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A New Antibiotic That Resists Resistance

Science & InnovationNot Exactly Rocket Science<p>The British chemist Lesley Orgel had a rule: Evolution is cleverer than you. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria have repeatedly proven him right.<p>Since humans started making antibiotics for ourselves in the 1940s, bacteria have evolved to counteract our …

Quantum Physics Just Got A Tiny Bit Easier To Understand, As Two Oddities Merge Into One

No one is about to claim that quantum physics is now easy to understand, but maybe it's not quite as devilishly complicated as we thought.<p>New research suggests that two of the quantum world's most mysterious features--the uncertainty principle and wave-particle duality--are simply two sides of a …

Aristotle Said Blondes Have Better Sex, New Book Reveals

The Greek philosopher and scientist wrote extensively about sex, both animal and human.<p>What is life? What is a soul? These are some of the questions Greek philosopher Aristotle asked. And we're still asking them today.<p>Aristotle also could be considered the world's first natural historian. Acclaimed …

The Most Influential Books of the Past Decade

Every once in a while, we read a book that doesn't just transform the way we see the world. It also changes how we live our lives. For the past ten years, I've been asking business leaders and students which book has most influenced their actions. I give them one rule: it must include rigorous …

Self-improvement

9 ridiculous sandwiches you need in your life

Who needs turkey or ham when you can stuff mac 'n' cheese between two slices of bread? For that matter, who needs bread when you can use a doughnut to make your sandwich? Behold: nine outrageous, insanely tasty sandwiches to try for National Sandwich Day, November 3.<p><b>1.</b> Baked bean French toast …

MIT harvests fog to make water in one of the driest places on Earth

The climate is so arid in some corners of the globe that virtually any source of water is crucial to survival; even the fog rolling over the hills could make a big difference. MIT is well aware of this, and has been testing an advanced form of fog harvesting in Chile's Atacama Desert (one of the …

How Soon Can We Check in to a Space Hotel?

Bigelow Aerospace vice president Jay Ingham tells PM how inflatable space habitats will transform low Earth orbit, starting with an inflatable space station module called BEAM that is slated to dock with the ISS in 2015.<p>NASA tried making inflatable space habitats during the 1990s with its TransHab …

Electrons' split 'personalities' help solve physics mystery

Electrons, the negatively charged particles around atoms, have split "personalities," and act one way or the other depending on how many of them are around, new research suggests.<p>The finding could help to solve a long-standing mystery about electrical currents in superconductors, which carry such …

Mars hopefuls ponder life without families, favorite foods

If your romantic partner pointed you to an application for a one-way trip to Mars, would you be upset -- or thrilled?<p>When Dr. Leila Zucker's husband sent her such an e-mail last spring, he said that he didn't want her to go but that he'd be a lousy husband if he didn't tell her about …

Biotech's Brave New World: Push One To Create Life; Push Two To Create Alien Life

It’s been a good month for miracles. And by miracles I mean our oldest miracle, that first miracle, the creation of life itself.<p>During these first weeks in May, two separate teams working at two separate institutions announced that when it comes to creating life from scratch, well, there are a …

A Dozen Creative Ideas For Decorating Blank Walls

When you have a big, blank wall to fill, your first thought may be a gallery wall. There's nothing wrong with that, but sometimes it's nice to break up all of that flat framed artwork with something different. Enter baskets, brackets, paint-dipped objects, wall sculptures, special paint effects and …

Home Decorating

The Science Behind Man Surviving Underwater for Three Days

How did a man survive underwater for three days without food or water? Turns out an air bubble helps.<p><b>How did a man trapped in the depths of the sea survive for three days in conditions that surely should have killed him?</b><p><b>Turns out that an air bubble was Harrison Okene's savior.</b><p>The Nigerian man had …

Researchers develop 3D-printed, urine-powered robot heart

The fictional human-powered machines that appear in the <i>The Matrix</i> trilogy are still far from reality — but maybe not that far. Last month, scientists at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory in the UK announced they had successful create a prototype robotic "heart" that runs on human urine, fabricated …

Your science questions answered

<b>Why is it that leaves have so many different shapes?</b> asks Dieter<p>Despite their many shapes, leaves have certain things in common. "Leaves need to be much longer and wider than they are thick to intercept light for photosynthesis and allow gaseous exchange without losing too much water," says Dr …

What is the second law of thermodynamics?

Endless movement between hot and cold will eventually mean the end of the universe<p>Thermodynamics is the study of heat and energy. At its heart are laws that describe how energy moves around within a system, whether an atom, a hurricane or a black hole. The first law describes how energy cannot be …

Tech and Science

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Graphene - the new wonder material

Scientific interest rolls in for a material that is more solid than steel and a better conductor than copper<p>The molecule is priceless but it is not a matter of cost – a few hundred dollars per kilo. The value lies in its potential. The molecule in question is called graphene and the EU is prepared …

Nuclear Fusion May Yield a Clean Energy Future

In the not-too-distant future, clean renewable energy in the form of nuclear fusion may be achieved. Scientists at the National Ignition Facility …

Space probe Gaia searches for galaxy's dark energy

European scientists are preparing to launch a probe that will transform our understanding of our galaxy. The spacecraft, called Gaia, will carry the world's biggest, most accurate camera which it will use to pinpoint more than a billion stars with unprecedented precision and create a 3D map of the …

How Did Mars Die? NASA's Newest Spacecraft Aims to Find Out

MAVEN will try to decipher the history of Mars' atmosphere and how it was lost.<p>CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — In their infancy, maybe even into their adolescence, Earth and Mars were more alike than they were different. Each rocky world was pockmarked by volcanoes, and waterways carved both surfaces. …

Space

According to NASA, the sun is about to flip upside down and it could happen any day now... Full story: http://fw.to/eHQUUQm Photo: NASA

Maps of What the Earth Would Look Like If All Ice Melted

Global warming is a pressing issue that affects everyone. Though it may be hard to tell right now while we still have polar ice caps, National Geographic recently created a series of maps that illustrate how visually different the Earth would look if all the ice on the planet melted. The maps …

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet For Reinventing Yourself

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>James Altucher is an investor, programmer, author, and several-times entrepreneur. His latest book, is “Choose Yourself!”</i> <i>(foreword by Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter) . Follow him on Twitter @jaltucher.</i><p>Here are the rules: I’ve been at zero a few times, come back a few times, and done it …

The psychology of spiritualism: science and seances

As the evenings get darker and the first hint of winter hangs in the air, the western world enters the season of the dead. It begins with Halloween, continues with All Saints' and All Souls' days, runs through Bonfire Night – the evening where the English burn effigies of historical terrorists – …

Wolfram Alpha Launches Problem Generator To Help Students Learn Math

If you’re studying math or science, you are probably pretty familiar with Wolfram Alpha as a tool for figuring out complicated equations. That makes it a pretty good tool for cheating, but not necessarily for learning. Today, the Wolfram Alpha team is launching a new service for learners, the …

Why Does Music Help Us Exercise?

Several years ago, cognitive scientist Tom Fritz spent some time in northern Cameroon, a mountainous and culturally isolated region in the middle of Africa. He was observing the people who live there, the Mafa, who (from our western perspective, anyway) have some fascinating musical rituals.<p>The …

Infographic: Just How Dangerous Is The Dye In Your Food?

Americans still consume food dyes banned elsewhere–charted here as the cause of some serious health issues.<p>They used to put cocaine in Coca Cola. Vegetables were once routinely covered in deadly DDT. Ever wonder what poisons you eat that will make future generations look back in horror?<p>In case you …

"We want to fit a supercomputer inside a sugarcube. To do that, we need a paradigm shift in electronics - we need to be motivated by our brain." http://bbc.in/GUd70d Will it be possible to fuel our technical devices with electronic blood? IBM thinks so. The firm says it is learning from nature by building computers fuelled and cooled by a liquid, like our minds. Follow the link above to see our report on the brain-inspired computer and tell us what you think in the comments section below.