Scientists make most precise measurements of antimatter -- but only deepen mystery

Credit: The Reality Files. Antimatter is, you've guessed it, the opposite of matter. When the two meet, they annihilate each other. According to the Big Bang theory, at the ‘T zero', equal amounts of matter and antimatter were created in the early universe.

Birds might be able to see magnetic fields, thanks to special proteins in their retinas

Birds have a built-in magnetic sensor to help them find their home and migrate safely - all thanks to proteins in their eyes. Image credits Popular Science Monthly Volume 83 via Wikimedia. Common wisdom holds that iron-rich cells in birds' beaks act as microscopic compasses to help them navigate.

Scientists reprogram brain cells that store memories about places

Credit: Pixabay. Without long-term memory, none of us would be functional human beings. In order to make sense of the world, our memory employs all sorts of reference points, anchors if you will. For instance, one very important building block is the memory of places.

Almost 40% of at-home DNA tests are inaccurate, scientists warn

A new study has found that at-home DNA testing kits are wrong 40% of the time. Via Pixabay/geralt For those who haven't heard of them, direct-to-consumer genetic tests are genetic tests available that offer information about one's ancestors, risks of certain diseases, and other traits, such as eye color. The demand for this kind of genetic…

Marijuana is nowhere near as dangerous to the brain as alcohol

Credit: Pixabay. Because of the powerful psychoactive effect of marijuana, many have always assumed that prolonged use can hurt the brain in a similar way to alcohol but while the effects of alcohol on the human brain have been thoroughly documented, the same can't be said about marijuana.

US court deems disobedience a 'necessity' against climate change, environmental threats

When politics damage climate, civil disobedience should be allowed to save the day, Massachusetts court rules.

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Elon Musk publishes new academic paper detailing his plans to colonize Mars

SpaceX's founder and CEO published an academic paper earlier this month outlining his vision for a future where the Red Planet is permanently inhabited. Illustration of Musk's vision for a Mars colony.

More than a third of graduate students are depressed

A new study found that graduate students are six times more likely to exhibit depression symptoms than the general population. The findings should surprise no one but it's important to have quantitative data about a mental health hazard running rampant in universities across the entire world.

Evidence of early innovation pushes back human evolutionary timeline

An international team of researchers found that 320,000 years ago humans already developed impressive social structures and technological innovations such as using color pigments and manufacturing more sophisticated tools. The first evidence of human life in the Olorgesailie Basin comes from about 1.2 million years ago. For hundreds of the thousands of years, people living there…

Walmart silently filed a patent for robotic bees meant to pollinate crops

Walmart is making moves on the bee's share of agriculture - the company recently filed a patent for autonomous, robotic bees. "I can't beelieve you're after my job too!" Image credits USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab / Flickr.

15 new planets discovered -- one is potentially habitable

A team of Japanese researchers has confirmed the discovery of 15 new exoplanets, orbiting around red dwarfs - including a system of three super-Earths, one of which appears to be located in the star's habitable zone.

Efforts to pull the northern white rhino from the brink of extinction intensify as the last living male declines in health

In Kenya, the last male northern white rhino (Ceratotherium simum cottoni) in the world isn't faring well - the animal is past its prime and in declining health. With time running out, a global team of scientists and conservationists are trying to save the subspecies from extinction with help from the last two surviving females.

Breakthrough in the search for dark matter from the first ever stars

Using radio antennas no bigger than a hotel fridge, a small team of astronomers managed to glimpse into the dawn of time, and they published their findings just yesterday. But if that wasn't dramatic enough, a new paper today reports that the same results are a paradigm shift in an even more obscure area - the readings are our first direct evidence of the existence of dark matter and yield important clues on its nature.

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It's official: Scientists and researches have confirmed that pesticides are harming the bees

A new, comprehensive report from European scientists confirms what many researchers have already been warning about: a class of pesticides called neonicotinoids poses a danger to wild bees and managed honey bees.

Astronomers discovered a unique water-rich exoplanet the size of Saturn

Researchers were surprised by how much water vapor they found in a ‘hot Jupiter' - three times more than on Saturn. Credit: NASA, ESA. Although NASA has already confirmed thousands of exoplanets - planets outsides our solar system - what's perhaps most staggering is their sheer diversity.

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