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Cosmic Confusion: Talk of Multiverses and Big Errors in Astrophysics

"I would like to talk about a very serious embarrassment," said Mario Livio, a proclaimed scientist and author, at a panel at the World Science …

Dark Matter

LightSail may unfurl solar sail Wednesday after restoring contact with Earth

A solar sailing spacecraft that lost touch with Earth soon after launch has phoned home.<p>LightSail is now set to unfurl and begin testing its solar …

Space Travel

Will a magnet really destroy your smartphone or hard drive?

I've always been extremely paranoid about magnets getting anywhere near my electronics. I have a vision of screens warping, precious files vanishing into the ether, and my smartphone shutting down forever.<p>When my son received some magnets as a gift recently, it only took an hour before he'd waved …

The Dark Web may be smaller, pervier than previously thought

Last week, two hackers unleashed an automated scanning tool on the the internet's deepest layers, known as the Dark Web. This digital underworld is accessible only through the Tor Network and trafficked largely by hackers and criminals looking to avoid the gaze of law enforcement. Hackers Alejandro …

The Backbone of the Internet is Maxing Out

Earlier this week, we heard reports that we’re on the verge of running out of internet, specifically, out of IPv4 addresses. Now, it seems, we may be …

Computer Science

What does ‘fitness’ mean and why does it matter?

Rather than buying the latest wearable, you may be better off with a bathroom scale and a simple tape measure.

How to make oxygen on MARS: Nasa plans to use bacteria and algae to help support a human colony

• <b>An Indiana firm is developing a method to make oxygen on Mars for Nasa</b>• <b><br>Bacteria and algae will use Martian soil as fuel to pump out oxygen</b>• <b><br>Mars could</b> …

"Intriguing Hints" --Our 30-Light-Year Voyage Through the Local Interstellar Cloud

Previous measurements of interstellar helium atoms by the Ulysses spacecraft indicated the solar system may be emerging from the local cloud. But the …

2nd Launch Disaster in 3 Weeks Strikes Russia, Destroying Proton Rocket and Mexican Comsat

Russian Proton rocket blasts off at 11:47 a.m. local time (1:47 a.m. EDT) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan but ended in disaster about …

Space Exploration

The Swedes Have Created The Most Efficient Solar Energy System Using Mirrors And A 2-Centuries-Old Invention

A technology company in Sweden has installed a solar power plant, which it claims is the most efficient in the world today. It has even managed to …

How Nissan Built A 1,250-Horsepower Monster

It's all about those brakes<p>When it comes to maneuvering a 200-mile-per-hour racecar, auto engineers tend to hew to a long-held belief: Rear-wheel drive is better than front-wheel drive for handling and weight distribution. Nissan’s new GT-R LM Nismo may turn that notion on its head. It’s the only …

Automotive Industry

The telescope looking for the beginning of time

The universe is a big place.<p>Let's rephrase that. The universe is a gargantuan place. At this moment in time, astronomers believe that it measures some 93 billion light-years across.<p>When we look out across space, though, we're not just looking through distance. We're looking back in time. All of the …

Telescopes

NASA Funds Research For Producing Oxygen On Mars

The ongoing quest to make a human presence on Mars a reality.<p>NASA is looking at taming Mars’ hostile environment with ecopoiesis, the creation of …

World's first light-activated, molecule-sized switch gets turned on

In the pursuit of ever-shrinking circuitry for nanotechnology electronics, increasingly smaller devices and components are being developed. Now …

Drone with radioactive material lands on roof of Japan Prime Minister

A drone carrying small amounts of radioactive material landed on the office roof of Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, raising questions about the …

Japan

The Time Needed to Write Effective Modern C++

Initial cover design.Nobody asked me about the writing of <i>Effective Modern C++</i> (EMC++), but I wanted to talk about it a little, so here we go.<br>In my …

Scientists create first genetically modified human embryo

For the first time in history, a team of researchers have successfully edited the genes of a human embryo. The researchers from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou reportedly used the CRISPR/Cas9 technique to knock a gene called <i>HBB,</i> which causes the fatal blood disorder β-thalassaemia, out of donor …

Cops arrest robot after it buys Ecstasy tablets with Bitcoin

Remember how <i>Futurama</i> thought it was being completely over the top when it introduced us to Bender, the alcoholic robot? Well that’s nothing: An …

Drug-buying robot cleared of all charges

When does a robot want to buy ecstasy pills? When it's part of an art installation about the deep web, the portion of the internet not indexed by most search engines. Random Darknet Shopper by Switzerland-based art group !Mediengruppe Bitnik was recently displayed as an installation as part of …

Darknet

Scientists in China edit human genome in embryos for the first time

New study confirms rumors in the scientific community, heralds new debate over the ethics of human genetic engineering<p>For the first time ever, scientists have reported editing the genetic code in human embryos. The work, carried out by researchers in China, sought to remove a gene responsible for a …

Lightning LS-218 – the wildest ride of 2015

You've read about the awesome Lightning LS-218 in our feature earlier this year, now you can see it in action. You might think electric vehicles are …

Lightning

The most accurate clock ever built only loses one second every 15 billion years

Scientists have a set a new record in accurate timekeeping, creating an atomic clock that won't lose or gain a second in 15 billion years — a time span greater than the estimated age of the Universe. The clock measures the oscillation of strontium atoms to create its "tick," and could one day …

9 Pictures That Will Make You See The Universe Differently

It's the Hubble Space Telescope's 25th anniversary on April 24. Time to learn more about how space pictures are made.

Lab-Grown Beef is Now Almost Affordable

At about $30 a pound, it's still more expensive than Whole Foods... but not by a lot<p>The arrival of lab-grown meat came with much fanfare—here was a way to get real beef or chicken without the environmental or ethical problems inherent in raising and killing livestock. But the first versions of this …

Blueberries, Already a Superfood, May Help Combat PTSD

Blueberries are not only scrumptious – they may be able to protect us from cardiovascular disease, cancer, memory loss, and maybe even PTSD in the future.<p>Bears go bats over blueberries. In blueberry season, bears will travel miles just to get their paws – well, lips – on a ripe and scrumptious …

The Air Force’s Dodge Vapor has radar-absorbing paint, thermal night vision

Previous Next<p>1 of 14<p>When it’s not busy dominating the skies, the U.S. Air Force will dabble in incorporating its standout air superiority tech into …

Military

The Rock revealed what he eats each day and it's absolutely obscene

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson — actor, professional wrestler and walking mass of muscle and sinew — recently shed light on his daily "diet."<p>We want to …

I Love The Attention To Detail On This Replica TARS

If you weren’t a fan of Matthew McConaughey’s brooding lead in <i>Interstellar</i>, then the obvious highlight of the movie was TARS, the 70 percent funny …

Command-line

This 3D Printer from Tiko has a unibody design and direct drive titanium setup, costs only $179

It seems these days that 3D printers are everywhere, with all shapes, sizes and prices for a variety of needs. Once a new technology becomes more common place, it begins to improve as its usage becomes more widely accepted. A group of engineers has come up with a new 3D printer design that offers a …

The McLaren 570S is the most inappropriate use of 'inexpensive' imaginable

I want a McLaren 570S. One of our video directors, Jimmy Shelton, looks visibly distraught at the notion of never having one.<p>I can't blame him: it's such a distinctive car in a weirdly underserved part of the exotic car market that it's instantly desirable. The 570S slots in beneath McLaren's 650S, …

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