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first_img By cutting off food imports Whales Average Scientists last week identified a gene that might be behind this so-called “sixth sense”: Enter for a chance to win. We’ll select a new winner each week. Question Water bears How did you score on the quiz? Challenge your friends to a science news duel! You Time’s Up! The United Kingdom Transfers the “state” of quantum particles over vast distances. One group used the weirdness of quantum mechanics to send the state of a quantum particle of light, 6.2 kilometers across Calgary, Canada, using an optical fiber, while the other teleported the states of photons over 14.7 kilometers across Shanghai, China. Both advances could eventually lead to an unhackable quantum internet. But what else is quantum teleportation good for? Answer: more than war, but—sadly—much less than Star Trek. Top Ranker An Ig Nobel Prize. Technologist Thomas Thwaites wanted to know what it was like to understand the world from a nonhuman point of view. So he donned a goat suit—complete with prosthetic limbs and a special “stomach” to digest the grass he would be eating—and headed for the Swiss Alps. When he got there, he realized that the world of goats was intensely hierarchical and his only hope of fitting in was to befriend a goat buddy, Goat No. 18. Other Ig Nobel winners include scientists who study the personality of rocks and emissions “genius” Volkswagen. September 26, 2016 Antibiotic resistance Sweden. Designer babies aren’t on the drawing board—yet. But this latest foray into the controversial world of CRISPR is the first to use healthy human embryos; an earlier study in China used damaged ones to see what edits might make them HIV-resistant. The new study, which explores how genes regulate embryonic development, is in line with ethics resolutions passed last year by an international body of scientists, which said that gene-editing technology should not be used to modify human embryos that are intended to establish a pregnancy. Start Quiz Cockroaches Win a FREE digital subscription to Science! Just submit the required contact information to enter. Click to enter If you found that last question painful, consider engaging in this activity, which—according to new research—may alleviate pain: South Korea Brangelina’s breakup By cutting down on cow farts and belches. California is one step ahead of the rest of us when it comes to curtailing methane emissions. Last week’s law seeks to accelerate that process by limiting—wait for it—emissions from landfills and gassy cows. That’s right, the ruminants (along with other livestock) make up nearly one-third of methane emissions annually in the United States. One step to limiting this effluvium is by carefully processing one end product: manure. But how do you deal with the products that are a little less … solid? There, the science isn’t so clear, but researchers are exploring methods of breeding and feeding animals that will lead to lower levels of bovine bloating. New research shows that these creatures can survive the perils of outer space, thanks to a radiation “shield” baked into their genes: 0 Australian Aborigines. Australia is home to some of the earliest signs of modern humans outside Africa. Those signs—along with the continent’s unique languages and cultural adaptations—were enough to convince some scientists that the ancestors of the Aborigines were the first modern humans to surge out of Africa some 60,000 years ago. Not so, says a new trio of large-scale genetic studies. They suggest that, instead, nearly all Aborigines and Eurasians (which include Native Americans) descended from a single group of humans who left Africa between 50,000 and 60,000 years ago. The Chernobyl wolves Allows your body to be rebuilt as Napoleon, one cell at a time Blindsight Spatial awareness Australian Aborigines Riding in an elevator Mongolians By building solar school buses Last week, the United Nations General Assembly actually agreed on something, deeming this a “fundamental threat” to public health: Watching sad movies Taking genetics to the next level, scientists from this country are now trying to modify viable human embryos using the CRISPR gene-editing technique: Horses. Don’t let Mr. Ed fool you—we still can’t talk with horses—but our equine friends may be able to commune with us in another way. After some training, 23 horses learned to express their preference for wearing (or not wearing) a blanket by touching specific symbols on a board. 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As part of its announcement, the United Nations committed member countries to fighting the emergence of these so-called “superbugs” through developing new vaccines and medicines and overhauling current practices of overusing antibacterial and antiviral medicines in animals and humans. Scientists laid to rest last week the theory that this group of people was the first to leave Africa more than 50,000 years ago: Watching sad movies. If you were old enough to see a PG-13 movie in 1997, chances are you went to see Titanic. And chances are you cried. You might have even seen the film multiple times, doing your part to make it the highest grossing sob fest in movie history. 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