At 11:59PM ET tonight, the NSA will shut down its systems that collect bulk phone call data from Americans across the US. The move comes as planned, precisely six months after the USA Freedom Act was signed into law.
Despite the recent popularity of beards, facial hair can be controversial: as we’ve previously shown, it makes men less likely to get hired and more likely to be seen as guilty by a jury. Well, all you beard-haters out there, here’s some more ammunition for you.
Scientists have for the first time witnessed a black hole swallow a star and then quickly eject a flare of stellar debris moving at nearly light speed.
Astrophysicists tracked the star—about the size of our sun—as it shifted from its customary path, slipped into the gravitational pull of a supermassive black hole, and was sucked in, says Sjoert van Velzen, a Hubble fellow at Johns Hopkins University.
The universe’s oldest light hasn’t made a pit stop for 13.82 billion years—beginning its journey just 380,000 years after the big bang. That light, the so-called cosmic microwave background (CMB), serves as a familiar hunting ground for astronomers who seek to understand the universe in its infancy. Unfortunately, it also obscures what lies beyond it: the first hundreds of thousands of years of the universe. Now astronomers think they have peeked beyond even the CMB by capturing evidence of neutrinos traveling since the cosmos was just a second old.
Is there ever a time when cool trumps science?
It’s a question that becomes relevant when you consider NASA’s plans to put a helicopter drone on an upcoming rover mission to Mars.
UFO hunters are about to get an ally in outer space that will be designed exclusively to hunt for evidence of UFO presence and activity on Earth and take pictures of it. What’s even better, the project is being funded not by a government or military-controlled agency but by crowdsourcing.
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In the last five months, Mars has become a whole lot more like … us. We have flowing water; Mars has flowing water. We have underground water; Mars has underground water. We have auroras in the night sky; so does Mars. In just the last five months, we and Mars have grown a whole lot closer, beyond our basic adjacency in the solar system. It’s reasonable to think that Matt Damon’s recent triumph of ingenuity and self-sufficiency over Martian inhospitality might soon come true.
Loneliness has been linked to everything from heart disease to Alzheimer’s disease. Depression is common among the lonely. Cancers tear through their bodies more rapidly, and viruses hit them harder and more frequently. In the short term, it feels like the loneliness will kill you. A study suggests that’s because the pain of loneliness activates the immune pattern of a primordial response commonly known as fight or flight.
A dog walked nearly 200 miles to find the woman who cared for her after a hit-and-run in Russia.
The female canine, named Shavi, was living as a stray on the streets of Rostov-on-Don in southwest Russia’s Rostov Oblast region last winter when she was hit by a driver, who then fled the scene.
When dawn breaks on Futou Ling, a mountain on Hainan Island off China’s south coast, the last remaining gibbons begin to sing.
Males climb to the treetops, where their voices will carry the farthest, and start warbling, hooting, and shrieking. Females and youngsters join in, creating an intense musical cacophony that fills the tropical forest.
Conifers grew giant genomes thanks to double doses of genetic material.
Ancient ancestors of today’s pine, cypress and yew trees had extra copies of their entire genome — the set of genetic instructions for an organism, researchers report November 20 in Science Advances.
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A new study suggests that the common belief that the Earth’s rigid tectonic plates stay strong when they slide under another plate, known as subduction, may not be universal.
Computer simulations have allowed scientists to work out how a puzzling 555-million-year-old organism with no known modern relatives fed, revealing that some of the first large, complex organisms on Earth formed ecosystems that were much more complex than previously thought.
A group of Greek and German archaeologists has discovered a 300,000 to 600,000 year old elephant butchering site near the modern-day city of Megalopolis, Greece.
The newly-discovered site, named Marathousa 1, is located in an open-cast coal mine, on what was once the shore of a shallow lake.
Before the great pyramids arose on the ancient Giza Plateau in Egypt, thousands of miles to the west a thriving ancient civilization began constructing monumental structures not far from the Andes mountains in what is today Peru. Like the ancient Egyptians, they too were a deeply religious people, creating what they believed would be a lasting legacy to their gods and kings.
Egyptian officials say they are now “90 per cent sure” there is a hidden chamber in King Tutankhamun’s tomb.
The country’s Antiques Ministry said scans of the tomb provide evidence of a chamber behind two hidden doorways, possibly the resting place of Queen Nefertiti.