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MSS - Program

written by<p>Allison Linn<p>t Microsoft’s research labs around the world, computer scientists, programmers, engineers and other experts are trying to crack …

Artificial Intelligence

5 Leading Theories of What Dreams Actually Are

The earliest recorded dream is from the Sumerian king Dumuzi of Uruk, who ruled just before Gilgamesh, sometime around 2500 BC. “An eagle seizes a …

Abraham Lincoln

Breasts Have Their Own Microbiome - And It Could Influence Your Cancer Risk

Your breast has its own unique ecosystem.<p>You’ve probably heard that every human on Earth has a unique set of bacterial colonies living in their gut, …

Trouble in paradise: Lord Howe Island divided over plan to exterminate rats

Rodents are threatening the unique natural environment of Australia’s sparsely populated Lord Howe Island. But a plan to eradicate the pests by dropping 42 tonnes of poisoned cereal is splitting the close-knit community in half<p>Described by the UN as “an area of spectacular and scenic landscapes”, …

What The Many-Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Physics Really Means

It’s been quiet here for a couple of weeks, as I was off visiting family for the holidays and then at a meeting in South Carolina. It’s a New Year though, so let’s ease back into things with a simple and non-controversial topic. Say, the Many-Worlds interpretation of quantum physics.<p>OK, maybe that …

Quantum Mechanics

This physicist has a groundbreaking idea about why life exists

Why does life exist?<p>Popular hypotheses credit a primordial soup, a bolt of lightning, and a colossal stroke of luck.<p>But if a provocative new theory is correct, luck may have little to do with it. Instead, according to the physicist proposing the idea, the origin and subsequent evolution of life …

Physics

An Impossible Experiment Shows How Black Holes Might Burp Back Information

A way around the black hole information paradox?<p>Physicists at Caltech have devised a way to coax information back from the so-far unknowable depths of a black hole. While it's an impossible scheme to implement experimentally and involves the recapture of information from just a single particle, …

Quantum Mechanics

The Great Filter theory suggests humans have already conquered the threat of extinction

It's difficult to not be pessimistic when considering humanity's future prospects. Many people would agree that it's more likely than not that we'll …

Biology

How does the Anthropic Principle change the meaning of the universe?

One of the more extraordinary things about the universe is that it has produced beings who can observe it — namely, us. Its laws and constants are so …

Physics

What is the purpose of the Universe? Here is one possible answer.

The more we learn about the universe, the more we discover just how diverse all its planets, stars, nebulae and unexplained chunks of matter really …

8 Things We Simply Don't Understand About the Human Brain

Despite all the recent advances in the cognitive and neurosciences, there’s still much about the human brain that we do not know. Here are 8 of the …

Ancient viruses are alive in humans and crucial for life, says Stanford University

The human genome is littered with sequences left behind from long-ago viral infections but now scientists have found the code is still active<p>Ancient viruses were critical to the evolution of humans and infections left genetic code in our bodies which is still essential for life today, Stanford …

Genetics
Startups

Fordite: a rare mineral only found in old Detroit auto-painting facilities

"Fordite" is an anthropocenic mineral "formed from the built up of layers of enamel paint slag on tracks and skids on which cars were hand …

At The End Asks: Would You Become A Slave To Escape A Doomed Earth?

The Artists Who Paint Dinosaurs

The strange beauty of paleo art<p>I have a theory about why kids love dinosaurs. You might think it’s their size, their ferocity, the number and sharpness of their teeth. It is all of these things, but it is something else, too.<p>Dinosaurs are remote from us in time. They belong to an alien realm. They …

Dinosaurs

NASA is recycling Space Shuttle engines for a very important purpose

When finished, this rocket will be able to launch up to 2.16 million pounds into space. That kind of weight requires a powerful engine — four of them, to be precise.<p>NASA will use four RS-25 engines — along with two rocket boosters — to get the SLS from ground to space and on its way to Mars. …

Space Exploration

10 Proposed Solutions To The Problems Of Interstellar Travel

Right now, interstellar travel and colonization is pretty unlikely. Basic laws of physics suggest that it just can’t be done, and for many people, …

List-Worthy

The disturbing consequences of seeing your doppelganger

One morning, a man discovered his double staring him in the eyes. Anil Ananthaswamy explores a dangerous hallucination that reveals how the brain constructs our sense of self.<p>More than two decades ago, Peter Brugger, as a PhD student in neuropsychology at the University Hospital Zurich in …

Consciousness

A Double Black Hole Powers a Brilliant Galactic Star Factory

Six hundred million light years away, a pair of black holes spiral furiously about one another at the brilliant core of a starburst galaxy.<p>Black …

How Information Theory Unifies Quantum Mechanics

A new framework ties together wave-particle duality and quantum uncertainty with bits.<p>Two parallel mysteries of quantum mechanics, so-called wave-particle duality and the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, are in reality one and the same. This is according to a new framework developed by physicists …

Quantum Mechanics

Supernova Photos: Great Images of Star Explosions

Supernova in Galaxy UGC 9379<p>Credit: Avishay Gal-Yam, Weizmann Institute of Science<p>A brilliant supernova (right) explodes in the galaxy UGC 9379, …

The 51 Best Fantasy Series Ever Written

Whether you're a Swords and Sorcery type of fantasy reader, a fan of battles and betrayal, or you just want a few more goddamn elves in your life, there's something for you here. These are the truly great fantasy series written in the last 50 years.

The new Premier League advert: a convenient airbrushing of reality

Sky’s latest promo sends Thierry Henry on a nostalgic tour through the Premier League’s finest moments. But it only tells half the story<p>The new Sky Sports Premier League advert has received plaudits for its irresistible nostalgia and technological brilliance. Thierry Henry is inserted seamlessly …

Awesome footage of rare white whale off the coast of Australia

<i>UPDATE: Aug. 17, 9:30 a.m. AEST:</i> Executive director and chief scientist at the Pacific Whale Foundation, Greg Kaufman, who has been studying Migaloo …

How Do We Know Gravity Is Constant?

Gravity is the force that holds us to the Earth, and holds the planets in their orbits around the Sun. It is such a constant presence in our lives …

How fast could humans travel safely through space?

The current speed record has stood for 46 years. When will it be beaten, asks Adam Hadhazy.<p>We humans are obsessed with speed. Recent months, for instance, brought news that students in Germany have broken the record for the fastest accelerating electric car, and that the US Air Force plans to …

Physics

Quantum networks: Back and forth are not equal distances!

Quantum technology based on light (photons) has great potential for radically new information technology based on photonic circuits. Up to now, the …

There's a secret feature in Android phones that will let you prank your friends

It involves going into a hidden menu and some settings designed for developers, but it's completely harmless and reversible.

Android News