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A computer made a math proof the size of Wikipedia, and humans can't check it

If you thought the mathematical proofs you did in high school were long, you haven't seen the newest one out of the University of Liverpool — computer scientists Alexei Lisitsa and Boris Konev came up with a math proof that takes up a huge 13-gigabyte file, greater than all of Wikipedia's pages …

'Fish on Wheels' lets a goldfish drive a go-kart

For millennia, fish have been restrained in their ruthless global conquest by a simple inability to survive on dry land. Lacking the capacity to navigate unsubmerged territories, piscine empires were confined to the sea, while human civilization was left in relative peace on the remaining portions …

Birth Of Memory: Why Kids Forget What Happened Before Age 7

Recently, my nearly-4-year-old niece suffered the kind of childhood accident every parent dreads: she fell off her bike and broke a front tooth high above the gum line. The resulting pain and eventual extraction were a harrowing experience for her parents, but fortunately the little girl emerged …

Here's a peek at the new Cosmos series, hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Yup, that <i>is</i> Neil deGrasse Tyson standing amidst a virtualization of the universe, which can only mean one thing: the astrophysicist has ascended beyond our mortal coil into a higher plane of being! ...Or that we've got our first look at the updated <i>Cosmos</i> series, which was originally helmed by Carl …

Black holes should be redefined, says Stephen Hawking in new paper

Black holes don't actually exist in the way we traditionally think of them, renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has proposed in a short but potentially revolutionary paper.<p>Classical theory holds that no energy or information can ever escape a black hole, but the principles of quantum physics suggest …

Why the universe may be nothing more than math

If you're not already a physicist, you need to mentally prepare yourself for MIT professor Max Tegmark's explanation of how our entire universe isn't just described by math, but <i>is</i> math. <i>Scientific American</i> published an excerpt from Tegmark's new book, <i>Our Mathematical Universe</i>, which explains that …

Horizon for iOS records landscape video no matter how you hold your phone

On Vine and Instagram, square-sharing is the name of the game. But when it comes to YouTube or TV, you're going to insult viewers if you present them with a vertical video. Despite six years of smartphone innovation, Apple hasn't really solved what's come to be known as Vertical Video Syndrome, so …

Researchers develop tiny windmills that can power your gadgets (video)

Portable solar chargers aren't so out of the ordinary anymore, but minuscule windmills that can charge your phones? Now, those are something new. A couple of UT Arlington researchers, Smitha Rao and J.C. Chiao, have developed wind turbines so small (they measure 1.8mm at their widest), you can …

MediaTek's wireless display solution beams video to TV, sets your mobile screen free (video)

While Miracast wireless display mode is now available on many Android devices, it is both loved and loathed -- loved by those who want just wireless screen mirroring, and loathed by those who want to keep doing other things on the smaller screen. If you belong to the latter group, then MediaTek's …

A 3-D Printer That Uses the Sun to Create Glass Objects Out of Sand

Marcus Kayser's Solar Sinter project turns the desert's resources into bowls<p>When design student Markus Kayser wanted to test his sun-powered, sand-fed 3-D printer, he knew the gray skies outside his London apartment wouldn't do. So he shipped the 200-plus-pound contraption to Cairo, Egypt, flew …

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Worms regrow their decapitated heads, along with the memories inside

Some memories just won't die — and some can even be transferred to a whole new brain. Researchers at Tufts University have determined that a small, yellow worm known as a planarian, which has long been studied for its regenerative properties, is able to grow back a lot more than just its body …

Plasma thruster could propel small satellites into deep space for cheap

A few years from now, we might be able to send small satellites into deep space for cheap using a new propulsion system being developed by University of Michigan engineers -- assuming they raise enough money via Kickstarter. Called CAT (CubeSat Ambipolar Thruster), it's designed to propel 10 x 10 x …

This Pillow Glows When Your Long-Distance Partner Goes To Bed

Romance is complicated just by itself, and when you add distance to the equation things rarely get easier.<p>This is where Pillow Talk comes in.<p>Pillow Talk is an Internet-enabled pair of pillows that talk to each other anywhere in the world. When your long-distance paramour is sleeping, your pillow …

Most detailed map of Antarctica's surface in over 10 years released

The ends of the Earth are getting their close-up. NASA today released a new, updated map of the topography — that is, the surface structure — of Antarctica. The new topographical map of Earth's southernmost continent is based on an older map from 10 years ago called Bedmap. But the new version, …

Hierarchy of Disagreement

<b>Hierarchy of Disagreement</b>

Microsoft recruits Siri to bad-mouth the iPad in new Windows 8 tablet ad

Whatever era you call it, post-PC or simply PC plus, the Mac vs. PC war has ignited once again today. In a fresh Windows 8 ad, Microsoft is directly attacking Apple's iPad on price, an approach it took during the early Vista days with low-priced laptops. It's also doing it in a way that parodies …

How we can learn to love the foods that we hate

Food preferences are known to change over time, but what is it that makes you suddenly love something that you wouldn't touch as a child? Genetics may play a small part, but in a new report <i>io9</i> investigates (with the help of food psychologist Elizabeth Phillips) how tolerance for a lot of the food …

Researchers discover brain scan signature that can determine when people feel pain

In a set of recent studies, researchers were able to determine whether individual subjects were feeling pain — simply by observing scans of their brain activity. As detailed in <i>The New England Journal of Medicine</i>, the studies involved 114 different individuals, who had their brains scanned using …

April Fools' Day roundup: hamster beats, pirate's booty and Play-Doh printing

April Fools' Day is tough. Believe us. We know. It's 24 hours of fake news, bad jokes and <i>Gangnam Style</i> references. But not all of it is the internet equivalent to lining a toilet with plastic wrap. Sometimes, good stuff manages to slip through the proverbial cracks in the web. After the break, …

New York Times launches 'Times Haiku' Tumblr, makes poetry out of front page articles

The newspaper of record is venturing into poetry. Today may be April Fools Day, but Times Haiku — a new side project from <i>The New York Times</i> — is a wholly serious endeavor launching just in time for National Poetry Month. <i>Nieman Journalism Lab</i> has the full rundown on the Tumblr-based project, which …

Two-Headed Shark

As if sharks aren't scary enough, here comes the two-headed version. A fisherman found the two-headed bull shark - in this case, a single shark with …