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Scientists Have Identified That Mysterious, Metallic Sound Coming From The Mariana Trench

We've never heard anything like it.<p>After months of speculation, scientists have finally identified the most likely source of a creepy audio recording …

Watch a Stunning Breakdown of the Future of Genetic Engineering

Although the idea of altering genes has inspired some of the coolest comic books and sci-fi stories of all time, intentional and precise adjustment …

NASA’s Giving Away These New Mars Travel Posters for Free

Drumming up support for Mars exploration with some retro-styled wall art.<p>Will Sabel CourtneyView Will Sabel Courtney's …

Posters

Combining Human Neurons With Machines Makes A Truly Powerful Computer

“Silicon doesn’t really scale,” says Oshiorenoya Agabi, CEO of Koniku, a startup pioneering neuron-powered computation. “To simulate 204 neurons you …

Scientists tie quantum materials into infinite knots

As if quantum physics isn't knotty enough, scientists have now figured how to tie quantum materials into literal knots. A team from Finland's Aalto University, in collaboration with Amherst College, made a very fancy sailor's hitch with a quantum gas called a Bose-Eisenstein condensate (BEC). The …

Meet The Woman Who Discovered 3 Of The 4 New Elements

The team she leads, the Heavy Element Group, was part of the discovery of three out of the four new elements announced last week in collaboration …

Chemistry

This Super Glass Material Is Almost As Strong As Steel

A cracked cell phone screen could become a thing of the past<p>As engineers continue to push what is possible for our buildings and gadgets, so too do they find new ways to tweak the properties of glass. Typically, glass is produced by heating minerals to a high temperature then letting them cool, but …

Engineering

Scientists Invent A Liquid With Holes In It

Unique porous fluid could suck up and lock away unwanted molecules<p>You've heard of holy water, but what about hole-y water?<p>In a paper published this week in <i>Nature,</i> researchers announced that they have developed a liquid with its molecules structured in such a way that they have 'holes' within the …

Carbon Dioxide

Super-Strong Material Inspired By Squid Teeth Is Self-Healing

To repair, just add water<p>A team of researchers led by engineers from Penn State University has created the first material that heals itself in the presence of water, according to a study published yesterday in <i>Scientific Reports</i>. The material, inspired by squid teeth, could be used to repair devices …

Penn State

A Medical Lab In A Music Box

One of ten brilliant innovations from our 2015 Invention Awards<p>2015 Invention Award Winner<p>Category: Health<p><b>Inventors:</b><p>Manu Prakash and George Korir<p><b>Company:</b><p>Stanford University<p><b>Invention:</b><p>Punchcard Programmable Microfluidics<p><b>Development Cost To Date:</b><p>$50,000<p><b>Maturity:</b><p>4/5<p>One night in 2011, as Manu Prakash …

Stanford University

Water: the weirdest liquid on the planet

The more scientists examine H2O, the stranger it starts to seem. Water bends all the rules – but if it didn’t, ice would sink and firefighters’ hoses would be useless<p>Water is the only substance on Earth whose chemical formula has entered the vernacular. We all know H2O, even if we don’t understand …

Fire Fighting

13 ways wonder material graphene is going to vastly improve a bunch of things you use all the time

Leading the way is a fascinating material called graphene.<p>Graphene is a thin sheet of carbon atoms — the same element in diamonds and coal — and was the first two-dimensional substance ever created, meaning it's one-atom thick, or about one million times thinner than a human hair.<p>Despite its …

Large Hadron Collider captures incredibly rare particle decay for the first time

Experts say findings will help guide the quest to explain what physics cannot<p>For the first time, scientists at CERN have observed extremely rare leftovers from subatomic particles. The observations support a fundamental theory of particle physics, according to a paper published today in the journal</i> …

10 Futuristic Materials

by Lifeboat Foundation Scientific Advisory Board member Michael Anissimov. <br>1. Aerogel<p><i>Aerogel protecting crayons from a blowtorch.</i><p><i>This tiny block of</i> …

These Tiny Capsules Suck Up CO2

They might look more like candy, but these micro-capsules are rather more special than that. Their shiny shell allows CO2 to pass straight …

Scientists Figure Out How To Unboil Eggs

Next step: Unscrambling<p>It has often been said that you can't unscramble an egg. But you might be able to unboil one.<p>When you boil an egg, the heat causes the proteins inside the egg white to tangle and clump together, solidifying it. New research published in <i>ChemBioChem</i> by scientists at UC Irvine …

Chemicals From Beauty Products Have Migrated To Antarctica

The driven snow might not be all that pure<p>You make contact with a lot of cyclic volatile methyl siloxanes every day, and you probably don't even know it. The mouthful of a name refers to groups of chemicals found in numerous human-made items including lotions and other personal care products.<p>In a …

Antarctica

Are sweeteners really bad for us?

The food industry relies on alternatives to sugar for a vast range of diet foods. But are they safe to consume? Claudia Hammond investigates.<p>Many people buy diet drinks and sweeteners in a bid to reduce the amount of sugar they consume. Over the years concerns about their safety have been raised, …

Diabetes

APOD: Our Galaxy's Magnetic Field from Planck (2015 Jan 27) Image Credit & Copyright: ESA/Planck; Acknowledgement: M.-A. Miville-Deschênes, CNRS – IAS, U. Paris-XI http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150127.html Explanation: What does the magnetic field of our Galaxy look like? It has long been known that a modest magnetic field pervades our Milky Way Galaxy because it is seen to align small dust grains that scatter background light. Only recently, however, has the Sun-orbiting Planck satellite made a high-resolution map of this field. Color coded, the 30-degree wide map confirms, among other things, that the Galaxy's interstellar magnetism is strongest in the central disk. The revolution of charged gas around the Galactic center creates this magnetism, and it is hypothesized that viewed from the top, the Milky Way's magnetic field would appear as a spiral swirling out from the center. What caused many of the details in this and similar Planck maps -- and how magnetism in general affected our Galaxy's evolution -- will likely remain topics of research for years to come. http://www.esa.int/ http://www.cnrs.fr/ http://www.ias.fr/en http://www.u-psud.fr/en/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=150127 #APOD

Reflections of research: more art in science | Richard P Grant

<b>Richard P Grant:</b> The art of science and the science of art – winners of the British Heart Foundation’s annual <i>Reflections of Research</i> competition

CES 2015: The Wildest Things We Saw 3-D-Printed

And it's not just doodads<p>CES was chock-full of 3-D printers—some big, some small, some for food, and some for prototyping outdoor gear. More exciting to the casual passer-by, the booths were chock-full of printed wares. Take a look at some of our favorites in this gallery.<p>Popular Science <i>is covering</i> …

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