World’s oldest runestone may contain the earliest example of writing

Archaeologists have unearthed the "world's oldest runestone," a squat block of sandstone with etchings scribbled across its flat surface.The ancient stone, which archaeologists unearthed in Norway, could contain the earliest example of "words recorded in writing in Scandinavia." They...

Free Will Is Only an Illusion if You Are, Too

Imagine you are shopping online for a new pair of headphones. There is an array of colors, brands and features to look at. You feel that you can pick any model that you like and are in complete control...

Moderna says its RSV vaccine is 84% effective in older

Moderna's experimental respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) vaccine was about 84% effective at protecting older adults from lower respiratory tract disease in a late-stage trial, the drugmaker announced (opens in new tab) Tuesday (Jan. 17). Moderna has yet to release the...

Sister André, world’s oldest person, dies at 118

Sister André, a French nun who held the title of the world's oldest person, died Jan. 17 at age 118 in Toulon, a city in southern France.Born Lucile Randon on Feb. 11, 1904, she "dedicated most of her life...

How many times can you fold a piece of paper

Origami is the art of folding paper, but what's the most times you can fold a paper in half? (Image credit: Aliaksandr Barysenka / EyeEm via Getty Images)A common claim states that a sheet of paper cannot be folded...

Flying snakes help scientists design new robots: Computational modeling reveals

Robots have been designed to move in ways that mimic animal movements, such as walking and swimming. Scientists are now considering how to design robots that mimic the gliding motion exhibited by flying snakes. In Physics of Fluids, by...

What an Endless Conversation with Werner Herzog Can Teach Us

On the website Infinite Conversation, the German filmmaker Werner Herzog and the Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek are having a public chat about anything and everything. Their discussion is compelling, in part, because these intellectuals have distinctive accents when speaking...

Human and Neanderthal brains have a surprising ‘youthful’ quality in

Many believe our particularly large brain is what makes us human – but is there more to it? The brain’s shape, as well as the shapes of its component parts (lobes) may also be important.Results of a study we...

Renpho smart scale review

The Renpho smart scale is one of the best devices for measuring body fat that we’ve tested. Despite its low price, it offers real bang for its buck with its smart design, accurate readings and excellent companion app that...

Point-of-care biosensor rapidly detects oral cancer: Researchers develop a hand-held

Oral cancer is the 13th most common type of cancer globally, and oral squamous cell carcinomas (OSCCs) account for more than 90% of oral cancers. An estimated 300,000 new cases and 145,000 deaths worldwide were attributed to oral cancer...

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