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The Navy's silent drone destroyer is this ridiculously powerful laser

It's no surprise that the U.S. Navy has a massive suite of high-tech weapons. But the looming threat of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known …

CRISPR used to build a biological hard drive out of live bacteria

Hard drives will one day seem as primitive as punch cards or floppy disks, and it may turn out that the medium that replaces them was inside us all …

Genetics

Laser as bright as a billion Suns alters fundamental physics of light and matter

Physicists from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have created the brightest light ever produced on Earth, and it could be the first step towards …

Quantum Physics

A Confused Immune System Could Be Behind Parkinson's Disease

Evidence is mounting.<p>Researchers have found solid evidence in support of a century old hypothesis claiming the body's own immune system plays a …

Medical Research

Crystal stacks up qubits in first-in first-out memory

Photons store themselves in ions that bob up and down in a sea of light.<p>Quantum computing and quantum communication require a different way of …

New study opens the door to solid-state devices that use excited electrons

For the first time, engineers and scientists at Caltech have been able to directly observe the ultrafast motion of electrons immediately after they …

Study proves viability of quantum satellite communications

Researchers in Canada have taken a significant step towards enabling secure quantum communication via moving satellites, as announced by the Canadian …

Why A Surgeon Taught A Non-Doctor To Do Brain Surgery

Dr. Dilantha Ellegala, a brain surgeon, trained someone who isn't a doctor to do brain surgery.<p>That is the story featured in the new book <i>A Surgeon in the Village</i> by journalist Tony Bartelme.<p>This unlikely turn of events had its origins in 2006, when Ellegala was volunteering for a short stint at …

Medical Technology

Quantum Thermodynamics Could Revolutionize Energy and Information Technology | WIRED

Author: Natalie Wolchover. Natalie Wolchover Science<p>Date of Publication: 05.06.17.<p>Time of Publication: 7:00 am. 7:00 am<p>What Happens When You Mix …

Physicists Say They've Created a Fluid With 'Negative Mass'

Holy crap.<p>Researchers in the US say they've created a fluid with negative mass in the lab... which is exactly as mind-bending as it sounds.<p>What it …

New Research Could Finally Lead to A Quantum Theory of Gravity

by Karla Lant and Abby Norman March 24, 2017 Hard Science 23553<p>A team of scientists from the University of Vermont and the University of Waterloo in …

Quantum Physics

Harvard Scientists Say Aliens May Be Using Giant Radio Beams To Travel The Cosmos

Thousands of civilizations could be flying on interstellar sails.<p>Two Harvard University scientists are suggesting that mysterious fast radio bursts, detected in faraway galaxies, may be evidence of aliens traveling through the cosmos.<p>FRBs are extremely bright flashes of radio waves that last for …

J. Richard Gott: What’s the Value of Pi in Your Universe?

Carl Sagan’s sci-fi novel <i>Contact</i> famously introduced wormholes for rapid transit between the stars. Carl had asked his friend Kip Thorne to tell him …

There’s a close association between magnetic systems and certain states of brain activity

Scientists from the University of Granada (UGR) have proven for the first time that there is a close relationship between several emerging phenomena …

Laser pulse study could lead to ultrafast computers

Computers that run 100,000 times faster than current ones can change life as we know it. They could help discover distant planets more quickly or diagnose illnesses much, much earlier than usual, among other things. A team of researchers, including engineers from the University of Michigan, believe …

Nanotech

Chemists Figure Out How to Turn Plastic Into Fuel

Soon, your car engine may be running on your plastic trash.<p>Globally, we produce over 300 million tons of plastic every year, and every year over 8 million tons of it end up in our oceans. While we can recycle some plastics, so much gets thrown away that researchers are constantly looking for new …

Earth - There are microbes that eat and poo nothing but electricity

Some microbes have developed the ultimate stripped-down diet. They do not bother with food or oxygen. All they need to survive is pure electrical energy.<p>They often live in muddy seabeds or along the banks of rivers. Finding them is easy: biologists can coax them out of hiding by sticking an …

How nanotechnology research could cure cancer and other diseases

Genetic diseases may soon be a thing of the past thanks to nanotechnology, which employs tiny particles to manipulate cells and change our DNA<p>Here’s how cancer treatment often runs today: a patient develops an aggressive tumor. A surgeon operates to remove the tumor, but a few cancer cells remain, …

Cancer

Scientists Develop "Liquid Wire" That Acts Like Both a Fluid And Solid

Researchers are developing a synthetic spider silk to be used in the fields of materials, engineering, and medicine.<p>Dubbed as “liquid wire,” the …

Elasticity

Elon Musk: Become cyborgs or risk humans being turned into robots' pets

Elon Musk, the billionaire boss of Tesla and SpaceX, has said that humans need to become cyborgs to avoid becoming “house cats” for vastly more intelligent robots.<p>Musk said that as artificial intelligence advances, people will need to augment their brain power with digital technology to prevent …

Artificial Intelligence

New Evidence Could Break The Standard View of Quantum Mechanics

Just as we were beginning to understand it...<p>Quantum mechanics is difficult to understand at the best of times, but new evidence suggests that the …

The Real Reasons Quantum Entanglement Doesn't Allow Faster-Than-Light Communication

My colleague-in-blogging Ethan Siegel does a regular reader-request feature, and this week’s edition drifts into my territory, answering a question about using quantum entanglement for faster-than-light communication. As I jokingly said on Twitter, Ethan’s answer is pretty good for an astronomer, …

Quantum Physics

Why Did the Genetic Code of All Life on Earth Suddenly Stop Evolving?

Around 3,000 million years ago, something stopped the genetic code from growing.<p>All life on Earth exists thanks to a universal genetic code. This biological rulebook tells our cells how DNA should be translated into life-supporting proteins, without which we couldn't survive.<p>Even though the genetic …

How I Built a Billion-Dollar Company

<i>The Entrepreneur Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

Alzheimer’s symptoms could be reversed by restoring protein in brain

Alzheimer’s symptoms could be reversed by restoring a protein which is missing in the brains of dementia sufferers, a new study suggests.<p>Researchers at the University of Glasgow and the Hong Kong University of Science showed that upping levels of the protein IL-33 mobilises the immune system into …

Scientists Stored These Images in DNA—Then Flawlessly Retrieved Them

Who needs memory cards when you have DNA? A team of scientists has been able to store images within the life-defining molecules then retrieve them …

University of Washington

9 physics concepts every time travel enthusiast should master

Ask a child how to travel through time and you'll get a simple answer: Use a time machine.<p>Ask a physicist, and suddenly you'll start hearing …

Time Travel

Scientists just discovered a new state of matter

Quantum spin liquid, a state of matter predicted over forty years ago, has finally been discovered by a team of researchers.<p>The matter, which has …

Quantum Physics

Biotech breakthrough: Sunlight can be used to produce chemicals and energy

Researchers at the University of Copenhagen have discovered a natural process they describe as reverse photosynthesis. In the process, the energy in …

‘Wake-up call’: Study finds fracking can pollute underground drinking water

A Stanford University study shows that fracking can pollute underground drinking water. Using publicly available data and reports, researchers found …