SCIENCE - TECHNOLOGY - NATURE
WHAT ARE GENIES?
Genies (or jinn, as they are better known in the Arabic world) are supernatural beings with roots in ancient Mesopotamian legends.
AVEBURY STONE CIRCLE WAS ONCE A ‘WEIRD’ SQUARE, ARCHAEOLOGISTS FIND
It is one of the greatest marvels of prehistoric Britain, the largest stone circle in Europe and a sacred meeting place for our ancestors which may even be aligned with the stars.
SNAKE ROBOTS COULD ALLOW US TO EXPLORE THE CAVERNS OF MARS
Snake-like planetary exploring robots might be able to help us in a variety of ways in space. They could carry out space-station repairs, explore inaccessible areas of distant planets, and inspect tunnels for future human inhabitants.
THE WORLD'S TOP SCI-FI WRITERS PREDICT WHAT THE WORLD WILL LOOK LIKE IN 20 YEARS
Innovation facilitators XPRIZE are partnering with Japan's largest airline to deliver a glimpse of the future courtesy of some of the brightest minds in science fiction. Members of the public can submit their own stories in hopes of winning a trip to Tokyo and other prizes.
GOOGLE EXEC: BETTER COMPUTERS WILL MAKE "THE NUMBER OF JOBS GO UP, NOT DOWN."
Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google's parent company, Alphabet, recently spoke at the Viva Technology conference in Paris. He talked about how artificial intelligence and the increase in global connectivity would drive humanity forward.
LAKE HURON FACTS
Lake Huron is easy to find. It is the Great Lake that forms Michigan's mitten shape right next to Canada.
BREAKING DISCOVERY: WATER HAS TWO LIQUID PHASES
Researchers from Stockholm University have confirmed the existence of water's two liquid forms, one with a low density while the other has a high density. Their insight could help develop better purification and desalination processes.
SCIENTISTS HAVE DISCOVERED A WAY TO "BURN THE LEGS" OFF CANCER
A new study has found that laser-heated gold nanorods have the potential to "burn the legs" off cancer cells and decrease levels of the protein that causes their rapid growth. This, along with other recent discoveries, has the potential to help millions of people.
FUTURISTIC SPACE LASERS HAVE ARRIVED, AND THEY'RE FAR MORE THAN WEAPONS
While we have yet to develop the sci-fi level need for laser weapons affixed to our starships, NASA has been using laser technology for decades to learn more about space.
GENE THIEVES: FEMALE SALAMANDERS HIJACK DNA FROM MULTIPLE MALES
In the natural world, stealing is a necessary and frequent strategy for survival. Every animal group includes opportunists that snatch others' fresh kills, pilfer nesting materials or swipe prospective mates from distracted rivals.