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British scientists create world's tiniest engine - a million times smaller than an ant

Researchers at the University of Cambridge have developed the world’s tiniest engine - so small it could be used to enter living cells in order to fight disease.<p>The nanoscale engine measures a few billionths of a metre across, and uses light to power itself. It's been christened the ANT, or …

Nanotech

Silicon Valley Titan Yuri Milner Bets $100M On Finding Alien Life

Scanning a million nearby stars, the 'Breakthrough Listen' project will be the world's biggest hunt for ETs<p>For more than a decade, the giant satellite dishes of the Allen Telescope Array have been trained on the skies, attempting to eavesdrop on alien conversations. Named after Microsoft co-founder …

Universe

Fracking, Quakes, and Drinking Water: Your Questions Answered

We answer reader questions about the controversial method of extracting oil and gas known as hydraulic fracturing.<p>Does it really cause earthquakes? What about the impact on drinking water? These and other questions, including one about dinosaurs, surfaced when we asked what you want to know about …

Do You Have A Mellow Music Brain Or An Intense One?

Cognitive style linked to preference in pop music<p>You truly believe that Kanye is the best musician on the planet. Is it simply a matter of taste, or is something else going on?<p>Although there’s no doubt that music preferences change over time and are shaped by social factors like what our friends …

Life's big surprises: The Vital Question and Life's Greatest Secret reviewed

Summer is here and brings for many a welcome opportunity to spend time on the beach immersed in the pages of a good thriller. Well, if you’re off to the coast let me recommend two crackers from the ‘underworld’ of science. Both spin yarns full of unlikely twists and turns about brilliant detective …

Biology

Making contact with alien worlds could make us care more about our own

Stephen Hawking launches $100m search for alien life beyond solar system<p>Read more<p>The scientific search for extraterrestrial civilisations has languished for more than a decade, as the hunt for habitable planets and simpler forms of life has thrived. Nasa’s stunningly successful Kepler mission has …

Universe

Some first results from the new, higher-energy Large Hadron Collider

The European Physical Society High Energy Physics conference is taking place now in Vienna. This is the first big chance for the experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) to show off what they have managed to extract from the new data they have recorded since 3 June, when the LHC restarted …

Physics

2018’s 2nd Blue Moon on March 31

The March 31 Blue Moon is the 2nd Blue Moon of 2018. We haven’t had 2 Blue Moons in a year since 1999 and won’t again until 2037.<p>We had a Blue Moon …

2 Huge Benefits of Photographing in RAW

In the days of film, negatives were converted to photographs by 1) using chemical baths for dipping in the dark room or 2) sending to a photo …

Amazon's new rival Jet.com is the 'Costco of the Internet'

Jet.com has finally taken off, and price battles of epic proportion are just around the corner.<p>Fueled by gobs of venture capital cash and bloated …

eCommerce