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We now have the technology to really test Einstein's theory of relativity

A century ago this year, a young Swiss physicist, who had already revolutionized physics with discoveries about the relationship between space and …

Physics

Hallucinogenic Ayahuasca Might Treat Depression

That’s a good trip<p>Deep in the Amazon basin, shaman prepare a natural tea called ayahuasca to bring its drinkers to hallucinogenic states of revelation. People come to the region from all over the world to take ayahuasca in order to make better contact with their emotions within or the spirits …

Shark Attacks Are So Unlikely, But So Fascinating

They don't want to bite you<p>Sharks are incredibly unlikely to bite you. They’re even less likely to kill you. However, we remain fascinated with their ability--and occasional proclivity--to do just that. With so many things more likely to harm us, why do we pay such rapt attention when sharks make …

Science Shows Why Peeing In The Pool Is Even Yuckier Than You Thought

In the summertime, when the weather is fine, you may have swimming on your mind. A swimming pool dip can cool you off. But some other bodily functions may produce unhealthy chemical reactions. Urinating in a chlorinated pool can lead to small amounts of chemicals that might irritate your lungs, …

Aliens Exist And Will Be Found Pretty Soon, Say Scientists

It used to be that if you asked an astronomer if there was intelligent life elsewhere in the universe, you’d get some sort of hedged response involving the vastness of the universe and statistical probabilities that you’d expect from a diligent scientist.<p>I’ve asked this question recently of a few …

Scientists design a collider that turns light into matter

Ever since the 1960s, when the food synthesiser made its appearance in <i>Star Trek</i>, the idea of a machine that could seemingly make something from nothing has been the kind of tech we dream about. But the actual technology may not be as implausible as previously thought.<p>In 1934, Gregory Breit and John …

Physics

Britain's richest 1% own as much as poorest 55% of population

Britain's richest 1% have accumulated as much wealth as the poorest 55% of the population put together, according to the latest official analysis of who owns the nation's £9.5tn of property, pensions and financial assets.<p>In figures that also lay bare the extent of inequality across the north-south …

Sensor-filled shirt can tell your iPhone how fit you are

The iWatch may be set to mark Apple’s debut into health and fitness tracking, but one company is taking the concept of wearables a step further.<p>The forthcoming $199 OMsignal shirt promises to be the gym wear of the future — featuring a ton of health sensors sewn into its fabric, which constantly …

Scio Pocket Molecular Scanner Is a Google-like Device for Physical Objects

A couple weeks ago I had a fascinating video call with a gentleman named Dror Sharon, the CEO of a company called Consumer Physics. He showed me a …

Scanners

Scientists uncover a secret of aging: Young blood helps restore elderly mice

A group of studies focused on properties of blood linked to rejuvenation, and human clinical trials are coming soon<p>Sarah Gray<p>May 5, 2014 5:00pm (UTC)<p>Three studies, two from Harvard and one from Stanford, track the miraculous ability of young blood to rejuvenate both mental and physical abilities in …

Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Are Now In Every Part of the World

In a first-of-its-kind report, World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that bacterial infections that can’t be treated with the antibiotics …

How To Turn A Clothespin Into A Matchstick Gun

Update your desktop arsenal with this creation<p>DIY enthusiast Grant Thompson, who previously made a 10-penny battery that powered a small light for almost two weeks, is at it again. Inspired by another project tutorial, Thompson created seven variations of a mini-pistol that can fire matches over 20 …

Sleep Test Will Tell You If You Need to Catch More Zs

Everyone can probably benefit from a few extra Zs at night, but is your lack of sleep at the level of sleep deprivation?<p>In a new video from YouTube …

Gas cloud's fate could reveal information on growth of supermassive black holes

(Phys.org) —Right now a doomed gas cloud is edging ever closer to the supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy. These black …

Ocean discovered on Enceladus may be best place to look for alien life

Researchers have discovered a deep saltwater ocean on one of the many small moons that orbit Saturn, leading scientists to conclude it is the most likely place in the solar system for extraterrestrial life to be found.<p>Gravitational field measurements taken by Nasa's Cassini space probe revealed …

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Top Stories<p>The Latest News from the UK and Around the World | Sky News<p>PM: Trump told me to 'sue the EU' and 'not negotiate'<p>The prime minister …

Tougher marking of GCSEs will peg grades to Chinese students' results

England's GCSE pupils will be benchmarked against their Chinese counterparts from 2017, in a response from exam regulators to ministers' calls to toughen up a marking system they say has been discredited by years of grade inflation.<p>At the urging of the education secretary, Michael Gove, Ofqual has …

Bill Clinton Wouldn't be Surprised if Aliens Exist

Bill Clinton is intrigued by space aliens.<p>The former United States president appeared on Wednesday's episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live." He ended up …

UK air pollution: ambulance services report spike in 999 calls

Ambulance services are reporting a spike in 999 calls thought to be related to the record levels of air pollution lingering over large parts of Britain as experts warned that conditions would not improve until the weekend.<p>A government helpline advised people to avoid physical exertion in areas of …