Leon Kirkbeck

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Scientists find first observed evidence that our universe may be a hologram

An international study claims to have found first observed evidence that our universe is a <b>hologram</b>.<p>What is the <b>holographic universe</b> idea? It's not …

What it would take to reach the stars

A wild plan is taking shape to visit the nearest planet outside our Solar System. Here’s how we could get to Proxima b.<p>Anybody who longs to see an …

The most complex problem in physics could be solved by machines with brains

I work in computational quantum condensed-matter physics: the study of matter, materials, and artificial quantum systems. Complex problems are our thing.<p>Researchers in our field are working on hyper-powerful batteries, perfectly efficient power transmission, and ultra-strong materials—all important …

Machine Learning

A huge mouth and no anus – this could be our earliest known ancestor

Thought to have lived 540 million years ago, the discovery of <i>Saccorhytus coronarious</i> fossils sheds light on the early stages of evolution<p>You won’t find it in your family album, but a tiny prehistoric creature with a bag-like body, a huge mouth and no anus has become the best candidate yet for our …

Evolution

Robo-reptiles spy on their flesh-and-blood counterparts

The BBC One nature show <i>Spy in the Wild</i> wanted to get up close and personal with some crocodiles and monitor lizards. Instead of setting up hidden cameras, though, its producers got in touch with the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne's famous robotics division. Apparently, they saw Pleurobot, …

Scientists Have Confirmed a Brand New Phase of Matter: Time Crystals

Constant motion without energy.<p>For months now, there's been speculation that researchers might have finally created time crystals - strange crystals …

How Our Solar System Will End In The Far Future

It took 13.8 billion years of cosmic evolution to bring us here. Generations of stars had to live and die to create the heavy elements; small proto-galaxies had to merge together to create the Milky Way; interstellar gas clouds had to collapse and form new stars with rocky planets around them; …

Universe

Totally stuffed: Cern's electrocuted weasel to go on display

Stone marten, which met its fate at the Large Hadron Collider, to become part of Rotterdam museum’s exhibition on ill-fated human-animal interactions<p>The singed fur and charred feet are testament to the weasel’s last stand: an encounter with the world’s most powerful machine that was never going to …

The hell of Apollo 1: Pure oxygen, a single spark, and death in 17 seconds

"I heard them scream get me out of here. And then there was dead silence on the pad."<p>On a gray January afternoon in Houston, Walt Cunningham leaned …

Space Exploration

Something mysterious is killing 11,000 nearby galaxies

New research published January 17, 2017 by a global team of researchers focused on 11,000 relatively nearby galaxies and asked why their gas — their lifeblood for the formation of new stars — is being violently stripped away on a widespread scale. The answer, according to these scientists, relates …

Universe

NASA is close to figuring out how to put space crews in cryostasis on long space journeys - IBTimes India

Longer trips to say Europa, Titan or even the Outer Oort cloud will almost certainly require some form of suspended animation, in the form of …

Would You Give Up Perfect Vision for a Trip to Space?

A new study put cancer patients on parabolic flight to see how microgravity worsens astronauts’ eyesight.<p>The experience of weightlessness is confusing for human bodies. The eyes tell you you're gently bobbing up and down, while your inner ear screams that you're tumbling about, making you nauseous. …

Space

Genetic editing could rob world of creative geniuses like Thomas Edison or Tennessee Williams

Genetic editing to cure future generations of disease and mental disorders could rob the world of the creative geniuses who have transformed society, it has been claimed.<p>Next year, the first large trials will begin in the US and China to tweak the genes of patients suffering from cancer - a …

Nasa and Stephen Hawking are working on a nano-starship that can travel 1/5th the speed of light

Nasa researchers have joined forces with Stephen Hawking to build a nano-starship that can travel one-fifth the speed of light.<p>If successful, the …

Flickering lights could be used in breakthrough Alzheimer’s treatment, research shows

Flickering light in the eyes could form the basis of a breakthrough Alzheimer's treatment with the potential to halt or even reverse the disease, …

Buzz Aldrin's Space Oddity: Sick Starman Is Being Cared for by Dr. David Bowie

The late art-rock hero David Bowie might be waiting in the sky, but his namesake — Dr. David Bowie of Christchurch, New Zealand — is still here on …

This incredible gadget lets you draw physical 3D objects in mid-air

There’s a reason 3D printing is so popular these days: it’s awesome. Instead of having to spend thousands of dollars working with a prototyping …

Bats falling from the sky warning as Australia bakes in heatwave

Health officials in Australia have issued an unusual warning about bats falling out of the sky at the start of their summer heatwave.<p>Queensland residents were told to stay away from any heat-affected bats, according to the Australian Associated Press (AAP), as the state prepared for its ‘hottest …

German Mission to the Moon Will Prove the Apollo Landings Weren't a Hoax

A German Lunar X-Prize team has announced its intentions to send two mobile probes to the Moon to inspect the lunar rover left behind by the Apollo …

How Space Travel Destroys the Human Body

Space travel can wreak havoc on the body. The price for leaving the surface of the planet and getting to live your life literally off the world is …

We Just Got The First Real Evidence of a Strange Quantum Distortion in Empty Space

It's taken us 80 years to witness this.<p>For the first time, astronomers have observed a strange quantum phenomenon in action, where a neutron star is …

You can fit this miniature synthesizer in your wallet

The cutest synth you’ve ever seen<p>The Tiny TS, the first standalone synthesizer from Jan Ostman, can do just that. Measuring in at a — as the name suggests — tiny 3.94 x 2.56 inches, it's roughly the size of a credit card.<p>The synth offers audio, CV, and gate outputs, and works well with Ostman's …

Help astronauts poop and be richly rewarded

Pooping in space "isn't glamorous, but it is necessary for survival," an astronaut explains—yet it's presenting quite a challenge for NASA. See, while the International Space Station has a pretty fancy toilet, an astronaut must wear a diaper during launch and landing activities or while …

Who Invented Agriculture First? It Sure Wasn't Humans

You may think of ants as picnic pilferers. After all, who hasn't had to ward off ants stealing crumbs from picnic tables or hoarding tiny pieces of food from kitchens? But a new study shows that they're in fact hard working farmers. Or at least one species of ants is. It lives in Fiji and has been …

The Sad Story of Russia's Space Shuttle Program

The intense rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union pushed the two countries to compete, not only on Earth but throughout the solar …

Science Shows That Men Who Eat Salads Smell More Attractive To Women

Step away from the bagels<p>Smell plays a large evolutionary part in picking potential mates. Our noses know how to diversify our gene pools, when fertility is at its height — and also detect who will agree with our political stance. Sense of smell even correlates with social circle size.<p>Researchers …

KFC recipe challenge: Kitchen puts the 11 herbs and spices to the test

Reporters didn't taste much of a difference between Kentucky Fried Chicken, right, and the fried chicken, left, on wire rack.<p><b>It is one of the most</b> …