Science

White nationalists are flocking to genetic ancestry tests — but many don't like their results

It was a strange moment of triumph against racism: The gun-slinging white supremacist Craig Cobb, dressed up for daytime TV in a dark suit and red tie, hearing that his DNA testing revealed his ancestry to be only “86% European, and … 14% Sub-Saharan African.”<p>The studio audience whooped and laughed …

DNA

Total solar eclipse 2017: 6 bizarre things that will happen

Things get a little weird during an eclipse. Here are six things to look for.<p>While there are many superstitions about eclipses, there are also a lot of weird things that happen during an eclipse that are completely real -- and super cool. Here are six incredible things to look for during the …

Astronomy

Peanut allergy cured in majority of children in immunotherapy trial

Australian researchers hail breakthrough after ‘life-changing’ tolerance persists for up to four years<p>Australian researchers have made a breakthrough in the treatment of peanut allergy in children.<p>A small clinical trial conducted at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute has led to two-thirds of …

Medicine

Tim Allen's Existential Tweet Mucks Up Evolution

On Tuesday evening at 7:10 pm PST comedian and former “tool man” Tim Allen sent an existential thought into the vast ether of the internet. “If we …

Evolution

Mystery of how first animals appeared on Earth 'solved by scientists'

New research has shed fresh light on how animals first appeared on the Earth.<p>It is a story spanning hundreds of millions of years, of entire mountain …

Biology

Deep in the Heart of Our Galaxy, Einstein Proved Right Again

Scientists always seem to be finding new evidence of Albert Einstein "being right." The latest example comes from astronomers using the European …

Physics

New glass blocks may be a clear choice for solar power

Buildings have a lot of surface area that's exposed to sunlight, so why just stop at rooftop solar panels? We've already seen solar energy-harvesting …

Clean Energy

Solar Panels Go Green — Literally. Here's Why That's a Big Deal

Tiny particles make bluish-black photovoltaic panels bright green, bringing high-efficiency solar panels of many colors a step closer to reality.<p>Subscribe<p>Let our news meet your inbox.<p>SIGN UP<p>With highly rated models now running in excess of 20-percent efficiency, solar panels have gotten pretty good …

Clean Energy

This Powerful New Painkiller Could Be The Unexpected Ticket to Replacing Opioids

We desperately need a new drug to treat pain.<p>Researchers have developed a new class of pain relief that acts on an obscure nerve pathway, opening the …

Pain

Scientists Focus on Gut Flora for Future Treatments of Autoimmune Diseases

What if your gut flora was actually a healing agent capable of doing battle with autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis, lupus, and rheumatoid …

Microbiome

At Last, A Big, Successful Trial of Probiotics

A large Indian study of 4,500 newborn babies found that the right microbes can prevent a life-threatening condition called sepsis.<p>For all the hype that surrounds them, probiotics—products that contain supposedly beneficial bacteria—have rarely proven their worth in large, rigorous studies. There …

Medicine

How one man's 40 years of weather records became a treasure trove of climate change data

Meet billy barr — and yes, those are supposed to be lowercase letters. That's how he spells it. He's particular about details like that, and his …

Lifestyle

Whales turn tail at ocean mining noise

A new international study has measured the effect of loud sounds on migrating humpback whales as concern grows as oceans become noisier.<p>University of …

Oceans

Shocking Electric Eel Facts

Most people don't know much about electric eels, except that they produce electricity. Although not endangered, electric eels only live in one small …

Biological Species

How to make your own pinhole viewer to watch the solar eclipse

Get a DIY view of Monday's solar eclipse by using a few bits and bobs from around your kitchen<p>On Monday, August 21, the moon will pass in front of …

Astronomy

Groundbreaking Observation Confirms One of Quantum Physics’ Oldest Predictions

Particle accelerators have a lot of important jobs, like looking for new stuff by slamming beams of old stuff together. But a new particle …

Physics

The Most Distant Galaxy Observed to Date Provides Insight into the Early Universe

In their pursuit of learning how our Universe came to be, scientists have probed very deep into space (and hence, very far back in time). Ultimately, …

Universe

Is it really Lyme? Researchers developing a new test to tell

WASHINGTON (AP) — Diagnosing if a tick bite caused Lyme or another disease can be difficult but scientists are developing a new way to do it early — using a "signature" of molecules in patients' blood.<p>It's still highly experimental, but initial studies suggest the novel tool just might uncover …

Medicine

Make Your Own Eclipse Viewer

Hundreds of years before solar viewing glasses were readily available, scientists and casual spectators could still enjoy these rare celestial events without frying their eyeballs. They'd use a combination of pinholes and mirrors to redirect the sun's rays onto a screen.<p>It took a while to figure …

News (U.S.)

From exoplanets to galaxies: NASA chooses 6 missions for further study

Six astrophysics programs selected for further study by NASA have science goals across the universe, ranging from exoplanets to galaxies.<p>This round of choices for NASA's Explorers Program, announced Aug. 9, includes three Explorer missions ($250 million each) and three missions of opportunity ($70 …

Universe

For the Great American Solar Eclipse, Leave Your Camera at Home

Solar astronomer J. McKim Malville has some advice for people planning to see the Great American Solar Eclipse on Aug. 21: Don’t photograph it.<p>This …

Solar Eclipse

Can Trauma Experienced By Your Great-Great-Grandparents Be Passed On To You?

Our families pass on pieces of themselves to us in more than one way. Your eye colour may be thanks to genetic inheritance, but not everything we …

Genetics

Killer Asteroid Impact Update: Potentially Hazardous Asteroid Apophis Found Less Likely To Collide With Earth

A NASA scientist, working on the data gathered through the extensive tracking of the Potentially Hazardous Asteroid Apophis, has concluded that the …

Space Exploration

Here's Your Critical Guide to the Hospitable Earth-Like Exoplanets

There’s a vital human desire to discover and explore other planets like Earth, so the plenum of candidate Earth-like planets is fitting. As of July …

Exoplanets

A Lab Accident Leads to Bioactive "Tissue Paper"

The discovery happened, as so many discoveries do, by accident.<p>Adam Jakus, then a postdoctoral researcher in materials science at Northwestern …

Biology

The Best Way to Test Students? Make Them Explain It On Video

As a physics professor, I have two jobs. The first, obviously, is to help students understand physics. That makes me something of a coach. But I want …

Physics

The Perfect Entrepreneurial Attitude According to Science

There’s a saying out there that entrepreneurs aren’t made, they’re born.<p>I don’t believe that.<p>I think being an entrepreneur is something anyone can …

Entrepreneurship

Astronomers Gawk at Supermassive Black Holes in the Middle of a Feast

Cosmic jellyfish are just prey in space.<p>In space, no one can hear you scream — even if you’re a jellyfish galaxy getting torn tentacle from tentacle …

Astrophysics

Physicists Have Made Exotic Quantum States From Light

From Light to Super-Proton<p>Five years ago, Martin Weitz and his team accomplished what other physicists had thought impossible: they created a …

Quantum Mechanics

Naked intruder jumps in elderly woman’s bed, gives her fatal heart attack: cops

A 72-year-old woman in Burnham, Maine died from a heart attack after a naked intruder broke into her home in April, according to police and medical …

Crime