed mastery of rail travel has been aided by some subtle behavioral tricks.<p>It is a scene that plays out each weekday morning across Tokyo. Suit-clad office workers, gaggles of schoolchildren, and other travelers gamely wend their way through the city’s sprawling rail stations.<p>To the …

Trains

NASA’s EM-drive is a magnetic WTF-thruster

Test reveals that the magic space unicorns pushing the EM-drive are magnetic fields.<p>It was bound to happen eventually. A group of researchers that …

Physics

Every Cell in Your Body Has the Same DNA. Except It Doesn’t.

James Priest couldn’t make sense of it. He was examining the DNA of a desperately ill baby, searching for a genetic mutation that threatened to stop her heart. But the results looked as if they had come from two different infants.<p>“I was just flabbergasted,” said Dr. Priest, a pediatric cardiologist …

Mutations

First map of global freshwater trends shows "human fingerprint"

New research from NASA finds that human activities, including causing global warming and depleting groundwater for agriculture, are making for an …

Climate Change

Internal pressure of proton is measured for the first time

The distribution of pressure inside the proton has been mapped by physicists using the electron accelerator at Jefferson Lab in Virginia, US. By …

Physics

Here’s how big a rock you’d have to drop into the ocean to see the rise in sea level happening now

During a hearing of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology on Wednesday, Rep Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) pressed Philip Duffy, president of Woods Hole Research Center, to identify reasons that sea levels might be rising.<p>They are rising, without dispute, at an estimated rate of 3.3 millimeters …

Global Warming

The True History of 'Yanny' and 'Laurel'

If you somehow haven't already over the last few days, listen to this audio recording right now. What do you hear? Is the person saying "Yanny" or …

Opera

If you are one of the 51.8 million people in the U.S. who use a treadmill for exercise, you know there’s much pain for your muscle-and-fitness gain. …

Medical Journals

Prof Stephen Hawking's multiverse finale

<b>Prof Stephen Hawking's final research paper suggests that our Universe may be one of many similar to our own.</b><p>The theory resolves a cosmic paradox of the late physicist's own making.<p>It also points a way forward for astronomers to find evidence of the existence of parallel universes.<p>The study was …

Physics

The Bering Sea’s ice has never melted this early before

On Alaska’s West Coast, the feeble April sun is shining this week on a fresh spot of open water. The sea ice found there for ages every spring is …

Global Warming

Particle Physics Resurrects Alexander Graham Bell’s Voice

It takes some doing to extract sound from an 1885 wax disc Photo: Division of Work & Industry/National Museum of American History/Smithsonian …

Museums

‘Forget the Facebook leak’: China is mining data directly from workers’ brains on an industrial scale

On the surface, the production lines at Hangzhou Zhongheng Electric look like any other.<p>Workers outfitted in uniforms staff lines producing …

Brainwaves

A few thoughts on Ray Ozzie’s “Clear” Proposal

Yesterday I happened upon a Wired piece by Steven Levy that covers Ray Ozzie’s proposal for “CLEAR”. I’m quoted at the end of the piece (saying …

Privacy

Loud Sound From Fire Alarm System Shuts Down Nasdaq's Scandinavian Data Center

A loud sound emitted by a fire alarm system has destroyed the hard drives of a Swedish data center, downing Nasdaq operations across Northern Europe. …

Northern Europe

When a Bigger Penis Means Swifter Extinction

For one group of tiny crustaceans, the species whose males invest most heavily in sex disappear ten times faster.<p>The oldest penis ever found is 425 million years old, and belongs to an animal whose scientific name—<i>Colymbosathon ecplecticos</i>—means “astounding swimmer with a large penis.” Large is …

Tiangong-1: Defunct China space lab comes down over South Pacific

<b>China's defunct Tiangong-1 space lab mostly broke up on re-entering the Earth's atmosphere above the South Pacific, Chinese and US reports say.</b><p>It re-entered the atmosphere around 00:15 GMT on Monday, China's Manned Space Engineering Office said.<p>Tiangong-1 was launched in 2011 to carry out docking …

Forbes: Yankees worth $4B, still most valuable MLB franchise

Another year, another financial windfall in the Bronx.<p>For the 21st consecutive year, the New York Yankees are MLB's most valuable franchise. In their …

Mars One Is a "Money Grab" Where Everyone Loses

If you’re looking for an escape, this definitely isn’t it.<p>The space tourism startup Mars One has been called many things over the years, some more …

NASA delays the launch of its flagship space telescope again — this time until May 2020

The James Webb Space Telescope still has some more time left on Earth<p>The launch of NASA’s upcoming deep-space observatory — the James Webb Space Telescope — is being pushed back by about a year, from spring 2019 to May 2020. The delay is likely going to push the program over its congressionally …

A Long-Sought Proof, Found and Almost Lost

When a German retiree proved a famous long-standing mathematical conjecture, the response was underwhelming.

Apple Goes to Hollywood. Will Its Story Have a Happy Ending?

Known for its bold designs and its big marketing campaigns, Apple relishes its status as a dominant force in the corporate world. So it was noteworthy when one of its executives, Eddy Cue, struck a note of humility during a discussion this month at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, …

Battlestar Galactica

Ocean plastic could triple in decade

<b>The amount of plastic in the ocean is set to triple in a decade unless litter is curbed, a major report has warned.</b><p>Plastics is just one issue facing the world's seas, along with rising sea levels, warming oceans, and pollution, it says.<p>But the Foresight Future of the Sea Report for the UK …

Pollution

I Am An Astrophysicist. Here's What Stephen Hawking's Final Paper Was Actually About

On March 14, 2018, the most famous and celebrated scientist known to humanity, Stephen Hawking, died at the age of 76. He left a rich legacy behind in the fields of astrophysics and cosmology, sharing the wonders of the Universe with not only his colleagues but the general public as well. Best …

Physics

An Apple R&D Bonanza

After a brief lull, Apple's R&D expenditures are once again exploding higher. Apple's 2Q18 financial guidance implies the company will soon report …

Innovation

Tribune Editor Harish Khare Puts in His Papers

<b>New Delhi:</b> Harish Khare, editor-in-chief of <i>The Tribune</i>, the independent, Chandigarh-based newspaper known for punching above its weight on the …

Barcelona v Chelsea: 'Joyous' Lionel Messi joins the Champions League 100 club

Lionel Messi seems to reach a milestone or set a record every time he plays. Against Chelsea on Wednesday, there were two.

Soccer

For Decades, Our Coverage Was Racist. To Rise Above Our Past, We Must Acknowledge It

We asked a preeminent historian to investigate our coverage of people of color in the U.S. and abroad. Here’s what he found.<p>It is November 2, 1930, and <i>National Geographic</i> has sent a reporter and a photographer to cover a magnificent occasion: the crowning of Haile Selassie, King of Kings of …

Travel Photography

Michael Carrick: Manchester United midfielder to retire at end of season

<b>Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has announced he will retire at the end of the season.</b><p>Carrick, 36, has played 463 times for United since joining from Tottenham for £18m in 2006 and won 34 England caps.<p>"There comes a time when your body tells you it is time to stop. That is where I am …

The Fish That Makes Other Fish Smarter

By removing bloodsucking parasites, the cleaner wrasse improves the intellectual abilities of its clients.<p>It’s not easy for fish to clean themselves, without limbs or digits to scrub those hard-to-reach places. Fortunately for them, coral reefs come with cleaning stations.<p>At particular sites, an …

Fish