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The Science Of Bubbles

More than just good for a bath, bubbles are a focus of new research<p>Bubbles may seem pretty ordinary. We tend to think of them just as beverage enhancers or entertainment for small children. But scientists are uncovering another side to bubbles: They can perform computations, drive climate, and even …

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 …

How the sun shines and why the vacuum of space is not actually empty<p>The uncertainty principle is one of the most famous (and probably misunderstood) ideas in physics. It tells us that there is a fuzziness in nature, a fundamental limit to what we can know about the behaviour of quantum particles …

The most beautiful places on Earth – in pictures

As Lonely Planet turns 40 this year, the publisher has picked the most magnificent sights across the globe to be included in a new book entitled Beautiful World, which contains more than 200 images and aims to inspire readers to see the world as they have never seen it before

Astronauts And Mice Return From Space With Altered Eyes

About one in five astronauts report vision changes after space missions. A new, small study in mice takes a look at what might cause those changes at a molecular level.<p>When he rocketed up to the International Space Station in March 2009, NASA astronaut Mike Barratt needed glasses to see things in …

Scientists Can Tell Your Ethnicity From The Germs In Your Mouth

The type of oral bacteria a person carries is determined more by genetics than lifestyle, one study suggests.<p>Every human mouth is unique. In each, a diverse microbial community thrives, in the spit, the plaque, and under the gums. The bacterial cocktail is a little different for everyone. It seems …

Video: New Super-Waterproof Material Makes Water Drops Bounce Off

Nanocones make surfaces more hydrophobic than ever before.<p>Is that a rubber ball making its way down a two-by-four? No, it's actually a drop of water hitting a strip of experimental material that's so water-resistant, it makes drops bounce.<p>The video above comes from the work of a team of materials …

Clock change challenge

Spring forward; fall back. Or was that spring back and fall forward (equally possible)? And will we ever have a mnemonic that works for those of us who usually talk about autumn rather than fall? At least it's always an hour and only twice a year, right?<p>It's hard to imagine, but the person who …

The psychology of spiritualism: science and seances

As the evenings get darker and the first hint of winter hangs in the air, the western world enters the season of the dead. It begins with Halloween, continues with All Saints' and All Souls' days, runs through Bonfire Night – the evening where the English burn effigies of historical terrorists – …

1,000 days of the sun in three minutes

Watch three years of solar activity in three minutes, in this NASA video.<p>In the spring of 2010, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, provided …

The World's Only Galloping Insect Runs Like A Race Horse In Slow-Mo

One genus of South African dung beetle traded flying for a ridiculous-looking run.<p>Most insects walk with an ambling, tripod gait, keeping at least three legs on the ground while the others move. This type of walk is the most common gait in the animal kingdom. But somewhere along the line, three …

Mount St. Helens In 1984 And Today

NASA's new Landsat 8 shows the volcano's latest recovery.<p>Mount St. Helens scorched and poisoned 230 square miles of forest when it erupted on May 18, 1980. Since that day, it's served as a natural lab for scientists to see how an ecosystem regrows after such a disaster. This pair of satellite …

Skull of Homo erectus throws story of human evolution into disarray

The spectacular fossilised skull of an ancient human ancestor that died nearly two million years ago has forced scientists to rethink the story of early human evolution.<p>Anthropologists unearthed the skull at a site in Dmanisi, a small town in southern Georgia, where other remains of human …

Wolfram Alpha Launches Problem Generator To Help Students Learn Math

If you’re studying math or science, you are probably pretty familiar with Wolfram Alpha as a tool for figuring out complicated equations. That makes it a pretty good tool for cheating, but not necessarily for learning. Today, the Wolfram Alpha team is launching a new service for learners, the …

Put These Quarter-Sized GPS Trackers On Everything

They'll go on phones, bicycles, teenagers—anything!<p>Misplaced your phone? Dropped your keys? Lost your dog? This crowdfunded project would let you locate basically anything with tiny GPS trackers that are accurate to within 5 feet.<p>Retrievor is GPS disk that's barely more than an inch in diameter and …

Levi Maestro Infinity Piece

It's a watch that doesn't tell the time. Confused? The Levi Maestro Infinity Piece has been created to remind you that you can never spend too much …

Fish

Guvera brings unlimited, free music-streaming to market

<b>Guvera has been around since 2008, but you would be forgiven for not recognising its interface or streaming model at first glance. Turns out that the</b> …

HP Admits What We Already Knew: Microsoft Is At War With Its OEM Partners

HP stated the obvious today, clearing the air a bit in the world of personal computing, not to mention other areas of the technology industry. Microsoft, it said, is now a competitor to its business. Of course, we knew this.<p>HP sells software, services, and devices. So does Microsoft. Here’s the key …

Craig Venter: 'This isn't a fantasy look at the future. We are doing the future'

Craig Venter reclines in his chair, puts his feet up on his desk and – gently stroking his milk chocolate-coloured miniature poodle, Darwin, asleep in his arms – shares his vision of the household appliance of the future. It is a box attached to a computer that would receive DNA sequences over the …

What Will It Take To Find Life Elsewhere In The Universe?

The Hubble and James Webb space telescopes won't find life beyond the solar system. With funding and support, here's what might.<p>The sky was hazy and overcast above Cape Canaveral, Florida, on the morning of July 8, 2011. A light breeze from offshore cooled off an estimated 750,000 onlookers braving …

Nobel Winners Decoded How Neurons And Cells Talk To Each Other

The three scientists who shared this year's Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine all made discoveries that illuminate how the body's cells communicate.<p>The research has sweeping implications for our understanding of how nerves in the brain transmit signals, how the immune system attacks pathogens …

5 Surprising Facts About Nikola Tesla

The brilliant inventor gets a new statue in Long Island.<p><b>A new statue of Nikola Tesla now graces New York's Long Island, the latest homage to the celebrated visionary. At the statue's unveiling last week, Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic told the dedication crowd at Tesla's former Wardenclyffe</b> …

Underwater aeroplanes: The new toy for the super rich

Not content with superyachts and private planes, the wealthiest individuals are now turning their attention to aeroplanes that fly underwater.<p>The billionaires who crowded into the Monaco yacht show last week wanted to see more than just Rupert Murdoch's $29.7m superyacht Rosehearty which was …

James Cameron

What doctors definitely won't tell you

Some months ago, we saw the launch of a print version of the alternative medicine magazine What Doctors Don't Tell You. This immediately inspired some other publications with a similar format. As with any publication that spreads information about human health and medicine that generally …

How a cat virus could lead to an HIV vaccine - Futurity

Blood from people infected with HIV shows an immune response against a cat AIDS virus …

Jellyfish Shut Down Massive Nuclear Power Plant

Get out of my coolant intake pipes!!! *shakes fist at jellyfish*<p>In southeastern Sweden, the three reactors that make up the Oskarshamn nuclear power plant provide about a 10th of the nation's total power. One of the three reactors is the largest of its type in the world. And, temporarily, the …

The Week In Numbers: The Periodic Table Gets An Update, Curiosity Finds Lots Of Martian Water, And More

<b>2 percent:</b> the portion of Martian soil that was water in a recent analysis from the rover Curiosity<p><b>4:</b> the number of aluminum mirrors in these telescopic contacts lenses<p><b>66:</b> the number of radio dishes in the most ambitious ground telescope ever built<p><b>1969:</b> the year scientists first used the word …

Periodic Table

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 …

June guide to the bright planets

Here’s how to find the bright planets – Jupiter, Venus, Mars, Saturn, Mercury – in June 2018.<p>Click the name of a planet to learn more about its …

Astronomy