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NASA's Eyes: Eyes on Juno

After a journey of more than 5 years, the Juno spacecraft is ready for its detailed look at Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system.<p>Using …

Out of This World! Virtual Universe Looks Like the Real Thing

A team of astronomers has created the most realistic simulation of our universe ever made — a 14-billion-year history that took months of work by supercomputers to render.<p>Observing the universe directly is great, but sometimes an object or event is too far away, or happened too long ago (which …

Universe

5 Sky Events This Week: Lunar Wall, Mars Up-Close, and a Blue Giant

Changing Planet<p>This composite illustration shows Neptune as seen from its moon Triton. Neptune’s south pole is to the left; clearly visible in the planet’s southern hemisphere is the Great Dark Spot. Credit: NASA<p><b>Fantastic fault lines and planetary close encounters this week offer sky-watchers some</b> …

Robots Teach Each Other How To Play Pac-Man

Next, they'll be your sensei.<p>Here's a slight improvement to drunkenly shouting over your friend's shoulder while they play a round of Pac-Man at the bar: Researchers at Washington State University have created computer programs that teach each other how to play Pac-Man.<p>In a new study, the …

50 Mesmerising Nature Photographs you will fall in love with

Astonishing landscapes, stunning visuals from all around our globe. Landscape photographers at their personal best and we have certainly 50 hand …

Photography

Dark matter looks more and more likely after new gamma-ray analysis

<i>Original story reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine, an editorially independent division of SimonsFoundation.org whose mission is to enhance public understanding of science by covering research developments and trends in mathematics and the physical and life sciences.</i><p>Not long after the …

How the Blind Dream

Most of my dreams are boring. I’m typically talking to someone I know, either on the phone or in person, in a familiar place. The conversations tend to include ideas that I’ve read about or experienced recently in my waking life. Some of my dreams don’t even have the intrigue of another character; …

The Car That Runs On Air

Bringing new meaning to running on fumes<p>For more than a century, air cars have remained a quixotic quest of engineers—an idealistic exercise with little long-term likelihood of entering mass production. As fuels go, air has obvious upsides: It’s ubiquitous, clean, and, best of all, free. But air …

Electric Vehicles

Amber shows its golden tombs do not easily yield treasure

Hopes of extracting ancient DNA from fossilised resin likely to remain a Hollywood fantasy<p>In the 1993 film Jurassic Park, miners discover a mosquito entombed in a red-yellow substance, supposedly carrying the DNA of long-extinct dinosaurs, waiting to be revived by modern scientists. It's a dramatic …

The Cosmos, Explained: Neil deGrasse Tyson On His New Series

Tyson will pick up where Carl Sagan left off, hosting a continuation of the "Cosmos" TV series.<p>When astronomer Carl Sagan hosted the 13-part TV Series "Cosmos: A Personal Journey," in 1980, it soon become most widely watched PBS show in the world, and still holds a legendary place in the hearts of …

Flying Car

6 Famous Thought Experiments Explained in 1 Minute Each

Einstein once said, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”<p>The Open University, an online educational institute, took …

American Philosophy

Truman Show Syndrome: Why People Think They're Living In A Reality Show

Sufferers of the "Truman Show" syndrome imagine a world where everyone is watching them. And they're just barely wrong.<p>What do you do when delusions and paranoia look an awful lot like the real world?<p>That's at least one question raised by a <i>New Yorker</i> article out this week on the "Truman Show" …

Watch This Robotic Sofa Balance On One Leg

And watch it collapse into pieces when it inevitably falls over<p>Artist Jacob Tonski, inspired by how the sofa is a center of human interactions, rigged a 170-year-old Victorian sofa to stand up on a single leg--and to break apart into pieces when it falls over. It's a metaphor for the precariousness …

First Inductively Charged City Bus System Now Rolling

One South Korean city started testing them yesterday.<p>Here's one way you could charge electric cars in the future. A South Korean city is testing electric buses that get their charge from cables buried underneath the road.<p>The cables create magnetic fields that a device on the underside of the buses …

Interesting Photo of the Day: Humpback Whales Breaching

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a … whale? This humpback whale calf takes breaching to a whole new level. Completely clearing the water, it appears …

Humpback Whales

Decapitated Worms Regrow Heads, Keep Old Memories

<b>In French Revolution-style, researchers decapitated flatworms—then did something that would give even Madam Defarge the creeps.</b><p>The scientists let the worms’ heads grow back and found that their memories returned along with the new noggins, according to a new study in the <i>Journal of Experimental</i> …

Associated Press News

Heartbeat: Beautiful DIY Pinhole Cameras Powered by Watch Movements

Pinhole cameras can be easily and cheaply made using things you have lying around the house… or you can go to the opposite end of the spectrum and …

Picturing science: Mapping the moon

Given my recurring Picturing Science posts in this blog, I can't avoid mentioning the new exhibition that has opened at the National Maritime Museum, …

For better concrete, do as Romans did - Futurity

UC BERKELEY (US) — Ancient Roman structures that have withstood the elements for more than …

UC Berkeley

Island Formations Might Make Tsunamis Worse

A computer simulation found nearby islands can amplify the severity of a tsunami by as much as 70 percent.<p>While it seems like the more barriers between you and a ginormous wall of water, the better, new research shows the same islands that can insulate a beach against your average wind-driven wave …

Video: Remote helicopter controlled by brain waves

A team of researchers have learned to use their thoughts to steer a flying robot around a gym, making it turn, rise, dip, and even sail through a …

Brainwaves

'Killer robots' pose threat to peace and should be banned, UN warned

"Killer robots" that could attack targets autonomously without a human pulling the trigger pose a threat to international stability and should be …

A Volkswagen Rolled Into A Ball And Other Amazing Images From This Week

Give Voices In Your Head A Virtual Body And They'll Go Away

A recent study showed that schizophrenic patients who put an avatar to the voices they were hearing ended up hearing the voices less.<p>This might be an unexpected way to treat schizophrenics hearing a disembodied voice: embodying the voice.<p>In the U.K., psychiatrist Julian Leff tried an experiment to …

Orion’s hidden fiery ribbon

This dramatic new image of cosmic clouds in the constellation of Orion reveals what seems to be a fiery ribbon in the sky.<p>This orange glow represents …

Cosmology

Untouched For The Last Billion Years, Water In Canadian Mine Holds Ingredients For Life

Scientists may have discovered the oldest free-flowing source of isolated water ever known.<p>Scientists digging around roughly one-and-a-half miles below the Earth's surface in an Ontario mine may have just discovered the oldest free-flowing source of isolated, untouched water ever known. Though they …

7 Amazing Images Of The Future, From 1947

From the Popular Science archive: Weather control, looped cities, moon microwaves, and more!<p><i>Click here to enter the gallery</i><p>When <i>Popular Science</i> published these dazzling visions of the future in May 1947, science seemed to be propelling humanity faster and faster into a strange new world: engineers …