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Semiconductor Nanowires Could Revolutionize Solar Technology

Sol Voltaics and a group of scientists from Lund University believe that semiconductor nanowires are the way forward for a world with better solar cells. With their patented Aerotaxy process, they aim to manufacture low-cost gallium arsenide solar cells.<p>But first, what are solar cells and how do …

Clean Energy

Using laser tweezers, chemists nudged two atoms to bond

For the first time, researchers have played matchmaker between two specific atoms, joining them together to form a molecule.Typically, chemists make …

Chemistry

Apple is an exception to nearly every rule

Walking into my first ever meeting with a structural packaging designer, I started rooting around in my bag before exclaiming, “This is the sort of thing I want!” She leaned forward in her chair, delighted to have a customer with a strong guide, then groaned audibly when she saw what I had placed …

Startups

If You Thought Quantum Mechanics Was Weird, Check Out Entangled Time

Where the future influences the past.<p>In the summer of 1935, the physicists Albert Einstein and Erwin Schrödinger engaged in a rich, multifaceted and …

Quantum Mechanics

Let's examine the real science behind Marvel's The Avengers (2012)

Science. It's everywhere. It's in the food you eat, the technology you use to read this post, and — maybe most importantly — the media you …

Physics

Researchers find a new material for quantum computing

Rumors of commercial quantum computing systems have been coming hot and heavy these past few years but there are still a number of issues to work out in the technology. For example, researchers at the Moscow Institute Of Physics And Technology have begun using silicon carbine to create a system to …

Quantum Computing

Male birth control pill passes a safety test

A prototype contraceptive for men safely reduced testosterone and other reproductive hormones during a month-long treatment.

Women's Health

Why You Shouldn't Eat a Slug (In Case You Need Reasons)

Hint: A brain-infesting worm carried by gastropods is spreading around the world.<p>Sam Ballard was 19 years old when friends at a party dared him to swallow a slug. Within days, the Australian teen developed a rare form of meningitis and fell into a coma that lasted more than a year. Even after …

Zoology

Capital One’s shopping assistant Eno can now dole out virtual card numbers in the browser

Capital One today officially introduced a new way to use its virtual card numbers from a web browser, in order to make shopping online safer. Virtual card numbers, of course, aren’t new – Bank of America and Citi both offer a similar feature that creates a temporary credit card number linked to …

Bank of America

Vision-improving nanoparticle eyedrops could end the need for glasses

High-tech eyeglasses can give blind people the ability to see, but could the development of eyesight-improving eyedrops help eliminate the need for …

University of Washington

These petunias launch seeds that spin 1,660 times a second

Nature may have a few things to teach tennis players about backspin.The hairyflower wild petunia (<i>Ruellia ciliatiflora</i>) shoots seeds that spin up to …

The Cells That Eat, Regurgitate and Eat Your Tattoos Again

We think of tattoos as fixed adornments. Plunge ink deep enough into the skin and there it will sit, suspended in subterranean connective tissue forever.<p>But what if I told you that tattoos are actually maintained by an ever-changing process — one in which ink crystals are continuously engulfed, …

Body Art

The ultimate fanzine from a woman who has loved Keanu Reeves for 20 years

Even as my six-year-old self, watching Keanu Reeves in the 1994 classic action film <i>Speed</i> was a revelation. Later in life, I would catch him in films such as <i>Chain Reaction,</i> <i>The Matrix</i> trilogy, <i>Constantine</i>. I finally watched <i>My Own Private Idaho</i> in my early 20s, and, more recently – albeit, less …

Japanese scientists invent floating 'firefly' light

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese engineering researchers say they have created a tiny electronic light the size of a firefly which rides waves of ultrasound, and could eventually figure in applications ranging from moving displays to projection mapping.<p>Named Luciola for its resemblance to the firefly, …

Japan

The darkest building on Earth: 'An angular black hole waiting to suck you in'

Sprayed with Vantablack Vbx2, a pavilion at the Winter Olympics in South Korea absorbs 99% of light. We talk to its British architect Asif Khan, who also invented the ‘selfie-building’<p>The pistes of Pyeongchang may be blinding white with snow as the Winter Olympics kicks off in South Korea, but …

Seawater

Astrophysicists Have Built The Most Detailed Simulation of The Universe Ever Created

1 billion light years in a supercomputer.<p>Saying our Universe is a big place is a bit of an understatement. And with recent advances in our …

The world's first 'smog vacuum cleaner' can suck up air pollution and turn it into jewelry

The air we breathe is not as clean as it once was. And in many cases, it is getting worse.<p>On high-smog days in Kraków, Poland, the city's air pollution can reach six times that of safe levels. And in the United States, about 4 in 10 people live in counties that have unhealthy levels of either ozone …

Pollution

New device can transmit underwater sound to air

A newly created metamaterial takes a shot at solving the problem of hearing underwater sounds from the surface.

The Magnetic Field Is Shifting. The Poles May Flip. This Could Get Bad.

The shield that protects the Earth from solar radiation is under attack from within. We can’t prevent it, but we ought to prepare.<p>One day in 1905, …

Magnetism

Never-Before-Seen Viruses With Weird DNA Were Just Discovered in The Ocean

Holy crap!<p>The ocean is crowded. As many as 10 million viruses can be found squirming in a single millilitre of its water, and it turns out they have …

This Is Why You Should Never Hold in a Sneeze

A recently released case report, courtesy of the <i>BMJ,</i> reaffirms one of life’s important lessons: Don’t try to hold back a sneeze. Especially, don’t do …

The next revolution in dental care is about to begin

New high-tech treatments may be able to repair cavities without fillings and even regrow entire teeth.<p>From fluoride toothpaste to dental sealants, science has brought all sorts of tools for fighting tooth decay — and yet 91% of Americans between 20 and 64 years of age are affected by dental …

German patient is immune to highly poisonous ricin

Ricin is one of the strongest poisons in the world. But not for this 20-year old man in a hospital in Münster. Doctors have found out that an …

Medicine

New Game Release Dates Of 2018: God of War, Spider-Man PS4, Red Dead 2

After the amazing gaming year that was 2017, you have to wonder how 2018 will compare. But if 2018's current roster of releases is anything to go by, we might be in for another fantastic year. It seems primed to impress with a slew of hotly anticipated new games, including big-budget games like …

Xbox

Website invites you to probe a 3-D human brain

In movies, exploring the body up close often involves shrinking to microscopic sizes and taking harrowing rides through the blood. Thanks to a new …

India’s national ID database is reportedly accessible for less than $10

The nightmare is a reality in India. Reports from the country suggest that the government’s national ID system — Aadhaar, which holds personal data belonging to more than one billion people — was compromised.<p>On the slight positive side, the breach wasn’t down to hackers — at least on this occasion. …

Fake News

11 Things People Think Are Terrible For Your Diet That Actually Aren't

Whee!<p>I'm used to the shaming look I get from my peers when I crack open a can of sugar-free Red Bull. The questions – and judgement – never end. …

Nutrition

It’s surprisingly easy to program living tissue to form new 3D shapes

The boundary between biology and technology blurs further and further as researchers discover more and more parallels between the two. Today they have found that it’s relatively simple to essentially hack living tissue by programming a pattern into cells, making them grow and fold on their own into …

3D Printing

Scientists Observe Bizarre 'Double Whirlpools' in The Ocean For The First Time

Nobody has ever seen this before.<p>For the first time, scientists have recorded a bizarre phenomenon in fluid dynamics, which up until now had only …

Geophysics

Physicists Have Created a Set of Conditions in Which Time Seems to Run in Reverse

Nobody panic.<p>While we all take for granted the fact that time's arrow forever points towards the future, physicists have always had trouble showing …

Quantum Mechanics