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Diamond 'guitar' strings could lead to quantum computer memory

Quantum computers need memory to perform tasks like their conventional counterparts, but it's hard to create that memory when it only takes nearby vibrating atoms to lose all their data. Scientists may have a clever solution, though: tune diamond like a guitar string. They've crafted a quantum …

Scientists Discover a Dinosaur Tail Preserved in Amber

The amber sample showcased the delicate feathers of a tiny dinosaur.<p>Scientists discovered a fragment of a 99-million-year-old dinosaur tail (bones, tissue, feathers and all) preserved in amber. The amber sample had already been polished for jewelry when scientists discovered that it held a bigger …

Black Panther's Killmonger Is Everyone Who Loves Wakanda Even Though It Didn't Love Us

<i>Black Panther</i>’s Erik Killmonger is not a charismatic show stealer like <i>Thor</i>’s Loki, or a profoundly deranged monster like <i>Jessica Jones</i>’ Kilgrave, but …

The Top 10: Accidental Etymologies

We did unexpected etymologies a few years ago, but it is time for another list of words whose present meanings have strayed far from their origins, …

This Robot Can Do More Push-Ups Because It Sweats

When we use our muscles, they produce heat as a by-product. When we use them a lot, we need to actively cool them, which is why we sweat. By …

Robotics

How old is English?

Two languages emerge in Britain<p>Around 8000 BC, Azelian tribes who originated from southern France or northern Spain, colonized most of <b>Doggerland</b> (the …

Linguistics

Physicists Actually Create "Impossible" Time Crystals

<b>Time crystals</b> are hypothetical structures proposed by Nobel-Prize winning theoretical physicist Frank Wilczek in 2012. What’s special about them is …

Quantum Physics

Meet your neighbor—an Earthlike planet just 4 light-years away

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Physicists pass spin information through a superconductor

Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have made a discovery that could lay the foundation …

6,000-year-old fabric reveals Peruvians were dyeing textiles with indigo long before Egyptians

Take a good look at the piece of cloth pictured at the top of this story. That was made 6,000 years ago by people living on the coast of Peru.<p>Now check out those faint blue lines running through it. Yes, they're washed out, but you can still see them.<p>This square of striped cotton, and a few others …

Archaeology

You Lose Consciousness Every Minute of Every Day Suggests New Study

The world surrounding you right now appears to be fully realized, perceived by you in a continuous stream of information. But a new study suggests …

Consciousness

Kids Granted Permission By Judge To Sue US Government For Lack Of Action On Climate Change

Environment Photo credit: Our Children's TrustA lawsuit filed by a group of young people in Oregon claiming the American government is negligent in …

9 crazy things that could happen after the singularity, when robots become smarter than humans

Futurists say that our destiny will be shaped by the Singularity, the moment when artificial intelligence surpasses human intelligence.<p>Scholars don't agree on the details, but they say it will happen between 30 and 1000 years from today, with most predicting it will emerge in the next century.<p>It …

Voyager 1 Helps Solve Interstellar Medium Mystery

NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft made history in 2012 by entering interstellar space, leaving the planets and the solar wind behind. But observations from …

Villa Nola the final resting place of a Roman Emperor

Vesuvius close to Naples is one of the most infamous volcanoes in existence after it obliterated Pompeii in 79 AD.<p>Vesuvius erupted again in 472 AD this time smoothering the villa where the Emperor Augustus ended his days.<p>The archaeological treasure has been under excavation for the past 13 …

Why Did Apollo Lunar Samples Have Amino Acids In Them?

A new study answers the decades-old question<p>Amino acids are fundamental building blocks of life. These molecules combine together into proteins, which are the bricks and mortar that build your body as well as digest your food, repair tissues, and perform other vital functions. So why were there …

Scientists at Large Hadron Collider hope to make contact with PARALLEL UNIVERSE in days

GettyCollision course: Large Hadron Collider could discover parallel universe<p>The staggeringly complex LHC ‘atom smasher’ at the CERN centre in …

Physics

Panasonic is quietly selling grid batteries in the U.S.

In a remote Nevada desert, a cell phone tower is operating largely from electricity generated by solar panels and stored in a collection of …

You Can Take this Little Wind and Solar Powered Home Anywhere

If life in a future megacity isn’t for you, your hour of escape is fast approaching. Especially if you don’t mind living alone in a 14 x 7 x 7-foot …

Unmasking the Secrets of Mercury

To learn more about the minerals and surface processes on Mercury, instruments aboard NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft have been collecting surface …

Tesla expands into batteries for homes

HAWTHORNE, Calif -- Seeking to redefine itself as more than a high-tech automaker, Tesla Motors announced Thursday night plans to make inroads into residential and business battery systems.<p>While home batteries aren't as sexy as electric luxury cars, Tesla CEO Elon Musk portrayed the Powerwall Home …

Complete List of the Holy Roman Emperors

<b>The Complete List of Holy Roman Emperors</b><p>The <b>Holy Roman Emperor</b> (German: <i>Römisch-deutscher Kaiser</i>, Latin: <i>Romanorum Imperator</i>) was the ruler of the Holy …

Closing the case on an ancient archeological mystery

Climate change may be responsible for the abrupt collapse of civilization on the fringes of the Tibetan Plateau around 2000 B.C.WSU archaeologist …

Mercury’s MESSENGER mission comes to a crashing climax

More than a decade after it left Earth, the space probe MESSENGER is in the dying days of its exploration of the planet Mercury.<p>The spacecraft is …

'Impossible' Space Engine May Actually Work, NASA Test Suggests

It's really starting to look as if an "impossible" space propulsion technology actually works.<p>Researchers at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston …

Lava Lake on Moon of Jupiter Revealed in Remarkable Detail

Starstruck<p>The two mirrors of an Arizona telescope reveal heat rising from the horseshoe-shaped Loki lava lake on the moon Io.<p>For the first time ever, researchers on Earth have been able to capture detailed images of the heat rising from an active volcano on another body in the solar system.<p>Using …

Astronomy

What Really Scares Tech Leaders About Artificial Intelligence?

Does artificial intelligence represent an “existential threat” to humanity? Some very smart people think so: Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates, Sam Altman and particularly Oxford Professor Nick Bostrom. He wrote the book, <i>Superintelligence</i> that got Musk so tweetably exercised. Technologists are …

NASA May Have Accidentally Created a Warp Field

“Star Trek” introduced the world outside of rocket science circles to the concept of warp drive – the propulsion system that allowed the starship …

No More Science Fiction: 3D Holographic Images

Three dimensional holographic images and floating displays outside a screen have long been a favorite of science fiction movies such as the rescue …

The mysterious dark energy that speeds the universe’s rate of expansion

The nature of dark energy is one of the most important unsolved problems in all of science. But what, exactly, is dark energy, and why do we even …