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A Flying Robot Jellyfish Now Exists

Applied mathematicians at New York University have fashioned a flying robot out of four carbon fiber wings that beat the air like a jellyfish. Why? …

The Particle at the End of the Universe, by Sean Carroll – review

Particle physics,Higgs boson,Royal Society,Peter Higgs,Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books,Science,Books,Physics,Cern<p>The difficulty of trying to explain the hunt for the Higgs boson shows that nature will not be so easily defined

How to light a Christmas tree using Brussels sprouts

Scientists and local schoolchildren are using the energy from 1,000 Brussels sprouts to light a Christmas tree on London's Southbank<p>A team from the creative consultancy Designworks has created a "sprout battery" that can harness the power of Brussels sprouts and convert it to electricity.<p>The group, …

US agency reverses stance on controversial diabetes drug

If ever there were a case study in the messy uncertainties of drug development, the diabetes drug Avandia (rosiglitazone) would be a prime candidate. …

Al Gore Goes Vegan, Following In Footsteps Of Bill Clinton

The decision to give up entire food groups can be a radical attempt to reform an unhealthy diet, as former President Bill Clinton demonstrated when he revealed in 2011 that he'd gone vegan, after heart bypass surgery.<p>But more often in this day and age, eschewing animal products is political.<p>And so …

Graphene - the new wonder material

Scientific interest rolls in for a material that is more solid than steel and a better conductor than copper<p>The molecule is priceless but it is not a matter of cost – a few hundred dollars per kilo. The value lies in its potential. The molecule in question is called graphene and the EU is prepared …

Even if emissions stop, carbon dioxide could warm Earth for centuries

Even if carbon dioxide emissions came to a sudden halt, the carbon dioxide already in Earth’s atmosphere could continue to warm our planet for …

Shape-shifting ants keep moving to hold together

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013 | WIRED

Jan. 19, 2014: Solar X-Flare<p>The largest sunspot group of the solar cycle unleashed a large (X1.2 class) flare just when it was facing right towards …

Quantum wells flash light without magnets

Spontaneous bursts of light from a solid block illuminate the unusual way interacting quantum particles behave when they are driven far from …

Quantum Physics

Your Fat Has a Brain. Seriously. And It's Trying to Kill You.

Phil Bruno was super-sizing again. It was just past 5:30 on a spring evening in 2004, and he was driving home from work. He pulled into a White Castle, one of many fast-food outlets lining Route 100 in his hometown of Manchester, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. He was only a mile from his house, …

NASA unveils plans to bring Kepler space telescope back to life in search for new planets

The Kepler space telescope may have life left in it yet. Back in August, NASA elected to abandon attempts to repair the spacecraft after two of its gyroscope-like reaction wheels failed. Without at least three wheels working to stabilize the craft in orbit, it was left unable to precisely pinpoint …

The Higgs boson does a new trick (probably)

At a seminar at CERN this morning, Aliaksandr Pranko announced an interesting new result on the Higgs boson from the ATLAS experiment.<p>In brief - we know the Higgs boson is there, and is involved in giving mass to some fundamental particles. Today we saw strong evidence that it gives mass to all of …

Will we ever... banish baldness?

Is the end of the shiny head in sight, or are there no shoots of hope for a treatment? Daniel Cossins investigates.<p>Nothing reminds a man of his mortality more than a retreating hairline or the peach-fuzz feel of his thinning crown. For men entering middle age, effective ways to avoid hair loss …

Brookhaven Lab on Twitter: "Great @PopSci infographic on our 17-ton muon magnet's cross-country move: http://t.co/0Kz7miU0b1 http://t.co/tEOFcskOML"

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Bizarre new bacteria discovered in space agency 'clean rooms'

They're supposed to be the most sterile spots on Earth: space agency "clean rooms," where engineers prepare vessels for launch, are rigorously washed, scrubbed, and heated to eradicate microbes. So ESA scientists were surprised when, in 2009, they discovered within a clean room an unusual bacteria …

Element of the week: ununtrium

This week's element is ununtrium, which has the temporary atomic symbol, <b>Uut</b>, and the atmonic number, <b>113</b>. This element was recently discovered by two groups; one is a Russian-American collaboration, and the other is Japanese.<p>Ununtrium is synthetic, which means that it is not found in the wild, but …

These 6 birds are simply amazing

Scientists study birds for many reasons—to build better robots or to learn how to live longer. What they often discover is that most birds are quite …

Birds

Where's The Best Of What's New?

<b>We're still adapting our Best of What's New pages from prior to 2014--thanks for your patience!</b><p><b>Until then, take a look at our 2014 BOWN winners.</b>

Smart cities: Bringing life back to the neighbourhood

More and more of humanity is moving to cities. Improving technology could dramatically change the way we live and work in them – making the neighbourhood the centre of our lives once more.<p>More than half of the world’s population now lives in cities – because for most of us life is better there: it …

Fantastical science under threat as top-secret OZMAT lab faces closure

What an honor to be posting on this forum! Great Britain has such a wonderful tradition of brilliant scientists, from Isaac Newton to Stephen Hawking to Grace Coleridge Frankland (fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society and author of the 1903 book Bacteria in Daily Life – one of my favorite …

Why do we still have Imperial measurements?

Did you know the barleycorn is the basis of this measurement system. Or know the difference between a cubit and a shatment? If not, Matt Parker explains all.<p>Mathematician and comedian Matt Parker asks why wouldn’t you still take a barleycorn as the basis of your system of measurement. Not sure what …

Fast, furious, refined: Smaller black holes can eat plenty

Gas from a companion star is thought to feed a stellar-mass black hole’s voracious appetite, in the galaxy M101.<p>Observations of a black hole powering …

Phantom Traffic Jams: What Causes Mysterious Highway Backups?

Sometimes highway traffic jams up for no apparent reason. There's no accident, and no real reason to step on the brakes — except to avoid hitting the car in front of you. What causes these backups? An MIT scientist thinks he's found a way to prevent these tie-ups.<p>Transcript<p>ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:<p>If you …

Tracking the radioactive poison that killed a Russian secret service defector

In 2006, Russian FSB (formerly KGB) defector Alexander Litvinenko was the victim of a rare and frightening poison: a tiny speck of polonium-210, delivered in a cup of tea, was enough to destroy his body from the inside out. On Medium, Will Storr follows the story of Litvinenko's death, from his …

Q&A: Richard Dawkins discusses evolution, religion and his fans

CONVERSATIONS IN SCIENCE<p>Q&A: Richard Dawkins discusses evolution, religion and his fans<p>British author and outspoken atheist Richard Dawkins talks about evolution, religion and his 'appetite for wonder.'<p>November 30, 2013|By Eryn Brown<p>British intellectual Richard Dawkins, author of “The Selfish …

Researchers develop 3D-printed, urine-powered robot heart

The fictional human-powered machines that appear in the <i>The Matrix</i> trilogy are still far from reality — but maybe not that far. Last month, scientists at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory in the UK announced they had successful create a prototype robotic "heart" that runs on human urine, fabricated …

How To Ship A 17-Ton Magnet

Across the entire country<p>Physicists at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Illinois needed a superconducting magnet to study muons, fleeting subatomic particles. Thirty million dollars for a new experimental setup was out of the question, but they found a used one at Brookhaven National …

Physics

The 8 Greatest GIFs Of BigDog In Action

Our favorite shambling robotic pack mule has come a long way over the years.<p>The BigDog family of robots, developed by Boston Dynamics, has come a long way since it was first created in 2005. To celebrate some of the headless robot's coolest technological achievements, I made these eight GIFs. Enjoy.<p>…

New water-repellant surface destroys drops that hit it

Water-repellant materials are everywhere. Inspired by structures found in nature, these materials excel at staying dry by making water "bounce" off their surface. Now, a new structure detailed in the scientific journal <i>Nature</i> improves water-resistance even more by shortening the time fluid makes …