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Brushstrokes tame ‘unruly’ semiconductors

<b>U. MICHIGAN (US) —</b> Engineers have developed a “paint-on” plastic semiconductor that could pave the way for cheaper and greener …

We just made our picks for the single best photo of every planet in the solar system. Here's what we're thinking for Venus. http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-03/most-incredible-pictures-every-planet-our-solar-system?src=SOC&dom=fb

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013

PhysicsWhy Do You Feel Lighter at the Top of a Ferris Wheel?<p>Author: Rhett AllainRhett Allain<p>EcologyHow Plastic Straws Slip Through the Cracks of …

The life of extremophiles: Surviving in hostile habitats

BBC Scotland<p>Beetles with antifreeze blood, ants that sprint on scorching sand and spiders that live high up Mount Everest.<p>These incredible creatures are the extremophiles: animals that survive some of the most inhospitable conditions on Earth, and sometimes even further.<p>Scientists are amazed by the …

Who Has the Right to Mine an Asteroid?

As PopMech has relentlessly covered, the race is on to tap the mineral wealth tucked away in the asteroids. But are these big space rocks free for the taking, or will asteroid miners find themselves bogged down in outer space red tape? Instapundit blogger and resident contrarian Glenn Harlan …

Curiosity Is Back To Work On Mars, But Only For A Few Days

With its computer glitch solved, the rover is staying busy until the sun gets in the way.<p>The Mars rover Curiosity is back in action after solar radiation interrupted its mission a few weeks ago. It even swallowed some more dirt last weekend and is performing new analysis on it, according to NASA.<p>A …

For some, King Richard III's resting place raises a human rights issue

Distant relatives of England's King Richard III have escalated their fight to have the much-maligned monarch's mortal remains buried in York rather than Leicester, claiming that the matter was a human rights issue.<p>The late king's skeleton was discovered beneath a parking lot near the present-day …

Two-headed shark discovered

Scientists have discovered what they believe to be the first-ever two-headed bull shark.<p>A study carried our by experts at Michigan State University confirmed the shark was a single shark with two heads, rather than conjoined twins.<p>"This is certainly one of those interesting and rarely detected …

Scientists discover a new class of mini-supernova

Astronomers have found a new kind of miniature supernova so comparatively small that some only shine a hundredth as brightly as their more common cousins. The newly-discovered stellar explosion is called a Type Iax supernova, and while the team that made the discovery still isn’t exactly sure what …

Planck telescope: A map of all the 'stuff' in the cosmos

<b>Europe's Planck telescope, which last week showed us a picture of the oldest light streaming across the Universe, has another trick up its sleeve.</b><p>It has also mapped the distribution of all the matter in the cosmos.<p>This was done by analysing the subtle distortions in the ancient light introduced as …