March 23, 2017 Steve Avery

Image: Apple When a young boy identified only as Roman couldn’t wake up his unconscious mother, he did what any astute, technologically-adept four-year-old would do: He used his mother’s finger to unlock her phone, and then asked Siri to call emergency services. The boy’s actions saved his mother, but the…

March 23, 2017 Steve Avery

We’ve all heard the “walk 10,000 steps a day to be healthy” pitch, but new research says that, while 10,000 is better than nothing, it might not quite be enough.The study, published in the International Journal of Obesity, looked at postal workers in Glasgow, Scotland, including office workers and carriers…

March 23, 2017 Steve Avery

Image: Shutterstock In a study that’s bound to attract considerable controversy, a pair of researchers are claiming that between 60 and 66 percent of all cancer-causing mutations are the result of random DNA copying errors, making them essentially unavoidable. The new research is offering important insights into how cancer emerges,…

March 23, 2017 Steve Avery

The new Asperitas cloud (mage: Gary McArthur/Cloud Appreciation Society) People like giving official names to things—other groups of people, weird new animals, stars, round planets, and even the shapes that blobs of water vapor condense into in the sky. But move over, other names describing water vapor. There’s a new…

March 23, 2017 Steve Avery

Image: DPA German scientists have constructed a powerful new light system that can focus energy equivalent to the radiation of 10,000 suns onto a single spot. Eventually, they hope, this “artificial sun” could be used to produce environmentally-friendly fuels. Advertisement The impressive light system is called Synlight, and it’s located in…

March 23, 2017 Steve Avery

Scenery at the coastline just northeast of the Barnes Ice Cap. Image: Gifford Miller The planet is warming and Arctic ice is melting. These facts are hardly news. But it’s not just habitat for polar bears that’s being lost—a piece of Earth’s history is disappearing, too. Advertisement You’ve probably never…