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Scientists created a new organic material that generates electricity when stressed

Stressed Material<p>We all get stressed out. But typically, when <i>we</i> stress, we don’t produce electricity. The same can’t be said of a flexible new …

Nanotech

13 Science-Backed Signs You're Smarter Than You Realise

Don't underestimate yourself.<p>Everyone wants to be humble. Who me, smart? Nah, I'm just a good test-taker.<p>And anyway, it's kind of crass to go around …

Psychology

26 teenage girls were found dead at sea. Italian officials wonder if they were killed.

The gruesome discovery Sunday of the bodies of more than two dozen migrant girls in the Mediterranean Sea has left Italian officials wondering whether the girls were purposely killed, and why all who died were female.<p>Lorena Ciccotti, police chief in the southern Italian port city of Salerno, told …

Google is mapping out air pollution levels on Google Earth

Google has undertaken yet another initiative that aims to raise awareness of the importance of protecting the environment. The company has teamed up with envirotech firm Aclima to measure air pollution levels in California and map out the findings on its Earth platform.<p>The effort will see the two …

Very hungry snails are guarding coastal ecosystems against climate change

The unheralded sea creatures that give other organisms room to grow.<p>The fate of aquatic ecosystems in a warming climate may well rest upon the appetite of a tiny snail-like herbivore you’ve probably never heard of: the limpet.<p>The behavior of the little limpet, in fact, is a perfect model for what …

Pumpkins evolved from a literal genetic (monster) mash-up

And other spooky adventures in plant genetics, just in time for Halloween.<p>Pumpkins are, arguably, the least spooky part of Halloween. They are also the least contentious (see: candy corn), the most orange, and—scientifically speaking—the coolest.<p>Humans tend to think of themselves as the genetically …

Could This Young Physicist Finally Crack the Code to Nuclear Fusion?

Amid the chaos of the Iran–Iraq War and its turbulent aftermath, Fatima Ebrahimi found her refuge in physics. As a teenager in the 1980s, she could …

'Monster' planet discovery stuns scientists

Astronomers have discovered a planet the size of Jupiter orbiting a star that’s only half the size of the sun — a celestial phenomenon that contradicts theories of planet formation.<p>NGTS-1b, a massive, 986-degrees-hot ball of gas revolving around a red M-dwarf star 600 light years from Earth, is the …

Why it's time to lay the stereotype of the 'teen brain' to rest

A deficit in the development of the teenage brain has been blamed for teens’ behavior in recent years, but it may be time to lay the stereotype of …

There's a dark secret at the heart of artificial intelligence: no one really understands how it works

Last year, a strange self-driving car was released onto the quiet roads of Monmouth County, New Jersey. The experimental vehicle, developed by researchers at the chip maker Nvidia, didn't look different from other autonomous cars, but it was unlike anything demonstrated by Google, Tesla, or General …

Machine Learning

Scott Pruitt Faces Anger From Right Over E.P.A. Finding He Won’t Fight

WASHINGTON — When President Trump chose the Oklahoma attorney general, Scott Pruitt, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, his mission was clear: Carry out Mr. Trump’s campaign vows to radically reduce the size and scope of the agency and take apart President Barack Obama’s ambitious climate …

Metal detected in Mars' atmosphere

Mars has metal in its air.<p>NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) orbiter has spotted iron, magnesium and sodium ions — electrically charged atoms — high up in the Red Planet's atmosphere over the past two years, a new study reports.<p>"MAVEN has made the first direct detection of the …

Startup says it can make compressed-air energy storage scheme dirt cheap

Hydrostor digs its own storage tanks, stores heat for reuse.<p>A Canadian company called Hydrostor has a new compressed-air energy storage system that …

10 Habits of the Most Confident People

Confidence breeds success. Are you as confident (and successful) as you can be?<p>When I look back on my 20s, I see two different versions of myself. The first five years were dominated by feelings of insecurity and anxiety. I was living a life I did not want, and I wasn't confident enough to stop it. …

Self-improvement

Jeff Bezos just perfectly summed up what you need to know about artificial intelligence

It's hard to put into words what AI is — many of the terms people use are very technical — but Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos just summed up everything most people need to know about artificial intelligence in his latest shareholder letter.<p>Bezos wrote:<p>"Over the past decades computers have broadly automated …

Artificial Intelligence

Newest Texas Refineries Plan to Turn Shale Into Fuel for Mexico

The newest oil refineries in Texas are looking to join the hottest two plays in the North American oil industry.<p>Raven Petroleum LLC and MMEX …

The DNA of oil wells - U.S. shale enlists genetics to boost output

HOUSTON (Reuters) - A small group of U.S. oil producers has been trying to exploit advances in DNA science to wring more crude from shale rock, as the domestic energy industry keeps pushing relentlessly to cut costs and compete with the world’s top exporters.<p>Oil rig pumpjacks, also known as thirsty …

Oil & Gas Industry

Working memory is key to focus, and you can improve it it in 3 simple steps

No matter how hard you try to keep your thoughts in order, ideas continue to bounce wildly around, beating at your limited attention.<p>While working on a project, all of a sudden you start thinking about what you're going to make for dinner or a conversation you had with a friend a few nights ago.<p>The …

The Brain

Stimulant Drugs Can Prematurely Age the Heart

In a well-known Oscar Wilde novel, Dorian Gray retains his youthful good looks while his portrait progressively shows the hideous effects of a …

Bionic Leaf project that can ‘make food out of thin air’ receives $100,000 Amazon Catalyst grant

Earth faces some troubling conundrums. On one front, increased levels of carbon dioxide and other gasses are fueling drastic climate change. On …

How stem cells could be the answer to baseball's Tommy John surgery problem

Garrett Richards is walking proof that stem cells could save damaged elbows<p>As author of <i>The Arm</i>, Jeff Passan is the expert on all things elbow and …

Prediction: More gas-giants will be found orbiting Sun-like stars

New planetary formation models from Carnegie's Alan Boss indicate that there may be an undiscovered population of gas giant planets orbiting around …

The Real Reason the Turtle Learned to Hide its Head Will Surprise You

Sixty-five years ago, at the height of the Cold War, the U.S. government released a short animated film about what Americans should do in the event …

Thousands of horsemen may have swept into Bronze Age Europe, transforming the local population

Call it an ancient thousand man march. Early Bronze Age men from the vast grasslands of the Eurasian steppe swept into Europe on horseback about 5000 …

Anthropology

Earth Has a New Continent Called 'Zealandia', Study Reveals

It was hiding in plain sight.<p>Kids are frequently taught that seven continents exist: Africa, Asia, Antarctica, Australia, Europe, North America, and …

Five technologies that will change how we live | Financial Times

1. Biotech<p>Since the early 2000s, the cost of sequencing a human genome — determining the precise order of nucleotides within DNA molecules that …

Woolly mammoth will be back from extinction within two years, say Harvard scientists

"Woolly mammoths" could be brought back from extinction within two years, the scientists behind a groundbreaking resurrection project have said.<p>World-renowned geneticist Prof George Church and his team at Harvard University have been working for the past two years on recreating the DNA blueprint of …

Trump fires US Attorney General Yates who defied travel ban

US President Donald Trump has fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates, who hours ago directed Justice Department employees not to defend his travel …

Solar Wind Is Blasting Earth's Oxygen Onto The Surface of The Moon

Seeding the Moon with the ingredients of life.<p>We all know that there's no air to breathe on the Moon, but new evidence suggests that the lunar …