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New year conundrum: complete the equation 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 = 2014

In the runup to the end of December, the Guardian has published countdowns of TV shows, films and football players.<p>So here's one with numbers. The challenge is to count down from 10 to 0, and to fill in the gaps so that the expression equals the year.<p>In other words, fill in the gaps so the …

What is Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle?

The uncertainty principle is one of the most famous (and probably misunderstood) ideas in physics. It tells us that there is a fuzziness in nature, a fundamental limit to what we can know about the behaviour of quantum particles and, therefore, the smallest scales of nature. Of these scales, the …

FYI: Do Insects Have Personalities?

Yes, and some love to travel.<p>For the entomophiles who keep insects as pets, this question will seem a little silly. Some bugs appear aggressive, and others, shy; some venture into the open, others hide by the wall. But beyond casual observation, researchers are still learning the dimensions of an …

How viral infections increase autism risk - Futurity

Infections that activate a mother’s immune system during pregnancy can interrupt brain cell development, increasing …

What Is Wrong With The Keystone XL Pipeline?

Just Greed and Politics. Pipeline defects have been identified along a 60-mile stretch of the southern segment of the Keystone XL pipeline, north of the Sabine River in Texas (Winnsboro, Texas). 
Sections of pipe have dents, faulty welds, and pin-holes in some sections enough to see daylight …

BPA-Free Plastics Going On Trial In Texas

Scientists and lawyers are scheduled to debate the safety of certain "BPA-free" plastics this week in a U.S. District Court in Austin, Texas.<p>At issue is whether a line of plastic resins marketed by Eastman Chemical contains chemicals that can act like the hormone estrogen, and perhaps cause health …

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Drunk guy peeing on subway tracks gets electrocuted, dies

A 30-year old man was walking home from a bar in Brooklyn when nature called. He decided to relieve himself onto the third rail of the G train in the …

Doubling Down On White Voters Looks Like A Terrible Strategy For The GOP

In the aftermath of Barack Obama's relatively comfortable reelection victory in 2012 — a win fueled by massive margins among African Americans, Hispanics and other nonwhite voters — an intense debate has begun among Republican leaders and strategists over the future direction of the party. The GOP …

What is Supersymmetry?

Physics

From Istanbul to Rio to Philly, This Democracy Thing Is Broken

It was just the other day that we were celebrating the 24th anniversary of the unknown hero that the world knows simply as Tank Man. You know exactly what I'm talking about, the solitary protester in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, who refused to move in the face of four Chinese tanks involved in …

NIH funds effort to resurrect abandoned drugs for new uses

The most visible project of the new translational medicine centre at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) came a little closer to reality …

The Energy Fix: Reinventing The Solar Array

Reinventing the array could usher in a new age for solar.<p>The solar market has been on fire. In the U.S., it's grown by 600 percent over the past five years, culminating in 3,313 installed megawatts in 2012. This past March, seven solar projects added the only new utility power of any kind to the …

Astronomers Discover Comet Factory

Astronomers using the new Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have imaged a comet factory. The astronomers imaged a "dust trap" …

Mystery meteor shower disappoints skywatchers, but wait till next year

Skywatchers were hoping for a fireworks show from the Gamma Delphinid meteor shower early Tuesday, but what they got were merely a few snaps, crackles and pops. That's not totally surprising, because some experts said in advance they weren't sure whether the meteor shower actually existed.<p>"I think …

APOD: All of Mercury (2013 Jun 12) Image Credit: NASA / JHU-APL / CIW http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130612.html http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmYK479EpQc Explanation: For the first time, the entire surface of planet Mercury has been mapped. Detailed observations of the innermost planet's surprising crust have been ongoing since the robotic MESSENGER spacecraft first passed Mercury in 2008 and began orbiting in 2011. Previously, much of the Mercury's surface was unknown as it is too far for Earth-bound telescopes to see clearly, while the Mariner 10 flybys in the 1970s observed only about half. The above video is a compilation of thousands of images of Mercury rendered in exaggerated colors to better contrast different surface features. Visible on the rotating world are rays emanating from a northern impact that stretch across much of the planet, while about half-way through the video the light colored Caloris Basin rotates into view, a northern ancient impact feature that filled with lava. MESSENGER has now successfully completed its primary and first extended missions. http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA16850 http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA16852 http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA16853 APOD: Colors of Mercury (2013 Mar 01) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130301.html Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130612 Starship Asterisk* • On This Day in APOD http://asterisk.apod.com/view_retro.php?date=0612

Can regular electromagnetism explain dark matter? - Futurity

VANDERBILT (US) — Most of the matter in the universe may be made out of …

The Energy Fix: How Geography Drives Energy Development

The importance of global landscapes<p>Worldwide renewable energy production reached 66.83 quadrillion BTUs in 2010. The countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development—which keeps detailed records for its 34 members [see map]—produced 16.50 quadrillion BTUs that year. Which …

New genes evolve to prevent inbred plants - Futurity

MCGILL (CAN) — Even though a group of plants lost the complex genes for self-pollen …

Humans polluted with lead 8,000 years ago - Futurity

U. PITTSBURGH (US) — The oldest evidence of lead pollution caused by humans has been …

New Type Of Pulsing Star Discovered

Scientists' current understanding of stars says these stars shouldn't vary in brightness, but they do.<p>Astronomers have discovered a new type of pulsing star. There are 36 of the new type, located in a cluster about 7,000 light-years away from Earth.<p>Based on their brightness and temperature, they …

Component of Life Found in Mars Meteorite

Boron, which could have played a key role in the formation of RNA (a precursor to DNA), was found in high concentrations in a Martian meteorite by …

Scientists release plans for new largest particle accelerator, designed to find dark matter

One of the biggest science projects in human history is ready to begin. Scientists from around the world announced today that they have completed the final design specs for what will become the largest particle accelerator ever built, the International Linear Collider, a planned 19.3-mile-long (31 …

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Eric Weinstein may have found the answer to physics' biggest problems

Two years ago, a mathematician and physicist whom I've known for more than 20 years arranged to meet me in a bar in New York. What he was about to …