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Physicists Say They've Created an 'Impossible' New Form of Matter: Supersolids

The most compelling evidence yet that supersolids exist.<p>Our world just got a little stranger, with physicists claiming they've successfully created a …

Scientists Have Grown The World's First Artificial Embryo, And It's Nuts

Building life from scratch.<p>In a world-first experiment, scientists have managed to grow a functional, artificial embryo from scratch, using two types …

Stem Cells

Hard drives of the future could be made of DNA

Scientists have discovered how to fit the maximum amount of data in a single nucleotide.<p>Our data-driven society is churning out more information than traditional storage technology can handle, so scientists are looking for a solution in Nature's hard drive: DNA. A pair of researchers at Columbia …

Genetics

Bizarre metal conducts electricity without heating up

In an apparent contradiction to textbook physics, a metal has been identified that conducts electricity but produces almost no heat in the process. …

The universe may be a giant broken hologram

For decades, scientists have been toying with the idea that our Universe is — or once was — a giant hologram, where the laws of physics require just two dimensions, but everything appears three-dimensional to us.<p>As you can imagine, it's not an easy hypothesis to prove, but physicists say they now …

Holograms

Scientists have confirmed a brand new phase of matter: time crystals

For months now, there's been speculation that researchers might have finally created time crystals — strange crystals that have an atomic structure that repeats not just in space, but in time, putting them in constant oscillation without energy.<p>Now it's official — researchers have just reported in …

Defects explain why Roman concrete was so tough

Computer models of tobermorite, a key element in the superior concrete Romans used in ancient times, suggest how to make modern concrete that’s less …

Police rescue 'frozen' woman who turns out to be mannequin

Police in New York broke a car window to rescue a woman who turned out to be an extremely realistic mannequin.<p>The unusual incident happened Friday morning in the city of Hudson.<p>The Times Union of Albany reports that a caller told police there was an elderly woman "frozen to death" in a parked …

A record-setting ultrarunner says the thing people don't get about 100-mile races is the role of the brain

At mile 90.5 of the 2013 Desert Solstice race in Phoenix, Arizona, Zach Bitter knew he was on track to set the American record for a 100-mile race, but he knew he was pushing his body to the limit. He'd run four hours around a track going one direction, four hours around that same track going the …

Hawking Says 'Don't Bank on the Bomb' and Cambridge Votes to Divest $ 1Billion From Nuclear Weapons

1,000 nuclear weapons are plenty enough to deter any nation from nuking the US, but we're hoarding over 7,000, and a long string of near-misses have highlighted the continuing risk of an accidental nuclear war which could trigger a nuclear winter, potentially killing most people on Earth. Yet …

City Politics

Awesome tips for getting cheap airfares with Google Flights

I'm a hardcore traveler and Google Flights is my tool of choice for figuring out my weird, complex, ever-changing plans.<p>But I know that I've only …

Oscars 2016 videos: Watch the scenes that might win them an Oscar

An Academy Award-winning performance doesn't take place in a single scene, but the right mix of a great acting job plus a steady hand by the director can guide a well-crafted role into that sweetest of spots. Yet often whether a performance is extraordinary or merely good can, in fact, come down to …

How Columbus Said Hello: He Tried Dancing

Science & InnovationCuriously Krulwich<p>What do you do when the Thingy From Elsewhere lands on your front lawn, steps out of its mysterious vehicle and says—um, well, you haven’t the faintest idea what it’s saying. You stare at it and look for signs of niceness (or not-so-niceness). And if it doesn’t …

Steven Spielberg

Congressional committee says NASA’s Mars mission is in critical need of a plan

'We do not have a planned strategy'<p>At a special hearing today, members of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology tore apart NASA's Journey to Mars initiative, claiming the program needs a much more defined plan and clear, achievable milestones to work. Those in attendance also …

The 30 funniest Russian expressions and how to use them

1. The Russians won’t tell you they don’t want to hear something…they’ll say that their ‘ears are wilting’ (Уши вянут).<p>2. The Russians don’t show …

Luxembourg Hopes To Rocket To Front Of Asteroid-Mining Space Race

The government of Luxembourg announced Wednesday that the country will be investing in the as-yet-unrealized industry of asteroid mining.<p>The tiny European country will be funding research into the extraction of minerals from objects in space, working on legal and regulatory frameworks to govern …

Looted 'priceless' ancient treasures from Pompeii found in Swiss storage lock-up

Hundreds of priceless antiquities including fragments of fresco from Pompeii as well as terracotta pots, decorated vases, busts and bas-reliefs were …

Coffee Could Help You Live Longer, Says Harvard

Another study suggests something we all want to believe: drinking coffee is super-healthy.<p>Coffee drinkers might be getting something in their cups …

We’ll never learn more about space unless we build a starship

With a growing number of Earth-like exoplanets discovered in recent years, it is becoming increasingly frustrating that we can’t visit them. After all, our knowledge of the planets in our own solar system would be pretty limited if it weren’t for the space probes we’d sent to explore them.<p>The …

Can Google’s AlphaGo really feel it in its algorithms? | John Naughton

When the game-playing system AlphaGo defeated a master of the Chinese game go five games to nil, its creators could not explain why. Is this a sign of intuitive AI?<p>Last week, researchers at the artificial intelligence company DeepMind, which is now owned by Google, announced an extraordinary …

Artificial Intelligence