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Rosetta comet mission: Philae landing craft launched from mother ship

The European Space Agency’s comet lander has been launched from its mother ship and is dropping towards the surface. The washing-machine-sized Philae landing craft separated from the main Rosetta spacecraft at 8.35am GMT, with confirmation received on Earth at 9.05am GMT.<p>The lander will now fall …

How Animals Hacked The Rainbow And Got Stumped On Blue

Until about 600 million years ago, seeing colors didn't matter so much to Earth's inhabitants — nobody had eyes.<p>"Before the eye evolved, you just wouldn't have seen what was there," says Andrew Parker, a biologist at London's Natural History Museum who studies the evolution of color.<p>Simple animals …

Should the Government Fund Only Science in the "National Interest"?

Texas lawmaker steps up a fight over control of research funding.<p>The glass-and-concrete headquarters of the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Virginia, normally hosts scientists who decide the fate of fellow researchers' grant proposals. But in a nondescript spare office on the 12th floor, …

America's Rooftop Solar Panels Are Probably Facing The Wrong Direction

But they make more money this way.<p>The direction of your rooftop solar panels benefits your wallet more than the environment, according to multiple energy officials interviewed by The New York Times.<p>Virtually all homes point their solar panels south, where they can best capture rays from the sun …

Solar Power

1. Curry

Turmeric, the spice that gives curry and mustard their yellow color, contains a chemical called curcumin that’s the subject of numerous neurologic studies right now. Research has shown curcumin’s ability to boost memory, slow the progression of Alzheimer's and stimulate neurogenesis, which is the …

Alzheimer's Disease

Nobel prize in physics goes to inventors of blue light-emitting diodes

Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano at Nagoya University, Japan, and Shuji Nakamura of the University of California at Santa Barbara have won the Nobel prize in physics for the invention of blue light-emitting diodes – an energy-efficient and environment-friendly light source.<p>The Royal Swedish Academy …

Fiber Broadband Speeds Are Falling in the UK, but Cable Is Getting Faster

If you’re a fiber broadband subcsriber in the UK, there’s a good chance that the broadband speeds you receive are slower than they used to be, according to an Ofcom report today.<p>The UK’s telecom watchdog said that in the six months to May 2014, fiber broadband packages saw a decrease of nearly …

The 10 Silicon Valley Startups Engineers Most Want to Work For

LinkedIn's annual list includes Lytro, Coursera and Fitbit.<p>Silicon Valley tech companies go to great lengths to woo new employees.<p>Free meals, unlimited vacation days, even free transportation make up just some of the perks offered by startups and tech giants, where software engineers often make …

Making An Impact At An Early-Stage Startup If You're Inexperienced And Don't Code

As a startup founder with many friends between 20-30 years old, I’m often asked for advice on how to break into the early-stage startup scene. If you’re an engineer or have a proven track record, you just put your resume out there and many startups will come to you. However, if you don’t code nor …

Microsoft makes more money from Samsung than from Skype, Windows Phone, and Xbox combined

Android—the most widely-used mobile operating system in the world made by Google—actually owes a lot to patents owned by its erstwhile rival, Microsoft. There has been a lot of speculation about just how much Microsoft makes from royalty fees from Android handset users like Samsung and HTC. A …

Windows Phone

Higgs Boson to the World Wide Web: 7 Big Discoveries Made at CERN

The world's biggest atom smasher, where monumental discoveries such as the detection of the once-elusive Higgs boson particle and the creation of …

Using Anthrax In The Fight Against Cancer

In the never ending search for cancer therapies, novel technologies are being explored, including the incorporation of the body’s own immune system. One particular area of interest has been the use of antibodies to target specific cancer-associated molecules and block their involvement in oncogenic …

Immunotherapy

8 Places That Showcase Atomic Age Archaeology for Tourists

Eight places tell the story of the nuclear era.<p>By some reckonings, the Cold War began in 1945 at Trinity Site, New Mexico, with the explosion of the first atomic bomb, and ended 41 years later at Chernobyl, where the meltdown of a nuclear reactor became a precipitating event of the Soviet Union's …

Majorana particles - Fundamentally confusing | Jon Butterworth | Life & Physics

A completely new type of particle is observed for the first time. What does that mean, fundamentally?<p>You could define particle physics as the quest to discover the fundamental constituents of nature, and to understand how they interact. The so-called “Standard Model” of physics contains a list of …

Futuristic Skintight Spacesuits May Shrink-Wrap Astronauts

The spacesuits of the future might be totally alien-looking.<p>Instead of the bulky-looking spacesuits that astronauts wear today, a group of MIT …

Use A 3-D Printer To Turn Your Smartphone Into A 1000X Microscope

Simple and powerful<p>The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has released printable files that will help turn your smartphone into a microscope of up to 1000X magnification. If you have access to an 3-D printer--which you may through your local library or community center--this is something you …

3D

Dramatic Ice Loss Is Messing With Antarctica's Gravity

But don't worry, the penguins won't float away<p>Just when you wondered if climate change news couldn't get much worse, along comes proof that it's affected one of the fundamental forces of nature: The ice sheet covering West Antarctica lost enough mass between 2009 and 2012 to cause a measurable dip …

New nanothreads are like diamond ‘necklaces’

Scientists say super-thin “diamond nanothreads” could be stronger and stiffer than the strongest nanotubes and polymers that exist today.<p>“From a …

How to Take Free Courses from Top Universities

You can continue your education with some amazing and free online resources available from top universities. These institutions offer many of their …

Daya Bay places new limit on sterile neutrinos

The experiment that produced the latest big discovery about ghostly particles called neutrinos is trying its hand at solving a second neutrino …

California Becomes First U.S. State to Ban Plastic Grocery Bags

This story originally appeared on Reuters<p>Single-use plastic bags are set to disappear from California grocery stores over the next two years under a first-in-the-nation state law signed on Tuesday by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, despite opposition from bag manufacturers.<p>The law would ban …

Jerry Brown

Shiny Giant Clams May Inspire New Solar Tech

Brilliant shades of blue and aqua coat the iridescent lips of giant clams, but these shiny cells aren't just for show, new research finds. The …

The expert guide to space colonies

BBC Future’s World-Changing Ideas Summit, on 21 October, will examine some of the most exciting and provocative developments we face in science, technology and health. In the run-up to the summit, we will offer a unique guide to some of the issues that will be discussed… starting with the notion …

How We Could Actually Build a Space Colony

In our cosmic megastructures series, Popular Mechanics explores some of the key engineering and design challenges in constructing gigantic structures for use by humankind in space. Today, three classic space-colony concepts.<p><b>Name:</b> Bernal sphere; Stanford torus; O'Neill cylinder<p><b>Named For:</b> …

A Spacecraft That Packs The Punch Of A Warhead

Hayabusa 2 could be the first to intercept and blast an asteroid.<p>After a dysfunctional Hayabusa mission returned to Earth in 2003 with a measly 0.1 milligram of asteroid dust, Japan's Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) didn't give up--it doubled down. In December, the $310-million Hayabusa 2 will …

Aerospace

Evidence Found Of A Particle That Is Its Own Antiparticle

In the future, the exotic particle could go into quantum computers.<p>There's a particle that physicists theorize exists that acts simultaneously as both matter and antimatter. Whoa! The particle is called the Majorana fermion, and a team of physicists is announcing today that it's seen some evidence …

Tech and Science

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The Best Beaches in The World

40 reasons to start planning your winter getaway ASAP.<p>Whether you're looking for a quick weekend getaway, the ultimate surf or are planning the trip of a lifetime, a beach vacation is always a good idea. To get you inspired, here are some of the world's most beautiful beaches from South Beach to …