Enrico Cucchiarato Sibinelli

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Science fiction becomes fact as scientists develop an acoustic hologram which can hold and move objects, but its uses will be more surgical than Star Wars<p>A sonic tractor beam that can grab tiny objects and move them around has been created by scientists in Spain.<p>They used the same technology to …

Nature Communications

NOAA: Better Than 97 Percent Chance 2015 Will Be Hottest Year on Record

Earth's record-breaking heat is sounding an awful lot like a broken record. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday that August, this past summer and the first eight months of 2015 all smashed global records for heat. That's the fifth straight record hot season in a …

Brazil Unveils a $17 Billion Austerity Package as Recession Bites

Once hailed as an emerging economic giant, Brazil announced a $17 billion austerity package on Monday that will freeze public-sector salaries, …

Four future space technologies that will change the world in your lifetime

From ending natural disasters, to flying to Sydney in an hour, scientists are working on future technologies to solve some of humanity's biggest challenges<p>Imagine a world where severe storms, tornadoes, and flash flooding are no longer a threat to human life. Or a time when flying from London to …

Super-Strong Material Inspired By Squid Teeth Is Self-Healing

To repair, just add water<p>A team of researchers led by engineers from Penn State University has created the first material that heals itself in the presence of water, according to a study published yesterday in <i>Scientific Reports</i>. The material, inspired by squid teeth, could be used to repair devices …

Barclays dismisses concerns about deal being disrupted by falling crude price<p>With the continuing slump in the oil price, there are signs that investors may be concerned that <b>Royal Dutch Shell</b>’s near £50bn cash and share deal to take over <b>BG</b> might not go ahead.<p>But in a new note, analysts at Barclays …

Oil

Some guy used physics to guess how much Yoda weighs (and the answer might surprise you)

en_US<p>article<p>While everyone knows Luke Skywalker travels to Dagobah to train with Jedi master Yoda, not everyone knows just how hard it was for him to …

Physics

Stephen Hawking explains how to (sort-of) escape a black hole

<i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>If you find yourself stuck inside a black hole, Stephen Hawking says not to panic: You may die, but all traces of your existence may not be lost forever.<p>Current science suggests that a black hole’s gravity is so strong that absolutely nothing—not even light—can escape …