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Antikythera Mechanism, World's First Computer, May Have Been Used to Predict the Future

The world's oldest computer was probably used as a teaching aid and a mechanism to predict future astronomical events, according to new research.<p>This …

Is Particle Physics About to Crack Wide Open?

It’s December 15, 2015, and an auditorium in Geneva is packed with physicists. The air is filled with tension and excitement because everybody knows …

Physics

Earth - It took centuries, but we now know the size of the Universe

"Let us go rambling about the Universe." This is the invitation that American astronomer Harlow Shapley gave to an audience in Washington DC in 1920. He was taking part in the so-called Great Debate with fellow scientist Heber Curtis on the scale of the Universe.<p>Shapley believed that our Milky Way …

Astrophysics

Weird, water-oozing material could help quench thirst

After their nanorods were accidentally created when an experiment didn't go as planned, the researchers gave the microscopic, unplanned spawns of …

Quench

Scientists just confirmed there's a second layer of information hidden in our DNA

Shutterstock<p>Theoretical physicists have confirmed that it's not just the information coded into our DNA that shapes who we are - it's also the way …

Genetics

WATCH: The Blackest Material on Earth Can Make Dense Metal Float

Whoa!<p>One of the very first things you'll learn in science class is that if something is denser than water, it sinks. A rock or a hunk of metal is …

Think Cry-It-Out Is Cruel? Here's What Scientists Can Now Confirm

For new parents struggling through yet another sleepless night, the cry-it-out method — in which babies are allowed to cry themselves to sleep — might seem alluring . . . until you research it online and read countless testimonials of fellow moms calling it cruel and swearing it causes permanent …

This bendable smartphone comes with a catch

A small Chinese startup says it's about to unveil a smartphone that can bend all the way around your wrist.<p>The device, produced by Moxi Group, will feature a flexible touchscreen that still works when looped and worn like a watch or a bracelet, according to the company. It also functions stretched …

CNN

ISS' expandable module has a shield that protects it from debris

You had a lot of questions when we wrote about NASA gearing up to inflate BEAM on the ISS. Does it inflate like a balloon? What if it gets hit by micrometeoroids then? Does it protect against radiation? While there are many things we won't know for sure until the end of BEAM's two-year testing, …

Hyperloop will cover its pods in a new, super-real material: Vibranium

Well, this should help quell concerns that Hyperloop is a science fiction pipe dream...<p>Hyperloop Transportation Technologies revealed Tuesday morning …

Scientists Discover Hidden Switch In Our Immune System For Fighting Cancer

Our body is much better at fighting cancer than we give it credit for.<p>TIM VERNON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY via Getty Images<p>Researchers in Australia may …

This SpaceX Competitor Just Unveiled a New Rocket

Orbital ATK on Tuesday unveiled plans for a new rocket to compete against United Launch Alliance and Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies for …