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Organic circuits - lighter, cheaper and bendier

<b>Organic circuits - lighter, cheaper and bendier</b><p>A new type of plastic electronics made from organic materials is lighter, cheaper, and more flexible than any of today’s technology. Such circuits could be worn on clothing or placed inside medical sensors.<p>[read more at the Horizon Magazine] [picture by Fraunhofer EMFT]

Geminid meteor shower begins: watch out for fireballs

The mysterious Geminid meteor shower lights the skies of Earth between 12 and 16 December and is visible from almost anywhere on the planet. This year the peak rate is estimated to be 100-120 meteors per hour, rivalling the August Perseids, which are usually the most spectacular meteor shower of …

Michael Neuberger obituary

Biochemist who discovered how antibodies are greatly improved<p>The molecular biologist Michael Neuberger's research into antibodies did much to increase our understanding of how the body defends itself against microbes – single-cell organisms including viruses and bacteria. His own death at the age …

Faster 3D printing with multiple materials - Futurity

Researchers have developed a faster 3D printing process and are now using it to model and fabricate objects that comprise multiple materials.

3D Printing

Astronomers in Antarctica find neutrinos from outside our solar system

Astronomers in Antarctica are kicking off a new way of studying the cosmos. Rather than studying light, researchers now plan to study neutrinos from outside of our solar system. These hard-to-detect particles can carry new information on distant galaxies. Unlike light, neutrinos can pass through …

Visitors from Beyond the Galaxy Reach the Antarctic

Astronomers have become incredibly skilled at detecting cosmic radiation in all its forms—not just ordinary, visible light, but also light we can’t …

Inside The Zumwalt Destroyer

The U.S. Navy's most futuristic warship finally hits the water.<p>The U.S. Navy's Zumwalt destroyer, the most technologically advanced warship ever built and the first of its eponymous class, was set to be christened October 19, but then politics intervened. Late last month, the U.S. Navy finally …

What is Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle?

The uncertainty principle is one of the most famous (and probably misunderstood) ideas in physics. It tells us that there is a fuzziness in nature, a fundamental limit to what we can know about the behaviour of quantum particles and, therefore, the smallest scales of nature. Of these scales, the …

Will we ever bring the dead back to life?

Understanding the processes governing death is helping experts try to halt and reverse it. It’s also challenging our ideas about the nature of death itself.<p>Zach Conrad died on a lovely Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia. It was 3 June 2012, and the 36-year-old financial analyst had decided to take a …

Medicine

How the Brain Creates Personality: A New Theory

Are you a mover, a perceiver, a stimulator, or an adapter? Modes of thinking can be understood in terms of how the top and bottom—rather than right and left—parts of the brain interact.<p>It is possible to examine any object—including a brain—at different levels. Take the example of a building. If we …

The Particle at the End of the Universe, by Sean Carroll – review

In the early 80s, the US decided to build a massive particle accelerator which was called – with typical American excess – the Superconducting Super Collider. During its early planning stages, the great machine was enthusiastically supported by the vast majority of US congressmen who each hoped the …

Stonehenge: Origin of Stones Discovered

Geologists in Wales have identified the source of stones used to build Stonehenge, they told local publication the Western Mail on Tuesday, Nov. 19. …

Nasa's Maven Mars mission launches from Cape Canaveral - video

Nasa's mission to Mars blasted off into space on Monday from Cape Canaveral in Florida. The Maven spacecraft will explore how the red planet lost its atmosphere and was transformed from a warm wet habitat to the dry desert seen today. The spacecraft will take ten months to arrive into Mars' orbit, …

MAVEN Mars mission launched

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission launched yesterday (November 18). The mission will investigate how Mars lost its …

Space Exploration

The World’s Most Powerful Supercomputer Is Still in China

Today is that twice-a-year day when the world pays attention to big iron. The latest edition of the Top 500 list of the most powerful supercomputers …

Gravity May Not Be As Straightforward As Scientists Once Thought

"But we were extremely perplexed. We tried to think of what could be happening in the middle of the night that could account for it. My students …

Dark Matter

Albert Einstein Reads ‘The Common Language of Science’ (1941)

Here's an extraordinary recording of Albert Einstein from the fall of 1941, reading a full-length essay in English:<p>The essay is called "The Common …

Scientists discover DNA body clock

A US scientist has discovered an internal body clock based on DNA that measures the biological age of our tissues and organs.<p>The clock shows that while many healthy tissues age at the same rate as the body as a whole, some of them age much faster or slower. The age of diseased organs varied hugely, …

The 5 Most Important Physics Discoveries Of The Past 25 Years

Physics World reporter Tushna Commissariat told the BBC that making the list was "harder than choosing Nobel laureates," adding that there have been "so many eye-popping findings that our final choice is, inevitably, open to debate."<p>The magazine, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, also …

10 Pop Stars Who Overcame Addiction

The Mother Mother doesn't hide her love for the green stuff –'ARTPOP' will reportedly boast a song called 'Mary Jane Holland' which references her …

Mental Health

Pop Stars Who Were Once Homeless

In her August 2013 W cover story, J. Lo revealed she was homeless for a brief time. "My mom and I butted heads," she said. "I didn’t want to go to …

Homelessness

Hack this, NSA: Google now triple-encrypts all data in Google Cloud Storage

You might think that the NSA and other shadowy three-letter agencies are the world’s biggest cloud cheerleaders: all your data, all the time, in the cloud, where Prism and XKeyscore can, apparently, access it.<p>Perhaps that’s why Google announced yesterday it was triple-encrypting all data in Google …

The NSA Broke Privacy Rules Thousands of Times. Per Year.

According to internal audits and top-secret documents, the National Security Agency has violated privacy rules thousands of times each year since …

Sars: The people who risked their lives to stop the virus

<b>Ten years ago, the world was in the grip of a panic over an outbreak of a mysterious illness - Sars. The virus killed hundreds - and infected thousands more - but its impact would have been far more devastating had it not been for the bravery of a handful of doctors and nurses.</b><p>"It was like a …

Disease

Picture this: Is there life after Photoshop?

BBC News, New York<p>For almost all its 23-year existence, Photoshop has dominated the digital retouching and design world.<p>In the 1990s its popularity exploded thanks to an exceptional array of transformational tools.<p>It was helped along because it was often illegally passed around by friends and …

Tutorials

Fossil Reveals Long-Lived Mammal Group's Secret

New Jurassic find in China provides fresh evidence of early mammal evolution.<p><b>The discovery of a 160-million-year-old fossil of a rodent-like creature is helping shed light on how one of the most evolutionarily successful mammalian groups to ever live gained dominance.</b><p>Dubbed <i>Rugosodon eurasiaticus</i>, …

Area 51 and its purpose declassified: No UFOs, but lots of U-2 spy planes

A newly declassified CIA history from 20 years ago spills the story about Nevada's Area 51 and its secret mission — which was not to study UFOs, but to test the U-2 and other spy planes.<p>The CIA's story about the legendary test site is contained in "The Central Intelligence Agency and Overhead …

Paranormal

The Government Now Admits There's an 'Area 51'

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Newly declassified documents, obtained by George Washington University's National Security Archive, …