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MyHeritage launches DNA testing service to help you uncover your family’s history

The popular online genealogy service MyHeritage today announced the launch of its MyHeritage DNA service for helping its users uncover more about their family’s history and ethnicity. Users who take the test, which currently costs $79 (plus shipping), will get a detailed ethnicity report that will …

Laser probe lets brain surgeons identify cancer cells with sound

It takes steady hands and experienced eyes to remove brain tumours. Soon, sharp ears could also be crucial, with surgeons being guided by sound as to …

Bonobos need reading glasses, too

Glasses may be trendy now, but for centuries they were the stodgy accessories of the elderly worn only for failing eyes. Now, new research suggests …

NASA and FEMA hold exercise to simulate unavoidable asteroid impact - ExtremeTech

By on November 7, 2016 at 4:53 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>The Earth has been hit by large …

Space

Watch clouds stream across Saturn's moon Titan

It's summertime on Titan. NASA catches sight of whimsical cloud formations streaming across the moon.<p>I see a dragon. I see a ferret. Saturn's largest moon, Titan, is home to some exotic cloud formations reminiscent of what we have on Earth. There is one big difference: Methane is the main …

Astronomy

Why Oklahoma Can't Turn Off Its Earthquakes

Sunday night's 5.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Cushing, Okla., is the latest and, in some ways, the most troubling in a series of temblors that has …

Oil & Gas Industry

Birds' taste for rare fruit keeps plants alive - Futurity

"It appears that fruit-eating birds are drawn to rare species," says Tomás Carlos, whose research suggests this preference keeps rare plants around.

Birds

We're Probably Imagining Aliens Wrong

Humans have always had the impulse to cast alien life in our image, says British science writer Philip Ball. It’s a tendency that goes back centuries, and has only been propagated by modern science fiction. In this video by Adam D'Arpino for Aeon, Bell argues that this tendency could actually be …

US military successfully tests electrical brain stimulation to enhance staff skills

Study paves way for personnel such as drone operators to have electrical pulses sent into their brains to improve effectiveness in high pressure situations<p>US military scientists have used electrical brain stimulators to enhance mental skills of staff, in research that aims to boost the performance …

The Brain

A New Type of Atomic Bond Has Been Discovered

For the first time, physicists have observed a strange molecule called the butterfly Rydberg molecule – a weak pairing of highly excitable atoms that …

Giant Volcano Appears to Be Filled With Water

Investigating a strange electrical anomaly, geologists have discovered an enormous water reservoir beneath the now-dormant Uturunco volcano in the …

Scientific Proof That It’s Never Too Late To Make It Big

By visualizing thousands of academic citations, Kim Albrecht discovered that success happens totally randomly within a person’s life.<p>Almost everyone who aspires to any sort of greatness in their field has asked, at one point or another, <i>is it too late</i>? Has success passed me by?<p>If that sounds …

Harvard Scientists Think They've Pinpointed The Physical Source of Consciousness

This is where awareness lives.<p>Scientists have struggled for millennia to understand human consciousness - the awareness of one's existence. Despite …

Consciousness

Hyperloop One wants to build its first 500mph train in Dubai

At its event hosted in the Burj Khalifa building in Dubai, Hyperloop One announced that the Middle Eastern trade capital will be the first city where the company will begin pursuing an opportunity to build its high-speed transport systems for passengers and cargo, in partnership with Dubai’s Roads …

Oxford researchers develop computer program that can read lips with superhuman accuracy

Big Brother may soon be watching, but as a computer program that can read your lips with superhuman accuracy.<p>Scientists at the University of Oxford have developed software that can read lips correctly 93.4 per cent of the time - a level that far surpasses the best professionals.<p>The researchers said …

Artificial Intelligence

These Duelling Star Wars Drones Can Hit Speeds of Up to 35 MPH

First revealed at the European <i>Star Wars</i> Celebration back in July, Propel’s fleet of remote control Star Wars drones is finally available for …

The 11 Greatest Engineering Innovations Of 2016

These are the Best Of What's New<p><i>Read about the other Best of What’s New winners from the November/December 2016 issue of</i> Popular Science.

Penn State

The Most Necessary Books for the End of 2016

This election season is no joke. At times, this world can feel grim as the weather grows cold and the nights grow long. Pick up one of these …

Books

12 Tricks to Boost Your Energy

There’s an easy way to stay awake and alert. It’s called coffee.<p>Which is why it’s tempting to down a cup (or two, or three) when you’re nodding off …

Humans Inherited Murder Through Evolution

But we're a lot more peaceful than meerkats.<p>A new study has looked back along our evolutionary tree, and shown that humans evolved the tendency to …

Film Review: ‘Little Wing’

With:Linnea Skog, Paula Vesala, Lauri Maijala, Santtu Karvonen. (Finnish dialogue)<p>Official Site: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4636254/<p>A tender-hearted …

How Was This Picture Made #12: The Answer

Last week, for our How Was This Picture Made? series, I had posted a landscape photograph to share and discuss. Thanks to our PL commentators, Gary …

Shutter Speed

This Is How Starbucks Is Celebrating National Coffee Day

As if you needed more incentive to drink a cup of coffee, your caffeine addiction (no judgement) will serve a greater purpose when you buy a cup from Starbucks on National Coffee Day. On Thursday, September 29, each cup of brewed Mexico Chiapas coffee sold at participating U.S. Starbucks stores …

DarkSky, your favorite iPhone weather app, is now a website

DarkSky, the popular iPhone and Android weather app with dazzling graphics and hyper-specific forecasts, has made a transition onto your desktop.<p>The …

The Magnificent Seven is number one at the US box office

Despite concerns and some complaints about it remaking a perceived classic, the new version of <i>The Magnificent Seven</i> did well enough to land at the …

Nashville music festival defines 'Americana': the art, not the business

In its 17th year, the Americana Music Association’s festival attracts 2,270 artists and industry professionals by focusing on the fundamentals<p>In Nashville this week, a music festival and conference attempted to draw a line in the sand between mainstream country, as heard on TV awards shows and in …

Music

Welcome to Fit Nutrition and Health

Runners, cyclists, swimmers, wrestlers, boxers, bodybuilders -- they are all athletes. Athletes seem to operate at a level higher than us, mere …