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We tend to stereotype extraterrestrial life as little green men, but there are much more instructive examples of alien weirdness right under our oceans. In the following article, Dr. Craig McClain of Deep Sea News and the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center discusses what the deep seas can teach us about potential astrobiological organisms. We as humans...
When restaurant manager Eric Moger surprised his girlfriend by proposing over Christmas dinner, he could have no idea that less than a year later his life and appearance would be changed beyond recognition. As he started to make plans for his wedding to Karen Hunger four years ago, doctors discovered...
Air pollution is killing on average 4,000 people in China a day, according to a new study published Thursday. It is the first such piece of research to draw from newly released official air quality figures from the country. The study, published in the online peer-reviewed journal PLOS One from...
Some U.S. scientists are helping search for evidence of alien life not by looking into outer space, but by studying some rocks right here on Earth. Some of the rocks are up to 3.5 billion years old. The scientists are looking for crucial information to understand how life might have...
Saint Louis - A university in St. Louis, Mo. is conducting a study on obesity and looking for participants. The researchers are willing to pay up to $3,500 to individuals who are willing to eat fast food daily for three months. According to KMOV, researchers at the Washington University School...
Set your phasers to stunned — researchers in the Netherlands have made a landmark breakthrough in the field of quantum teleportation that could one day see human beings getting beamed from one point in space to another. While that level of technology is still a long way off, the...
It's a wrap—the 2013 Python Challenge has nabbed 68 invasive Burmese pythons in Florida, organizers say. And experts are surprised so many of the elusive giants were caught. Nearly 1,600 people from 38 states—most of them inexperienced hunters—registered for the chance to track down one of the animals, many of which descend from snakes that...
EPECUEN, Argentina: A strange ghost town that spent a quarter century under water is coming up for air again in the Argentine farmlands southwest of Buenos Aires. Epecuen was once a bustling little lakeside resort, where 1,500 people served 20,000 tourists a season. During Argentina’s golden age, the same trains...
RIYADH: Scientists from Saudi Arabia and China said on Sunday they have completed mapping the genome of the date-palm tree, whose fruit is a staple food in many regions. Scientists from Riyadh’s King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology and China’s Shenzhen-based BGI have been working on the project since...
A team of evangelical Christian explorers claim they've found the remains of Noah's ark beneath snow and volcanic debris on Turkey's Mount Ararat . "I don't know of any expedition that ever went looking for the ark and didn't find it," said Paul Zimansky, an archaeologist specializing in the Middle...
Science Daily - Cracking the DNA code for a complex region of the human genome has helped 14 North American scientists, including five at Simon Fraser University, chart new territory in immunity research. They have discovered that a good number of our antibody genes, how well they operate and, potentially,...
A rare albino kangaroo, its startlingly white coat standing out in sharp contrast to its grey-coloured companions, has been spotted near Canberra. The snow-white marsupial was seen by a shocked ranger in the vast Namadgi national park, before being tracked down by colleagues who confirmed the sighting. According to rangers, the...
Al Ain: A 50-metre wide asteroid will whizz past the earth on Friday — closer to the planet than any other asteroid of this size — becoming a much anticipated event for astronomers and stargazers from around the world including the UAE. The asteroid, called 2012 DA14, will pass some...
For centuries scientists have studied how both instinct and intellect figure into the decision-making process. A new study has shown that forced to choose between two options based on instinct alone, participants made the right call up to 90 percent of the time. Professor Marius Usher of Tel Aviv University's School...
More than 800 million men living today are descended from just eleven men, including the ruthless Mongolian leader Genghis Khan, according to new research. Geneticists have been able to find eleven distinctive sequences in Y-chromosomes - the chunk of DNA that is only carried by men - that are...
A team of Australian physicists have come up with their own theory on the universe’s creation. Challenging the “Big Bang” model, they now say it was a “Big Chill” – somewhat similar to water first freezing into ice and then cracking upon cooling. ­Researchers from the University of Melbourne and...
THE Sun’s activity has plummeted to a century low, baffling scientists and possibly heralding a new mini-Ice Age. "I've been a solar physicist for 30 years, and I've never seen anything quite like this," Richard Harrison, head of space physics at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire, told the BBC. "If you...
(NEWSER) – DNA testing has been the forensic scientist's workhorse for identification purposes, but it comes with major issues, reports the Los Angeles Times, and scientists now say they've got a possible substitute: hair proteins. Per a study published in PLoS One, these proteins are like replicas of a...
In the very early hours of the morning, in a Harvard robotics laboratory last summer, an insect took flight. Half the size of a paperclip, weighing less than a tenth of a gram, it leapt a few inches, hovered for a moment on fragile, flapping wings, and then sped...
Skywatchers will get a rare treat Tuesday night, when Mars, Earth and the sun will be arranged in a nearly-straight line. Every two years, Mars reaches a point in its orbit called "opposition," when the planet lies directly opposite the sun in Earth's sky, according to Astronomy magazine. This means Mars...
Scientists are appealing to the public to help track down a giant slug which has been invading Britain from Spain. The Spanish slug is thought to have arrived here on salad leaves but has bred rapidly - laying up to 400 eggs each - threatening British crops. The invasion has been...
Scientists have moved closer to being able to stop a huge asteroid colliding with the Earth and potentially wiping out human life. Researchers at the University of Tennessee have discovered that blowing the space rock up could make the collision worse by causing several devastating impacts. Instead, small changes could be...
The coldest weather conditions for two decades show little sign of relenting in parts of America, as forecasters predict freezing temperatures could make Tuesday the coldest on record in the 21st century. It sounds like a plot device from a bad disaster movie, but for vast swathes of North America, the...
An asteroid the size of a large house will pass by Earth at a distance of around 27,000 miles (44,000km) on Thursday. 2012 TC4 is estimated by NASA to measure 45 to 100ft (15 to 30 metres) and, even though in space terms it will narrowly miss our planet, scientists...
Reviewing over 20 years of neuroscience research into sex differences in brain structure, a Cambridge University team has conducted the first meta-analysis of the evidence, published this week in the journalNeuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews. The team, led by doctoral candidate Amber Ruigrok and Professors John Suckling and Simon Baron-Cohen in...
The Philae lander has fallen into "idle mode" after its batteries were depleted and not enough sunlight was available for recharging, scientists say. The European Space Agency says all systems on board the craft have shut down and Philae has entered a "possibly long silence". "Prior to falling silent, the lander...
Scientists at Chicago's Field Museum and international collaborators have described a new species of Hero Shrew -- the mammal with the most bizarre lower spine on Earth. The interlocking vertebrae of the Hero Shrew render the spine four to five times more robust relative to body mass, a condition...
Expect conflicts and chaos in the Year of Monkey, say fortune tellers from both Chinese and Western schools of divination. But it’s not at all pessimistic. Despite the painful struggle brought by stock market fluctuation, fall in property prices and political clashes, a new world order will be born after...
Sir Richard Branson has told Sky News he believes Virgin Galactic is "back on track" in the race to take tourists into space. The billionaire tycoon was speaking at the unveiling of Virgin's new SpaceShipTwo in the Mojave Desert in California. The six-seater vehicle replaces the previous SpaceShipTwo which broke up...
LONDON: A small British company has developed a way to create petrol from air and water, technology it hopes may one day contribute to large-scale production of green fuels. Engineers at Air Fuel Synthesis (AFS) in Teeside, northern England, say they have produced 5 litres of synthetic petrol over a...
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