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Help us find out what our possibly habitable exoplanet neighbour is actually like

There was a lot of excitement when Proxima b was discovered – a potentially habitable exoplanet around our nearest neighbour star, Proxima Centauri. …

Why Humans Have Such Big Brains

The better to make friends with.<p>Humans are the only ultrasocial creature on the planet. We have outcompeted, interbred or even killed off all other …

Hubble sees dancing brown dwarfs caught in cosmic waltz

It's a real-life "Dancing with the Stars." The Hubble Space Telescope has followed the movements of two "failed stars" in a nearby system.<p>Bigger than a gas giant planet like Jupiter. Smaller than a star. A brown dwarf, sometimes called a "failed star," occupies an interesting middle ground between …

Hubble

This worm grew a second head after a trip to space

There are all kinds of experiments going on aboard the International Space Station, but they all probably don't produce results as strange as this one. An article published today in the journal <i>Regeneration</i> details a recent experiment in which an amputated flatworm grew two heads -- twice.<p>Planarian …

Coal can’t compete on its own

In a recent speech, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said that in the past, the agency “has tried to pick winners and losers…to put a thumb on the …

2017 June 12 - An Unusual Hole in Mars

<b>An Unusual Hole in Mars</b> <b><br>Image Credit:</b> NASA, MRO, HiRISE, JPL, U. Arizona<p><b>Explanation:</b> What created this unusual hole in Mars? Actually, there are …

Carbon Dioxide

What Will Really Happen in the Age of Automation?

Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell on YouTube just released a new video that explores the age of automation and how, while automation has changed society …

China debuts driverless train that only needs white painted lines as tracks

China's latest mode of public transportation is a bus, tram and train rolled into one.<p>Its maker, Chinese rail transit firm CRRC, is calling it a …

Vaccines of the future could be as contagious as viruses

It’s time to go viral.<p>The vaccines we have today are pretty incredible. They've eradicated smallpox, purged rubella from the Americas, and save millions of people each year from dying of diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, and measles. When enough people get vaccinated, infectious diseases can’t …

Public Health

France declares tweet-war on Donald Trump?

Commentary: The French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs decides to mimic the president's tweaking Twitter tactics by editing his new climate change video. Is this just the beginning?<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>Donald Trump is …

Donald Trump

NASA’s Hubble captures ‘vermin’ galaxy being super annoying

Usually, when astronomers, skywatchers, and space researchers are able to catch a glimpse of something in space it’s cause for celebration — after …

A Ban on Human/Animal Hybrids Has Been Lifted

The National Institute of Health recently lifted a moratorium on the creation of human/animal hybrids, which are known as chimeras. While meddling …

Scientists Hope to Use Stem Cells to Reverse Death in Controversial Study

Back From The Dead<p>Researchers seem to be setting their sights on increasingly lofty goals when it comes to the human body – from the world’s first …

Man dies after going swimming with new tattoo

Fresh ink made him vulnerable to flesh-eating bacteria.<p>There are all kinds of reasons to look before you leap into the ocean.<p>After all, as pollution …

Citizen scientists’ photos capture the impact of climate change on southern Africa’s landscape

Old photos hold the secrets to the climate change gripping southern Africa, and could hint at what the future holds.<p>Scientists expect Africa to be hardest hit by climate change: its dependence on agriculture, hot temperatures, and poor infrastructure mean its citizens are likely to feel the …

South Africa

WATCH: Murder Hole - Ireland's most mysterious secret beach

Donegal is crammed with dramatic beaches, but the adventure it takes to get to Murder Hole makes it extra special.<p>No roads will get you here. You …

New Pictures of Jupiter from Juno Space Probe

NASA offers breathtaking pictures. The <i>Juno</i> space probe was launched in 2011 in order to explore the biggest planet of our solar system : Jupiter. The …

Einstein's Theory About Gravitational Waves Was Just Proved Right — Again

Science, like so many other things, has tipping points. Figure out how to isolate and identify one virus and you’re on your way to bagging them all. …

Javascript creator's browser raises $35 million in 30 seconds

You may remember Brendan Eich, the former CEO of Mozilla who stepped down amid political backlash surrounding his support for an anti-gay marriage bill in California. Well, he's back, and he has cash to burn: His new browser startup, Brave, raised $35 million in under 30 seconds, reports …

Latest Black Hole Collision Comes With a Twist

The Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory’s third detection further compounds the mystery of why black holes collide.<p>Once …

Break The Standard Model? An Ultra-Rare Decay Threatens To Do What The LHC Can't

At the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), physicists accelerate particles to the highest energies and in the greatest numbers that humanity has ever achieved. We smash them together at greater than 99.999999% the speed of light, attempting to create new, never-before-seen particles and solve the …

Physics

Third Gravitational Wave Detection, From Black-Hole Merger 3 Billion Light Years Away

The void is rocking and rolling with invisible cataclysms.<p>Astronomers said Thursday that they had felt space-time vibrations known as gravitational waves from the merger of a pair of mammoth black holes resulting in a pit of infinitely deep darkness weighing as much as 49 suns, some 3 billion …

Black Holes

Neil deGrasse Tyson slams Trump's disdain for climate science

As reports circulate that Donald Trump is set to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Agreement, many people are wondering where it all went …

Could cold spot in the sky be a bruise from a collision with a parallel universe?

Scientists have long tried to explain the origin of a mysterious, large and anomalously cold region of the sky. In 2015, they came close to figuring …

This Night Sky Photo Shows How Light Pollution Blinds Us

City dwellers are lucky to spot a star or two when they look up at the night sky. That’s because light pollution from traffic and street lights …

How Do We Know Black Holes Are Really Holes?

Some Earthlings have the silly tendency to think that if they don’t understand something, it must be fake. That includes our influence on the …

Musk To Resign From Trump Government if U.S. Withdraws From Paris Climate Agreement

Amidst reports that U.S. President Donald Trump plans to pull out of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, serial entrepreneur and White House adviser …

100-Year-Old Drug May Be the Key to Treating Autism

Old Drug, New Tricks<p>A small clinical trial from the University of California, San Diego, has just yielded some promising results for those living …

Is water a taste, like sweet or salty? We might actually have taste buds for it

Water is essential to life, so it would make sense that we have a way of distinguishing it from other substances.<p>Thirst is one of the fundamental …

Space-Mutated Bacteria Could Be Bad News For Humans

A new experiment shows that long-term exposure to microgravity affects bacteria at the genetic level—conferring reproductive advantages that persist …