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Great music is 'as good as sex'

Listening to great music is as good as sex, according to new research.<p>It sparks the same part of the brain triggered by a delicious meal or a night of passion.<p>Scans found areas in the brain's 'pleasure' centre became active when people heard a song for the first time.<p>And the more the listener …

This Amazing, Zoomable Universe-In-A-Browser Puts Everything In Perspective

And another one helps you see just how far it is to Mars.<p>From nanoparticles to galaxies, we can understand a lot about how our universe works--but it's hard to keep things in context. Can you really grasp how far you'd have to travel to reach Mars? Or wrap your head around the infinitesimally small …

Silly putty eats a magnet: Time-lapse video of magnetism at work.

Science isn’t cool, you hear people say? Science is boring? Science is dorky?<p>Phil Plait writes <b>Slate</b>’s Bad Astronomy blog and is an astronomer, public …

Berkeley researchers replace passwords with passthoughts by reading your mind - ExtremeTech

By on April 8, 2013 at 10:49 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>In the future, instead of trying to …

Solar Panels Now Make More Electricity Than They Use

And by 2020, the solar industry will have completely "paid back" the energy it took to produce the world's panels.<p>Solar panels make energy, but they take energy to make, too. And, until about 2010 or so, the solar panel industry used more electricity than it produced, according to a new analysis. …

NASA scientist Sonny White claIms to be on the verge of faster-than-light travel. Is he for real? http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2013-03/warp-factor?src=SOC&dom=fb

Mars Gigapixel Panorama - Curiosity rover: Martian solar days 136-149

NASA's Mars Exploration Program (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)<p>4 billion pixels panorama of Mars<p>The images for panorama obtained by the two rover's …

Growing plants on Mars

Will plants survive in Martian soil or moon dust? This question was initially prompted by Dutch plans to establish a colony on Mars. As the plan does …

NASA Asteroid Capture Mission: First Real Step in Utilizing Extraterrestrial Resources

NASA is about to get a chance to try something totally new: instead of just visting or landing on things in space, it is going to go grab one of …

Bungie melds fantasy, Tarkovsky, and space wizards in 'Destiny' concept art

After moving on from the <i>Halo</i> franchise, studio Bungie announced a new project in February of this year. Called <i>Destiny</i>, it combines first-person shooter mechanics with more MMO-like qualities, asking players to help protect the last remaining city on Earth in the far future. While we've already seen …

Storing Renewable Energy In Hydrogen Could Help Stabilize Output, Researchers Find

<b>From Climate Central's Michael D. Lemonick:</b><p>Solar energy is virtually limitless, generates no planet-warming greenhouse gases — and is useless between sunset and sunrise. Wind energy is also plentiful and emits no carbon, and it can be harvested day or night, but not when the air is calm.<p>A discovery …

The Amazing Disappearing Magnetic Field of Mars

Spacecraft loaded with instruments will orbit Mars, sending back clues about the planet's climate change.<p><b>Mars owes its dry and dusty appearance</b> to its wispy atmosphere, less than 1 percent of the thickness of the Earth's. But it wasn't always that way: The Red Planet formerly had a much thicker …

Music amps immunity and cuts stress - Futurity

MCGILL (CAN) — Before surgery, listening to music is more effective at reducing anxiety than …

Death Valley - hottest, driest, lowest place in U.S. - has been designated a Dark Sky Park. Details here: http://bit.ly/YGpMcq

Best time to see planet Saturn in 2013 is approaching. Details here: http://bit.ly/XePiHK

4-Billion-Pixel Panorama From Curiosity Rover Brings Mars to Your Computer Screen

• Author: Adam Mann. Adam Mann Science<br>• Date of Publication: 03.28.13. 03.28.13<br>• Time of Publication: 1:59 pm. 1:59 pm<p>Sweep your gaze around Gale Crater on …

Scientists create transistor-like biological device

Scientists have used biological tissue to recreate one of the main components of a modern computer inside living cells.<p>The biological device behaves …

NASA remotely controls Athlete rover with Leap Motion: 'let's bring a billion human beings into a holodeck'

"You are the space invaders"<p>"Just for you guys today we're going to do something special, something that's never been done before" said Victor Luo, NASA human interface engineer. "We're going to drive this robot, on stage at GDC, with a Leap Motion device."<p>In an unexpected demonstration at the 2013 …

Breathable Façade Concept Pivots On Sunlight

There are some green building designs that are so simple, you wonder how the world functioned before they were dreamed up. Then there are those that …

Scientists Engineer Extreme Microorganisms To Make Fuel From Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide

A University of Georgia team tinkered with the genes of Pyrococcus furiosus, and the new breed is hungry for the smoggy stuff.<p>To find a way of fending off global warming, scientists sometimes look to nature. Plants, after all, use photosynthesis to snap up carbon dioxide, the biggest source of our …

Socrates (In The Form Of A 9-Year-Old) Shows Up In A Suburban Backyard In Washington

When he rang the doorbell, Zia hadn't planned to step inside. He was there to pick up his fiancee who was babysitting, but she couldn't leave (the parents were running late) so Zia agreed to hang out for a bit. His fiancee said, "Let me introduce you to the kids" — the 2-year-old girl, the …

Who Has the Right to Mine an Asteroid?

As PopMech has relentlessly covered, the race is on to tap the mineral wealth tucked away in the asteroids. But are these big space rocks free for the taking, or will asteroid miners find themselves bogged down in outer space red tape? Instapundit blogger and resident contrarian Glenn Harlan …

Will we ever detect gravitational waves directly?

(This piece originally appeared in the “Will we ever?” column at <i>BBC Future</i>. Though I added a few visuals, I left the UK spellings and BBC stylebook …

A Hot Topic: Climate Change Coming To Classrooms

By the time today's K-12 students grow up, the challenges posed by climate change are expected to be severe and sweeping. Now, for the first time, new nationwide science standards due out soon will recommend that U.S. public school students learn about the climatic shift taking place.<p>Mark McCaffrey …

Space tourism: the annoying details

With the news of Voyager leaving the solar system (again), prehistoric water on Mars and possible missions there, the mechanics of landings on …