Why we “forget’ child labor made our jeans, but brag about our organic lunch

A firm moral compass is great, but a selective memory will do. Consumers demonstrate a willfully ignorant memory after learning products they like were unethically made, according to new research published in the Journal of Consumer Research. In an effort to “avoid emotionally difficult ethical information” like the use of child

Ingredients for life discovered on ancient meteorites

Scientists have discovered liquid water on ancient meteorites, sparking renewed hope for life beyond planet earth. The researchers uncovered both water and organic compounds on two meteorites, which date back 4.5 billion years. The meteorites actually fell to earth almost 20 years ago, but technology at the time couldn’t pick

New invention brings batteries back from the dead

One of the biggest stories in consumer electronics right now is Apple’s secret throttling of older iPhone models with aging batteries. The company misled customers for years as “conspiracy theorists” claimed Apple was intentionally slowing down older iPhone models in order to force people to upgrade. While Apple

Studies find evidence of a fourth dimension

We live in a three-dimensional reality. Because of that, it’s pretty hard to imagine what a four-dimensional reality might be like, but that isn’t stopping physicists from trying to figure it out. A pair of new research papers were just published in the journal Nature that explore the

Scientists develop self-healing robot muscles

We often think of robots as superior to ourselves, but when it comes to the abilities afforded us by our muscles, robots have a hard time keeping up. Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder are working to change that with newly developed soft muscles that work a

Sickness is written all over the human face

It’s often pretty easy to tell when a person is sick — a loud cough and runny nose are good indicators — but sometimes the symptoms aren’t always so obvious. Now, a new study reveals that humans are actually really good at being able to tell when someone

FDA approves first-ever shock wave healing device

With the number of bogus remedies and treatments floating around, claiming to provide relief for various ailments, the FDA really has its work cut out for it. I mean, can you imagine trying to wade through the swamp of snake oil that exists out there just to find

The 5 craziest things we learned about the universe in 2017

In the search for answers, the universe usually only gives us more questions. And those questions are becoming as infinite as the cosmos themselves. From Mars’ magnetic tail to inexplicable booms heard around the world to mounting evidence that a “Planet Nine” exists, these stories prove that the more we

Scientist use sperm to deliver chemo drugs to cervical cancer cells

Scientists in Germany have devised a way to treat cervical cancer that uses sperm cells to deliver chemotherapy. The promising new method could provide an alternative to standard chemo treatments as sperm cells are designed to swim through a female reproductive tract. Chemo drugs damage normal cells along with cancerous

Researchers are using “CSI’ episodes to train AI

Federal lawmakers want to have a say in defining artificial intelligence. Researchers are now using TV shows to feed the predictive capability of an AI system. Google said in recent days it’s opening an AI-focused research facility in China. And on and on the headlines keep coming, all

BBC Breakfast presenters in heated MAN FLU debate

BBC Breakfast star Dan Walker argued that man flu was real after a new study came out [BBC] Presenter Dan Walker brought a Man Flu study to attention of BBC Breakfast viewers  after research showed that men suffer worse cold and flu symptoms than women.  However, his argument that women should

Monster black hole is the oldest ever found

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Astronomers have discovered a super-size black hole hearkening back to almost the dawn of creation. It’s the farthest black hole ever found. A team led by the Carnegie Observatories’ Eduardo Banados reported in the journal Nature on Wednesday that the black hole lies in a quasar

Degenerative diseases could soon be a thing of the past

It’s understood that degenerative diseases like Alzheimers and cancer can make a person’s “golden years” look pretty bleak. However, there’s some hope on the horizon thanks to some new research from England. A research team at the University of Exeter has found a way to possibly stave off

This is the latest Earth-like planet that could possibly support life

Scientists have discovered a supersized version of Earth that could host life on a distant galaxy. The planet, named K2-18b, has been dubbed a rocky “super earth” that orbits a sun-like star. And it’s positioned in a solar sweet spot — making it possible to host life-giving liquid water. Researchers at

Researchers use advanced technology to study mummy

LEMONT, Ill. — Researchers from Northwestern University and Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago are using advanced technology to unwrap the mysteries of an 1,800-year-old mummy. They say the high-energy X-ray beams from a synchrotron will provide molecular information about what is inside the mummy of the little girl. Argonne

New prosthetics are “smart’ enough to adapt to their user

If you or someone you know is an amputee, then you know prostheses are invaluable for leading a more active life. However, traditional prostheses can often be painful to wear, causing skin tears and even infections. That is because they extend the affected limb using a special socket that

Future humans could live in underwater cities

Humans of the future could have enormous lungs to live in underwater kingdoms or biohacked brains where memories can be bought and sold for a fee. That’s according to two experts in pushing the human body to its limits discussing what “humans 2.0” will look like. Speaking at Lisbon’s Web

Gene editing just became even more powerful

WASHINGTON — Scientists are altering a powerful gene-editing technology in hopes of one day fighting diseases without making permanent changes to people’s DNA. The trick: Edit RNA instead, the messenger that carries a gene’s instructions. “If you edit RNA, you can have a reversible therapy,” important in case of side effects, said

We’re a little less likely to die of an asteroid impact

Here’s a bit of good news: There are fewer “killer rocks” that could wipe out life as we know it. NASA and other space agencies around the world have spent decades tracking near-Earth asteroids to determine whether any could slam into our planet. All the while, astronomers have wondered how many

The face of beauty is getting older and less white

Here’s evidence that society’s standard of beauty is finally growing up. Researchers from Boston University compared People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful List” from 2017 with its inaugural 1990 rankings – and the good news is, this year’s winners, including Julia Roberts, Viola Davis and Selena Gomez, are older and more diverse

NASA finds possible “crater of life’ on Mars

A recent discovery made by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) shows the evidence of ancient sea-floor hydrothermal deposits that may offer clues about life on the Red Planet and Earth as well. The authors of the study, Paul Niles and Joseph Michalski, believe there were volcanoes on the planet long ago

Siri was first, but Google’s AI now has a higher IQ

When Siri first hit the scene in 2011 — as the flagship feature on the iPhone 4s, no less — it was a novel piece of software to say the least. The early version of Siri wasn’t terribly powerful, but it was able to answer relatively basic queries and handle