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With Oil Back In Power, Scientists Revisit An Old Way To Use Fossil Fuels Without Making CO2

Turns out humanity’s preferred method of making power and heat for the last million years—burning stuff—isn’t the only way to extract energy from fossil fuels.<p>In the process of burning, hydrocarbons mix with oxygen, producing heat, water, and carbon dioxide. But we can also mix hydrocarbons with …

Fossil Fuels

This Project Traps Plastic Junk Before It Reaches The Ocean And Turns It Into Floating Parks

In the Netherlands, a new project plans to use a “plastic fisher” set up at the edge of a harbor to trap wrappers, bottles, and other junk as it …

Pollution

This Electric Bicycle Could Be The Future Of Transportation

The bike wasn't just moving, it was <i>pushing</i>, adding extra propulsion to my own pedaling, giving me a boost with every revolution of the pedals. Faster than expected, I reached the end of a quiet block leaning into a corner. I took a straightaway for a few blocks and pushed 20 miles an hour without …

Electric Vehicles

The Surprising Secret To College Success? Study Less And Socialize More

With college classes underway or about to be across the country, millions of students are starting the fall semester with high hopes, both of what they’ll achieve in the classroom and what doors the education they’re pursuing will eventually open. For many, they believe that path to their bright …

You Can Buy Happiness, If It's An Experience

We humans spend a lot of time waiting in lines: People queue up for days in order to get their hands on the latest iPhone, or what feels like eons for a table at that hip new brunch place.<p>You may be better off spending time and money on the latter. A growing body of research has shown that …

How to win at (almost) everything

In games, humans are hopelessly predictable. Spot this hidden behaviour and you can crush puny-minded opponents in everything from the lottery to Rock, Paper, Scissors.<p>Although we can never outwit the weather or natural disasters, there are ways to master those other seemingly unpredictable …

Sherlock Holmes

Crops Grow On Fake Moon And Mars Soil

That means future space colonizers may be able to farm their own food using local dirt.<p>If humans ever set up permanent bases on the Moon or Mars, we'll need to be able to grow our own food there. To find out whether that’s actually possible, a team of scientists in the Netherlands planted 14 plant …

Water

There’s Water In The Air, And We’re Getting Closer To Figuring Out How To Grab It

The idea isn’t new. People in remote regions have harvested fog for years, though the idea has more recently taken on new life. Researchers are …

Solar Panels

Hidden Monuments Under Stonehenge Revealed by High-Tech Mapping

Underground images show a large complex of monuments and buildings used in rituals dating back thousands of years.<p><b>An astonishing complex of ancient monuments, buildings, and barrows has lain hidden and unsuspected beneath the Stonehenge area for thousands of years. Scientists discovered the site</b> …

First-Ever Human Trial Of An Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Treatment Set To Begin

The treatment will make use of a biology breakthrough that occurred just eight years ago.<p>A Japanese patient with severe eye disease is set to become the first person to be treated with induced pluripotent stem cells, <i>Nature News</i> reports. Cells of this type have been considered promising for future …

Cell Biology

Is working at night bad for you?

How much does working in the small hours harm the mind and body? Claudia Hammond investigates the evidence.<p>In some jobs, working the night shift is unavoidable. There are hospitals to run, planes to fly and shops to keep open as we move towards a 24-hour society. With careful planning and a bit of …

Sleep

Camouflage: Can we ever create true invisibility?

Inspired by the octopus, we’re on the road to creating materials that render things almost invisible. Yet as Philip Ball points out, the history of camouflage and our limited understanding of how creatures hide in nature may make the task trickier than it seems.<p>If imitation is the sincerest form of …

M55 Creates Diamond and Gold-Encrusted E-Bikes for the Luxury-Obsessed Cyclist

Luxury bicycle manufacturer M55 just tipped the scales of wretched excess by releasing its new Terminus Royal and Terminus Prime line of e-bikes, …

World's Largest and Most Expensive Family Home Completed

The “Greenest of All Buildings” was recently completed in Mumbai, India and we couldn’t be more appalled. The Antilia house which unveiled its first …

Real Estate