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Cancer Drug Proves to Be Effective Against Multiple Tumors

The 86 cancer patients were a disparate group, with tumors of the pancreas, prostate, uterus or bone. One woman had a cancer so rare there were no tested treatments. She was told to get her affairs in order.<p>Still, these patients had a few things in common. All had advanced disease that had resisted …

Cancer

This Marine Biologist Has a Message for Climate Change Deniers: 'Get Over It'

Famed marine biologist Sylvia Earle issued an urgent call for humans to protect the world’s oceans and the planet more broadly in the face of climate …

Databricks brings deep learning to Apache Spark

Databricks is giving users a set of new tools for big data processing with enhancements to Apache Spark. The new tools and features make it easier to do machine learning within Spark, process streaming data at high speeds, and run tasks in the cloud without provisioning servers.<p>On the machine …

Big Data

New "Instantly Rechargeable" Battery Deals a Fatal Blow to Fossil Fuels

Go With The Flow<p>Purdue researchers have developed technology for an “instantly rechargeable” battery that is affordable, environmentally friendly, …

Scientists invent graphene paint that makes your house super efficient

Graphene – the strongest material known to science – is used to create everything from condoms to night-vision contact lenses. Now, thanks to the …

New MIT water purification method eliminates even trace chemical waste and pesticides

Ridding water of tiny concentrations of pollutants isn’t easy. Typically, a lot of energy or chemicals are required to remove these dangerous …

A Massive Lake Of Molten Carbon The Size Of Mexico Was Just Discovered Under The US

A recent scientific discovery has drastically changed our view of the global carbon cycle and identified a new significant risk. Researchers have discovered a giant lake or reservoir made up of molten carbon sitting below the western US.<p>The molten carbon (primarily in the form of carbonate) …

University of London

Here’s how one of Google’s top scientists thinks people should prepare for machine learning

People like famed physicist Stephen Hawking and Tesla's Elon Musk have issued dark warnings of a world where computers become so sophisticated, so …

Artificial Intelligence

The ice stupas of Ladakh: solving water crisis in the high desert of Himalaya

The idea crystallised in his mind one morning as Sonam Wangchuk was crossing a bridge in the Indian Himalayas.<p>The engineer from Ladakh, in the Jammu region of north India, was already a famous problem solver: a Bollywood film loosely based on his life had grossed a billion rupees in its first four …

Water

Scientists say the Great Barrier Reef is officially dying

In recent years, things have been overwhelmingly bad for the Great Barrier Reef.<p>Scientists say that one of our world's greatest natural treasures is now truly "terminal." This news comes after sequential, massive bleaching events — which is what happens when ocean temperatures rise beyond levels …

Watching magnets morph liquid rocket fuel is hypnotically beautiful

This liquid rocket fuel becomes magnetised when near a magnetic field. So it dances and morphs when magnets are moved around it.<p>It is called ferrofluid and it was invented by NASA's Steve Papell to be a rocket fuel that could work in zero gravity due to its magnetic qualities.<p>Magnet Expert Ltd …

Solar-powered device can pull water out of thin air, even in the desert

One way of providing drinking water to people in parts of the world where it’s not readily available is to give them the tools to literally suck it …

Physicists Say They've Created a Fluid With 'Negative Mass'

Holy crap.<p>Researchers in the US say they've created a fluid with negative mass in the lab... which is exactly as mind-bending as it sounds.<p>What it …

Physics

The Future Of Energy Isn't Fossil Fuels Or Renewables, It's Nuclear Fusion

Let’s pretend, for a moment, that the climate doesn’t matter. That we’re completely ignoring the connection between carbon dioxide, the Earth’s atmosphere, the greenhouse effect, global temperatures, ocean acidification, and sea-level rise. From a long-term point of view, we’d still need to plan …

Nuclear Energy

Hawaiian health officials issue warning over an outbreak of brain-invading parasites

A sharp rise in infections stemming from a parasitic worm that invades the human brain has health officials in the Hawaiian island of Maui worried.<p>Six cases of rat lungworm disease have so far been confirmed in Maui in the last three months, with more episodes currently being investigated. Given …

This solar panel produces up to 5 liters of drinking water per day from the air

<b>Zero Mass Water's Source device is a rooftop solar device that produces water instead of just electricity.</b><p>With the virtual explosion of rooftop solar …

Hawaiian Health Officials Issue Warning Over an Outbreak of Brain-Invading Parasites

"The parasites are in the lining of my brain, moving around."<p>A sharp rise in infections stemming from a parasitic worm that invades the human brain …

Octopuses Do Something Really Strange to Their Genes

It might be connected to their extraordinary intelligence.<p>Octopuses have three hearts, parrot-like beaks, venomous bites, and eight semi-autonomous arms that can taste the world. They squirt ink, contort through the tiniest of spaces, and melt into the world by changing both color and texture. They …

Graphene-based sieve turns seawater into drinking water

<b>A UK-based team of researchers has created a graphene-based sieve capable of removing salt from seawater.</b><p>The sought-after development could aid the millions of people without ready access to clean drinking water.<p>The promising graphene oxide sieve could be highly efficient at filtering salts, and …

Nanotech

Scientists Create Graphene-Based Sieve That Removes Salt From Seawater

It is estimated that over 660 million people in the world still do not have access to clean and safe drinking water — a number that is only expected …

The "universal adversarial preturbation" undetectably alters images so AI can't recognize them

In a newly revised paper in <i>Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition</i>, a group of French and Swiss computer science researchers show that "a very small …

This New Molecule Can Collect Solar Energy Without Solar Panels

A big step towards a carbon-neutral future.<p>The discussion on climate has persisted for decades since we first discovered that there is a human-made …

We Can Now Harness The Tardigrade's Strangest Superpower - And Give It to Other Organisms

Turn them into living glass.<p>Tiny tardigrades - also known as water bears and moss piglets - have many strange properties, including being able to …

First fluorescent frog in the world found in South America

Scientists found the first fluorescent frog in the world – by accident – in South America. Researchers at Buenos Aires’ Bernardino Rivadavia Natural …

IBM somehow crammed data into a single atom

The research breakthrough isn't yet practical, but it's the direction the industry is headed. Imagine storing 26 million songs in your smartwatch.<p>In the never-ending quest to improve computing technology, IBM has just taken a big step smaller: It's found a way to store data on a single atom.<p>A hard …

Quantum Computing

Physicists extend quantum machine learning to infinite dimensions

Physicists have developed a quantum machine learning algorithm that can handle infinite dimensions—that is, it works with continuous variables (which …

Machine Learning

Dramatic disintegration of Canada permafrost threatens huge carbon release

Permafrost, or frozen soil, is rapidly collapsing across a 52,000 square mile area in northwest Canada – about the size of the entire state of …

Antarctica’s sea ice just hit the lowest level ever seen.

And as it’s summertime there, sea ice cover is poised to drop even further. Take a look at this year’s sea ice extent, represented by the light blue …

Antarctica

New Record-High Temperatures in Antarctica Are Giving Us Serious Anxiety

Actual shorts weather.<p>We've been hearing a lot about how Antarctica is in seriously dire straights right now, with a massive rift in the Larsen ice …