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How crystal 'eyes' won the Nobel prize – 100 years ago

In a week in which the Nobel prize for physics has been awarded to Peter Higgs and François Englert for predicting the existence of a mass-giving particle that cannot be seen and so needed to be detected indirectly, it is nice to be able to announce the release of a short film that celebrates the …

Real-life 'Iron Man' suit commissioned by US military

The technology in <i>Iron Man</i> is getting a step closer to reality thanks to the United States military. The Army has commissioned a Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, which would provide the wearer with superhuman abilities like night vision, enhanced strength, and protection from gunfire.<p>It would …

2015 GMC Sierra 2500 / 3500 HD

The Silverado-plus-style formula works just fine.<p>There were no pickup trucks in ancient Greece, but had there been, we’d love to know how the speaker of the famous ancient Greek admonition to “know thyself” would respond to the new GMC Sierra HD. “We’ve been doing this for more than a century, and …

Triumph 6T Thunderbird salt racer

There’s something strangely compelling about motorcycles built solely to race down the Bonneville salt flats. Stripped of all fripperies, they’re designed to operate in a hostile environment that tests both man and machine.<p>This Triumph 6T was built by Dick Smith of The Baron’s Speed Shop in the UK, …

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2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith

Ghost in the machine.<p>It is a historical curiosity that when Rolls-Royce first used the Wraith name way back in the late 1930s, the company sold only the running chassis. Independent coachbuilders supplied the bodies, built to reflect the owner’s particular (and sometimes peculiar) taste. These …

Alfa Romeo 4C to sell at Maserati stores

The rocky road that is Alfa Romeo's return to the United States has taken yet another twist, as rumors are sprouting that the sleek, new 4C sports car will follow in the footsteps of the 8C Competizione and go on sale at Maserati dealerships. The 8C was sold exclusively at Maserati dealers in the …

Koenigsegg gets its own certified pre-owned program

Certified pre-owned programs are a great option if you're looking for a well-maintained, newer vehicle that has some kind of warranty, without paying full price. As it's a good system, there are a lot of automakers that now offer a CPO option. The newest and perhaps most surprising purveyor of …

$1.35M buys a Mercedes G63 6x6 that's bulletproof

Unstoppable. That's what comes to mind when images of the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6x6 cross our screen, as it's usually annihilating some barren stretch of desert. In reality, though, the über-G-Wagen isn't all that unstoppable - it may have six-wheel drive, but it's a car, more or less like any …

Why Do Mysterious Lizards Have Green Blood?

<b>Roses are red, violets are blue … and these lizards’ blood is green.</b><p>It’s not a trick of the imagination or a penchant for food coloring—<i>Prasinohaema</i> skinks living on the island of New Guinea actually have green blood, bones, and tissue—and one scientist is trying to figure out why.<p>Louisiana State …

Scientists May Have Source For A.D. 1257 'Mystery Eruption'

Scientists think they've identified the source of a massive volcanic eruption that occurred in A.D. 1257 and spread telltale traces across the globe.<p>The culprit in the "mystery eruption" appears to be the Samalas volcano, part of the Mount Rinjani Volcanic Complex on Indonesia's Lombok Island, an …

Jellyfish Terminator Robots Suck Up 2,000 Pounds Of Jellies Per Hour

Researchers in northern Asia are looking for automated ways to deal with jellyfish blooms.<p>So this is a team of unmanned swimming robots designed to scour an area and grind up all the jellyfish they find. And they've got the chops (literally) to suck up jellyfish at a rate of 900 kilograms—nearly …

APOD: Filaments of the Vela Supernova Remnant (2013 Oct 01) Image Credit & Copyright: Angus Lau, Y Van, SS Tong (Jade Scope Observatory) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap131001.html Explanation: The explosion is over but the consequences continue. About eleven thousand years ago a star in the constellation of Vela could be seen to explode, creating a strange point of light briefly visible to humans living near the beginning of recorded history. The outer layers of the star crashed into the interstellar medium, driving a shock wave that is still visible today. A roughly spherical, expanding shock wave is visible in X-rays. The above image captures some of that filamentary and gigantic shock in visible light. As gas flies away from the detonated star, it decays and reacts with the interstellar medium, producing light in many different colors and energy bands. Remaining at the center of the Vela Supernova Remnant is a pulsar, a star as dense as nuclear matter that rotates completely around more than ten times in a single second. http://www.jadescope.com/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=131001 #APOD

Darwin Wasn't A Complete Chauvinist After All

The man who once called having a wife "better than a dog, anyhow" expressed far more egalitarian views in his private letters.<p>The annals of scientific history are filled with brilliant men who, when push came to shove, weren't exactly super nice guys. Renown evolutionary theorist Charles Darwin, …

Alaska Glacier Thaws: Ancient Forests Uncovered as Mendenhall Glacier Retreats

As a glacier in Alaska steadily thaws, remains of ancient forests are left uncovered.<p>The remains have been frozen beneath the Mendenhall Glacier for …

Forests

Chasing the black holes of the ocean

According to researchers from ETH Zurich and the University of Miami, some of the largest ocean eddies on Earth are mathematically equivalent to the …

Black Holes

Roll up … the first animal that curled into a ball to take cover

Fossil hunters have unearthed the remains of the first known creature to curl up in a little ball, and so pioneer one of the most successful defensive strategies of life on Earth.<p>No larger than a fingertip, the animal was found with tail tucked to head in a lump of rock, after it was buried by a …

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 …

Estimate for uranium facility goes from $600 million to $11.6 billion

It would be one of the largest nuclear weapons investments since World War II. A watchdog group says the work – which may not be needed – can be done for less elsewhere.<p>September 24, 2013|By Ralph Vartabedian<p>The cost of a proposed uranium processing facility for nuclear weapons in Oakridge, Tenn., …

Can fossils help predict when the glaciers will crumble?

Scientists thought an ice sheet formed more than 90 million years ago when the climate was warmer than it is today. Now, fossil evidence suggests …

Is this mineral to blame for deep earthquakes?

Scientists are closer to understanding deep earthquakes, which occur when tectonics drive the oceanic crust under continental plates.<p>Their new …

Ancient Fish With Strong Jawline Could Rewrite History Of Faces

As faces go, <i>Entelognathus primordialis</i>isn't much to look at, even for a fish.<p>But consider that the 419 million-year-old, armor-plated fish is the earliest known creature to have what humans might recognize as a face, according to research published Wednesday in <i>Nature</i>. That's mostly due to its bony, …

Incredible fish fossil is the earliest known creature with a face

It's a face only a paleontologist could love: scientists in China have discovered the ancient fossil of an armored, jawed fish that appears to be the oldest known specimen with the facial characteristics shared by modern vertebrates. More specifically, the bone structures of the fish's cheeks and …

Fish Fossil Has Oldest Known Face, May Influence Evolution

The 419-million-year-old fossil has the same jawbones as vertebrates.<p><b>Scientists have found the oldest face—and it's a fish. (Not a fishface, though.)</b><p>The 419-million-year-old fish fossil could help explain when and how vertebrates, including humans, acquired our faces—suggesting a far more primitive …

Astronomers Find Densest Galaxy in Nearby Universe Using Hubble and Chandra

A new galaxy discovered by Chandra and Hubble could be the densest galaxy in the nearby Universe. The galaxy, known as M60-UCD1, is located near a …

Toad Swallows Bat: Cane Toad Photographed with Bat 'Wings'

The Internet was abuzz this week after a picture emerged of a toad after it swallowed a bat, giving the impression it had “wings.”<p>The cane toad was …

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The best science and technology pictures of the week

The most impressive pictures from the last seven days, including a crib full of pandas and glowing robots.<p><b>More stunning image galleries:</b><p>Northern Lights and baby turtles<p>Robot dragon and lightning strike<p>Yosemite fires and an eclipse from Mars<p>Augmented reality in the operating room<p>Worm burgers and …

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Researchers find coral reefs at risk when sharks overfished

“The whole food chain is being thrown out of whack … This means that the reef has far less resilience, which is a real worry.” – Mark Meekan<p>When …

Absurd Creature of the Week: The Half-Ton Giant Freshwater Stingray With a 15-Inch Poison Barb

Sailor lore once told of a whale so enormous that captains would mistake it for an island, anchoring their ships to the beast and ordering men …