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Proton's Magnetism Measured With Greatest Precision Yet

In an attempt to solve the mystery of the Universe’s missing antimatter, physicists have achieved the most precise measurement yet of the proton's inherent magnetism.<p>Publishing in Nature on 28 May, a group of researchers has mastered a technique to measure the magnetic moment of a proton — the …

LED scanner safely peeks inside your brain

New brain-scanning technology that shines dozens of tiny LED lights on the head works as well as more traditional methods without radiation exposure …

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The mystery of motion sickness - Rose Eveleth

Although one third of the population suffers from motion sickness, scientists aren’t exactly sure what causes it. Like the common cold, it's a …

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Quantum Teleportation Feat Brings Ultrafast Computer Networks Step Closer To Reality

No one's getting beamed up anytime soon, but teleportation may have taken a big step closer to reality.<p>Researchers at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands say they have succeeded in accurately transferring information from one quantum bit to another quantum bit located 3 meters away -- …

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This Algae Battery Could Power A Tesla With 200X The Charge

In a small lab, near a lake at the edge of West Berkeley, sits the prototype of what could revolutionize battery power as we know it. The secret to this power? Algae.<p>OK, just hang with me here. Lots of research has already been done on algae’s possible power capabilities. Prototype creator Adam …

For the first time in the lab, researchers see stem cells take key step toward development

The gap between stem cell research and regenerative medicine just became a lot narrower, thanks to a new technique that coaxes stem cells, with …

Inside The New Dragon Spacecraft

The Dragon V2 Capsule can carry humans, dock with the ISS, and land on its own.<p>Last night, SpaceX unveiled the Dragon V2 capsule, destined to eventually carry astronauts to the International Space Station.<p>Although the previous version of the Dragon capsule was flightworthy enough to deliver …

Our Best Bet for Colonizing Space May Be Printing Humans on Other Planets

"Maybe we will colonize other worlds not with astronauts in space suits, but with bacteria," says NASA's lead engineer on the Curiosity Rover mission.<p>Assuming human deep space travel turns out to be not just incredibly dangerous, but perhaps "crazy idiotic" and "laughable," as Harvard biologist …

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MIT researchers want to develop robots that you bake to build

MIT researchers are currently working what they see as the next phase of robotics: bakable robots. In two recently released papers, the scientists outline how specially designed, self-folding components could be produced using 3D printers, which could then be baked in order to form working robot …

New Books Party: books received this week

Below the jump, I mention the books that I received recently. They are gifts, review copies that arrived in the mail, or books that I purchased. These are the books that I may review in more depth later, either here or in print somewhere in the world.<p>When I get new books, I like to share them with …

The Earth's Gravity Is Pulling So Hard At The Moon, It's Bulging

Everyone knows that the power of the Moon’s gravity is what moves the oceans’ tides here on Earth, but that’s not all the gravitational tug-of-war between the two celestial bodies is doing.<p>The force between the two is so strong that each sphere is ever so slightly pulling the other into a lopsided …

Virgin Galactic Gets FAA Approval, Hopes to Start Space Tourism by End of 2014

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Virgin Galactic has signed a deal with the FAA that will formally allow them to charter space …