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Physicists create lightning in the race to develop quantum technology microchip

(Phys.org) —Physicists at the University of Sussex have invented a powerful new microchip capable of holding the voltage equivalent to a micronscale …

Weird 'UFO' Light on Mars May Just Be a Shiny Rock, NASA Says (Video)

<i>This story was updated at 7:55 p.m. EDT.</i><p>Scientists are throwing cold water on yet another purported "alien" sighting by NASA's Mars rover …

Cherry stone went to space, now the tree that grew from it is acting very weird

Cherry trees typically take about a decade to bloom after sprouting from seeds.<p>But “space cherries” apparently take about half that time.<p>Astronaut …

Earth's Oldest Living Things Immortalized in Stunning Photos

Photographer Rachel Sussman traveled the planet for a decade in search of organisms that have witnessed thousands of years of history.<p>Sussman endured …

How Unheralded Wood Stoves Could Save the World

The law favors solar panels, rewarding them with hefty tax credits. But when it comes to helping the planet, wood stoves may be a better bet.<p><b>Imagine two homeowners: One is a wealthy</b> investor building a vacation house near Lake Tahoe in California. The other owns a middle-class home outside …

NASA Just Released Surreal Footage Of A Solar Flare On The Sun

The AP has just released video from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. The video shows a "mid-level" solar flare, or powerful burst of radiation on the sun's surface, that erupted on April 2.<p>NASA calls it "graceful" in the YouTube footage, setting classical music behind the blends of wavelengths of …

Pond-dwelling powerhouse's genome points to its biofuel potential

Duckweed is a tiny floating plant that's been known to drive people daffy. It's one of the smallest and fastest-growing flowering plants that often …

The Asteroid Threat, Visualized

It's not a question of if a large asteroid will strike the Earth again. It's a question of when.<p><b>Hazardous asteroids are 10 times more likely</b> to hit Earth than previously thought, according to new research by Peter Brown of the University of Western Ontario. The physicist crunched 20 years' worth of …

The World's Largest Solar Energy Plant Is Also a Massive Death Ray for Birds

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Last week, the largest solar energy plant in the world opened in California's Mojave Desert and …

The Barefoot Sensei – Former Marine Left Everything Behind to Live in the Forest, Barefoot

Mick Dodge has spent the past 25 years away from civilization, living off the land in a rainforest. The former marine gave up his 9-to-5 job as a …

Ukraine's Yanukovich meets opposition ahead of crunch parliament session

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine’s Viktor Yanukovich held fresh talks with opposition leaders on Monday to prepare for a crunch session of parliament at which the president and his allies will be under pressure to make major concessions amid mass unrest.<p>An anti-government protester gestures at the site of …

Bitcoin Foundation vice chair arrested for money laundering

A senior figure in the Bitcoin Foundation, which lobbies on behalf of the digital currency has been arrested for conspiracy to commit money laundering and “knowingly contributing” to anonymous drug sales.<p>Prosecutors announced on Monday that Charlie Shrem, the organisation's vice chairman, was …

US Army considers replacing thousands of troops with robots

The US Army is studying whether robots could take the place of thousands of soldiers<p>The US Army is considering replacing thousands of soldiers with robots as it deals with sweeping troop cuts.<p>A senior American officer has said he is considering shrinking the size of the Army’s brigade combat teams …

The Battle in Kiev: Two Killed in Ukraine Protest

Anti-government demonstrations in Ukraine took a deadly turn yesterday, with at least two protesters killed by gunshots. Government forces appear to be doubling down on recently passed anti-protest legislation -- increasing the level of response, even sending ominous area-wide text messages to …

Ukraine opposition say they'll brave bullets after talks with Yanukovich fail | Reuters

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian opposition leaders emerged from crisis talks with President Viktor Yanukovich on Wednesday saying he had failed to give concrete answers to their demands, and told their supporters on the streets to prepare for a police offensive.<p>Using emotional language following the …

Ukrainian opposition issues ultimatum

Opponents of President Viktor Yanukovych demand snap elections within 24 hours or threaten to 'go on the attack'<p>Ukraine's opposition threatened to "go on the attack" on Thursday unless the government agreed to concessions to quell protests that have left five activists dead in the first fatalities …

Hello, Newton: Virgin Galactic unveils its 'other' rocket engine

MOJAVE, Calif. — Even as Virgin Galactic is testing the hybrid rocket motor that powers its SpaceShipTwo suborbital space plane, it's developing a different rocket engine for orbital flights. Now the company is taking the wraps off that kerosene-fueled powerhouse, known as the Newton.<p>Two types of …

Space Travel

Scientists create anti-atom beam — but use it for good, not evil

Creating an antimatter beam sounds like something only a mad scientist would do, but there's nothing mad about the beam of antihydrogen atoms that scientists generated for the first time at Europe's CERN research center.<p>The researchers behind the technical achievement, revealed Tuesday in the …

Physics

Arctic Sea-Ice Cracks Attract Toxic Mercury

Tiny tempests above cracks in Arctic sea ice help pull down toxic mercury and ozone from the sky — an unexpected new source of mercury pollution in …

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