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It's your fault Netflix doesn't have good social features

There's a bare bones way you can share shows if you are on a mobile device, but Netflix doesn't even let you share easily to Facebook from a computer anymore (though you can still sign in using Facebook). In short, it's a social desert.<p>Music streaming services like Spotify have embraced the social …

How Do Fireflies Glow? Mystery Solved After 60 Years

Scientists have sussed out the chemical secret of these bright summertime beetles—and it may someday improve human health, a new study says.<p>Think of the firefly abdomen like a black box of bioluminescence.<p>For around 60 years, scientists have known what basic ingredients go into the box—things like …

How Sound Shaped The Evolution Of Your Brain

Acoustic biologists who have learned to tune their ears to the sounds of life know there's a lot more to animal communication than just, "Hey, here I am!" or "I need a mate."<p>From insects to elephants to people, we animals all use sound to function and converse in social groups — especially when the …

Forestry

Check Out This Amazing Transparent Car

Spectrum has posted some amazing video of a “transparent” car created by Japanese researchers. The car uses projectors, cameras, and special mirrors to reflect what’s outside the car onto the surfaces inside. The resulting images allow you to see what’s going on all around the vehicle, even behind …

Anti-inflammatory drugs ‘could fight depression’

Scientists to launch £5m study that explores links between immune disorders and mental illness – and could lead to new treatments<p>Scientists at seven UK universities are to set up a research consortium aimed at exploiting a newly discovered link between immune disorders and mental illness.<p>The …

Stunning images of Earth from the ISS

The big picture. Alexander Gerst took this image of the Banks Peninsula, on New Zealand's South Island, during his six-month Blue Dot mission. Image …

Space Exploration

What Would It Be Like to Live on the Moon?

The idea of building a lunar outpost has long captured people's imaginations. But what would it really be like to live on the moon?<p>Space exploration …

Astronomy

Text-walkers evolve ‘protective shuffle' to prevent injuries

Text-walkers might seem oblivious to their surroundings but they are actually taking extra care to avoid obstacles<p>Sauntering along the pavement at a snail’s pace with their heads bent low over their smartphones, text-walkers are the bane of most busy pedestrians.<p>But while they appear to be …

Text Messaging

Echinopsis Cactus Flowers Seem to Explode Like Fireworks | Colossal

<p>Echinopsis cacti have some of the most brilliant flowers of any cactus, with vibrantly colored petals and explosive blooms that look almost like …

Comets Could Have Kickstarted Life On Earth And Other Worlds

No crowdfunding required<p>Comets are typically associated with extinction. However, there is growing evidence pointing to their ability to "seed" or create life on planets, a controversial idea, but one boosted by a groundbreaking experiment that re-created a comet impact as it would have occurred on …

Here's what would happen if the sun disappeared right now

What would happen if the sun disappeared this very second?<p>The sun is about 333,000 times the mass of Earth and produces the same amount of energy as 100 billion hydrogen bombs every second!<p>Its giant mass makes the sun the dominant gravitational force in the solar system that locks all eight planets …

Do video games make people violent?

<b>More than 200 academics have signed an open letter criticising controversial new research suggesting a link between violent video games and aggression.</b><p>The findings were released by the American Psychological Association.<p>It set up a taskforce that reviewed hundreds of studies and papers published …

Behavior

How Life and Luck Changed Earth's Minerals

Is evolution predictable, or was it heavily shaped by random events? Biologists have argued over this question for decades. Some have suggested that …

Octopuses Are Aliens Say Scientists After Examining The Mollusc's DNA

A new study has revealed that octopuses are basically aliens. Research on their individual DNA make-up discovered that they are unlike any other …

4 technologies that could kill the password

The problem is that a string of letters and characters alone will always be relatively easy to hack or steal, especially through trickery like phishing attacks over email. And to make matters worse, many people use the same password for more than one account, making it easier to get hold of all …

Researchers Simulate Meteorite Impact on an Ancient Ocean Conditions and Found It Creates Building Blocks of DNA

The idea that a meteorite struck earth and sparked life isn’t a new theory in the scientific world, but Japanese researchers actually created a simulation that showed how the building blocks of DNA could form from such an impact.<p>A drawing showing a meteorite impact in Earth’s early oceans. …

Meteorites

Team makes Vicodin component in yeast, says 'home brew' opiates still not feasible

Earlier this summer, a flurry of scientific papers and news reports warned of the likely arrival, sometime soon, of "home brew heroin" -- opiate drugs that might be brewed using yeast, just like beer or wine are, possibly in the privacy of your own home.<p>Advances in bioengineering had allowed …

Homebrewing

India’s Mars Orbiter Captures Striking View of Red Planet’s Canyons

India's Mars Orbiter, which arrived at the Red Planet late last year, has just sent back a beautiful shot of the Ophir Chasma, a system of deep valleys and scalloped terrain in the Valles Marineris region. Areas with major geological features like this tend to show off the various layers of …

Mars Orbiter

Watch as astronauts soar over an Aurora Borealis in the space station

Space is a remarkable place, and right now, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly has the best seat in the house for watching its cosmic wonders unfold. Last night, Kelly posted a brief video to let us join in on his incredible view as he soared over a stunning Aurora Borealis from aboard the International …

How to spot ISS in your sky

A new map-based feature in NASA’s Spot the Station program makes it even easier to track the International Space Station as it passes over you.<p>This …

Watch Drone Footage Of A Giant Lava River

This is what flying robots with cameras were built for<p>Lava is dangerous, but it’s so pretty to watch. This makes filming it an ideal job for flying robots. Using two DJI Inspire drones, American Eric Cheng filmed a flowing lava river in Iceland. The drone survived both the cold of the winter and …

How Do Some Animals Make Their Own Sunscreen?

Fish, hippopotamuses, and other animals produce chemicals that protect them from the sun's rays.<p>On a recent beach trip I forgot to wear sunscreen and was left literally burning with regret.<p>But many wild animals, from fish to hippos, don’t have to remember to hit the drugstore to be protected from …

How Did Sea Turtle Get a Straw Up Its Nose?

Scientists studying olive ridley sea turtles in Costa Rica recently helped the injured reptile.<p>In a cringe-inducing video that's gone viral, a team of scientists spent nearly ten minutes pulling a plastic straw from the nostril of an olive ridley sea turtle.<p>At first, "it looked like a worm," says …

Rare 'fire rainbow' lights up US skies

Described as a “multi-coloured angel hovering overhead” by some viewers, the halo-forming cloud known as a circumhorizontal arc is said to require a strict set of conditions and occur only in “high-level cirrus clouds [thin, wispy clouds] made up of tiny ice crystals”, meteorologist Justin Lock …

Amazing Kinetic Doors Unfold Like Origami

You’re about to realize just how boring every door you’ve ever seen really is.<p>Vienna-based artist Klemens Torggler designs doors, except they don’t feel like doors. They don’t swing open or shut. Instead, you tickle them and they unfold. Part sculpture, part origami, Torggler’s doors seem less like …

3D Floors Bring the Beach (and Vertigo) Indoors - Technabob

When you think about over the top buildings, houses, and cars, one of the places that comes to mind is certainly Dubai. There is so much oil money in …

Cell Phone Cage To Lock Phones From Being Used

Sometimes you just need a little family time away from Facebook, Snapchat, and just being a slave to your phone. The Cell Lock-Up is a cage that …

Mobile Technology

Ultimate 'Selfie' Taken By Photographer On Rim Of A Hawaiian Volcano With Milky Way Background

Stop taking selfies. There’s no point. The game has been ended by an Ohio man who recently snapped himself on the rim of a volcano, silhouetted …

Swiss court bans cowbells because they 'keep neighbours up at night'

Zurich court decides that even the sound of cowbells cannot be allowed to disturb a Swiss citizen’s right to a perfect night’s sleep<p>A farmer in Switzerland has been ordered to remove traditional cowbells from his herd because they are keeping his neighbours awake at night.<p>The tinkle of cowbells is …