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These bizarre organisms could represent a new branch on the tree of life

In 2003, Didier Raoult of Aix-Marseille University in France and his colleagues discovered a new kind of virus lurking inside single-celled protozoans.<p>Like other viruses, it couldn't grow on its own, lacking the biochemical machinery to build proteins and genes. Instead, it had to infect host cells …

Biology

Meet the 19-Year-Old who Figured Out How to Clean the World's Oceans

The Katerva Awards are the "Nobel Prize of sustainability." Here are three of this year's winners.<p>Our planet faces some serious environmental challenges that can only be solved with groundbreaking innovation. Fortunately, some startup founders and visionaries out there are providing just that. The …

The science fiction podcasts every nerd should listen to

To help you ignore your dystopian reality.<p><i>This post has been updated, and will probably be updated again, because that's how best-of lists should work.</i><p>I love podcasts, you love podcasts, your grandma probably loves podcasts. Looking for some science fiction you can enjoy while your eyeballs do …

The Best Of Science Fiction And Fantasy 2016 (Kirkus Edition)

It’s almost 2017, and with the end of the year us readers get best of the year lists! Sometimes they help us remember what we have read throughout …

The future will be battery-powered: Inside the high-stakes race to build a better energy storage device

It’s all part of a brand new space race — if less flashy than, you know, outer space<p>The battery might be the least sexy piece of technology ever invented. The lack of glamour is especially conspicuous on the lower floors of MIT’s materials science department, where one lab devoted to building and …

“Erdähnlich” heißt nicht “So wie die Erde”!

Gestern wurde die Entdeckung von sieben erdähnlichen Planeten bekannt gegeben, die alle einen 40 Lichtjahre entfernten roten Zwergstern umkreisen. Es …

Monster bleibt Monster

Seit 60 Jahren streitet man darüber, was Tullimonstrum gregarium, eine Art Wolpertinger des Karbons, gewesen sein könnte. Eine neue Studie stellt …

Müll: Deponie-Notstand in vielen Bundesländern : Kapazitäten sind vielerorts bereits in wenigen Jahren erschöpft

Wohin mit dem Müll? Die Antwort auf diese Frage ist eigentlich simpel: Abfälle gehören auf die Deponie. Von Hausmüll bis Bauschutt wird dort alles …

Sorry, Einstein - Physicists Just Reinforced The Reality of Quantum Weirdness in The Universe

There's no avoiding that "spooky action at a distance."<p>One of the strangest phenomena you're likely to come across in all of science is quantum …

Quantum Mechanics

Spinning spider silk is now possible

Being able to produce artificial spider silk has long been a dream of many scientists, but all attempts have until now involved harsh chemicals and …

New, Groundbreaking Revelation Brings Us Closer to Nuclear Fusion

A Theory For Everything<p>Researchers from the U.S. DOE’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) and Princeton University may have solved the …

It's Official: NASA's Peer-Reviewed EM Drive Paper Has Finally Been Published

It works.<p>After months of speculation and leaked documents, NASA's long-awaited EM Drive paper has <i>finally</i> been peer-reviewed and published. And it …

SpaceX wants to launch 4,425 internet satellites

SpaceX has just asked the FCC for permission to launch 4,425 satellites that can provide high-speed (1 Gbps) internet around the globe. That's more than <i>thrice</i> the current number of active satellites orbiting our planet, based on the data posted by the Union of Concerned Scientists. SpaceX chief …

New Theory of Gravity Does Away With Need for Dark Matter

<i>Erik Verlinde explains his new view of gravity</i>Let’s be honest. Dark matter’s a pain in the butt. Astronomers have gone to great lengths to explain …

Dark Matter

Where WhatsApp Went Wrong: EFF's Four Biggest Security Concerns

After careful consideration, we have decided to add additional warnings and caveats about using WhatsApp to our Surveillance Self Defense guide.No …

Privacy

This Rocket Failed to Put Soviets on the Moon

It was so cold on February 20, 1969, that the launch was delayed; even the biggest of all Soviet rockets wasn’t immune to the frigid winters in Kazakstan. Conditions had warmed enough the next day, and at 3:18pm the mammoth N-1 rocket left the Earth for the first time. The combined thrust of the 30 …

Best Android games with no in-app purchases

What are the best games with no in-app purchases?<p>There's something refreshing and low-stress about playing a mobile game without in-app purchases. …

Grand Theft Auto

Evolution Is Happening Faster Than We Thought

Amsterdam — A FRIEND recently invited me over to see the blackbird that had taken up residence in a potted plant on her balcony.<p>Serenely incubating eggs in the inner city, this bird had little in common with its shy, reclusive ancestors that nested in Europe’s forests. Early in the 19th century, …

Ecology

Climate Change Just Opened a 'Gateway to the Underworld' in Siberia

​In the heart of Siberia’s boreal forest gapes a monstrous chasm local Yakutians call a "gateway to the underworld."<p>In the heart of Siberia's boreal forest gapes a monstrous chasm local Yakutians call a "gateway to the underworld," connecting this life to the next.<p>The ominous crater, which looms a …

Global Warming

Insight into the Intelligence of Neuron-Less Organisms

How do organisms without brains make decisions? Most of life is brainless and the vast majority of organisms on Earth lack neurons altogether. …

See The Difference One Year Makes In Artificial Intelligence Research

An improved way of learning about neural networks<p>Last June, Google wrote that it was teaching its artificial intelligence algorithms to generate images of objects, or "dream." The A.I. tried to generate pictures of things it had seen before, like dumbbells. But it ran into a few problems. It was …

Elon Musk announces plan to revolutionize factories

Having already upset the traditional automobile industry with his electric cars and the space exploration business with his reusable Space X rockets, Tesla Motors Chief Executive Elon Musk will now set about trying to revolutionize the American factory.<p>In a freewheeling talk before shareholders …

Tesla

NASA's retro guide to future living - CNN Style

Written by Thomas Page, CNN<p>It's early evening and you're with friends, enjoying a drink or two. The sun is shining after all and it's been a long week.<p>The river nearby shimmers in the light. You follow its course, your eyes gradually moving up, up, over your head and then down to the other side. …

CNN

Scientists just found more evidence that this mysterious water world might be able to support alien life

Scientists have been eyeing the mysterious water world as one of the most promising places to find alien life for a while now, and this study suggests they're on the right track.<p>The moon, which is only a quarter the size of Earth, is covered in a thick shell of ice. But there is strong evidence …

Astronomy

Beyond Siri: The AI revolution coming from the web

From HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey to Samantha in Spike Jonze’s Her, for decades we have been obsessed with the idea that artificial intelligence powered-computers will one day be able to interact with people, follow spoken instructions and make decisions independently, like a human would.<p>Since Siri …

Germany had so much renewable energy on Sunday that it had to pay people to use electricity

On Sunday, May 8, Germany hit a new high in renewable energy generation. Thanks to a sunny and windy day, at one point around 1pm the country’s solar, wind, hydro and biomass plants were supplying about 55 GW of the 63 GW being consumed, or 87%.<p>Power prices actually went negative for several hours, …

Renewable Energy

Luxemburg macht ernst beim Asteroiden-Bergbau | WIRED Germany

Deep Space Industries / Bryan Versteeg<p>Das Unternehmen Deep Space Industries (DSI) und die Regierung von Luxemburg sind jetzt offiziell Partner: Mit …

SpaceX successfully lands its Falcon 9 rocket on a floating drone ship again

SpaceX successfully landed its Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship at sea after launching it into space early Friday morning. It's the third time the company has recovered the vehicle post-launch, and the second time the rocket has landed intact on the ship. Now, SpaceX has both demonstrated that it …

Exploration

It's Time to Really Start Worrying About a Robot Takeover

Add David Siegel to the list of powerful execs who are uncomfortable about what artificial intelligence technologies will mean to carbon-based life …