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WATCH: The World's Blackest Material Just Got Even More Black

Scientists can't even measure it.<p>Back in 2014, a team of British researchers made headlines for producing the blackest material known to science. …

Chemistry

NASA released an incredibly detailed photo of snow - and something else - on Pluto

Picture: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI<p>Pluto is our solar system's other "red planet".<p>Astronomers believe large swathes of the planet may be covered in "tholins", molecules that form when methane is exposed to sunlight.<p>Earth hasn't see tholins for about 2.4 billion years, as its atmosphere has an oxidising …

Planets

White House fence jumper detained

<b>(CNN) —</b> A man is in custody after jumping over a White House fence while the first family was inside celebrating Thanksgiving, officials said.<p>Joseph Caputo scaled a fence on the North Lawn at 2:45 p.m., according to Secret Service spokesperson Robert Hoback. The jumper was immediately apprehended …

The White House

This tiny chip could charge your iPhone much faster

A professor in Singapore has invented a tiny chip that he claims could speed up how quickly batteries charge — while also making them safer.<p>Rachid Yazami at Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) has developed a chip that will monitor potential faults in batteries and alert the user if …

Electric Vehicles

The World's Coral Is Experiencing A Massive Bleaching Event

Reef-er madness<p>Coral reefs are mesmerizingly beautiful and full of incredible research opportunities. Unfortunately, they're also disappearing faster than ever.<p>Today, NOAA announced that the world is in the third recorded global coral bleaching event. That means that all across the world, coral …

Interview: Gorgeous Landscapes Heightened by Auroras Illuminating the Night Sky

While Calgary, Canada-based photographer Neil Zeller has photographed everything from cityscapes to remote mountains to corporate events, his heart ultimately belongs to the night sky and its myriad of breathtaking wonders. Twinkling stars, bright hints of the Milky Way, and the otherworldly glow …

Art Photography

Google’s self-driving car gets pulled over for driving too slowly

Automated vehicle caused traffic jam while travelling at just 24mph in a 35mph zone, causing police to pull the car over<p>They’ve driven 1.2m miles, and haven’t managed to get a speeding ticket yet – but a self-driving Google car got in trouble with the law on Thursday.<p>The car was stopped by a …

Autonomous Cars

Sand Like You've Never Seen It Before

Once more unto the beach<p>To the naked eye, sand looks pretty uniform. Tiny beige specks of varying shades, collectively covering beaches and shores and deserts. But when you peek at it through a microscope, all of that changes. Gary Greenburg, a research affiliate at the University of Hawaii …

Geology

A 3D Food Printer Could Press And Print Your Next Meal

You still have to cook your food, though<p>The ability to create food with the press of a lever has been a science fiction staple for decades. While 3D food printers have not reached <i>Star Trek</i> levels, they can make simple foods, and will soon be pressing and cooking your burgers. Here are a few new …

Food