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New cloaking technique lets light pass right on through

The concept of an invisibility cloak sounds like pure science fiction, but hiding something from view is theoretically possible, and in some …

Has This Startup Cracked the Secret to Fusion Energy?

<i>Editor's Note: This story was updated at 5:50 p.m. E.D.T.</i><p>The ongoing joke in the world of physics is that commercially viable fusion energy has been …

A Space Force? The Idea May Have Merit, Some Say

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s call on Monday for the Defense Department to establish a sixth branch of the military, this one focusing on space, has not exactly engendered a groundswell of support at the Pentagon.<p>“We got it,” Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, …

Australia, 2018: Lies, cover-ups and suppression of free speech

Propaganda about an endless "war on terror" and a succession of enemies has led to the slow creep of suppression of inquiry. read now...

Chinese scientists test CRISPR on monkeys and find no off-target mutations

With the first UK and US human trials using the potentially revolutionary CRISPR gene editing technique about to commence, several questions still …

Colony ship to nearest star only needs crew of 100 to survive

An initial crew of just 98 people might be all that is needed to survive a trip to another star. It turns out this is the minimum number needed to …

researchers develop 3D-printed submarine that moves without a motor

<b>researchers at ETH zurich have developed a 7.5-centimetre mini-submarine equipped with paddles, with nothing but 3D printing.</b> using a new propulsion …

Camera billed as 'world's most advanced' could boost search for alien life

Space<p>New 'Darkness' device gives astronomers a powerful tool for spotting worlds around other stars.<p>An international team of physicists and astronomers has created what’s being billed as the world’s most advanced camera.<p>Known as Darkness (for Dark-speckle Near-infrared Energy-resolved …

Exoplanets

Uizard raises funds for its AI that turns design mockups into source code

When you’re trying to build apps, there is a very tedious point where you have to stare at a wireframe and then laboriously turn it into code. Actually, the process itself is highly repetitive and ought to be much easier. The traditional software development from front-end design to front-end …

BMW i3 batteries provide energy storage for UK wind farm

A total of 500 packs promise reliable green power.<p>The UK is now home to one of the largest energy storage projects using EV batteries. Vattenfall has connected a total of 500 BMW i3 batteries to the Pen y Cymoedd onshore wind farm in Wales, creating the biggest co-located installation in the UK. …

Move Over, Telomeres: There's Another Cell Part That Might Predict Lifespan

You'll remember this one from biology class.<p>Knowing when you’re going to die is a fact best left unexplored. But for better or for worse, scientists …

Scientists shouldn't reanimate decapitated human heads

Do you want to live forever?<p>If so, there’s some good news. Or so it seems. For it appears that we may have taken a step closer to making immortality reality.<p>In a recent meeting at the National Institutes of Health, Yale neuroscientist Nenad Sestan revealed that his team has successfully reanimated …

Google's New AI Feature Sounds Like A Real Human And OMG Why Is The Future So Creepy?

Google CEO Sundar Pichai demoed a jaw-dropping new feature today at Google I/O 2018, the tech giant's annual developer conference, that may one day come to the company's voice-activated Google Assistant: a completely natural-sounding AI that can call up a human receptionist and schedule …

Artificial Intelligence

Stem cell biological BREAKTHROUGH as scientists craft embryo without egg or sperm

Scientists have announced a biological breakthrough by growing an embryo without either a sperm or an egg.<p>Using two different types of stem cells, a …

Solar powered clean drinking water maker trialled

It is understood that the panels produce enough water to displace more than 20,000 plastic water bottles over their 15-year lifespan.<p>“The project …

Cancer treatment could see people heal themselves, researchers say

Dr. Shashi Gujar describes the new melanoma immunotherapy treatment he's researching with the old adage: give a man a fish and he eats for a day; …

Different Species of Monkeys are Having Sex Now, but Biologists Don't Mind

"It is nature's way to respond."<p>Hooking up with members of other species is generally frowned upon. But maybe we’re just prudes. As grolar bears, …

Move Over, Double Helix: A New Form of DNA Has Just Been Discovered

This is the first time it's ever been seen in a living cell.<p>When we learn about human genetics in high school biology class, one of the most basic …

Fresh Cannabis Leaves May Be the Superfood You're Missing Out On

We know that smoking dried cannabis flower yields a number of benefits — from pain relief to relaxation — but it turns out that consuming <i>fresh</i> cannabis leaves may also have perks for our health. Among the hundred plus cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, the most well-known are CBD …

Antiinflammatory

The ‘alien megastructure’ is acting weird again

Tabby's Star has dimmed by 5% – the lowest dip seen since it was first observed in 2013<p>For some people, the weird lights emanating from the ‘alien …

Almost 'fully-formed' human brain grown in lab

A nearly fully-formed human brain has been grown in a lab for the first time ever, according to scientists from Ohio State University -- though …

Fears for ERUPTION as gigantic 'fountain of magma' plume discovered underneath Yellowstone supervolcano

A gigantic 'fountain of magma' has been discovered under the Yellowstone supervolcano, sparking fears that a deadly eruption could be imminent.<p>Magma …

The $90 Light That Kills Bacteria in Your Kitchen Forever

Cleaning is still an excellent way to rid your kitchen of bacteria, but this LED light takes germ-killing to the next level.<p>There are only so many …

'Nano-drops' are eye drops that could correct your vision from home

A team of ophthalmologists from the Bar-Ilan University's Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials are developing eye drops to correct your …

Nanotech

Biologists Trace Genetic Roots Of Evolution, One Cell At A Time

Genetic mutations are the driving force of evolution, and now scientists have managed to study the effect of mutations in exquisite detail by watching what happens as they pop up in single cells.<p>Only about one percent of mutations were bad enough to kill off the cell, according to a report …

Most Australian Indigenous languages came from just one place, research claims

Burketown, Queensland, named as origin of dominant Pama-Nyungan family of languages<p>Most Indigenous languages in Australia likely originated from a remote spot in far north Queensland as recently as 4,000 years ago, before slowly spreading across the country, a new study has claimed.<p>The paper, …

This portable battery pack has wireless charging so you never need to carry a cable again

Have you ever wondered why there are no wireless chargers that are actually, you know, wireless? Well guess what: there actually is a wireless …

Wireless Charging

Energy storage breakthrough could boost EV range and slash charge time

Researchers have developed a material more energy-dense than lithium-ion.<p>Electric cars could soon have as much range as petrol and diesel cars -- and recharge in a matter of minutes -- thanks to what researchers are calling a "breakthrough" in energy storage technology. Teams from Bristol …

Intelligent Machines That Learn Like Children

Deon, a fictional engineer in the 2015 sci-fi film <i>Chappie</i>, wants to create a machine that can think and feel. To this end, he writes an …

New algorithm can create movies from just a few snippets of text

Screenwriters denied the big budgets and formidable resources of the major film studios may soon have another option, thanks to a new algorithm that …

Machine Learning