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The Year Climate Change Began to Spin Out of Control

Fires ravaged the West, hurricanes battered the East—and still emissions continued to rise.<p>For decades, scientists have warned that climate change …

Wildfires

'Monster' planet discovery stuns scientists

Discovery of 'monster planet' stuns scientists<p>Astronomers have discovered a planet the size of Jupiter orbiting a star that’s only half the size of the sun — a celestial phenomenon that contradicts theories of planet formation.<p>NGTS-1b, a massive, 986-degrees-hot ball of gas revolving around a red …

Universe

Robot performing Japanese funeral rites shows no one's job is safe

When the robot apocalypse comes, robots will be there to say a prayer over your frail human remains, thanks to Japan's Softbank.<p>That's the message …

Japan

A large wildfire has been burning in Greenland for more than a week, and wait, what?!?

If shrubbery and peatlands catch on fire on a sparsely populated island that's synonymous with snow and ice, will anyone notice?<p>The answer, thanks to …

Why Southern Asia will be a complete no-go for backpackers (or anyone else) in the future

Well this is bleak.<p>Parts of Southern Asia might be a hotspot for backpackers nowadays, but the likes of India could become completely inhospitable by the end of the century, warn scientists specialising in climate change.<p>Not only would countries including India, Pakistan and Bangladesh become a …

Tesla's new Solar Roof is actually cheaper than a normal roof

Good news for those who have been eyeing Tesla’s new Solar Roof – the company just announced pricing for its photovoltaic tiles, and they come in at …

Scientists Have Used CRISPR to Edit a Human Embryo in The US For The First Time

Humanity just took a big step forward.<p>Researchers in Portland, Oregon have, for the first time, edited a human embryo in the US.<p>This work adds to the …

Scientists genetically modify a human embryo for the first time

For the first time ever, American scientists have successfully edited the DNA of a human embryo — in the attempt to correct genes that cause …

Neuroreality: The New Reality is Coming. And It's a Brain Computer Interface.

by Kristin Houser July 26, 2017 Virtuality 27602<p>The Virtual World<p>With the release of the Oculus Rift in March 2016, the age of virtual reality (VR) …

AR's future is more than just games, it will change the way we make decisions

According to research by Goldman Sachs, the virtual and augmented reality industry will become a $85 billion market by 2025. However, while a lot of the conversation surrounding VR and AR is focused on gaming and video, a huge part of the market value is being driven from non-entertainment use …

Scientists discover "angel particle" that is its own antiparticle

Every fundamental particle in the universe has an antiparticle, which has the same mass but the opposite charge. If a particle should ever meet its …

Physics

Oil, gas, and coal industries get a shocking amount of funding from the US government, a new report shows

The report, released July 5, is the product of research conducted by Oil Change International, Friends of the Earth, the Sierra Club, and the World Wildlife Fund's European Policy Office. Their goal was to parse out the amount of public financing — defined as grants, equity, loans, guarantees, and …

Fossil Fuels

Scientists Have Uncovered The Atomic Structure of a Key Alzheimer's Protein For The First Time

This is huge.<p>For the first time, scientists have revealed the chemical structure of one of the key markers of Alzheimer's disease, capturing …

Tying loose ends? Gravitational waves could solve string theory, study claims

New paper suggests that the hotly contested physics thesis, which involves the existence of six ‘extra dimensions’, may be settled by cutting-edge laser detectors<p>String theory makes the grand promise of weaving together all of physics into a single sublime framework. The only downside is that …

Physics

This Is How Each Region of the US Will Respond to Climate Change

Climate change is real, and it’s impacting us far beyond just making the planet warmer. Researchers and economists at the Climate Impact Lab have …

Europe’s Deadly Paralysis on Migration

With summer’s warmer weather and calmer seas, tens of thousands of desperate migrants are setting out for Europe from Libya, once again overwhelming the capacity of rescue efforts on the Mediterranean and straining the ability of Italy to cope. Between Jan. 1 and June 21, some 72,000 migrants …

ThermoReal lets you feel heat, cold and even pain in VR and AR

For once, you can get pinched in the virtual world.<p>While some companies are trying to make AR and VR more immersive via haptic feedback, one startup decided to focus on the thermal aspects of the experience. TEGway, a spin-off of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, has created a …

Virtual Reality

This New Gene-Editing Technique Can Spot CRISPR’s Mistakes

Editing The Editor<p>The CRISPR gene-editing tool is already in use by scientists all over the world who are racing to cure deadly diseases by editing …

5 Reasons Virtual Reality Will Survive and Thrive

It will create experiences that enhance our reality, not just let us escape from it.<p>I'm a prisoner, locked away in solitary confinement. I'm an adventurer, navigating through space and time. I'm an observer, looking up at a refugee raft in the Mediterranean. I'm a nine-legged alien, shooting pink …

Climate Change Could Spark Another Great Recession. This Time, It May Be Permanent

Climate change will wreak havoc on the U.S. economy, leading to as much as a 3% decline in national GDP by the end of the 21st century if left …

Scientists can’t rule out collision with asteroid flying by Earth in 2029

Asteroids are one of the most serious threats to life as we know it, but scientists and skywatchers have gotten pretty good at predicting exactly …

Asteroids

Robots are preparing to fill 200,000 vacant construction jobs

However, that may not be the case in the construction industry.<p>In fact, with a growing shortage in labor, it's one sector that's particularly well-suited for an automation takeover.<p>According to a report released by McKinsey & Company earlier this year, the world of construction suffers from …

We only have 3 years left to turn the corner on global warming

The next three years will effectively decide the fate of our planet’s climate. This is the stark message of a new commentary in the journal <i>Nature</i> by …

Climate

First ever close-up footage of DNA replication will have experts rewriting science textbooks

For the first time, scientists have recorded DNA replication in real time. The scientists extracted DNA from E. coli bacteria, dyed it, and then watched the DNA replicate itself. The footage, alone, is fascinating. But the real shocker comes with what scientists discovered from the footage. They …

Google is closer than ever to a quantum computing breakthrough

Its 20-qubit processor is currently undergoing tests, and the company appears to be on schedule to have its working 49-qubit chip ready by the end of 2017 as promised. Until it began trialing the 20-qubit chip, Google's most powerful quantum chip was the 9-qubit effort from 2015.<p>Traditional …

Scientists Modify Viruses with CRISPR to Kill Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

by Karla Lant June 24, 2017 Hard Science 25156<p>CRISPR-Powered Viruses<p>Earlier this month, the annual CRISPR 2017 conference was held at Montana State …

Scientists genetically modified ants using CRISPR to show how their societies evolved

CRISPR, the gene-editing tool that promises to cure disease, create superbabies, and breed designer animals, just led to a breakthrough in evolutionary biology research.<p>In a new study, researchers at Rockefeller University report that they successfully engineered the first genetically modified …

Robotics, artificial intelligence, and 5G are at the heart of Theresa May's new industrial strategy

Theresa May is set to launch the government's "Modern Industrial Strategy" on Monday at a regional meeting of the cabinet in the North West.<p>The Prime Minister announced in a release on Sunday evening that the strategy would be focused around ten key strategic pillars, the first of which is: …

How our school is using Virtual Reality to prepare pupils for a future dominated by technology 

Virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality, haptic feedback; the line between these and many other technological realities is becoming blurred and they are beginning to be grouped under one umbrella term: artificial reality. But what is artificial reality and how can it be used effectively …

How to hide a 'fifth force' – and how to find one

Several big problems with physics at the moment involve gravity. But because Einstein’s theory works so well, it’s very difficult to change it. Some recent ideas show a possible way forward<p>Einstein’s General Relativity provides an elegant description of how space, time and matter affect one …