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How JFK and the Cold War space race inspired an album

Interview: Public Service Broadcasting’s frontman J. Willgoose Esq explores the history behind the band’s Cold War era-inspired album The Race For Space<p>Public Service Broadcasting are as much a science project as they are a band. The duo create musical pieces exploring science, history and …

The 7 smartest, classiest porn sites

Smut doesn’t have to be so boring and conventional. Sites like Hysterical Literature prove it can even be artistic<p>According to Rule 34, if it exists, there's a porn for it. Rule 34 doesn't, however, guarantee there's a decent porn for it. What if you want something that's--I don't know--classier, I …

Sleeping Limbs (The KickDrums Remix)

Alex Fitts aka The KickDrums brought his electronica-infused style of rock to create this brooding remix of <i>Sleeping Limbs</i>, a track by indie rock …

Rapid data transfer thanks to quantum physics

Fig. 1<p>If you enter “spin laser” in Google, you will get over 10,000 results in 0.2 seconds. Quite fast. In future, this could work even faster. The …

Scientists Discover a Jewel at the Heart of Quantum Physics

Physicists reported this week the discovery of a jewel-like geometric object that dramatically simplifies calculations of particle interactions and …

Britain signs up to world's hottest nuclear physics project

Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research (Fair) will study elements that exist fleetingly on the surface of exploding stars<p>British physicists will have access to the most advanced nuclear physics facility in the world after UK funders agreed to join the project.<p>The £1.4bn research centre, which …

10 Mind-Bending Discoveries In Physics

The study of physics is the study of the universe—and more specifically, just how the hell the universe works. It is without a doubt the most …

Physics

This alien world shouldn't even exist

What you're looking at could be a planet being born some 176 light-years away from Earth. It’s a small planet, only 6 to 28 times Earth’s mass. But …

First Known Four-Quark Particle Pops Up In Japanese Collider

This new finding confirms the particle exists.<p>Physicists have observed what they're confident is the first known particle with four quarks.<p>This isn't the first time the Belle detector, housed with the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization in Japan, has appeared to observe a four-quark …

Embryonic stem cells could help restore sight to blind

Photoreceptors grown from embryonic stem cells have been successfully implanted in the retinas of blind mice<p>Scientists have shown that light-sensitive retinal cells, grown in the lab from stem cells, can successfully integrate into the eye when implanted into blind mice. The technique opens up the …

New Theory: The Universe Isn't Expanding, It's Just Gaining Mass

But you'd never know, because everyone is getting more massive at the same time.<p>Whoa. One cosmologist is proposing that the universe isn't actually expanding, as the standard theory goes. Instead, the redshift effects astronomers see could mean that everything is just gaining more mass, while …

Coding cognition: IBM needs apps for its digital brain

A far fetched idea inches ever-closer to reality<p>IBM wants to see researchers writing programs for the digital equivalent of a human brain. It's a lofty, almost sci-fi task that's likely a far way out, but IBM announced on Wednesday that it had made some significant steps toward making it happen: …

Blood clots could be sucked out of the brain by a robotic device

Intracerebral hemorrhaging is what occurs when a blood vessel in the brain bursts, and the blood which subsequently leaks out of that vessel forms a …

A new way of thinking about how the brain works

Modern neuroscience is based on the discovery of the neuron, but this is only half the story<p>My book, <i>50 Human Brain Ideas You Really Need to Know</i>, is out now, and is available at a discount price from Amazon and the <i>Guardian</i> bookshop. (And here's a lovely review by Vaughan Bell, who calls it "a …

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Scientists "freeze" light inside a crystal for one minute

The switch to photonics<p>Today's technologies use semiconductor-based processors and storage devices to compute and store data electronically. However, …

Nanotech

Genetic map of cancer reveals trails of mutation that lead to disease

Map shows how 20 patterns of mutation drive 30 cancer types, pointing the way to prevention and treatment strategies<p>The first detailed map of genetic faults that cause cancers is published today, offering profound insights into the disease.<p>The map describes more than 20 "genetic signatures", or …

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Add this Tweet to your website by copying the code below. Learn more<p>Add this video to your website by copying the code below. Learn more<p>Hmm, there …

Making New Elements

How scientists create superheavy atoms.<p>Last year, scientists in Germany set out to create the heaviest known element in the universe: element 119. For five months, they attempted to fuse the atoms of two lighter elements to form one large atom with 119 protons in its nucleus. Like other …

NASA Successfully Tests First 3-D Printed Rocket Engine Injector

Another step toward the day when 3-D printers spit out entire spacecraft.<p>We've seen 3-D printed aircraft and drone parts, and even plans for a printable private jet. Now NASA has demonstrated another 3-D printing first: The agency has just finished successful tests of a 3-D printed rocket engine …

Glass allows scientists to recreate superman's memory crystals

A new type of computer memory similar to the “memory crystals” used by Superman in the films has been developed.<p>Researchers at the University of Southampton have managed to use lasers to record and retrieve data from pieces of glass.<p>They claim it could allow up to 360 terabytes, equivalent to …

Blu-Ray

Tests verify quantum effects in processor - Futurity

USC (US) — Researchers have verified that quantum effects are indeed at play in the …

USC

NASA's NEXT ion thruster runs five and a half years nonstop to set new record

On Monday, NASA announced that its advanced ion propulsion engine operated for 48,000 hours, or five and a half years – and that’s without stops for …

Space Exploration

The Weird Way Alcohol Behaves In Space

Quantum tunneling holds a clue for one of the great mysteries of space chemistry.<p>A few years back, scientists discovered a giant cloud of hooch floating around in space. The 288 billion-mile cloud of gaseous methanol, an alcohol present in antifreeze and some moonshine presented a conundrum: How do …

The Six Habits Of Successful Private Companies

It’s a good time again to be a privately held company. No pressure over quarterly earnings, no obsession with stock prices, no anxiety over what you can say to whom about how the business is going. Heck, nobody outside the owner has to know anything. Mark Zuckerberg probably wishes Facebook were …

APOD: Horsehead: A Wider View (2013 May 03) Composition and Processing: Robert Gendler Image Data: ESO, VISTA, HLA, Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130503.html Explanation: Combined image data from the massive, ground-based VISTA telescope and the Hubble Space Telescope was used to create this wide perspective of the interstellar landscape surrounding the famous Horsehead Nebula. Captured at near-infrared wavelengths, the region's dusty molecular cloud sprawls across the scene that covers an angle about two-thirds the size of the Full Moon on the sky. Left to right the frame spans just over 10 light-years at the Horsehead's estimated distance of 1,600 light-years. Also known as Barnard 33, the still recognizable Horsehead Nebula stands at the upper right, the near-infrared glow of a dusty pillar topped with newborn stars. Below and left, the bright reflection nebula NGC 2023 is itself the illuminated environs of a hot young star. Dense clouds below the base of the Horsehead and on the outskirts of NGC 2023 show the tell-tale far red emission of energetic jets, known as Herbig-Haro objects, also associated with newborn stars. http://www.robgendlerastropics.com/HH-HST-ESO.html Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130503 Starship Asterisk* • On This Day in APOD http://asterisk.apod.com/view_retro.php?date=0503

APOD: The Red Rectangle Nebula from Hubble (2013 May 21) Image Credit: ESA, Hubble, NASA; Reprocessing: Steven Marx, Hubble Legacy Archive http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130521.html Explanation: How was the unusual Red Rectangle nebula created? At the nebula's center is an aging binary star system that surely powers the nebula but does not, as yet, explain its colors. The unusual shape of the Red Rectangle is likely due to a thick dust torus which pinches the otherwise spherical outflow into tip-touching cone shapes. Because we view the torus edge-on, the boundary edges of the cone shapes seem to form an X. The distinct rungs suggest the outflow occurs in fits and starts. The unusual colors of the nebula are less well understood, however, and speculation holds that they are partly provided by hydrocarbon molecules that may actually be building blocks for organic life. The Red Rectangle nebula lies about 2,300 light years away towards the constellation of the Unicorn (Monoceros). The nebula is shown above in great detail as recently reprocessed image from Hubble Space Telescope. In a few million years, as one of the central stars becomes further depleted of nuclear fuel, the Red Rectangle nebula will likely bloom into a planetary nebula. http://www.astrobin.com/users/StevenMx/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130521 Starship Asterisk* • On This Day in APOD http://asterisk.apod.com/view_retro.php?date=0521

What Happens When Stars Collide?

In this case, you get a newly observed kind of pulsating star.<p>It sure would be interesting to watch two stars run into each other — from a safe distance, of course. One can imagine there would be quite the titanic battle going on between their competing gravitational forces, throwing off gas and …

What colour were the first birds? Illuminating studies provide some new clues

In the last few years there has been much research aimed at trying to determine the colours of both ancient birds and non-avian dinosaurs. …