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After the Higgs, LHC Rounds Up the Unusual Suspects in Particle Physics

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Supersymmetry and dark matter, neutralinos, gravitinos and gluinos ... you can expect exotic topics like these to be spinning around as the Large Hadron Collider ramps up to smash subatomic particles again over the next couple of months.<p>Physicists say the first hints of …

Physics

These scientists want us to hear what plants have to say

Here’s something weird to think about this weekend: what if we could get bushes and trees to tell us about the environment around them?<p>That is the …

The End Is A.I.: The Singularity Is Sci-Fi's Faith-Based Initiative

<i>The second in a series of posts about the major myths of robotics, and the role of science fiction role in creating and spreading them. Previous and former topics, respectively: Robots are strong, the myth of robotic hyper-competence, and robots are evil, the myth of killer machines.</i><p>In 1993, Vernor …

2013 Ten-Year Forecast:

<i>The future is life in an alternate reality.</i><p>It’s a trip across time and geography to a new and alien planet, with new economies driven by unexpected …

10 ways Wall Street skims $100 billion of your money

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (MarketWatch) — Wake up America, you’re wasting your money paying big advisory fees for hot tips on the stock-market casino. …

Investing

Tricking the uncertainty principle

(Phys.org) —Caltech researchers have found a way to make measurements that go beyond the limits imposed by quantum physics.<p>Today, we are capable of …

Quantum twist could kill off the multiverse

THE multiverse is dead, long live the multiverse. A radical new way of looking at quantum mechanics suggests that even the multiverse will come to an …

Debate: Is Death Final?

Is there some form of existence after death, or is the notion a product of wishful thinking about our own mortality?<p>These questions have fascinated humans for millennia. Many approach the concept of an afterlife as a religious one, but in a recent <i>Intelligence Squared U.S.</i> debate, a physicist and …

Quantum positioning system steps in when GPS fails

IN 2016 a British submarine will slip its moorings and set sail under the guidance of the quantum world. The navigation system it will be testing …

How To Marry The Right Girl: A Mathematical Solution

Poor Johannes Kepler. One of the greatest astronomers ever, the man who figured out the laws of planetary motion, a genius, scholar and mathematician — in 1611, he needed a wife. The previous Mrs. Kepler had died of Hungarian spotted fever, so, with kids to raise and a household to manage, he …

Is it legal to clone humans?

Our picks of the week from around the web, including the end of food as we know it, the quest for immortality, and the legal realities of TV show Orphan Black.<p>Steven Pinker’s history of thought<br>Colleen Walsh | Harvard Gazette | 6 May 2014<br>An interesting and often delightful interview with the …

Singularity

When Aluminum Cost More Than Gold

Aluminum is literally one of the most common elements on Earth. So how did it come to be that aluminum once cost more than gold?<p>Was it similar to how …

SolTech's Beautiful Glass Roof Tiles Heat Your Home With Solar Energy

SolTech Energy, a Swedish company selling solutions for clean solar power, has developed a unique home heating system contained within roofing tiles …

Clean Energy

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Bond, stock investors making hay; can both be right? | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - With U.S. stocks near record highs and Treasury bond yields near multi-month lows, the disconnect between equity and debt investors has rarely been as stark. Over the coming months, the economy is likely to show one of the groups has bet wrong.<p>Snow falls outside the New York …

Will nuclear-powered spaceships take us to the stars?

In the 1950s, rocket scientists dreamed of atomic-powered spaceships. Now these far-fetched designs might help a new generation explore the cosmos.<p>Project Orion has to be the most audacious, dangerous and downright absurd space programme ever funded by the US taxpayer. This 1950s design involved …

Nuclear Energy

Scientists amazed at how cells ‘MacGyver’ to survive

Cells get resourceful when times get tough and find a way to grow normally even when a crucial component is missing to duplicate their DNA.<p>“Our …

Michigan State University

Curing cancer or AIDS could be the next frontier in Silicon Valley innovation

Y Combinator is known for backing highly successful technology startups such as Airbnb and Dropbox. Now the incubator is looking for opportunities in biotechnology, an industry that was considered unfit for the model as recently as 2008. And with a new wave of bootstrapped biotech companies, we can …

Startups

Odds of NYC Flooding During a Storm Up 20-Fold

New study documents rising storm surges since the mid-19th century.<p>The chances of New York City flooding during a storm are even greater than scientists previously thought, a new study suggests.<p>Maximum water levels in New York Harbor during storms have risen by nearly two and a half feet (about 0.7 …

How to reduce the pain of a bad memory

American psychologists find that focusing on the contextual elements of a bad memory helps to reduce the pain it causes<p>Scientists in America claim they have found a simple technique people may use to reduce the emotional impact of bad memories.<p>The researchers at the Beckman Institute at the …

Toward a Pill That Helps Us Learn as Fast as Kids

Scientists are using mood drugs to return the adult's brain to an earlier stage of development. Here's why that won't be easy.<p>Shannon, a 14-year-old who lives in Massachusetts, has amblyopia, a condition sometimes referred to as “lazy eye.”<p>You can’t tell by looking at her, though. Unlike some …

How to live forever

If more and more people are living past 100, how much older can we survive to, in theory, asks Frank Swain. And what would it take to achieve this in practice?<p>On the Art of Prolonging Life was penned by a Dr Huseland (“one of the soundest minds in Germany”) in 1797, concluding eight years of study …

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You're Not Highly Evolved

Here's where our bodies still mess up<p>As humans, it’s tempting to think of ourselves as the pinnacle of evolutionary progress. But evolution can only work with what’s available, resulting in a body that’s a bundle of compromises.<p>FEET<p>Our ankles and feet started out as flexible tree-climbing tools …