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How the Moon Formed: Lunar Rocks Support Giant Impact Theory

A new analysis of lunar rocks now supports the idea that the moon was born in a gigantic collision between the nascent Earth and a mysterious …

Neutrons

The EPA Wants A Piece Of Your Fracking Mind

Should energy companies reveal which substances they're injecting for hydraulic fracturing? The EPA requests public opinions.<p>Under the banner of “trade secrets,” many oil and gas companies have refused to reveal all the chemicals they are injecting deep underground, at high pressure, to reach and …

Fracking

You suck! Why criticism is more powerful than praise

Whether it’s for possibly starting a third world war, a questionable stance on same-sex relationships or simply not showing their legs, people receive criticism for pretty much anything. But the effects of this criticism can sometimes seem disproportionate. Why is this? And why are the effects of …

Scientists invent new letters for the alphabet of life | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Scientists have taken the first steps toward writing the blueprint of life in an alphabet unknown to nature, they reported online in the journal Nature.<p>A DNA double helix is seen in an undated artist's illustration released by the National Human Genome Research Institute to …

Drug-Resistant Bacteria Spreads Around the World

Microbiology

Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Are Now In Every Part of the World

In a first-of-its-kind report, World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that bacterial infections that can’t be treated with the antibiotics …

Microbiology

Think You Know Basic Physics? This Balloon Will Prove You Wrong

When you have a balloon floating in a car and start driving, instead of getting thrown back, it actually flies forward. What? Are balloons immune to …

Bulletproof nuclei? Stem cells exhibit unusual absorption property

Stem cells – the body's master cells – demonstrate a bizarre property never before seen at a cellular level, according to a study published today …

Far From 'Infinitesimal': A Mathematical Paradox's Role In History

Here's a stumper: How many parts can you divide a line into?<p>It seems like a simple question. You can cut it in half. Then you can cut those lines in half, then cut those lines in half again. Just how many parts can you make? A hundred? A billion? Why not more?<p>You can keep on dividing forever, so …

Toward a Pill That Helps Us Learn as Fast as Kids

Scientists are using mood drugs to return the adult's brain to an earlier stage of development. Here's why that won't be easy.<p>Shannon, a 14-year-old who lives in Massachusetts, has amblyopia, a condition sometimes referred to as “lazy eye.”<p>You can’t tell by looking at her, though. Unlike some …

Left To Their Own Devices, Robots Evolve Into Diverse Populations

What some squirrel-sized hermaphrodite robots can tell us about evolution<p>There are a few different ways you can study evolution. You could live for months at a time in a tent on tiny island with an isolated population and no fresh water. Or you could program a computer model and some squirrel-sized …

The best science and technology podcasts

The best science and technology podcasts, from astronomy for beginners to consumer advice, selected and updated by Pete Naughton<p><b>SCIENCE</b><p><b>Hubblecast</b><br>Galactic mergers, the Monkey Head Nebula and an operational time machine are just a few of the stranger-than-science-fiction topics touched upon in this …

Why some tone-deaf people think they're great singers - Futurity

People are more accurate judges of their own ability when they have a defined measurement to go on—not just empty praise from well-meaning friends.

This 'Wonder Material' Could Make Your Next Phone Super Thin With Internet That's 100x Faster

They've found a technique that could help the company make your future smartphone thinner, more durable, and even a deliver Internet 100 times faster.<p>The "wonder material" is called graphene— a substance that's stronger than steel and so thin it's considered to be two dimensional.<p>In fact, it's 1 …

Graphene

Breakthrough synthesis method to speed commercialization of graphene

Samsung Electronics announced a breakthrough synthesis method to speed the commercialization of graphene, a unique material ideally suited for …

Why Time Slows Down When We’re Afraid, Speeds Up as We Age, and Gets Warped on Vacation

Given my soft spot for famous diaries, it should come as no surprise that I keep one myself. Perhaps the greatest gift of the practice has been the daily habit of reading what I had written on that day a year earlier; not only is it a remarkable tool of introspection and self-awareness, but it also …

Nanotech roundup: turning seawater into drinking water, and body power

This month's roundup includes the promise of a filter that extracts salt from seawater, and a battery powered by the heart<p>A perfect sieve<p>Graphene, the sheet of carbon just one atom thick, has already featured a few times on this blog thanks to its unique promise for many applications. Could it even …

Curry cure

Understanding why mint tastes cool and chilli is hot could lead to new treatments for chronic pain, obesity and even cancer<p>They don't call him the "Iceman" for nothing. 59-year-old Dutchman Wim Hof has a remarkable ability to withstand extremely cold temperatures for long periods of time, with …

Google Trends is now, finally, a screen saver

The flying toasters and <i>infinite space</i> your sleeping computer's been living with are being retired. No, After Dark isn't being resurrected and, well, does Windows even come with a screen saver built-in anymore? It's Google, and specifically the Trends section of Google, that's leading the bleeding …

How Far Away Are Active Invisibility Cloaks?

New active cloaking technology prepares to leave the lab. Now you see me...<p><b>Despite the Harry Potter headlines they've</b> inspired, efforts over the last few years to create a real-life invisibility cloak have been simple proofs of concept. They're lab experiments, and not the kind of thing that could …

Harry Potter

Top 5: Reasons Titanfall May Fail!

Your Body Can Kill Cancer. It Just Needs Better Instructions.

Researchers have been programming peoples' immune systems to recognize and destory cancer.<p>Part of what makes cancers so insidious is that they’re not invaders: They’re our own cells turned against us. That means the body usually doesn’t see them as a threat. But over the last few years, teams at …

Immunotherapy

How A Simple New Invention Seals A Gunshot Wound In 15 Seconds

An Oregon startup has developed a pocket-size device that uses tiny sponges to stop bleeding fast.<p>When a soldier is shot on the battlefield, the emergency treatment can seem as brutal as the injury itself. A medic must pack gauze directly into the wound cavity, sometimes as deep as 5 inches into …

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

First shots of the Sly Cooper film due 2016

<b>UPDATE 2.18PM:</b> And now there's a trailer.<p><b>ORIGINAL STORY 11.21AM:</b> Before Sucker Punch got all 'cool' with open-world superhero series inFamous, it was …

Astronomers Wonder at Sight Never Seen Before—The Web That Holds Galaxies Together (Photo)

A stunning light shone from a quasar like a galactic flashlight, illuminating a wondrous sight never before observed—the filaments that bind galaxies …

Apple To Infinity: Mobile Payments, Touch ID And All That Sapphire

Forget Gorilla Glass. Apple has its own patented method of affixing a sapphire substrate to a touch screen. According to a report on the Chinese language Apple Daily blog (translated via Google and Apple Insider), Apple’s OEM partner Hon Hai/Foxconn Technology Group has succeeded in making 100 …

Grammys 2014: how Daft Punk saved dance music

Up for five Grammys, French duo Daft Punk are revered as the godfathers of modern electronic dance music - and no wonder, says Bernadette McNulty<p>When <b>Daft Punk</b> play on Sunday night at the 56th Grammy Awards ceremony, it will be only the second time the French dance duo have performed live on …

Pipeline Winter 2013

Watch Steve Jobs demonstrate the first Mac back in 1984

It's been 30 years since Apple first launched the Macintosh, and this week has been littered with clever tributes to the computer. Members of the Boston Computer Society, however, have unearthed a big treasure in the history of the machine. A week after a bow tie-sporting Steve Jobs famously pulled …