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Star Wars' last Jedi may use the Force of quantum science

The Force in Star Wars suggests it may be a form of quantum entanglement. Here's how.<p><i>Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, trains in the ways of the Force in</i> …

A New Type of Steel Kills Bacteria With Nanospikes

In an age when bacteria are becoming increasingly resistant to our best antibiotics and the words “E. coli” can shut down your favorite local …

Microbiology

Archaeologists discover a crude ancient weapon that could kill a man with a single blow

When an ancient wooden club was yanked from its watery grave in the River Thames in England many months ago, archaeologists didn’t quite know what to …

Lucent

A shining sculpture made of 3,115 lights, the number of visible stars in the Northern Hemisphere.<p><i>Lucent</i>, the mesmerizing sculpture hanging in the …

Salty Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies

<b>Ingredients</b><p>2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature<br>3/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed<br>3/4 cup granulated sugar<br>2 tsp. pure vanilla extract<br>2 …

11 times 'Game of Thrones' switched actors and hoped no one would notice

If you've been paying attention to <i>Game of Thrones</i> this season, you may have noticed something a little bit <i>off</i> about the sudden emergence of Dickon …

13 Money-Saving Travel Hacks From the Woman Behind Frommer’s Guidebooks

"The hell with business class."<p>Before you lock in those summer travel plans, make sure you’re getting the most bang out of your travel buck. Here are …

Air Travel

New scientific study explains why that track was so sick while you were tripping

A new study published today by Current Biology explores and explains why seemingly mundane experiences can be perceived as profound or to have great …

The End of Terrible Wi-Fi Is Near

By Ian KingIan King<p>January 25, 2017<p>Everybody hates Wi-Fi. The boxes are ugly, and it never seems to work when you need it. But just when you thought …

Researchers discover that experimental Alzheimer's drug causes teeth to regrow tissue lost to cavities

A paper from a group of Kings College London researchers documents an unexpected and welcome side effect from an experimental anti-Alzheimer's drug …

Clinical Trials

ElliQ robot by Yves Béhar helps older adults stay connected to the world

Yves Béhar's Fuseproject studio has designed an "emotionally intelligent robotic companion", which is intended to help the ageing population connect …

Artificial Intelligence

This Scientific Study Could Rock Your Sexual World in the Best Possible Way

New findings suggest a simple way to take your sex from ho-hum to va-va-voom!<p>What do sex and music have in common? According to a recent study from …

Lady Gaga Breaks Down While Discussing the Unexpected Price of Fame

"I miss people."<p>Lady Gaga has always been open about her relationship with fame, and in an upcoming <i>CBS Sunday Morning</i> interview with Lee Cowan set to air Nov. 27, she's revealed that she still struggles with living in the public eye.<p>"I’m not free anymore," she said. "As soon as I go out into the …

Lady Gaga

Parents urged to stop pretending Father Christmas is real

Parents have been urged to stop pretending Father Christmas is real in case the "lie" damages relations with their children.<p>Spinning stories about Santa risks undermining a child's trust and is morally suspect, according to two experts.<p>Psychologist Professor Christopher Boyle and social scientist …

United Airlines takes off with biofuel

A Boeing 737 jet that took off from Los Angeles International Airport on Friday morning looked like most other planes launching into the partly cloudy skies.<p>But this San Francisco-bound United Airlines flight was preceded by speeches and fanfare because the plane's engines were powered by a blend …

United Airlines

February smashes global temperature record, says Nasa

Nasa announces February exceeded historical average temperatures by more than any month in history, making it the third consecutive month to break the record<p>February set global temperature records, Nasa announced on Saturday, deviating from historical norms by a wider margin than any month ever …

How do we embrace clean energy without disrupting the economy?

Nevada power utility NV Energy has responded to Las Vegas casinos installing solar panels by threatening "exit fees" for leaving the utility and …

Clean Energy

Scientists discover bacteria that eat plastic bottles | The Star

A team of Japanese scientists has found a species of bacteria that eats the type of plastic found in most disposable water bottles.<p>The discovery, …

Pollution

French aviator plans to fly from New York to Paris in a biofuel plane

In the spirit of Charles Lindbergh, a French research company hopes to complete the first carbon-free trans-Atlantic flight later this year.<p>The …

Botanists Just Answered One of the Biggest Questions About Farming on Mars

Researchers have successfully grown a crop of tomatoes, peas, and radishes harvested in Martian soil—and with those comes an answer to one of the big …

Tomatoes

For early humans, life was no picnic 1.8 million years ago

Scientists have pieced together an early human habitat in Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania, and discovered that despite access to food, water, and shady …

National Academy of Sciences

Robot dog vs. real dog is the ultimate canine showdown

They say the dog is a man's best friend. Does that go for robot dogs as well? Or will they turn on their human masters, ushering in a new age of …

Watch Live: Astronauts Return to Earth After a Year in Space

No return to Earth in any spacecraft is over until it’s over. That’s especially so if the spacecraft you’re talking about is the Soyuz, the …

Space Exploration

Google's robot strikes back at humans in horror remix

Google-owned Boston Dynamics released a video last week of its humanoid Atlas robot performing impressive tasks like opening doors, walking through snow-covered woods and picking up boxes.<p>But all the viewers could talk about was how mean the humans were to Atlas. They knocked the robot around with …

Cyberpunk short film shows transhuman martial arts and the future of computer love

A couple of years ago, we were treated to a fan-made take on a live-action <i>Akira</i> movie, and it was amazing.<p>Now the same director has returned with …

Disorganized Mosquito Control Will Make US Vulnerable to Zika

As Zika virus advances in Central and South America, and more US residents (almost 150 so far) return from the area with infections, public health officials are braced for the next likely step: the moment when Zika passes from a traveler bearing the virus in his or her blood, to a local mosquito, …

Why we will still need oil and gas in the future

At the same time, alternatives to oil and gas are becoming increasingly viable. Electric cars may become more commonplace in the future. And …

World's biggest floating solar farm powers up outside London

Five years in planning and due to be finished in early March, more than 23,000 solar panels will be floated on the Queen Elizabeth II reservoir near Heathrow and used to generate power for local water treatment plants<p>On a vast manmade lake on the outskirts of London, work is nearing completion on …

Queen Elizabeth II

Puerto Rico Races To Stop Zika's Mosquitoes Before Rains Begin

The Zika virus is a health threat not just to Latin America, but also to parts of the U.S. It's already a problem in Puerto Rico where there are nearly 120 cases so far, including five pregnant women. That's a concern, because Zika may be involved in causing birth defects.<p>The U.S. territory has …

Public Health

Why our brains see the black and blue dress as white and gold

Have you seen this dress? Depending on whom you ask, it might be black and blue or white and gold.<p>Tumblr/Swiked<p>Exactly one year ago, the internet had a conniption over the image. The debate, which started after a photo of the dress was posted on Tumblr, raised some obvious scientific questions …