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This woman, a self-described cyborg, can sense every earthquake in real time

Moon Ribas might just be the most normal looking cyborg you’ll meet. Unlike the contingent of extreme biohackers or “grinders,” the 30-year old Spanish avant-garde artist’s superpower—or self-imposed aberration—is not immediately obvious. Ribas has a tiny magnet near the crook of her elbow that …

This New York Project Fuses Energy Microgrids With Blockchain Technology

A microgrid using TransActive Grid’s model could let you directly sell energy generated from your rooftop solar panels to your neighbor.<p>If in the future you find yourself selling your excess solar panel energy to your neighbor via secure blockchain, you’ll have one startup’s actions on President …

You Think You Have Free Will? Science Says Think Again

Are we really so good at decision-making? Or do we fool ourselves?<p><i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>You make decisions every day, don't you?<p>You assert yourself hourly. Especially if you're American.<p>You take life by the horns and …

February 2016

Why babies all over the world are now sleeping in boxes

<b>Nearly three years ago, the Magazine reported on the Finnish baby box - a starter kit of clothes, sheets and toys the state gives to expectant mothers. The story went viral and was read by 10 million people in 18 months. Now the box idea itself is spreading around the world.</b><p>It's a tradition that …

New Ultrathin Solar Cells Are Light Enough to Sit on a Soap Bubble

Scientists have created the thinnest, lightest solar power cells yet — so lightweight that they can be draped on top of a soap bubble without popping …

Scientists fly glacial ice to south pole to unlock secrets of global warming

High on Mont Blanc, huge ice cores are being extracted to help researchers study the alarming rate of glacial melt<p>In a few weeks, researchers will begin work on a remarkable scientific project. They will drill deep into the Col du Dôme glacier on Mont Blanc and remove a 130 metre core of ice. Then …

Mapping Where to Find Elves in Iceland's Proposed New National Park

An incredibly detailed map shows where Icelanders have come into contact with “hidden people.”<p>It’s an oft-reported, can-you-even-believe-it fact that many people in Iceland still believe in the possible existence of elves. This myth from the country’s folk traditions has persisted, and the niggling …

Researchers have a radical plan to freeze rising sea water and transport it to Antarctica

A new study investigates one radical solution: 'geoengineering,' or reshaping the planet in a substantial way. In this case, by enlarging Antarctica's continental glacier via pumping ocean water onto the ice surface.<p>If it works, and the ice sheet grows thicker, it could sequester huge volumes of …

Astronomers say they’ve found the biggest structure in the universe and they named it the BOSS

By Sarah Kaplan<p>Sarah Kaplan<p>Reporter for Speaking of Science<p>Email Bio Follow<p>The BOSS is big. Really big. <i>Yuuuuuge</i>.<p>So big that when a star is born on one side of the BOSS, it takes a billion years for the light to reach the other side.<p>So big that comparing the BOSS to the next biggest thing like it is …

Universe

Ceramic pill could help US government reduce painkiller addiction

Millions of Americans are addicted to painkillers, with the death rate from opioid addiction doubling over the past decade, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.<p>The US government is attempting to crack down on the problem. Several states have introduced stringent laws that …

A 'slow' earthquake along Washington’s coast reveals something fascinating about the way the Earth moves

We're used to thinking of earthquakes as events that happen over seconds to a few minutes and produce a lot of shaking, but some earthquakes actually mosey along over hours or days, their trembling so gentle only seismometers can recognize it. One of these earthquakes started in the Cascadia …

NASA releases clearest photos of Pluto we may see for decades

NASA released two black and white images of Pluto on Friday, billing them as the dwarf planet’s “best close-ups that humans may see for decades.”<p>The …

See The Radio Waves Pulsing Around You With This iPhone App

Architecture of Radio, the experimental app by Richard Vijgen that lets you “see” Wi-Fi signals, satellites, and other radio waves, is now available for anyone to download.<p>Originally presented at Germany’s ZKM in Karlsruhe, Architecture of Radio is an augmented reality app that visualizes the …

Forget Wi-Fi: You may soon access the internet via ordinary light bulbs

Light-speed internet may be upon us. A technology called “Li-Fi” uses light waves from ordinary LED light bulbs to deliver internet connectivity that that is cheaper, more secure and 100 times faster that broadband internet.<p>Velmini—a tech company in Tallinn, Estonia—is the first to test visible …

The Moon's Two Sides Look So Different Thanks To 4.5 Billion-Year-Old Physics

If you’ve ever looked up at the brightest and closest celestial object in the night sky, our Moon, you’ve probably noticed how <i>different</i> some parts of it appear to be from others. And if you’ve ever taken a look at it through a telescope, especially if it’s not in its full phase, you’ve very likely …

Solar System

750 Years in Paris Illustrates the Historical Transformation of the City

French illustrator Vincent Mah <b></b>has long been fascinated by the narratives that cities and their architecture offer to the observer, providing glimpses into our history. Walking through the streets of Paris, Mah began to develop the idea of creating a book that relied on imagery alone to tell the …

Mysterious ‘gash’ forms on Wyoming ranch, unleashing fears of hidden volcanoes and earthquakes

By Peter Holley<p>Peter Holley<p>Technology reporter<p>Email Bio Follow<p>When a pair of hunting guides noticed a crack in the ground in a remote ranch of central Wyoming last month, they didn’t think much of it.<p>When they returned to the location in the Bighorn Mountains a few weeks later, they were shocked by …

Special Education

Transparent solar cells could turn your windows into power sources

Until now, solar cells of this kind have been only partially transparent and usually a bit tinted, but these new ones are so clear that they're practically indistinguishable from a normal pane of glass.<p>Previous claims toward transparent solar panels have been misleading, since the very nature of …

4% of people hear music in a completely different way — and it tells us something fascinating about the brain

To an estimated 4% of the world, that's what the stuff we call music sounds like.<p>These people are tone-deaf, a disorder known as congenital amusia. People who are really tone-deaf aren't just bad at karaoke: They can't pick out differences in pitch, the quality of music we're referring to when we …

What Generous People’s Brains Do Differently

Some people make giving look effortless. They’re the kind of people who bring donuts on Friday mornings and don’t think twice before helping overwhelmed colleagues, even if it means they end up working late (again). For these “givers,” taking one for the team comes <i>too</i> easily, and their needs often …

Found! Hidden Ocean Locked Up Deep in Earth's Mantle

Deep within the Earth's rocky mantle lies oceans' worth of water locked up in a type of mineral called ringwoodite, new research shows.<p>The results of …

Learning a foreign language may make you immune to 2 key decision-making biases

Investigations into the ways and means to combat these biases have lagged behind, but that's starting to change.<p>Now a team of researchers at the University of Chicago has reported that people are immune to two key biases when they think in their second, less familiar language.<p>The first half of the …

Watching glass get 3D printed is absolutely mesmerizing

Advanced 3D printing technology lets us quickly create various objects, including real buildings and cars, but one of the most unusual uses for 3D …

Glass Art

On the hunt for the Nazi gold train: Inside the Polish tunnels that may hold the bullion

Claims that a long-lost train carrying Nazi gold is close to being found have brought excitement to a Polish town<p>There has always been a bit of gold in the steep, tree-decked hills around Walbrzych in southern <b>Poland.</b> Enough to prompt the opening of a few mines long ago, and enough for tourists to …

How to optimise your brain's waste disposal system

New research suggests that body posture during sleep may affect the efficiency of the brain’s self-cleaning process<p>The human brain can be compared to something like a big, bustling city. It has workers, the neurons and glial cells which co-operate with each other to process information; it has …

This font lets you see if you’re on the NSA’s radar

Whether by email or Skype conversation, the mass surveillance programmes revealed have placed privacy rights at the forefront of the digital age, questioning how much of what we say online is confidential.<p>Now, there's a font with an answer.<p>Project Seen is a typeface that automatically redacts …

U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security

Inflatable ‘space elevator’ invented by scientists

It is an idea that every small child has had at some point. Instead of sending up rockets into space, why not simply build a huge lift.<p>Now a Canadian firm has been granted a patent for a ‘space elevator’ which will shoot cargo 12.4 miles into the stratosphere from where it can be launched more …