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Signals From the Void

Scientists are trying to get the first direct look at the black hole at the center of our galaxy. How close will they come to seeing the unseeable?<p>Even without a telescope, it's possible to look off the summit of Mauna Kea and see, 14,000 feet below and dozens of miles in the distance, wide swaths …

Watch Out For iBeacon—Because It’s Watching You

It might even tell you about mayo discounts.<p>Last June, Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software, sneaked something big into his Worldwide Developers Conference keynote. On a slide listing features that would debut in iOS 7, an unfamiliar word appeared: iBeacons. An iBeacon is a …

WWDC

The electric car’s biggest threat may be its battery

The battery-powered electric car is making inroads, but there’s one major problem – the battery itself. What’s needed to make the green motor go mainstream?<p>Visit a super-wealthy enclave in California like La Jolla or a super-techy one like Mountain View, and you will get a glimpse of the future. …

Electric Vehicles

Thinking about having a heart attack? Call an ambulance (and optionally, get married)

A little while ago we talked about a meta-analysis showing that, worldwide, the chances of surviving a heart attack are reduced if it happens out-of-hours – at night or at the weekend. Within a few hours of my blog post, Alan Bagnall, a consultant interventional cardiologist at the UK's second …

Kidnapped stars, Martian frost and the Rotten Egg Nebula – in pictures

This month's roundup of the best space-related imagery in the known universe includes a supernova, a cluster of stars kidnapped from a neighbouring galaxy by the Milky Way, an eggy nebula and carbon dioxide frost on Mars

Black death skeletons reveal pitiful life of 14th-century Londoners

The 25 skeletons unearthed in the Clerkenwell area of London a year ago may hold the key to the truth about the nature of the Black Death that ravaged Britain and Europe in the mid-14th century.<p>A Channel 4 documentary on Sunday will claim that analysis of the bodies and of wills registered in …

Why Do Animals Sometimes Kill Their Babies?

Is it natural—or pathological—when a mother kills and eats her own offspring? Or when a brother kills his sister's child?<p>When Khali, a sloth bear at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C., went into labor in late December last year, her keepers were thrilled. But soon after Khali …

Climate change effects already seen on all continents, all oceans

An IPCC report, issued today, says that climate change has already affected agriculture, human health, water supplies, and people’s livelihoods, from …

Climate Change

Turn Empty Beer Cans Into Sun-Tracking Cameras

Best use of a six-pack in a while<p>In a world of digital cameras and instant gratification, photographer Justin Quinnell embraces pinhole photography, a technique hundreds of years old. He uses beer cans and photographic paper to record the gradual shift in the sun’s path over the course of several …

Aluminum Cans

Dwarf Planet Discovery Hints at Hidden World Orbiting Solar System

Plenty of dwarf planets hide out beyond Pluto, perhaps steered by something much bigger.<p>Discovery of an icy "dwarf" world beyond Pluto hints that a much bigger planet may hide even farther out in the dim reaches of the solar system, astronomers suggested on Wednesday. (Read "Our Solar System" in</i> …

With Boom Beach, Supercell guns for a third smash hit — and it’s already at No. 2

Supercell, maker of the insanely popular Clash of Clans and Hay Day, is aiming for a third gargantuan mobile-gaming hit with Boom Beach. The free-to-play title has been out for less than a month, and it has climbed to No. 2 on the iOS free-apps rankings.<p>The game should be a good test of whether …

X-flare of Saturday, March 29

Solar flares are short-lived but powerful bursts of radiation. They are our solar system’s largest explosive events, lasting minutes to hours on the …

Astronomy

Scientists Move Closer to Inventing Artificial Life

Synthetic biology advances with a man-made chromosome inserted into live brewer's yeast.<p>In a biological first, an international team has inserted a man-made chromosome into brewer's yeast, producing a life form that thrives and successfully passes the designer genes on to its offspring.<p>The …

Why Is This Ebola Outbreak Spreading?

The deadly virus emerged in Guinea and spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone. Can it be stopped?<p>At least 60 people have died from an outbreak of the Ebola virus in Guinea. This particular outbreak has moved from the jungle to Guinea's capital city, Conakry, and reportedly crossed into Liberia and …

Is Earth Special?

Comments<p>Posts: 8<p>March 14, 2014<p>I'm a engineer. I don't "believe in" luck or chance. I want hard facts and plausible hypothesis. I don't accept a …

Biology

Experts create intelligent 'plaster' to monitor patients

Still a prototype, the gadget comprises multiple layers of ultrathin nanomembranes and nanoparticles, the creators wrote in the journal <i>Nature</i> …

An ancient virus may be the reason human stem cells can transform

The embryonic stem cells responsible for producing every other type of cell in the human body gained their power from an ancient virus that copied itself into our DNA millions of years ago, according to new research. <i>National Geographic</i> reports that the discovery could lead to more effective …

Supermassive Black Holes Were Born Big, Spacecraft Data Suggest

The gigantic black holes that lurk at the hearts of galaxies were apparently born big.<p>The central black holes in dwarf galaxies — the "seeds" that grow into the monsters at the core of the Milky Way and other large galaxies — are probably surprisingly weighty, containing 1,000 to 10,000 times the …

Nonsurgical Fix Could Replace Open-Heart Surgery, Study Suggests

WASHINGTON — A new study gives a big boost to fixing a bad aortic valve, the heart's main gate, without open-heart surgery. Survival rates were better one year later for people who had a new valve placed through a tube into an artery instead.<p>The results were reported Saturday at an American College …

Medicine

Scientists create sensor for night vision contact lenses

It may seem like the stuff from spy and superhero movies but scientists have created "the <i>first</i> room-temperature light detector that can sense the …

NASA astronomer finds first Earth-sized planet in habitable zone

The search for a new Earth outside the solar system seems to be nearing its end. NASA's Ames Research Center astronomer Thomas Barclay has found a …

New China study reveals a link between air pollution and brain development in babies

Developing fetuses are extremely vulnerable to the harmful effects of environmental pollution. As the cells of major organs develop during the first …

The Brain

Barcelona extension mooted for Valdes

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu says the club will offer Victor Valdes all the support required as he recovers from a serious knee injury, …

Soccer

10 Summer Transfers Who Will Set the Market on Fire

Link to Media<p>The rumour mill, its cogs kept oiled and greased with a steady stream of mid-season speculation, is ready to burst back into action upon the season's end. But which transfers will set the market alight?<p>Over the following slides we look at 10 players who will be the talk of the transfer …

Soccer

50 Stars at Risk of Missing the 2014 FIFA World Cup

Link to Media<p>Welcome to Bleacher Report's countdown of 50 players who could end up missing the 2014 FIFA World Cup this summer.<p>You've heard all about the injuries so we've tried to steer clear of those. Instead, we'll be focusing on players at risk of missing their nation's 23-man cut due to poor …

Soccer

Barcelona Revel in Real Madrid Rivalry, but Espanyol Remains Most Bitter Clash

Link to Media<p>We all know about the rivalry between Barcelona and Real Madrid, but it shouldn’t overshadow the more historical battle between the Catalan giants and Espanyol.<p>El Clasico clashes are the matches that people look forward to most in Spanish football, but there is a lot of historical …

Soccer

Cristiano Ronaldo and Pele Star Together in New Emirates Advert

Cristiano Ronaldo thinks he's the star of the show in a new Emirates advert—until it turns out that Pele is.<p>The Portuguese star hears fellow passengers singing the praises of a footballer, and he assumes it is him, until the Brazilian legend pops out from behind.<p>Ronaldo does get the last laugh, …

Soccer

AC Milan's Kaka interested in MLS move

Kaka has revealed he would seek to play for a Major League Soccer club if he were to leave AC Milan this summer.<p>The Brazilian, 31, returned to the …

Soccer