Powerful Radio Signal From Deep Space Appears to Be Repeating in a 16-Day Cycle

One of the defining characteristics of the mysterious deep-space signals we call fast radio bursts is that they are unpredictable. They belch out across the cosmos without rhyme or reason, with no discernible pattern, making them incredibly hard to s


NASA wants to grow a Moon base out of mushrooms

"Right now, traditional habitat designs for Mars are like a turtle — carrying our homes with us on our backs — a reliable plan, but with huge energy costs."


This Strange Microbe May Mark One of Life’s Great Leaps

A organism living in ocean muck offers clues to the origins of the complex cells of all animals and plants.


New Bone-Eating Life Form Discovered in Bizarre Alligator-Corpse Study

How many bites does it take to get to the center of an alligator corpse? Bottom-feeders in the Gulf of Mexico have just found out.

From Discover on Google livescience.com/alligator-corp

Mysterious Asteroid May Actually Be the Smallest Dwarf Planet in the Solar System

A new telescopic survey of Hygiea—the fourth largest object in the main asteroid belt—suggests it’s a dwarf planet, due to its surprisingly spherical shape.

From Discover on Google gizmodo.com/mysterious-large-a

Engineers develop a new way to remove carbon dioxide from air

A new way of removing carbon dioxide from a stream of air could provide a significant tool in the battle against climate change. The new system can work on the gas at virtually any concentration level, even down to the roughly 400 parts per million currently found in the atmosphere.



Schumer proposes $462 billion car swap—gas for electric

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is moving Democrats' climate talk to where the rubber meets the road, proposing a $462 billion trade-in program to get millions of Americans out of climate-damaging gas vehicles and into electric or hybrid cars over the next decade.



Fast food increases exposure to a 'forever chemical' called PFAS

Used in fast food packaging, the long-lasting chemicals can seep into food—and build up in our bodies.


Humans will not 'migrate' to other planets, Nobel winner says

Humans will never migrate to a planet outside of Earth's solar system because it would take far too long to get there, Swiss Nobel laureate Michel Mayor said Wednesday.


Vaginal-fluid transplants treat incurable condition in pilot study

Transplanted vaginal fluids fully restored healthy microbiomes in 4 of 5 women.


Court Says FCC Can't Stop States From Protecting Net Neutrality

Today a federal appeals court delivered a decidedly mixed decision in the FCC's ongoing quest to kill net neutrality and telecom sector oversight. On the one hand, the new 2-1 ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit...



Big Blue Open Sources Power Chip Instruction Set

It has been a long time coming, and it might have been better if this had been done a decade ago. But with a big injection of open source spirit from its

From Discover on Google nextplatform.com/2019/08/20/bi

What a Gold Rush-era orchard could mean for the future of food

Scientists are beginning to study whether rare heirloom plants, revived for their flavor, might also be suited to enduring a warmer world.


Keep Calm, Carry On. VLC Not Affected by Critical Vulnerability

A recent security alert caused a panic where people thought the VLC Media Player was affected by a critical vulnerability that had no patch. The problem is that the vulnerability was not in VLC, but rather a module that was replaced over 16 months ago.


You Might Want to Uninstall VLC. Immediately.

Because of its free and open-source nature, VLC is one of, if not the most popular cross-platform media player in the world. Unfortunately, a newfound and potentially very serious security flaw discovered in VLC means you might want to uninstall it until the folks at the VideoLAN Project can patch the flaw.


Japan Just Landed a Spacecraft on an Asteroid, And The Photos Are Nuts

The life of an asteroid is lonely. The rocks spend eons drifting through the cold vacuum of space.


Scientists Are Giving Dead Brains New Life. What Could Go Wrong?

In experiments on pig organs, scientists at Yale made a discovery that could someday challenge our understanding of what it means to die.


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