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Marine biologists clarify how specialized cells in squid skin are able to control coloration

Perhaps not the brightest of cephalopods, the California market squid (<i>Doryteuthis opalescens</i>) has amazing light-manipulating abilities. While this …

Quantum computation

Starting early this century, scientists have been working hard to exploit the strangeness of quantum mechanics and make a quantum computer. The …

New photosynthesis-mimicking technology could enable round-the-clock solar power without batteries

By onJune 21, 2015 in Alternative Energy Sources, News<p>Developed by chemists at UCLA, a new photosynthesis-like technology is capable of storing solar …

Spooky Physics Phenomenon May Link Universe's Wormholes

Wormholes — shortcuts that in theory can connect distant points in the universe — might be linked with the spooky phenomenon of quantum entanglement, …

New business models set to shake up solar energy sector

Singapore<p>THE high upfront cost of solar energy has long dampened its prospects on sunny island Singapore. But the clouds may have finally cleared …

Solar Power

Nasa's New Horizons space probe finally within sight of Pluto

An artist's impression of the New Horizons spacecraft approaching Pluto and its largest moon, Charon.<p>Pluto is so far away (5.8 billion kms) and so …

Solar System

Can Yoga Really Transform Consciousness?

Many people think that by walking the spiritual path, our consciousness evolves.<p>But in yoga, changes occur in brain biology, not in consciousness. …

Are we wrong about black holes?

When we think ‘black hole’ we get a fairly clear impression in our head: A hole torn in space and time by immense gravity. It’s the idea that they …

Ohio State University

Biodegradable batteries and induction charging cars: five tech trends to watch

A run-down of green technology’s most cutting-edge innovations, including transparent solar cells and microgeneration boilers<p>Earlier this year Sir David King, former chief scientific adviser to the UK government and now the special representative for climate change, told a climate conference that …

Clean Energy

The Inequality of Peace

The gap between countries at peace and war is widening, according to a new report.<p>There’s a lot of talk these days about inequality of income, less about inequality of war. But such a disparity not only exists but is widening, according to a new report by the Australia-based Institute for Economics …

Political Science
Biotechnology

Quantum bouncer keeps light off the dance floor | Ars Technica

Researchers make a box behave like an atom.<p>My favorite experiments are not necessarily the groundbreaking ones. I love those too, don't get me wrong; …

Quantum Mechanics

What Is the Smallest Thing in the Universe?

The answer to the enduring question of the smallest thing in the universe has evolved along with humanity. People once thought grains of sand were …

RebelMouse vs. WordPress VIP

After building the product for Huffington Post, and owning the product and engineering groups at AOL after we were acquired, it was clear to me there …

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What's on the surface of a black hole? Not 'firewall'—and nature of universe depends on it, physicist explains

In fact, he says the world could be captured by a black hole, and we wouldn't even notice.<p>More than a decade ago, Mathur used the principles of …

Physics

Engineers Stumble on a Whole New Method of Laser-Based Spacecraft Propulsion

Are graphene light-sponges the new solar sails?<p>A team of Chinese physicists has developed a new variety of light-based propulsion system with the ability to harness much greater forces than a conventional solar sail. The key, according to the Nankai University-based group, is in swapping out the …

Nanotech

A bubbly universe: Searching in space for quantum foam

An incredibly small and fantastically strange theoretical feature of the universe is too microscopic to see directly, so a team of scientists has …

Rising green energy levies 'risk public backlash'

Efforts to combat climate change could be jeopardised by a backlash against the rising costs of green levies on energy bills, IPPR think-tank says<p>Rising green levies on energy bills risk causing a public backlash that will undermine efforts to tackle climate change, a leading left-wing think tank …

How Your Brain Understands Visual Language

Or, “why email is still represented by an envelope.” Design professor Josiah Kahane explains.<p>Semioticians classify signs or sign systems in relation to the way they are transmitted. To illuminate one way semioticians look at things, let us peek at stage and film semiotics, which study the various …

Anachronistic

Save the Trees, Save the People

A new study shows that conservation efforts in the Brazilian Amazon are linked to lower rates of some diseases.<p>In <i>The Lorax,</i> Dr. Seuss’s classic children’s conservation parable, after an entrepreneur comes to town and chops down all the tufty truffula trees to make onesies, he gets fully reamed out …

Conservation

Stretchy batteries – made with origami technique – could power wearable electronics

Stretchy batteries inspired by origami could power smartwatches and other wearable electronics, researchers say.<p>Increasingly, scientists worldwide …