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Physicists discover frightening new fusion method that could create unfathomable bomb

Before you panic, it doesn't look like the new method is viable. But still, it's a humbling finding.<p>The particles making up the nucleus of an atom …

Physics

Extremely rare periodic element behaving like it's from an 'alternative universe'

Berkelium defies quantum mechanics, according to breakthrough new research.<p>Lurking at the bottom of the periodic table is a group of super-heavy, …

Chemistry

Demystifying crop circles makes them no less amazing

If you're looking for theories about UFOs and extraterrestrial life, you've come to the wrong place. Because though it's fun to believe in the …

Crop Circles

Farmers' Almanac warns of brutal winter

The 2017-2018 winter weather forecast should elicit cheers from skiers, boarders and snowmobilers.<p>But hey — if you're someone eager to start planning …

Weather

The simple science behind this 'boiling' sand

At one point or another, you've probably heard the phrase "boiling hot" applied to a desert. But unless you watch the video above, you've probably …

The earliest evidence of the number zero found in ancient manuscript

Why this freshwater 'blob' is going viral

Bryozoans are fascinating aquatic invertebrates that survive in massive gelatinous colonies.<p>After hundreds of millions of years of existence here on …

Mysterious Babylonian Tablet Could Hold Math Secrets

An ancient Babylonian tablet whose purpose has been a longstanding mystery reveals that the ancient Mesopotamian civilization beat the Greeks to the …

Elusive 'ghost particles' detected bouncing off an atom

Neutrinos, or ghost particles, are notoriously difficult to detect, but researchers now have a tiny net to work with.<p>The mysterious wraith of the …

Physics

How germy is a birthday cake after someone blows out the candles?

What if you sat down to dinner and your waitress blew with gusto across the top of your meal before placing it front of you? Gross, right?<p>That's what …

Birthday Cake

Spectacular forestry dome shines like a gem in the woods of Belgium

Like a Russian Matryoshka doll, this shining dome houses another building within its shell. Architecture studio Philippe Samyn and Partners designed …

Design

The UK's newest nuclear power plant could literally shoot rainbows into the sky

A new proposal could lead to a nuclear power plant in the UK that literally shoots rainbows into the sky. UK-based master planning firm, One Creative …

Energy

Why Does the Sun Appear Orange?

<b>Why does our sun appear orange? Other stars appear white. Is it because of our oxygen and atmosphere? Does our sun appear white from a</b> …

Astronomy

Scientists unlock the mystery behind Roman concrete's amazing longevity

The very thing that causes modern concrete structures to corrode has sustained ancient Roman construction over eons.<p>Bloodlust, bad haircuts and the …

Roman Empire

Scientists solve an ancient animal riddle that stumped Darwin himself

Now this extinct giant mammal has a place on the tree of life.<p>If you were able to take a time machine back 12,000 years to the grasslands of South …

Evolution

Your own sweat may soon power your phone

Skin patch draws energy from sweat, can power a radio for 2 days.<p>Here's a new technology that might not be the first thing that comes to mind when …

People once used nuclear radiation to grow really big plants

After WW II, a government program aimed to find a peaceful use for nuclear power. And thus, the atomic garden was born.<p>This promotional Atoms for …

Gardening

Sometimes, it's just too hot to fly

And it's not because the planes will melt.<p>We're all familiar with the rampant cancellation of flights due to winter-related weather. Blizzards wreak …

The sun may have an evil twin with a flare for mass extinction

Scientists call this infrequent visitor Nemesis.<p>Not every sun is an only child. In fact, the universe often gives birth to a litter of stars. And the …

Lab-created moths with a 'self-destruct' gene to be released onto U.S. farmland

It's the latest attempt to curb the population of invasive pests that eat cruciferous crops like broccoli.<p>The first-ever release of insects with …

10 Examples of Settled Science that Are 'Controversial'

Many Americans are being misled on serious scientific issues, and science journalists have to spend an inordinate amount of time debunking myths …

Stem Cells

Today, even US water is overly medicated—these scientists want to change that | Ars Technica

With billions of US meds, algae, fish, and insects getting high on contaminated sewage.<p>Sylvia Lee, PhD, is a scientist at the Cary Institute of …

Artificial photosynthesis achieved in device that also cleans the air

It's a breakthrough scientists have been pursuing for years.<p>University of Central Florida chemistry professor Fernando Uribe-Romo has finally …

Photosynthesis

The Largest X-Ray Laser In The World Is Now Operational

The world's largest X-ray laser is now fully operational and near completion as the researchers have achieved a major milestone in its development. …

Engineering

“Negative mass” created at Washington State University

Washington State University physicists have created a fluid with negative mass, which is exactly what it sounds like. Push it, and unlike every …

Physics

Can something have negative mass? Yes, and scientists have created it

When you push this fluid, it amazingly accelerates backwards instead of moving forwards.<p>Scientists at Washington State University (WSU) have created …

Physics

Is pollen the future of forensic science?

Pollen can link people to places and times — and even crimes.<p>Palynology is the study of pollen. It's used to examine plant relationships, date …

Physical Geography

Is drilling into Earth's mantle a good idea?

A Japanese-led expedition plans to drill deeper into the Earth than ever before by 2030.<p>The idea: send a drill 2.5 miles to the bottom of the ocean, …

Earth Science

What you need to know about the Great American Eclipse of 2017

This total eclipse will be visible from coast to coast in the U.S.<p>Today, Americans across the country will pick up special glasses and head outside …

Astronomy