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People Are Terrible at Spotting Fake Photos

We exist in a veritable flood of digital images, with at least 350 million a day uploaded to Facebook alone, and odds are significant number of those images are fake. And, given results from a recent study, most people can't tell the difference. Can you identify the part of the top photo that's been ...

If You Could Dig a Hole Through The Earth, Here's Where You'd Pop Out

Almost every child, shovel in hand, is struck by a tempting thought. What if I just kept digging and popped out on the other side of the world? The imagination conjures a muddy face emerging in the middle of a Shaolin temple or some such, China being the nominal "other side of the world" to ...

African Wild Dogs Can't Take The Heat, Face Extinction From Climate Change

Things aren't looking good for Africa's iconic wildlife. Already, many species are threatened by human activities and habitat loss. Even species once thought to be resilient, like giraffes, are suddenly struggling. Just earlier this week, scientists reported that aardvarks, one of sub-saharan ...

The Soviet Rovers that Died on Mars

Before Curiosity took selfies and Opportunity rolled a marathon, rovers on Mars were more modest. Sojourner, NASA's first rover, was a microwave-sized robot designed to last just seven days, and more than two decades earlier the Soviet Prop M rovers were tiny little squat boxes that reached the red ...

Can breast implants stop a speeding bullet?

Breast implants might be controversial, but they could also save your life. In this study, forensic scientists shot bullets through saline breast implants into ballistics gel, which is a material that mimics human flesh. They found that the implants significantly slowed down the bullets, reducing ...

Here's How Much Plastic Humanity Has Produced

I want to say just one word to you. Just one word. Are you listening? Plastics. There was indeed a great future in plastics back in 1967 when "The Graduate" came out, and those words ring true even today as plastic production continues to soar. Try imagining toothbrushes, dashboards, pens, video ...

The First Australians Arrived 65,000 Years Ago

New archaeological evidence supports an idea previously suggested by genetic studies: The first humans arrived in Australia at least 65,000 years ago. This earlier arrival date means humans were present Down Under before its widespread megafauna extinction, an event in which human activity has been ...

First half of 2017 was 2nd warmest such period on record

The month of June by itself was third warmest in records dating back 138 years, according to NOAA The Earth has been cooling somewhat since the epic El Niño of 2015/2016. But even so, conditions are still plenty warm. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration rates January through June ...

Is Neuroscience Underpowered? "Power Failure" Revisited

Back in 2013, a Nature Reviews Neuroscience paper appeared called Power failure: why small sample size undermines the reliability of neuroscience. This paper got a lot of attention at the time and has since been cited a dizzying 1760 times according to Google. 'Power Failure' made waves for its ...

Finding the Common Culture: Uniting Science and the Humanities in Citizen Science

By Brad Mehlenbacher and Ashley Rose Mehlenbacher Through citizen science projects, the Bodleian Library is improving access to their music collections, the Smithsonian is transcribing important documents, and researchers at the University of Oxford are transcribing Ancient Greek text from ...

Artificial Intelligence Experts Respond to Elon Musk's Dire Warning for U.S. Governors

If you hadn't heard, Elon Musk is worried about the machines. Though that may seem a quixotic stance for the head of multiple tech companies to take, it seems that his proximity to the bleeding edge of technological development has given him the heebie-jeebies when it comes to artificial ...

Join the Hunt for Planets Around Our Closest Neighboring Stars

The Pale Red Dot team is coasting off the success of their discovery last year of a planet in the Proxima Centauri system system by casting its net even wider as the Red Dots campaign. Whereas Pale Red Dot focused just on Proxima Centauri, Red Dots is looking toward Barnard's Star and Ross 154 as ...

How Disney Tech Can Immerse Park Guests in 'Star Wars'

Disney tech is getting ready to grant the wish of any Star Wars fan who ever wished to stand inside the cavernous space of a Star Destroyer hanger or help fly the Millennium Falcon during a space battle. The entertainment giant has promised a "revolutionary new vacation experience" at its theme ...

Adorable, Miniature Drone Joins the International Space Station Crew

An adorable documentarian has joined the International Space Station crew. The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency recently shipped its spherical camera drone to the ISS—thank you, SpaceX—to serve as another set of eyes and ears for ground control. It's called the JEM Internal Ball Camera, but ...

Dog Domestication: Is A New Study Barking Up The Wrong Tree?

Dogs are our first friends — they're the only animal domesticated while we were still a bunch of motley hunter-gatherers. But pinpointing the where and the when of dog domestication has been difficult. With recent advances in ancient DNA extraction and sequencing, it's only natural that ...

Soar over Pluto's mountains and icy plains in this cool flyover based on data from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft

While mission scientists were at it, they also produced a spectacular flyover of Charon, Pluto's largest moon The still images of Pluto sent home to Earth by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft in July of 2015 were remarkable enough. The incredible distance to Pluto — 4.67 billion miles! — meant ...

WATCH: an arresting view from space of powerful Hurricane Fernanda churning in the Pacific as day turns to night

As of Monday afternoon, winds of about 125 miles per hour continued to swirl within Hurricane Fernanda as it churned westward in the eastern Pacific Ocean. But as the Category 3 storm begins to move over cooler surface waters, it should begin to weaken and eventually peter out, posing no threat to ...

The "Eleven Dimensional" Brain? Topology of Neural Networks

Last month, a neuroscience paper appeared that triggered a maelstrom of media hype: The Human Brain Can Create Structures in Up to 11 Dimensions The human brain sees the world as an 11-dimensional multiverse Scientists find mysterious shapes and structures in the brain with up to ELEVEN dimensions ...

What Would It Take to Wipe Out All Life on Earth?

The first exoplanet was spotted in 1988. Since then more than 3,000 planets have been found outside our solar system, and it's thought that around 20 percent of Sun-like stars have an Earth-like planet in their habitable zones. We don't yet know if any of these host life – and we don't know how ...

Acidifying Oceans Favor Sea Vermin

Scientists predict that in the next twenty years, the amount of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere will rise from the roughly 404 ppm it is now to over 450 ppm—and as a result, ecosystems worldwide will change. Many impacts will be particularly felt in our planet's oceans. As atmospheric ...

The top cock crows first.

The hierarchical nature of chicken society is well known . But did you know it even controls behaviors as deeply rooted as crowing at dawn? Well, this study suggests just that: these scientists got up very early over many days to watch groups of chickens and recorded who crowed when. The researchers ...

This Spider Really Commits to Its Ant Impression

It's a good thing field sobriety tests don't exist for bugs, because the jumping spider Myrmarachne formicaria would fail for doing what keeps it alive: walking in a wobbly line. The spider fools predators by imitating an ant. The act is so thorough that it includes how the spider looks, stands and ...

Researchers Apologize For Writing "Derpy" In A Paper

It appears that memes and science don't mix well. A pair of researchers have published an apology in a peer-reviewed journal - for using the word "derpy" in an earlier paper. In April 2016, Archives of Sexual Behavior published a piece called Fighting the Derpy Science of Sexuality by ...

How SciStarter connects people to citizen science projects, events and tools.

At SciStarter, we aim to reach people where they are and connect them to opportunities to do and shape science through citizen science projects in need of their help. If someone wants to promote or recruit participants for their project, event, or tool, they register it on SciStarter. Our editors ...

The Missing Apollos 2 and 3

If you look up a list of all Apollo missions NASA flew in the 1960s and 70s, you'd see Apollo 1, then Apollo 4 through 17. So what exactly happened to the missing Apollos 2 and 3? When NASA started testing Apollo and Saturn hardware in the early 1960s -- the hardware that would eventually fly to the ...

Dark Matter Might Clump to Form Planets

A new theory suggests dark matter could coalesce into massive structures. Dark stars may not just be for Grateful Dead fans anymore. In a new paper uploaded to arXiv, Rutgers University astrophysics professor Matthew R. Buckley puts forth a truly wild hypothesis: It might be possible to build worlds ...

Network of Bees

By: Russ Campbell There is a lot to learn from bees. The survival of the hive depends on the combined efforts of the entire colony. In Conetoe , North Carolina Reverend Richard Joyner and his family of youth beekeepers are tending to bees and building community, one hive at a time. Reverend Joyner ...

Flashback Friday: The look of a convict's face could determine whether he gets the death penalty.

Despite evidence to the contrary, many like to think that the U.S. justice system works pretty well. This is especially true when it comes to the ultimate punishment -- the death penalty. But as we know, not everyone on death row is guilty. So where does the process go wrong? Here, researchers ...

"Brain Training" Doesn't Work?

Lumosity "brain training" games have no beneficial effects on cognition, according to a paper just published in the Journal of Neuroscience. According to the authors, led by UPenn psychologist Joseph W. Kable, Lumosity "appears to have no benefits in healthy young adults above those of standard ...

DARPA Is Spending $65 Million to Meld Mind and Machine

The U.S. defense agency that specializes in out-there' science and technology endeavors is on a quest to bridge the gap between brain and computer. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency recently awarded $65 million to six different teams that will begin developing neural implants that ...

The Smallest Star Known to Humankind

A team of astronomers at the University of Cambridge was on the lookout for new exoplanets when they came across an exciting accidental discovery: They found the smallest star measured to this day. This tiny new star, which is being called EBLM J0555-57Ab, is about 600 light-years from Earth, and ...

Perfect Manhattans & Mysterious Fungi

Dave Arnold set up his own experiments to mix the perfect Manhattan, explaining, "A dose of science will do you good. Think like a scientist and you will make better drinks." In his first experiment, he used different sized ice to make his drinks. His conclusion: different ice, different stir, same ...

Tennis players' grunts predict whether they will win or lose.

Tennis is one of the few sports where loud grunting is common. So common, in fact, that these researchers did a whole study on the information communicated by tennis grunts. Turns out that the pitch of these grunts conveys information about the player's sex , but also whether the player is losing or ...

Jupiter's Great Red Spot Imaged Like Never Before

On Monday, a human-built object got closer than any other before it to the most iconic, raging storm in the solar system. That is, of course, Jupiter's Great Red Spot, an anticyclone that's been swirling for hundreds of years, stuck between two of the planets jet stream bands. It's a storm twice the ...

New, Noninvasive Imaging Technique Finds Heart Disease Before It Hurts

A new, noninvasive imaging method lets researchers pick up on the warning signs of heart disease long before a heart attack or stroke can take place. The noninvasive technique uses current computed tomography scanning technology to analyze images of fatty deposits lining blood vessels in order to ...

Satellite images reveal an iceberg with twice the volume of Lake Erie breaking off the Antarctic Peninsula

It has been predicted for a long time, and now it has finally happened: One of the largest icebergs ever recorded has broken free of the Larsen C Ice Shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula. Scientists monitoring a growing rift in the ice shelf confirmed today in a blog post that the trillion-ton iceberg ...

Shape-shifters Once Ruled the Planet

Before sharks and whales ruled the seas as the biggest bad boys of the sea, there were rangeomorphs, a bizarre plant-looking-animal-type … thing. They roamed the seas of Earth around 540 million years ago, absorbing nutrients drifting in the water. Rangeomorphs were the biggest thing in the game ...

A Delaware-sized Antarctic Iceberg Has Broken Into the Ocean

After months of dangling on by a miles-thin thread of ice, an iceberg roughly the size of Delaware just calved off Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf and began drifting out into the ocean. Scientists say the complete breakthrough happened sometime between July 10 and today, July 12. It was spotted by ...

Chronotypes: Evolution Explains Night Owls and Early Birds

In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight... catchy song, even if it misrepresents Panthera leo. Lions, like many other predators, are opportunistic about when they hunt, and that includes plenty of nocturnal prowling. New research suggests variation in chronotypes, or sleep and ...

Remember the North Pole winter thaw? A new study finds a rising trend in Arctic warming spikes in winter

During each of the past three years, something quite bizarre has happened in the central Arctic. No, global warming did not cause some Thing to rise up out of the ice and go on a rampage. It was temperatures that rose up. And not just by a little. This occurred during extreme warming events near ...

In a First, Photons are 'Teleported' from Earth to Space

Chinese researchers have successfully transmitted quantum entangled particles from a station on earth to a satellite orbiting far overhead. The experiment is part of an ongoing effort by researchers using the Micius satellite to achieve long-distance quantum communication, a feat that would yield ...

How Ancient Peruvians Partied on Eclipse Day

Solar-eclipse fever is about to heat up as millions of Americans celebrate the astronomical spectacle happening Aug. 21. Businesses and universities along its shadowy bandwidth from Lincoln Beach, Ore., to Charleston, S.C., are organizing days-long events. There will be festivals with live music, ...