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Vital for life, heat and power – what you never knew about salt water

Your tongue is a salt detector – it dissolves the solid salt crystals sprinkled on your chips to create an intense flavour sensation.<p>But salt is way …

Saltwater

“Golden Sandwich” Solar Cell Converts 85% Of Sunlight To Electricity

Researchers in Japan have created a photoelectrode that converts 85% of the sunlight striking it into electricity. Think about that for a minute.

Clean Energy

This Beautiful Photo of Galaxy NGC 3981 was Taken by the Most Powerful Telescope in the World for no Scientific Reason at all. Just Because it’s Pretty

When the ESO's Very Large Telescope can't pursue its science objectives, it spends its time capturing stunning image of fascinating celestial …

Hubble

Scientists Have Found Secret Tunnels Between The Skull And The Brain

A hidden passage we never knew existed.<p>Did you know you have tiny tunnels in your head? That's OK, no one else did either until recently! But that's …

General Hospital

Scientists have found a new way to stimulate lucid dreams

Lucid dreams, where dreamers become aware they are dreaming and take control of it, can be an incredible experience. The only issue: They're rare and difficult to stimulate. As a result researchers have spent decades trying to figure out different techniques to create a lucid dreaming experience …

Consciousness

Statins: The Pros and Cons

Cholesterol — a fat-like waxy substance found in all cells — is necessary for the body to function. However, if you have too much cholesterol in your …

‘Dormant’ California Supervolcano Packed With 240 Cubic Miles of Magma

It’s been around 100,000 years since California’s Long Valley supervolcano experienced a major eruption, but this supposedly dormant caldera has been …

How to turn off Google's location tracking

When you turn off “location history” Google still tracks your location when you use several of its key services including Maps, search and the weather. Here’s how to really turn all of it off.<p>A report from the Associated Press has highlighted that the feature called location history is just one of …

Personalization

See what Earth looked like from space when it was ruled by dinosaurs

Ever wonder what the Earth looked like before humans came along and added pollution and man-made destruction to the mix?<p>The 3D interactive website called Ancient Earth Globe lets you glimpse the world from space during the age of the dinosaurs -- and more. Seeing the Earth at various points in …

Dinosaurs

There Is an Absolutely Gigantic Rogue Planet Wandering Our Galactic Neighbourhood

It can teach us so much.<p>There is a very strange object floating around our stellar neighbourhood and it has astronomers intrigued.<p>It's very large, …

Evidence Mounts That Germs May Cause Alzheimer's

In the end it will be microbes—bacteria, viruses and fungus—found to be at the root of all disease and aging, and specifically Alzheimer’s, contends geneticist Dr. Rudolph “Rudy” Emile Tanzi.<p>“The two biggest threats to healthy aging have had to do with dealing with infection,” said Tanzi, who …

Alzheimer's Disease

Let there be light: 'ghost' particle found a mile beneath Antarctica holds key to breakthrough in physics

The secrets of the origins of light are set to be unlocked by the discovery of an elusive “ghost” particle a mile beneath Antarctica, scientists have announced.<p>Astronomers have for the first time identified the source of a high-energy neutrino which shot through a solid ice laboratory at the South …

Skyscrapers could soon generate their own power, thanks to see-through solar cells

Lance Wheeler looks at glassy skyscrapers and sees untapped potential. Houses and office buildings, he says, account for 75% of electricity use in …

5 Tips For Writing a Book People Will Actually Read (From a First Time Author)

My first book comes out this month. Here's what I learned.<p>I was sitting alone in a garage surrounded by packing boxes.<p>My usual morning routine, which started with coffee back then (and now is more about black tea), segued into a new idea for this column. I started writing about what it means to be …

NASA Just Fast-Tracked Its Mission to Explore a $10,000 Quadrillion Metal Asteroid

It would collapse the global economy if we brought it home.<p>It might have just pushed back its manned mission to Mars, but NASA just fast-tracked a …

This Robot Can Complete a 2-Hour Brain Surgery Procedure in Just 2.5 Minutes

Hello, future.<p>Brain surgery is precision business, and one slip can spell doom for affected patients. Even in one of the most skilled jobs in the …

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 …

The UK Just Switched on an Ambitious Fusion Reactor - And It Works

First plasma has been achieved.<p>The UK's newest fusion reactor, ST40, was switched on last week, and has already managed to achieve 'first plasma' - …

Nuclear Energy

Scientists Have Observed Epigenetic Memories Being Passed Down For 14 Generations

The past lives on.<p>The most important set of genetic instructions we all get comes from our DNA, passed down through generations. But the environment …

Biology

White House aides' finances revealed in disclosure documents

<b>Documents released by the White House have revealed millions of dollars in assets held by its senior staff.</b><p>President Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, have assets valued between $240m and $740m (£191m- £590m).<p>That includes a stake in Trump International Hotel, which earned Ms …

This Mind-Bending Theory Joins Black Holes, Gravitational Waves & Axions to Find New Physics

We haven't seen physicists this excited for a while.<p>Scientists have proposed a new theory that combines some of the most mysterious phenomena in the …

Meet Nadia, the scarily ‘human’ chatbot who can read your emotions

Have you ever dreamt of gazing into the eyes of chatbot while explaining your frustration with a service? If so, that would be oddly specific, but you’d also be in luck, thanks to an ambitious New Zealand startup.<p>The company, which has the eerie name of Soul Machines, has created a virtual chatbot …

It's Official: Time Crystals Are a New State of Matter, And Now We Can Create Them

Peer-review has spoken.<p>Earlier this year, physicists had put together a blueprint for how to make and measure time crystals - a bizarre state of …

Lord Heseltine Sacked As Government Adviser After House Of Lords Brexit Defiance

'Tarzan' told to go.<p>PA<p>Conservative former Cabinet minister Lord Heseltine has been sacked as a Government adviser after rebelling over Brexit.<p>The …

NASA Wants to Launch a Giant Magnetic Field to Make Mars Habitable

So crazy, it just might work.<p>NASA scientists have proposed a bold plan that could give Mars its atmosphere back and make the Red Planet habitable for …

Magnetism

This Picture Has No Red Pixels—So Why Do the Strawberries Still Look Red?

Color constancy continues to confound us.<p>This weekend marked the two-year anniversary of The Dress: the unfathomably viral photo of a dress that divided the internet for more than a week in 2015 over whether it was blue and black, or white and gold. So it's appropriate that, on this auspicious …

The Trappist-1 system sounds wonderful, but would humans survive the interstellar journey? - IBTimes India

So does NASA's discovery mean that we'll be off to our new home sometime soon? Hardly, in fact humans might never set foot in the Trappist-1 system; …

Scientists Just Found Evidence That Neurons Can Communicate in a Way We Never Anticipated

A new brain mechanism hiding in plain sight.<p>Researchers have discovered a brand new mechanism that controls the way nerve cells in our brain …

Smartphones to become pocket doctors after scientists discover camera flash and microphone can be used to diagnose illness

Smartphones will soon become mobile laboratories which can monitor bone density, calculate red blood cell levels and even predict if an asthma attack is imminent.<p>Scientists are repurposing the technology which already exists within phones, such as accelerometers, camera flashes and microphones to …