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The Large Hadron Collider Accelerated 'Atoms' With Electrons for the First Time

You can feasibly put anything inside the world’s largest physics experiment, CERN’s Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland, so long as it can be …

Physics

The Peculiar Math That Could Underlie the Laws of Nature

In 2014, a graduate student at the University of Waterloo, Canada, named Cohl Furey rented a car and drove six hours south to Pennsylvania State …

Physics

The Peculiar Math That Could Underlie the Laws of Nature

New findings are fueling an old suspicion that fundamental particles and forces spring from strange eight-part numbers called “octonions.”

Physics

borderless and brilliant: teamlab's dreamlike digital art museum is now open

<b>set across a monumental 10,000 square meters and comprising more than 50 artworks in a single space, teamlab’s mori building digital art museum is</b> …

Art

the world's first full-color, 3D X-ray shows far more than just your bones

<b>new zealand-based MARS bioimaging has developed the world’s first full-color, 3D X-ray.</b> dubbed the ‘MARS scanner’, the tech uses a collection of …

Scanners

An Otherworldly Photograph of a Single Atom

It is suspended in the skinny gulf between two electrodes.<p>From the vantage point of an astronaut or a space-suited mannequin cruising the faraway …

This Beautiful Golden Chamber Contains Water So Pure It Can Dissolve Metal

It can detect dying stars.<p>Hidden 1,000 metres (3,300 feet) under Mount Ikeno in Japan is a place that looks like a supervillain's …

Weird Low-Light Bacteria Could Potentially Thrive on Mars

The photosynthetic organisms subsist on redder, lower-energy light than other species, and could be a new source of fuel and air for interplanetary …

NASA Releases 4K Video Of The Moon Ending The Moon Landing Conspiracy

NASA has just released a 4K video tour of Earth’s moon and the footage will make your jaw drop. Even though Earth’s moon can be viewed in …

The World’s Most Powerful Supercomputer Is an Absolute Beast

Behold Summit, a new supercomputer capable of making 200 million billion calculations per second. It marks the first time in five years that a …

A Major Physics Experiment Just Detected A Particle That Shouldn't Exist

Scientists have produced the firmest evidence yet of so-called sterile neutrinos, mysterious particles that pass through matter without interacting …

This physicist’s ideas of time will blow your mind

Time feels real to people. But it doesn’t even exist, according to quantum physics. “There is no time variable in the fundamental equations that describe the world,” theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli tells Quartz.<p>If you met him socially, Rovelli wouldn’t assault you with abstractions and math to …

Equations

Pretty sure Google's new talking AI just beat the Turing test

So that whole Turing test metric, wherein we gauge how human-like an AI system appears to be based on its ability to mimic our vocal affectations? At the 2018 I/O developers conference Tuesday, Google utterly dismantled it. The company did so by having its AI-driven Assistant book a reservation. On …

Stephen Hawking's Final Theory About Our Universe Has Just Been Published, And It Will Melt Your Brain

His final word on whether multiverses exist.<p>Groundbreaking physicist Stephen Hawking left us one last shimmering piece of brilliance before he died: …

Machine Learning’s ‘Amazing’ Ability to Predict Chaos

Half a century ago, the pioneers of chaos theory discovered that the “butterfly effect” makes long-term prediction impossible. Even the smallest …

New Brain Maps With Unmatched Detail May Change Neuroscience

Sitting at the desk in his lower-campus office at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the neuroscientist Tony Zador turned his computer monitor toward me …

Neuroscience

A New View of the Moon

The Plague Inspired Da Vinci To Design A City. We Should Steal His Ideas

The bubonic plague spread, in part, because of poor urban planning. Leonardo da Vinci came up with a series of alternative designs that hold valuable lessons for today’s cities, as they face challenges from climate change to self-driving cars.<p>Leonardo da Vinci survived a series of bubonic plagues …

You can now access 400,000 free high-res images from the Metropolitan Museum of Art

A year ago, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art embarked on an ambitious project to give everyone free access to images in its collection. Using the Creative Commons zero license (CC0), the third most visited museum in the world has essentially turned over a trove of high resolution images to any …

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Michio Kaku picks five books to help you understand the future

From medicine to space travel, these works explore how the newest wave of science will transform society<p>Science is the engine of prosperity. From the industrial revolution (powered by the steam engine), to the electric revolution (which lit up our cities), to the current computer revolution (which …

Nanotech

Do you have time for this?

Ari is pretty familiar with Arctic climes. A few years ago, he travelled to Greenland to report on glacial melting. Check out his videos (which …

Inside the Panoptic Studio, the Dome That Could Give Robots Super-Senses

In a chilly basement room at Carnegie Mellon University sits a giant dome that looks like part physics experiment, part that chamber Darth Vader …

Astrophysicists Have Built The Most Detailed Simulation of The Universe Ever Created

1 billion light years in a supercomputer.<p>Saying our Universe is a big place is a bit of an understatement. And with recent advances in our …

Two ex-Google engineers built an entirely different kind of self-driving car

Nuro is focused on last-mile deliveries with its completely driverless prototype<p>A new startup that proposes a different spin on autonomous transportation came out of stealth today. The company, called Nuro, was founded by two former lead Google engineers who worked on the famed self-driving car …

Autonomous Cars

3.5 Billion-Year-Old Fossils Challenge Ideas About Earth’s Start

In the arid, sun-soaked northwest corner of Australia, along the Tropic of Capricorn, the oldest face of Earth is exposed to the sky. Drive through …

This video shows what Super Mario looks like at 380,000 frames per second

My eyes<p>If you have plenty of time on your hands, and are perhaps looking for something long to watch, this might be for you. A new YouTube video by The Slow Mo Guys explains how a TV works in slow motion. It features a sequence that shows what <i>Super Mario Bros.</i> looks like at 380,000 frames per …

Super Mario

Why an Old Theory of Everything Is Gaining New Life

Twenty-five particles and four forces. That description—the Standard Model of particle physics—constitutes physicists’ best current explanation for …

Quantum Mechanics

A new superpower is discovered in the wondrous cuttlefish

Cuttlefish evolved 21 million years ago, which is plenty of time to develop special skills, like a natural camouflage that instantly transforms their colors and patterns. Humans are still discovering new powers held by these sea chameleons.<p>A study published in the Journal of Experimental Biology …

Zoology