Michael Trautmann

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The Science Of Why No One Can Agree On The Color Of That Dress

Color constancy makes it perfectly ambiguous to the brain<p>Over the past 24 hours, Internet users have been locked in an intense, friendship-ending debate… over a dress. A horribly blown out image shows a formal dress that is bright blue with black lace, yet thousands swear that they see the dress as …

The Brain

Behind the scenes of Otherlab & its soft robots, exoskeletons & intestine tanks

In the 1890s, a former gold miner and inventor set up shop in a building on 19th Street in San Francisco to manufacture a next-generation ultra …

Carl Djerassi obituary

Medical research,People in science,Science,Health,Contraception and family planning,Society,Books,Health, mind and body<p>Pioneer of the birth control pill who also developed antihistamines<p>Carl Djerassi, who has died aged 91, was known as the father of the birth control pill. He was also one of the …

3D-printed heart helps save toddler's life

Surgeons use a 3D-printed copy of a two-year-old's heart to help plan a life-saving operation<p>A doctor at King's College London has helped develop a <b>3D-printing technique</b> to help surgeons to have a clearer idea of what to expect when they operate.<p>Dr Tarique Hussain used a 3D-printer to create a …

Astronomers discover oldest known Earth-sized planets yet

When our sun and planets were born, the Kepler-444 system was already older than our solar system is now.<p>Ancient galactic civilizations have been a …

Universe

Amateur astronomers spot ‘yellowballs’ in space

Four years ago, a citizen scientist helping the Milky Way Project study Spitzer Space Telescope images for the telltale bubble patterns of star …

Six different scans can ‘see’ this nanoparticle

Six different medical imaging techniques can detect a new type of nanoparticle. This means that, in the future, patients could receive a single …

As Dawn spacecraft closes in on Ceres, things start to look 'rough'

Eat your heart out, Hubble! NASA's Dawn spacecraft is in the home stretch of its journey to Ceres and has snapped the best images yet of the dwarf planet. Grainy as they are, the new views of the 590-mile-wide world are already turning up unexpected features on the surface.<p>"What we expect at Ceres …

Astronomy

An Underwater Volcano Just Created A New Island

Easy come, easy go<p>There’s a new island in the Pacific Ocean, thanks to an underwater volcano eruption that’s been going on for the past month.<p>The new island is in the Tonga archipelago--a group of islands southeast of Fiji. Scientists discovered it on January 16, about a month into the volcano’s …

Geology

Astronomers watch black hole choke on a star ‘blob’

A five-year analysis of an event captured first by a tiny telescope at McDonald Observatory and followed up by telescopes on the ground and in space …

Why we need satire when times are tough

Satire isn’t just entertainment, according to the authors of a new book. It’s a vital function of democratic society and a way to broach taboo …

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 …

The asteroid that flew by Earth yesterday has its own moon

Yesterday, the mountain-sized asteroid 2004 BL86 zipped right by Earth—the closest that one of that size will come to us until 2027. Today, NASA released radar images it took of the flying space rock, which revealed that another (smaller) flying space rock is orbiting it: Its very own moon.<p>The …

Asteroids

Google X partners with drug maker to research multiple sclerosis

Google's ambitious research lab, Google X, is teaming up with the pharmaceutical company Biogen Idec to study the progression of multiple sclerosis and why it differs between patients. According to <i>Bloomberg</i>, the partnership is expected to last multiple years and will have Google analyzing data from …

These rings are 200 times bigger than Saturn’s

Scientists have discovered what appears to be a young giant exoplanet with an enormous ring system—much larger and heavier than the system around …

A New Way to Explode a Star?

Science & InnovationNo Place Like Home<p>Among the most contentious unsolved mysteries in astronomy is the question of how, exactly, a white dwarf star explodes. Now, as described at the American Astronomical Society’s winter meeting, a team of scientists has come up with an idea that just might solve …

'Super Saturn' Exoplanet Has Massive Rings

Houston, we have a ringer<p>The rings of Saturn are one of our most instantly recognizable images of outer space, but those beautiful rings of rock and dust now have some competition. In a paper that was recently accepted for publication in <i>Astrophysical Journal</i>, scientists from Leiden Observatory in …

Astronomy

The Most WTF Things We Saw At CES 2015

The nopes, huhs, whyyys, and wtfs of the Consumer Electronics Show<p>The International Consumer Electronics Show is an incredible event, showcasing some astoundingly innovative technologies each year. It’s also a place where a lot of weird stuff happens. While scouring the showroom floors at this …

CES

New Super-Strong, Self-Healing, Infinitely Recyclable Polymers Will Change How We Make Things

The ability to selectively recycle a structural component of a material could have an especially significant impact in the semiconductor and advanced …

Nanotech

Want To Make $1 Billion? Just Solve One Of These Huge Tech Problems

There's a lot of room for improvement when it comes to things like artificial intelligence, mobile payments, internet speeds, and even how we think and communicate.<p>So here's our list of the ten biggest problems in tech right now. Solve one of these, and you're on your way to billions.

Artificial Intelligence

The Founder Of Sam Adams Has A Trick For Drinking A Lot Without Getting Drunk — Here's The Science Behind It

In it, he revealed his secret to binge drinking without getting totally wasted — which seems like a useful tip for the executive of a beer company who might have to do a lot of taste testing. Or if you want to keep your head on at a work function.<p>The secret, Koch told the magazine, is to take …

Alcohol