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Study proves that we can control each other's brains over the internet

A group of University of Washington researchers showed a year ago that brain-to-brain interfacing is possible in real life. Now, they're back after conducting a more thorough experiment, proving that their initial success wasn't a fluke. This time, the team performed tests using not just one pair, …

Ebola-free Nigeria hailed as 'success story' in battling outbreak

It was an epidemiologist's worst nightmare: one of the world's deadliest contagious diseases loose in one of the world's most densely populated and sometimes chaotic megacities — Lagos, Nigeria.<p>With its teeming slums, bogus pastors selling miracle cures, six-hour traffic jams and street vendors …

Disease

Crazy but true: Messenger spacecraft spots ice at Mercury's north pole

NASA’s Messenger spacecraft has sent back its first visible-light images of water ice on Mercury, the tiny charbroiled planet that orbits closest to the sun.<p>The findings, described in the journal Geology, reveal that the ice deposits look surprisingly "fresh" – and hint that water could have been …

Astronomy

Scientists discover a new origin of oxygen on Earth and in space

Scientists have discovered a new way to make molecular oxygen (O2) from carbon dioxide (CO2) -- no green plants involved.<p>Their findings could alter our understanding of the Earth's early atmosphere and how oxygen might form on other planets with carbon dioxide in their atmospheres.<p>In a paper …

Chemistry

Water on Earth predates the solar system, and even the sun

Some of the water molecules in your drinking glass were created more than 4.5 billion years ago, according to new research.<p>That makes them older than the Earth, older than the solar system — even older than the sun itself.<p>In a study published Thursday in Science, researchers say the distinct …

Universe

How Gorilla Poop Could Help Stop Ebola

A new way of tracking the deadly virus that's spreading through West Africa<p>Police drove through Kroo Bay this morning, past the open sewers and snuffling pigs, yelling at people to go inside—largely to no avail. All the 14,000 residents of the shanty town in Freeport, Sierra Leone, had been ordered …

Inhabitat's Week in Green: hydroelectric house, human hamster wheel and a saltwater-powered car

Salt water covers the vast majority of the Earth's surface, making it one of the most abundant and under-appreciated resources on the planet. Taking advantage of this resource, Nanoflowcell has developed the world's first saltwater-powered electric car! The vehicle, known as the Quant …

Sierra Leone launches nationwide 'lockdown' to halt spread of Ebola

Citizens of the West African nation will be prohibited from leaving their homes for four days from September 18 as part of efforts to stop the Ebola virus spreading further<p>Sierra Leone has taken the unprecedented step of ordering the entire population to stay at home for three days as the …

Disease

China's Future Submarine Could Go The Speed Of Sound

Thanks to a gas bubble and a liquid lubricant<p>The submarine of the future may come to America in a super fast bubble, traveling under water. Researchers at China's Harbin Institute of Technology developed a new concept for submarine “supercavitation,” where an underwater vessel creates a pocket of …

8 Incredible Vessels That Changed How Ships Are Made

They can flip, navigate through ridiculous storms, and carry entire offshore oil rigs out to sea. Here are eight sea vessels that have changed (or will change) they way we look at our oceans.

Stealth Aircraft

Iceland volcano: New quakes raise concern over large eruption

<b>A volcanic system close to Iceland's Bardarbunga's volcano was hit by a magnitude 4.5 earthquake in the early hours of Wednesday.</b><p>It adds to concerns that magma from Bardarbunga could feed into the nearby Askja volcano.<p>British and Icelandic scientists say that 50 million cubic metres of molten rock …

Geology

Fighting smog with gas masks

<i>Sept. 14, 1955: Motorcycle messenger Frank Stone uses a gas mask to make deliveries during smog attack.</i><p>Los Angeles’ smoggiest day occurred on Sept. 13, 1955, when ozone levels reached 0.85 parts per million in downtown Los Angeles and 0.90 ppm in Vernon. Many residents reported problems with …

Pollution

Spheree lets you watch animated images in full 3D

Like a crystal ball, Spheree contains a projected 3D image that you can interact with and move around.<p>It's official: we're well on the way to a true 3D display. This one, called Spheree, is the work of a team of researchers working together from the University of São Paulo, Brazil, and the …

The Fermi Paradox

<i>PDF: We made a fancy PDF of this post for printing and offline viewing. Buy it here. (Or see a preview.)</i><p>Everyone feels something when they’re in a …