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Scientists just confirmed there's a second layer of information hidden in our DNA

Shutterstock<p>Theoretical physicists have confirmed that it's not just the information coded into our DNA that shapes who we are - it's also the way …

Stephen Hawking's soft hair theory means information could be retrieved from black holes

Soft hair at the edge of black holes could be the key to solving a long-standing physics problem – the information paradox. Stephen Hawking and …

New tool brings personalized medicine closer - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

Scientists from EPFL and ETHZ have developed a powerful tool for exploring and determining the inherent biological differences between individuals, …

Black Holes Could Be 'Back Doors' to Another Universe, Say Physicists

How to tunnel to another world.<p>A physical object, such as a person or a spacecraft, could theoretically make it through a wormhole in the centre of a …

Here's the Glorious 4K Footage of Last Month's Mercury Transit We've Been Waiting For

So you missed Mercury transiting the Sun last month and thought you were going to have to wait another three whole years to see the rare astronomical …

Eight Strange Doggy Bathroom Habits With Fascinating Explanations

<i>By Laura Caseley, writer at LittleThings</i><p>Loving dog owners, no doubt this has happened to you before: while on a walk, everything is totally normal -- until your dog starts doing something <i>very</i> strange...<p>Well, it might have been any <i>number</i> of strange things: maybe the dog shuffles around mid-deed, …

Did our sun steal 'Planet 9' from another star?

There are eight planets in our solar system, and have been officially ever since Pluto was reclassified as a dwarf planet in 2006. But what if there was a ninth planet, billions of miles past Neptune?<p>Earlier this year, researchers from CalTech announced that they had found signs of the planet, …

Earth - The strange fate of a person falling into a black hole

<i>This was the most-read story on BBC Earth in 2015. Here is another chance to read it.</i><p>It could happen to anyone. Maybe you're out trying to find a new habitable planet for the human race, or maybe you're just on a long walk and you slip. Whatever the circumstances, at some point we all find …

Universe is expanding up to 9% faster than we thought, say scientists

Measurements taken by Hubble space telescope conflict with studies of radiation left over from Big Bang – fuelling theories of ‘dark energy’ and mystery particles<p>The universe is expanding faster than anyone had previously measured or calculated from theory. This is a discovery that could test part …

Universe

ICSA Labs jumps into the IoT security testing pool

Securing the rapidly-expanding universe of connected technology just got a helping hand from a new assurance testing program for Internet of Things (IoT) sensors and devices.<p>According to a press release, ICSA Labs is launching a new security testing program that will focus on assurance testing for …

Internet of Things

The World's Largest Maths Problem Has Been Solved, And It Takes Up 200 TB

We’re gonna need a bigger hard drive.<p>If you thought advanced maths in high school was bad, spare a thought for a trio of mathematicians whose …

Mathematics

Four new planets discovered by a UBC astronomy student

Four new planets that lay beyond our solar system were discovered by a UBC graduate who spent months sifting through data from NASA. [am2_see_also] …

New Quantum 'Cat State' Can Be in Two Places at Once

Chances are you’re familiar with the Schroedinger’s cat paradox, whereby a hypothetical cat inside a box is both dead and alive until we open the box …

This 22-Year-Old Found Four New Planets, Including a ‘Warm Neptune’

One planet could conceivably host a moon with life.<p>Michelle Kunimoto grew up watching the original <i>Star Trek</i>, which is how the University of British Columbia undergrad, who is 22, first got interested in distant planets.<p>As part of her coursework, she started analyzing data from the Kepler space …

Venus Rises Behind The Aurora In Stunning Time-Lapse Filmed From Space

Thank you, Tim Peake!<p>Tim Peake's time in space is coming to an end.<p>But it looks as if the British astronaut is making the most of the three weeks he has left on board the International Space Station.<p>Peake shared this stunning time-lapse video of Venus rising behind one of the auroras to Facebook on …

An ice age on Mars is ending — here's why that matters for Earth

In fact, the Red Planet is going through a change now, as it is coming out of an ice age, say geologists from the Southwest Research Institute.<p>An analysis of radar data collected by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows that about 87,000 cubic kilometers of ice have accumulated at the poles …

Physicists Have Found a Way to Slow Light Down by 'Twisting' It

Take that, universal speed limit.<p>Physicists have just found a way to slow light down without touching or intercepting it, simply by making it 'twist' …

Quantum Physics

The strongest gravitational show in the Universe

When you get enough mass together, Einstein’s theory of gravity causes space to act like a lens. Here are the results.<p><i>“The first amazing fact about</i> …

Check out Mars tonight: It's closer to Earth than it has been in 11 years

As you wind down from your Memorial Day festivities tonight, take a minute to find Mars glowing yellow and bright in the eastern sky.<p>On the evening of May 30, the Red Planet will come closer to Earth than it has in 11 years.<p>Because Mars and Earth are so close to each other tonight, our planetary …

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Could Study Planet 9

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) — arguably one of the most anticipated and talked about pieces of space hardware ever conceived — will certainly make observations of the ends of the universe that will likely shake cosmology to its core. But it would also be able to study the large …

Astronomers observe the intriguing near-Earth asteroid Phaethon

(Phys.org)—Discovered in 1983, the near-Earth asteroid Phaethon is an intriguing object, primarily due to its unusual orbit. Recently, an …

Astronomy

Polymer makes your wrinkles disappear, because science (Tomorrow Daily 363)

Skin Care

What Kind of Introvert Are You?

Are you an introvert? It depends on which book you read.<p>Here's a sampling of the various conceptualizations of introversion in pop culture …

Psychology

Instagram is testing analytics for businesses, too

Last week, we spotted an early test of Instagram's new profiles for business users.<p>Now, it looks like Instagram is also starting to test analytics …

Want more sex? Eat less, study says

It sounds simple: Cut back on your calorie intake by 25 percent— and voilà, you’re having more sex. That idea was just one of the takeaways from a study published May 2 in the journal <i>JAMA Internal Medicine</i>,in which researchers looked at how calorie restriction can impact humans’ quality of life, …