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A Dutch 'boy genius' said he could get the ocean to clean itself. Turns out, he's right.

<b>In 2012 — when he was just 18 — Dutch inventor and entrepreneur Boyan Slat gave his first TEDx Talk about cleaning up the ocean .</b><p>In his talk, he laid …

Pollution

A 2nd 'Big Bang' could end our universe in an instant — and it's all because of a tiny particle that controls the laws of physics

Our universe may end the same way it was created: with a big, sudden bang.<p>That's according to new research from a group of Harvard physicists, who found that the destabilization of the Higgs boson — a tiny quantum particle that gives other particles mass — could lead to an explosion of energy that …

Physics

Center Of The Milky Way Has Thousands Of Black Holes, Study Shows

The supermassive black hole lurking at the center of our galaxy appears to have a lot of company, according to a new study that suggests the monster is surrounded by about 10,000 other black holes.<p>For decades, scientists have thought that black holes should sink to the center of galaxies and …

Black Holes

New Evidence Suggests Possible Life on Venus

Dark spots in the clouds of Venus could, just maybe, be signs of life floating in the atmosphere.<p>After decades of looking to the outer solar system and beyond for signs of extraterrestrial life, an international team of scientists is suggesting that humanity take another look at a planet a little …

Astronomy

Birds Can See Earth's Magnetic Fields, And We Finally Know How That's Possible

Whoa, evolution. Just... whoa.<p>The mystery behind how birds navigate might finally be solved: it's not the iron in their beaks providing a magnetic …

Biology

Scientists have detected an acceleration in sea level rise

Faster melting of ice sheets is speeding up sea level rise<p>As humans emit heat-trapping gases like carbon dioxide, the planet warms, and over time consequences become more apparent. Some of the consequences we are familiar with – for instance, rising temperatures, melting ice, and rising sea levels. …

Global Warming

Frances McDormand steals Oscars show with Best Actress speech - 'I've got some things to say'

Frances McDormand stole the show at the Oscars on Sunday night, using her acceptance speech for the best actress Academy Award to promote equality in the film industry.<p>The actress, who won the award for her role in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri", opened her speech by saying if she fell …

An Alien-Looking Underground Plant Was Just Rediscovered, 150 Years After We Last Saw It

Who needs photosynthesis anyway?<p><i>Thismia neptunis</i> is a fickle plant. Living underground, it only shows its face to flower for a few weeks a year, and …

Stephen Hawking thinks he knows what happened before the beginning of time

Neil deGrasse Tyson asks him to weigh in.<p>Neil deGrasse Tyson’s show <i>Star Talk</i> is ending its fourth season with a bang—a big one. <i>The</i> big one, to be precise. The show, filmed at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, features famous astrophysicist Tyson interviewing …

A frightening new NASA study finds that sea levels are rising faster than we thought

Happy Friday? A recent study looked at 25 years of NASA and European satellite data and figured out that global sea levels aren’t just rising; they are rising dramatically.<p>The study, “Climate-change–driven accelerated sea-level rise detected in the altimeter era,” published in the journal</i> …

Global Warming

An Alzheimer's Drug Has Been Shown to Help Teeth Repair Cavities Naturally

No fillings, no drills.<p>Dental fillings may soon be left in the ash heap of history, thanks to a recent discovery about a drug called …

Energy Storage Wars: 3 Products Going Head to Head With Tesla's Powerwall

Three of the biggest residential solar companies in the U.S. are adding energy storage to the mix.<p>When <b>Tesla</b>'s (NASDAQ:TSLA) Powerwall was introduced …

Arctic Transformed into Alien Landscape in Surreal Climate Change Photo

The "browning" process has dramatically transformed the terrain.<p>Gone are the days when we could count on the Arctic landscape to be painted in shades …

Global Warming

Why This Montana Farmer Grows Food Year-Round in Shipping Containers

By Isabelle Morrison<p>Kim Curren, owner of Shaggy Bear Farm in Bozeman, Montana, has worn many hats. She worked in the solar power industry for 15 …

Hanergy's thin solar panels break multiple world records for efficiency

China-based Hanergy just launched the highest efficiency single-junction solar panel ever created. Hanergy’s US-based subsidiary Alta Devices …

Scientists studying psychoactive drugs accidentally proved the self is an illusion

Philosophers and mystics have long contemplated the disconcerting notion that the fixed self is an illusion.Neuroscientists now think they can prove it or, at least, help us glimpse this truth with some help from psilocybin, the psychoactive property in magic mushrooms.<p>Researchers around the world …

First images of creatures from Antarctic depths revealed

Photographs of rare species from unexplored area of Antarctic seabed highlight need to protect life in one of the most remote places on the planet<p>(Click images for full caption information)<p>The images below are the first of creatures found in a previously unexplored region of the Antarctic seabed …

Antarctica

Scientists Have Developed a Way to Make Wood as Strong as Steel

And it can stop bullets, too.<p>Scientists have developed a new type of "super wood" that is more than 10 times stronger and tougher than normal wood - …

Two rarely seen works by Salvador Dalí reach market for first time

Important paintings by Spanish surrealist, sold to Argentinian countess in 1930s, up for auction<p>Two drama-filled Salvador Dalí paintings, sold by the artist direct to an Argentinian countess in the 1930s, have been rediscovered and are to appear at auction in the UK. The paintings are, Sotheby’s …

Art

We Can Now Harvest Electricity From Earth's Heat Using Quantum Tunnelling

Wow.<p>Researchers have come up with a way we could harvest energy from Earth by turning excess infrared radiation and waste heat into electricity we …

More Than a Trillion Planets Could Exist Beyond Our Galaxy

A new study gives the first evidence that exoplanets exist beyond the Milky Way.<p>Scientists have long been unable to find exoplanets—planets outside the solar system—beyond the confines of the Milky Way. After all, our galaxy is a warped disc about a hundred thousand light-years across and a …

Spread of breast cancer linked to compound in asparagus and other foods

Using drugs or diet to reduce levels of asparagine may benefit patients, say researchers<p>Breast cancer patients could be encouraged to cut asparagus and other foods from their diets in the future to reduce the risk of the disease spreading, scientists say.<p>Researchers are investigating whether a …

Cancer

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket flung that Tesla car on a path that goes beyond Mars

The Tesla Roadster that launched Tuesday on the first test flight of SpaceX's powerful Falcon Heavy rocket is heading farther into space than expected.<p>The red car — along with a dummy in the driver's seat named "Starman" — were targeting an elliptical, or egg-shaped, orbit around the sun that would …

Scientists have found the source of anxiety in the brain - and how to turn it off

Anxiety is a useful emotion, but it can result in crippling personality disorders.<p>Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, which …

Columbia shows off bendy battery inspired by the human spine

Flexible batteries may not be an entirely new idea, but here's a development with more backbone than most: engineers at Columbia have developed a …

You thought quantum mechanics was weird: check out entangled time

In the summer of 1935, the physicists Albert Einstein and Erwin Schrödinger engaged in a rich, multifaceted and sometimes fretful correspondence …

Quantum Mechanics

Building façade generates electricity and tells you stories

<b>The skin of MVRDV's new Milestone office building is very busy.</b><p>Years ago when smart phones were new, I visited Paris and complained that their …

Edward Hopper’s Night Windows: evoking voyeurism and intrigue

The great American realist was a master at painting the cinematic language of drama, theatrics and fluidity<p>Modern life…<p>Edward Hopper’s paintings have defined our idea of the modern urban world. In sites of everyday drama, be it a cafe, an apartment or shop front, he offers tantalising visions of …

Art

Why Vivint Solar Is the Top Solar Stock Today

Residential solar is insulated from solar tariffs, and Vivint Solar has a lot of value on the balance sheet.<p>Solar stocks have been hampered by the …

This Huge Galaxy Has Tiny Galaxies Orbiting It, Like Planets Around a Star

That's not what astronomers expected.<p>A galaxy called Centaurus A has been harbouring a strange secret. Researchers have found a plane of dwarf …