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Penis length isn’t everything … for barnacle males

Longer isn’t always better, according to some men, and it seems the same is true for barnacles, too. The hermaphroditic filter-feeders can grow …

Eggs

'Ghost particles' from space found in South Pole ice

A neutrino observatory based in Antarctica has confirmed the detection of massless particles deep within the South Pole’s ice. They were created from astrophysical sources like black holes and exploding stars throughout the Milky Way and beyond.

The IceCube Neutrino Observatory employed 86 optical …

Space

Nanotube implants show diagnostic potential

Devices could track insulin levels in the body or sniff out cancerous cells.

The future of medical sensors may be going down the tubes. Chemists are …

Health Care Technology

Scientists Pull Carbon Nanofibers Out Of Thin Air

Pulling some strings to capture CO2

Rumpelstiltskin may have been able to spin straw into gold, but even he couldn't pull carbon fibers from thin air. Yet that's exactly what researchers at George Washington University have managed to do.

Led by Stuart Licht, researchers have created a solar-powered …

Carbon

Chris Marshall obituary

Chris Marshall, a pioneering cancer researcher, who has died aged 66 from the disease he spent his life studying, made important discoveries which shaped our understanding of how cancers arise and which have helped in the development of advanced therapies to treat them.

Among his most significant …

Scientific Research

Are you thinking what I’m thinking? The rise of mind control

Ahundred electrodes are pressed tightly against my scalp and a mixture of salt water and baby shampoo is dripping down my back. The goings-on in my slightly agitated brain are represented by a baffling array of graphs on a screen in front of me. When I close my eyes and relax, the messy spikes and …

The Brain

What Are The Least Essential Organs In The Human Body?

Asking for a friend.

There are two schools of thought when it comes to ranking organs in terms of their utility or lack thereof. According to one theory, the least essential parts are those that come in pairs. Giving up an eye or ear wouldn't be too bad, the thinking goes, so long as you keep the …

Human Anatomy

Watery time capsule hints at how life got started on early Earth

Water locked away in rocks for 1.5 billion years reveals conditions were right for complex organic molecules to form in deep sea hydrothermal vents

Chemistry

The 27 Best Feeds to Follow in the World of Science

Emily Lakdawalla | Twitter

You don’t love space science enough. Lakdawalla works for the Planetary Society, and her Twitter feed (What’s Cassini up …

Space Science

Mystery Deepens: Matter and Antimatter Are Mirror Images

A newly reported experiment involving matter and antimatter was carried out in CERN's Antiproton Decelerator.
Credit: N. Kuroda

Matter and antimatter …

Physics

Physicists Solve the Mystery of Interleaved Phone Books

A famous demonstration of the counterintuitive power of friction involves two telephone directories with their pages alternately interleaved. People …

Theoretical Physics

Ghostly Particles Detected Beneath Earth

Using giant vats of organic liquid buried under a mountain in Italy, scientists have shed new light on the origins of ghostly particles known as …

Scientific Research

The Hadron Collider Is Smashing Old Ideas

Theoretical physicists have filled in the Standard Model—a set of equations describing the interactions among the universe’s fundamental particles. …

Physics

Physicists isolate neutrinos from Earth's mantle for first time

Italy's Borexino detector provides further insights into radioactive heating of the Earth

Earth

​One Small Optical Chip, One Giant Leap for Quantum Computing

Today marked the unveiling of a reprogrammable optical chip that is capable of processing photons in an infinite variety of ways. This development marks a massive step toward the realization of a quantum computer capable of wildly outperforming its most powerful classical counterparts, a …

Physics

Forget fracking, microwave zaps could clean up the oil business

Microwaves could deliver plentiful fuel while dodging fracking's downsides. So why aren't we doing it already?

Energy

How fast could humans travel safely through space?

The current speed record has stood for 46 years. When will it be beaten, asks Adam Hadhazy.

We humans are obsessed with speed. Recent months, for instance, brought news that students in Germany have broken the record for the fastest accelerating electric car, and that the US Air Force plans to …

Space

Shape-shifting gel walks when heated up

Activity of entire central nervous system captured on film for first time

The neural activity of an entire central nervous system has been captured in a fairly complex animal for the first time.

The video footage shows neurons firing in the nervous system of a fruit fly larva, Drosophila melanogaster, as it crawls back and forth.

Scientists at the Howard Hughes Medical …

Central Nervous System

3D-printed brain tissue

In the latest effort to build an artificial laboratory model of the brain, Australian researchers have developed a novel method for constructing layered biological structures that looks just like cerebral cortex tissue using a handheld 3D printer.

Neuroscientists rarely get the opportunity to study …

The Brain

What does a tiny creature look like at the end of the microscope?

Photographers

Listening To Whale Migration Reveals A Sea Of Noise Pollution, Too

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Christopher Clark, who directs the bioacoustics research program at Cornell University, is among the world's best scientific listeners. His work has revealed how human-made noise is filling the ocean, making it harder for marine animals to hear their own world. But Clark didn't start …

Oceans

11 Science Photos From This Week That Will Fill You With Awe

Mars drones, a new anglerfish, and more!

Space Science

This cluster of cells lets us gain motor skills

It takes a surprisingly small cluster of brain cells deep within the cerebellum to learn how to serve a tennis ball, or line up a hockey …

Neuroscience

FDA approves first prescription drug made through 3D printing

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first prescription drug made through 3D printing: a dissolvable tablet that treats seizures.

Aprecia Pharmaceuticals said on Monday the FDA approved its drug Spritam for adults and children who suffer from certain types of seizures caused by …

3D Printing

Quantum Experiment Shows How “Time” Doesn’t Exist As We Think It Does (Mind-Altering)

To understand the delayed choice experiment, you have to understand the quantum double slit experiment.

In this experiment, tiny bits of matter …

Quantum Mechanics

Water, Water Not Everywhere: Why Puddles Stop Spreading

Puddles make water easier to spot and wipe up, but the traditional laws of physics say water should spread indefinitely. So why doesn't it?

Physics

Scientists Make A Big Step Towards Creating The “Perfect Lens” With Metamaterials

Scientists have long been trying to make a lens that will give people the ability to see microorganisms and nano-sized viruses with the naked eye. …

Metamaterials