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Project Greenglow and the battle with gravity

<b>A handful of leftfield scientists have been trying to harness the power of gravity. Welcome to the world of Project Greenglow, writes Nic Young.</b><p>In science there exists a uniquely potent partnership between theory and engineering. It's what's given us atomic energy, the Large Hadron Collider and …

Cancer tumour genetics reveal possible treatment revolution

Breakthrough could allow potent personalised treatments which prime patients’ own immune systems to attack biological markers on tumours<p>A landmark discovery into the genetic makeup of tumours has the potential to open a new front in the war on cancer, delivering potent therapies that are tailored …

When machines can do any job, what will humans do?

Rice University computer scientist Moshe Vardi expects that within 30 years, machines will be capable of doing almost any job that a human can. In …

A metal that behaves like water

Graphene is going to change the world — or so we’ve been told.<p>Since its discovery a decade ago, scientists and tech gurus have hailed graphene as the …

Chinese Fusion Test Hits 90 Million Degrees for 102 Seconds

Tests at a fusion reactor in China have hit a major milestone. The experiments have created plasma with a temperature of 90 million degrees …

It Took 125 Years To Notice THIS In A Painting Millions Have Seen

We've all seen this classic piece of artwork, <i>Starry Night</i>, painted by Vincent Van Gogh.<p>What many don't know is that Van Gogh painted <i>Starry Night</i> in …

Theorists propose a new method to probe the beginning of the universe

How did the universe begin? And what came before the Big Bang? Cosmologists have asked these questions ever since discovering that our universe is …

Scientists prove key aspect of evolutionary theory

Evolutionary theory predicts that pairs of chromosomes within asexual organisms will evolve independently of each other and become increasingly …

Why people fall for pseudoscience (and how academics can fight back)

Ingrained cognitive biases play a role, as does inverted snobbery about educational privilege. But we must battle on, says this scientist<p>Pseudoscience is everywhere – on the back of your shampoo bottle, on the ads that pop up in your Facebook feed, and most of all in the Daily Mail. Bold statements …

Pseudo-science

Is Hyperloop the future of high-speed travel?

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/technology/1221000/1221392_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1532450129_c999bb189ce0d44d3ebb772dcbd3eadc<p><b>"Yeehaw!" cries the rocket-engineer as he drives the all-terrain buggy hard over the rocks and scrub of the Nevada Desert.</b><p>With his big hat and …

High-speed Rail

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 …

Particles

How the brain wakes you up

Scientists from Bern have discovered a mechanism which is responsible for the rapid arousal from sleep and anesthesia in the brain. The results of …

Scientists manipulate consciousness in rats

Scientists showed that they could alter brain activity of rats and either wake them up or put them in an unconscious state by changing the firing …

What happened before the Big Bang?

We spend a lot of time thinking about futurism, but the past is pretty interesting, too. In this week's "Ask a Physicist" we get extra speculative …

Columbia engineers build biologically powered chip

Columbia Engineering researchers have, for the first time, harnessed the molecular machinery of living systems to power an integrated circuit from …

The accidental discovery of how to stay young for longer

Living longer usually means a longer dotage, but wouldn’t it be enticing to extend young adulthood instead? It’s such an appealing prospect that …

New Form Of Carbon Is Harder Than Diamonds, And Glows

Q-carbon is a girl's new best friend<p>Diamonds might be forever, but they're no longer the hardest form of carbon on the planet. Sorry, diamonds.<p>In a series of recently published papers, including a paper published this week in the <i>Journal of Applied Physics</i>, researchers from North Carolina State …

North Carolina

‘Gabriel’ Is A New Artificial Intelligence Named After The Messenger Angel

It whispers instructions in your ear<p>If your conversations with digital personal assistants like Apple's Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana, or Google Now haven’t been useful enough, a new challenger of Biblical proportions is about to arrive.<p>Gabriel, a project by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, …

Artificial Intelligence

Loneliness May Warp Our Genes, And Our Immune Systems

Loneliness has been linked to everything from heart disease to Alzheimer's disease. Depression is common among the lonely. Cancers tear through their bodies more rapidly, and viruses hit them harder and more frequently. In the short term, it feels like the loneliness will kill you. A study suggests …

First-of-kind dopamine measurements in human brain reveal insights into how we learn

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists have reported measurements of dopamine release with unprecedented temporal precision in the …

Earth Could Be Surrounded By Long Hairs of Dark Matter

Our planet may be surrounded by filaments of dark matter stretching away from its surface, according to a new study published by NASA researchers.<p>In …

Our Future Space Elevator May Be Built of Diamond

If the notion that humans will one day ascend into orbit on a rope of ultra strong carbon nanofibers sounds a <i>bit</i> out of this world, then you’re going …

Bitwalking dollars: Digital currency pays people to walk

<b>A digital crypto-currency has launched that is generated by human movement.</b><p>Bitwalking dollars will be earned by walking, unlike other digital currencies such as Bitcoins that are "mined" by computers.<p>A phone application counts and verifies users' steps, with walkers earning approximately 1 BW$ for …

Cryptocurrency

Tiny Machine Paddles Water, Eats Pollution, Spits Out Electricity

Row, row, row your bot<p>Inside these tiny machines is a colony of hungry bacteria, yearning to eat. The row-bot, as this charming little device is named, paddles about on the surface of water, funneling waste and pollution into its bacteria-rich stomach and receiving electrical power in return. It’s …

Protons

Pluto’s Surface ​May Be Alive Thanks To Planetary Antifreeze

Could icy slush be driving the dwarf planet's geological activity?<p>After the New Horizons spacecraft zoomed past Pluto on July 14, scientists were stunned at what it sent back. Photos show the dwarf planet dotted with icy mountains and smooth plains of ice, suggesting the surface may be younger than …

The infinite, quotable wisdom of Carl Sagan

His quotes and insights are all over the internet, but here’s why you should really care about Carl Sagan.<p>Today, 9 November 2015, a chorus of voices on this pale blue dot we call Earth are paying homage to the late, renowned American scientist, Carl Sagan. It would have been his 81st birthday.<p>Much …

New “tricorder” technology might be able to “hear” tumors growing

When Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy needs to diagnose an ill member of the Starship Enterprise, he simply points his tricorder device at their body and it …

Einstein's Theory of General Relativity

In 1905, Albert Einstein determined that the laws of physics are the same for all non-accelerating observers, and that the speed of light in a vacuum …

Albert Einstein

Protein movement of hair bundles in the inner ear may preserve hearing for life

Hearing is made possible when hair bundles protruding from the tops of hair cells capture the energy of sound waves, converting them into electrical …