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Why Mine Asteroids When We Can Mine the Deep Sea?

Asteroid mining has gained steam in the popular psyche: who doesn’t love the idea of flying up to one of the giant rocks floating by and somehow harvesting it for precious metals like platinum. But yesterday at the 2017 meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of the Sciences, scientists considered whether we should pursue another, far more likely alternative: mining the seafloor. Read More >>

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Space Weather Can Alter Electronic Voting Machines

When all sources of errors have been ruled out and 4,096 phony votes have still been given to a candidate, who do you blame? In some cases, these kinds of glitches may be coming from outer space, according to scientists who discussed this cosmic conundrum today at the annual meeting of American Association for the Advancement of the Sciences in Boston. Just to be clear, this does NOT mean that aliens influenced the 2016 US election. Read More >>

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Another Gravitational Wave Detector Will Help Revolutionise Astronomy

Last year, the pair of LIGO experiments announced a discovery a hundred years in the making: gravitational waves, tiny ripples in space time from a pair of colliding black holes a billion light years away. You might wonder what scientists will do with two giant gravitational wave detectors now that they’ve fulfilled their primary goal. Well, those ripples weren’t the end of the story—they were the start of a whole new saga in astronomy. Read More >>

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The Arctic Is in Such Bad Shape That Scientists Propose Refreezing It Ourselves

We all know the Earth is warming because humans are emitting greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. We’ve also heard that the Arctic is doing horribly, hitting record sea ice lows for several of the past few months, thanks to recent hot weather that’s connected to a longer-term warming trend. The polar bear populations are projected to decline 30 percent by 2050. There might not be any late-summer sea ice by the 2030s. Read More >>

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Watch Some Animals Eat Each Other While They Bone

Humans do some pretty freaky shit in the bedroom, but it usually falls short of decapitating and eating each other. Some of our cousins in the animal kingdom do not avoid these trifling taboos. Read More >>

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Top Science Organisation Releases Guidelines For Genetically Engineering Humans

New gene editing methods like CRISPR/Cas9 have given scientists unprecedented potential to edit human DNA. But how should researchers in the field actually use these methods, especially when editing traits that can be passed down to children? Should they be used to cure disease? Should they be used to enhance features that aren’t necessary for our survival? Read More >>

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Can We Charge Batteries With Greenhouse Gases?

Climate change is bad, and humans are causing it with all of our cars and factories belching greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Now that that’s out of the way, and since it doesn’t seem like our government is planning to do anything about it, what if we could actually use those emissions for good—like to produce electricity? Read More >>

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There Could Be a Crazy Health Benefit to Eating Stale Bread

Every other day, someone writes a story about something causing or preventing cancer. Usually, it’s all hype or the explanation is a snooze, but sometimes, the research is just strange enough to grab our attention. That’s the case with a new study, which details how stale bread might help ward off colon cancer. Read More >>

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Quinoa Shouldn’t Be a Rich People Food

Superfoods are bullshit. It feels like every time someone realises an under-eaten or foreign food is high in nutrients and gluten-free, be it kale, quinoa or açai berries, marketers slap the “superfood” label on it and suddenly, it’s on grocery store shelves with jacked-up prices, catering to wealthy folks who fall for these kinds of tactics. Read More >>

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Scientists Are Building Pollinator Drones in Preparation For Our Dystopian Future

The bees are dying globally at an alarming rate. As we continue to come to grips with the problems of our dystopian future, it’s probably as good a time as ever to dream up some solutions with an idea straight out of the dystopian show Black Mirror: pollinating drones. Read More >>

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NASA Has Finally Built a Computer Chip To Survive on Venus

You might wonder why Mars gets all the interplanetary attention when Venus, our sister planet, is actually closer. Well, the hellish orb has the hottest surface in the solar system, hotter than Mercury. Combined with its dense, caustic atmosphere, none of our computers can handle Venus for more than a few hours. Now, scientists think they’ve come up with a solution. Read More >>

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Human Activity May Cause the Bees to Just Give Up 

The bees are one of our most important ecological allies, thanks to their role ensuring our food plants reproduce. But it’s starting to seem like our favourite fuzzy buzzers are getting sick of our shit. Read More >>

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More Evidence That Fish Oil Supplements Might Be Useless

You most certainly know someone taking fish oil pills—those fishy, translucent gold capsules—for their purported heart benefits. But evidence continues to mount that fish oil might be snake oil. At the very least, it doesn’t pack nearly the punch we once thought. Instead, it’s probably just worth eating actual fish, which is loaded with plenty of healthy vitamins and minerals. Read More >>

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Scientists Have a Crazy Hunch About Why the Sun is Spinning too Slowly

Physicists have long known that the Sun spins, like the Earth. But a few decades ago, they realised the surface of the Sun spins more slowly than their models predicted — not by a lot, but enough to signal that something they didn’t understand was going on. This kicked off a solar mystery and some scientists started to doubt their own understanding of the Sun’s behaviour. Read More >>

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A Wild New Helium Compound Could Rewrite Chemistry Textbooks

Here’s a popular GCSE school chemistry fact: Helium atoms don’t interact with other atoms to create compounds. Well, that fact might need some reevaluating. Read More >>