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Photographing the stars—the story of the Hubble telescope, told by its chief scientist

When it comes to iconic images of astronomical pillars of gas and dust, views of galaxies soon after they were formed, or glimpses of the accelerating universe driven by Dark Energy, the public can’t seem to get enough. The Hubble Space Telescope is undoubtedly one of the most popular science …

Universe

No Fish Tale: Specimen in Lab Freezer Identified as Rare Pocket Shark

Think "Jaws" meets a kangaroo, with maybe a touch of cute kitten, and you've got the aptly named pocket shark — the newest and rarest species found off the U.S. coast. Scientists found a tiny, young version of the extraordinarily rare shark that was fished out of the deep Gulf of Mexico in 2010 …

Zoology

Small Wonder: What Are the World's Tiniest Animals?

A bat lighter than a coin and a monkey that fits in the palm of your hand are among the littlest of their kind.<p>Talk about a small wonder: Scientists recently took the first photographs of what could be the world's smallest life-form.<p>The bacterium—which doesn't yet have a name—is so tiny, more than …

11 of the most Innovative Startups to Remember from MWC 2015

Mapillary is a crowdsourcing platform that lets its community gather and share street-level photos from all around the world. Since its creation in September 2013, it has helped collect and combine almost 9 million pictures, mapping more than a quarter million kilometers.<p>Mapillary’s CEO Jan Erik …

Chemical in BPA-Free Products Linked to Irregular Heartbeats

New ingredient in plastic bottles, receipts has same effect on lab animals as the old chemical does.<p>Many consumers avoid products that contain bisphenol-A (BPA) because the estrogen-imitating chemical has been linked to an array of health effects in people and animals. But new research published …

Environmental Health

Rats Remember Who's Nice to Them—and Return the Favor

It's the first time scientists have found direct reciprocation in the animal kingdom.<p>Rats can remember acts of kindness by other rats—and treat them accordingly, a new study says.<p>In experiments, Norwegian rats were most helpful to individuals that had previously helped them—perhaps to try and …

Watch Jumbo Squid Speak by 'Flashing' Each Other

Scientists use Crittercams to spy on the aggressive predators "talking" to each other.<p>Giant Humboldt squid, which can grow as big as a man, speak to each other in flashes of color, their whole bodies quickly changing from red to white and back again. But just what they’re communicating has long …

Zoology

Rare And 'Horrific': Frilled Shark Startles Fishermen In Australia

Normally, we wouldn't call something a living fossil. But the name seems tailor-made for the frilled shark, whose roots are traced to 80 million years ago. Its prehistoric origins are obvious in its primitive body; nearly all of the rare animal's closest relatives are long extinct.<p>In the most …

11 Health And Fitness Apps That Achieve Top Results

It’s 2015. It’s time to take your future and your health into your own hands. No, literally. Fitness and nutrition is now readily available at the touch of a button thanks to the numerous health and exercise apps available for your smart phone. But with hundreds of thousands out there to choose …

Your Online Avatar May Reveal More About You Than You'd Think

My Nintendo Wii character, my Mii, looks a lot like me. She has the same haircut, the same skin tone and even the same eyebrow shape. And while my Mii plays tennis slightly better than I do, I designed her to be a real, virtual me (albeit with balls for hands).<p>But it turns out I might not have …

Undercover Video Reveals Harsh Conditions Inside Apple Supplier Factory

An Apple supplier is violating the company's standards for worker treatment in its Chinese factories, according to a new video report from the BBC.<p>The video, captured by an undercover reporter who got a job at a factory run by Pegatron, a Chinese manufacturer making Apple products, renews some …

Blood, Simpler

One woman’s drive to upend medical testing.<p>One afternoon in early September, Elizabeth Holmes took the stage at <i>TEDMED</i>, at the Palace of Fine Arts, in San Francisco, to talk about blood. <i>TEDMED</i>, a part of the Technology, Entertainment, and Design enterprise, is an annual conference devoted to health …

Rosetta’s comet fuels debate on origin of Earth’s oceans

There’s three times the concentration of deuterium-enriched water (heavy water) in the vapor from Rosetta’s comet as in the water on Earth.<p>In one of …

Astronomy

Scientists Say They've Figured Out Why Starfish Are Melting

From Mexico to Alaska, starfish have been mysteriously melting for more than a year. When a starfish first gets sick, its arms pretzel up and white lesions form on its skin. Next, the starfish, normally plush with water absorbed to keep its shape, starts to deflate. Then suddenly, its limbs begin …

Ridesharing apps are erasing the value of taxi services

It's no surprise that ridesharing outfits like Lyft and Uber are disrupting the taxi business through lower pricing and technological advantages. However, it's now clear that these app-based upstarts are also hitting taxis where it really hurts: the value of owning a taxi service. A <i>New York Times</i> …

Toshiba joins other tech giants in growing super-clean vegetables

The name "Toshiba" conjures images of stacks of laptops piled high and maybe the occasional television, but the Japanese electronics giant is turning its attention to something just a little more humble: lettuce. Well, spinach too. And swiss chard. <i>Quartz's</i> Dan Frommer tells the tale of a …

The world's smallest sculptures - in pictures

Jonty Hurwitz, co-founder of Wonga.com, has created nanosculptures of human forms that are invisible to the naked eye and can only be viewed on the screen of a powerful scanning electron microscope

60 seconds with the world's first Bluetooth padlock

In just a matter of three months, the Noke smart padlock managed to make its way from Kickstarter to our Expand event as an Insert Coin contender, so of course it's rather special. First of all, it's a Bluetooth 4.0-enabled steel bolt that can be unlocked with a click on the shackle when your …

Ambulance Drone Delivers Defibrillator by Air

Automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) are now a common sight at airports and sports venues, but they’re nowhere near to being ubiquitous. Alec …

Study proves that we can control each other's brains over the internet

A group of University of Washington researchers showed a year ago that brain-to-brain interfacing is possible in real life. Now, they're back after conducting a more thorough experiment, proving that their initial success wasn't a fluke. This time, the team performed tests using not just one pair, …

Remote-Control Penguin Rovers Fool Birds, Boost Science

Studying penguins with camouflaged rovers is less stressful on the birds than other methods.<p>If it looks like a penguin and acts like a penguin—well, sometimes it's not a penguin.<p>A remote-controlled rover designed to sneak undetected into penguin colonies in Antarctica works better than other …

Sharp's night vision camera records color even in total darkness

Say goodbye to the days of monochrome night vision footage, folks. Sharp recently unveiled an infrared security camera that captures color 720p video, even in absolute darkness. The trick is an imaging sensor that uses near-infrared for illumination; unlike virtually every other competitor, this …

Chocolate component reverses memory loss in older people, claims study

Late night cocoa has never looked so appealing. A component of chocolate has been found to reverse age-related memory loss in healthy adults aged 50-69. The rejuvenating effect can be traced to increased blood flow in a specific region of the brain, say the researchers.<p>This is the first direct link …

'Internet tax' sparks huge protests in Hungary

Hungary needs cash, so it seemed like a pretty clever idea to tax that most necessary of utilities: the internet. Unfortunately, while the notion may have gone down well with the nation's accountants, the feeling wasn't shared amongst the general population. That's why tens of thousands of …

What Does A Comet Smell Like? Rosetta Probe Reveals This Space Rock Frickin' Stinks

Mix the aroma of rotten eggs with a whiff of horse stables, throw in a hint of ammonia and formaldehyde, and voila! You've got eau de Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.<p>Scientists at the University of Bern in Switzerland recently discovered the comet's pungent scent by analyzing a mixture of molecules …

New Tarantula (Not Beetle) Named After John Lennon

Scientists discovered Bumba lennoni living in the Brazilian Amazon.<p>Imagine a world where a spider is named after John Lennon—because now there is.<p><i>Bumba lennoni</i> is a new species of tarantula that lives in the Amazonian state of Pará, Brazil (map), according to a study published October 20 in the …

A Beautiful Thing: The Human Trachea Blown in Glass

Wade Martindale, the senior craftsman at Farlow's Scientific Glassblowing, created this astounding, anatomically correct representation of our airway.<p>(Photo by Jason Madara)<p><b>Company:</b><p>Farlow's Scientific Glassblowing<p><b>Craftsman:</b><p>Wade Martindale<p><b>Location:</b><p>Grass Valley, California<p><b>The object here is a trachea</b> …

Glass Art

The women with superhuman vision

A tiny group of people can see ‘invisible’ colours that no-one else can perceive, discovers David Robson. How do they do it?<p>As Concetta Antico took her pupils to the park for an art lesson, she would often question them about the many shades she saw flashing before her eyes. “I’d say, ‘Look at the …

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