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Controversial New Theory Suggests Life Wasn't a Fluke of Biology—It Was Physics

The biophysicist Jeremy England made waves in 2013 with a new theory that cast the origin of life as an inevitable outcome of thermodynamics. His …

Facebook Shut Down An Artificial Intelligence Program That Developed Its Own Language

Facebook might have accidentally gotten a little closer to answering Phillip K. Dick’s 1968 question of whether androids dream of electric sheep. The social media giant just shut down an artificial intelligence program after it developed its own language and researchers were left trying to figure …

Artificial Intelligence

New Research Finds Mars's Surface Is too Toxic to Support Life

Looks like we’re in for a more toxic relationship with Mars than we thought. Scientists have now discovered that the surface of the red planet is a …

European Space Agency

Are Earth's Magnetic Poles About to Flip?

<i>This article was originally published at</i> <i>The Conversation.</i> <i>The publication contributed the article to Live Science's</i> <i>Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights</i>.<p>The …

Ask Ethan: What Is Spacetime?

When it comes to understanding the Universe, there are a few things everyone’s heard of: Schrödinger’s cat, the Twin Paradox and E = mc^2. But despite being around for over 100 years now, General Relativity — Einstein’s greatest achievement — is largely mysterious to everyone from the general …

Physics

Brain activity is too complicated for humans to decipher. Machines can decode it for us.

Why we need artificial intelligence to study our natural intelligence.<p>Over the past several years, Jack Gallant’s neuroscience lab has produced a string of papers that sound absurd.<p>In 2011, the lab showed it was possible to recreate movie clips just from observing the brain activity of people …

Machine Learning

110 Years Ago 'The New York Times' Thought We Found Aliens on Mars

Time machines may not be real, but thanks to a special section of the <i>New York Times</i> archives, you can view actual papers published decades ago. On …

Moon

Radioactive Diamond Batteries: Making Good Use Of Nuclear Waste

A research team at the University of Bristol has developed a way to use a type of nuclear waste to generate electricity in a nuclear-powered battery that is an actual diamond.<p>Such a battery produces very low power, but has no moving parts, no emissions of any type including radiation, needs no …

Clean Energy

We Could Find Alien Life in The Clouds of Failed Stars, Say Scientists

Who needs planets?<p>If we're going to one day find life beyond Earth, then we need to know where to look, and scientists have identified another …

St Andrews

If You're Looking For Alien Life, How Will You Know If You've Found it?

When a robotic probe finally lands on a watery world like Jupiter's moon Europa, what do scientists have to see to definitively say whether the place has any life?<p>That's the question retired astronaut John Grunsfeld posed to some colleagues at NASA when he was in charge of the agency's science …

Paranormal

ISRO successfully tests scramjet engine

India on Sunday morning successfully tested its own scramjet or the air-breathing engine with the launch of a big sounding rocket, said a senior …

Want to Raise Wildly Successful Kids? Science Says Do This for Them (but Their Schools Probably Won't)

A 45-year study of 5,000 gifted students reaches some controversial conclusions.<p>This is a story about gifted kids, science--and a big mistake.<p>It starts with a longitudinal study of some the most intelligent young people the United States has ever produced--a study involving more than 5,000 students …

giftedstudents

If Planet Nine Exists, It Could Spell Disaster For Other Planets in The Solar System

Uh oh.<p>While it's hard not to get excited about the prospect of Planet Nine – the hypothetical world scientists are trying to find at the outskirts of …

Astronomy

Cyborgs are already here, but the next steps will make you nauseous

When you hear the words “cyborg,” or “augmented human,” you inescapably picture Arnold Schwarzenegger as <i>The Terminator</i>, the Borg from <i>Star Trek: The</i> …

U.S. military prepares for biggest Okinawa land return since 1972 | Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) - The United States military said on Friday it was preparing for the biggest land return in Okinawa since 1972, as it faces a surge in opposition to its presence following the arrest of one its civilian contractors for the murder of a local woman.<p>Osprey military aircraft are seen at …

Can You Solve The Puzzle Of Your Misanthropic Neighbors?

Welcome to The Riddler. Every week, I offer up a problem related to the things we hold dear around here — math, logic and probability. These …

Mathematics

Not even physics can stop Corsair's latest cooling fans

Not satisfied with your noisy old PC cooling fan? Then consider upgrading to Corsair’s latest ML-series fans, which use maglev technology in order to bend the very forces of physics to your PC-cooling will.<p>With earlier, now outdated models, wear was caused by friction from the rapid rotation of the …

This Best-Selling TED Speaker Told Oprah the 5-Step Secret to Happiness

Is it possible to increase your happiness simply by doing these things for only two minutes per day? Yes, says a Harvard-trained happiness researcher and best-selling author.<p>Can you improve your happiness simply by breathing for two minutes a day? Apparently so, says Shawn Achor, Harvard-trained …

Happiness

Neuroscience Reveals the Nourishing Benefits That Silence Has on Your Brain

Here's what happens to your brain when it's surrounded by the noise of nothingness.<p>When's the last time you sat in total, utter silence? While it's not easy to find true peace and quiet, there's now evidence you may want to find more opportunities to embrace noiselessness throughout your day.<p>We …

The Brain