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- Alien Civilizations May Be Trapped on Their Home Worldsby Victor Tangermann on March 2, 2024 at 1:30 pm
Rocket Failure The Drake equation, formulated by late astrophysicist Frank Drake in 1961, explores the question of why we still have yet to encounter an extraterrestrial civilization in our galaxy. The equation takes a number of different factors into consideration, including the number of stars that have planets orbiting them, the rate of star formation,
- Microsoft Copilot Tells User Suicide Is an Optionby Sharon Adarlo on March 2, 2024 at 1:00 pm
Unlawful Robot Microsoft's Clippy, the animated paperclip-shaped chatbot of olde, was at times presumptuous — popping up unsolicited with unhelpful suggestions — but Clippy never told us to kill ourselves! Bloomberg News says that's what reoprtedly happened with Microsoft's new artificial intelligence chatbot, Copilot, which told a user with PTSD a […]
- Satellite Spots Circular Holes in Clouds Over Floridaby Victor Tangermann on March 2, 2024 at 12:30 pm
Sky Hole Punch NASA's Terra satellite has captured a stunning image of "fallstreak holes" or "hole-punch clouds," scientifically known as cavum clouds, hovering over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico. The massive, sinkhole-like objects vaguely resemble droplets of water, floating thousands of feet above the surface. Their appearance has repeatedly been […]
- Microsoft Is Draining an Arizona Town's Water Supply for its AIby Maggie Harrison Dupré on March 2, 2024 at 12:00 pm
AI Thirst A massive Microsoft data center in Goodyear, Arizona — allegedly built for use by both Microsoft and OpenAI — is guzzling the desert town's water to support its cloud computing and AI efforts, The Atlantic reports. Powering AI demands an incredible amount of energy. Worsening AI's massive environmental footprint is the fact that
- Woman Takes Grey Market Ozempic, Lands in Hospitalby Noor Al-Sibai on March 2, 2024 at 11:30 am
While trying to slim down a bit for her wedding day, one woman decided to take some compounded semaglutide — and it landed her in the emergency room. That woman, whom Healthline refers to as Amy Jenson to protect her privacy in its report, learned she was nearing prediabetic levels of A1C when paying a visit
- CVS and Walgreens to Begin Selling Abortion Pillsby Noor Al-Sibai on March 2, 2024 at 11:00 am
As anti-abortion activists continue to roll back access to the lifesaving procedure, the two biggest pharmacy chains in the United States plan to start selling the abortion pill mifepristone. Both CVS and Walgreens confirmed to the New York Times that they've been certified under new Food and Drug Administration guidelines, which were issued last year, to
- Climate Change on Track to Unearth Buried Nuclear Waste, Officials Warnby Victor Tangermann on March 1, 2024 at 9:30 pm
Unearthed Scientists are worried that rising global temperatures could cause buried nuclear waste, which dates back to the Cold War, to resurface. According to a January report by the US Government Accountability Office, as spotted by ABC News, waste beneath former nuclear weapons testing sites could be unearthed as soon as 2100 if temperatures continue
- Russia Confirms Small But Growing Leak in Space Stationby Victor Tangermann on March 1, 2024 at 8:41 pm
Pfft Russia's space agency says that air is continuing to leak from its segment of the International Space Station and that specialists are monitoring the situation. Fortunately, the leak isn't posing any danger to any of the station's crew. The news comes after NASA's ISS program manager Joel Montalbano told reporters during a Crew-8 mission
- Mom Stunned to Get Text Message From Son After He Died at the Hospitalby Noor Al-Sibai on March 1, 2024 at 7:35 pm
A stunning mixup at a Canadian hospital led a family to mourn their son's untimely death — until he texted his mother. As the CBC reports, Heather Insley had already decided to donate the organs of her son, Sean Cox, when she received a mysterious text message from a number she didn't know claiming to be
- The Earth's Crust Flipped Upside Down in This Spot, Scientists Findby Victor Tangermann on March 1, 2024 at 6:29 pm
In 2010, scientists detected unusual seismic waves under Granada, Spain, which eventually led to a surprising finding: an oceanic slub that had completely flipped upside down as it was being pushed beneath its neighbor. As detailed in a paper published in the journal The Seismic Record, the team found that the "Alboran slab," which
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- We Finally Know What Turned The Lights on at The Dawn of Timeby Michelle Starr on March 2, 2024 at 11:30 am
This changed everything.
- Space Accident Means Tardigrades May Have Contaminated The Moonby Laurent Palka, The Conversation on March 2, 2024 at 10:30 am
The mission didn't quite go to plan.
- Pythagoras Was a Genius, But He Was Wrong About One Thingby David Nield on March 2, 2024 at 9:04 am
You know it when you hear it.
- Scientists Reveal Where Deadly Lightning Strikes Most in The USby Chris Vagasky, The Conversation on March 1, 2024 at 11:32 pm
- First-of-Its-Kind Experiment Confirms The Best Cannabis Compound For Anxietyby Jess Cockerill on March 1, 2024 at 10:30 pm
Good vibes only.
- The Great White Shark Inspires Terror. But For One Animal, It's Just Prey.by Michelle Starr on March 1, 2024 at 10:01 pm
It was all over in 2 minutes.
- Scientists Confirm The World Now Has Over 1 Billion Obese Peopleby AFP on March 1, 2024 at 10:00 am
It's spreading even faster than we predicted.
- The World's Largest Meteorite Seemed to Vanish in 1916. Why Can't We Find It?by David Nield on March 1, 2024 at 4:30 am
An enormous mystery.
- Something Strange Happens When You Ask AI to Act Like Star Trekby Marianne Guenot, Business Insider on March 1, 2024 at 2:38 am
This is so weird.
- The ISS Has Sprung An Air Leak, But NASA Says There's No Need to Panicby Matthew Loh, Business Insider on March 1, 2024 at 2:38 am
This problem isn't going away.
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- Shoebill: The human-sized African bird that eats baby crocodiles and kills its siblingson March 2, 2024 at 1:00 pm
Shoebills reach up to 5 feet in height and they are formidable ambush predators, standing still in swamps before lunging forward to swallow their prey whole with their giant bills.
- What's the fastest thing on Earth?on March 2, 2024 at 10:00 am
Particles from space are constantly zooming into Earth. But which one is the speediest?
- Bitvae C2 Water Flosser reviewon March 2, 2024 at 8:00 am
The Bitvae C2 aims to make water flossing easy, convenient and affordable, but can it compete with more expensive options?
- Lone orca kills great white shark in less than 2 minutes by ripping out its liveron March 1, 2024 at 10:01 pm
Disturbing footage shows the moment a single orca chased down a great white shark and killed it, then swam away with the shark's liver in its jaws.
- Remains of 7th-century Saxon town discovered under central Londonon March 1, 2024 at 8:11 pm
Archaeologists have found traces of a Saxon town known as Lundenwic buried beneath London.
- Boiling tap water can remove nearly 90% of microplastics, new study findsby email@example.com (Ben Turner) on March 1, 2024 at 7:57 pm
Tiny plastic particles float inside tap water, and it's still unclear how they impact our health. But boiling the water for 5 minutes could remove most of these microplastics, a new study finds.
- Fracturing Antarctic glacier breaks 80 mph speed recordby firstname.lastname@example.org (Ben Turner) on March 1, 2024 at 7:52 pm
The Pine Island glacier formed a 6.5-mile-long crack at 80 mph, proving to scientists that some glaciers can shatter like glass.
- RSV vaccine keeps older adults highly protected for at least 2 seasonson March 1, 2024 at 7:16 pm
Pfizer's recently approved RSV vaccine maintains a high and fairly steady rate of effectiveness across consecutive RSV seasons.
- Pain can linger even after a UTI is gone — haywire nerve growth may explain itby email@example.com (Emily Cooke) on March 1, 2024 at 7:00 pm
A new study in mice and human tissue samples suggests that UTI symptoms may persist after the infection has been treated due to an overgrowth of neurons in the bladder.
- One of our favorite wildlife cameras just had its price slashed by over $600by firstname.lastname@example.org (Orla Loughran Hayes) on March 1, 2024 at 6:46 pm
The Canon EOS R5 is one of the best wildlife cameras out there, and you can get it for under $3,000 at Walmart right now.
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- AI could help replicate smells in danger of being lost to historyon March 1, 2024 at 8:00 pm
Artificial intelligence has been used to replicate fragrances more quickly than conventional methods, even taking into account how a scent fades over time
- Persistent pain after a UTI may be due to an overgrowth of nerve cellson March 1, 2024 at 7:00 pm
Many people experience ongoing pain even after a urinary tract infection has supposedly passed. Now, research suggests this may be due to an overgrowth of nerve cells in their bladders
- Why space dust is key to everything from star birth to life on Earthon March 1, 2024 at 3:00 pm
Cosmic dust grains may be small, but they are mighty – it turns out dust is crucial to just about every process that occurs in space
- Fear of predators may have helped us conceptualise the idea of zeroon March 1, 2024 at 3:00 pm
A fear of predators may have helped many animals recognise when they weren't there. Now, it seems humans built on this understanding of absence to utilise the concept of "zero"
- Elon Musk asks court to decide if GPT-4 has human-level intelligenceon March 1, 2024 at 1:43 pm
As part of a lawsuit against OpenAI, billionaire Elon Musk has asked a court to determine whether GPT-4 is an artificial general intelligence, capable of human-level tasks
- UK spurns European invitation to join ITER nuclear fusion projecton March 1, 2024 at 12:25 pm
Since Brexit, the UK no longer has access to ITER, the world's largest nuclear fusion experiment, through the European Union. After an invitation to rejoin this week, the UK government has confirmed it prefers to go it alone
- Sinking plankton poo could help store more carbon in the oceanon March 1, 2024 at 10:00 am
When the faecal matter produced by plankton sinks, it carries carbon from shallow waters to long-term storage deep in the ocean – now, researchers want to make the stuff sink faster
- Does 23andMe's decline show genetic-based medicine has been overhyped?on March 1, 2024 at 6:00 am
23andMe's DNA test was once named "invention of the year", but now the company is in dire financial straits. Is this a sign that genetically based medicine's promise has been exaggerated?
- 1 in 8 people worldwide has obesityon February 29, 2024 at 11:30 pm
Between 1990 and 2022, obesity rates more than doubled among adults and quadrupled among children and adolescents worldwide
- El Niño will cause record-breaking heat across the world this yearon February 29, 2024 at 4:00 pm
A climate model has forecast where the most extreme heat will occur during the current El Niño phase, including the Caribbean and the South China Sea