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American and Chinese aircraft could be flying 4,000 miles per hour by 2030

How China and the United States compare in the hypersonic arms race<p>American and Chinese defense giants are moving quickly to reach the edge of space, aiming to launch hypersonic aircraft that can cross continents in under an hour. What exactly does hypersonic mean? Speeds of over Mach 5, or more …

CNN lists Dome of the Rock among 'magnificent structures on the verge of extinction'

The Temple Mount structure makes the number one spot on the list of places to see before they are destroyed.<p>><br>• ><p>Border Police officers patrol Temple …

Temple Mount

X-Rays Reveal A Surprise In This Turtle's Tummy

One of the 10 award-winning science visualizations from the 2015 Vizzies<p>When Ted Kinsman picked up this specimen on the side of the road one spring morning, he was hoping to get a good X-ray image of a snapping turtle. But after he placed the turtle in the X-ray machine, Kinsman was surprised to …

Make a "Magic Number" Grid to Blow Kids' Minds

Here's a bit of old-fashioned math fun, requiring just a pen and a piece of paper. Find a kid (or a coworker with nothing better do) whose birthday …

'Groundhog Day' student trapped in bizarre déjà vu time loop for 8 years

A 23-year-old British man has become the victim one of the strangest cases of déjà vu ever recorded in medical history<p>A student was forced to drop out of university after a bizarre case of chronic déjà vu left him unable to lead a normal life.<p>The 23-year-old even stopped watching TV, listening to …

Why Do Flammable and Inflammable Mean the Same Thing?

Understand the wrong definition of inflammable and you might end up with more than an embarrassing situation while talking to your English …

Leap second: French time lords add one second to 2015

Software companies are bracing themsevles for glitches after the Paris Observatory announced it will add a leap second to 2015<p>The year 2015 will be slightly longer after the Paris Observatory announced it was adding a leap second to clocks this summer.<p>On June 30, dials will read 11:59:60 as clocks …

Brain cell ‘daughters’ inherit this color code

A new way to color-mark individual brain cells could help improve our understanding of how the brain works.<p>In neuroscience research, it’s a challenge …

Weight loss drug fools body into reacting as if it has just eaten

A drug that works like an “imaginary meal” has been developed by US scientists who believe it could help combat soaring rates of obesity.<p>The drug mimics signals that are normally produced at the start of a meal when the body prepares for a fresh intake of food. The signals lead to a cascade of …

10 Paradoxes That Will Boggle Your Mind

A paradox is a statement or problem that either appears to produce two entirely contradictory (yet possible) outcomes, or provides proof for …

Mathematics

Magnetically Levitating Elevators Could Go Up, Down, And Sideways

Elevators: not just for elevating anymore<p>For more than a century, elevators have gone pretty much just up and down. Ever since the first elevator was introduced in 1854, a cable-based design has pulled the elevator car along a single shaft, using steel ropes connected to a counterweight.<p>But now, …

These Pedal-Powered Pod Cars Travel Above City Streets, So You Can Avoid Traffic

Hanging from rails up to 80 feet above the street, the Skysmart system uses a series of personal pods that run on either solar power or pedaling from …

5 Ways Einstein Was a Regular Guy

A new, free digital archive of his personal papers reveals what we all share with the 20th century's greatest mind.<p>Life isn't always easy, even when you're a genius. But what else do you have in common with Albert Einstein?<p>A free archive of the famed physicist's writings released on Friday might …

15 Charts, Graphs, And Maps That Will Shape The Future Of Information

The latest, greatest data visualizations<p>We are awash with data, and it keeps piling up: Some analysts estimate the amount of digital information in the world now doubles every two years. The growing tidal wave will require automation—a shift some have called the Industrial Revolution of data—to …

Invention will help colour blind watch television in more detail

Experts at the University of East Anglia have developed a computer algorithm which enhances areas of red and green on television programmes<p>For colour blind people watching their favourite teams play football, or following a recipe on a cookery programme can be tricky.<p>But that could be about to …

Albert Einstein archive reveals the genius, doubts and loves of scientist

The letter from the 22-year-old Albert Einstein revealed his delight at fathering a daughter, Lieserl, with his sweetheart, former classmate and future wife, Mileva Marić. How the new mother took the missive is less than clear.<p>Posted to her from Berne, Switzerland, on 4 February 1902, the letter …

10 Reasons Our Universe Might Actually Be Virtual Reality

Physical realism is the view that the physical world we see is real and exists by itself, alone. Most people think this is self-evident, but physical …

Playing with fire to shoot a new burning log video

After nearly a decade, it was time. The old fire was still burning, sure, but technological advances meant the flame could be brighter, the sparks a little sparklier. And so in the driving rain, exactly seven weeks before Christmas, a crew of four (plus one mysterious cast member) descended on a …

Do dreams occur in slow motion?

When we dream, does time pass at a different pace? David Robson investigates.<p>When my alarm wakes me up, I’ll often hit the snooze button before returning to the warmth and safety of my duvet for another quick doze. But although what follows can seem like a short dream – perhaps a single …

12 Ways You're Sitting Wrong

Get it right or pay a painful price.<p>Any expert will tell you that sitting too long is a bad idea: When you plop down on your butt, you shorten your hip flexors (the muscles in front of your hips) and overstretch your glutes (the muscles in your butt). If you spend the bulk of your days on your …

The Best Free Workout Videos on YouTube

Now that the holidays are creeping around the corner, you may have to break up with your regularly scheduled sweat sessions, at least temporarily. …

Living Rooms

ISS Astronauts Encase GoPro In Orb Of Floating Water

Because science<p>The brave astronauts of the American, Russian, and European space programs labor over countless research projects and other tasks while aboard the International Space Station to advance the frontier of human knowledge. But sometimes they take breaks to produce super cool videos for …

Breakthrough fibre optic technology can transfer the entire internet in a single glass strand

A new type of fibre optic cable developed by researchers in the US and Netherlands has smashed data transfer records, managing to squeeze 255 …

Harvard cracks DNA storage, crams 700 terabytes of data into a single gram

By on August 17, 2012 at 10:22 am<p>A bioengineer and geneticist at Harvard’s Wyss Institute have successfully stored 5.5 petabits of data — around 700 …

Suspended Animation In Space Travel: What Scientists Still Need To Learn

Human hibernation could be a great way to get to Mars (and beyond), but a few big questions remain.<p>The first astronauts who head off to Mars might make the entire 180-day journey while they’re fast asleep. In a NASA-commissioned study on human stasis, aerospace engineers at SpaceWorks have found …