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Brian Cox: ‘Scientists aren’t priests of knowledge. They’re like plumbers’

<b>Summer’s here, students are heading off – what are you working on?</b><p>The last paper I published was a really theoretical paper with three colleagues and it was stimulated by a popular book I wrote with Jeff Forshaw about quantum mechanics. [There is] this strange feature of quantum theory that it</i> …

Physics

Come to know the Summer Triangle

We in the Northern Hemisphere can see the Summer Triangle for part of the night at any time of the year. But seeing it in summer is the most fun! As …

How To Build A Home Fusion Reactor

The tale of a teen physics prodigy<p>The Boy Who Played With Fusion <i>had its beginnings in 2010 when, as a contributing editor at PopSci, I discovered a small and unusual community of makers, high-energy hobbyists who were taking on both the formidable theory and the precision engineering of applied</i> …

Nuclear Energy

Lonely galaxy

NGC 6503 resides at the edge of a strangely empty patch of space called the Local Void.<p>Here is a new image of lonely galaxy NGC 6503, located some 18 …

Mars project scientists emerge from dome after 8 months

Volunteers who have spent 8 months inside a dome on a Hawaii volcano to simulate life on Mars have completed their mission<p>Six scientists who were living under a dome on the slopes of a dormant Hawaii volcano for eight months to simulate life on Mars have emerged from isolation.<p>The crew stepped …

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

TOTD: Which Other Hypercars Should Take on Porsche 918, McLaren P1?

Recently, we McLaren P1 vs. 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder” target=”_blank”>track-tested a Porsche 918 Spyder and a McLaren P1 to see which was the better million-dollar hypercar. The Porsche may have packed 17 less horsepower from its 4.6-liter V-8 engine and two electric motors, but it ultimately bested …

2016 Porsche Cayman GT4

A different sort of GT car, but definitely still the product of Porsche's crown-jewels division.<p>The Cayman GT4 manages the neat trick of being both reassuringly familiar and radically different. Nobody with prior experience of any GT-badged 911 is going to be either offended or surprised by the way …

Roads

Porsche GT Update: More Manuals Coming, No GT2 Yet, No GT SUV Ever

Porsche’s GT division has always understood the importance of exclusivity when it comes to its road cars. Production runs have been limited to numbers far below the volumes that supercar makers like Ferrari produce on an annual basis. For example, we’re told that the total build for the new Cayman …

Porsche 991 GT3 v 991 Turbo: time to choose?

First of all, we know what you’re thinking. Just how can the 991 GT3 be feasibly compared to the 991 Turbo in any way, shape or form? Surely, we’ve …

Engines

Hear the Ford Focus RS Snarl In Mountain-Carving Video

You know you love the Ford Focus RS. Based on the pleasant and fine-driving Focus five-door hatchback, and packing a hopped-up version of the EcoBoost Mustang’s turbo 2.3-liter four and a nifty all-wheel-drive system, it’s poised to occupy the perch at the top of the hot-hatch food chain. Here’s a …

Ford Motor Company

Audi Challenges Students to Program Tiny Autonomous Cars

Audi has made headlines with its Piloted Driving autonomous-car project, which has birthed a self-parking A7, a self-driving A6 Avant (that we’ve ridden in!), a racetrack-devouring autonomous RS7, and, most recently, an A7 that made its way from Palo Alto to Las Vegas all on its own. Now, Audi is …

Autonomous Cars

Alleged shooting at Lil Wayne's Miami home a 'swatting' hoax

Miami Beach police received a call from a person saying that four people had been shot but the department says it could not locate any victims or a gunman<p>Miami Beach police swarmed the home of rapper Lil Wayne on Wednesday after an apparent hoax call reported that four people had been …

Lil Wayne

PlayStation 4 goes to China next week

The PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita will launch in China March 20, following a two-month delay and the further loosening of restrictions on console sales in the country.<p>The console will cost roughly $463 in the country, and the Vita will run about $207. The two devices retail for $399 and $199 …

Bright Pink Sea Slugs Invading New Habitats Due to Global Warming?

The colorful invertebrates are moving north along the California coast as ocean waters warm, scientists say.<p>Brightly colored sea slugs have invaded the central and northern California coast—and scientists aren't exactly tickled pink.<p>That's because the arrival of the soft-bellied marine creatures, …

Global Warming

Big Dipper stars point to North Star

Tonight, if you can find the Big Dipper in the northern sky, you can find the North Star, Polaris. The Big Dipper is low in the northeast sky at …

Astronomy

Ask Us Anything: Can Body Fat Protect You Like A Built-In Cushion?

Short Answer: It Prevents Some Injuries But Causes Others<p>Fat can indeed act as a shock absorber in violent collisions. A 2003 study of car-crash victims found that those with more subcutaneous fat were less likely to suffer abdominal injuries. But the fat-as-airbag principle only goes so far. When …

Body Fat

Have astronomers pinpointed dark matter Galaxy X?

In 2009, astronomers predicted an unseen dark-matter-dominated dwarf galaxy orbiting our Milky Way – nicknamed Galaxy X. Now they say they’ve found …

In The Future, You Can Control Your Tesla From Your Watch

Starting at just $50,349<p>If you're a Tesla Model S owner, you're already part of a technologically elite crowd, so it's hardly out of the question that you might be in the market for an Apple Watch when the wearable device ships this April. But you might be further enticed by an app that promises to …

Apple Watch

SpaceX mission could herald new era of reusable rockets

A test launch on Tuesday by the private space company SpaceX could be historic, not for where its rocket goes but for where it lands – and that it lands safely at all. All being well, the rocket will return to Earth on a giant floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean.<p><b>The mission</b><p>SpaceX has scheduled …

Space Travel

Ericsson unleashes LTE over the Wi-Fi airwaves

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: Gigaom / Kevin Fitchard<p>Carriers are constantly on the hunt for more 4G spectrum, but the airwaves they need may be …

These Are the Most Ingenious Gadgets From CES 2015

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These headphones are packing a hidden pair of VR goggles

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Avegant<p>At first glance, the Glyph headphones from Redwood City-based startup Avegant look chunky, but there’s a good …

Augmented Reality

How to make an Earth

New evidence suggests that the basic ingredients for our Earth would likely go into making distant rocky exoplanets, orbiting other stars, as …