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Animal Loses Head But Remembers Everything

When I first saw this," says cell biologist Alejandro Sanchez Alvarado, "it was with total amazement."<p>This is a worm. It's called a planarian. It's about an inch long, and you'll find it gliding along the bottoms of rivers and ponds all over the world. It's very flat, like a moving bit of pasta — …

21 Science Fictions That Became Science Facts In 2013

If only Isaac Asimov could see us now. There's an old saying that science fiction is really just predicting — or helping prevent — the future.

UC Berkeley

Big Pic: Mushrooms Make Wind To Send Spores Flying

Another clue in the mysterious lives of fungi.<p>Mushrooms produce spores in order to reproduce and spread their mushroomy goodness throughout the land—or at least propagate the species. And for a long time, scientists believed they released these spores at random. Hopefully they would catch wind and …

6 Chemical Reaction GIFs That Will Make You a Smarter Person

Remember how much fun your high school chemistry class was? Neither do we. But that may be because there weren't enough explosions. Well, nowadays, …

Parasites seize control over animal and human behaviour

Parasites can harm those they infect, but they can also teach us about how the brain works<p>Parasites can invade animals, including humans, and control …

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, …

See the very first images of a hydrogen bond

Chemists have long known what a hydrogen bond should look like, but until last week, most hadn't actually seen an image of one. Now, researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences have been able to visualize a hydrogen bond using atomic force microscopy, a technique that can deliver higher …

Compound clears cancer drug's 'mental fog' - Futurity

An existing drug compound appears to eliminate the nasty side effect of a breast cancer …

Breast Cancer

Could Ancient Peruvians Soften Stone?

If you take a look at some of the masonry in South America’s megalithic structures and walls, such as the 12-sided stone at Cuzco, Peru, you’ll …

Watch A Dinosaur Fly In A Wind Tunnel

A five-winged dinosaur model in a wind tunnel helps scientists understand the origins of flight.<p>The 3-foot-long <i>Microraptor</i>, one of the smallest dinosaurs in the fossil record, had feathers on its arms, legs and tail. Its odd-looking five-wing gliding setup provides clues to the earliest evolution …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013 | WIRED

Jan. 19, 2014: Solar X-Flare<p>The largest sunspot group of the solar cycle unleashed a large (X1.2 class) flare just when it was facing right towards …

The World's Spookiest Weapons

Cyborg animals, psychotropics and flying lasers are just some of the terrifying weapons government labs have cooked up over the years<p>Atom bombs are just the beginning. In the last half-century, the greatest military minds on Earth have developed an arsenal of weapons to make mutually assured …

Photographs capture the moment atoms bond for the first time

Your chemistry textbook diagrams were more literal than you thought<p>Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have captured the moment when atoms form a covalent bond. The team happened upon the discovery by accident: they set out to build graphene …

What is a Dyson sphere?

Are some advanced civilizations in our galaxy now collecting all of the energy emitted by their stars? If so, we would call their energy-collecting …

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How NASA might build its very first warp drive

A few months ago, physicist Harold White stunned the aeronautics world when he announced that he and his team at NASA had begun work on the …

Physics

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How to spot a murderer's brain

In 1987, Adrian Raine, who describes himself as a neurocriminologist, moved from Britain to the US. His emigration was prompted by two things. The …

3D printed ear binds biology with electronics - Futurity

PRINCETON (US) — Using 3D printing tools, scientists have created a functional ear that can …

3D Printing

A one-way ticket to Mars, apply now

Step right up and prove why you should get a one-way ticket to Mars! Well, wait -- you might want to know a little more about the venture first.<p>A Dutch company called Mars One began looking Monday for volunteer astronauts to fly to Mars. Departure for the Red Planet is scheduled for 2022, landing …

Ethics of genetic information: Whole genome sequencing is here, and we need logistics for sharing results.

I’m sick of reading about the dangers of the genome. There are lots of popular articles I could point to, but let’s start with a recent series in <i>Time</i> …

The life of extremophiles: Surviving in hostile habitats

BBC Scotland<p>Beetles with antifreeze blood, ants that sprint on scorching sand and spiders that live high up Mount Everest.<p>These incredible creatures are the extremophiles: animals that survive some of the most inhospitable conditions on Earth, and sometimes even further.<p>Scientists are amazed by the …

Thermal invisibility cloak in first demonstration

<b>Researchers have built and tested a form of invisibility cloak that can hide objects from heat.</b><p>Similar cloaking efforts are underway to make objects invisible to light and even sound waves, but this is the first device to work with heat.<p>The prototype, to be outlined in Physical Review Letters, …