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Announcing The Winners Of The 2018 World Changing Ideas Awards

See the winners–picked from nearly 1,400 entries–of our awards: an impressive list of 12 companies, initiatives, concepts, and projects that are poised to help shift society to a more sustainable and more equitable future.<p>We’re pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 World Changing Ideas …

Business Development

People Alive Today Have a Major Biological Difference From Previous Generations

If only we could live forever.<p>You're only as old as you feel, the saying goes, and it turns out that some of us seem to be ageing more slowly than we …

Medicine

This 'enigmatic' feathered dinosaur didn't fly like modern birds

<b>(CNN) —</b> For more than 150 years, researchers have been studying the fossils of bird-like dinosaur Archaeopteryx and attempting to answer this question: Did it fly?<p>Although it may sound simple, the fossils of the feathery-winged dinosaur, found largely in Germany, don't give up their secrets so …

Dinosaurs

There’s a new aurora in subpolar skies. Its name is Steve

The northern and southern lights have dazzled sky watchers for millennia with their eerie, greenish glows. Now, a new purplish aurora is joining the …

Nuclear fusion on brink of being realised, say MIT scientists

The dream of nuclear fusion is on the brink of being realised, according to a major new US initiative that says it will put fusion power on the grid within 15 years.<p>The project, a collaboration between scientists at MIT and a private company, will take a radically different approach to other …

Nuclear Energy

Arctic Transformed into Alien Landscape in Surreal Climate Change Photo

The "browning" process has dramatically transformed the terrain.<p>Gone are the days when we could count on the Arctic landscape to be painted in shades …

Global Warming

CDC Announces 40 People With Food Poisoning Linked to Kratom in 27 States

Doctors report no deaths so far.<p>Kratom, the plant-based drug that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently declared an opioid, could pose a …

Environmental Health

In an Israeli Cave, Scientists Discover Jawbone of Earliest Modern Human Out of Africa

Scientists on Thursday announced the discovery of a fossilized human jawbone in a collapsed cave in Israel that they said is between 177,000 and 194,000 years old.<p>If confirmed, the find may rewrite the early migration story of our species, pushing back by about 50,000 years the time that Homo …

Anthropology

These Tools Upend Our View of Stone-Age Humans in Asia

The discovery in India supports the idea that multiple waves of ancient humans left Africa well before 60,000 years ago.<p><i>Learn how your family history is connected to the human journey with National Geographic’s</i> <i>Geno DNA ancestry kit.</i><p>Long ago in what’s now southern India, early humans showed a knack …

River departed 'before Indus civilisation emergence'

<b>Further light has been shed on the emergence and demise of one of the earliest urban civilisations.</b><p>The Indus society came to prominence in what is now northwest India and Pakistan some 5,300 years ago thanks in large part to the sustenance of a long-lost Himalayan river.<p>Or so it was thought.<p>New …

Hidden history of prehistoric women's work revealed

<b>Grinding grain for hours a day gave prehistoric women stronger arms than today's elite female rowers, a study suggests.</b><p>The discovery points to a ''hidden history'' of gruelling manual labour performed by women over millennia, say University of Cambridge researchers.<p>The physical demands on …

Anthropology

Dinosaurs would have survived if asteroid hit Earth elsewhere, scientists claim

When the cosmos shoots pool, it plays for keeps. It sank a six-mile-wide rock in our pocket of the solar system 66 million years ago. The smack of the asteroid against Earth released energy on the order of billions of atomic bombs. Dinosaurs were the cataclysm's most famous victims, joined by sea …

Earth Science

12 eerie photos of enormous Chinese cities completely empty of people

Throughout China, there are hundreds of cities that have almost everything one needs for a modern, urban lifestyle: high-rise apartment complexes, developed waterfronts, skyscrapers, and even public art. Everything, that is, except one major factor: people.<p>These mysterious — and almost completely …

Yang Maoyuan Turns Animal Hides into Surreal Balloon Taxidermy

The Beijing-based artist constructs controversial spherical sculptures.<p>When we think of taxidermy, we think of stuffed animals sitting awkwardly among old antiques. There are many cases of bad taxidermy, with animals' teeth, eyeballs and ears out of place, these creations still appear to resemble …

8 of the Most Ingenious 3-D–Printed Objects to Date Photos

With its flexibility, speed, and ever-lowering cost, 3-D printing is the future of manufacturing. Ironically, though, the versatility of the technology itself can be a problem: When you have the ability to create essentially anything, taking full advantage of that potential is a bit daunting. But …

A Few Reasons Science Is Afraid of Animal Consciousness

Slowly, slowly, animal cognition — or, gasp, consciousness! — is becoming a valid, fruitful scientific pursuit: over the past year, scientists have …

10 Digital Marketing Assets You Need To Invest In Today

Saving for most of us was encouraged from an early age.<p>The piggybank was placed somewhere safe. The shiny coins clunked and clinked into the slot …

Relonch Camera

Plenty of us have big, expensive standalone cameras — and folders full of unfulfilled potential to go along with them. Relonch Camera promises to …

Mobile Photography

Migraines could be caused by gut bacteria, study suggests

Research shows sufferers have higher levels of bacteria involved in processing nitrates, and could explain why some foods appear to act as migraine triggers<p>Migraine sufferers have a different mix of gut bacteria that could make them more sensitive to certain foods, scientists have found.<p>The study …

Research

Trump interrupted Clinton 51 times at the debate. She interrupted him just 17 times.

For most women, this is a very familiar pattern.<p>At Monday night’s presidential debate, by our count, Donald Trump interrupted Hillary Clinton 25 times in the first 26 minutes of the debate.<p>By the time the debate was over, Trump had interrupted Clinton 51 times — whereas Clinton had interrupted …

Hillary Clinton

Do our brains have extraordinary untapped powers?

In rare cases, brain damage has unlocked prodigious mental abilities in patients. Now researchers are exploring the hidden potential in all of us<p>On 13 September, 2002, 31-year-old Jason Padgett, a furniture salesman from Washington, was beaten and mugged by two men after leaving a karaoke bar. He …

The Brain

Teeth Suggest Humans Killed Hobbits

Human teeth found in a hobbit cave appear to implicate our species in the disappearance of Homo floresiensis.<p>Photo: Recreation of a Homo floresiensis …

Man v rat: could the long war soon be over? | Jordan Kisner

Rats spread disease, decimate crops and very occasionally eat people alive. For centuries, we have struggled to find an effective way of controlling their numbers. Until now …<p>First, the myths. There are no “super rats”. Apart from a specific subtropical breed, they do not get much bigger than 20 …

New York City

The Artificial Leaf That Converts Carbon Dioxide To Fuel

<i>Image Source: tweaktown.com</i><p>Sun is the ultimate source of all forms of energy. Solar energy is converted from one form to another and it ultimately …

8 Paraplegics Just Took Their First Steps in Years, Thanks to Robots

Just amazing.<p>Eight long-term paraplegics who were fully paralysed from the waist down have experienced a partial recovery after training with virtual …

Virtual Reality

Missing cat found after four years - but family can't be told who has it because of data protection rules

A mother has spoken of her outrage after discovering her missing cat was stolen - only to be told she cannot be told where it is due to the Data Protection Act.<p>Karen Young, 41, had her seven -year-old Bengal cat Tigger microchipped when she bought it for £800 in 2009.<p>The rare cat went missing in …

400-year-old Greenland shark is oldest vertebrate animal

Shark, which would have reached sexual maturity at around 150 years, sets new record for longevity as biologists finally develop method to determine age<p>She was born during the reign of James I, was a youngster when René Descartes set out his rules of thought and the great fire of London raged, saw …

White Shark

SpaceX releases gorgeous slow-motion footage of Falcon 9 rockets

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Focus on Focal Points

When plants compete for attention, the resulting landscape can be distracting and complicated. By establishing a focal point, however, you're in …