Science

Controversial Study Says Women Find Men Attractive Based on One Body Part

No, not that one.<p>By on<p>The revolution will not be televised. It'll be sent to your inbox by us.<p>If there’s one good thing 2017 will be remembered for, …

Gender

18 'healthy habits' you should give up in 2018

We all have them — habits we think are healthy because we heard them somewhere on the news or from a health-conscious friend. And no matter how much we hate them, we just keep doing them because we think they're good for us.<p>Take using BMI to tell whether you're a healthy weight. Is it really the …

Nutrition

This TV Meteorologist Has Absolutely Had It With The Flat-Earth Movement

Keith Carson has a simple challenge for those who think the Earth is flat.<p>Count meteorologist Keith Carson among those working in the scientific community who’ve had just about enough of the “flat Earth” movement.<p>Carson, who works for NBC affiliates WCSH and WLBZ in Maine, spent nearly five minutes …

When the Cure Is the Cause: The Case of the Green Hairy Tongue

Too often, a medical treatment can make matters worse. A bizarre epidemic in 1960s Japan should have set off alarms around the world.<p>Keiko …

Medicine

BREAKING: Engineers Just Unveiled The First-Ever Design of a Complete Quantum Computer Chip

The Moon landing of quantum computing.<p>Practical quantum computing has been big news this year, with significant advances being made on theoretical …

Quantum Mechanics

What science says about why we get déjà vu

• <b>About 70% of the population experience déjà vu.</b>• <b><br>It's the sense of familiarity that feels misplaced because you know you haven't experienced the same thing before.</b>• <b><br>Psychologists and neuroscientists have come up with several different theories over the years for why we experience the strange …

The Brain

Here’s What Oil Drilling Looks Like in the Arctic Refuge, 30 Years Later

These satellite images of a small part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge show the site of what, so far, is the only oil well ever drilled in the refuge, an exploratory well known as KIC-1 that was completed in the mid-1980s. The well was plugged and abandoned, and the drilling equipment and a …

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Massive, 3-mile-wide 'potentially hazardous asteroid' will zoom past Earth tomorrow

An enormous, 3-mile-wide "potentially hazardous asteroid" is hurtling toward Earth and is slated to zoom past the planet tomorrow, but scientists say there is no need to worry.<p>Known as 3200 Phaethon, the space rock orbits the Sun and is expected to come the closest it has come to Earth since 1974, …

Space Exploration

Will these water-gathering devices put a stop to 'pipeageddon?'

Automatic water generators and water harvesters are designed to suck drinking water from the air.<p>Americans take tap water for granted. We tend to assume we can have all the potable water we want with the twist of a tap. But with rising temperatures and population growth depleting freshwater sources …

Clean Energy

This device can calm symptoms of Parkinson’s disease

Following is a transcript of the video.<p>This device can calm symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. It’s called Deep Brain Stimulation therapy.<p>A surgically implanted device delivers electrical stimulation to the brain. It targets specific areas of the brain to help patients regain control of their …

Parkinson's Disease

What Force Created These Bizarre Cubes in Antarctica's Ice?

Antarctica isn't just a land of ice — sometimes, in some places, it appears to be a land of giant ice cubes. But why? How do these huge, rectangular …

Climate Change

Avocado Hand Injuries Are Real. Is A Seedless Fruit The Answer?

Behold, the cocktail avocado. No, that's not a weird cucumber. It's the latest in avocado innovation, on offer at British retail chain Marks & Spencer.<p>According to an Instagram post from M&S itself, "It's the avocado you never knew you needed." That may be because the British press are promoting …

World News

ScienceAlert Deal: 10 Unique Gadgets You Didn't Know You Needed

Levitating moon light anyone?<p>Anyone can appreciate a gadget that can make everyday life a bit easier or more fun. However, there's plenty of products …

Gear & Gadgets

Trump reconsiders rules protecting miners from black lung

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump's mining regulators are reconsidering regulations meant to protect underground miners from breathing coal and rock dust, the cause of black lung disease, and diesel exhaust, which can cause cancer.<p>The Mine Safety and Health Administration has …

Business

Forget Tesla's Solar Roof: This Startup Tells Us Solar Window is the Future

SolarWindow wants to change the world.<p>The revolution will not be televised. It'll be sent to your inbox by us.<p>While Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been …

Clean Energy

5 Things You Didn't Know About the Winter Solstice

Dec. 21 marks the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. It's the shortest day of the year, and it's rooted in astronomical and religious …

Astronomy

Powering up: The biggest battery breakthroughs of 2017

Safety first<p>The chances of lithium-ion batteries failing is very low, but with so many of them in use everyday the chances of something going wrong …

Batteries

Why some killer whales have curved fins

Contrary to popular belief, fin collapse doesn't just affect captive whales. Biologists think there are several reasons for the phenomenon. Following is a transcript of the video.<p>Contrary to popular belief, it's not just in captive whales. The phenomenon is more common in captivity, but people have …

Animals

Ketamine Relieved Suicidal Thoughts Within Hours in Hospital Study

When it comes to preventing suicide, true breakthroughs are hard to come by. The overall rate of suicide in the U.S. has increased since the turn of …

Depression

"Mind-blowing results" from gene therapy trial point to a cure for haemophilia

The results from the first human trials for a gene therapy to treat patients with haemophilia A have just been published, and they are truly …

Medicine

SpaceX 1st: Recycled rocket soars with recycled capsule

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX has racked up another first, launching a recycled rocket with a recycled capsule on a NASA grocery run.<p>The unmanned Falcon rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Friday with a just-in-time-for-Christmas delivery for the International Space Station.<p>The …

SpaceX

Rhea Retrospective: Cassini Probe's Last View of Battered Saturn Moon

Rhea, an icy cratered moon that provided the first direct evidence of an oxygen atmosphere in the Saturn system, shines in its final image by the …

Planets

Facebook admits that social media can be bad for you

• <b>Facebook has acknowledged that too much social media can be damaging to people's mental health.</b>• <b><br>The company is coming under increasing scrutiny about its impact on society.</b>• <b><br>A former Facebook exec recently said social networks are "destroying how society works."</b><p>Facebook acknowledged on Friday that too …

Social Media

Get a dummy’s-eye view of a suborbital ride on Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin spaceship

What will people experience when they rocket to the edge of space on the New Shepard suborbital spaceship that’s currently being tested by Jeff …

Exploration

This Study on 3,000 Very Good Golden Retrievers Could Help All Dogs Live Longer

Who's a good boy?<p>Most dogs get poked and prodded at the veterinarian's office. Piper, a 4-year-old golden retriever in Chicago, gets far more …

Dogs

In the Wake of Net Neutrality Repeal, Legislators Vow to Fight Back

In our weekly news roundup: the repeal of net neutrality, a push from freelancers for payment, and more.<p>In a widely criticized but expected move, the …

Net Neutrality

Unique genetic mutation found in family that doesn't feel pain

Unpleasant as it is, pain serves an important function by telling us that something is wrong. But for people suffering from chronic pain conditions, …

Pain

Compound in Marijuana Appears Safe and Nonaddictive, WHO Says

A compound in marijuana appears to be relatively safe and nonaddictive, according to a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO).<p>In an …

Cannabis

Earth will likely warm way beyond the crucial tipping point that the Paris agreement was meant to avoid

• <b>A new report estimates that global temperature will increase 3.2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by the end of the century.</b>• <b><br>That's well over the 2-degree limit set by the Paris Agreement in 2015.</b>• <b><br>But it's not all bad news: China and India have made huge strides in curbing greenhouse gas</b> …

Climate

Why Don't We Have a 'Star Wars' Hyperdrive Yet?

With "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" opening today (Dec. 15), more than likely you're going to see at least one ship using hyperspace drive to travel …

Physics