Science and Medicine

NEWS: Human-Monkey Chimeras Created in China

NEWS: Human-Monkey Chimeras Created in China

In a controversial first, a team of researchers have been creating embryos that are part human and part monkey. Spanish-born biologist Juan Carlos Izpisúa Belmonte, who operates a lab at the Salk Institute in California has been working with monkey researchers in China to perform the disturbing research. Their objective is to create “human-animal chimeras,” in this case monkey embryos to which human cells are added. 

NEWS: Amazon is Working on an A.I. Household Robot

NEWS: Amazon is Working on an A.I. Household Robot

The robots are coming. By essentially combining the autonomy of a Roomba with the artificial intelligence of an Alexa, that technology and e-commerce juggernaut known as Amazon is reportedly preparing to unleash a line of home robots on the general public.

NEWS: Golden Asteroid is the Target of NASA and Space Miners

NEWS: Golden Asteroid is the Target of NASA and Space Miners

A giant asteroid known as 16 Psyche contains enough precious heavy metals to make everyone on Earth a billionaire. The asteroid, which is about 140 miles wide and orbits the Sun between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, is the target of a NASA mission launching in 2022.

NEWS: Mars Rover Captures Photo of Mysterious White Light

NEWS: Mars Rover Captures Photo of Mysterious White Light

It’s probably just swamp gas… right? Along with the moon, Mars has been making space-related headlines frequently in recent weeks, this time with the news that NASA captured a photo of a strange white light glowing on the Martian surface. While scientists are offering a possible explanation for the unexpected light, citing that it’s "likely an effect of the Sun", the find is still a bit of a mystery and opens up questions about life, or at least the plausibility of life, on Mars.

NEWS: Scientists Reveal First Image Ever Made of a Black Hole

NEWS: Scientists Reveal First Image Ever Made of a Black Hole

Space scientists have used eight radio telescopes around the world to assemble data and create the first image of a supermassive black hole. The creation of this black hole picture (an object estimated to be 6 BILLION times bigger than the SUN) is a momentous occasion for science, as it took two years, 200 scientists and supercomputers, and hundreds of terabytes of data to generate it… and it looks just like the blurry Eye of Sauron.

NEWS: Chapman University 2018 Survey Shows Paranormal Beliefs Are on the Rise

NEWS: Chapman University 2018 Survey Shows Paranormal Beliefs Are on the Rise

For the last 5 years, Chapman University in California has conducted a battery of surveys focusing on in-depth examinations of American fears. Their research studies a range of topics, from government, health and environmental matters, to disaster preparedness, personal anxieties, and paranormal beliefs.

NEWS: Scientists Believe DNA Has Finally Identified Jack the Ripper

NEWS: Scientists Believe DNA Has Finally Identified Jack the Ripper

After over 100 years of mystery and speculation, a team of scientists in the U.K. believes they have DNA proof that definitively identifies the legendary serial killer Jack the Ripper - and it appears he was a real-life Sweeney Todd, Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Written Confession: Strange Rock Looks an Awful Lot Like a Tiny Skull

Written Confession: Strange Rock Looks an Awful Lot Like a Tiny Skull

A listener of The Confessionals recently reached out via social media and then email for opinions about a strange rock he found in Texas. He first submitted photos of the rock/skull to the Paleontology Department at the University of Colorado, which responded that it “vaguely resembled a skull.” We think that the weathered-looking artifact, though it is no bigger than a man’s thumb, looks a bit more than “vaguely” like a skull. The object appears to have eye sockets, a nasal cavity, and possible mouth with teeth. The closest comparison we can draw at present is to a fetal chimpanzee skull, though there are many other possibilities as to what it could really be. Here are the details of its discovery:

10 Common Things You May Not Realize Use Artificial Intelligence

10 Common Things You May Not Realize Use Artificial Intelligence

While it was once something only dreamed about in science fiction, artificial intelligence has become a widespread, mainstream reality throughout the world. Nearly every day it seems like a new A.I. advancement is making headlines - for better or for worse.

Scientist Talks Giant Fossil Find on Coast to Coast AM

Scientist Talks Giant Fossil Find on Coast to Coast AM

You’re hiking happily through the woods and come upon a huge boulder jutting out of the earth. It’s impressive, picturesque, and ancient-looking, so you decide to take  a closer look. Your hike quickly changes from happy to creepy when you realize, upon closer inspection, your boulder isn’t a boulder at all - it’s a giant finger bone.