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Physicists Say They've Manipulated 'Pure Nothingness' And Observed The Fallout

In the quantum vacuum, no one can hear you scream.<p>According to quantum mechanics, a vacuum isn't empty at all. It's actually filled with quantum …

Quantum Physics

Scientists 3D Print Cameras the Size of a Grain of Salt

A team of researchers from the University of Stuttgart has developed a camera that's smaller than a grain of salt. The team, which published their …

Combat AI beats the Air Force's top tactical experts

A new artificial intelligence flight combat system dubbed ALPHA has taken on one of the Air Force's top tactical experts and won. Retired USAF Colonel Gene Lee -- an experienced combat instructor with "considerable fighter aircraft expertise" -- was repeatedly shot down during engagements with …

Artificial Intelligence

Jeff Bezos Explains How Blue Origin Will Prevent Its Rocket Engine From Melting

Look BE-4 you leap<p>For all that rocket science gets a reputation for being complicated, it all boils down to some simple concepts. You burn stuff, and spew the resulting gases out a nozzle. Those gases coming out at high speeds push the rocket in the opposite direction.<p>Of course, it does get more …

Lytro’s 755 megapixel Cinema light field camera is going to kill the green screen

Lytro is taking its rich, volumetric 3D camera capture technology into the world of TV and film.<p>The company’s light field solution is a truly beautiful technology that may eventually be in every camera we snap a shot or video with. The tech essentially uses data on all of the available light in a …

Hubble's journey to the center of our galaxy

Peering deep into the heart of our Milky Way galaxy, this Hubble Space Telescope image reveals a rich tapestry of more than half a million stars. …

New Ultrathin Solar Cells Are Light Enough to Sit on a Soap Bubble

Scientists have created the thinnest, lightest solar power cells yet — so lightweight that they can be draped on top of a soap bubble without popping …

*E. coli* Can Make Bendable Plastic For Use In Space

They could come in handy during longer manned missions<p>Tools are not easy to replace in space. Periodically, things like wrenches and mesh safety tethers aren’t prohibitively difficult to bring to the International Space Station, but in the future, longer manned missions mean that astronauts will …

An Electromagnetic Arms Race Has Begun: China Is Making Railguns Too

A Chinese defense contractor may be on its way to key breakthroughs in railgun weaponry.<p>Railguns are one of the potential game-changing weapons of future war. Instead of using the power of chemical explosives such as gunpowder, a railgun uses electromagnetic force to propel projectiles to …

Scientists build atom-scale sub that moves at 'breakneck' speeds

There are still no nanobots plying our bloodstreams, seeking and destroying cancer and other diseases. However, scientists at Rice University have just built a molecule-scale "submarine," so that's a pretty positive step towards "Fantastic Voyage." Mades at the same lab that developed "nanocars," …

Nanotech

Scientists Invent A Liquid With Holes In It

Unique porous fluid could suck up and lock away unwanted molecules<p>You've heard of holy water, but what about hole-y water?<p>In a paper published this week in <i>Nature,</i> researchers announced that they have developed a liquid with its molecules structured in such a way that they have 'holes' within the …

Formula for pi turns up in quantum mechanics - Futurity

Two scientists were surprised to find pi lurking in a quantum mechanics formula for the energy states of the hydrogen atom. Happy Pi Day!

Quantum Mechanics

NASA's Innovative Drone Glider Prototype Aces Test Flight

A remotely piloted aircraft achieved an important research milestone last month when a subscale "flying wing" glider successfully completed a series …

Earth-like world could be 'most important planet found outside solar system'

A rocky Earth-sized planet that circles a small, nearby star could be the most important world ever found beyond the solar system, astronomers say.<p>The planet lies in the constellation of Vela in the southern sky and is close enough for telescopes to observe any atmosphere it has, a procedure that …

Astronomy

Boston company launches spy drone that can fly indefinitely

Boston company CyPhy Works has just launched the commercial version of the Persistent Aerial Reconnaissance and Communications (PARC) drone, which can stay up in the air for however long you want it to. The military's been using it to monitor its compounds for quite a while now, but the $22 million …

Drones

The world just got closer to a 'hypersonic space plane' that will transform 'the economics of space'

BAE Systems, the globetrotting defence and aeronautics giant, just bought 20% of the firm, and it's making a major investment in Reaction Engines' most promising ideas.<p>The idea is an unpiloted and reusable hypersonic space plane. It's called Sabre. Here's how Reaction Engines describes it:<p>A new …

Lithium-Air Battery Breakthrough May Mean Game Over For Gasoline

The lithium-air battery is the holy grail of energy storage only better.<p>Now, thanks to a breakthrough made by scientists at Cambridge University, it may also be a lot closer to commercial reality than previously believed.<p>First things first. What is a lithium air battery?<p>A battery has three basic …

Clean Energy

Oxygen Discovery Could Complicate Search for Alien Life

The strange, duck-shaped comet that ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft has been orbiting for more than a year just got a bit stranger: Like plants on Earth, the comet is blowing molecular oxygen, O2, into the space around it. Molecular oxygen is thought to be rare in the cosmos – or at least exceptionally …

Atoms

Stunning Nasa images capture hints of Saturn moon's underground ocean

A Nasa spacecraft that dived through a geyser plume on one of Saturn’s moons, closer to the surface than ever before, has delivered the first images and data from its “taste” of an underground ocean.<p>The Cassini spacecraft made its lowest pass over Enceladus on Wednesday, flying only 30 miles above …

Astronomy

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 …