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Trees, regardless of size, all break at the same wind speed. Here’s why.

When a cyclone named Klaus tore across southwestern France in January 2009, it highlighted a strange phenomenon: Trees, regardless of their diameter, …

U of T researchers “turn off” cancer-causing protein

Sub-title: Clinical trials on the horizonAuthor: Katie BabcockPicture: http://www.news.utoronto.ca/sites/default/files/2015-11-30-ohh-protein.jpgIt’s …

2015 Nobel Prize For Chemistry Awarded For DNA Repair Studies

The 2015 Nobel Prize for Chemistry has been awarded to three scientists – Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar – “for mechanistic studies of …

Plants Can Call Predators For Help When Threatened By Herbivores

Plant rescue calls could provide a more environmentally friendly way to protect crops from pests, an opinion piece in the journal Trends in Plant …

Lawn Mowing

Single-Celled Organism Evolves Sophisticated Eye

By definition, a single-celled organism can't have a multicellular organ. However, that hasn't stopped warnowiids, a class of marine plankton, from …

Biology

What Differentiates Human Drummers From Machines? Fractals.

Robots are replacing humans in all sorts of jobs. But when it comes to creative fields, human beings still seem to have the upper hand. Take music, …

Drums

Scientists Discover Fundamental Property of Light – 150 Years After Maxwell

Light plays a vital role in our everyday lives and technologies based on light are all around us. So we might expect that our understanding of light …

Quantum Physics

Awesome Teenage Innovations That Deserve Showcasing

There is no age limit to ingenuity, and competitions like the Intel International Science and Engineering fair really help to hammer home this …

This Lens Could Give You Superhuman Vision

Ocumetics Technology Corp claims to have developed a painless eight-minute procedure that would give you vision that is supposedly three times better …

Clinical Trials

Revolutionary Silicon Chip Brings Us Closer To Light-Speed Computer Technology

A team of scientists has created a tiny silicon photonic chip that takes mankind a step closer to light-speed computer technology.<p>The device is an …

Nanotech

New Wind Turbine Generates Electricity Without Rotating Blades

This new wind turbine wobbles elegantly in the wind, generating electricity without rotating blades. “It looks like asparagus,” says David Suriol, …

Scientists Have Discovered a New State of Matter, Called 'Jahn-Teller Metals'

And it could be the key to understanding one of the biggest mysteries in physics today - high-temperature superconductors.<p>An international team of …

Breakthroughs

Why Monstrously Large Insects And Spiders Don't Exist

Small animals who have magically mutated into monstrously large proportions make for some of the best B-movies in science. Attack of the Killer …

Newly Released Photograph Shows Strange 'Hole' In Space

Snapped using their 2.2-metre MPG/ESO telescope, the superb image above was released this week by the European Southern Observatory, showing part of …

What Do Tree Rings Sound Like When Played Like A Record?

We all know that the Lorax speaks for the trees, but what do they sound like when they speak for themselves?<p>Rings on a tree can give information …

Turntables

What On Earth Is This?

Dozens of you have sent me this video since yesterday. So what the hell IS this bizarre animal?<p>Well, it's definitely real. The exact species …

Biology

Study Reveals How Traveling To Mars Could Damage Astronaut's Brains

To observe changes to the brain that may occur en route to the Red Planet, researchers exposed mice to charged particles like those found in galactic …

Scientists Find 'Reset' Button For The Body Clock

It’s pretty easy to upset our body clocks; shift work or flying half way across the world will do it. But disrupting our daily rhythms does more than …

Neuroscience

Audi Has Made Diesel From Water And Carbon Dioxide

It’s the holy grail in energy production: produce a fuel that is both carbon neutral and can be poured directly into our current cars without the …

Self-Driving Car Travels 3,400 Miles Across America

It’s not so much a question of <i>if</i>, but <i>when</i> autonomous cars will hit the roads. With Google, Apple, and Tesla investing heavily in the industry, the …

Could Tau Ceti Be Humanity's Next Home?

Scientists at Arizona State University have combined astronomy and geophysics to assess the possibility of other planets being able to support life. …

Universe

No More Science Fiction: 3D Holographic Images

Three dimensional holographic images and floating displays outside a screen have long been a favourite of science fiction movies such as the rescue …

Here's Why McDonald's Burgers Don’t Rot

Earlier this week, Buzzfeed posted a video that showed burgers from seven different fast food restaurants that had been stored in glass jars for 30 …

Animals Can Be Giant Jerks

Humanity has a tendency to romanticize the rest of the natural world. We humans aren't so great - we destroy natural resources, harm the environment, …

Twins experiment reveals genetic link with mosquito bites

The likelihood of being bitten by mosquitoes could come down to our genes, according to a study carried out on twins and co-authored by a University …

New Whale Species Possibly Discovered Near Antarctica

Researchers recording whale songs in frigid Southern Ocean waters around Antarctica have discovered a unique echolocation signal that may belong to a …

The 15 Coolest Cases of Biomimicry

<i>Those who are inspired by a model other than Nature, a mistress above all masters, are laboring in vain.</i> – Leonardo Da Vinci<p><b>Biomimicry</b> – The practice …

Matrix Learning

Watanabe’s experiment had two parts. First, subjects had their brains scanned by a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machine as they …