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Scientists Have Discovered Brain Networks Linked to Intelligence For The First Time

And we may even be able to manipulate them.<p>For the first time ever, scientists have identified clusters of genes in the brain that are believed to be …

Genetics

The First Image Ever of a Hydrogen Atom's Orbital Structure

What you’re looking at is the first direct observation of an <b>atom’s electron orbital</b> — <i>an atom's actual wave function</i>! To capture the image, …

An AI algorithm can draw letters as well as a human

Researchers claim to have made a breakthrough in artificial intelligence by giving machines cognitive powers similar to humans. The team from MIT, York University and the University of Toronto first trained an algorithm to draw characters in 50 languages by studying the required pen strokes. Once …

COP21: 'A trillion trees to the rescue'

<b>Tom Crowther garnered international interest in September when his group published an estimate for the number of trees on Planet Earth - 3,041,000,000,000. Here, the Yale University scientist explains how his team came to this figure and how it's being used.</b><p>Since we published the map of the world's …

Ecology

Uruguay is now generating 95% of its electricity from renewable energy

World leaders will spend much of next week’s climate change summit in Paris wrangling over the terms of a deal to fight global warming. But if the tiny nation of Uruguay is any indication, switching to a low-carbon lifestyle isn’t as difficult as it might seem.<p>The Guardian reports that renewable …

Renewable Energy

2015 December 6 - A Force from Empty Space: The Casimir Effect

<b>A Force from Empty Space: The Casimir Effect</b> <b><br>Image Credit & Copyright:</b> Umar Mohideen (U. California at Riverside)<p><b>Explanation:</b> This tiny ball provides …

Cosmology

Physicists Predict The Existence of New Particle in the "Material Universe"

Type-II Weyl Fermion<p>Scientists are predicting the existence of the type-II Weyl fermion. This comes after they realized that a metallic crystal …

Physics

These Bouncing Droplets Could Help Resolve a 90-Year Mystery of Quantum Mechanics

The drops of silicone oil bobbing in this mesmerizing video do more than create aesthetically satisfying ripples across a slick surface. They could …

LISA Pathfinder set to launch, paving way for discovery of gravity's secrets

This Thursday at 04:15 GMT, the European Space Agency (ESA) will launch the LISA Pathfinder spacecraft from Kourou, French Guiana. The choice of date is no accident. December 2nd is the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity, the best theory we have of gravity.<p>LISA …

Physics

Bitwalking App Pays People to Walk, Could Transform Lives

Would you walk more if an app paid you to do it? That’s exactly the idea behind the new app <b>Bitwalking (free)</b> which uses a new digital currency called Bitwalking dollars. For every 10,000 verified steps a user takes, they will earn about one Bitwalking dollar (bw$). Bitwalking dollars can then be …

Apps

Why the Greatest Minds Take Long Walks

W<p>alking isn’t sexy. It’s not the hot new trend or the most enticing productivity hack. Even so, it’s probably one of the most beneficial habits you …

Light-bending microchip could fire up quantum computers

For the first time, scientists have achieved infinite speeds on a microchip. Although this advance will not enable faster-than-light starships, the light-warping technology behind this innovation could lead to new light-based microchips and help enable powerful quantum computers, researchers …

3tags.org

LHC Re-creates First Moments Of The Universe And Sets New Energy Record

Big Bang Theory IRL<p>What was the universe like in the first few moments of its existence? We may not have a time machine to go back and witness that exact moment, but scientists are now able to recreate that brief and momentous time in the lab.<p>Today, the operators of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) …

Physics

Physicists set quantum record by using photons to carry messages from electrons almost 2 kilometers apart

Researchers from Stanford have advanced a long-standing problem in quantum physics – how to send "entangled" particles over long distances.

Physics

Jeff Bezos beats Elon Musk's SpaceX in the reusable rocket race

Blue Origin, the private space firm owned by Amazon's Jeff Bezos, has just dropped a huge gauntlet in the race to develop a reusable rocket. It just launched its New Shepard space vehicle (video, below), consisting of a BE-3 rocket and crew capsule, to the edge of space at a suborbital altitude of …

Space Travel

10 Mind-Blowing Books That People Who Love Thinking Can't Miss

P.J. O’Rouke once said, “Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.”<p>While I do think there is a place for …

33 books everyone should read before turning 30

While the only way to learn is to survive the inevitable cycle of successes and failures, it is always useful to have some guidance along the way.<p>To help you out, we've selected some of our favorite books that likely never made your high-school or college reading lists.<p>It's an eclectic selection …

Books

A nearby dark matter galaxy?

Measurements of the velocities of just six stars in a galaxy of only 1,000 visible stars suggest the highest concentration of dark matter of any …

The brain’s miracle superpowers of self-improvement

We used to believe our brains were hardwired at birth. Now we believe we can will them to change. Is that true? Will Storr analyses the truth and hokum about 'neuroplasticity'.<p>For years she had tried to be the perfect wife and mother but now, divorced, with two sons, having gone through another …

The Brain

Earth Might Have Hairy Dark Matter

11-24-2015<br>Dense filaments of dark matter particles, called 'hairs' are sprouting from Earth, according to a new study based on computer simulations.

Research

What else is possible if space and time can change?

<i>Editor’s note: Scientists said today that after more than a half-century search, they have finally detected gravitational waves — the ripples in the</i> …

Most of Britain's major cities pledge to run on green energy by 2050

Leaders of more than 50 Labour-run councils sign pledge to eradicate carbon emissions ahead of Paris climate talks<p>Most of Britain’s major cities will be run entirely on green energy by 2050, after the leaders of more than 50 Labour-run councils made pledges to eradicate carbon emissions in their …

Green Energy

This Michigan Restaurant Won’t Let Anyone Eat Alone On Thanksgiving

On a holiday focused on food and family, no one deserves to be hungry and alone.<p>This Thanksgiving, Michigan restaurant owner George Dimopoulos is making sure everyone in his community has a warm meal and a seat at the table, by serving a free holiday dinner at his eatery, George’s Senate Coney …

Without Einstein it would have taken decades longer to understand gravity

It was 1905, and Albert Einstein had just turned theoretical physics on its head by publishing a paper on what later became known as special …

Physics

Silicon Valley workers are using 'microdoses' of LSD to boost their creativity

Recently, he has discovered a new way to enhance his productivity and creativity, and it's not Five Hour Energy or meditation.<p>Ken is one of a growing number of professionals who enjoy taking "microdoses" of psychedelics - in his free time and, occasionally, at the office.<p>"I had an epic time," he …

Silicon Valley

I spent a year listening to strangers tell stories they can’t share with anyone else

For a little over a year now, I’ve listened to strangers I meet on Craigslist tell me stories they’ve never told anyone before. I’ve interviewed someone who went through gender reassignment surgery and was falling in love for the very first time, as his true self. I’ve spoken with a man who had …

Mind

Moroccan solar plant to bring energy to a million people

<b>A giant plant using energy from the Sun to power a Moroccan city at night will open next month.</b><p>The solar thermal plant at Ouarzazate will harness the Sun's warmth to melt salt, which will hold its heat to power a steam turbine in the evening.<p>The first phase will generate for three hours after dark; …

Renewable Energy

Maxwell's equations: 150 years of light

A century and a half ago, James Clerk Maxwell submitted a long paper to the Royal Society containing his famous equations. Inspired by Michael Faraday’s experiments and insights, the equations unified electricity, magnetism and optics. Their far-reaching consequences for our civilisation, and our …

Physics