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This Virtual Model of a Human Brain Has Short-Term Memory

(via ColiN00B/Pixabay)<p>Artificial intelligence is nothing to fear—yet.<p>Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt are …

The Brain

A graphene roll-out

MIT engineers have developed a continuous manufacturing process that produces long strips of high-quality graphene.The team’s results are the first …

Nanotech

Alzheimer’s memories could be switched back on with implant

Alzheimer’s sufferers could once again remember the faces of loved ones, or find their way back home, after scientists developed a way to boost memories.<p>In a groundbreaking pilot study, US researchers recorded memories as they were being formed and then later played them back into the brains of 10 …

The Brain

Salisbury nerve agent attack: Britain divulged 'unprecedented levels of intelligence' to convince other countries that Russia carried out attack

Britain divulged “unprecedented levels of intelligence” to other countries in order to convince them that Vladimir Putin’s Russia had carried out the …

National Security

Scientists Just Identified a Brand-New Human Organ. Here's What It Means

This could be how cancer spreads.<p>Ever heard of the interstitium?<p>No? That's OK, you're not alone – scientists hadn't either. Until recently.<p>And, hey, …

Water Parks

Air Force 'rods from god' kinetic weapon hit with nuclear weapon force

Instead of hundreds of small projectiles from a few thousand feet, Thor used a large projectile from a few thousand miles above the Earth. The "rods from god" idea was a bundle of telephone-pole-size (20 feet long, 1 foot in diameter) tungsten rods, dropped from orbit, reaching a speed of up to 10 …

Military

Bar-Ilan University researchers find revolutionary brain mechanism

The brain learns in a completely different way than what has been thought for seven decades, according to researchers at Bar-Ilan University.<p>><br>• ><p>Brain …

Neuroscience

Mathematics Visionary Wins Abel Prize For 'Grand Unified Theory of Maths'

A mathematical leap so radical, it almost got trashed.<p>One of the most prestigious prizes in mathematics is to be awarded to Canadian mathematician …

Alphabet's Outline lets you run your own self-hosted VPN for free

Jigsaw, an incubator that’s part of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has launched Outline, an open-source virtual private network (VPN) that you can host on your own server at no charge.<p>As an initiative from the human-rights-focused Jigsaw, Outline is being billed as a tool to help journalists …

VPNs

Doctors Have Restored The Sight of Two People in a Monumental World First

This could end one of the most common forms of blindness.<p>British physicians have successfully used stem cells to repair the degenerating tissue at …

Stephen Hawking submitted a final scientific paper 2 weeks before he died — and it could lead to the discovery of a parallel universe

Stephen Hawking submitted his final scientific paper just a week and a half before he died, and it lays the theoretical groundwork for discovering a parallel universe.<p>Hawking, who died Wednesday at 76, was coauthor to a mathematical paper that seeks proof of the "multiverse" theory, which posits …

Physics

Octopus And Squid Evolution Is Officially Weirder Than We Could Have Ever Imagined

They edit their own genes!<p>Just when we thought octopuses couldn't be any weirder, it turns out that they and their cephalopod brethren evolve …

Biology

Theoretical quantum spin liquid prepared for the first time

In 1987, Paul W. Anderson, a Nobel Prize winner in physics, proposed that high-temperature superconductivity, or loss of electrical resistance, is …

Quantum Mechanics

A Magnetic 'Wormhole' That Connects Two Regions of Space Was Created in The Lab

Two years ago ... this was weird.<p>Back in 2015, researchers in Spain created a tiny magnetic wormhole for the first time ever. They used it to connect …

DARPA Has a Crazy Plan to Slow Down Biological Time in Soldiers

We're getting closer to outrunning death.<p>The Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is looking at ways to change how the human body …

Gene Editing Just Got So Precise, Researchers Can Change Single Letters of DNA Code

Huge news for fixing genetic diseases.<p>Gene editing has the power to completely reshape our world.<p>It promises everything from fixing the genetic …

A Classic Formula For Pi Was Discovered Hidden in Hydrogen Atoms

Two years ago ... this was an amazing find.<p>Back in 2015, scientists found something amazing for the first time - a classic formula for pi hidden in …

Google Reveals the Quantum Processor It Believes Will Leave Classical Computers In Dust

The road to quantum supremacy.<p>The goal of any tech company that joins the race to build a quantum computer is to achieve quantum supremacy. That’s …

Quantum Computing

A New Study Shows Why You Really Need to Look After Your Brain Cells

Oh no...<p>Up until a few years ago, it was widely accepted that the neurons you're born with are pretty much all you get. Then a handful of studies …

Nanobots kill off cancerous tumours as fiction becomes reality

A new prospect for cancer treatment opened up last month, when researchers for the first time successfully used tiny, nanometre-sized robots to treat …

Nanotech

Massive Space Structures Have Surprising Connection to Quantum Mechanics Math

Enormous disks of stars or debris can operate under the same rules as subatomic particles, changing based on the Schrodinger equation, which …

Team invents new way to 'see' the quantum world

JILA scientists have invented a new imaging technique that produces rapid, precise measurements of quantum behavior in an atomic clock in the form of …

Quantum Mechanics

AI Just Took a Big Step Towards Becoming More Human

They're now capable of training themselves.<p>In recent months, researchers at OpenAI have been focusing on developing artificial intelligence (AI) that …

Elusive Higgs-Like State Created in Exotic Materials

If you want to understand the personality of a material, study its electrons. Table salt forms cubic crystals because its atoms share electrons in …

University of Pretoria in cancer therapy breakthrough

A potential breakthrough in the treatment of cancer is on the cards, following a collaborative effort between two research bodies, Pretoria Rekord …

Researchers just taught robots to predict your every move

In a few years time the Droids from Star Wars are going to seem like relics. Today’s robots might be better suited for sewing clothes and building cars, but tomorrow’s could be as indispensable and ubiquitous as our smartphones are.<p>A group of researchers in Europe recently published a white paper …

LSD Brings Your Brain to the Edge of Chaos

This new LSD study is like an acid trip all on its own.<p>One Saturday in 1964, neurologist Oliver Sacks took a bit of amphetamines, LSD, a “touch” of cannabis, faced a white wall in his home, and said “I want to see indigo now—now!”<p>“And then,” he wrote in the New Yorker in 2012, “as if thrown by a …

Consciousness

First light which ever shone in universe picked up by astronomers in 'revolutionary' breakthrough

The first light which ever shone in the universe has been detected by astronomers scouring the skies for the earliest stars.<p>Using a simple radio antenna positioned in the quietest place on Earth - the western Australian desert - scientists picked up a signal of the long-sought ‘cosmic dawn.’<p>The …

MIT's thermal resonator generates power "out of what seems like nothing"

A brand new power-generating system from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers creates energy “out of what seems like nothing,” …

Clean Energy

We Might Finally Know Why The Blood of Young People Can Rejuvenate Old Brains

Still creepy though.<p>Scientists have been rejuvenating old mice with infusions of not just the blood of younger mice, but even blood from teenage …