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The Particle at the End of the Universe, by Sean Carroll – review

In the early 80s, the US decided to build a massive particle accelerator which was called – with typical American excess – the Superconducting Super Collider. During its early planning stages, the great machine was enthusiastically supported by the vast majority of US congressmen who each hoped the …

Where's The Best Of What's New?

<b>We're still adapting our Best of What's New pages from prior to 2014--thanks for your patience!</b><p><b>Until then, take a look at our 2014 BOWN winners.</b>

The Three Biggest Aviation Advances From This Year

How RFID tags, carbon-fiber airframes, and battery sensors will change the course of flight.<p>RFID Tags<p>A regular addition to cellphones and bank cards, radio frequency identification (RFID) tags are creeping into airplane cabins. With tags in life vests, seats, medical kits, and other frequently …

Halloween is a cross-quarter day

The 4 cross-quarter days fall between equinoxes and solstices. Halloween is the spookiest one – derived from a sacred festival of ancient Celts and …

A galaxy called Mirach’s Ghost

The bright star here is Beta Andromedae, aka Mirach. Look closely, and you’ll also see Mirach’s Ghost, a faint galaxy, in the upper right of the …

Astronomy

I Have Detected a Ghost with Science

This being the time of year for ghosts, I decided to install a piece of software designed to detect when spirits may be, unbeknownst to me, spying on my Internet habits. I'm not sure who would be interested, exactly - personally I can't think of anything worse than watching over someone's shoulder …

Living Rooms

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013 | WIRED

Jan. 19, 2014: Solar X-Flare<p>The largest sunspot group of the solar cycle unleashed a large (X1.2 class) flare just when it was facing right towards …

Mars Mission Briefed on This Week @NASA

If statistics aren’t your cup of tea, try Doctor Fisher’s taste test

Ronald Fisher's theory for the design and analysis of experiments has dominated empirical research since the 1920s<p>Where we work is like this: a site, large enough to drive around, cut off from the nearby town by dual carriageways and roundabouts and the sheer faff of having to drive there. So …

Downton Abbey

NASA is farming lettuce in space

Starting in December, NASA will begin producing its own food in orbit for the first time ever, according to a new report in <i>Modern Farmer</i>. Called the Vegetable Production System (or VEGGIE for short), the minimal rig will accommodate six romaine lettuce plants grown under pink LED lamps, ready for …

This anti-tremor spoon could make it easier for Parkinson's patients to eat. It works by integrating an accelerometer to detect tremors and actuators to cancel out 70% of the motion. Watch: http://f-st.co/z56mMoA

World's First 3D Scanner for iPad Triples Kickstarter Goal in One Day

Yesterday morning San Francisco-based Occipital launched Structure Sensor—the world’s first 3D scanner for iPad—on Kickstarter with a fundraising …

'Smart Teeth' Could Detect Health Habits

By Charles Choi, Contributing Writer<p>Published: 09/18/2013 08:46 AM EDT on LiveScience<p>Artificial teeth that detect when people chew, drink, speak and cough could help people track exactly how much they eat, along with other aspects of their health, researchers say.<p>In a study, the scientists used …

Giant Gob of Earwax Reveals Blue Whale Secrets

Wildlife<p><b>Two biologists at Baylor University in Texas, Sascha Usenko and Stephen Trumble, and colleagues have dissected a giant gob of earwax from a blue whale to measure pollutants to which the whale was exposed.</b><p>The earwax (known as an earplug) can also be used to measure levels of stress and …

Curiosity Has Found Water Bound Up in the Soil of Mars

The Curiosity rover has found water on Mars, or rather <i>in</i> Mars. The rover analyzed a soil sample and found it to be made up of about two percent …

Carbon Dioxide

The $6 Fix That's Helping Low-Income Kids Go to College

A decade and a half ago, the ACT started giving test-takers four free score reports instead of three--a small change that's increased the number of poor students at selective schools.<p>Fewer than 30 percent of students from low-income families enroll in college. There are plenty of theories about …

Nobel Prizes 2013: The shipping machinery of cells

If the cells that make up your body are little factories, then the shipping department just picked up a Nobel Prize this morning with the award for …

Astronauts point to next frontier: Stopping killer asteroids

An artist's conception shows an impactor spacecraft blasting an asteroid while a rendezvous probe observes the effect. Such an experiment would be conducted during a proposed space mission known as AIDA, or Asteroid Impact and Deflection Assessment.<p>For most people, going into outer space would be …

Space

Astronauts And Mice Return From Space With Altered Eyes

About one in five astronauts report vision changes after space missions. A new, small study in mice takes a look at what might cause those changes at a molecular level.<p>When he rocketed up to the International Space Station in March 2009, NASA astronaut Mike Barratt needed glasses to see things in …

Space Exploration

Design contest: Students envision appliances of future

An army of tiny flying robots won the big prize at this year's Electrolux Design Lab competition, an annual contest for futuristic home appliances hosted by the Swedish appliance maker.<p>For Mab, an automated household system that cleans the home with hundreds of flying robots armed with drops of …

The Energy Fix: How To Clean Up Fracking's Bad Rep

If fossil fuels are to remain a large part of the nation’s energy mix, engineers need to reduce their environmental impacts.<p>Hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have opened up huge reservoirs of oil and gas across the U.S. The Energy Information Administration predicts that production of …

Will we ever bring the dead back to life?

Understanding the processes governing death is helping experts try to halt and reverse it. It’s also challenging our ideas about the nature of death itself.<p>Zach Conrad died on a lovely Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia. It was 3 June 2012, and the 36-year-old financial analyst had decided to take a …

Medicine

Life in close-up: photomicrography competition winners - in pictures

Nikon has announced the winners of its 2013 Small World Photomicrography Competition. Winning images were selected for displaying both artistic quality and scientific technique. Eric Flem at Nikon said: "After 39 years we are proud to watch the competition continue to grow, allowing us to honor …

Blindfolded People Can Still "See" Their Own Limbs

If you wave your hand in front of your eyes, you'll think you can see it moving…even with an impermeable blindfold on.<p>A blindfold is no match for the power of the brain. Even when shrouded in total darkness, your mind still thinks it can see your body moving, creating visual sensations of motion …

Research

Watch the November 3 total solar eclipse online

Relatively few people got to see the totality – when moon covered the sun completely – in the solar eclipse of Sunday, November 3. But there were …

Astronomy

The best science and technology pictures of the week

The most impressive pictures from the last seven days, including volcanoes, snake massages and a very unusual seahorse.<p><b>More stunning image galleries:</b><p>New space ventures and mirrors that light up a town<p>Bionic men and Saturn in amazing detail<p>Robotic firefighters, solar car races and extreme …

Photos

Rising temperatures challenge Salt Lake City’s water supply

Warming western temperatures may mean that some of the creeks and streams that Salt Lake City relies on will dry up several weeks earlier in the …

Climate Change

Why Babies In Arabic-Speaking Households Learn Some Numbers Faster

What language you hear growing up--Arabic and Slovenian are especially good--affects how you learn to count.<p>Don't tell that hyper-competitive parent friend of yours. English-speaking toddlers learn the idea of the number one faster than Japanese- and Chinese-speaking kids, while Slovenian-speaking …