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'Ideal' energy storage material for electric vehicles developed

The energy-storage goal of a polymer dielectric material with high energy density, high power density and excellent charge-discharge efficiency for …

Clean Energy

Giant, Deadly Ice Slide Baffles Researchers

One of the world's largest documented ice avalanches is flummoxing researchers. But they suspect that glacier fluctuations caused by a changing …

Cosmology, God And Why 'The Big Picture' Needs To Be Bigger

I’ll apologize in advance for a long review. And it’s a long review because Sean Carroll’s <i>The Big Picture</i> is an important book that needs to be read by a much wider audience than popular science aficionados. But let me start with a short historical prologue:<p>Back in the 12th century, a trickle of …

Albert Einstein

The Evolutionary Argument Against Reality

As we go about our daily lives, we tend to assume that our perceptions — sights, sounds, textures, tastes — are an accurate portrayal of the real world. Sure, when we stop and think about it — or when we find ourselves fooled by a perceptual illusion — we realize with a jolt that what we perceive …

Alan Turing

Physicists Collide Quasiparticles for the First Time

Femtosecond lasers offer a peek into a whole new quasiworld.<p>There are particles in nature that aren't quite particles but are nonetheless real and behave in ways that relate to the that we all know and love. These are the <i>quasiparticles</i>, which we can understand as different sorts of collective …

Physics

Canadian teen locates lost Mayan city using satellite images and ancient astronomy

A 15-year-old boy is reported to have found the location of a lost Mayan City, recently. William Gadoury, from Quebec, Canada used ancient astronomy …

Archaeology

Ancient bubbles in Australian rocks show early Earth's air weighed less than half today's atmosphere

Air bubbles trapped in 2.7 billion-year-old Australian rock suggest the Earth's atmosphere weighed less than half of today and was much thinner than previously thought.<p>Researchers analysed the size of air bubbles that formed at the top and bottom of lava flows along the Beasley River in Western …

Sustainable mobility: 3 steps to scaling up renewables in transport

"The Week that Electric Vehicles Went Mainstream" was the headline of a recent blog posted by Tesla Motors. Just one week before, the company began taking reservations for its long-awaited consumer-priced sedan, which will begin production in 2017. The response was unprecedented.<p>According to Tesla, …

Brazil

McLaren needs a 20-year-old Compaq laptop to maintain its F1 supercar

McLaren's F1 supercar is special in more ways than one. Even now it's still the world's fastest production car with a naturally aspirated engine, and McLaren only built 106 F1s in total. <i>Jalopnik</i> visited McLaren recently, and discovered another special aspect to the F1: a 20-year-old laptop. McLaren …

NASA just released the most complete look at Pluto we’ve ever seen

Scientists created a full world map of Pluto by stitching together all the images NASA has slowly released over the past few months. The image link is here; zoom in closely and start exploring.<p>The middle part of the image is the side of Pluto that was facing the New Horizons spacecraft during its …

Solar System

It's Raining All Over The Universe

This morning I woke to the sound of rain on the roof. Is there any music more beautiful? It's the perfect reminder of nature's grounding cycles from which we also emerge and disappear.<p>But being an astrophysicist, I was suddenly struck by the realization that Earth is not the only world that knows …

Astronomy

The Oculus Rift goes on sale at Best Buy later this week

The Oculus Rift is coming to retail stores this weekend, and things just got a little more complicated for preorder customers. On May 7th, 48 Best Buy locations across the US will start offering demos of Oculus' virtual reality headset. The chains will also have an "extremely limited" supply of …

Two of SpaceX's founders are working on a new rocket to launch micro-satellites

Their company, Vector Space Systems, aims to start launches in 2018<p>Two members of SpaceX's founding team are starting a new rocket venture of their own, called Vector Space Systems, aimed at getting satellites into orbit. But the team's focus is a bit more narrow than that of SpaceX. Rather than …

Space Exploration

In its darkest hour, 18 photos show Brussels' humanity

The worst of humanity can sometimes bring out the best of humanity.<p>As Brussels, Belgium was rocked by multiple terrorist attacks on Tuesday morning, …

European Space Agency Moves Ahead with Plans for 'Moon Village'

The European Space Agency is pressing forward in its plans to set up a permanent human outpost on the moon.<p>This envisioned "moon village," a product of international collaboration between spacefaring nations, will be a base for science, business, mining and even tourism, Johann-Dietrich Wörner, …

Space Exploration

Billionaire Yuri Milner And Stephen Hawking Team Up To Send Nanospaceships To Alpha Centauri

Last summer, billionaire technology investor Yuri Milner announced he was investing $100 million into searching for extraterrestrial life.<p>Today, the billionaire science philanthropist has once again teamed up with physicist Stephen Hawking to announce a new investment – $100 million with a goal of …

Stephen Hawking

See Jupiter’s Northern Lights at the Height of a Solar Storm

Exploring the relationship between planets’ magnetospheres and solar winds could ultimately help identify habitable exoplanets.<p>Jupiter has its own version of the Northern Lights, and it can be hundreds of times more energetic than the earthly phenomenon.<p>For the first time, scientists have studied …

Astronomy

A golden age of ancient DNA science begins

If I had taken a straw poll among anthropologists 10 years ago asking them how far genetic research would come in the next decade, I doubt anyone …

DNA

Endless energy is all around us — and this woman has a brilliant idea for how to harness it

You could be the source of light. You could charge your phone with your own movement.<p>Jessica O. Matthews is making this futuristic vision a reality. She spoke about how it could happen at Refinery29's School of Self Expression at SXSW on March 13.<p>In 2008, she invented the Soccket, a soccer ball …

Dar Es Salaam

NASA reveals the most detailed views yet of Ceres' bizarre bright spots

NASA's Dawn spacecraft is finally giving scientists on Earth a truly close up view of the dwarf planet Ceres' distinctive bright spots, and they …

Physicists Unleash AI to Devise Unthinkable Experiments

Quantum physics can fly in the face of human intuition—even that of a physicist such as Mario Krenn at the University of Vienna. This …

Quantum Mechanics

No more washing: Nano-enhanced textiles clean themselves with light

A spot of sunshine is all it could take to get your washing done, thanks to pioneering nano research into self-cleaning textiles.<p>Researchers at RMIT …

Pluto's surface may once have harbored lakes of liquid nitrogen

Before NASA's New Horizons probe flew past Pluto in July 2015, some scientists speculated that it would probably see an icy, cratered ball on the …

Sleep suppresses homeostatic rebalancing of brain activity

Why humans and other animals sleep is one of the remaining deep mysteries of physiology. One prominent theory in neuroscience is that sleep is when …

The Brain

'Japanese Diet' Linked to Longer Life

Eating the traditional Japanese diet may lead to a longer life, a new study finds.<p>Adults in Japan who closely followed that country's …

Holistic Medicine

Project Greenglow and the battle with gravity

<b>A handful of leftfield scientists have been trying to harness the power of gravity. Welcome to the world of Project Greenglow, writes Nic Young.</b><p>In science there exists a uniquely potent partnership between theory and engineering. It's what's given us atomic energy, the Large Hadron Collider and …

Physics

MIT Is Building 3D Solar Towers, and So Far They Have Achieved Phenomenal Results

<b>IMPROVING EFFICIENCY</b><p>Most solar panels are placed flat on rooftops because they are designed to harness solar energy when the sun is directly …

The World's Largest Wind Turbines Will Be Taller Than the Empire State Building

Wind energy goes exascale.<p>A Department of Energy-funded research group spanning several American universities is proposing a wind energy scheme involving almost unimaginable scales. The technology, which is still several years off from even being tested, would be capable of generating 25 times the …

Renewable Energy