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Scientists Have Finally Sampled the Most Abundant Material on Earth

It’s called bridgmanite, and it exists roughly 500 miles beneath wherever you are right now.<p>​The most abundant material on Earth didn't have a name, and, in fact, hadn't been seen—until now. For the first time ever, scientists have gotten their hands on a sample of bridgmanite, a mineral that is …

Too many kids quit science because they don’t think they’re smart

For most students, science, math, engineering, and technology (STEM) subjects are not intuitive or easy. Learning in general—and STEM in particular—requires repeated trial and error, and a student’s lack of confidence can sometimes stand in her own way. And although teachers and parents may think …

Self-improvement

Boy now magnetic after electrical shock

Spoons just magically stick to this youngster. It must have something to do with science.<p>A schoolboy who was almost killed when he was knocked out by …

Astronomers Capture Beautiful Image Of Distant Planets Forming

A glimpse into the birth of solar systems<p>At the very center of the image above is the sun-like star HL Tau, surrounded by rings of dust and gas. You may never have heard of HL Tau, but this picture will go down in the astronomic annals as the first high-resolution image of the birth of a planetary …

Universe

Discovery's Man-Swallowing Snake Stunt Stretches Credulity

A teaser for Discovery Channel's <i>Eaten Alive.</i><p>Move over, Shark Week: In the latest anything-for-ratings move, Discovery Channel plans to air a show called Eaten Alive that it says features a man in a special protective suit being swallowed whole by a giant anaconda.<p>The teaser for the program (above, …

Black Hole Fails to Destroy Mystery Cosmic Cloud

An object zipped by the gravitational monster at our galaxy's center, revealing that it is likely a star.<p>A cosmic gas cloud seemingly destined for a deadly encounter with the gigantic black hole at the core of the Milky Way has surprisingly survived a close pass by the monster's maw.<p>The reason, a …

What is a Wormhole and Will Wormhole Travel Ever be Possible?

Science fiction’s favorite method for exploring the universe, most recently in the movie Interstellar, won't be easy.<p>As a curious species, humans have long dreamed of traveling to the farthest depths of space. That's the major theme of the upcoming science fiction epic <i>Interstellar</i>, which will take …

Physics

The 9 Deadliest Viruses on Earth

Photo Credit: National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)<p>Slide 1 of 19<p>Introduction<p>Humans have been battling viruses since before …

Scientists can now simulate curved space-time in a lab - ExtremeTech

By on October 18, 2014 at 11:02 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>When discussing quantum physics, …

Elephants Able To Detect Rainstorms 150 Miles Away

Plus, how these weather predicting skills could save them from poachers<p>Lions may be the kings of the animal world, but at least elephants could make for spunky meteorologists. New research is revealing that elephants have a radar-like spidey sense, capable of detecting an approaching rainstorm up …

The 1918 Flu Killed 40 Million People. This Man Is Re-Creating the Virus.

Yoshihiro Kawaoka caused a global uproar by re-creating history's deadliest flu virus. That might sound crazy. But when a real influenza pandemic strikes, you're going to want him on your side.<p><b>BREAKTHROUGH</b><p><b>WHO</b> Yoshihiro Kawaoka University of Wisconsin–Madison<p><b>FIELD</b> Virology<p><b>ACHIEVEMENT</b> Flu pandemic …

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Woman gives birth after womb transplant, in medical first

Boy born prematurely but healthy to Swedish mother last month after donation of uterus from 61-year-old friend<p>A woman in Sweden has given birth after receiving a womb transplant, the doctor who performed the pioneering procedure said on Friday.<p>The 36-year-old mother received a uterus from a close …

Physicists Observe New Particle That's Also Its Own 'Antiparticle'

After decades of searching, physicists at Princeton University say they've observed an elusive particle that behaves both like matter and antimatter.<p>Yes, the discovery is an exciting step forward for particle physics, but it may also help advance the creation of powerful quantum computers.<p>In the …

Simulations reveal an unusual death for ancient stars

To model the life of a primordial supermassive star, Chen and his colleagues used a one-dimensional stellar evolution code called KEPLER. This code …

Evolution: Why don’t we have hairier faces?

Men may have beards, but compared to many of our primate cousins our faces are pretty hairless – why is that? Jason G Goldman explores the enigma of our bare-faced cheeks.<p>Have you ever stopped to consider your face? Compared to most of the rest of the animal kingdom, the human face has at least one …

Biology

9 Reasons We Miss Friends in GIFS

Watch. Laugh. Repeat.<p>Today marks the 10th anniversary of the <i>Friends</i> finale, and despite the time that's passed, we're still going through withdrawal.<p>To help ourselves cope, we've found the animated GIFS that best illustrate why Rachel Green, Monica Geller, Phoebe Buffay, Chandler Bing, Ross Geller, …

Scientists 'make telepathy breakthrough'

Research led by experts at Harvard University shows technology can be used to send a simple mental message from one person to another without any contact between the two.<p>Neuroscientist Giulio Ruffini told the Today programme: "You can actually transmit information directly from one brain to another …

Paranormal

Time standing still: Your amazing experiences

Our article about one man’s extraordinary experience of seeing the world stand still prompted readers to share some of their amazing tales.<p>We told the story about one man’s extreme experience of time warping; when he entered the shower, water droplets seemed to freeze in the air – an experience …

Mind

10 Best-Ever Burgers for Memorial Day

With Memorial Day around the corner, it’s time to start grilling. Here are 10 juicy, delicious burger recipes to celebrate the unofficial start of …

How El Nino Will Shift the World’s Weather

The forecast for a drought-busting El Niño this winter has Californians as giddy as kids at Christmas.<p>An El Niño is the warm phase of a natural Pacific Ocean climate cycle driven by sea surface temperatures. The redistribution of hotter versus colder surface water triggers changes in atmospheric …

Weather

Scientists design a collider that turns light into matter

We could see physical matter created out of nothing but light within 12 months if a new particle collider works as posited.<p>Ever since the 1960s, when the food synthesiser made its appearance in <i>Star Trek</i>, the idea of a machine that could seemingly make something from nothing has been the kind of …

Physics

2 Percent Of People Can Multitask Well. Are You A Supertasker?

Now that I have your undivided attention...<p>When people try to do multiple things at the same time, their ability to do these things suffers. It's well-established that motorists on cellphones drive as badly as drunk people, for example. University of Utah researcher David Strayer thought that this …

University of Utah

Scientists can trace your ancestors to within 30 miles using DNA

You might know where your forebears lived a few generations prior, but how about the exact village they came from -- <i>1,000 years</i> ago? Thanks to DNA sequencing, it's now possible to find that out in many cases according to researchers from the University of Sheffield in the UK. The aptly-named GPS or …

Lab-made muscle repairs itself in supermouse

Duke University researchers create living skeletal muscle that looks and acts very much like the real thing -- even down to repairing itself. Then they attack it.<p>I get to write about a lot of cool scientific breakthroughs here at Crave, but rarely do I get to report on a story from the cutting edge …

Genius

Not Science Fiction’: Navy to Test Futuristic Gun at Sea in 2016

The U.S. Navy is planning sea trials for a weapon that can fire a low-cost, 23-pound (10-kg) projectile at seven times the speed of sound using electromagnetic energy, a "Star Wars" technology that will make enemies think twice, the Navy's research chief said.<p>Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder, the chief of …

Military

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Sped-up video of ocean creatures is kind of terrifying

You know what? We take it back. Don’t save the oceans. There’s some really freaky stuff in there.<p>[vimeo 88829079]<p>This video consists of 150,000 shots …

Behavior

50 Amazing Facts About Antarctica

1 of 50<p>Introduction<p>The coldest temperature ever recorded on Earth was minus 128.56 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 89.2 degrees Celsius), registered on …

Antarctica