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Gnarly 'surfer's waves' found rolling through space

Surf's up — way, way up.<p>Researchers have discovered a breaking-wave pattern over the magnetosphere, the magnetic field that surrounds Earth. As seen …

These microphones give humans bat-like powers

New lightweight ultrasonic loudspeakers and microphones—built with graphene—let us mimic how bats and dolphins use sound for communicating and …

Seeing symmetry helps kids get negative numbers

A new classroom strategy uses visual symmetry to teach children the often baffling concepts surrounding negative numbers.<p>Further, using symmetry …

LightSail spacecraft declared a success after unfurling solar sail in orbit

Tiny privately funded vehicle will re-enter atmosphere after testing thin sails that could be used to gain propulsion from sun’s rays<p>A privately funded space project to demonstrate an innovative solar sail passed with flying colours despite a series of near-fatal technical issues, program managers …

Space Travel

The Hacker's Guide To Smart Yards [Interactive]

Building a more efficient, automated, and futuristic home from the outside in<p>You know well enough that your home doesn’t end at the front door. Power, security, summer fun—a lot of life takes place outside. Adding intelligence to your yard can save money and time, not to mention spare you …

Solar Panels

'Self/Less' Imagines a World With Mind Transplants

In "Self/Less," Ben Kingsley, faced with death, transfers his mind into the body of Ryan Reynolds.<p>This might sound like a fun "Freaky Friday" scenario, but instead the movie is a sci-fi thriller, complete with car chases, secret labs and, yes, a flamethrower.<p>At the heart of the movie, which hits …

Gadgets to make your backyard high-tech

Organizing<p>Shop adorable red, white and blue kitchenware, fashion and decor for the 4th of July<p>03:28<p>Martha Stewart shows how to get your kitchen organized<p>04:53<p>‘Choreplay’: Does seeing your partner do household chores turn you on?<p>01:41<p>Who Knew? about getting organized (including Anne Hathaway’s to-do …

Cleaning

Strongest magnets make biggest cosmic explosions

In other words, magnetars – tiny neutron stars that are the strongest magnets in the universe – power long-duration gamma-ray bursts.<p>Astronomers say …

Astronomers watch black hole burst back to life

Radio astronomers are watching a previously dormant black hole wake up in a dramatic display as material falls onto it for the first time in perhaps …

‘Safer’ phthalates still risky for kids and teens

New studies link two chemicals increasingly used during manufacturing to strengthen plastic wrap, and containers for soap, cosmetics, and processed …

Will James Webb Telescope find new Earths?

If we took Earth and Venus – and had them orbit a cool, red star not too far away – could the James Webb Space Telescope tell which planet was …

Telescopes

Switzerland Has Started Testing Mail Delivery Drones

Droney Express<p>The Swiss postal system, in collaboration with California-based drone delivery company Matternet, announced this week that they’re testing a new package delivery service that uses drones as couriers. Switzerlands diverse terrain, full of mountains, lakes, rivers, and other …

Drones

Scientists Separate Marijuana's Highs From Its Medical Lows

No more ‘Dude, where’s my car?'<p>Marijuana is getting a lot of love lately, from newly legal recreational users in a few American states, and doctors alike. Researchers are uncovering lots of ways in which THC, the chemical responsible for most of the herb’s psychological effects, can help treat …

Cannabis

Draco, great Dragon of the north

Tonight … if you have a dark sky, make your acquaintance with the constellation Draco the Dragon, starting at nightfall. At mid-northern latitudes, …

French pilot crosses Channel in electric plane – video

French pilot Didier Esteyne flies a battery-powered two-seat Airbus E-Fan from Lydd, Kent, across the Channel to Calais in France on Friday. The flight took around 40 minutes. Airbus said it was the first flight in an electric plane across the Channel, a milestone in the attempt to make electric …

How to see a green flash

It’s said that once you’ve seen a green flash, you’ll never go wrong in matters of the heart. Here’s all you need to know … plus great pics!<p><b>People</b> …

How to Program One of the Gut’s Most Common Microbes

Science & InnovationNot Exactly Rocket Science<p>Last month, I wrote a feature for New Scientist about smart probiotics—bacteria that have been genetically programmed to patrol our bodies, report on what they find, and improve our health. Here’s how the piece began:<p>“[There’s a] growing club of …

Why mind-reading is a science, not a magic trick

Electrical activity within the brain means that our thoughts can be read and understood<p>You may believe your thoughts are intangible and inscrutable, but all mental activity is communicated via electrical impulses. As our understanding of the brain improves, we’re increasingly able to decode our …

The Brain

What you may not know about sleep

The secrets of sleep are only now coming to light. William Park surveys some of the more intriguing facts researchers have learnt about the world of slumber.<p>The science of sleep can be fuzzy and confusing at times. Researchers are still not sure what our brains are up to, why we dream, or what …

Kids may need much more vitamin D

Children may need more vitamin D than the current recommendations call for, according to new research.<p>The authors of a new study report that children …

Peek at ‘vortices’ could boost superconductors

To realize the promised benefits of high-temperature superconductors, such as low-loss motors and generators or maglev trains, we’ll need …

Soft 3D-Printed Robot Propels Itself With Explosions

And it's supported by hard robo-cartilage<p>We rarely think of robots as soft, with mechanical brains inside squishy, durable bodies. That’s because, despite their resilience, soft robots are slow beasts, the machine equivalent of floppy slugs. Rigid robots are good at many things, but it turns out …

Genetic Data Will Take Up More Space Than YouTube In 10 Years

A classic big data problem<p>Your little genes are about to take up a lot more space. In the next 10 years, genomic data could generate anywhere between 2 and 40 exabytes per year—at a minimum, that’s more than two million times what your home computer can hold. A study approximating the overwhelming …

Genes

How To Build A Flashlight That Runs On Dead Batteries

The dead shall shine again<p>Don’t throw out that seemingly lifeless battery—it’s not dead yet. A brand-new alkaline battery cell has an electric potential of about 1.5 volts, which drops as the juice runs out. The voltage eventually becomes too low to power most devices, but there’s still energy …

Arduino

Scroll Through The Solar System From The Comfort Of Your Chair

Reminder: space is really big<p>If you’ve ever been scrolling through your endless Facebook or Twitter feeds and feel like you’ve looked at miles of posts, programmer Josh Worth will show you just how far you’ve really gone—in the scope of our solar system.<p>In his project “If The Moon Were Only One …

Cholera Vaccine Protects Whole Community, Even Unvaccinated

It's about the size of an "energy shot." You take it just like a shot of whiskey — bottoms up.<p>But this little ounce-and-a-half of liquid is more potent than caffeine or alcohol.<p>It's a cheap, oral vaccine against cholera. It could prevent deadly outbreaks, like the currentone in Haiti that has …

That’s me in the picture: Bruce McCandless, 47, in the world’s first untethered space flight, February 1984

‘I wanted to say something similar to Neil [Armstrong] when he landed on the moon, so I said, “It may have been a small step for Neil, but it’s a heck of a big leap for me.” That loosened the tension a bit’<p>The main aim of our nine-day mission on Challenger was the release and deployment of two …

Nasa's New Horizons probe in final countdown to Pluto flyby

Next Tuesday, more than nine years after leaving Earth, Nasa’s probe will make history as the first spacecraft ever to reach the distant dwarf planet<p>Nine years after it left Earth, Nasa’s New Horizons spacecraft will on Tuesday become the first probe to reach Pluto, the mysterious icy world at the …

Space

Week's Best Space Pictures: Black Hole Bursts, Storms Swirl

X-rays shoot from an erupting black hole and typhoons line up to take shots at Asia.<p>Feed your need for heavenly views of the universe with our pick of the most awe-inspiring space pictures. This week, Saturn's rings "pierce" one of its moons and a mission to bring back a piece of an asteroid gets …