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Gravity can light the world with this new technology

Could you create light from a bag of rocks and a downward force? The answer may surprise you. Creating a future that’s bright and safe for all is at …

Physicists Think These Could Be the Weirdest Objects in the Universe

"Strange stars" could theoretically exist forever, though we've never spotted one.<p>When an incredibly massive star supernovas, it leaves behind one of two things: a neutron star or a black hole. Neutron stars are the leftover cores of massive stars after they have ejected all their other material. …

Physics

10 Ludicrously Advanced Technologies We Can Expect by the Year 2100

Predicting the future is hard. It’s nearly impossible to know what technological marvels await in the next few years, let alone the next eight …

Singularity

Scientists May Have Identified the Particles That Make Up Dark Matter

Mysterious and Dark<p>Understanding what dark matter is has proven to be amazingly difficult. Of course, one might expect this from a thing that is, for …

What Leading AI, Machine Learning And Robotics Scientists Say About The Future

Every year there is a new hot topic in tech. Today, it’s all about artificial intelligence, machine learning, virtual reality and autonomous vehicles. The difference between now and the past is that everything is becoming interconnected at a faster rate.<p>We are entering an extremely critical time in …

Artificial Intelligence

Evolution on a Galactic Scale

On a clear night, you can make out the band of the Milky Way in the night sky. For millennia, astronomers looked upon it in awe, slowly coming to the …

Physicists Create World’s First Time Crystal

Time crystals were first predicted in 2012. Now researchers have created time crystals for the first time and say they could one day be used as …

Silkworms were fed graphene to produce 'super silk' and it could be the future of wearables

Graphene just keeps getting better and better. The so-called super material – a one-atom-thick layer of carbon that has proven to be incredibly …

Nanotech

Where Does Our Arrow Of Time Come From?

Every moment that passes finds us traveling from the past to the present and into the future, with time always flowing in the same direction. At no point does it ever appear to either stand still or reverse; the “arrow of time” always points forwards for us. But if we look at the laws of physics — …

Physics

Physicists Just Created The World's First Time Crystal

These things actually exist!<p>Just last month, physicists made the best case yet for why time crystals - hypothetical structures that have movement …

Hunt For Alien Life: New ‘Goldilocks’ Factor May Narrow Search For Habitable Planets

In our search for life as we know it on planets beyond our solar system, the first thing astronomers look for is whether the planet lies in the …

Physicists Have Discovered Particles That Warp The Laws of Thermodynamics

Things just got complicated.<p>According to the basic laws of thermodynamics, if you take a warm apple pie out of the oven and place it on a window …

Don't Overlook These 5 Shifts Changing the Future of Work

The rapid growth of technology is challenging the belief humans will do everything.<p>Significant social shifts are influencing the future of work. These changes are forcing businesses to alter the way they remain relevant in the market place. Additionally, these changes are pushing businesses to …

Nasa to make all its research available free on the Internet

The American space agency, Nasa, is to make all its research available free of charge.<p>It is a move which will delight science enthusiasts and aspiring astronauts.<p>Normally such material is hidden behind a paywall, meaning that it is often out of reach for the lay enthusiast. The EU has also said it …

Space Exploration

Could dark energy be caused by a reaction to what’s in the Universe?

The force of empty space isn’t always zero. Here’s how an electromagnetic experiment might be the key to dark energy.<p><i>“Another very good test some</i> …

Why Does Gravity Move At The Speed Of Light?

If you looked out at the Sun across the 93 million miles of space that separate our world from our nearest star, the light you’re seeing isn’t from the Sun as it is right now, but rather as it was some 8 minutes and 20 seconds ago. This is because as fast as light is — moving at the speed of light …

Physics

The funny things happening on the way to singularity

People often ask me about the impact of 3D printing on jobs. Will the technology be a job creator or destroyer? The short answer is, it will take more jobs than it makes — and 3D printing is not alone.<p>Technology will eventually make work obsolete. Our big problems are going to be figuring out how …

Satellite image of red River Nile evokes biblical legend

A newly released satellite image of Egypt’s Nile river shows the river colored deep red, bringing to mind the biblical first plague in which the …

European Space Agency

Off the Side of the Road to Mandalay

For the last half century, Burma's oil industry has largely gone unrealized. Political instability and a lack of infrastructure kept most of the global energy companies away, but now that democracy has loosened the country's borders, a new culture of cars, highways, and gas stations is emerging. …

Asia

Gravitational waves explained

A century after Albert Einstein rewrote our understanding of space and time, physicists have confirmed one of the most elusive predictions of his …

If consciousness is an algorithm, then a robot can be conscious

Ethical dilemmas may arrive sooner than we think<p>Rapid advances in artificial intelligence technology are raising ethical questions, as pointed out by Dr Jason Millar (“The momentous advance in artificial intelligence demands a new set of ethics”, Comment).<p>He asks whether it is desirable to develop …

Fukushima's Radiation Is So Bad It's Even Killing Robots

Five 'bots went in to remove some spent fuel rods, and they didn't come back out.<p>Five years after Fukushima, the exclusion zone is in better shape, but still a mess. The area around its once functional nuclear reactors are by far the most inhospitable. So much so that the radiation even managed to …

Nuclear Energy

Gravitational Waves Will Show The Quantum Nature Of Reality

One of the oldest predictions of Einstein’s general theory of relativity — the gravitational theory that spacetime is a fabric that gets bent and curved by the presence of matter and energy — is that masses that accelerate in the Universe produce ripples in the fabric of space itself: gravitational …

Physics

Black hole smashup generated yottawatts of power

Yottawatt \YOT-ah-wat\ n.: <br>1 million billion billion watts<p>That’s a lotta watts. And a lot more — 3.6 x 1049 watts, or 36 septillion yottawatts — …

40 out-of-this-world photos from Scott Kelly's year in space

Some people dream of living in Paris for a year or even just a few months abroad. How does a year in space sound?<p>When NASA astronaut Scott Kelly …

Space Exploration

Photonic Propulsion Could Send a Spacecraft to Mars in As Little As 3 Days

If the technology can actually be scaled enough to use on space probes, it might be the key to visiting worlds outside our solar system.<p>There's no argument in the astronomical community—rocket-propelled spacecraft can take us only so far. The SLS will likely take us to Mars, and future rockets …

Space Travel