Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Boaty McBoatface submarine records successful maiden voyage

Boaty McBoatface submarine records successful maiden voyage

A yellow submarine dubbed Boaty McBoatface has obtained “unprecedented data” from its first voyage exploring one of the deepest and coldest ocean regions on Earth, scientists have said. The robotic submersible was given the name originally chosen for a new polar research ship by irreverent contestants in a public competition. Embarrassed officials decided to ignore the popular vote and instead...

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The Truth About “Lactose Intolerance”

The Truth About “Lactose Intolerance”

I’ve wanted to address this one for a while. I consider lactose intolerance to be one of the most universally mischaracterized and misunderstood concepts in all of nutrition and health.

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'World's largest sleep study' seeks online volunteers

'World's largest sleep study' seeks online volunteers

Brain scientists at a Canadian university are aiming to get a better handle on how sleep affects memory, problem solving and other cognitive functions in what they are billing as the largest such study ever to be done.

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The Solution To A Century-Old Physics Problem Might Lead To Better Telecommunications And Cloaking Devices

The Solution To A Century-Old Physics Problem Might Lead To Better Telecommunications And Cloaking Devices

For over 100 years, electronic devices have been regulated by a concept called the Q factor. If the devices are storing a lot of energy for a long time, th

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Ten Amazing Things Scientists Just Did with CRISPR

Ten Amazing Things Scientists Just Did with CRISPR

A new tool called CRISPR is letting scientists cut and snip DNA in better ways, and has led to a slew of new research that touches on many human diseases. By Tracy Staedter.

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

What Does the Appendix Do, Anyway?

What Does the Appendix Do, Anyway?

The appendix protects against recurrent infection by Clostridium difficile (C difficile) and possibly other pathogenic bacteria, according to a study published in the December issue of Clinical Gastroenterology.

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Tick saliva 'gold mine' blocks killer heart condition

Tick saliva 'gold mine' blocks killer heart condition

Oxford scientists are excited by the prospect of making a drug from a bug.

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The $100 billion per year back pain industry is mostly a hoax

The $100 billion per year back pain industry is mostly a hoax

A new book investigates the ways people in pain are being swindled, and explains what actually works.

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MIT’s gas-powered drone is able to stay in the air for five days at a time

MIT’s gas-powered drone is able to stay in the air for five days at a time

Last month, a team of MIT engineers launched Jungle Hawk Owl from the back of a compact car.

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Science: regular consumption of marijuana keeps you thin, fit, and active

Science: regular consumption of marijuana keeps you thin, fit, and active

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Here’s a new health-related adage to consider: Regular consumption of marijuana keeps you thin and active. According to researchers at Oregon Health and Science University, people who use marijuana more than five times per month have a lower body mass index (BMI) than people who do not use marijuana.

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Read the Lost Dream Journal of the Man Who Discovered Neurons

Read the Lost Dream Journal of the Man Who Discovered Neurons

An exclusive look at the dreams Santiago Ramon y Cajal recorded to prove Freud was wrong.

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Beyond bananas: 'Mind reading' technology decodes complex thoughts

Beyond bananas: 'Mind reading' technology decodes complex thoughts

New research builds on the pioneering use of machine learning algorithms with brain imaging technology to "mind read."

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The Science of Being Left-Handed

The Science of Being Left-Handed

It goes beyond a hand preference.

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Universal Basic Income Is the Path to an Entirely New Economic System

Universal Basic Income Is the Path to an Entirely New Economic System

Sooner rather than later, a robot is going to be able to do part or all of what you do for a living. In response to this and other pressures, the Canadian province of Ontario is gearing up to launch a basic income trial this summer. For a limited period of time, and in three regions across the province, the government will be giving people a living wage, for free and with no strings attached, and seeing how the hell it goes, eh?

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The rover that will store rock samples on Mars

The rover that will store rock samples on Mars

Nasa’s new rover is intended to store rock samples it plucks from the Martian surface. But what happens after that? Richard Hollingham finds out.

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New study confirms the oceans are warming rapidly

New study confirms the oceans are warming rapidly

John Abraham: Although there’s some uncertainty in the distribution among Earth’s ocean basins, there’s no question that the ocean is heating rapidly. As humans put ever more heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere, the Earth heats up. These are the basics of global warming. But where does the heat go? How much extra heat is there? And how accurate are our measurements? These are questions that climate scientists ask.

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Living near noisy roads could make it harder to get pregnant

Living near noisy roads could make it harder to get pregnant

Living near a noisy road seems to affect couples who are trying get pregnant, increasing the likelihood that it will take them between six to 12 months. That’s according to an analysis of 65,000 women living in Denmark. Jeppe Schultz Christensen of the Danish Cancer Society Research Center in Copenhagen and his team made this discovery by analysing data from the Danish National Birth Cohort, a project that ran from 1996 to 2002.

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Monday, 26 June 2017

Birds use cigarette butts for chemical warfare against ticks

Birds use cigarette butts for chemical warfare against ticks

Urban house finches incorporate more fibres from cigarette butts into their nests if they have live ticks in them, suggesting the toxic chemicals in the butts may deter the parasites

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Scientists overlooked a major problem with going to Mars — and they fear it could be a suicide mission

Scientists overlooked a major problem with going to Mars — and they fear it could be a suicide mission

Humans probably shouldn't go to Mars until we figure this out.

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Developers Who Use Spaces Make More Money Than Those Who Use Tabs

Developers Who Use Spaces Make More Money Than Those Who Use Tabs

Do you use tabs or spaces for code indentation?

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Ken Campbell: the palaeontologist whose name lives on in many fossils

Ken Campbell: the palaeontologist whose name lives on in many fossils

One of Australia's most distinguished palaeontologists will be farewelled at a funeral in Canberra today.

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Noisy cities disrupt heartbeat and could trigger disease, study suggests 

Noisy cities disrupt heartbeat and could trigger disease, study suggests 

The cacophony of noise town centres could trigger heart problems, a new study suggests, after scientists found that fluctuating sounds on busy high streets disturb normal cardiac rhythms. Researchers from Nottingham Trent University found that constant changes in noise – even at low levels – had an immediate and disruptive effect on the patterns of participants’ normal heart rates.

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Sunday, 25 June 2017

Texas Is Too Windy and Sunny for Old Energy Companies to Make Money

Texas Is Too Windy and Sunny for Old Energy Companies to Make Money

In a windsurfers’ paradise, turbines capture gusts that pick up at exactly the right time - or the wrong time, if you're trying to sell natural gas.

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How to Build the Perfect Sandcastle--According to Science

How to Build the Perfect Sandcastle--According to Science

A sedimentologist weighs in on beach selection, tools and the perfect sand-to-water ratio

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Jack Ma: Artificial intelligence could set off WWIII, but 'humans will win'

Jack Ma: Artificial intelligence could set off WWIII, but 'humans will win'

Artificial intelligence could set off a third world war, but humans will win the battle, according to Alibaba founder Jack Ma. "The first technology revolution caused World War I," Ma told CNBC in an interview that aired on Tuesday. "The second technology revolution caused World War II. This is the third technology revolution." Workers and employers are increasingly defined by data unless governments show more willingness to make "hard choices."

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Long before iPhones, this 19th-century gadget made everyone a mobile addict

Long before iPhones, this 19th-century gadget made everyone a mobile addict

Kaleidoscopes had kids walking into walls.

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Antibacterial soaps may do more harm than good, scientists warn

Antibacterial soaps may do more harm than good, scientists warn

Anti-bacterial soaps and gels are useless and may cause harm, 200 scientists and medics have warned.

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Musk plans city on Mars

Musk plans city on Mars

A city on Mars with a million inhabitants could be achievable within 50 years, South African space entrepreneur Elon Musk has forecast, as he laid out plans to turn mankind into a multi-planetary species. The SpaceX founder warned that humans would need to venture away from Earth to avoid a “Doomsday event” and our “eventual extinction”.

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America’s hungriest wind and solar power users: big companies

America’s hungriest wind and solar power users: big companies

Major U.S. corporations such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N) and General Motors Co (GM.N) have become some of America’s biggest buyers of renewable energy, driving growth in an industry seen as key to helping the United States cut carbon emissions.

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The Importance of Measuring Resting Heart Rate

The Importance of Measuring Resting Heart Rate

Resting Heart Rate can be a strong indicator of overall health and fitness—here are the essentials on why you measure it and how to lower it.

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Passions flare as Turkey excludes evolution from textbooks

Passions flare as Turkey excludes evolution from textbooks

"This is bigotry, this is all about being a fanatic. How are they going to teach biology now? How are they going to talk about science?" On an online forum about the government's decision to exclude the theory of evolution from the national curriculum, a passionate discussion is under way. "Evolutionary theory is one of the most powerful and fundamental theories in modern science. To describe it as 'controversial' is unbelievable," says one commenter.

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Does Eating Eggs Increase Your Risk of Dementia?

Does Eating Eggs Increase Your Risk of Dementia?

A number of studies have linked dietary cholesterol to increased risk of dementia. A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Research assessed whether the consumption of eggs increased the risk of developing dementia.

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Princeton-Trained Computer Scientists Are Building a New Internet That Brings Privacy and Property Rights to Cyberspace

Princeton-Trained Computer Scientists Are Building a New Internet That Brings Privacy and Property Rights to Cyberspace

Muneeb Ali and Ryan Shea are the co-founders of Blockstack, a project to rebuild the internet using blockchain technology so that individuals can reclaim direct control over their own identities, contacts, and data. The goal is to bring the property rights we enjoy in the physical world to cyberspace.

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On ‘OK Computer,’ Radiohead Saw the Future: Ours

On ‘OK Computer,’ Radiohead Saw the Future: Ours

Reissued on its 20th anniversary, the band’s third album still sends chills.

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Saturday, 24 June 2017

Choline Plays a Role in Cardiovascular and Brain Health in Older Adults

Choline Plays a Role in Cardiovascular and Brain Health in Older Adults

Different concentrations of choline and related compounds in the blood affect the risk of cardiovascular disease and small- and large-vessel disease in the brain.

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Prenatal exposure to pain-relieving drug can impair development of male behavior

Prenatal exposure to pain-relieving drug can impair development of male behavior

Paracetamol is popular for relieving pain. But if you are pregnant, you should think twice before popping these pills according to the researchers in a new study.

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High fat diet reduces gut bacteria, Crohn's disease symptoms: Results could lead to new anti-inflammatory probiotics

High fat diet reduces gut bacteria, Crohn's disease symptoms: Results could lead to new anti-inflammatory probiotics

A high fat diet may lead to specific changes in gut bacteria that could fight harmful inflammation -- a major discovery for patients suffering from Crohn's disease, research indicates. Crohn's disease, a type of inflammatory bowel syndrome, causes debilitating intestinal swelling, cramping, and diarrhea. The disease affects half a million people in the United States, but its cause is yet unclear.

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A surprisingly simple explanation for the shape of bird eggs

A surprisingly simple explanation for the shape of bird eggs

Researchers crack a centuries-old mystery

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Evolution Will No Longer Be Taught in Turkish Schools

Evolution Will No Longer Be Taught in Turkish Schools

Claiming that evolution is “debatable, controversial, and too complicated for students,” Turkey’s board of education has decided to stop teaching Darwinian natural selection in its schools. The move has infuriated the country’s secular opposition, but it could embolden other countries to do the same.

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Sci-Hub Ordered to Pay $15 Million in Piracy Damages

Sci-Hub Ordered to Pay $15 Million in Piracy Damages

'Pirate' sites Sci-Hub and LibGen have been ordered to pay millions of dollars in damages to Elsevier, one of the largest academic publishers. A New York District Court granted Elsevier's request for a default judgment of $15 million in damages. Sci-Hub's founder says that she can't pay the damages even if she wanted to, and for now, the "Pirate Bay for science" isn't going anywhere.

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NASA Calls Bullshit on Goop's $120 'Bio-Frequency Healing' Sticker Packs

NASA Calls Bullshit on Goop's $120 'Bio-Frequency Healing' Sticker Packs

There’s no shortage of things to be mad about in late capitalism. Pretty high on the list, though, is the Eat, Pray, Love brand of pseudoscience promoted by Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop.

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SpaceX successfully launches and lands a used rocket for the second time

SpaceX successfully launches and lands a used rocket for the second time

SpaceX has successfully launched and landed a recycled Falcon 9 rocket for the second time. The rocket’s first stage — the 14-story-tall core that houses the fuel and the rocket’s main engines — touched down on one of the company’s autonomous drone ships in the Atlantic Ocean shortly after taking off from a launchpad at nearby Cape Canaveral, Florida. It’s the 12th time SpaceX has successfully landed one of these rocket stages out of 17 attempts, and the seventh time it’s performed the feat at sea.

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Friday, 23 June 2017

Health Check: what's the right way to blow your nose?

Health Check: what's the right way to blow your nose?

If you have a blocked or runny nose, chances are you'll reach for a tissue or hanky for a good blow. But is your technique up to scratch?

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Modified viruses deliver death to antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Modified viruses deliver death to antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Engineered microbes turn a bacterium's immune response against itself using CRISPR.

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Century-old Parkinson's question answered

Century-old Parkinson's question answered

Scientists say they have found the first direct evidence that the immune system does attack the brain in Parkinson's disease. The role of "autoimmunity" was first suggested nearly a century ago, but had not been confirmed. The discovery, in the journal Nature, suggests that drugs to calm the immune system could help manage the disease.

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Explainer: how law enforcement decodes your photos

Explainer: how law enforcement decodes your photos

Photos are full of information, from your location to phone model, and digital forensics can help extract it.

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Thursday, 22 June 2017

Psychopaths drinks their coffee black, study finds

Psychopaths drinks their coffee black, study finds

If you like your coffee black, you may be someone who prefers strong flavours, takes good care of their health, or just wants to drink their coffee the way it’s supposed to be drunk.  Or, you may be a psychopath. 

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Space X's Trips To Mars Will Pretty Much Be Like A Cruise Ship

Space X's Trips To Mars Will Pretty Much Be Like A Cruise Ship

Nobody promised space travel would be easy. Well, nobody did until now. Billionaire Elon Musk is planning to make sure everyone who takes a SpaceX trip to Mars will be traveling in style, with “movies, lecture halls, cabins, and a restaurant.”

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Beyond the Five Senses

Beyond the Five Senses

Telepathy, echolocation, and the future of perception. By Matthew Hutson.

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1985: When Philly police dropped a bomb on a residential neighborhood

1985: When Philly police dropped a bomb on a residential neighborhood

When an armed black radical group refused to surrender, the police responded with deadly and unprecedented force. By Alex Q. Arbuckle.

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