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Faintest ever galaxy shows universe 13 billion years ago

The faintest galaxy from the early universe has been discovered by a team of scientists.<p>The galaxy, hidden behind a galaxy cluster known as …

Universe

Does time run backward inside black holes?

Using the 'holographic principle,' a new study suggests that the ever decreasing entropy of black holes could means that thermodynamic time may go …

14 Creepy Ways To Use Big Data

The amount of data being collected about people, companies, and governments is unprecedented. What can be done with that data is downright …

Big Data

Muons in search for hidden pyramid chambers

Earth is showered constantly by particles called muons that are created by cosmic rays, and clever scientists are finding ways to use them as probes …

Physics

Japanese Researchers Make Glass That's Nearly Unbreakable

Scientists in Japan say they’ve fashioned glass that’s almost as strong as steel.<p>The ability to make super strong glass could lead to a whole new …

Scientists find odd bright spots, could be another universe bumping into ours

Scientists believe they have found proof of parallel universes, a phenomenon that they have long been theorizing about. Astronomers have detected …

Black hole flares from puzzling coronas?

A black hole may flare when its corona – a mysterious source of highly energetic particles – launches away from the hole at close to 20 percent of …

Black Holes

Eating red and processed meat isn't going to increase your risk of cancer by that much

Contextualizing the World Health Organization's cancer report<p>Yesterday, the World Health Organization threw everyone into a panic by releasing a report categorizing red and processed meat as cancer-causing agents. After reviewing 800 scientific studies, the WHO's International Agency for Research …

Cancer

How to make the most of carbon dioxide

Researchers hope to show that using the gas as a raw material could make an impact on climate change.<p>On 29 September, the XPRIZE Foundation based in …

Fossil Fuels

Forensic DNA evidence is not infallible

As DNA analysis techniques become more sensitive, we must be careful to reassess the probabilities of error, argues Cynthia M. Cale.<p>Earlier this …

Genetics

What Gives A Black Hole Its Giant Flare?

It's all about the corona<p>Telescopes have captured black hole flares in the past, but what causes the flares has been a mystery. Now, NASA scientists have confirmed for the first time that a supermassive black hole's x-ray flare was caused by the ejection of its corona.<p>The conclusion comes from …

Black Holes

Scientists Are Making Chocolate Tastier And More Cancer-Fighting

It takes a bit more time, but it's worth it<p>For most people, chocolate is considered an indulgence to be enjoyed in moments of weakness. The cacao pod from which chocolate is made, though, is a rich source of healthful polyphenols, and now researchers have found a different way of processing the …

American Chemical Society

Your brain tissue changes when you learn to navigate - Futurity

Scientists have identified how spatial learning—when we learn to navigate by driving the same route over and over—alters the the brain's hippocampus.

The Brain

The Lone Star Tick May Be Spreading A New Disease Across America

Rocky Mountain spotted fever is a nasty disease.<p>"It's super, super scary," says F. Scott Dahlgren, an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.<p>"If you don't treat for Rocky Mountain spotted fever by the fifth day of illness, there's a really good chance you're going to …

Disease

Asthma drug could rejuvenate ageing brains, study suggests

Scientists hope to start trials in dementia patients after rat study suggests drug reduces brain inflammation and encourages neuron growth<p>An inexpensive drug used to prevent asthma attacks in children and adults may help to rejuvenate ageing brains, according to a study in rats.<p>Researchers found …

Dementia

Super-Sensitive Techniques Make DNA Evidence Lie Sometimes, Expert Says

A 2013 murder case shows just how dangerous it can be to rely on DNA evidence, an expert said Wednesday.<p>DNA found under the fingernails of murdered California millionaire Raveesh Kumra led police to Lukis Anderson of San Jose. But after Anderson spent five months in jail, investigators found out …

Crime

Fossil Whale Found Surrounded by Prehistoric Puke

Spread along the southwestern coast of Peru, the 9.9 to 8.9 million year old rock of the Pisco Formation has yielded some stunning fossils. Paleontologists working there have found the bones of enormous predatory whales, delicately-preserved shark jaws, and sea turtles, just to name a few …

Statins could stop flu jab from working properly and put elderly at risk, scientists warn

Statins work by cutting inflammation but they can also stop vaccines taking hold, scientists now believe<p>Statins can stop the flu jab from working properly making pensioners more vulnerable to dangerous strains of influenza in winter months, two new studies suggest.<p>Around 13 million people are …

A brief history of our desire to peer into the brain

Our attempts to unlock the secrets of the mind range from the pseudoscience of “bumpology” to the surprising part played by The Beatles.<p>What’s going on inside our skulls? Thanks to brain scanners and other hi-tech methods, we now have the technology to peer inside the brain.<p>However, that wasn’t …

The Brain

You Can Charge Your iPhone 6s Wirelessly, But Is It Worth It?

Popular Science experiments<p>September's iPhone 6S release added many features to take on the competition. A 12-megapixel camera, faster fingerprint sensor and 3D Touch impressed during our iPhone 6S review. But what wasn’t included in the body of the now-unbendable Apple phone is a feature found in …

Mobile Technology

Rosetta finds oxygen on comet 67P in 'most surprising discovery to date'

Oxygen revealed to be fourth most abundant gas in the comet’s atmosphere, contradicting long-held theories of comet formation<p>Scientists on the Rosetta mission have found oxygen in the gas cloud around comet 67P in what they described as the most surprising discovery about the comet to date.<p>It is …

Space

Can graphene oust silicon from memory chips? - Futurity

Only an atom thick, graphene is a key ingredient in work to create data storage technologies that use nanomaterials other than silicon.

FDA Approves Use Of Engineered Herpes Virus To Treat Cancer

The first of what may be many virus-based treatments<p>Yesterday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it had approved the drug Imlygic to treat late-stage melanoma on the skin and lymph nodes. The drug, which relies upon a genetically engineered herpes virus to attack and kill the …

Immunotherapy

Why some of Greenland's ice sheets have slowed down - Futurity

Despite big increases in ice melt across Greenland, the movement of ice sheets in some areas has slowed down, not accelerated. Satellite images show …

Global Warming

In 1660, witchcraft was 'part of everyday life' - Futurity

In 1660 New Haven, witchcraft was part of the culture, says John Putnam Demos. "Everyone would have things to say—and stories to tell—about …

A new strategy to stop cancer: Kill the invaders - Futurity

Cells in a roundworm called C. elegans cannot divide and invade at the same time. Now scientists want to apply that knowledge to fight cancer.

Cancer

Zombie physics: 6 baffling results that just won't die

To celebrate Halloween, Nature brings you the undead results that physicists can neither prove — nor lay to rest.<p>When a scientific result seems to …

Physics

The Hair-Raising Science Of Goose Bumps

Watch a scary movie and your skin crawls. Goose bumps have become so associated with fear that the word is synonymous with thrills and chills.<p>But what on earth does scary have do to with chicken-skin bumps? For a long time, it wasn't well understood.<p>Physiologically, it's fairly simple. Adrenaline …

Humanity