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UK may force charities to prove complementary therapies work
More proof needed?Peter Macdiarmid/GettyUK charities that provide complementary and alternative medicines fear losing their charitable status over possible measures that will raise the bar for proving...
First Americans may have been Neanderthals 130,000 years ago
Eaten by the first Americans?shaunl/GettyBy Colin BarrasAn extraordinary chapter has just been added to the story of the First Americans. Finds at a site in California suggest that the New World might...
Medieval people mutilated the deceased to ward off zombies
Knife marks on a human rib bone Historic England/PA WireBy New Scientist staff and Press AssociationMedieval people were trying to ward off the “living dead”, according to a study of human bones excavated...
Key congressmen say they have no evidence that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower
Top members of the House Intelligence Committee said Wednesday they have seen no evidence to support President Donald Trump's claim that Trump Tower was wiretapped ahead of the 2016 election. "We don't...
Trump’s EPA chief: “We need to continue the debate” on climate change
Enlarge / Scott Pruitt shows off a hat with the logo of the organization he now leads. Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images reader comments 8 Share this story The Environmental Protection Agency is charged...
Neanderthal teeth tell tales of diet and medicine
Enlarge / The jaw of the El Sidron individual found to be consuming poplar and Penicillium-containing vegetation.Paleoanthropology Group MNCN-CSIC reader comments 2 Share this story Around 50,000 years...
Traces in rock may be the oldest evidence of life on Earth ever
A hotbed of biologyMatthew DoddBy Colin BarrasAre we closing in on life’s cradle? What is claimed to be the oldest evidence of life on Earth yet found backs the idea that the first microbes originated...
If you’re a revenge porn victim, consider this free, helpful legal guide
EnlargeNan Palmero reader comments 0 Share this story Without My Consent, a San Francisco-based advocacy organization that aims to help victims of revenge porn, has released a slew of new resources this...
Ultrafast imaging reveals existence of 'polarons'
Scientists have found definitive evidence that the movement of electrons has a direct effect on atomic arrangements, driving deformations in a material's 3-D crystalline lattice in ways that can drastically...
Dino-killing crater reveals Ice Age sea levels
By chance, the researchers found evidence that the sea was much further away than the current coast line during the last Ice Age. THE massive underwater crater left by the asteroid that exterminated the...
One warrant used to target thousands of child porn suspects in 120 countries
EnlargeNorth Charleston reader comments 1 Share this story Further ReadingAfter FBI briefly ran Tor-hidden child-porn site, investigations went globalA newly released federal court hearing transcript...
Snowden can be asked to testify in person in German NSA probe
EnlargeGage Skidmore reader comments 22 Share this story Whistleblower Edward Snowden can be asked to give evidence in person by a German committee probing the NSA's spying activities, the country's Federal...
The weird surge in VHS recorder sales
The problem is how to play these. YEARS after most people threw out their VHS machines, there has been a surge in sales to a surprising buyer. The move to snap up the video recorders was made after the...
How social media shaped the trial
Gable Tostee in an image from his Facebook page. GABLE Tostee’s obsession with technology helped prove he did not murder Warriena Wright. In a landmark case, the audio recording Tostee took the night the...
Earliest evidence in fossil record for right-handedness
Perhaps the bias against left-handers dates back much further than we thought. By examining striations on teeth of a Homo habilis fossil, researchers have found the earliest evidence for right-handedness...
No evidence that plant-based alternatives to HRT actually work
Phytoestrogen supplements are widely on saleLewis Mulatero/GettyBy Jessica HamzelouWhen the menopause hits and oestrogen levels tumble, it can be difficult to know whether to opt for hormone replacement...
How weak DNA evidence railroaded—and then rescued—Amanda Knox
Photo illustration by Aurich LawsonToday, September 30, Netflix releases its original documentary, Amanda Knox. The film features the now exonerated suspects and the prosecutor who charged them as the...
NYPD can’t count cash they’ve seized because it would crash computers
See-ming Lee reader comments 32 Share this story The New York City Police Department takes in millions of dollars in cash each year as evidence, often keeping the money through a procedure called civil...
New find might be oldest evidence of life on Earth
Enlarge / One set of the possible stromatolites—with two slices cut out by the researchers.Allen Nutman reader comments 2 Share this story In the history of life on Earth, the first chapter is still the...
We must understand electroshock therapy’s unwanted side effects
Science Photo Library/PASIEKA/Getty AFTER receiving a muscle relaxant and general anaesthetic, you are wheeled into the operating theatre for a procedure that will last less than a minute. A couple of...
Down's Syndrome: Prozac Could Boost Intelligence
Several drugs have been shown to improve memory and learning in the mouse version of the condition.As a result, some families have started to give their children drugs such as Prozac - usually used to...
First evidence of legendary flood reveals China’s origin story
Emperor Yu, who tamed the flood and founded Chinese civilisationKeren Su/GettyBy Andy CoghlanLegend has it that a great flood engulfed China 4000 years ago. Lasting for more than 20 years, it was finally...
Mystery of what sleep does to our brains may finally be solved
Sleep tight to get your brain rightJulie Guiches/PicturetankBy Clare WilsonIt is one of life’s great enigmas: why do we sleep? Now we have the best evidence yet of what sleep is for – allowing housekeeping...
Coffee no longer comes with cancer warning—it may actually prevent it
trophygeekDespite brimming data showing that drinking coffee can be good for your health, there has been a lingering black stain on the popular drink’s reputation—the 1991 assessment by the World Health...
Which E3 rumors should you believe? An Ars analysis
As usual, next week's Electronic Entertainment Expo will be home to dozens of new game announcements from the industry's biggest publishers. This week, though, is when a lot of those announcements actually...
Evidence of ice age at Martian north pole
Using radar data scientists found evidence of an ice age recorded in the polar deposits of Mars. Ice ages on Mars are driven by processes similar to those responsible for ice ages on Earth, that is, long-term...
FBI won't reveal hack, so child porn evidence tossed - CNET
The FBI's hacking method, which allowed agents to track the defendant as he allegedly perused the so-called Dark Web, leads a federal judge to exclude the very evidence that could lead to his convicti...
Once more, a judge rules against gov’t in Tor-enabled child porn case
Tristan SchnurrFurther ReadingFeds must hand over NIT source code or dismiss child porn charges, lawyer saysFBI already gave source code to lawyers in similar Nebraska case—why not again?On Wednesday,...
Ancient meteor strikes sent ice-rich tsunamis across the surface of Mars
Alexis RodriguezLots of evidence suggests that Mars once had copious amounts of water. There's even some evidence that the planet may have had a large ocean covering the northern pole of the planet. But...
Ancient tsunami evidence on Mars reveals life potential
The geologic shape of what were once shorelines through Mars' northern plains convinces scientists that two large meteorites -- hitting the planet millions of years apart -- triggered a pair of mega-tsunamis....
Findings Push Human Timeline in US Back a Millennium
A new trove of carbon-dated archaeological evidence from a submerged site in Florida has some big implications for the history of human beings in the Americas. Researchers from several U.S. universities...
"I'm sorry" - Craig Wright on lack of evidence he created bitcoin
LONDON (Reuters) - Australian tech entrepreneur Craig Wright, who earlier this week said he would provide "extraordinary proof" that he was the creator of digital currency bitcoin, will not provide any...
Apple phone fight: tech firms, law enforcement seek common ground
Silicon Valley executives and law enforcement officials told a House of Representatives subcommittee Tuesday that they’re searching for common ground in the fight over encryption. Bruce Sewell, Apple’s...
Heavy cannabis use associated with reduced dopamine release in brain
Evidence of a compromised dopamine system has been found in heavy users of marijuana. Lower dopamine release was found in the striatum -- a region of the brain that is involved in working memory, impulsive...
Complex ideas can enter consciousness automatically
New research provides further evidence for 'passive frame theory,' the groundbreaking idea that suggests human consciousness is less in control than previously believed. The study shows that even complex...
Zika causes microcephaly and other birth defects, CDC concludes
Scientists at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have concluded, after careful review of existing evidence, that Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and other severe fetal brain...
Is this what Planet Nine looks like? - CNET
Enlarge ImageThe modelled structure of Planet Nine. University of Bern Planet Nine may or may not exist. The evidence for its existence is incomplete, based on behaviour observed in outer solar system...
‘Shaken baby’ expert witness found guilty of misleading courts
Consultant pathologist Waney SquierLucy YoungA senior British doctor, who has been an expert defence witness for parents accused of killing their children, has been found guilty of multiple charges that...
What do chimp ‘temples’ tell us about the evolution of religion?
See this stone? I’m going to make a really loud noise with it Courtesy of AuthorsAll hail the sacred tree. I’ve often wondered aloud in the newsroom about the possibility of finding evidence of a chimp...
My brain made me do it: Neuroscience and behavioral genetics in court
Several years ago, Ars looked at the role of neuroscience in crime. Since then, the scientific community has continued to learn about how brain abnormalities or dysfunctions can affect reasoning and behavioral...
How your social media posts could affect future personal injury lawsuits
Nowadays, we are no stranger to the notion that everything we do on social media can have a great effect on our offline lives.From examples of employees who have been fired thanks to inappropriate Facebook...
Neanderthals mated with modern humans much earlier than previously thought, study finds
Researchers report strong evidence of an interbreeding event between Neanderthals and modern humans occurring around 100,000 years ago, much earlier than any previously documented. The evidence suggests...
DNA evidence uncovers major upheaval in Europe near end of last Ice Age
DNA evidence lifted from the ancient bones and teeth of people who lived in Europe from the Late Pleistocene to the early Holocene -- spanning almost 30,000 years of European prehistory -- has offered...
Turtle soup, perchance? Prehistoric humans had a penchant for tortoises
Researchers have uncovered evidence of turtle specimens at the 400,000-year-old Qesem Cave site, indicating that early humans enjoyed eating turtles in addition to large game and vegetal material. The...
IVF hope for older women as fertility doctors apply to change 'batteries' in eggs
All cells carry power packs called mitochondrial DNA. A type of cell called an 'egg precusor cell' holds much younger mitochondrial DNA which can be harvested and swapped in to an older egg - giving it...
Grisly fossils from Kenya reveal a 10,000-year-old massacre
Scientists have found grisly evidence of a massacre in Kenya about 10,000 years ago, providing rare evidence of violence between groups in ancient hunter-gatherer societies. Researchers said the discovery...
Astronomers are brawling again about a ninth planet - CNET
There's a new act starting in the most melodramatic real-life space opera of our time. Once our solar system was home to nine simple planets. Then that number was unceremoniously and controversially reduced...
Prehistoric massacre in Kenya may be oldest evidence of warfare
Scientists think they've found the oldest evidence of human warfare, fossils of a band of men, women and children massacred by a troop of attackers with clubs and stone blades on the shores of a lagoon...
Planet Nine: Evidence Found Of Far-Flung World
Scientists have discovered evidence of a hidden planet 10 times bigger than the Earth on the outer reaches of the solar system. Nicknamed Planet Nine and thought to be similar to the gas giants of Uranus...
Investors look for lessons in BioMarin’s FDA defeat
The rejection of a BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. medication by U.S. regulators left patients and investors questioning how drugmakers could improve their chances for approval of treatments for diseases...
Court: With a warrant, cops can search basically anywhere on your phone
Martin AbegglenIn a 4-3 decision, Massachusetts’ highest court ruled Friday that with a warrant, it's ok for police to search anywhere on a seized phone that may reasonably turn up evidence of the crime...
Mounting evidence suggests early agriculture staved off global cooling
A new analysis of ice-core climate data, archeological evidence and ancient pollen samples strongly suggests that agriculture by humans 7,000 years ago likely slowed a natural cooling process of the global...
Humans adapted to Arctic life 10,000 years earlier than thought
It’s a classic image of life in the ice age: a giant mammoth brought down by the sharp spears of a hunting party. Now we’ve discovered a particular carcass – apparently killed and butchered with weapons...
We reached America’s doorstep 10,000 years earlier than thought
It’s a classic image of life in the ice age: a giant mammoth brought down by the sharp spears of a hunting party. Now we’ve discovered a particular carcass – apparently killed and butchered with...
Amorous T. rex danced like a bird - CNET
Enlarge ImageTheropods getting their sexy groove on. Xing Lida/Nature When they want to get their love on, theropod dinosaurs used to engage in dancing displays, new evidence suggests.A team of researchers...
The Anthropocene: Hard evidence for a human-driven Earth
The evidence for a new geological epoch which marks the impact of human activity on the Earth is now overwhelming according to a recent paper by an international group of geoscientists. The Anthropocene,...
Portable NIST kit can recover traces of chemical evidence
A chemist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed a portable version of his method for recovering trace chemicals such as environmental pollutants and forensic evidence...
Study finds evidence for more recent clay formation on Mars
Recent orbital and rover missions to Mars have turned up ample evidence of clays and other hydrated minerals formed when rocks are altered by the presence of water. Most of that alteration is thought to...
Study uses 'evidence maps' to signpost conservation research
A new technique has been used to ensure research findings in the field of nature conservation are more visible and accessible. Credit: Shutterstock. Researchers have used a new technique to ensure research...
Experts give evidence on draft Investigatory Powers Bill
Parallel inquiry In parallel with the hearings by the joint committee, the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee is running an inquiry into the technology aspects of the Draft Investigatory...
Hot, sleepless nights will get more common with climate change
The future’s set to leave us more hot and botheredChina Photos/Getty By Michael Le PageAs the planet warms, many people will find it much harder to get a good night’s sleep. A study based on a survey...
Obama anticipates a future economy challenged by driverless cars and automation
Former US President Barack Obama is speaking out on automation and driverless cars, including the impact the futuristic tech – that’s closer to reality than it once was – could have on the economy. Obama,...
Ritualistic body waxing videos on Instagram are going viral, in a relaxing way
Some of Lizbeth's most popular clips, which are seconds long and repeat on an endless loop, have been viewed almost 900,000 times apiece. She currently has more than 311,00 Instagram followers. There's...
Game theory says you should charge your friends to borrow things
Paying to borrow tools can be a saw pointAnge/Alamy Stock PhotoBy Timothy RevellWant to borrow my tent? No problem, that will be £25 please. That might sound annoying, but it will be better for society...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark