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World's most powerful X-ray laser beam creates 'molecular black hole' - IBTimes India

Special mirrors were used by the researchers to focus the X-ray beams into a spot over 100 nanometres in diameter. One nanometer is equal to …

Physicists Discover an Unexpected Force Acting on Nanoparticles in a Vacuum

Nanoparticles can be pushed by pure nothingness.<p>Researchers have discovered a new and unexpected force that acts on nanoparticles in a vacuum, …

Physics

Scientists Create a New Kind of Liquid That Can Push Itself Along a Flat Surface

How the... ?<p>Moving a liquid from point A to point B typically requires either a sloping surface or a pump of some sort to apply pressure.<p>A new kind …

Singularity

Does science imply God? Harvard astronomer raises fine-tuning argument in Washington Post, suggesting a theistic explanation for human intelligence

Howard Smith is a lecturer in Harvard’s Department of Astronomy as well as an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. He’s …

How to Get Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable (According to a Green Beret)

7 steps to acclimate yourself to extreme situations so you can excel at every level.<p>I've been an entrepreneur for seven years. Midway through the fourth year, things were coming to a head. I wasn't getting enough sleep. I wasn't exercising, and I wasn't keeping my mind clear with meditation.<p>In the …

Self-help

Gut health startup uBiome has raised $15.5 million and is launching a DNA test for your poop

There are a lot of startups looking at your DNA these days but uBiome stands out as unique among them for testing the DNA of microorganisms found in your fecal matter.<p>These bugs have a lot to do with your health and the startup is launching a clinical screening test called SmartGut to sequence the …

Startups

Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

Shoulder impingement syndrome is a common source of pain in the shoulder. It is found in about 50% of patients who come to the doctor with a complaint of shoulder problems. Shoulder impingement is often referred to as rotator cuff tendonitis or shoulder bursitis (Figure 2). It is really an …

British scientists win Nobel prize in physics for work so baffling it had to be described using bagels

Explaining why three British professors won the Noble prize for physics wasn’t rocket science. It was harder.<p>So yesterday the Nobel committee chose the medium of pastries to illustrate how David Thouless, Duncan Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz changed the world with their groundbreaking …

Ask Ethan: What ‘impossible physics’ would become possible with warp drive?

In 1994, Miguel Alcubierre showed how warp drive could be made real within General Relativity. What does that imply?<p><i>“Its continuing mission: to</i> …

The Impossible Propulsion Drive Is Heading to Space

Enough argument. It's time to actually test this crazy thing.<p>The EmDrive, a hypothetical miracle propulsion system for outer space, has been sparking heated arguments for years. Now, Guido Fetta plans to settle the argument about reactionless space drives for once and for all by sending one into …

Russian scientists develop unique plasma generator

Scientists from the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (NRNU MEPhI) have developed a plasma generator that creates a high-intensity pulsed …

Ultrasound can levitate large objects

Scientists have long dreamed of using acoustic levitation to float objects, but there has been one big catch: you couldn't lift an object larger than the wavelength without being picky about what you're lifting. However, it might not be a problem going forward. Researchers in Brazil and the UK have …

Magic-mushroom drug lifts depression in first human trial

Researchers' long fight to test psilocybin's safety finally yields fruit.<p>A hallucinogenic drug derived from magic mushrooms could be useful in …

Zap! Sparking the Brain Stimulates Creativity

That spark of creativity you crave might begin with a tiny zap.<p>In recent experiments, researchers delivered gentle, targeted electrical impulses to …

The Brain

Nanoparticle acts like Trojan horse to halt asthma: New technology also can be used to turn off peanut and other food allergies

New technology also can be used to turn off peanut and other food allergies<p>In a new approach to treating asthma and allergies, a biodegradable …

Food Allergies

Scientists Think Taking Acid Gives You the Mind of a Baby

Researchers put some people on acid into MRIs to figure out what anyone who has fried balls and stared fixedly at colorful lights for hours already knew.<p><b>Read: Meet the Only Doctor in the World Legally Allowed to Use LSD to Treat Patients</b><p>Lately, the scientific community has begun to rediscover LSD's …

Consciousness

Mysterious chimpanzee behaviour could prove they believe in God, according to scientists

New footage of ritual behaviour by chimpanzees, taken and analysed by researchers, shows they may be engaging in spiritual practices - and could even believe in God.<p>West African chimpanzees have been captured on camera throwing rocks into holes in trees and engaging in other bizarre behaviour, …

Scientists Say This Strategy Can Help You Learn Anything Fast

We've been studying all wrong.<p>In his book <i>Fluent Forever</i>, opera singer Gabriel Wyner suggests that one of the best ways to learn a new language is to …

The Brain

15 Tools to Create Automation in Your Small Business

6 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The Wall Street Journal describes how marketing is becoming increasingly automated as a result of new technologies. "It's not that the goals of marketing have changed, but the means to achieve them." A wide-variety of automation …

Small Business

Science Proves That Wearing Bras Is Bad For Your Health

For most women, there is no better feeling at the end of a long day than returning home and taking off their bras. But most women are still wearing …

15 books successful people read to their kids

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, reading aloud to your children and talking about pictures and words in age-appropriate books can strengthen language skills, literacy development, and parent-child relationships.<p>What's more, a study conducted this year by a number of pediatricians …

Newly-Discovered, Ancient Humans Were Tree-Climbers Who Walked and Used Tools

Last month in South Africa, scientists announced the discovery of a new group of early humans called <i>Homo naledi</i>. Now an analysis shows that this …

How The Brains Of Happy, Successful People Are Wired

Greater connectivity in the brain may be linked to greater happiness and life satisfaction.<p>It seems that some people may really have all the luck. According to the "general intelligence g factor" theory, if you're adept at one cognitive function (like working memory), you're likely to be adept in …

Go big or crash hard at Virgin Kitesurf World Championships - Venezuela 2015

Catapult to Safety With This CO2-Fueled Pool Parachute

If you abide by the mantra of safety first, consider the Kingii, a gadget that will rocket a struggling swimmer above water, courtesy of a CO2-filled balloon.<p>Just strap the Kingii to your wrist, yank the lever to deploy the balloon, and the effects of buoyancy will bring you to the water’s surface. …

All 78 Original “Star Trek” Episodes, Rendered As Minimalist Posters

Designer Mark Gonyea is back, and has distilled every episode of The Original Series into a single image.<p>Compared to today’s CGI-laden sci-fi shows, the original <i>Star Trek</i> was about as minimalist as it gets: the sets were cardboard, the aliens all rubber and grease paint, and the uniforms little …

6 Inspiring Websites That Teach You To Code

If you've always had a desire to build your own apps or create your own websites, then you can begin your coding education with nothing more than a …

Google Web Designer launches in beta, available now as a free download

Back in June, Google's advertising arm put up a blog post, letting us know it was about to release an HTML5 development tool, called Google Web Designer. Well, it's just arrived today, per a post on Google's own G+ account, and it's available in beta as a free download. Throughout, the tool appears …