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Researchers draft the first comprehensive tree of life

It's very poetic to talk about a tree of life, where every species can trace its roots, but actually <i>illustrating</i> this tree is no mean feat when Earth has been home to at least 2.3 million known species. However, scientists have finally given it a shot. They've published the first draft of a …

The Ten Most Important Books To Expand Your Brain

Books suck. No question about it, almost everyone who writes a book is a crappy writer.<p>And this is a good thing.<p>It’s because the writer spent his …

Beyond The $1K Genome: DNA ‘Writing’ Comes Next

The “$1,000 genome” has been one of the most visible tech goals in the last 10 years, even sporting its own XPrize for a short time. It refers to the ability to “sequence,” or de-code, the total genetic information encoded in the DNA (genome) of a single human, at a cost of $1,000. It’s a daunting …

As new data continue to be collected at CERN, another look at some of the straws in the wind, otherwise known as “hints of new physics”, that might develop into exciting breakthroughs<p>A couple of months ago I wrote about an anomalous bump in data from the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. This is one …

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First Known Four-Quark Particle Pops Up In Japanese Collider

This new finding confirms the particle exists.<p>Physicists have observed what they're confident is the first known particle with four quarks.<p>This isn't the first time the Belle detector, housed with the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization in Japan, has appeared to observe a four-quark …

Tests verify quantum effects in processor - Futurity

USC (US) — Researchers have verified that quantum effects are indeed at play in the …

Inhabitat's Week in Green: 'practical' jetpack, self-healing solar cell and lab-grown heart tissue

<i>Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week's most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us -- it's the Week in Green.</i><p>Tesla CEO Elon Musk wowed the tech and business worlds this week when he unveiled plans for a 700MPH solar-powered Hyperloop train that could catapult people …

Could This 8-Year-Old Be The Key to Immortality?

Gabby Williams is eight years old, but looks like a newborn. She is one of only a handful of people across the world who age at an incredibly slow …

How Gestural Control Could Change Everything

How the monkey brain assimilates a virtual limb into its body map

About a hundred years ago, the great neurologist Henry Head suggested that the brain contains maps of the body, and that these maps – which he referred to as 'schemata' – can expand to incorporate clothes, tools and other objects. "Anything which participates in the conscious movement of our …

Ready for smartphones with a next-generation chip? They’re right around the corner

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>Next week in Berlin there are sure to be some new smartphone announcements. It’s the annual IFA show there, along with some …

Samsung moves into mass production of 3D flash memory

Samsung has announced production of the first solid state drives (SSD) based on its new 3D V-NAND flash memory. V-NAND flash memories read and write …

Transparent gel speaker plays music through the magic of ionic conduction (video)

It may be hard to believe, but that transparent disk in the photo above is actually a fully functioning speaker. A team of researchers at Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have pioneered a never before seen application of ionic conductivity by creating a see-through artificial …

New Giant Volcano Below Sea Is Largest in the World

Tamu Massif in the northwest Pacific challenges traditional views of ocean science.<p><b>A volcano the size of New Mexico or the British Isles has been identified under the Pacific Ocean, about 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) east of Japan, making it the biggest volcano on Earth and one of the biggest in</b> …

5 Crazy New Man-Made Materials

What will they think of next? Aluminum bubble wrap! Molecular superglue! And how about that titanium foam? It's as simple as coating a piece of …

Stanford's new linear accelerator is just three millimeters long

Stanford researchers unveiled a new kind of linear accelerator in <i>Nature</i> today, both smaller and more powerful than its enormous predecessors. Instead of using microwaves like traditional accelerators, the new accelerator works by accelerating electrons to near light-speed through conventional …

Rare tiny neutrinos may have huge implications for astronomy

Together, they contain a tiny fraction of the mass of a single electron. But the 28 neutrinos from deep space detected by an icy observatory beneath the South Pole promise a revolution in the study of the universe, scientists said Thursday.<p>The elusive subatomic particles discovered by an …

Physics

Quantum Computing Takes a Gigantic Leap Forward

An international team of scientists have just held a qubit's memory state for 39 minutes. That might not sound like much, but it's 100 times longer …

11-year-old designs a better sandbag, named 'America's Top Young Scientist'

An 11-year-old boy from Florida has designed a new kind of sandbag to better protect life and property from the ravages of saltwater floods. His invention took top honors at a science fair this week, earning him a $25,000 check and a trip to Costa Rica.<p>"Living in Florida, I'm keenly aware of …

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