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Apr 9, 2016

Will it hurt? Uncertainty is worst of all, says study

Not knowing if a decision will provoke pain is more stressful than correctly anticipating the outcome, even when that outcome hurts like hell, according to a study released recently. Moreover, experiments with volunteers receiving electric shocks showed that the greater the stress the better ...

ISS to get inflatable room to test human habitation in space

Apr 8, 2016

ISS to get inflatable room to test human habitation in space

Forget blowup air mattresses. Space station astronauts are getting their first inflatable room. It’s a technology demo meant to pave the way for moon bases and Mars expeditions, as well as orbiting outposts catering to scientists and tourists. Bigelow Aerospace is behind the experiment, ...

Apr 7, 2016

Monster black holes may lurk all around us: study

Astronomers have stumbled upon a supermassive black hole in an unexpected corner of the universe, implying these galactic monsters are much more common than once thought, a study said Wednesday. The giant, with an estimated mass 17 billion times that of our sun, was ...

Stone Age humans brought deer to Scottish islands by sea, DNA shows

Apr 7, 2016

Stone Age humans brought deer to Scottish islands by sea, DNA shows

Stone Age humans populated the Scottish islands with red deer transported “considerable distances” by boat, researchers said Wednesday. They admitted surprise at our prehistoric ancestors’ seafaring prowess. DNA analysis revealed that deer on Scotland’s northernmost islands were unlikely to have come from the closest ...