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10 Scientific Blunders That Could Shake Your Faith in Science

The history of science teaches us to question what we think we know.<p>Some scientists who made great discoveries in history were ridiculed and …

David Miranda was carrying password for secret files on piece of paper

A journalist’s partner who was detained carrying thousands of British intelligence documents through Heathrow airport was also holding the password to an encrypted file written on a piece of paper, the government has disclosed.<p>In a written statement handed to the High Court in London, a senior …

Spy chief says U.S. will publish transparency report this fall

James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence for the Obama administration, says his office will publish its first annual transparency report …

Video: Firefighting Helicopter Grabs Water From A Pool

Splish splash, stopping fire in its path<p>This specially configured firefighting 747 supertanker can dump 20,500 gallons of water at once on a fire, before landing to refuel and reload. Helicopters can't carry as much (they drop anywhere from 100 to 3,000 gallons of water in a single load), but they …

Squeeze The Bacteria Out Of Water With A New Gel

In an emergency, clean drinking water can be tough to find. Floods, earthquakes and hurricanes can make our usual sources of water potentially unsafe.<p>After the 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean left many without access to clean water, researchers from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore …

The World's Most Precise Clock Could Prove Einstein Wrong

What a makes a good clock? Andrew Ludlow, a physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, says one of the most important criteria is stability.<p>"If you could imagine a grandfather clock and see the pendulum swinging back and forth, ideally that pendulum would swing back and forth …

'Uncertain' Science: Judith Curry's Take On Climate Change

While the Obama administration presses forward with plans to deal with climate change, Congress remains steadfast against taking action. It's not easy to find a scientist who will agree with that point of view. But Republicans have found an ally in a climate scientist by the name of Judith …

An Adorable Animation Of The Sun Destroying Earth

Plus some other fun facts about the solar system!<p>Hello, tiny human! If you needed a quick reminder of how small you are in the universe, just check out this video, created by designer Philipp Dettmer. It'll give you the basic run-down of the solar system: how many moons each planet has, how far …

NASA Briefing Previews Lunar Mission

A New Type Of Motor Made From Gadget Guts

Engineers at CORE Outdoor Power developed a printed circuit board-based rotary motor that's as strong as a gas-powered one, but without the emissions and noise.<p>Since the 1950s, the brain of any electronic device has been a printed circuit board (PCB), a piece of substrate that contains all—or …

The ambitious effort to detect ripples in space

A phenomenon so elusive that one team has to carry out an ambitious mission to prove their even more ambitious mission could possibly work.<p>“Right now, your body is being stretched and squeezed.” So Harry Ward from the University of Glasgow tells me as I try to get my head round the head-scratching …

The Week In Numbers: The Most Expensive Experiment Ever, 700,000-Year-Old DNA, And More

<b>233 degrees Fahrenheit</b>: the temperature at which NASA sterilized the Viking landers before they went to Mars (turns out that was probably unnecessary—if Earth microorganisms could survive on Mars, they're probably already living there…)<p><b>€13 billion to €16 billion</b>: the cost of the International …

NASA begins testing drilling Mars rover in Chilean desert

NASA this month began testing a prototype robot in the Chilean desert, as part of the agency's ongoing search for evidence of life on Mars. The prototype, known as Zoë, is a solar-powered, autonomous robot equipped with onboard sensors, cameras, and a one-meter drill. The robot will use its drill …

Starwatch: The July night sky

Our nights are drawing in again but the persistent summer twilight remains a hindrance to views of the dimmer stars and the Milky Way as it arches …

Pentagon's Rules Of Engagement For Cyberspace Get First Update In 7 Years

The new rules are classified.<p>Yesterday, General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, announced an update to the Pentagon playbook on cyber war, the first in seven years. Cyber, the over-broad term for all things online, electronic, and networked, is a relatively new arena in war, …

FCC approves Google's white space wireless database

Google may have been on pins and needles while the FCC scrutinized its white space wireless database over the spring, but it can relax this summer -- the FCC has given the database the all-clear. The approval lets Google serve as one of ten go-to sources for white space devices needing safe …

What happens when the world turns into one giant brain

These days, many of us in consumer and enterprise tech companies are working on predictive systems that provide modest but valuable augmentation of …

Ambition redefined

THERE is nothing like making a rod for your own back. On June 30th UNAIDS (the United Nations agency charged with combating HIV), UNICEF (the UN's …