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Researchers recreate a brain, piece by piece

Researchers at the University of Tokyo have created a method for growing and connecting single neurons using geometric patterns to route the neurons more precisely, cell by cell.<p>The article, “Assembly and Connection of Micropatterned Single Neurons for Neuronal Network Formation,” appeared in …

Neuroscience

Scientists find secret behind sweet sound of Stradivarius violins

The violins made by the Italian masters Andrea Amati and Antonio Stradivari are celebrated as the finest ever made, but the secret behind their perfect sound has mystified experts for centuries.<p>Now scientists in Taiwan believe they have hit on an answer. Using software normally reserved for speech …

Guitar

Fukushima nuclear disaster from a foreign perspective: German film was shot inside exclusion zone | Post Magazine | South China Morning Post

There have been numerous responses by Japanese artists and filmmakers to the earthquake that hit Japan in 2011 and the subsequent tsunami. By …

Hong Kong

10 great anime films of the 21st century

Japanimation is celebrated at BFI Southbank throughout May 2018<p>Over the course of the past two decades, anime has continued to shake off its …

Anime

Record-breaking paper water purifier operates at near 100% efficiency

Researchers at the University at Buffalo have created a highly efficient device that uses sunlight and black carbon-dipped paper to clean water. The …

Nonprofits

Stem cell biological BREAKTHROUGH as scientists craft embryo without egg or sperm

Scientists have announced a biological breakthrough by growing an embryo without either a sperm or an egg.<p>Using two different types of stem cells, a …

Genetics

‘Fullmetal Alchemist’ Introduces Anime Fans To Real-World Science, Moral Law, And Human Ethics

Discovering the moral, ethical, and scientific principals in 'Fullmetal Alchemist' is an enjoyable and worthwhile endeavor.<p>The universe of <i>Fullmetal</i> …

Manga

Mistletoe Somehow Survives Without Protein Needed by All Other Multicellular Life

Mistletoe might be a nice yuletide decoration, but it’s also a nefarious, parasitic badass that preys upon a series of hosts. Apparently one species …

Biology

A new physics discovery could change the game for quantum computing

From tunneling through impenetrable barriers to being in two places at the same time, the quantum world of atoms and particles is famously bizarre. Yet the strange properties of quantum mechanics are not mathematical quirks—they are real effects that have been seen in laboratories over and over.<p>One …

Quantum Mechanics

The Chilling Story of The 'Demon Core' And The Scientists Who Became Its Victims

Never tickle the dragon's tail.<p>It was August 13, 1945, and the 'demon core' was poised, waiting to be unleashed onto a stunned Japan still reeling in …

Neutrons

‘The Ministry of Time’ Might Just Be The Best Time Travel Show Ever

I have a new TV obsession, and you won’t find it on HBO, ABC, or in the English language. Netflix’s <i>The Ministry of Time</i> (or <i>El Ministerio del Tiempo</i>) …

Streaming

Everything created is predicted by nature: A new video explains the physics of flow

Going with the flow isn’t just the cool thing to do. According to a prominent theory of physics, it’s a rule of evolution that dictates the design of all things and ensures individual survival.<p>The Duke University professor responsible for this theory, Adrian Bejan, received the 2018 Franklin …

Physics

Watch: Haunting video of 3D-printed morphing matter that folds to assemble itself

The future of manufacturing may be in self-assembling materials that can be printed inexpensively and shipped flat<p>It looks like something out of a …

12 Great Fantasy Anime Movies That Aren’t From Studio Ghibli

If you’re looking for some slightly different anime from the far east, you could do a lot worse than these movies... • facebook <br>• twitter <br>• google+ <br>• tumblr …

Anime

The Human Brain Can Create Structures in Up to 11 Dimensions

"We found a world that we had never imagined."<p>Last year, neuroscientists used a classic branch of maths in a totally new way to peer into the …

Arrival, Interstellar, and the Transcendence of Temporality

by Grant Maxwell<p>If you haven’t seen <i>Arrival</i> or <i>Interstellar</i>, I’d advise you to stop reading immediately and go watch them. What I’m about to say will …

How deep learning is about to transform biomedical science

Human induced pluripotent stem cell neurons imaged in phase contrast (gray pixels, left) — currently processed manually with fluorescent labels …

Machine Learning

The way you see color depends on what language you speak

The human eye can physically perceive millions of colors. But we don’t all recognise these colors in the same way.<p>Some people can’t see differences in colors—so called color blindness—due to a defect or absence of the cells in the retina that are sensitive to high levels of light: the cones. But …

Scientists create mutant enzymes that eat plastic bottles

A possible solution to the world's plastic pollution problem was created by accident.<p>Mutants exist and they're helping to save the planet.<p>OK, not <i>those</i> kinds of mutants. But these are equally cool.<p>An international team of scientists has created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drink bottles, …

Polyethyleneterephthalate

Scientists have found a way to mimic human learning using brain chemicals — and it could impact future AI

Scientists believe the introduction of a hormone-like system, such as the one found in the human brain, could give AI the ability to reason and make decisions like people do. Recent research indicates human emotion, to a certain extent, is the byproduct of learning. And that means machines may have …

Learn the Science That Makes Camera Sensors Work

It's easy to take for granted the fact that our camera sensors somehow translate light into digital data that is eventually reconstructed as a …

Solar Panels

'There is no such thing as past or future': physicist Carlo Rovelli on changing how we think about time

What do we know about time? Language tells us that it “passes”, it moves like a great river, inexorably dragging us with it, and, in the end, washes us up on its shore while it continues, unstoppable. Time flows. It moves ever forwards. Or does it? Poets also tell us that time stumbles or creeps or …

Physics

9 “Best SFF of the Year” Anthologies

If you dream of becoming a science fiction writer, it’s extremely important to keep up with the field. A convenient way to do that is to read the …

Science Fiction

This Random Number Generator Could Be The Most Random Ever

Randomness rules the very fabric of reality. So it only makes sense that scientists have figured out how to use nature's randomness as a tool in our …

Hōshi: A Short Documentary on the 1300-Year-Old Hotel Run by the Same Japanese Family for 46 Generations

Hōshi is a ryokan (a Japanese traditional inn) located in Komatsu, Japan, and it holds the distinction of being the second oldest hotel in the world, …

Documentaries

Reading Without Walls: 6 graphic novels to put on your reading list

Tillie Walden, author of <i>On a Sunbeam</i>, recommends a few graphic novels that highlight just how powerful and evocative the medium can be.With the …

Graphic Novels

Travel Bucket List Ideas for a TRUE Adventure Traveler

Adventure travel: noun. A vacation or trip to a natural environment or remote location with the specific purpose of active physical participation and …

Substance that gives birds mysterious power to see Earth’s magnetic field discovered by scientists

The “sixth sense” birds use to visualise Earth’s magnetic field has been demystified, as two teams of scientists claim to have identified the source …

If you can’t explain something in simple terms, you don’t understand it

In the early 1960s, Richard Feynman gave a series of undergraduate lectures that were collected into a book called the Feynman Lectures on Physics. …

Photographer captures wacky Japanese public toilets

<b>(CNN) —</b> Most of us don't visit public bathrooms unless we really need to. Not Hidefumi Nakamura.<p>This Japanese photographer travels the length and breadth of Japan to find the country's quirkiest public toilets -- and snaps them for his increasingly popular Instagram account, @toilets_a_go_go.<p>From …

Japan