This year's Ig Nobel Prize winners have been announced and honored at a ceremony at Harvard. The Nobel Prize parody celebrated the funniest and strangest researches of the year.
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A large genetic study has identified 1,271 gene variants linked to a person's educational attainment. Researchers also developed a scoring system that can give a rough prediction of how educated a person is based on his or her DNA.
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Experts raised concern that the DNA study of the Atacama mummy known as Ata is flawed and unethical. They said that the genetic study of the bizarre specimen should not have been conducted in the first place.
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Paranormal investigator Joshua Warren said that he found a spot in the desert just north of Las Vegas where he watched time slow down for 20 milliseconds. What are the possible causes of this anomaly?
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Researchers designed a nerve agent detector that uses Lego bricks and a smartphone to sense the presence of the deadly substance used in chemical warfare. How does it work?
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Physicists at Stanford University just devised a new AI program that was able to arrange the periodic table in a span of a few hours. The machine could prove itself the new benchmark of machine intelligence in the future.
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An experiment had finally figured out what produces the annoying ‘plink plink’ sound of water from a dripping faucet or leaky roof. The study also suggested one simple way to finally stop the nuisance which pestered generations of people.
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A sociology professor was caught on video telling students about conspiracy theories on the moon landing and the holocaust. This is not the first time he is being investigated for his claims.
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What does God look like? Psychologists constructed a composite image of God based on how a sample of American Christians perceive him to be. Here's why the result is surprising.
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A team of physicists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology watched 12 atomic clocks from November 1999 until October 2014. The experiment became the most accurate test performed to confirm Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity.
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A team of scientists from Switzerland introduced the less-known forms of water: the ortho-water and para-water. The team became the first group to successfully differentiate the two H2O types from each other.
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Students who learned from a physics course that used modeling instruction showed changes in brain activity. Using fMRI, researchers found that the posterior cingulate cortex became more active after learning.
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A cold case was finally solved when investigators used a public genealogy database to track down the person responsible for double murder in 1987. Could this method also result in privacy breaches?
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French researchers were hopeful that they could finally put an end to numerous conspiracy theories regarding the real cause of Adolf Hitler’s death. The team was given the special privilege to examine fragments of Hitler’s teeth.
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Those born between 2019 and 2038 have a chance to attend the memorial service of Stephen Hawking. What were the late scientist's thoughts on time travel?
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A study found that men with flashy cars are viewed as more sexually promiscuous and likely disengaged in finding a partner for life. The finding contradicted previous assumptions that men with lavish cars are instantaneously attractive to women.
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An all-girl team of 17-year-old students' submission to a NASA competition focused on providing clean water to public schools. Their invention is based on NASA technology created for previous missions.
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The Golden State Killer committed numerous crimes including murder and rape in the 1970s and 1980s but evaded justice for many years. How did investigators pin him down using DNA left at crime scenes?
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By triggering a cloud of atoms to undergo a rapid expansion, a group of experts found that atoms could hum similarly to how the early universe may have had sung during the period of inflation.
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A team of scientists manipulated two atoms into one molecule whereas previous similar experiments had only achieved by combining a cluster of atoms. The breakthrough achievement became the most precisely controlled chemical reaction to date.
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Smaller and mobile brows allowed humans to express subtle emotions. Brows capable of a range of movements also play an important role in social communication, which helped humans form networks and survive.
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Stephen Hawking's funeral was a private one, but the streets of Cambriidge were reportedly filled by thousands of respecting supporters. Cambridge was the home of Professor Hawking for over 50 years.
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Using genetically modified yeast, scientists produced beer with a flavor similar to those of naturally hopped brews. A brewing expert described it as having the flavor characteristics of Fruits Loops and orange blossom.
Feature | Science March 21, 2018
Stephen Hawking's profound but gentle and humorous ways of communicating science to the public made him an icon of contemporary science. Here are some of the most inspirational quotes from Stephen Hawking, a great physicist and human genuis.
Feature | Science March 15, 2018
British physicist Stephen Hawking died on Wednesday at age 76. He was given only two years to live when he was diagnosed of ALS when he was 21 years old, defying odds when he lived for more than 50 years.
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A 132-year-old gin bottle with a rolled note inside it was found at a beach in Australia. The paper was dated June 12, 1886, and had a faint handwriting.
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A new forensic analysis may have solved the mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance. Previously misidentified bones found in the Pacific Islands in the 1940s due to the lack of development in forensic osteology could actually be those of the aviation pioneer.
Feature | Science March 9, 2018
Despite the said role of bots in spreading false news, a study finds that humans are still the primary driver of the spread of false news on Twitter. Study coauthor suggests Twitter users should 'think before you retweet.'
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A team of researchers developed an artificial eye, which operates more closely to human eyes. They created it by combining metalens with an artificial muscle.
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Sheep embryos that contain human cells may increase the supply of organs for transplant and pave way for genetically tailored organs that can reduce odds for transplant rejection. About one in 10,000 cells in the sheep embryos are human.
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University of Oxford quantum physicist David Nadlinger took the winning photo of the fifth EPSRC science photo competition. The winning image shows a strontium atom held by electric fields.
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Mad Mike Hughes failed to launch himself aboard his rocket last year because he could not get permit from Bureau of Land Management. What prevented the flat Earth conspiracy theorist and his rocket to lift off this time?
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The so-called Doomsday Clock is now set to 2 minutes closer to midnight and impending disaster. It is the second time that the clock has been set this close to Doomsday, following the year 1953 during the Cold War.
Feature | Science January 25, 2018
Chinese scientists successfully cloned two macaque monkeys using SCNT, the cloning method that produced Dolly the Sheep in the 1990s. Does the team plan to also clone humans?
Feature | Science January 26, 2018
Indian Minister Satyapal Singh recently criticized Charles Darwin's Theory of Evolution and called for its removal from the academic curriculum. The country's scientific community disputed Singh's opinion on the issue.
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The Pentagon, Empire State Building, and the Buckingham Palace used oolitic limestones as building materials. Researchers revealed these stones were made of microbes dating back from the Jurassic Period.
Feature | Science January 22, 2018
The auction of a 165-million-year-old fossilized dinosaur tail has raked up controversy between Morocco and Mexico. Moroccan officials want to know how the fossil left the country and reached auctioned status.
Feature | Science January 22, 2018
A newly developed electronic skin lets its user manipulate virtual objects easily with the help of magnetic field sensors. It could pave the way for less bulky augmented and virtual reality systems.
Feature | Science January 20, 2018
Jonathan Pace from Germantown discovered the largest known prime number. The newly found prime dubbed as M77232917 can fill up 9,000 pages.
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A psychologist discovered that the brain may experience curvature blindness, which swaps waves for corners. The curvature blindness illusion proves this. What are the possible mechanisms behind this phenomenon?
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A decade-long research finds that skin pigmentation is more complex than previously believed. As it turns out, the closer a population is to the equator, the more complex the skin pigmentation becomes.
Feature | Science December 1, 2017
Two different teams of physicists have recently presented a new procedure for creating superconducting interconnects. The process has helped them to create a quantum simulator that can compute faster than classic type of computers.
Feature | Science December 3, 2017
'Mad' Mike Hughes will launch himself in a homemade rocket on Saturday. The 61-year-old, who thinks the Earth is flat, claims to be the only person to design, build and launch himself in a rocket.
Feature | Science November 21, 2017
The Flat-Earth Conference, the first of its kind, was recently held in Raleigh. It was attended by hundreds of people who believe the Earth to be flat.
Feature | Science November 19, 2017
In 1922, Albert Einstein tipped a bellboy at Imperial Hotel Japan with a handwritten note about happiness. He told the boy to keep it because its future value could surpass that of a standard tip.
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