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Meteorologists are seeing global warming's effect on the weather | Paul Douglas

Weather is becoming more extreme, and meteorologists are taking notice<p>Whatever happened to normal weather? Earth has always experienced epic storms, debilitating drought, and biblical floods. But lately it seems the treadmill of disruptive weather has been set to fast-forward. God’s grandiose …

Physicists Just Found a Link Between Dark Energy And The Arrow of Time

Is dark energy the reason time moves forward?<p>For years, physicists have attempted to explain dark energy - a mysterious influence that pushes space …

Spiders use music to woo partners

Scientists have revealed spiders create music to attract their partners<p>Spiders create music to attract their partners, scientists have revealed.<p>By using leaves to transmit vibrations, the spiders create sounds to serenade females.<p>A team of scientists set up a small recording studio to capture the …

Surprise: Jumping Spiders Can See More Colors Than You Can

Weird & Wild<p>Some species of jumping spiders use filters in their eyes to see colors like red and orange—an unexpected discovery.<p>The flamboyant colors and flash dance routine of some male jumping spiders are meant to seduce females—which means that these species must be able to see those fire-engine …

Octopus Skin Can See Light, No Brain Needed

Look, ma, no eyes<p>Seeing without eyes might seem impossible, but for some cephalopods like octopuses, it's entirely normal.<p>They may not be able to see details, but it turns out that some cephalopods' skin contains proteins called opsins that are sensitive to light. A new study in the <i>Journal of</i> …

May 2015

How You'll Die On Mars

Many hopefuls have signed up for a one-way ticket to the red planet. But if they aren't prepared, the trip may be a short one.<p>We're on our way to Mars. NASA has a plan to land astronauts on its surface by the 2030s. Private spaceflight companies like SpaceX have also expressed interest in starting …

Would the medical research benefits of reclassifying LSD outweigh the risks?

Psychedelic drugs should be reclassified to encourage new research into their medical applications, a researcher argues in an opinion piece published in <i>The British Medical Journal</i>today. Before substances such as LSD were stigmatized during the "war on drugs" in the 1970s, studies suggested they …

How far away is Deneb?

The star Deneb – part of the famous Summer Triangle – is one of the most distant stars you can see with your eye alone. Why don’t we know its …

Everything you need to know about 'female Viagra'

Next week, the US Food and Drugs Administration will decide whether to approve a pill for women with flagging sexual desire. But does it work? Linda Geddes reviews the evidence.<p>Barbara Gattuso was in her late 30s when she first noticed a change in her attitude towards sex with her husband, Gregg. …

NASA creates NExSS for life search

A new NASA collaboration will use a systems science approach – looking at the big picture, cutting across different scientific disciplines – to seek …

How It Works: Death By Black Hole

A quantum quandary<p>As you fall feet first across an event horizon—the point where nothing can escape the black hole’s gravitational pull—you don’t feel anything change. But eventually, gravity is so much stronger at your feet than your head that you’re stretched apart, like Play-Doh, until you snap. …

What Does The Higgs Boson Sound Like? [Video]

The heavy metal of the god particle<p>Sometimes for fun I'll watch a movie, or if I'm feeling industrious maybe I'll knit a scarf. When you're a physicist at CERN, the things you do for fun are apparently a little more complex. Piotr Traczyk, for example, decided to translate the data from the Higgs …

Physics

Advanced alien civilizations possible in 50 galaxies

After scouring 100,000 galaxies, scientists say that 50 are emitting unusally high levels of radiation which could hint at alien civilizations<p>Advanced alien life is possible in 50 galaxies, astronomers have said, after finding they are emitting unusually high levels of radiation.<p>A team of …

The most advanced malware yet has been spying on you for years

Security researchers have discovered a highly advanced malware program, called Regin, that have been used for spying purposes for at least six years. …

NASA demos incredibly agile, remote-controlled EV

When we talk about the cars of the future, we're normally bandying around names like Google and Tesla. NASA's engineers at the Johnson Space Center might have just trumped those other names after unveiling its new Modular Robotic Vehicle prototype. While it may look like the world's dullest golf …

Here’s What Scientists Learned In The Largest Systematic Study Of Email Habits

For one thing, you’re shockingly predictable<p>You probably get a lot of emails. Heck, maybe someone even sent you this article in an email. And you have likely developed a systematic approach to dealing with this digital avalanche that never seems to end. Even though email has been around for about …

The surprising downsides of being clever

Can high intelligence be a burden rather than a boon? David Robson investigates.<p>If ignorance is bliss, does a high IQ equal misery? Popular opinion would have it so. We tend to think of geniuses as being plagued by existential angst, frustration, and loneliness. Think of Virginia Woolf, Alan …

University of Toronto

Paracetamol kills feelings of pleasure as well as pain

Researchers from Ohio State University find participants who took the painkiller reported a weaker emotional response than those who had taken a dummy tablet<p>Paracetamol may be an effective pain reliever but is also reduces feelings of pleasure, a new study suggests.<p>The previously unknown …

Intel's New 3D NAND Technology Allows for Greater Than 10TB Solid-State Drives

Intel and Micron on Thursday announced the availability of new 3D NAND technology that enables high-density flash devices with three times more storage capacity than other NAND technologies in production. 3D NAND technology is also more cost efficient than planar NAND, with faster performance, …

MacBook Pro

Could Analyzing How Humans Think Make Better Video Games?

Trying to get more players to that unique state of gaming nirvana<p>Recently, on a cold, solitary evening, I decided to reprise one of my teenage pastimes: I played Super Mario 64. At first it was a little different than I remembered—the picture grainier, the music tinnier, my computer keyboard …

New York University

Artist Uses 3-D Printing to Create 'Shadows' of 4-D Objects

Weird Science<p>It's hard to visualize what four-dimensional objects look like — but Henry Segerman, an artist and mathematician at Oklahoma State University at Stillwater, can show you their three-dimensional shadows.<p>Segerman uses extradimensional geometry and a 3-D printer to show how objects that …

Monkeys

Your subconscious is smarter than you might think

We feel that we are in control when our brains figure out puzzles or read words, says Tom Stafford, but a new experiment shows just how much work is going on underneath the surface of our conscious minds.<p>It is a common misconception that we know our own minds. As I move around the world, walking …

Consciousness

Scientists unveil map of 'epigenome,' a second genetic code

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Scientists for the first time have mapped out the molecular “switches” that can turn on or silence individual genes in the DNA in more than 100 types of human cells, an accomplishment that reveals the complexity of genetic information and the challenges of interpreting …

The World's Most Sophisticated Malware Ever Infects Hard Drive Firmware

High-tech "Equation group" is likely connected to NSA<p>There's a new malware king on the block. Security researchers at Moscow-based Kaspersky Labs have uncovered a sophisticated suite of software packages that stem from what it calls the "Equation" group, a single cluster of unidentified hackers …

The man who brought us the lithium-ion battery at the age of 57 has an idea for a new one at 92

AUSTIN, TEXAS—The chances are you have never heard of—nor, until looking at this page, ever seen—John Bannister Goodenough. But you know his work. In fact, you almost certainly own some.<p>Consider the last six or seven decades of technological and scientific leaps: the polio vaccine, space rocketry, …

A Unified Theory Of How Soft, Curved Things Wrinkle

Raisins, fingers, and brains, explained<p>Do your fingertips wrinkle like raisins when you've been in the bath too long? Yes, yes, they do. That's according to a new mathematical attempt at a sort of Unified Theory of Wrinkling. The theory uses the same equation to explain wrinkles on raisins, …

Grumpy Cat turns a genetic defect into a $100 million empire

A cat that does nothing but look mildly peeved has managed to parlay that "talent" into nearly $100 million in just over two years, according to <i>the Express</i>. Grumpy Cat's newly-rich owner, Tabatha Bundeson called the feline (whose real name is Tardar Sauce) "unstoppable... what she's achieved in …

Scale A Glass Wall With Gecko-Inspired Adhesive On Your Hands

Special Forces can add a new item to their wish list.<p>Geckos, when not shilling for insurance companies, are most known for their climbing abilities that let them scale walls effortlessly. Thanks to their biology, geckos have one major advantage over humans who want to move vertically: they are …

Special Forces

Astronauts Levitate Molten Orb Of Metal In Space

A ball of fire in the sky may answer a very terrestrial mystery<p>Behold the fiery sphere of pain in the heavens! No, not the sun, this one is much, much closer to Earth, and much stranger still. Aboard the International Space Station, scientists have an electromagnetic levitator that lets them …