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The Simple Algorithm That Ants Use to Build Bridges

Even with no one in charge, army ants work collectively to build bridges out of their bodies. New research reveals the simple rules that lead to such …

New Jersey

SpaceX Hid a Second, Secret Payload Aboard Falcon Heavy, And It Sounds Amazing

Designed to last for millions of years.<p>Elon Musk's personal Tesla might have gotten all the headlines during SpaceX's historic rocket launch last …

To Advance Artificial Intelligence, Reverse-Engineer the Brain

Your three-pound brain runs on just 20 watts of power—barely enough to light a dim bulb. Yet the machine behind our eyes has built civilizations from …

Artificial Intelligence

The microbiome has been called the forgotten organ — and it could hold the 'next paradigm shift in science and medicine'

The bugs that live in our gut might one day soon be used to guide the way we treat everything from infections to cancer.<p>Scientists have been working on ways to use the microbiome, or the assortment of microorganisms that live in and on us, to unlock new treatments for difficult diseases. It's led …

Microbiology

Rocket fuel inventor dies aged 107

The developer of a space rocket fuel based on liquid hydrogen which made moon flights possible, Barys Kit, has died at the age of 107. The Belarusian-American rocket scientist was one of the world’s oldest men.<p>Coming from the small Belarusian village of Aharodniki, Kit became a world-famous …

Scientists discover ancient Mayan city hidden under Guatemalan jungle

Researchers using a high-tech aerial mapping technique have found tens of thousands of previously undetected Mayan houses, buildings, defence works and pyramids in the dense jungle of Guatemala’s Peten region, suggesting that millions more people lived there than previously thought.<p>The discoveries, …

Archaeology

Here's what caused a massive epidemic killing countless people in colonial Mexico

Researchers have cracked a nearly 500-year-old mystery about the germ that caused the so-called cocoliztlioutbreak, an epidemic that killed countless indigenous people in Mesoamerica shortly after the Spaniards arrived in the New World.<p>The malady wasn't smallpox, measles or another Old World …

Scientists have discovered the origins of the most mysterious particles in the universe

These so-called "cosmic messenger particles" are some of the highest energy particles known to science.<p>In the field of particle physics, one of the …

Asteroid to buzz by Super Bowl Sunday

How to watch online as asteroid 2002 AJ129 – a relatively massive, fast-moving asteroid – passes at about 10 times the moon’s distance on February 4, …

Astronomy

Physicists are planning to build lasers so powerful they could rip apart empty space

Inside a cramped laboratory in Shanghai, China, physicist Ruxin Li and colleagues are breaking records with the most powerful pulses of light the …

Physics

Hubble Telescope finds substellar objects in Orion Nebula

Yes, the Orion Nebula is a star factory, but a new deep survey has revealed 17 brown dwarf companions to red dwarf stars, a brown dwarf pair, a brown …

Universe

Tributes paid to South African musician and activist Hugh Masekela

South Africans have paid tribute to Hugh Masekela, the legendary jazz musician and activist, who died on Tuesday aged 78.<p>The South African president, Jacob Zuma, said the nation would mourn a man who “kept the torch of freedom alive”. The arts and culture minister, Nathi Mthethwa, described …

'Serious gap' in cosmic expansion rate hints at new physics

<b>A mathematical discrepancy in the expansion rate of the Universe is now "pretty serious", and could point the way to a major discovery in physics, says a Nobel laureate.</b><p>The most recent results suggest the inconsistency is not going away.<p>Prof Adam Riess told BBC News that an unknown phenomenon, such …

Physics

Scientists are developing self-healing robot muscles that work just like our own

We often think of robots as superior to ourselves, but when it comes to the abilities afforded us by our muscles, robots have a hard time keeping up. …

Casting a $20 Million Mirror for the World’s Largest Telescope

The glass arcs that will let astronomers peer back millions of years are decades in the making GMTOBuilding a mirror for any giant telescope is no …

FDA approves first shock wave device made to heal wounds

Using "acoustic shock waves" to promote healing isn't just for <i>Overwatch</i>, as Sanuwave has obtained FDA approval for its Dermapace System (Pulsed Acoustic Cellular Expression = PACE). Its approval is specifically to help heal foot ulcers in diabetic patients, where damage to blood vessels and nerves …

Emerging Technology

Alzheimer's treatment: Diabetes drug holds promise for fighting disease after 'significantly reversing' memory loss

A drug developed for type 2 diabetes significantly reverses memory loss and could have potential as a new treatment for Alzheimer’s disease and other …

What to watch in 2018

As the new year begins, here are the smartest predictions of what's coming in politics, tech and business in 2018.<p><b>The big picture:</b> In many ways 2018 …

North Korea

What are bosons and how did they get their name?

Festivities began today to commemorate the 125th birthday of the famous physicist Satyendra Nath Bose, who was born this day in 1894. Bose’s name was …

First Blue Moon Total Lunar Eclipse in 150 Years Coming This Month

The first eclipse of 2018 will be a lunar one that comes at the very end of the month, on Jan. 31.<p>It will be a total eclipse that involves the second …

Lunar Eclipse

Physicists Just Experimentally Confirmed The Existence of 'Excitonium'

A strange new form of matter.<p>Researchers at the University of Illinois have announced an exciting finding - the discovery of a new form of matter: …

Shadows from Saturn's rings change its atmosphere

Shadows from Saturn's rings can affect the planet's atmosphere, according to an analysis of data collected by the Cassini-Hyugens spacecraft during …

Google opens first machine learning research lab in Asia with ‘Google AI China Center’

Bolstering its status as an AI first company, Google has opened machine learning research labs around the world in recent years. The latest is the Google AI China Center headquartered in Beijing.<p>Unveiled today by Fei-Fei Li, Google Cloud’s Chief Scientist, at the Google Developer Days event in …

Japanese Company Raises Record $90 Million for Moon Missions

The Tokyo-based company ispace has just raised $90 million to help make its moon-exploration dreams come true.<p>That's a Japanese record for "Series A" …

Researchers successfully demonstrate a quantum gate in silicon

Milestone on the path to the quantum computer: Scientists of the University of Konstanz, Princeton University, and the University of Maryland have …

We Finally Know What Elements Are Contained in an Exploded Supernova

Incredible.<p>NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory has been taking a long, hard look at one of the Milky Way's most famous and studied objects - the remnant …

Ancient amber seals away first direct evidence of dinosaur blood-sucking ticks

Scientists have long suspected that ticks feasted on the blood of dinosaurs, and now they've uncovered the first direct evidence. Preserved in a 99 …

This city in Alaska is warming so fast, algorithms removed the data because it seemed unreal

Last week, scientists were pulling together the latest data for NOAA’s monthly report on the climate when they noticed something strange: One of …

New Evidence Is Forcing Scientists to Rewrite The History of Human Migration 'Out of Africa'

We may find our answer in Australasia.<p>Where did we humans come from?<p>Some 40 or so years ago, our origins seemed quite straightforward.<p>But now we see …

Scientists have discovered a new form of matter called "Excitonium"

New Matter<p>Researchers at the University of Illinois have announced an exciting finding — the discovery of a new form of matter: excitonium. This …