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Are Viruses the New Frontier for Astrobiology?

They are the most abundant form of life on Earth, but viruses — or their seed-like dormant state, known as virions — are outliers in our search for …

Biology

Did You Know All Scientific Research Funded by NASA Is Available For Free?

Dive deep into the well of knowledge.<p>There's something very special about all the awesome research funded by NASA - it's accessible, for free, to …

Clinical Trials

An elastic fiber filled with electrodes set to revolutionize smart clothes

EPFL scientists have found a fast and simple way to make super-elastic, multi-material, high-performance fibers. Their fibers have already been used …

Nanotech

A NASA astronaut who spent 665 days circling the planet reveals the misery of going to the bathroom in space

Thomson Reuters<p><b>NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson has logged a whopping 665 days in space.</b>• <b><br>That's an American record, and it's more time in space than just</b> …

Space Science

Every story in the world has one of these six basic plots

Researchers analysed over 1700 novels to reveal six story types – but can they be applied to our most-loved tales? Miriam Quick takes a look.<p>“My prettiest contribution to the culture” was how the novelist Kurt Vonnegut described his old master’s thesis in anthropology, “which was rejected because …

Literature

The Best Books on Writing, According to Novelists, Poets, and Writing Professors

<i>Welcome to</i> <i>Reading Lists</i><i>, comprehensive book guides from the Strategist designed to make you an expert (or at least a fascinating dinner-party</i> …

Writing

A little-known feature in Google Maps lets you explore our local solar system — here's how to visit Mercury, Venus, and other planets and moons in Google Maps

Most people just use Google Maps to get directions from A to B, but it's also an incredible educational tool in its own right.<p>Using Google Maps is a great way to learn more about the various cities and countries around the world. But many people might not know that Google Maps can also be used to …

Maps

This Street Artist Uses Incredible 3D Typography

The British artist Pref has been interested for twenty years in the aesthetics of graffiti, he works to the maximum typography he will use. The text …

Typography

Moon Dust Is Super Toxic to Human Cells

In space, they say, no one can hear you sneeze. But Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Schmitt was doing a lot of that inside the Challenger command module …

Research

Forget the Turing Test—give AI the F. Scott Fitzgerald Test instead

Scott Fitzgerald pinned human intelligence on its tolerance of paradox. But would an artificial intelligence pass his test?<p>In his 1936 essay “The Crack-Up,” Fitzgerald writes that “the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still …

Artificial Intelligence

Mind-Altering Quantum Experiment Shows Time Has Never Existed

In 2012 US National Medal of Science award winner Yakir Aharonov, who is regarded as one of the world’s leading quantum theorists published a paper …

Quantum Physics

Spraying this material on desert sand will turn it into fertile land

For the past ten years, Desert Control has been testing a land treatment that promises to transform non-productive land into fertile soil. The …

Water

We’re wasting AI geniuses on ridiculous problems

Too often we’re wasting the most creative people on the planet on the most trivial and ridiculous problems.<p>“The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads. That sucks,” said data scientist Jeffrey Hammerbacher, founder of Cloudera.<p>“75% of European digital ecosystem …

Artificial Intelligence

Can You Change Your Microbiome? — NOVA Next | PBS

“I can’t believe it—he’s a chatterbox!” Samantha Jones* shrieked with delight.<p>Her autistic son was typically quiet, nearly non-verbal most of his …

Microbiology

Can you hear these silent GIFs? You may have a new form of synesthesia.

Scientists are starting to figure out why these GIFs are so damn loud.<p>Can you “hear” visual motion? If so, you’re hardly alone. There’s a huge Reddit community of 114,000-plus people who post and discuss silent videos that have the illusion of making noise.<p>And now a new study in the journal …

The Brain

Physicists Just Found Time Crystals in a Common Item You Can Buy at The Toy Store

Whoa.<p>Characteristics of mysterious time crystals have been found in the most unexpected place you'd ever think to look - a compound found in …

Quantum Mechanics

Stephen Hawking's final paper bursts the multiverse bubble with a Holographic Universe theory

Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking passed away earlier this year, but his legacy to science will live on. His final theory on the origin of the …

Physics

A graphene roll-out

MIT engineers have developed a continuous manufacturing process that produces long strips of high-quality graphene.The team’s results are the first …

Nanotech

Google Just Launched a Smartphone Game to Teach Adults How to Code

From programmable LEGO robots to mobile apps like Hopscotch, there’s no shortage of games and toys designed to get children interested in computer …

Trillions Upon Trillions of Viruses Fall From the Sky Each Day

High in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Spain, an international team of researchers set out four buckets to gather a shower of viruses falling from the sky.<p>Scientists have surmised there is a stream of viruses circling the planet, above the planet’s weather systems but below the level of airline …

Microbiology

'There is no such thing as past or future': physicist Carlo Rovelli on changing how we think about time

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics sold over a million copies around the world. Now Rovelli is back to explore the mysteries of time. He tells Charlotte Higgins about student revolution and how his quantum leap began with an acid trip<p>• Extract from Carlo Rovelli’s new book: on the elastic concept of …

Physics

If You Thought Quantum Mechanics Was Weird, Check Out Entangled Time

Where the future influences the past.<p>In the summer of 1935, the physicists Albert Einstein and Erwin Schrödinger engaged in a rich, multifaceted and …

Mathematicians Explore Mirror Link Between Two Geometric Worlds

Decades after physicists happened upon a stunning mathematical coincidence, researchers are getting close to understanding the link between two …

Writing Your First Novel: How to Fix an (Accidentally) Autobiographical Novel

Some of you may be participating in our 100 Day Book program, writing your first novel on your own, or kicking around the idea of starting that …

Creative Writing

Top questions you should ask during an interview to raise eyebrows

Job interviews are laced with questions that give the interviewer the opportunity to get to know A) if you will be an asset to the company and B) if …

The Mind-Expanding Ideas of Andy Clark

The tools we use to help us think—from language to smartphones—may be part of thought itself.<p><b>Audio:</b> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>Where does the mind end and the world begin? Is the mind locked inside its skull, sealed in with skin, or …

Paris is a city that a lot of tourists do wrong—here’s how to get it right

There is perhaps no city more idealized, and more written about, than Paris. And yet, for tourists and travelers embarking on their first visit, there is also no city that’s easier to get wrong.<p>The Louvre, Ladurée, Champ de Mars, the Eiffel Tower—newcomers are often torn between all the sights to …

France

A new Monsanto-backed company is on the verge of producing the first fruit made with a blockbuster gene-editing tool that could revolutionize agriculture

In a move aimed at securing a place in the rapidly evolving food technology scene, the agricultural giant Monsanto has invested $125 million in a gene-editing startup called Pairwise.<p>The alliance could tee up Monsanto, long known for its controversial dealings with farmers and its role in …

Agriculture

Technology isn’t just helping children read stories, it can also make them active storytellers

An exciting array of online tools can help children make up and share their own stories.<p>Ramu and his friends sit huddled together around a computer …

On the Frontiers of Physics, Math and Philosophy

Interview by Richard Marshall.Benjamin H Feintzeig focuses on the conceptual and mathematical foundations of physics, and the broader impacts of …

Quantum Mechanics