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Graphene: A quantum of current - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

In 2010 the Nobel Prize in physics was awarded for the discovery of the exceptional material graphene, which consists of a single layer of carbon …

This physicist has a groundbreaking idea about why life exists

Why does life exist?<p>Popular hypotheses credit a primordial soup, a bolt of lightning, and a colossal stroke of luck.<p>But if a provocative new theory is correct, luck may have little to do with it. Instead, according to the physicist proposing the idea, the origin and subsequent evolution of life …

9 Steps to Build a DIY Off-Grid Solar System

Day by day the price of solar panels falls gradually. But still, installation of a complete off grid solar system is costly. That’s why I decided to …

Quantum Physics and the Abuse of Reason

<i>(Update: listen to my interview with Oxford professor Dr. Simon Saunders on this subject.)</i><p>Patriotism has been called the “last refuge of a …

The Perils of Romanticizing Physics

Bravo for ‘Interstellar’ and ‘The Theory of Everything,’ but let’s not get carried away.<p>It is good to see movies such as “Interstellar” and “The Theory of Everything” achieving critical and box-office success—the latest evidence that the ideas involved in relativity and quantum mechanics can …

Husband And Wife Team Unveil The World's First 3D-Printed Graphene Battery

A company founded by a married couple has unveiled the world’s first ever graphene 3D-printed battery, heralding an era when consumers will be able to produce their own homemade power sources.<p>A team from Graphene 3D Lab, based in Calverton, New York, has spent more than five years designing a …

New Accuracy Leap Could Speed Arrival of Superfast Quantum Computers

Quantum qubits, now with fewer errors!<p>Research teams at the University of New South Wales claim to have developed two new types of “quantum bits” that process data with nearly 100 percent accuracy, addressing one of the key stumbling blocks in the promising realm of quantum computers.<p>These machines …

3D Printed Prosthetics

Depending on where you get your statistics, there are between 10 and 15 million amputees in the world. People who lose a limb go through a lot of pain obviously and the challenge to get a prosthetic limb that allows them to fully function again often doesn’t lessen the emotional pain aspect. It is …

3D-printed vertebra successfully implanted for the first time

Spinal injuries are often life-changing, and the solutions are decidedly archaic, sometimes involving surgical cement and screws. The future is …

Study finds weird magic ingredient for quantum computing

A form of quantum weirdness is a key ingredient for building quantum computers according to new research from a team at the University of Waterloo's …

Our Best Bet for Colonizing Space May Be Printing Humans on Other Planets

"Maybe we will colonize other worlds not with astronauts in space suits, but with bacteria," says NASA's lead engineer on the Curiosity Rover mission.<p>Assuming human deep space travel turns out to be not just incredibly dangerous, but perhaps "crazy idiotic" and "laughable," as Harvard biologist …

Space Travel

Are You Ready? Here Are The Top 10 Skills For The Future

As big disruptive shifts hit the workplace we all get taken out of our comfort zones. Whereas once we felt in control, the stakes are evolving rapidly and our ability to adapt is falling behind. If we consider the recent gallup poll results that indicates that only a mere 30% of the workforce is …

The Fermi Paradox

<i>PDF: We made a fancy PDF of this post for printing and offline viewing. Buy it here. (Or see a preview.)</i><p>Everyone feels something when they’re in a …

Matter will be created from light within a year, claim scientists

Researchers have worked out how to make matter from pure light and are drawing up plans to demonstrate the feat within the next 12 months.<p>The theory underpinning the idea was first described 80 years ago by two physicists who later worked on the first atomic bomb. At the time they considered the …

Graphene transparent memory take us closer to transparent smartphones

Futuristic looking transparent electronics took one step closer to reality this week when a Korean research team announced that they had developed a way to manufacture transparent memory modules for use in transparent electronic devices, such as notebook computers and perhaps even smartphones.<p>The …

3D printers find a home fighting disease in Syrian refugee camps

Sure, 3D printers can make guns, but it can also be used for good: for instance, its capability to create whatever you want gives it a bright future in humanitarian efforts around the globe. Oxfam (an organization that seeks to eradicate poverty) agrees, that's why it has partnered with online 3D …

A 'quantum leap' in encryption technology

Toshiba Research Europe, BT, ADVA Optical Networking and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the UK's National Measurement Institute, today …

3D printed cast could heal bones 40 per cent faster

Turkish designer creates medical cast using 3D printing which could heal broken bones faster<p>A 3d printed medical cast could help bones to heal up to 40 per cent faster.<p>The black cast, known as the Osteoid, uses an ultrasound system which makes bones heal more quickly.<p>With a lattice pattern, it is …

How Quantum Computers and Machine Learning Will Revolutionize Big Data

Author: Jennifer Ouellette, Quanta Magazine. Jennifer Ouellette, Quanta Magazine Science<p>Date of Publication: 10.14.13.<p>Time of Publication: 9:30 am. …

Scientists are getting closer to a quantum computer — here's why it matters

Over the past few decades, scientists around the world have been working to develop an ambitious new type of device called a quantum computer. And, this week, they took a step closer to that goal.<p>Compared to normal computers, these quantum computers — first theorized in the 1980s, and still in …

How CERN's Discovery of Exotic Particles May Affect Astrophysics

You may have heard that CERN announced the discovery (confirmation, actually. See addendum below.) of a strange particle known as Z(4430). A paper …

Work begins on the world's first 3D-printed house

Treacle-black plastic oozes from a nozzle at the bottom of a small tower in Amsterdam, depositing layer upon layer of glistening black worms in an orderly grid. With a knot of pipes and wires rising up to a big hopper, it looks like a high-tech liquorice production line. But this could be the …

3D Printing a Star Cluster: How the Blind Can Feel Hubble Space Pictures

Scientists at the Space Telescope Science Institute devised a clever way for the blind to experience the wonder of the cosmos: 3D printing images from the Hubble Space Telescope.<p><b>This iconic image of star cluster NGC 609</b> depicts several bright, newborn stars wrapped in a resplendent bubble of gas …

Universe

Electronics keep their cool with graphene - Futurity

U. TEXAS-AUSTIN (US) — A new form of graphene could prevent laptops and other electronics …

Graphene’s jagged edge can easily slice cells

<b>BROWN (US) —</b> The jagged edges of tiny graphene sheets can spell trouble for human cells.<p>New research shows the sharp edges can puncture cell …

nanotechnology

Lucid Stead: A Transparent Cabin Built of Wood and Mirrors by Phillip K Smith III | Colossal

<p>Part architectural intervention and part optical illusion, Lucid Stead is a recently unveiled installation by artist Phillip K Smith III in Joshua …

Modern Floating Home is the Perfect Tranquil Retreat

<i>Floating House</i> is a home designed by architect Dymitr Malcew that offers its residents beautiful unobstructed views, a connectedness to their surroundings, and an easy way to move from one locale to another. Created for H2ORIZON, a French developer that specializes in floating structures like this …