Christopher Cimponeriu

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These newly discovered bacteria can eat plastic bottles

A team of Japanese scientists has found a species of bacteria that eats the type of plastic found in most disposable water bottles.<p>The discovery, published Thursday in the journal Science, could lead to new methods to manage the more than 50 million tons of this particular type of plastic produced …

Hyperloop Transportation is about to break ground on its first test track

The race to be the first to test the supersonic transportation system is heating up<p>Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, one of the two Los Angeles-based startups working to make the supersonic transportation system a reality, announced today that it had filed permits in Kings County, California …

Evidence suggests huge ninth planet exists past Pluto at solar system's edge

Astronomers investigating the odd alignment of rocks beyond Pluto have concluded that an undetected icy planet four times the size of Earth must exist<p>As science often does, it began with a “huh?” Some distant objects far beyond Pluto were behaving very oddly. The orbits of a handful of space rocks …

Astronomy

2015 Was the Warmest Year on Record

Last year was the warmest year on record, breaking previous highs by the largest margins on record.<p>In an annual report from the National Oceanic and …

Global Warming

Help! I’m Trapped in a Drop of Water

I am looking at a blob of water. Not pond water. Not pool water. Just ordinary H2O floating about in what appears to be zero gravity. And inside its wetness there’s a passenger, a goldfish, a very alive goldfish …<p>… that is trying desperately to escape—or so it seems. It flings itself at the blob’s …

What Would You Name the New 'Planet 9'?

Pluto may finally have a replacement: a newly-discovered planet researchers believe they’ve found in the far reaches of our solar system.<p>But this …

Astronomy

Milky Way’s second-largest black hole?

Astronomers are calling it a possible first detection of an intermediate-mass black hole, a missing link in black hole evolution.<p>Astronomers in Japan …

Universe

Scientists Say They Can Read Your Mind, And Prove It With Pictures

Scientists say they can now download signals from your brain — and translate them back into a picture that you saw. The images aren't crystal clear, but you can make out what's going on.<p>Transcript<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:<p>David. Hey, David.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST:<p>Yeah?<p>MONTAGNE: What am I - what am I thinking?<p>…

The New $100 Million Search For Life in the Cosmos

Science & InnovationNo Place Like Home<p>Can you hear me?<p>More than a half-century after the first modern search for communicating extraterrestrial life, humanity’s quest to find intelligent beings in the cosmos is getting a much-needed boost. Today, Silicon Valley billionaire Yuri Milner announced a …

Astronomy

Survival of Chatsworth Reservoir's 'ecology pond' is debated

With the Chatsworth Reservoir on life support from the drought, a vigorous debate is underway over whether the so-called ecology pond at Los Angeles' only nature preserve should be allowed to survive.<p>The pond, in the rocky foothills of the west San Fernando Valley, had teemed with wildlife for …

Resistance isn’t futile – how to tackle drug-resistant superbugs

Low profit margins and the difficulty of finding new drugs has led to big pharma shutting down its antibiotics programmes. But now researchers are adopting new approaches to tackle drug-resistant superbugs<p>Matt Cooper, a medical chemist at the University of Queensland, Australia, puffs out his …

End of the thermometer as first NHS hospital trials wireless monitoring

The initial trial will take place on 100 patients recovering from bowel surgery who are at significant risk of problems.<p>The era of a nurse diligently making the rounds with a thermometer may be coming to an end after a British hospital began trialling new technology which monitors vital signs …

Medical Technology

When Earth’s continents rose above its oceans

Earth’s thick continental crust – the land under our feet – may have risen from the oceans half a billion years earlier than scientists previously …

Mountain with a moat on Charon

Latest image release from New Horizons team shows Pluto’s moon Charon a strange mountain rising out of a depression. They’re calling it a “mountain …

Solar System

Have scientists found a drug to stop Alzheimer's disease?

Eli Lilly is due to announce results of its latest trial into Solanezumab at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference on Wednesday<p>The first drug that can halt the progression of Alzheimer’s disease if caught early is expected to be unveiled this week.<p>Trials have been ongoing into a new …

The Icy Mountains of Pluto

New close-up images of a region near Pluto’s equator reveal a giant surprise: a range of youthful mountains.

New Horizons delivers clearest image yet of Pluto’s moon Charon

NASA just released the clearest image yet of Pluto's largest moon Charon taken by the New Horizons spacecraft. It's the best single-frame image of Charon the probe will get during this encounter period, with a resolution of 1.5 miles per pixel, and it says a lot about this space rock. "There’s so …

Scientists link DNA variations to major depression for the first time

'The beginning of a trail that can lead us to clarifying the underlying biology of depression'<p>For the first time, researchers have identified two genetic variants that predispose humans to major depressive disorder, according to a study published in <i>Nature</i> today. The finding is specific to Han …

Who you calling a dwarf? Pluto flyby reopens debate about its 'planet' status

Passion still flare on both sides, with some saying it should never have been a planet to begin with while others call the dwarf planet designation ‘vindictive’<p>Pluto lost its title as our ninth planet nearly a decade ago, not long after Nasa launched a 3bn-mile mission to the celestial body that …

New Horizons Photos Show Pluto's Ice Mountains and Charon's Huge Crater

LAUREL, Md. — Scientists say the first pictures sent back by NASA's New Horizons probe after this week's unprecedented Pluto flyby reveal towering mountains made of frozen water — and a giant dark impact basin on top of its biggest moon, Charon.<p>The leaders of the New Horizons science team say even …

Solar System

All 'Smiles': the history of the 2C designer drug class

The drugs' creator thought he'd made something beautiful; others want more evidence<p>The first time I tried 2C-B, I was at a punk rock show; I threw back the pills as we walked to the venue. 2C-B was both mild and intense, depending on the moment. "The lights dimmed and brightened, forcing a woman’s …

Ecstasy (Drug)

Oldest Animal Sperm Lasts 50 Million Years in Antarctica

It's time to call Guinness World Records: Researchers on an Antarctic expedition have uncovered sperm cells dating to a whopping 50 million years ago, making these the oldest known animal sperm cells, a new study finds.<p>The researchers found the sperm fragments embedded within the walls of a …

Sperm

Autism: how unorthodox treatments can exploit the vulnerable

A diagnosis of autism can make it tempting to turn to alternative treatments. But weighing up the scientific evidence is crucial - and potentially life-saving<p>As a rule of thumb, the more desperate and vulnerable you are the easier you are to exploit, with anything from financial advice to lifestyle …

Pluto comes in to focus: a history of the dwarf planet – in pictures

As Nasa releases New Horizons’ latest photographs of Pluto, we take a look at images of the planet over the years – from its discovery in 1930 to the present day

Pluto New Horizons mission: what happens next?

Nasa’s spacecraft made its historic flypast of Pluto yesterday, and scientists are standing by for data. Here’s a guide to the mission and what happens next.<p>New Horizons blasted off in January 19 2006, and was the fastest launch recorded, reaching speeds of over 36,000 miles per hour. The …

Scientists get their last look at Pluto's mysterious dark spots

The closer New Horizons gets to Pluto, the more puzzling the dwarf planet becomes.<p>The latest image released by<p>NASAhighlights four mysterious dark spots lined up along Pluto’s equator. Each of the spots is about 300 miles across, and they are evenly spaced along a dark belt that rings the planet’s …

Ocean 'weather balloons' detect cause of global warming pause

Sea temperature data, some collected by a fleet of drifting and diving probes, shows that a decade-long slowdown in global surface warming masked a coincident rise in ocean temperature below 300 feet, according to NASA JPL researchers.<p>That finding, which was published recently in the journal …

Global Warming

Apple Music faces scrutiny from the FTC

It's been reported even before Apple launched its Music streaming service that the company's facing antitrust probes in the US. Now, <i>Reuters</i> says the FTC has begun looking into Cupertino's "treatment of rival streaming music apps" to make sure it's not violating any antitrust law. See, iTunes also …

Pluto may reveal secret of Earth's creation

Nasa's mission to fly by the dwarf planet expected to beam back images<p>Pluto could provide the 'missing link' to how planets evolve, a British space scientist has claimed ahead of Nasa's flyby next week.<p>On Tuesday evening, the U.S. spacecraft New Horizons will make a pass of the dwarf planet and …

Parents of Tunisia Gunman Say Their Son Was Brainwashed and Framed

The parents of Seifeddine Rezgui who killed 38 people in the Tunisian resort city of Sousse on June 26 have defended their 23-year-old son, claiming …

Terrorism