Most Americans can be hunted down with a drop of their DNA

If you’ve ever succumbed to the temptation to have your DNA sequenced by a genealogy company you probably learned some pretty interesting things about your heritage. You might have discovered that parts of you come from places you never expected, or that your recent ancestors are something of an offshoot on your larger family tree. Whatever the reasons for your […]

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Stephen Hawking’s final paper explores disappearing black holes

The final paper that famed physicist Stephen Hawking worked on before he passed away has been published and it deals with a topic bigger than Hawking’s legacy – what happens when objects fall into black holes? The paper entitled “Black Hole Entropy and Soft Hair,” looks into whether black holes keep the information of the things that fall into them. […]

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New forensic crime-fighting dye can reveal hidden DNA

Scientists at Flinders University in Australia have developed a DNA analysis technique that could provide a valuable weapon in the fight against crime. “We know that some people pass on more of their DNA because when they touch something, more of their cells are left behind,” Professor Adrian Linacre, chair of forensic DNA technology at Flinders University, said in a statement. […]

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Astronomers spot distant object that supports Planet Nine theory

There are officially eight planets in our solar system — yes, I know, Pluto was totally a planet, but not anymore — but that doesn’t mean there isn’t something lurking on the edge of our system that hasn’t yet been spotted. Evidence of a still-undiscovered planet, called Planet Nine or Planet X by scientists, has been mounting for some time, […]

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This is how much a university is charging for fake Mars dirt

Mars is a long, long way away, but it’s abundantly clear that getting there is mankind’s next great challenge. Space agencies from around the world are already working hard on various aspects of the first manned Mars missions, but planning for a visit to a planet where no human has ever set foot is incredibly difficult. That’s why researchers from […]

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New NASA satellite shares first image of hunt for new worlds

NASA’s TESS spacecraft — that stands for Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, in case you had somehow forgotten — is an incredibly powerful tool for spotting distant worlds. It was launched back in April, but it took some time to get the satellite up to speed and working on actual science objectives. Now, in a demonstration of its power, NASA is […]

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Scientists find brand new shape living inside us all

Science news is filled with fresh discoveries of all kinds of things. It seems like every day there’s a new dinosaur, planet, or ancient creature being brought back to life. Now, researchers are announcing the discovery of another new thing, but this time it’s a new… shape. Just like the other “new” things that science brings us, the term “new” […]

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Scientists just brought 40,000-year-old worms back to life

What if you could freeze yourself for a hundred years and then wake back up in the future? Would you do it? How about 1,000 years? Or 10,000? Some very tiny worms in Russia just arrived from an ice-cold time machine after being frozen roughly 40,000 years ago. They’re alive, they’re moving and eating and they’re now they’re thought to […]

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