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New data that fundamental physics constants underlie life-enabling universe

For nearly half a century, theoretical physicists have made a series of discoveries that certain constants in fundamental physics seem …

Google Search Will Be Your Next Brain – Backchannel – Medium

“I need to know a bit about your background,” says Geoffrey Hinton. “Did you get a science degree?”<p>Hinton, a sinewy, dry-witted Englishman by way of …

Artificial Intelligence

Binary pulsar gives up secrets, then disappears

Scientists measure the space-time warp in the gravity of a binary star and find the mass of a fast-spinning pulsar — just before the pulsar …

Chimeric Mice With Implanted Human Brain Cells Much Smarter Than Average

<b>Mice have been created whose brains are made up of half human cells. These animals are much smarter than their siblings.</b> <b>The idea is not to create a</b> …

Top 12 Most Mind-Bending Illusions in 2014

Over the past few years we've seen some truly mind-bending illusions (2012, 2011). It's now that time of year again when we look back and show you the best ones of 2014. What distorted our senses and changed our perception of reality? This year, we saw a lot of street art works that pushed creative …

Study says gravity and Higgs boson interacted to save the universe

One second after the Big Bang, the Higgs boson should have caused a Big Crunch, collapsing the universe to nothing. But gravity saved the day.<p>Since …

Earth 2.0: Where Are The Habitable Worlds Of 'Interstellar'?

Don’t pack your bags yet<p>In the upcoming film, <i>Interstellar</i>, a group of heroes blasts off from a dying Earth to search for a new home for humanity. For reasons that aren’t explained in the trailer, the solar system (including Mars) apparently cannot help. Instead, the extraplanetary explorers must …

New drone photos show killer whales’ beautiful choreography

Scientists from the US government’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), working with a team from the Vancouver Aquarium, have for the first time used drones to photograph killer whales—and the results are stunning.<p>The remote-controlled hexacopter, mounted with a high-resolution …

Largest-yet study describes near-death experiences

Tunnels ending in light, your life flashing before you, out-of-body sensations. Near-death experiences merit further study without prejudice, these …

Step toward artificial hand with a sense of touch

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists are moving closer to an artificial hand that can feel: Implanted electrodes allowed some amputees to tell by touch how …

Bacteria in space could help create new vaccines - CNN.com

One challenge for astronauts is keeping well nourished and free of infection, especially on long-duration manned missions.<p>HIDE CAPTION<p>Staying healthy in space<p>Life support<p>Breeding bacteria<p>Spirulina<p>Super germs<p>Space Salmonella<p>Super food?<p><i>Editor's note: Since originally publishing this story, we have</i> …

APOD: A Full Circle Rainbow over Australia (2014 Sep 30) Image Credit & Copyright: Colin Leonhardt (Birdseye View Photography) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140930.html Explanation: Have you ever seen an entire rainbow? From the ground, typically, only the top portion of a rainbow is visible because directions toward the ground have fewer raindrops. From the air, though, the entire 360 degree circle of a rainbow is more commonly visible. Pictured here, a full circle rainbow was captured over Cottesloe Beach near Perth, Australia last year by a helicopter flying between a setting sun and a downpour. An observer-dependent phenomenon primarily caused by the internal reflection of sunlight by raindrops, the 84-degree diameter rainbow followed the helicopter, intact, for about 5 kilometers. As a bonus, a second rainbow that was more faint and color-reversed was visible outside the first. http://www.birdseyeviewphotography.com.au Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140930 #APOD

Physicists Have Developed an Ultra-Fast Laser That Could Drastically Speed Up Our Internet

The record-breaking lasers were created by physicists from Imperial College London in the UK and the Friedrich Schiller University Jena in Germany, …

A Doctor Unlocks Mysteries Of The Brain By Talking And Watching

The heavyset man with a bandage on his throat is having trouble repeating a phrase. "No ifs ..." he says to the medical students and doctors around his bed at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.<p>"Can I hear you say no ifs, ands or buts?" says Dr. Allan Ropper, the Harvard neurologist in charge. …

The World’s First Genetically Modified Babies Will Graduate High School This Year

Remember the sci-fi thriller GATTACA? For those who never saw the film and/or eschewed all pop culture in the late 90’s for some reason, it was a popular movie that came out in 1997 about genetically modified human beings. Now some literally genetically modified human babies born that same year are …

D-Wave CEO: Our Next Quantum Processor Will Make Computer Science History (Video)

In a joint interview, D-Wave's Vern Brownell and DFJ's Steve Jurvetson discuss the weird world of quantum computing.<p>Things get weird at the atomic scale.<p>The rules of classical physics governing the objects we can see and touch break down. Particles can occupy two places at once or connect across …

Dream Machine

The mind-expanding world of quantum computing.<p>On the outskirts of Oxford lives a brilliant and distressingly thin physicist named David Deutsch, who believes in multiple universes and has conceived of an as yet unbuildable computer to test their existence. His books have titles of colossal …

DARPA working on portable and ruggedized artificial "biospleen" to fight sepsis

Today, when we think of the dangers of the battlefield, we think of wounds caused by bullets, bombs, and other weapons. But as late as the Spanish …

This Bizarre Organism Builds Itself a New Genome Every Time It Has Sex

<i>Oxytricha trifallax</i> lives in ponds all over the world. Under an electron microscope it looks like a football adorned with tassels. The tiny fringes …

Scientists Say They've Created A Freaky New Form Of Light

It's easy to shine light <i>through</i> a crystal, but researchers at Princeton University are turning light <i>into</i> crystals--essentially creating "solid light."<p>"It's something that we have never seen before," Dr. Andrew Houck, associate professor of electrical engineering and one of the researchers, said in …

The animal that never gets cancer

The naked mole rat may not be pretty, but it doesn't feel pain, get dementia, osteoporosis, or cancer. Dr Karl gets under the skin of this very …

Why Peter Thiel Pays Students To Drop Out Of School

Dream investor Peter Thiel is giving budding scientists a financial leg up, but with a controversial twist.<p>Four years ago, billionaire entrepreneur Peter Thiel announced the Thiel Fellowship, a two-year start-up accelerator for young science and tech prodigies. The program awards 20 kids under age …

The Helmet That Could Change Football

It's flexible, but it can really take a beating.<p>For decades, football players have worn rigid, unyielding helmets that protected the skull but did little to prevent concussions. To address this shortcoming, Riddell built a smarter helmet. Available to NFL and college teams, and soon youth and high …

No, Your IQ is Not Fixed for Life (Op-Ed)

<i>This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Live Science's</i> Expert Voices: Op-Ed & …

In the 1950s a group of pioneering psychiatrists showed that hallucinogenic drugs had therapeutic potential, but the research was halted as part of the backlash against the hippy counterculture.<p>On 5th May, 1953, the novelist Aldous Huxley dissolved four-tenths of a gram of mescaline in a glass of …

Will Genetic Alterations Modify Human Society?

<i>“Keep in mind, this child is still you. Simply, the best, of you. You could conceive naturally a thousand times and never get such a result.”</i> – Fictional geneticist in the 1997 film Gattaca.<p>As a side effect of science fiction novels, many of us find ourselves with an outlook of the future that’s …

Dead and Alive: Quantum Quirk Sheds Light on Schroedinger's Cat

By sending green, red and yellow laser beams down a path to a detector, researchers have shed light on the famous physics idea known as the "Schrödinger's cat" thought experiment.<p>Schrödinger's cat involves picturing a cat, in a box, with a vial of poison that can kill the cat if it opens. Over any …

Quantum Physics

Google Can Now Delete Your Past -- But How Much Should Be Erased?

Do people have a right to be forgotten?<p>In the late 1990s, Mario Costeja González ran into financial trouble and a bank foreclosed on his house in Spain. Eventually he put the situation behind him, but more than a decade later, newspaper notices of the subsequent auction still popped up in Web …