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Tesla's new low-cost battery: 'the missing piece' in sustainable energy?

Will the world become battery-powered? That’s certainly the ambition of Elon Musk, the PayPal billionaire turned would-be space explorer and electric car baron.<p>On Thursday night, Musk unveiled what he called “the missing piece” in sustainable energy: a range of batteries that can be used in homes …

Cool Arctic squirrels may hold key to Alzheimer’s cure

The processes in their brains during hibernation are exciting scientists<p>This month, Arctic ground squirrels emerge in Alaska after eight months’ hibernation. It hasn’t been easy: during hibernation, their body temperature can drop as low as -2.9C, a record for mammals, and stay there for two to …

Psychology of smiling: can you tell a fake smile from a genuine one?

A smile is the universal welcome, the writer Max Eastman once remarked. But how sure can we be that a person’s smile is genuine? The answer is the empathy test, created by psychologist Richard Wiseman, which probes our ability to appreciate the feelings of others – from their appearance.<p>A …

Psychology

Cook Rice Differently To Reduce Its Calories

Researchers say it can curb obesity in countries where rice is a staple<p>Rice, the base for cuisines all over the world, contains a lot of starch. That makes it delicious but also high in calories. While that may a boon for people who struggle to ingest enough calories each day, it’s becoming a …

Nutrition

How Pillars of Eternity rewrites the rules for role-playing

You shouldn't have to put in hours of study to roll up a great character, and games shouldn't hinge on your ability to guess what combination of skills designers thought make the most powerful archetypes. The team behind <i>Pillars of Eternity</i> knew they could do better. So they threw out the rules, and …

Shape-Shifting Frog Found, Goes From Spiky to Smooth in Minutes

Weird & Wild<p>Dubbed the "punk rocker” frog, the marble-size amphibian is the first vertebrate known to change its skin texture.<p>Deep in the rain forest of Ecuador lives a very indecisive frog.<p>On a nighttime walk in 2009, scientist Katherine Krynak spotted a well-camouflaged, marble-size amphibian …

Study shows humans are evolving faster than previously thought

Results of largest ever genetics study of a single population could also help refine dates for major events during human evolution<p>Humans are evolving more rapidly than previously thought, according to the largest ever genetics study of a single population.<p>Scientists reached the conclusion after …

Evolution

Soon A Texas Town Will Run On 100 Percent Renewable Energy

Deep in the renewable heart of Texas<p>Renewable energy is having its moment in the sun...and wind, and water. Costa Rica managed to run on 100 percent renewable power for over 75 days. And in Texas, a state historically associated with oil wells, one metropolis is determined to achieve the same goal, …

Renewable Energy

Recycled Packing Peanuts Could Make Batteries Better

Finally, a useful way to get rid of those pesky things<p>As Vilas Pol, a chemical engineer at Purdue University, unpacked new materials for his lab, the huge number of packing peanuts overwhelmed him. His team was dumping them out by the thousands, he says. Though many packing peanuts are made from …

Peanuts

How To Build A Hovercraft From Styrofoam Plates

Just in time for Marty McFly's arrival in the future<p>If you believe the old Hollywood prophecies, Marty McFly will be hopping out of Doc Brown’s DeLorean on October 21st. And when he gets to the future, he’ll need a hoverboard. You can do your part to prevent a time paradox--just slap together this …

DIY

NASA Can Make 3 More Nuclear Batteries, And That's It

Plutonium-238 is still in really short supply<p>Few materials in the universe are in as short supply as plutonium-238--the hot, radioactive material NASA uses to power its pluckiest spacecraft. It's estimated only 77 pounds (35 kilograms) of the stuff remains available to NASA, yet only 37 pounds (17 …

U.S. Dept. of Energy

Science, climate change and controversy | @GrrlScientist

Science,Peer review and scientific publishing,Royal Society,History of science,Controversies,Biology,Evolution,Climate change,Climate change,Environment,Darwin<p>It’s inevitable: as science progresses, controversy happens. But sometimes, the public sees controversy where none exists. How to remedy …

Science

First round-the-world solar flight takes off from UAE

DUBAI (Reuters) - Two pilots attempting the first flight around the world in a solar-powered plane began the maiden leg of their voyage on Monday, the mission’s official website said.<p>Solar Impulse 2 took off from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates en route to the Omani capital Muscat at the …

'Climate change' and 'global warming' reportedly banned under Florida governor

Department of Environmental Protection officials told to avoid terms<p>Officials working in Florida's Department of Environmental Protection were banned from using the words "climate change," "global warming," and "sea-level rise" under Republican state governor Rick Scott, according to a new report …

One of Us: the Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway by Åsne Seierstad, review: 'masterful'

The story of the Norwegian killer Anders Breivik reads like a horrific crime novel, says Stav Sherez<p>A young man from a mildly dysfunctional family drifts away from his friends, becomes radicalised online and commits a terrorist atrocity. It’s a narrative we’re becoming increasingly familiar with, …

Women! There’s a new body part for you to hate (clue: it's internal)

As if the female sex wasn't under enough body pressure, a new study has come up with another unattainable body part for women: a 45 degree spine<p>You’d think there weren’t any areas of our bodies left for women to perfect.<p>We know about ideal boobs, bums and legs – let alone the <b>thigh gap,</b> anti-cankles …

The strange world of felt presences

On 20 May 1916, Ernest Shackleton, Frank Worsley, and Tom Crean reached Stromness, a whaling station on the north coast of South Georgia. They had been walking for 36 hours, in life-threatening conditions, in an attempt to reach help for the rest of their party: three of their crew were stuck on …

Parasitic Wasps Infected with Mind-Controlling Viruses

In November, <i>National Geographic</i> put a ladybug and a wasp on its cover. They made for a sinister pair. The wasp, a species called <i>Dinocampus coccinellae</i>, lays an egg inside the ladybug <i>Coleomegilla maculata</i>. After the egg hatches, the wasp larva develops inside the ladybug, feeding on its internal …

Mystery solved: How Plavix breaks up clots

Researchers have identified a protein that is critical to the success of Plavix, a drug that stops blood clots from forming during a heart attack.<p>“We …

Duelyst takes Hearthstone and adds a little Final Fantasy Tactics

A battle game is trying to bottle the most fun aspects of competitive turn-based strategy.<p>Their first game idea was a joke, an MMO based on classic coin-op <i>Asteroids</i>.<p>To be fair to them, Keith Lee and Emil Anticevic were just shooting the breeze, coming up with goofy game ideas to pass the time. …

Terrawatch: The wells will run dry

Oil is cheap. The price of crude has slumped nearly 50% since last summer and filling your car no longer breaks the bank: in the UK petrol prices are averaging £1.07 per litre. Falling prices are due in part to US shale oil flooding the market, combined with a slowdown in Chinese and EU economies, …

Oil

Is blue-green scum turning lakes into toxic pools?

Blue-green algae has become a summertime staple in lakes in North America and Europe, and scientists say pollution is likely to blame.<p>For a new …

So long, transistor: How the 'memristor' could revolutionize electronics

<b>(CNN) —</b> In 1971, a physicist conceptualized the existence of a fourth fundamental element in the electronic circuit, besides the three that were already in use at the time.<p>His name was Leon Chua and he believed -- for reasons of symmetry -- that an extra component could one day be constructed to …

Quantum Computing

Crime mapping software used to predict spread of cancer

The software is similar to that used by the police to predict where crimes may occur or perpetrators live<p>Crime mapping software could be used to help doctors determine how quickly cancer will spread, scientists have suggested.<p>Experts at the Institute of Cancer Research found that they can use an …

Scientists shocked by far-out star clusters on fringes of Milky Way

High above the spiral Milky Way, astronomers have spotted two clusters of new stars growing at the fringes of our galaxy. The discovery, published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, appears to be the first such stellar cradles found outside the galactic disk.<p>Living so …

No, Human Head Transplants Will Not Be Possible By 2017

Cancel your cryogenic head-freezing appointment<p>If you believe Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero, the first human head transplants are just around the corner. Canavero, from the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group in Italy, claims that surgeons will be able to transplant the head of one patient …

University of California

New Mysterious Craters Found In Siberia

Well, we know it probably wasn't aliens<p>They're baaack... Remember those weird craters that suddenly appeared in Siberia last year? They just showed up in the middle of nowhere, unannounced and unexpected. At the time, scientists got some awesome exploration pictures that don't AT ALL look like they …

Global Warming

First full body transplant is two years away, surgeon claims

Doctor plans to graft a living person’s head on to a donor body using procedures he believes will soon be ready<p>A surgeon says full-body transplants could become a reality in just two years.<p>Sergio Canavero, a doctor in Turin, Italy, has drawn up plans to graft a living person’s head on to a donor …

Italy

FedEx Refuses To Ship Milling Tool That Makes Untraceable Metal Gun Parts

Does a machine that makes gun parts count as an unmarked weapon?<p>Exactly how much of a gun is a machine that makes untraceable metal gun parts? That’s a question FedEx wrestled with, as they debated whether or not to ship a machine milling tool developed by Second Amendment advocates Defense …

Warm Weather In Asia May Have Spurred Black Death Outbreaks In Europe

The Butter-flea Effect?<p>Bubonic Plague. Just the sound of it is enough to send a twinge of worry through your mind, even though it has been quite a while since an outbreak caused massive amounts of death and devastation. Sure, traces of the bacteria (<i>Yersinia Pestis</i>) that cause the nasty disease …