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Scientists have a new way to calculate what global warming costs. Trump’s team isn’t going to like it.

How we view the costs of future climate change, and more importantly how we quantify them, may soon be changing. A much-anticipated new report, just released by the National Academy of Sciences, recommends major updates to a federal metric known as the “social cost of carbon” — and its suggestions …

Tillerson says China should be barred from South China Sea islands

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state has set a course for a potentially serious confrontation with Beijing, saying China should be denied access to islands it has built in the contested South China Sea.<p>In comments expected to enrage Beijing, Rex …

China

How To Teach A Sea Lion Who's Fussy About Grammar

When it comes to sentence structure, Rocky, a sea lion, was a stickler.<p>"It really mattered to her, what's going to be the direct and indirect object," says Kathy Streeter, an animal trainer.<p>For Sierra, it isn't the grammar that interests her. It's the vocalizations. This California sea lion loves …

Archaeologists Beat Flood Waters And Dig Up Ancient Mosaics

Do you ever wonder what we'll leave behind for future generations? And what impressions those future archaeologists will take from our stuff? Will …

5 Simple Math Problems No One Can Solve

Easy to understand, supremely difficult to prove.<p>Mathematics can get pretty complicated. Fortunately, not all math problems need to be inscrutable. Here are five current problems in the field of mathematics that anyone can understand, but nobody has been able to solve.

Computer Scientists Close In on Perfect, Hack-Proof Code

IN THE SUMMER of 2015 a team of hackers attempted to take control of an unmanned military helicopter known as Little Bird. The helicopter, which is …

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The World’s First Travel Writer Was a Guy From Ancient Greece

You can thank second-century geographer and writer Pausanias for travel literature.<p>An 1819 painting of ancient Livadeia, a city “no less adorned than …

The 17 equations that changed the course of history

Mathematics is all around us, and it has shaped our understanding of the world in countless ways.<p>In 2013, mathematician and science author Ian …

Quantum computers just took a huge logical leap forward

Quantum computing researchers at the University of Oxford have developed a logic gate with a precision of 99.9%. That's not only a new record, it …

8 Secrets Of Great Communicators

When it comes to communication, we all tend to think we’re pretty good at it. Truth is, even those of us who are good communicators aren’t nearly as good as we think we are. This overestimation of our ability to communicate is magnified when interacting with people we know well.<p>Researchers at the …

Super-efficient solar cells can power homes in unforgiving areas

Scientists have long talked about black silicon (that is, silicon with nano-sized structures) having the potential to trump conventional solar power, and there's now some proof that this is happening. Aalto University researchers have developed black silicon solar cells that achieve a record 22.1 …

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Physicists Just Quantum Entangled 10 Photon Pairs And Set a New World Record

Nailed it!<p>Once derided by Einstein himself as "spooky action at a distance", quantum entanglement is a strange phenomenon where two quantum particles …

Milky Way no longer visible to one third of humanity, light pollution atlas shows

Scientists describe ‘cultural loss of unprecedented magnitude’ as global atlas reveals extent of light pollution in the world’s skies<p>It has inspired astronomers, artists, musicians and poets but the Milky Way could become a distant memory for much of humanity, a new global atlas of light pollution …

Universe

New Evidence Could 'Break' the Standard View of Quantum Mechanics

Quantum mechanics is difficult to understand at the best of times, but new evidence suggests that the current standard view of how particles behave …

Physicists discover an infinite number of quantum speed limits

(Phys.org)—In order to determine how fast quantum technologies can ultimately operate, physicists have established the concept of "quantum speed …

The Evolutionary Argument Against Reality

As we go about our daily lives, we tend to assume that our perceptions — sights, sounds, textures, tastes — are an accurate portrayal of the real world. Sure, when we stop and think about it — or when we find ourselves fooled by a perceptual illusion — we realize with a jolt that what we perceive …

Consciousness

Physicists Collide Quasiparticles for the First Time

Femtosecond lasers offer a peek into a whole new quasiworld.<p>There are particles in nature that aren't quite particles but are nonetheless real and behave in ways that relate to the that we all know and love. These are the <i>quasiparticles</i>, which we can understand as different sorts of collective …

Maybe It's Not Such A Great Idea To Bring People Back After Brain Death

The reasons have nothing to do with zombies<p>A trial to see if it is possible to regenerate the brains of patients who have been declared clinically dead has been approved. Reanima Advanced Biosciences aims to use stem cells, injections of peptides, and nerve stimulation to reverse “brain death as …

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This Weird Experiment Is Bringing Us Closer Than Ever to Solving a 100-Year-Old Cosmic Mystery

Decoding cosmic rays.<p>On the flanks of the Sierra Negra volcano in Central Mexico, nearly 14,000 feet (4,267 metres) above sea level, there is a giant …

Why Does Gravity Move At The Speed Of Light?

If you looked out at the Sun across the 93 million miles of space that separate our world from our nearest star, the light you’re seeing isn’t from the Sun as it is right now, but rather as it was some 8 minutes and 20 seconds ago. This is because as fast as light is — moving at the speed of light …

Physics

Twitter taught Microsoft’s friendly AI chatbot to be a racist asshole in less than a day

It took less than 24 hours for Twitter to corrupt an innocent AI chatbot. Yesterday, Microsoft unveiled Tay — a Twitter bot that the company described as an experiment in "conversational understanding." The more you chat with Tay, said Microsoft, the smarter it gets, learning to engage people …

What Is The Strongest Force In The Universe?

When it comes to the fundamental laws of nature, we can break everything down into four forces that are at the core of everything in the Universe:<p>The <b>strong nuclear force</b>: the force responsible for holding atomic nuclei and individual protons and neutrons together.<br>• The <b>electromagnetic force</b>: the force …

Four Laser Beams Will Create the World's Most Powerful Fake Stars

Set lasers to star mode. The European Southern Observatory’s Paranal Observatory in Chile now has four powerful laser beams with which to create …

Physicists Squeeze Water Molecules Into an Entirely New State

Beyond solids, liquids, and gases.<p>Physicists from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered a new state of water that cannot be explained as a solid, liquid, or gas. It is a peculiar, and like exceedingly common, "other" state that water molecules are forced to exist …

Why Space and Time Might Be an Illusion

This past fall, the world of physics celebrated the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity, which forms the foundation of our modern understanding of the force of gravity. Einstein's creation has been the ultimate antidote to a blasé, seen-it-all attitude that sometimes …

Quantum Mechanics