Justin Williams

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A first glimpse inside a macroscopic quantum state

In a recent study published in <i>Physical Review Letters</i> and highlighted by the magazine Science News, the research group led by ICREA Prof at ICFO …

Landmark study proves that magnets can control heat and sound

Researchers at The Ohio State University have discovered how to control heat with a magnetic field.

End Time Headlines

Unique alien life different from that on Earth might exist on Saturn's moon Enceladus, reveals Nasa scientist

As the hunt for alien life continues, top scientists have come to believe that unlike Earth - where one look at its surface makes it easy to …

Physicists are searching for ‘gravity particles’ that could help unite all of physics

If researchers succeed in showing that this can happen, it could prove the long-postulated existence of the graviton, the particle of gravity, and perhaps bring scientists one step closer to developing a "theory of everything" that can explain how the universe works from its smallest to largest …

20,000 North Koreans working in slave-like conditions abroad, says UN

The UN human rights investigator for North Korea has said he would investigate allegations of an estimated 20,000 North Koreans working in slave-like conditions abroad, mainly in China, Russia and the Middle East.<p>Marzuki Darusman, UN special rapporteur on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, …

North Korea

Are Humans Really Headed To Mars Anytime Soon?

With recent news headlines proclaiming that dozens of people have been selected as finalists for a Martian astronaut corps, it might seem like a trip to this alien world might finally be close at hand.<p>But let's have a little reality check. What are the chances that we really will see people on the …

Space Science

Sea Snail’s Teeth Just Dethroned Spider Silk As The Strongest Biological Material

Introducing the limpet as the heavyweight champion of the animal kingdom<p>The strongest biologic material in the world rivals the strength it takes to turn carbon into diamonds. It doesn’t come from one of the biggest creatures, but rather the tiny teeth of a sea snail.<p>Until now, spider silk has …

Big Dipper stars point to North Star

Tonight, if you can find the Big Dipper in the northern sky, you can find the North Star, Polaris. The Big Dipper is low in the northeast sky at …

Astronomy

Japanese PM stands firm on foreign policy after Isis hostage murder

Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, has vowed his country will continue to play an active and constructive role abroad, undeterred by the execution of a Japanese security contractor by Islamic State extremists.<p>The apparent beheading of Haruna Yukawa has shocked Japan and intensified anxiety over …

Islam

China Launches Three Warships In One Day, Setting A New Record

For comparison, the U.S. Navy commissioned only four warships in all of 2014.<p>Not since World War II has a single shipyard launched multiple large warships in a single day. But Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai, one of China's best naval and civilian shipyards, just did that. On January 22, 2015, …

Teenager says he escaped North Korea and made it to Sweden, claims asylum | Reuters

STOCKHOLM/SEOUL (Reuters) - A 17-year-old who says he is a street child from North Korea is seeking refugee status in Sweden, maintaining he walked across a frozen river into China and traversed two continents in cars, the trans-Siberian railway and the back of a truck.<p>But he offers no evidence to …

Wormhole to another galaxy may exist in Milky Way

A space-time tunnel could exist in the middle of the Milky Way and we could travel through it, say scientists<p>A giant doorway to another galaxy may exist at the centre of the Milky Way, a study suggests.<p>Scientists believe that dark matter at the centre of our galaxy could sustain a wormhole that we …

Live for ever: Scientists say they’ll soon extend life ‘well beyond 120’

In Palo Alto in the heart of Silicon Valley, hedge fund manager Joon Yun is doing a back-of-the-envelope calculation. According to US social security data, he says, the probability of a 25-year-old dying before their 26th birthday is 0.1%. If we could keep that risk constant throughout life instead …

Medicine

Kepler 438b isn’t Earth’s twin – there are more habitable planets out there

The Kepler space telescope is the most successful planet-finding instrument ever built. On Tuesday, it chalked up its 1,000th confirmed planet discovery and one of those, Kepler 438b, was named the most Earth-like planet yet found.<p>It was crowned because it is only 12% larger than our world and …

Astronomy

Kepler 438b: Most Earth-like planet ever discovered could be home for alien life

An alien world that orbits a distant star in the constellation of Lyra may be the most Earth-like planet ever found outside the solar system.<p>The planet, named Kepler 438b, is slightly larger than Earth and circles an orange dwarf star that bathes it in 40% more heat than our home planet receives …

Planetary Habitability

Dates of lunar and solar eclipses in 2017

Dates of all solar and lunar eclipses this year, plus a preview of the great American total solar eclipse of 2017.<p>The next eclipse comes on the night …

Eastern Arsenal

Popular Science Blogs<p>Monitoring China's growing military might—and what it means for the world. By Jeffrey Lin & Peter W. Singer<p>Eastern Arsenal<p>China's opening a factory to build engines for hypersonic missiles and spaceplanes<p>Reconnaissance and strike capabilities of aircrafts with these engines …

Great Blue Hole off Belize yields new clues to fall of Mayan civilisation

A massive underwater sinkhole surrounded by reefs, caves and sharks has provided archaeologists with clues in the mystery of the fall of the Mayan civilization, according to new research.<p>Scientists from Rice University and Louisiana State University found evidence in Belize’s Great Blue Hole, a …

Archaeology

4 Sky Events This Week: Jovian Eclipses, First Meteor Shower of the Year, and More

Ring out the old year with disappearing moons—and ring in the new with a glowing comet and shooting stars.<p>This week you can say so long to 2014 with two Jovian eclipses, and you can say hello to the New Year with a meteor shower and a fast brightening comet.<p><b>Jupiter eclipse.</b> Slip out of the …

Is there life on Mars?

The Mars rover Curiosity has given tantalising hints that we may not be alone in the universe<p>H G Wells saw the Red Planet as an existential threat, and David Bowie asked the pertinent question: Is there life on Mars? Now results from Nasa’s Curiosity rover indicate that something is producing high …

Your nose knows death is imminent

Until as recently as 1987, British coal pits employed caged canaries as sentinels that alerted miners to the presence of poisonous gases. Being more sensitive to them than we are, the birds would get distressed before the gases reached levels that are dangerous to humans, giving the miners time to …