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Scientists design a collider that turns light into matter

We could see physical matter created out of nothing but light within 12 months if a new particle collider works as posited.<p>Ever since the 1960s, when the food synthesiser made its appearance in <i>Star Trek</i>, the idea of a machine that could seemingly make something from nothing has been the kind of …

Physics

Out Of Old Factory, Japanese Company Sells... High-Tech Lettuce

Not your typical product from an electronics firm<p>In an empty space in its former factory in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, electronics-maker Fujitsu is now developing an unusual product: lettuce. Grown in a clean room, the lettuce has been engineered to contain low amounts of potassium. The growing …

#BringBackOurGirls: A Call to Action

New York City, NY -- This Tuesday, May 6th at 12pm EST, Girl Rising and Amy Poehler's Smart Girls initiative will be co-organizing a "Call to Action" …

Quantum Dot Technology Could Lead To Solar Panel Windows

Researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory and the University of Milano-Bicocca have designed and synthesized a new generation of quantum dots …

Kill Switches Will Save Your Smartphone

With smartphone theft on the rise, we need remote-wipe features more than ever<p>On an otherwise ordinary Saturday, someone grabbed Kristine Swartz’s iPhone from her gym locker. At first she was annoyed—phones are expensive and filing a police report takes time, with little hope of recovery—but then …

New super-heavy Element 117 confirmed by scientists

Atoms of a new super-heavy element the as-yet-unnamed element 117 have reportedly been created by scientists in Germany, moving it closer to being officially recognized as part of the standard periodic table.<p>Researchers at the GSI Helmholtz Center for Heavy Ion Research, an accelerator laboratory …

Scientists closer to turning human skin cells into sperm cells

Scientists at Stanford University have successfully managed to reprogram human skin cells and turn them into sperm cell precursors. Their findings, published in the journal <i>Cell Reports</i>, show that skin cells of infertile men can be changed into stem cells and take on the characteristics of …

Scientists uncover a secret of aging: Young blood helps restore elderly mice

A group of studies focused on properties of blood linked to rejuvenation, and human clinical trials are coming soon<p>Three studies, two from Harvard and one from Stanford, track the miraculous ability of young blood to rejuvenate both mental and physical abilities in aging mice. Harvard reported …

Scientists create sensor for night vision contact lenses

It may seem like the stuff from spy and superhero movies but scientists have created "the <i>first</i> room-temperature light detector that can sense the …

Cancer 'drove black skin evolution'

Scientists believe dark skins appeared more than a million years ago to prevent our African ancestors dying from skin cancer<p>Cancer may have driven the evolution of black skin early in human history, a study suggests.<p>Scientists believe dark skins appeared more than a million years ago to prevent our …

FDA examines the science of making babies from three parents' embryos

Experimental procedure could prevent inheritable diseases, but ethical concerns loom large<p>The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week began discussions over whether it should allow testing of a controversial procedure that would create babies from the DNA of three people. As the Associated …

25 Times Everyone Was BAFFLED, According To The Daily Mail

Thank you for bringing these incidents to our attention, BY DAILY MAIL REPORTER.<p>1) "The chemistry flops: Pupils baffled by O-level exams from the Sixties"<p>2) "The Chinese mummy that aged 300 years in a day: Experts baffled by 'perfectly preserved' body that turned BLACK just hours after its coffin …

Paranormal

The Science of Stupid: Galileo is Rolling Over in His Grave

So here’s a fine howdy-do for Galileo Galilei: Exactly one day—<i>one flipping day</i>—after the great man’s 450th birthday, on Feb. 15, 2014, a study by …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day for February 2014

Author: Wired Science Staff<p>06:30 am<p>Follow Space Photo of the Day on TwitterThe 2013 WIRED Space Photo of the Day GalleryThe 2012 WIRED Space Photo of …

Can Of Ravioli Eaten By Lava In Elaborate Work Of Art

A visual tone poem that will move you<p>Do you remember when that can of Coke got swallowed by lava? Forget everything you knew about that Coke can. It's dead to you. Rogue YouTube auteur Lavapix uploaded this video of a can of Chef Boyardee being slowly consumed, and the account's disparate …

Terrence Malick

The Week In Numbers: The Oldest Star In The Universe, Gaming For Science, And More

<b>90 minutes</b>: the time it takes to make your own light-up Valentine's Day card using conductive ink<p><b>13 billion years</b>: the age of the oldest known star in the universe<p><b>14,000 tons</b>: the mass of Fermilab's unfinished, 500-mile-long neutrino detector, which saw its first particles this week<p><b>73 percent</b>: the …

Modern Genes Reveal 100 Major Population Shifts In Human History

Wherever conquerors go, they leave a little bit of their genetics. Gene analyses of modern people are able to reveal those influences.<p><i>Spread of Mongol Empire. Astrokey44 on Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0</i><p>Violence and love, conquest and assimilation, they're all in your DNA. Literally. As human …

Americans surveyed: misunderstood, misrepresented or ignorant?

Following the results of the poll suggesting a quarter of Americans do not know the Earth circles the Sun, we look at some other examples of surprising US survey results<p>When <b>Newsweek</b>set 1,000 <b>Americans</b> the challenge of completing their country’s citizenship test, 29 percent could not name the current …

Why Silicon Valley wants to hack the food industry

Can you make mayonnaise without eggs or meat without killing? Tech firms and investors believe they can transform food the way Apple changed phones<p>We stood in an airy San Francisco warehouse, staring at two plastic cups of gleaming mayonnaise. A golden retriever snored lightly in a patch of …