Basim Hussain

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Researchers Find the ‘Holy Grail’ of Soft Robotics

A breakthrough for artificial, robotic muscles.<p>Robots are increasingly able to outperform humans in a variety of mundane tasks (and even in more technical areas like surgery), but for all that efficiency they are still by and large one trick ponies. Most robots are designed to perform one very …

Physicists discover a new form of light

Physicists from Trinity College Dublin's School of Physics and the CRANN Institute, Trinity College, have discovered a new form of light, which will …

Physicists find signs of four-neutron nucleus

The suspected discovery of an atomic nucleus with four neutrons but no protons has physicists scratching their heads. If confirmed by further …

Physics

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Move Over, Graphene: Borophene Could Be the Strongest Material Ever

Graphene is the best-known two-dimensional material, with its atom-thick layers proving plenty of fascinating material properties. But now a team of …

The puzzle of the origin of elements in the universe

A rare nuclear reaction that occurs in red giants has been observed for the first time at the Gran Sasso National Laboratory in Italy. This result …

Physics

Best space photographs of 2015

15 Breathtaking Astronomy Images Highlighting the Cosmic Beauty of Our Universe

Since 1995, Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) has been serving up daily doses of cosmic beauty through breathtaking photos of our fascinating universe. Maintained by Robert Nemiroff (MTU) and Jerry Bonnell (UMCP), two professional astronomers who met at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, the …

Cosmology

A new dimension to high-temperature superconductivity discovered

A team led by scientists at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory combined powerful magnetic pulses with some of the …

Chemistry

We Finally Know What Happened to Water on Mars

Mars today (despite the presence of a small amount of a liquid water) is a dry, frozen place. But this was not always the case. Ancient Mars was …

How neutrinos, which barely exist, just ran off with another Nobel Prize

Neutrinos take patience. They’re worth it, and the announcement of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics recognizes that, following related prizes in 1988, …

Physics

How can some stars be older than the universe itself?

The Night Sky, October 2015: the majestic M13 cluster in the constellation of Hercules seems to defy common sense<p>People who glance casually up at the stars seldom think of them as they appear in this picture: vast and tightly packed profusions of red, green, blue, purple and gold.<p>This tremendous …

Existence of cosmic neutrinos confirmed by Antarctic scientists

Neutrinos, created by violent phenomena such as black holes and exploding stars, could hold the key to the universe’s most distant and mysterious events<p>Antarctic scientists have confirmed the existence of cosmic neutrinos – ghostly particles that have traveled from the Milky Way and beyond. These …

Particles

Swirling mystery of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

The Great Red Spot has been swirling wildly over Jupiter for the past 150 years, but scientists still aren’t sure what causes the gigantic storm’s …

Astronomy

Venomous frogs use toxic face spines as weapons | @GrrlScientist

Photograph: Carlos Jared/Current Biology 2015<p>Venomous frog, <i>Corythomantis greeningi,</i> perches peacefully on Carlos Jared’s hand.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/8/6/1438841119891/88c6ccdb-b54c-4c4b-992b-3f7f92caf860-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Carlos Jared/Current …

Graphene takes on a new dimension

Graphene is the modern go-to material for scientists and engineers looking to create all manner of new electronic devices. From ultra-frugal light …

Nanotech

The Universe Might Be A Giant Hologram. Cue The Existential Crisis...

Is the world around us really just a trick of the eye?<p>Scientists have long believed the universe could be a giant hologram -- a two-dimensional realm that only <i>seems</i> to be three-dimensional -- and now a group of Viennese researchers have done the math to prove that such a scenario isn't quite as …

Carbon Nanotubes Usher Molecules In And Out Of Cell Membranes

Success in the long-sought effort to make artificial pores<p>The membrane is a really important part of a cell—it keeps the organelles and useful chemicals in, and other things out. But the membrane also needs to be selectively permeable, letting in the right molecules (like DNA or water) when they …

Caltech wants to equip phones with built-in 3D scanners

Wouldn't it be great if we can use phones to 3D scan every day objects for printing? A research team from Caltech has designed a cheap and tiny camera chip that could make that happen. Even better, the team claims it can take 3D scans so precise, it could lead to "replica[s] accurate to within …

Scientists have found a way to see through opaque material using light

Practical applications are still a long way off<p>Scientists at the University of Twente in the Netherlands have found a way to see through opaque barriers, <i>Nature</i> reports. This is done by recording wavelengths from visible light, which can pass through solid material like paint or skin. Researchers …

A New Antibiotic That Resists Resistance

The British chemist Lesley Orgel had a rule: Evolution is cleverer than you. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria have repeatedly proven him right.<p>Since humans started making antibiotics for ourselves in the 1940s, bacteria have evolved to counteract our efforts. They are now winning. There are strains of …

Phase transitions: steam engines, Dark Matter and the Higgs | Jon Butterworth | Life & Physics

How the physics of the industrial revolution now connects cosmology and particle physics<p>We had a particle physics seminar at UCL on Friday; we usually do. This one was from Malcolm Fairbairn and was mainly about Dark Matter.<p>“Dark Matter” is the mysterious stuff which we postulate to explain several …

Where the Hunt for Missing Antimatter and New Physics Are One and the Same

Physics says we shouldn't exist, basically. So why do we?<p>One of the cosmos' most elusive mysteries may be a bit closer to an explanation with new analysis of a highly odd particle produced at the Large Hadron Collider. The mystery: What happened to the universe's vanished share of antimatter? The …

Big Bang Mystery Extends Into Nearby Galaxy, Puzzling Cosmologists

Theory suggests stars should contain three times as much lithium as they do.<p>A star cluster some 80,000 light-years from Earth looks mysteriously deficient in the element lithium, just like nearby stars, astronomers reported on Wednesday.<p>That curious deficiency suggests that astrophysicists either …

Liquid Metal Flows Into Different Forms, T-1000-Style [Video]

The alloy can even take a humanoid form<p>A team of researchers report that they understand a property of a liquid metal that allows them to manipulate it like the T-1000 from <i>Terminator 2</i> and even build "scale models" of the violent automaton.<p>Chemists at North Carolina State University have observed …

Stephen Hawking: God particle could wipe out the universe

Stephen Hawking seems to have turned into the man with the sandwich board that says: "The end is nigh."<p>Not only has he warned us that aliens might destroy us, but he's also been worrying that artificial intelligence might do the same.<p>Now he's perceiving a threat that might not merely put an end to …

Physics

An Icy Solution To The Mystery Of The Slithering Stones

A century ago, miners working in California's Death Valley reported seeing boulders on the desert floor with long trails behind them — as if the stones had been pushed across the sand. But despite 60 years of trying, no one ever saw what moved them.<p>Now scientists think they've solved the mystery of …

Archaeologists Discover 15 Previously Unknown Monuments Buried Around Stonehenge

The mystery surrounding Stonehenge has suddenly deepened -- literally. A first-of-its-kind study suggests that 15 previously undiscovered or poorly understood monuments lie hidden under the ancient stone monument and its surroundings.<p>For the study, researchers used a variety of techniques -- …