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Universal Method to Sort Complex Information Found

The nearest neighbor problem asks where a new point fits in to an existing data set. A few researchers set out to prove that there was no universal …

Mathematics

Heavy rains in Kenya reveal a crack that shows Africa will split into two continents

Heavy rains caused havoc in Kenya in March, collapsing hospital walls, flooding entire neighborhoods, and closing off major highways. The downpour also exposed a fault line that geologists now say is evidence that the African continent will split into two over the next tens of millions of years.<p>The …

Horn of Africa

Researchers Find Source of Strange 'Negative' Gravity

Sound has negative mass, and all around you it's drifting up, up and away — albeit very slowly.<p>That's the conclusion of a paper submitted on July 23 …

Physics

NASA Spotted a Vast, Glowing 'Hydrogen Wall' at the Edge of Our Solar System

There's a "hydrogen wall" at the edge of our solar system, and NASA scientists think their New Horizons spacecraft can see it.<p>That hydrogen wall is …

Space

Meet the Deadly Blue-Ringed Octopus

Blue-Ringed Octopus Facts<p>The blue-ringed octopus is an extremely venomous animal known for the bright, iridescent blue rings it displays when …

Zoology

CRISPR creates new species with single giant chromosome

For at least the last 10 million years every yeast cell of the sort used to make beer or bread has had 16 chromosomes. But now—thanks to CRISPR …

Biology

Video Showing Lizards Holding on for Life Shows Natural Selection in Real Time

All the lizards were safely caught in a net.<p>Over the past decade, climate change has fueled more frequent and more unyielding tropical cyclones. In …

Evolutionary Biology

MDMA Makes Octopuses Want to Mingle, Too

A neuroscientist and a marine biologist got together and decided to give octopuses MDMA. It sounds like a joke, but it really happened, and the …

Zoology

Worms frozen in permafrost for 42,000 years have come back to life and are eating

Scientists have made a discovery that is quite mind-blowing. Roundworms found in the permafrost in two areas of Siberia have come back to life in …

Biology

World-first quantum computer simulation of chemical bonds using trapped ions: Quantum chemistry expected to be one of the first applications of full-scale quantum computers

Quantum chemistry expected to be one of the first applications of full-scale quantum computers<p>Simulation of chemical bonds and reactions is expected …

Quantum Physics

This Is The Fastest Rotor Humans Have Ever Built, And It's Bending Our Understanding of Physics

Mind-boggling.<p>Scientists have created a tiny rotor that rotates at speeds of up to 60 billion revolutions a minute – the fastest-spinning human-made …

Physics

Feynman's Lost Lecture (ft. 3Blue1Brown)

Richard Feynman

NASA Simulation Shows How Europa’s “Fossil Ocean” Rises to the Surface Over Time

In the 1970s, the Jupiter system was explored by a succession of robotic missions, beginning with the <i>Pioneer 10</i> and <i>11</i> missions in 1972/73 and the</i> …

Astronomy

22 Facts To Totally Destroy Your Worldview

Yep, that's what a skull with milk teeth looks like.

How an Octopus Breathes

In a short but fascinating video from the Monterey Aquarium, aquarist Candace Reid-Rose explained by which mechanism octopuses are able to breathe. …

Octopuses

How to Stop the Sound of a Dripping Faucet Instantly, According to Science

It’s tempting to think that the “plink” sound produced by a falling water droplet on a liquid surface is caused by the droplet itself, but new …

Octopus intelligence: Here are 13 of the most frighteningly smart things they can do.

Prepare to meet your match, humans: The otherworldly, intelligent octopus.<p>We've been poking at these wily mini-sea monsters with sticks, shutting …

Meet the AI that IBM Research is teaching to debate human beings

Beating flesh-and-blood chess and Jeopardy champs was one thing. Training Project Debater to sway opinion is a brand new challenge.<p>“Hello, Noa. We meet again. And for the first time in front of a non-IBM audience. I’ve been told it helps to take a deep breath. But unfortunately, I cannot do …

Asteroid with a 13-mile-high mountain is now visible to the naked eye

Look up in nighttime sky anytime between now and July 16, and you just might spy our solar system's brightest asteroid.<p>Vesta, a 326-mile-wide object …

The nautilus’s impressive memory has survived five mass extinctions

But one thing's for sure: This creature of the deep has an incredible memory.<p>Number 51 loves frozen shrimp. The nautilus’ keepers, Brooklyn College professor Jennifer Basil and Ph.D. student Naomi Lewandowski, buy the marine meal from the Target across the street. They keep it frozen, and on a …

The Surprising Reason Why Neutron Stars Don't All Collapse To Form Black Holes

There are few things in the Universe that are as easy to form, in theory, as black holes are. Bring enough mass into a compact volume and it gets more and more difficult to gravitationally escape from it. If you were to gather enough matter in a single spot and let gravitation do its thing, you’d …

Hurricanes are slowing down, and that's very bad news for everyone

Hurricanes and typhoons — the monstrous, destructive storms that bring extreme wind and rain to coasts around the world — are slowing their pace as …

The Reason Why Left-Handed People Exist Is Not What Scientists Thought

And why is it only 10% of us?<p>Left-handed people haven't always been treated well throughout history. They have been persecuted for their disposition, …

How Long Do Tardigrades Live?

Tardigrades are probably the most paradoxical animals on the planet. On the one hand, these microscopic organisms are impossibly cute, seeming like …

1,500 dolphins seen playing with baby humpback in Monterey Bay

When a massive pod of dolphins saw a couple of humpbacks passing through Monterey Bay, they decided to have some fun with the whales.<p>Drone video from overhead shows the dolphins "snout riding" the mother humpback and her calf. That's when dolphins intentionally annoy whales by swimming and …

California fishmonger buys 70-pound octopus to set it free

A fishmonger in central California reportedly purchased a 70-pound octopus so he could release it due to a “culmination of events” in his own life that includes learning about new research into the intelligence of octopus.<p>SanLuisObispo.com reported Tuesday that Giovanni DeGarimore, the owner of …

The Nuclear Battle Between the Earth and Sun

<i>Paul Sutter is an astrophysicist at The Ohio State University and the chief scientist at COSI science center. Sutter is also host of Ask a Spaceman</i> …

Particles

Forget “Earth-Like”—We’ll First Find Aliens on Eyeball Planets - Facts So Romantic

<i>Artist’s conception of a hot Eyeball planet. The permanent day side is sun-baked and dry. The permanent night side is covered with ice. In between</i> …

10 Biggest Unsolved Mysteries About Planet Earth

From the water that covers most of it to the moon that orbits it, here are some bizarre things about our home planet that science still doesn’t …

The Last Days of the Blue-Blood Harvest

Every year, more than 400,000 crabs are bled for the miraculous medical substance that flows through their bodies—now pharmaceutical companies are finally committing to an alternative that doesn't harm animals.<p>Horseshoe crabs are sometimes called “living fossils” because they have been around in …

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