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Physicists control electrons at femtosecond timescales

When you shine a light on a conducting surface like silicon or graphene, that light jump-starts certain electrons into high-energy states and kicks …

This is the flying car the FAA has approved for test flights in US airspace

We've all been waiting for a flying car to finally arrive since "The Jetson's."<p>The Federal Aviation Administration just approved test flights for …

'Real Burning Lightsaber' Created Using Chemistry

A little methanol here, a little butane there....<p>With Star Wars: The Force Awakens now in theaters, nearly everyone's getting into the Star Wars …

A replacement for diamonds? Scientists discover Q-carbon

Scientists have discovered a new method for manufacturing diamonds.<p>The process of making a diamond is nothing short of laborious.<p>Made from a highly …

A Harvard scientist who's studied coffee for 20 years explains why the drink is amazing

Dr. Frank Hu just finished a 20-year study on the effects of coffee on the human body. People who drink more coffee it turns out, live longer.<p>Specifically, Hu's study found that coffee-drinkers have lower risks of cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases, as well as suicide.<p>The research began …

Physicists mimic quantum entanglement with laser pointer to double data speeds

In a classic eureka moment, a team of physicists led by The City College of New York and including Herriot-Watt University and Corning Incorporated …

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The Science Of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.: What Is Quantum Harmonic Oscillation?

Over on Twitter last week, I had a slightly odd question directed my way:<p>The hashtag makes clear that this was a reference to the show Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which isn’t something I watch regularly. It seems that in last week’s episode, a particular magic sound was used to activate an …

Feynman's Nobel Year

A Milestone in PhysicsNews Writer: Douglas Smith Caltech physicist and Nobel Laureate Richard Feynman in an undated photograph.Credit: Richard …

Two Black Holes are About to Smash Into Each Other

Three and a half billion light years away in the Virgo constellation, two supermassive black holes are on the verge of smacking into one another. In …

How to Poison a Nuclear Reactor

The most famous disaster in the history of nuclear power was the result of many small problems—but perhaps the most important problem was the …

Watch pumpkins breathe fire, barf molten iron, and levitate thanks to science

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This Is What Happens When You Combine Ferrofluids and Glowsticks

Ferrofluids are cool. Glowsticks are cool. And what happens when you combine them is pretty neat, too.<p>Ferrofluids are liquids that hold tiny …

Real-life 'tractor beam' can levitate objects using sound waves

It may seem straight out of "Star Trek," but it's real: Scientists have created a sonic "tractor beam" that can pull, push and pirouette objects that levitate in thin air.<p>The sonic tractor beam relies on a precisely timed sequence of sound waves that create a region of low pressure that traps tiny …

Meet The Physicist Building A Time Machine To See His Dead Father

"Back to the Future" is one of his favorite films.<p>This is an important day for Ronald L. Mallett, a retired professor of theoretical physics at the University of Connecticut who is trying to invent a machine that will allow him to travel back in time to reunite with his dead father. Of course, this …

Scientists Have Found a Way to Make Red Blood Cells

We generally only hear about blood shortages during a natural disaster, but the truth is that blood banks are often in short supply. That’s a risky …

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Scientists discover the on-off switch for human consciousness deep within the brain - ExtremeTech

By on July 7, 2014 at 7:56 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Researchers at George Washington …

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Ray Kurzweil: In The 2030s, Nanobots In Our Brains Will Make Us 'Godlike'

Once we're cyborgs, he says, we'll be funnier, sexier and more loving.<p>Futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil predicts humans are going to develop emotions and characteristics of higher complexity as a result of connecting their brains to computers.<p>“We’re going to be funnier. We’re going to be sexier. …

Is nuclear fusion about to change our world?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Hey 21st century, where's that nuclear fusion power reactor you promised?<p>Tens of billions of dollars have been spent in the past 60 years, entire careers have been invested, but the ability to produce a commercially viable nuclear fusion reactor remains undemonstrated.<p>After beating our …

Boeing says it created lightest metal ever

Boeing says it's created the lightest metal ever, a microlattice material which it describes as 99.99% air.<p>Weight savings are crucially important in aircraft manufacturing, since a lighter aircraft requires less fuel, which is airlines' largest operating expense.<p>The Boeing 787 Dreamliner was a …

This Edible Water Blob Could Change Hydration Forever

It can be tough to get your recommended daily intake of water, but one innovation is making it easier than ever to keep a bottle, or blob, of H2O on …

Are Those Really Alien Megastructures? How Astronomers Plan To Investigate

There's something weird happening around a faraway star.<p>Skywatchers have noticed something "bizarre" in the data from the planet-hunting Kepler telescope. Located 1,480 light-years away, a star named KIC 8462852 has something big circling around it, and it's not a planet.<p>Usually when a planet …

Brain scans pinpoint individuals from a crowd

Distinctive patterns of neural connectivity also correlate with intelligence.<p>Our brains are wired in such distinctive ways that an individual can be …

Scans Show People Have a Brain 'Fingerprint,' Researchers Say

People appear to have their own individual fingerprint of brain activity, one that might be used to predict the risk of mental illness and see the effects of medical treatment, researchers reported on Monday.<p>The pattern of brain activity is consistent — and the research team at Yale University …

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Gene editing could pave way for pig organ transplants: U.S. study

CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. researchers have used a new gene editing technique to trim away potentially harmful virus genes that have impeded the use of pig organs for transplants in humans.<p>The study, published in the journal Science, expands on capabilities of the genome editing tool known as …

Deleting genes could boost lifespan by 60 per cent, say scientists

The secret of extending life by decades may lie in switching off certain genes, scientists believe, after showing that small genetic tweaks can make organisms live 60 per cent longer.<p>Ten years of research by the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing and the University of Washington has identified …

Hyping The Hyperloop: How A Moonshot Technology Could Become A Reality

In downtown L.A., millions of dollars and hundreds of labor hours are being spent on a technology most people don't believe exists. But as powerful political players start to get involved with the company, traveling just under the speed of sound is getting a little more real.<p>Brogan BamBrogan wants …