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Science Finds 'Tiny Computers' Embedded In Human Skin

We like to think that all our smarts are contained in our brain, but researchers at Umea University in Sweden have found that the neurons that extend into our fingertips perform the same sorts of calculations that take place in the cerebral cortex.<p>In other words, what we’ve been told about our …

Extinct Galaxy Observed Orbiting Milky Way --"A Fossil of the Early Universe"

A tiny galaxy orbiting the Milky Way, Segue 1, may be a fossil left over from this early universe, according to researchers led by Anna Frebel of the …

What Are Neutron Stars Made Of?

The wonderful discovery of the Higgs boson, announced at CERN on July 2012, has represented another big leap forward for the Standard Model of …

The Fermi Paradox: Where the Hell Are the Other Earths?

Everyone feels something when they're in a really good starry place a really good starry place on a really good starry night and they look up and see …

Outer Edges of Milky Way Orbited by Invisible Galaxies (Today's Most Popular)

The rotation of VirgoHI21 is far too fast to be consistent with the gravity of the detected hydrogen. Rather, it implies the presence of a dark …

The Inner and Outer Planets in Our Solar System

In our Solar System, astronomers often divide the planets into two groups — the inner planets and the outer planets. The inner planets are closer to …

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'Indisputable' Proof Of A New Four-Quark Particle

CERN physicists have made a particle that likely existed for just a microsecond after the Big Bang.<p>Using the most powerful particle collider in the world, a research group at CERN has forged a particle made of four quarks, the European organization announced yesterday.<p>Most particles of matter in …

'Super Planet Crash' Game Is Like An Astronomer's Version Of 'Angry Birds'

Creating your own planetary system is fun -- really fun.<p>University of Texas astronomer Dr. Stefano Meschiari found that out when he created "Super Planet Crash." Yes, the online game <i>is</i> addictive -- one player commented it's "a great little time waster."<p>Yet the game, which lets you place planets …

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Physicists at New Zealand's University of Otago have pushed the frontiers of quantum technology by developing a steerable 'optical tweezers' unit …

Nanoparticle Temporarily Violates the Second Law of Thermodynamics

Artistic impressions of the nanoparticle in a laser trap. (Image credits: Iñaki Gonzalez and Jan Gieseler)<p><i>In a newly published study, an</i> …

Just After It All Began, the Universe Sent Us a Text Message. We Just Decoded It.

Phil Plait explains the universe’s sudden and dramatic inflation…tiny fractions of a second after the Big Bang.<p>Most of us heard the cosmos-stretching …

Fairytales Come To Life In Papercut Light Boxes by Hari & Deepti

Deepti Nair and Harikrishnan Panicker, two artists collectively known as Hari & Deepti, create beautiful and detailed dioramas out of paper that look …

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New technique classifies retinal neurons into 15 categories, including some previously unknown types

When light strikes the retina, it first encounters photoreceptor cells, which relay visual input through several layers of neurons in the retina. The …

Spot On Time’s New App Helps Drivers Arrive On Time, Find Parking Too

The problem with navigation applications is that they assume you’re trying to find your way from Point A to Point B right now. They don’t permit busy travelers to pre-plan their trips in advance, and they don’t help you with the last leg of the journey – finding parking – either. A new application …

François Englert talks Higgs bosons and supersymmetry

On his first trip to CERN since sharing the Nobel prize in physics last year with Peter Higgs, theorist François Englert of the <i>Université Libre de</i> …

Quantum computing explained: harnessing particle physics to work faster

Work is underway around the world to revolutionise computers using the principles of quantum mechanics<p>Around the world teams of scientists are working on the next technological revolution: quantum computing. But what makes it so special? And why do we need it? We ask physicist Dr Ruth Oulton of the …

How to Measure the ROI from Your Ongoing SEO Efforts

A conversion can be a completed sign up to your email newsletter, which is considered a goal completion in Google Analytics, that will lead to revenue in the future or a purchase directly from your website.<p>The Multi-Channel Funnels report in Google Analytics is extremely helpful at visualizing …

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Atheism, Meaning, and the Absurdity of It All

One of the most common criticisms of atheism is that life can have no meaning without God-belief. I’ve always found this argument puzzling, because …

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Quantum Entanglement Explained

Confused by how particles can be in two places at once? Wondering how particles can instantly communicate with each other no matter what the …

Watch Creationists Talking About Creationism

Creationism debate: Should we engage anti-science?

Last night, science advocate Bill Nye “debated” with creationist Ken Ham, the man who runs the Creation Museum in Kentucky. I was torn about the …

How We Know Gravity is Not (Just) a Force

When we think of gravity, we typically think of it as a force between masses. When you step on a scale, for example, the number on the scale …

Nerdist Podcast: Work It Out

The guys sit down for another somewhat serious hostful. Chris and Jonah talk out some problems they have been having and Matt mediates!<p>Artwork by …