Rishi Patel

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Has physics cried wolf too often? | Jon Butterworth | Life & Physics

Mistakes are embarrassing, and getting over-excited about a statisitical anomaly is silly. But these things happen, and the answer to building public confidence in science is not to pretend that they don’t<p>Last week I wrote about a possible signal for exciting new physics, seen in data from the two …

Solar energy revolution: Past point of no return

When the SunShot Initiative was launched by the U.S. Department of Energy in 2011, even I thought it was a little crazy to think the goal of $1-per-watt solar energy was within reach. In this article from April 2011, I said that $1 per watt by 2017 had a "fighting chance" at best, but it was a long …

Solar Power

Nasa scientists work to revive Pluto-bound spacecraft after glitch

New Horizons craft suffered malfunction – which triggered an 81-minute break in radio communications – just nine days before it was due to fly past Pluto<p>Nasa scientists were working on Sunday to revive the New Horizons spacecraft, after it suffered a computer malfunction just nine days before it …

Solar System

Game of Thrones keyboard app lets you troll your friends with hundreds of quotes

If you’re missing Game of Thrones since its fifth season finale, this new app – Game of Quotes – might help fill the void.<p>The keyboard app for iOS devices comes preloaded with hundreds of quotes from the good folk of Westeros right back as far as the first episode. Once activated, you can send …

"The US Needs War Every 4 Years To Maintain Economic Growth"

"This is not a secret," explains Kris Roman, director of geopolitical research center Euro-Rus, <b>"The whole [US] economy is built on the military</b> …

Pluto-Bound New Horizons Probe Is Getting Back to Normal After Glitch

NASA says scientists are planning to return the New Horizons probe to normal science operations on Tuesday, a week before its historic Pluto flyby, after figuring out what caused a weekend glitch that briefly knocked it out of contact with Earth.<p>"I'm pleased that our mission team quickly identified …

Squid skin could help make color-changing gadgets

Not happy with the color of your clothes and devices? Eventually, you might get to change those hues on a whim. UC Santa Barbara researchers have discovered that the color-changing California market squid (aka opalescent inshore squid) manages its optical magic thanks to the presences of protein …

Cities' food supplies are eating into groundwater reserves, study finds

Groundwater in America's major aquifers is being used up way faster than it's being replenished. But where does all that water go?<p>A lot of it is used in producing food for the nation's city dwellers, a new study calculates.<p>Rather than try to figure out how much water farmers use in comparison with …

Rats Taught to Detect Land Mines in Cambodia

Africa

Student Develops An Ingenious Building Material That Shapeshifts In Response To Rain

Chao Chen, a product design student at RCA, created a water-reacting laminate that can open when it’s sunny and close when it rains.<p>When Chao Chen had to conduct a materials study during his second term at the Royal College of Art, he found inspiration while walking through London’s Hyde Park on a …

Hyde Park

Floating plasma display makes fairies a reality

See that teensy Tinkerbell-shaped light above? That's not CGI -- that's a real floating display, and it's completely touchable too. Mid-air plasma displays aren't that prolific yet, but they're not exactly new either. However, floating lights created using existing techniques can usually burn skin, …