Alex Ivanov

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This Year's Biggest Discoveries in Science

From the edge of the solar wind to ancient human DNA, science made big strides in 2013.<p>Science mattered more than ever in 2013. Climate science questions raged after Super Typhoon Haiyan pummeled the Philippines. And scientific expertise figured in disarmament debates in Syria and in Iran's …

European Space Agency aims to perfect 3D printing of metal parts within five years

Like NASA, the European Space Agency is actively pursuing 3D-printed metal components for use in spacecraft, planes, and even nuclear fusion applications. The ESA has unveiled printed parts made from metal that it says can withstand temperatures of up to 3500 degrees Celsius, far beyond the limits …

A Miracle New Plastic, Made From Anything But Nasty Stuff

A material called Zeoform can be made from plants or recycling, but can be used just like plastic.<p>Plastic was once a miracle invention, but these days the wonder is wearing thin. Mounting pollution, the fact that plastic has an association with toxic substances, and its fossil fuel roots are just …

Pollution

Teach Kids to Daydream

Mental downtime makes people more creative and less anxious.<p>Today’s children are exhausted, and not just because one in three kids is not getting sufficient sleep. Sleep deprivation in kids (who require at least nine hours a night, depending on age) has been found to significantly decrease academic …

EU researchers create prototype for a server-free future internet

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Credit: Thinkstock<p>Researchers at one of the world’s oldest universities, Cambridge, have come up with a prototype for a …

Is Computer-Assisted Aeroponic Growing the Future of Urban Farming?

Why the webscale world — and CERN — is stoked about helium-filled hard drives

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / kubais<p>Storage vendor HGST is now shipping 6-terabyte hard drive systems filled with helium, and the …

Insect Mechanical Gears: Scientists 'Totally Dumbfounded' by New Discovery

The Issus, insects also known as planthoppers, use structures in their legs that are like mechanical gears to propel them, scientists discovered.<p>The …

Insects

Voyager 1 leaves solar system

Carrying the images, sounds and technology of the 1970s, the space probe Voyager 1 has left our solar system and begun a journey that will take it to interstellar space and possibly other life forms.<p>Equipped with an eight-track tape recorder, computers with 240,000 times less memory than an iPhone …

DARPA wants to build a fleet of underwater drones for the Navy

DARPA wants to build a fleet of drones stationed beneath ocean waters around the world that can quickly deliver supplies and equipment to Navy personnel near coastlines, on submarines or ships, and even aboard airplanes. The program, called Hydra, is currently in the early planning stages — just …

Massive storm pulls ices from Saturn’s depth

Cassini spacecraft images show the development of the largest storm seen on the planet since 1990. On Saturn, not only are storms much bigger than on …

Astronomy

Clear Cranial Implant Lets Doctors See Into The Brain

Some skulls really just need a window view.<p>Researchers from the University of California, Riverside have debuted a new transparent cranial implant that could let doctors peek inside the brain without having to drill a new hole in the skull every time--a technique that could allow for easier …

The Science And Troubling Ethics Of Gene Therapy

A new feature in Wired highlights scientific advances that may make gene therapy much safer and more widespread. But it's important to check whether the regulation of clinical trials has advanced equally well.<p>Why is progress on gene therapy—the treatment of genetic disorders by giving sick people …

'World’s Most Fearless Creature'—The Honey Badger

Don’t be fooled by the “honey” in its name, the honey badger is actually listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as “The World’s Most Fearless …

Insects

Weather could be controlled using lasers

Scientists are attempting to control the weather by using lasers to create clouds, induce rain and even trigger lightning.<p>Experts from around the world are to gather at the World Meteorological Organisation next month to discuss how powerful laser pulses can be used to generate changes in the …

NASA discusses its warp drive research, prepares to create a warp bubble in the lab - ExtremeTech

By on August 20, 2013 at 1:29 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Late last year, it emerged that a …

Space Travel

Shorter Workday Isn't The Key To Happiness, Says Bummer Of A Study

Workaholics of the world, rejoice? We'll all be just as unhappy with a shorter work week.<p>When it comes to working hours, less apparently is not more. Proponents of the six-hour workday will be saddened to hear that, as delightful as shorter days sound, decreasing work hours might not make anyone …

No One Wants To Be A Drone Pilot, U.S. Air Force Discovers

The Air Force's drone program is too unmanned for its own good.<p>While the vast majority of U.S. Air Force pilots still control their aircraft from inside the cockpit, about 8.5 percent are drone pilots who operate their vehicles remotely. That percentage is expected to grow, but there's a problem: …

Human Urban Activity Makes Animals Develop Bigger Brains

A study finds urban mammals have significantly larger brains than their rural cousins.<p>Humans aren't just changing the climate, causing earthquakes and you know, generally adapting the world to suit our whims. Human activity might also be driving increased brain size in animals! Woo, evolution!<p>In a …

Squeeze The Bacteria Out Of Water With A New Gel

In an emergency, clean drinking water can be tough to find. Floods, earthquakes and hurricanes can make our usual sources of water potentially unsafe.<p>After the 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean left many without access to clean water, researchers from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore …

Satellite Photos Reveal Construction At Iran's Island Drone Base

What is Iran up to in the Strait of Hormuz?<p>On the island of Qeshm in the Persian Gulf, on the northern-most end of the narrow Strait of Hormuz, Iran is making improvements to a drone base. The information was revealed by satellite images, which showed completed improvements to an airfield that were …

Horizons: The planes that can pick up trains

Students have come up with a radical idea for cutting journey times in 2050 – aircraft that collect and drop-off passengers in moving pod-like carriages.<p>Our transport system, whichever way you look at it, is broken. Sure, most of us eventually get to where we need to go, but congestion and …

San Francisco

False memory planted in mouse's brain

Scientists have implanted a false memory in the brains of mice in an experiment that they hope will shed light on the well-documented phenomenon …

Dark-Matter Hunt Appears to Be Zeroing In on a Leading Contender

Pity the poor physicist searching for dark matter, the exotic substance that accounts for roughly one-quarter of all the stuff in the cosmos, yet …

China To Lift Console Ban

<i>Chinese officials have confirmed an end to the 13-year-old ban on foreign video game consoles.</i><p>China’s long-standing ban on video game consoles is coming to an end.<p>The China Daily is reporting that two Chinese government officials have confirmed earlier reports that an end to the ban was being …

How to build a cheap gaming PC for $1,000 - including best prices for parts

It’s the best time ever to be a PC gamer. With incredible recent advances in hardware, the sheer number of top PC games that are shedding their …

A 360TB disc that holds data for more than 1 million years?

A major breakthrough in storage technology could dramatically change our perception of data preservation.<p>In the future, we might be able to save our history to a glass storage medium that could potentially outlive humankind. The new type of memory also touts mind-blowing specifications, such as …

Nanotech

How to Set Up a PC, the Right Way

All expecting parents have read What to Expect When You’re Expecting, because when that little bundle of joy drops out of mommy, you'd better be …

The Hardest Thing To Find In The Universe?

What is rarer than a shooting star?<p>Rarer than a diamond?<p>Rarer than any metal, any mineral, so rare that if you scan the entire earth, all six million billion billion kilos or 13,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 pounds of our planet, you would find only one ounce of it?<p>What is so rare it has never …