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AI researchers allege that machine learning is alchemy

Ali Rahimi, a researcher in artificial intelligence (AI) at Google in San Francisco, California, took a swipe at his field last December—and received …

Machine Learning

This insane golden chamber contains water so pure it can dissolve metal, and is helping scientists detect dying stars

Hidden 1,000 metres under Mount Ikeno in Japan is a place that looks like a supervillain's dream.<p>Super-Kamiokande (or "Super-K" as it's sometimes referred to) is a neutrino detector. Neutrinos are sub-atomic particles which travel through space and pass through solid matter as though it were …

Physics

This Quantum Theory Predicts That The Future Might Be Influencing The Past

No, seriously.<p>One of the weirder aspects of quantum mechanics could be explained by an equally weird idea – that causation can run backwards in time …

Quantum Physics

A Major Physics Experiment Just Detected A Particle That Shouldn't Exist

Scientists have produced the firmest evidence yet of so-called sterile neutrinos, mysterious particles that pass through matter without interacting …

International group of scientists suggest that octopuses might actually be aliens

Normally when you see a story about someone claiming that aliens are hanging out here on Earth its origins can be traced to a misguided conspiracy …

Theoretical quantum spin liquid prepared for the first time

In 1987, Paul W. Anderson, a Nobel Prize winner in physics, proposed that high-temperature superconductivity, or loss of electrical resistance, is …

Stephen Hawking, science's brightest star, dies aged 76

I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first Stephen Hawking<p>There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark Stephen Hawking<p>My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why …

Stephen Hawking

Army of Nanorobots Successfully Strangles Cancerous Tumors

Tiny moving robots made of DNA are being used to deliver cancer drugs.<p>Nearly 1.7 million new cases of cancer are detected in the United States each …

Cancer

Nuclear fusion on brink of being realised, say MIT scientists

The dream of nuclear fusion is on the brink of being realised, according to a major new US initiative that says it will put fusion power on the grid within 15 years.<p>The project, a collaboration between scientists at MIT and a private company, will take a radically different approach to other …

Nuclear Energy

First light which ever shone in universe picked up by astronomers in 'revolutionary' breakthrough

The first light which ever shone in the universe has been detected by astronomers scouring the skies for the earliest stars.<p>Using a simple radio antenna positioned in the quietest place on Earth - the western Australian desert - scientists picked up a signal of the long-sought ‘cosmic dawn.’<p>The …

Graphene film makes dirty water drinkable in a single step

Every year, millions of people around the world die from drinking unclean water. Now, researchers have developed a process that can purify water, no matter how dirty it is, in a single step. Scientists from Australian research organization CSIRO have created a filtration technique using a graphene …

Dinosaur-killing asteroid caused molten rock to burst from ocean floor – study

The giant space rock that wiped out the dinosaurs may have set off a chain of cataclysmic volcanic eruptions on land and undersea, claims a new study that is already dividing scientists.<p>About 66 million years ago, a six-mile wide asteroid smacked into earth, creating the Chicxulub crater in the …

Research

The state of solar installers after Trump’s tariff

Two days after President Donald Trump signed hefty tariffs on imported solar panels, a five-man team was hauling slabs of them up the outside of a brownstone in Brooklyn's Sunset Park.<p>In below-freezing January winds, they set up steel tilt racks on the roof to hold 16 panels and wired the system to …

Meet the motorbike-racing robot

The development of a robot created to compete with human motorbike racing times has implications beyond the track.<p>The Thunderhill Raceway in California’s Sacramento Valley is soaked in the oil of motorsport history.<p>It is home to the longest automobile race in the United States, known as the 25 …

Robotics

Space-Spotting: How To See Humanity Star and Other Objects in Orbit

Rocket Lab launched a shiny geodesic sphere into orbit just to give us something cool to look at. Here's how to spot it in the sky, and what else you might find.<p>Last weekend, the upstart space company Rocket Lab successfully launched three small commercial satellites from its launchpad in New …

The Magnetic Field Is Shifting. The Poles May Flip. This Could Get Bad.

The shield that protects the Earth from solar radiation is under attack from within. We can’t prevent it, but we ought to prepare.<p>One day in 1905, …

Magnetism

Negative mass particles forged in new laser device

In our everyday experience, if you push something, it moves away from you. But objects with negative mass would turn that basic principle on its head …

Physics

The Most Beautiful Murals of 2017, Chosen by You!

55. GLeo in Mexico City, Mexico<p>A Colombian street artist known for her vibrant and captivating wall pieces, <b>GLeo</b> has created a new mural in the …

Streetwear

Physicists cracked the mystery of teleportation — but it's nothing like what you see in Star Trek

Brian Greene, professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University and co-founder of the World Science Festival, explains how teleportation can be done. Following is a transcript of the video.<p><b>Brian Greene:</b> I'm Brian Greene, professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University and …

There are two types of time travel, and physicists agree that at least one of them is possible

by Business Insider November 27, 2017 Hard Science 12537<p>Gene Kim, Jessica Orwig<p>Brian Greene, professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia …

Astronomers to check interstellar body for signs of alien technology

Astronomers are to use one of the world’s largest telescopes to check a mysterious object that is speeding through the solar system for signs of alien technology.<p>The Green Bank telescope in West Virginia will listen for radio signals being broadcast from a cigar-shaped body which was first spotted …

Universe

New frontier for science as astronomers witness neutron stars colliding

Shoemaker was alerted by a ringtone on his phone reserved for when black holes or neutron stars collide<p>The wedding band on your finger or the gold watch you’re wearing was most likely produced by two neutron stars colliding<p>The collision of a pair of neutron stars, marked by ripples through the …

Space

Archaeologists discover mysterious void deep within Great Pyramid of Giza

Archaeologists have uncovered a mysterious enclosure hidden deep inside the Great Pyramid of Giza, the oldest of the seven wonders of the ancient world.<p>The massive cavity stretches for at least 30 metres and lies above the grand gallery, an impressive ascending corridor that connects the Queen’s …

Archaeology

Mysterious object seen speeding past sun could be 'visitor from another star system'

A mysterious object detected hurtling past our sun could be the first space rock traced back to a different solar system, according to astronomers tracking the body.<p>While other objects have previously been mooted as having interstellar origins, experts say the latest find, an object estimated to be …

Astronomy

Rare genetic mutation found in Amish community could combat ageing

The discovery of a rare genetic mutation that prolongs human life has raised hopes for new treatments to combat ageing and prevent age-related disorders from heart disease to dementia.<p>Researchers spotted the mutation in an Amish population in Indiana where carriers were found to have better …

Northwestern University

WyzeCam: $20 Security Cam Designed to Destroy All Competitors

Not a week goes by that a new startup or large corporation announces the next big thing in affordable home security. First we had the likes of Nest …

For decades, the blind have used canes to get around. Now a special wristband gives them a 'sixth sense.'

Watching Fernando Albertorio stroll down a crowded sidewalk in downtown Washington during a recent lunch hour, casually sidestepping pedestrians running errands and crowding around food trucks, you’d have no idea he is legally blind.<p>Albertorio easily blends into the flow of human traffic swirling …

Puerto Rico

Nobel prize in physics awarded for discovery of gravitational waves

Three American physicists have won the Nobel prize in physics for the first observations of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of spacetime that were anticipated by Albert Einstein a century ago.<p>Rainer Weiss has been awarded one half of the 9m Swedish kronor (£825,000) prize, announced by …

Physics

Scientists Discover 60 Ancient Ships Preserved in the Black Sea

Dozens of ancient ships scattered across the bottom of the Black Sea were discovered after a nearly three-year excursion that researchers are calling “one of the largest maritime archaeological projects ever staged.”<p>Members of the Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project said Thursday they found 60 …

Archaeology

Brain-Machine Interface Isn't Sci-Fi Anymore

<b>Thomas Reardon puts a terrycloth stretch band</b> with microchips and electrodes woven into the fabric—a steampunk version of jewelry—on each of his …