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This West Virginia Town Has Gone Radio Silent

Greetings from the Quiet Zone<p>The town of Green Bank, West Virginia, sits at the heart of the National Radio Quiet Zone, where cellphones, Wi-Fi routers, and broadcast antennas are all but absent. For most, it is a throwback to a different era. But for an increasing number of new residents, it is a …

Paul Dirac and poetry

<i>In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in the case of</i> …

Physics

VASIMR Magnetic Plasma Rocket Could Send Humans To Mars In Just 39 Days

As reported by HuffPost Science: A new type of rocket that could send humans to Mars in less than six weeks instead of six months or longer may be …

In Depth

<b>Discovery</b><p>Triton was discovered on Oct. 10, 1846 by British astronomer William Lassell, just 17 days after Neptune itself was …

IBM Tests Mobile Computing Pioneer’s Controversial Brain Algorithms - MIT Technology Review

For more than a decade Jeff Hawkins, founder of mobile computing company Palm, has dedicated his time and fortune to a theory meant to explain the …

NASA Chief Scientist Is Sure We'll Find Alien Life Within 20 Years

The truth is out there<p>NASA is certain: We’re not alone in this universe.<p>Speaking at a public panel on Tuesday in Washington D.C., NASA scientists discussed the likelihood of finding organic life in our solar system. Given the surprising number of oceans residing throughout our celestial home, they …

Wil McCarthy's Quantum Dot books

I've just finished reading two <i>excellent</i> books by Wil McCarthy, a geek science-fiction writer and journo. The first is called Hacking Matter: …

Quantum Physics

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Human circadian rhythms are regulated by an internal biological clock in the brain<p>All animals and plants have a built-in circadian rhythm, which is …

Engineering students extinguish fire with sound

Imagine if all you needed to put out fire was a subwoofer. It's an idea that has been toyed with, theoretically, over the years -- DARPA demonstrated an acoustic extinguisher in 2012, following prior experiments from other researchers. Now, for the first time, a handheld extinguisher exists that …

The beautiful majesty of the Star Trek theme song ... as sung by Will Ferrell

The original <i>Star Trek</i> series was about hope, it was about our need to explore and strive to be the best versions of ourselves we can be. It was an aspiration series about a crew of scientists who wanted to sometimes punch things and would often sleep with green women.<p>Will Ferrell's moving rendition …

Star Trek

NASA’s Hubble, Chandra Find Clues that May Help Identify Dark Matter

Using observations from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers have found that dark matter does not slow down when …

Here's proof tournaments in virtual reality look just as bonkers as you'd imagine

<i>Eve: Valkyrie</i> is one of the most exciting virtual reality games in development right now, and during Fanfest in Iceland CCP organized a quick tournament of the best player-versus-player combatants on both the Serenity and Tranquility tournament. The more formal tournament was later in the day, but …

Virtual Reality

Five New 2015 Video Game Releases Blast onto the Scene

<b>From big-budget studios to a one-woman team in Japan, next year’s games will be full of surprises.</b><p>The world of video games is flourishing, and 2015 …

Ganymede's Liquid Ocean is Really, Really Deep

Last year, NASA announced that Jupiter’s largest moon, Ganymede, <i>may</i> have water underneath the surface. Last week, Hubble scientists essentially …

5G Vs 4G: Will 5G Technology Bring New Dimensions To Wireless?

<b>Building technology that will connect billions of people and things to the internet, and to one another, without wires.</b><p>While much of the world is …

This Tiny Sculpture Is Perched Atop A Human Hair

Fine art at the microscale<p>The world’s smallest human figure, by artist Jonty Hurwitz, is only as tall as a sheet of paper is thick--just 100 microns. To "sculpt" it, he had nanoscientist Stefan Hengsbach direct long-wavelength light through a microscope onto a photosensitive polymer. This produced …

Last Word Archive | New Scientist

23 May 2018<p>When water freezes on the surface of rock, metal, plastic and many other materials, it can be very difficult to remove. What makes the …

Natcore produces first germanium quantum dot-based solar cell

Red Bank NJ (SPX) Feb 24, 2015 - Scientists working with Natcore Technology in the Rice University laboratories of Prof. Andrew Barron, a Natcore …

A Gene for Brain Size

<b>Following the traces of evolution: Max Planck Researchers find a key to the reproduction of brain stem cells.</b><p>About 99 percent of human genes are …

Neuroscience

The Neuroscience of ISIS

The gap is widening between visions of a brilliant future and one of deliberate Apocalyptic destruction.<p><i>This is the first of a series of columns for</i> …

So long, transistor: How the 'memristor' could revolutionize electronics

<b>(CNN) —</b> In 1971, a physicist conceptualized the existence of a fourth fundamental element in the electronic circuit, besides the three that were already in use at the time.<p>His name was Leon Chua and he believed -- for reasons of symmetry -- that an extra component could one day be constructed to …

nanotechnology

'Bejeweled' co-creator has a new studio devoted to 'social' VR

What do you do after co-founding a studio responsible for myriad massive successes? From <i>Bejeweled</i>, to <i>Peggle</i>, to the massively popular <i>Plants vs. Zombies</i>, former PopCap Games co-founder John Vechey left a wake of breakthrough gaming franchises. After 15 years, he took a brief break. And now, five …

Virtual Reality

What Knot To Do

Knot tying has always been one of those key outdoor skills that even the most experienced survivalist’s often take for granted. Any time outdoors can …

How 40,000 Tons of Cosmic Dust Falling to Earth Affects You and Me

Book Talk<p>Our bodies are made of remnants of stars and massive explosions in the galaxies, authors say.<p>Astrophysics and medical pathology don't, at first sight, appear to have much in common. What do sunspots have to do with liver spots? How does the big bang connect with cystic …

Stanford University

In the quantum world, the future affects the past

By Diana Lutz<p>An experiment shows that hindsight and foresight together more accurately “predict” a quantum system’s state than foresight alone.<p>We’re …

"The Big Bang was a Mirage from a Collapsing Higher-Dimensional Star" (Week's Most Popular)

The event horizon of a black hole — the point of no return for anything that falls in — is a spherical surface. In a higher-dimensional universe, a …

Has Next Tuesday Already Happened?

Why is next Tuesday different from Amsterdam's Central Station?<p>Next Tuesday is off in the future. It hasn't happened yet, and you can't say what it's going to look like. Maybe it will be like today. No big deal. But maybe you'll get hit by a falling meteor on Monday and be in the intensive care …