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NASA Wants To Send A Nuclear Submarine To Saturn's Moon Titan

Nothing says "we come in peace" like a military spaceplane delivering a nuclear sub<p>There are places beyond the reach of NASA’s current army of robot space explorers. Impressive and capable as Curiosity and other land rovers are, they’d be pretty useless in the liquid hydrocarbon lakes of Saturn’s …

Moon

Huge Electric Field Found in Ice-Cold Laughing Gas

A brand new electrical phenomenon has been discovered - a huge electric field in a thin film of laughing gas. The discovery is so bizarre, the …

Artificial intelligence could spell end of human race – Stephen Hawking

The development of artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race, Professor Stephen Hawking has said.<p>The famous astrophysicist said he believed technology would eventually become self-aware and supersede humanity, as it developed faster than biological evolution.<p>Hawking told the …

Psychology: A simple trick to improve your memory

Want to enhance your memory for facts? Tom Stafford explains a counterintuitive method for retaining information.<p>If I asked you to sit down and remember a list of phone numbers or a series of facts, how would you go about it? There’s a fair chance that you’d be doing it wrong.<p>One of the interesting …

High School

How Supercomputing Is Cracking The Mysteries Of Human Origins

The power of petaflops penetrates the mists of time<p>A Texas supercomputer capable of 9.6 quadrillion operations per second has solved a thorny problem in genetics, by looking at the bones of a young boy who died 24,000 years ago in Mal’ta in south-central Siberia.<p>Existing genetic models have …

Anthropology

Philae Discovers Organic Molecules On A Comet

What it might mean for finding life beyond Earth<p>After 10 years of chasing down Comet 67P—and then landing on it—a robotic space mission has returned a tantalizing discovery: the rubber ducky-shaped rock is home to organic molecules of mysterious composition.<p>Last week, Europe's Rosetta mission …

Space

Electrical brain stimulation beats caffeine – and the effect lasts longer

Researchers in the US have used electrical brain stimulation to boost the vigilance of sleep-deprived military personnel working on an airforce base.<p>Experiments on 18- to 42-year old men and women on active duty found that half an hour of electrical brain stimulation improved their performance …

Vantablack: Firm Shows Off ‘World’s Darkest Material’

Black Holes

Crab Nebula: Noble Gas Molecule Found in Crab Nebula--a First in Space, Say Researchers

The Crab Nebula has a noble gas molecule, researchers said this week, noting that the find is startling because it has been assumed noble gas …

Cosmology

NASA's new frontier, and the Trouble with "Gravity"

Video: New Super-Waterproof Material Makes Water Drops Bounce Off

Nanocones make surfaces more hydrophobic than ever before.<p>Is that a rubber ball making its way down a two-by-four? No, it's actually a drop of water hitting a strip of experimental material that's so water-resistant, it makes drops bounce.<p>The video above comes from the work of a team of materials …

Nanotech

3 Simple Ways to Time Travel (& 3 Complicated Ones)

'Artificial nose' detects dangerous vapors - Futurity

Researchers have developed a way to sniff out solvent gases by combining a common mineral, …

Chemistry

Um, Where Did This Little Orphan Planet Come From?

"I had often wondered if such solitary objects exist, and now we know they do."<p>How do planets—ours, and the others that stud the universe—actually form?<p>Our current, best knowledge posits that planets emerge from the formation of stars. Through a process like this:<p>A star and its planets form out of …

An Innovation For Pain Relief That's Worthy Of Some Buzz

<i>In our</i>"Weekly Innovation" blog series<i>, we feature a new idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. We found this week's product on our list of reader submissions. Share an innovation with us by</i>using this quick form.<p>Kids have been fidgeting nervously at doctors' offices since the …

Chemistry Nobel prize winners react to award - video

Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel react to being awarded 2013's Nobel Prize for chemistry. The pair, along with Martin Karplus, worked on using computers to simulate chemical reactions in molecules. Levitt says the work means the molecule is no longer a 'black box'

The Higgs boson and our Nobel romance with 'lone genius'

It seems an unusual word to use about a subject as dry as theoretical physics, but there is definitely romance to Peter Higgs (and François Englert) winning a Nobel prize.<p>While the credit for the discovery of the particle that bears his name goes to a team of at least 3,000 operating the most …

Nobel Goes To Scientists Who Took Chemistry Into Cyberspace

This year's Nobel Prize for chemistry is shared by three international scientists, who moved chemistry out of the lab and into the world of computing.<p>Together they developed tools for studying complex molecules — such as enzymes in the human body and plants' photosynthesis machinery — inside …

First pictures of hydrogen bonds unveiled

Science/AAAS<p>Hydrogen bonds linking up quinolines have been seen for the first time<p>Peering at molecular structures is what chemists do. Technology …

Photographs capture the moment atoms bond for the first time

Your chemistry textbook diagrams were more literal than you thought<p>Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have captured the moment when atoms form a covalent bond. The team happened upon the discovery by accident: they set out to build graphene …

Nobel prize for simulating lightning-fast chemical reactions

Three scientists win Nobel Prize in Chemistry for computer simulations used to design new drugs and materials<p>• Arieh Warshe, Michael Levitt and Martin Karplus win Nobel Prize in Chemistry – as it happened<p>The 2013 Nobel prize in chemistry has been awarded to a trio of scientists who developed a way …