Seth Ferrara

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Alan Turing's Final Paper Inspires New Water Filtration Technology

Alan Turing’s last paper may help produce fresh, clean drinking water someday soon. Chemist Zhe Tan of Zhejiang University and her colleagues designed a membrane that filters salt out of water much more efficiently than the ones currently in use. Their method is based on a 66-year-old math paper …

Alan Turing

The Electron Beltway

NASA's Van Allen Probes reveal how electrons move through the radiation belts that surround Earth.<p>Two doughnut-shaped regions of charged particles …

Astronomy

BREAKING: Scientists Have Confirmed a New DNA Structure Inside Human Cells

It's not just the double helix!<p>For the first time, scientists have identified the existence of a new DNA structure never before seen in living …

Genetics

Move Over, Double Helix: A New Form of DNA Has Just Been Discovered

This is the first time it's ever been seen in a living cell.<p>When we learn about human genetics in high school biology class, one of the most basic …

Genetics

Scientists use graphene to squeeze light to just one atom thick paving the way for tiny switches and sensors

Breakthrough in light compression heralds dawn of a new age of technological possibilities<p>Graphene is regarded as one of the ultimate materials we …

Nanotech

Ultra-Cold Atoms Recreate the Expanding Universe in Tabletop Experiment

Eerie similarities unite vastly different scientific ideas in sometimes utterly surprising ways. One of these similarities may have allowed …

Physics

Trouble Detected in Infamous Dark Matter Signal

For 20 years, an experiment in Italy known as DAMA has detected an oscillating signal that could be coming from dark matter—the fog of invisible …

Dark Matter

Microsoft built its own custom Linux kernel for its new IoT service

At a small press event in San Francisco, Microsoft today announced the launch of a secure end-to-end IoT product that focuses on microcontroller-based devices — the kind of devices that use tiny and relatively low-powered microcontrollers (MCUs) for basic control or connectivity features. …

Linux

This Famous Luxury Train Has Announced Amazing New Vacation Packages for 2019

Looking to visit Canada on an upcoming vacation? Our vote is to see the country's majestic landscapes by train, aboard the Rocky Mountaineer. The …

Country Lifestyle

Mathematicians Explore Mirror Link Between Two Geometric Worlds

Decades after physicists happened upon a stunning mathematical coincidence, researchers are getting close to understanding the link between two …

Scientists Identify Protein That Could Let Birds See Magnetic Fields

Birds probably know quantum physics better than many humans—it just comes to them innately.<p>To help them navigate long distances across the globe, …

Scientists report first results from neutrino mountain experiment

This week, an international team of physicists, including researchers at MIT, is reporting the first results from an underground experiment designed …

Physics

Newly-discovered human organ may help explain how cancer spreads

A newly discovered network of fluid-filled channels in the human body may be a previously-unknown organ, and it seems to help transport cancer cells …

This New Study Suggests Time Did Actually Exist Before The Big Bang

So... is physics broken or not?<p>According to a straightforward interpretation of general relativity, the Big Bang wasn't the start of …

Physics

Ancient Stars in the Milky Way Prove a Dark Matter Theory Wrong

While the Milky Way might be our home in the universe, there is still an unfathomable amount of mysteries about our stellar neighborhood left to …

Scientists say the dream of unlimited clean energy is about to come true

In just 15 years, the U.S. will be producing unlimited amounts of nearly free, completely green energy. Not only would such an energy holy grail mean the end of humanity’s dependence on expensive fossil fuels, it would also be a panacea for climate change.<p>Amazingly, this is not a science fiction. …

Energy

Why isn't thorium used for nuclear power?

Although in many ways thorium would be a better radioactive element to use for nuclear power, it's also more difficult to weaponise than …

This machine can solve a Rubik's Cube faster than you can blink

Humans may have gotten pretty adept at solving Rubik's Cubes, but as usual, the machines are coming for us! This machine, invented by Ben Katz and …

Scientists found a new type of water in diamonds, holy crap

Scientists have found a new type of water known as Ice-VII from diamonds deep in the Earth's crust. This type of ice is about 1.5 times as dense as …

Regulate Weapons Like We Do in the Military, Says an Army Officer

For the list of previous entries in this series, please see the index at the end of the post. But: if you’re revving up to send me a note explaining what kind of ammunition the AR-15 uses, and how it is similar to (and different from) the military’s M-16 (and so on), please first at least look at …

Fish oil during pregnancy slashes risk of child food allergies - new study

Taking fish oil during pregnancy cuts the risk of some child allergies by nearly a third, a Government study suggests.<p>A daily fish oil capsule taken after the 20th week of pregnancy and for the first three or four months of breastfeeding cut the chances of a child developing an egg allergy by 30 …

How much mass does the W boson have?

And why it matters<p>Whenever I describe the fundamental forces to an audience that does not entirely consist of other particle physicists (happens more often that you might think), it is the weak force that causes trouble.<p>Electromagnetism holds atoms together (amongst other fun stuff), the strong …

Physics

Parkland Student Emma Gonzalez Delivered a Chilling, Powerful Speech About Gun Control

Everyone should read this.<p>America was rocked by yet another mass shooting last week when a gunman entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school in Parkland, Florida and killed 17 people. Today, Emma Gonzalez, a senior at the school, spoke at a gun control rally in Fort Lauderdale and her rousing …

Physicists have made the second-ever observation of interacting photons

Strange Photons<p>Those of us who grew up watching Luke and Leia on screen have probably wondered at one point or another why we don’t have lightsabers. …

Scientists Discover Fundamental Property of Light

And here's how we can harness it.<p><i>This article was written by Clive Emary from the University of Hull, and was originally published by The</i> …

40 Tweets That Sum Up Life With 4-Year-Olds

"Hell hath no fury like a 4yo whose apple slices are on the wrong side of the plate."<p>Life with a 4-year-old is no cakewalk.<p>They may be out of the “terrible twos” and beyond the “threenager” phase, but there’s still plenty of angst and chaos to go around.<p>Fortunately, there’s humor too. We’ve rounded …

What makes kids picky eaters — and what may help them get over it

Tips you can use to help raise kids who aren’t afraid of food.<p>Some kids are happy to snack on carrots, raw peppers and hummus, while other kids would be happy to follow a carb-based “white” diet of pasta, rice and bread.<p>Why are some kids so fussy about food? It turns out there a dizzying number of …

Kids

Researchers who made praying mantises wear glasses discover a new type of vision

Praying mantises do not perceive the world as you and I do. For starters, they're not very brainy — they're insects. A human brain has 85 billion neurons; insects such as mantises have fewer than a million. But mantises, despite their neuronal drought, have devised a way to see in three …

Nature

Physicists Spot Evidence of 'Odderon' First Predicted in the 1970s

Scientists have uncovered some preliminary evidence for a nuclear physics effect first predicted back in the 1970s. The physics universe you’re about …

Uniview's Virtual Tour to the Edge of the Known Universe Is Terrifying

Travel safely, space nerds.<p>As the universe is unimaginably expansive and constantly growing, there’s pretty much no chance we everyday Earthlings …