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Inside The Z Machine, Where Scientists Turned Hydrogen Into Metal

Tackling an 80-year-old theory<p>For 80 years, researchers theorized that hydrogen could transform into a metal. This year, scientists at Sandia National Laboratories finally proved it.<p>They took deuterium, an isotope of hydrogen, and applied 3 million times the atmospheric pressure using the Z …

Fermi mission finds hints of gamma-ray cycle in an active galaxy

Astronomers using data from NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have detected hints of periodic changes in the brightness of a so-called "active" …

Leading Harvard physicist has a radical new theory for why humans exist

For example, an astrophysicist might say that the chemical components of our bodies were first forged in the nuclear fires of stars.<p>On the other hand, an evolutionary biologist might look at the similarities between our DNA and that of other primates' and conclude we evolved from apes.<p>Lisa Randall, …

Dark Matter

The Science of Near-Death Experiences

Empirically investigating brushes with the afterlife<p>Near-death experiences have gotten a lot of attention lately. The 2014 movie <i>Heaven Is for Real</i>, about a young boy who told his parents he had visited heaven while he was having emergency surgery, grossed a respectable $91 million in the United …

Small, Shrinking Mercury Is a Planetary Space Oddity

Mercury is more than just a dead, roasted chunk of rock. In fact, the solar system’s smallest planet is proving to be surprisingly lively. Well, not in the sense that anything actually lives there, though scientists don’t discount the possibility that some of Mercury’s nooks and crannies could help …

Astronomy

Bowhead whale genome may unlock its longevity secrets

Scientists have finally sequenced the genome of a large whale, and it could help humans live longer<p>Unlike most mammals, the bowhead whale can live well past the age of 200, yet we know very little about how it lives so long without experiencing many of the lethal diseases that humans often go …

Why Do "Disco Clams" Put On Brilliant Light Shows?

The mollusk's flamboyance may warn predators or lure prey, research suggests.<p>The so-called "disco clam" is one eye-catching mollusk—nestled in coral reefs off Indonesia, the animal generates brilliant flashes of light that earned it its festive name.<p>Though fascinating, this flamboyant bivalve …

Nature

Volkswagen confirms plans to launch CarPlay support later this year

Volkswagen, at CES 2015, has finally announced what it plans to do with both CarPlay and Android Auto. The German auto manufacturer has confirmed that it will begin shipping cars with CarPlay capabilities later this year in its 2016 models. We reported back July of last year that Volkswagen and …

Android Auto

One of NASA's best images gets a stunning high-def remake

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, NASA's iconic "Pillars of Creation" photo has been recaptured in stunning detail. The Hubble Space Telescope has taken a new, larger, high definition image of the pillars, which was then combined with several other Hubble images to create the best look yet. …

Big History

Secret of long life may be written in stars, scientists find

Norwegian researchers found people born during times of high Sun activity died around five years before those born in periods of solar silence<p>The secret of long life may really be written in the stars - well the Sun at least - after scientists discovered that solar activity at birth predicts …

Little Ice Age

Apple’s next major Mac revealed: the radically new 12-inch MacBook Air

Apple is preparing an all-new MacBook Air for 2015 with a radically new design that jettisons standards such as full-sized USB ports, MagSafe connectors, and SD card slots in favor of a markedly thinner and lighter body with a higher-resolution display. Sources within Apple, who have used internal …

USB Type-C

Eight habitable planets found orbiting distant suns in 'Goldilocks zone'

Astrophysicists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics in Cambridge, US, have found eight new planets which could support life<p>Eight new ‘Earths’ which may hold liquid water and could sustain life has been spotted orbiting a distant sun in our galaxy.<p>The new worlds double the number of …

Astronomy

CNN-News18 Breaking News India, Latest News, Current News Headlines

Things heat upAssam Police Register FIR Against Mamata Banerjee For NRC Remarks, TMC Fumes<p>Not Lacking Humour<p>When Lalu Prasad Yadav Had His Day in …

Apple now selling SIM-free unlocked iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the US, from $649

As we reported yesterday, Apple is now selling contract-free iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in retail stores and online. Following historic pattern, the 16 GB base model iPhone 6 costs $649 with higher tiers costing $100 extra. The iPhone 6 Plus starts at $749.<p>Unlocked iPhones can be activated for use …

Mobile Technology

CES 2015: iHome debuts HomeKit SmartPlugs, SoundFlask speakers, wearables, Kineta pop-out battery speakers, more

Every year, top-ranked Apple speaker maker iHome comes to CES with an impressive array of new products — including something to show off Apple’s latest technology — and it isn’t disappointing at the 2015 CES. In an advance briefing before the show officially opened, iHome revealed its first Apple …

Home Automation

Find Your Perfect Gym

There’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all gym. Find the one that suits you best to make 2016 your fittest year yet<p>“No Sign-Up Fees!” “Low Monthly Rates!” “Free Training sessions!” January is the perfect time to join a gym as fitness centers compete for the latest crop of resolutionaries.<p>And an …

Volkswagen Technologies at 2015 CES: Inductive Charging, Self-Parking, and More

Volkswagen’s hot, high-tech Golf R Touch concept and its gesture-based interior control setup is nearly guaranteed to garner the most attention for the brand at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, and why not? Flapping your arms and magically opening the sunroof or switching among different …

Volkswagen

Here's a phone with 320GB of storage

It's not necessary to say something is "great on paper." Saygus has created what it's called a "super smartphone," and in many ways it feels like they looked at a spec sheet and said, "we can make this look really good."<p>The Saygus V2 has a 5-inch, 1080p display and features a 2.5GHz quad core …

Mobile Technology

Is Apple about to launch a totally redesigned, 12-inch MacBook Air?

Codename: MacBook Stealth<p>Every year, Apple does some counterprogramming at CES. This year, whether it meant to or not, it may have some big news: <i>9to5Mac</i> has some new details that say there's a 12-inch MacBook Air with a completely new design, a higher-resolution display, and few of the trappings …

Apira Science's iGrow: lasers in the service of ending baldness

For men and women who are losing their hair<p>"We have peer-reviewed science!" says Jeff Braile, the president of Apira Science's medical device division the moment I walked up to their booth at CES. Clearly he was familiar with my oeuvre.<p>The company's iGrow laser therapy was approved by the US Food …

PubMed

11 Movies to Watch Out for in 2015

The non-blockbuster must-see features of the year.<p><b>Hey, did you know that a brand-new Star Wars film</b> is coming out in December? And an <i>Avengers</i> sequel is on the way in May? And yet another <i>Jurassic Park</i> adventure arrives in June? Oh, wait—of course you did, because even at this early stage of 2015, …

Terrence Malick

When Nature And Geometry Collide, These Photos Get Surreal

David Copithorne takes photos of classic subjects, mountains, beaches, street scenes, and then edits them to add floating geometric shapes which reflect the images around them, or twisting them into fractals-like forms. He uses Photoshop CS6 to create his work, and says he came upon his techniques …

Arsenal news: Wojciech Szczesny faces £20,000 fine after being accused of smoking in the team showers

The goalkeeper allegedly had a cigarette in the showers after the Southampton game where his shocking display handed Saints a 2-0 win<p><b>Arsenal</b> goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is facing the prospect of a significant club fine after being accused of smoking in the showers following the 2-0 defeat against …

An exclusive look at Bragi's ambitious smart headphones

Eleven months ago an audacious Kickstarter campaign promised a sports headphone like nothing we'd ever seen before. Bragi's spec sheet for "The Dash" read like a ridiculous wish list. There was touch control, two separate ear buds (that connect to each <i>other</i> wirelessly, as well as to your phone), …

Consumer Tech

How I Replaced the Shutter in My Canon 5D Mark II By Myself and Saved $400

The shutter on my old Canon 5D Mark II died while on a trip to Fiji earlier this year. It happened quickly; I was shooting a panorama when horizontal …

This souped up electric scooter could transform energy use in cities

Advertisement<p>10 Comments<p>Credit: Gogoro<p>The only stretch of road that wasn’t being pummeled with some of the wettest weather San Francisco has ever …

Electric Vehicles

The Venus 60mm f/2.8 Ultra Macro is the World’s First 2:1 Magnification Lens with Infinity Focus

A new Chinese lens manufacturer called Venus Optics has unveiled a new 60mm f/2.8 ultra macro lens that it claims is the world’s first 2:1 …

Serena Williams stops match for a coffee after losing first set 0-6 - and recovers to win

Lethargic star transforms fortunes against Flavia Pennetta after break for espresso<p>Serena Williams interrupted her Hopman Cup match against Flavia Pennetta to ask the umpire if she could have a coffee. An espresso was duly delivered to the court and Williams recovered from losing the first set 6-0 …