Science

When a DNA Test Shatters Your Identity

“Each person comes into our group thinking they are a freak.”<p>It was AncestryDNA’s customer service rep who had to break the news to Catherine St Clair.<p>For her part, St Clair thought she was inquiring about a technical glitch. Her brother—the brother who along with three other siblings had gifted …

Genealogy

Designer babies on horizon as ethics council gives green light to genetically edited embryos

Designer babies are on the horizon after an influential group of scientists concluded that it could be ‘morally permissible’ to genetically engineer human embryos.<p>In a new report which opens the door to a change in the law, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, said that DNA editing could become an …

Genetics

Scary new venomous snake discovered

Scientists searching for sea snakes never expected to stumble across this find.<p>In a chance discovery, a team of biologists were returning from a sea snake research mission in Queensland, Australia when they found a new venomous species.<p>The team, led by University of Queensland’s Associate Professor …

Zoology

Galileo Would Be Stunned: Jupiter Now Has 79 Moons

More than 400 years after Galileo Galilei discovered the first of Jupiter's moons, astronomers have found a dozen more — including one they've dubbed "oddball" — orbiting the planet. That brings the total number of Jovian moons to 79.<p>The team of astronomers originally wasn't even looking for the 12 …

Astronomy

Wildlife Experts Weigh in on Japan's Obsession With Smuggled Pet Otters

They make bad pets, anyway.<p>Look, we all know otters are cute as heck, with their big eyes and sharp little teeth. But just because an animal is cute</b> …

Digital Culture

Eat at least two hours before bedtime to lower risk of breast and prostate cancer, study suggests

Eating dinner at least two hours before bedtime could lower the risk of developing breast of prostate cancer, a new study suggests.<p>People who ate their evening meal before 9pm or waited two hours after eating before going to sleep were found to have a 20 per cent reduced risk of cancer compared to …

Cancer

Controversial study raises new doubts over unwanted genetic damage caused by CRISPR

A strong research paper from scientists at the Wellcome Sanger Institute has again raised doubts over the safety and accuracy of the CRISPR-Cas9 gene …

Genetics

Teens who spend tons of time on the internet may develop ADHD symptoms

If we're being honest, it's damn near impossible to stay focused when the internet is at our fingertips. There's always one more notification to …

Social Media

A quadrillion tons of diamonds are sitting under Earth’s surface

The Earth has a diamond-encrusted interior that’s lined with over a quadrillion tons of the precious stone.<p>Scientists made the blingin’ discovery …

Earth Science

Scientists Prove Einstein Right Using the Most Elusive Particles in the Universe

Once again, scientists have shown that Albert Einstein's theory of special relativity is right — this time, thanks to a particle detector buried deep …

Physics

Genetically modified babies given go ahead by UK ethics body

The creation of babies whose DNA has been altered to give them what parents perceive to be the best chances in life has received a cautious green light in a landmark report from a leading UK ethics body.<p>The Nuffield Council on Bioethics said that changing the DNA of a human embryo could be “morally …

Genetics

Why Nature Prefers Couples, Even for Yeast

Some species have the equivalent of many more than two sexes, but most do not. A new model suggests the reason depends on how often they mate.<p>We tend …

Biology

CRISPR DNA editing could do some serious genetic damage, study says

Gene-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 has garnered significant amounts of positive press in recent months, as the promise of gene editing could help with medicine and alter DNA for the better. But a new study suggests that CRISPR isn't all it's cracked up to be.<p>The study, published July 16 in Nature, makes …

Genetics

Wildfires In The U.S. Are Getting Bigger

A California wildfire that started on Friday doubled in size over the weekend, killing a firefighter and threatening Yosemite National Park. And it’s …

Forests

What’s the simplest unsolved maths problem?

It may be "simple", but the problem is a little trickier than a multiplication question...<p>If by ‘simplest’ you mean easiest to explain, then it’s …

Mathematics

4 things we learned about plastic straw bans from people with disabilities

There is a debate taking place online in reaction to the plastic straw bans spreading across the U.S., Canada, and Europe.<p>As various cities and …

Pollution

Global warming might ruin the internet, study warns

Parts of the infrastructure that forms the backbone of the Internet — from fiber optic cables to colocation facilities — is at risk of being flooded …

Climate Change

Archeologists Find World's Oldest Bread

The bread—and the oven that baked it—predate farming by at least 4,000 years.<p>Bread is life, but according to new research, it might be even more than that. A group of archeologists in northeastern Jordan have found the oldest bread in the world, and their findings show that this bread predates the …

Archaeology

Deadly great white sharks and oceanic white-tips to arrive in British waters by 2050

Dangerous sharks including great whites and oceanic white-tips could be swimming off the beaches of Cornwall within the next 30 years, according to experts.<p>A new study, carried out by Dr Ken Collins, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Southampton and a former member of the UK Shark Tagging …

Fish

Trump’s meeting with Putin may have had a surprise nuclear twist

There is widespread uproar today over yesterday’s press conference between US President Donald Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin. Trump’s …

Russia

How magnetized wire can detect cancer cells in your blood

A fascinating cancer detection technique has been developed by scientists at Stanford University. The process involves a small magnetic wire being …

Molecular Biology

Fur, Feathers, Hair, and Scales May Have the Same Ancient Origin

New research shows that the processes involved in hair, fur, and feather growth are remarkably similar to the way scales grow on fish—a finding that …

Biology

Climate Change Is Killing These Ancient Trees , but That's Just Part of the Story

New research shows that 2,000-year-old baobab trees are suddenly dying. New trees won’t have a chance, either.<p>Some of the world’s oldest trees are …

Ecology

To Understand the Depths of the Planet, Look to the Mountains

As the Andes grew, they shaped the climates and history of South America. That makes them one of the best places for studying geology in …

Earth Science

The longest total lunar eclipse in a century is about to happen — here's how Earth will color the moon blood-red

Huge swaths of Earth are in for a special astronomical treat in late July: the longest total lunar eclipse in roughly 100 years.<p>During the evening of July 27 and into the early morning of July 28, Earth will pass between the sun and the moon to cast a shadow on our 4.5-billion-year-old …

Astronomy

Insurers And Government Are Slow To Cover Expensive CAR-T Cancer Therapy

Patients whose blood cancers have failed to respond to repeated rounds of chemotherapy may be candidates for a new type of gene therapy that could send their cancers into remission for years. But the two approved therapies, with price tags of hundreds of thousands of dollars, have roiled the …

News (U.S.)

The Supernova That Launched a Thousand Gorgeous Space Images

In 1990, Dana Berry was messing around with a new software program called Photoshop at NASA’s Space Telescope Science Institute, where he worked as a …

Universe

Iceland gets away with killing dozens of huge, endangered whales. Here's why.

Icelandic whalers have spent much of July ripping back the skin of 65-foot long endangered fin whales in preparation to butcher their meat.<p>Earlier …

Zoology

A real-life scientist points out exactly how wrong Jose Canseco is about science

He’s no scientist ...<p>On Sunday night Jose Canseco took to Twitter to explain his plan for perpetual energy.<p>I wanted to give Jose Canseco a chance. Maybe the former MLB star had somehow stumbled upon an untapped energy resource that would solve all the worlds problems and usher in a new era of …

Cancer Cells

A rare cosmic collision might let scientists calculate the precise age of the universe

A so-far unseen celestial collision could be astronomers' best bet for figuring out just how quickly the universe is expanding.<p>Right now, physicists have two ways of measuring that expansion rate, and both are quite precise — but their answers don't match. That's been frustrating, since the number, …

Universe