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New Form Of Matter Made Of Photons Behaves Like Star Wars Lightsaber, Scientists Say

Physicists from Harvard and MIT say they've created a new form of matter by binding together photons -- and you'll never guess what they're comparing it to.<p>"It's not an in-apt analogy to compare this to light sabers," Dr. Mikhail Lukin, a professor of physics at Harvard and one of the scientists …

At NASA’s Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in Fort Sumner, N.M., following a morning of careful maneuvers and testing – including a short trip aboard the launch vehicle “Big Bill” – the Balloon Rapid Response for Comet ISON (BRRISON) project completed an important pre-flight milestone that certified the gondola is ready for flight to study Comet ISON. Credit: NASA/JHUAPL #nasagoddard #science #bigbill #ison

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Fomalhaut had first visible exoplanet

How to see the star Fomalhaut in your sky and a word about Fomalhaut b, the first planet beyond our solar system visible to the eye in photographic …

Best photos, images, videos of Comet ISON

Now ISON cannot be seen from Earth, but it’s coming into the field of view of a whole fleet of ESA and NASA space-based observatories.<p>Professional …

Science Weekly podcast: life beyond Earth – the search for habitable worlds

This week on Science Weekly with <b>Alok Jha</b> we meet leading astrophysicist Dr Athena Coustenis to discuss her work searching for life elsewhere in the universe.<p>Athena, who is director of research at the Paris-Meudon Observatory in France, recently co-wrote the book Life Beyond Earth with her colleague …

Serbian president unveils Nikola Tesla monument in New York

The president of Serbia unveiled a monument to Nikola Tesla in New York state on Monday, marking the latest milestone in a long-running campaign to raise the profile of the cult scientist and inventor around the world.<p>Tomislav Nikolic told the crowd at Tesla's former Wardenclyffe laboratory in Long …

Researchers using data from the 1,000 Genomes Project as well as samples from different regions of Spain have found a gene variant favoured in South Europeans: the V60L allele, associated with red/blond hair and fair skin. The research indicates the first appearance of the V60L mutation occurred some time after modern humans left Africa but before humans spread throughout Europe. The new data adds more weight to the idea that depigmentation occurred based on humans’ need to synthesise vitamin D in areas of reduced sun light (compared to Africa). Allele V60L is also associated with increased risk of melanoma, the most dangerous of skin cancers. Read more: http://bit.ly/14tJJXh Image is from International Redhead Day, when thousands of natural redheads from many countries come together in the city centre of Breda, Netherlands. The summer festival takes place each first weekend of September. Credit: Eric Oaktree