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Government Scientists Created Crude Oil from Algae in Mere Minutes

Be excited, Earthlings, because science has a surprise for you. Engineers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have …

The Perfect Tech Storm: 3-D-Printed, Self-Assembling Drone Swarms

There is strength in numbers, even when it comes to drones.<p>Scientists at the ETH Zürich university studying the flight of drones have 3-D printed some drone airframes and jammed them with electronics that allow them to sense each other’s presence. In flight, individual drones are unstable, but when …

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Here’s how cable will hit gigabit speeds and create a tricky business problem in the process

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>Credit: NCTA<p>The Cable Show began on Monday, and as the industry executives gathered in Washington D.C. they faced two big …

Here's how Elon Musk's Hyperloop might actually work

How do you get from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 30 minutes?<p>Elon Musk has made his name on big ideas, whether it's space tourism or the electric car — but his latest project, mysteriously dubbed the Hyperloop, may be more revolutionary than anything he's done. It started with a simple promise: …

Creatures Lived On Land 2.2 Billion Years Ago, New Evidence Suggests

South African fossils push the rise of oxygen and life on land to hundreds of millions of years earlier than previously thought.<p>Researchers at the University of Oregon have recently unearthed fossils in South Africa that present evidence of life on land 2.2 billion years ago—four times older than …

DNA storage: The code that could save civilisation

Two scientists think we can safeguard the world's knowledge against an apocalypse if we store it in DNA. How far-fetched is the idea? Ed Yong meets them to find out.<p>Neither Ewan Birney nor Nick Goldman can remember exactly how they came up with the idea of storing all the world’s knowledge in DNA. …

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The 10 Coolest Things You Can 3-D Print Right Now

Cameras, guitars, RC aircraft and more!<p>One survey of the 3-D printing landscape will quickly show you that it's brimming with novelty items and useless junk. But don't let that overwhelm you! We sorted through the clutter to create this list of 10 projects that are both awesome and practical.<p>Don't …

APOD: The Beautiful Trifid (2013 Jul 25) Image Credit & Copyright: Máximo Ruiz http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130725.html Explanation: The beautiful Trifid Nebula is a cosmic study in contrasts. Also known as M20, it lies about 5,000 light-years away toward the nebula rich constellation Sagittarius. A star forming region in the plane of our galaxy, the Trifid illustrates three different types of astronomical nebulae; red emission nebulae dominated by light emitted by hydrogen atoms, blue reflection nebulae produced by dust reflecting starlight, and dark nebulae where dense dust clouds appear in silhouette. The bright red emission region, roughly separated into three parts by obscuring dust lanes, lends the Trifid its popular name. But in this sharp, colorful scene, the red emission is also surrounded by the the telltale blue haze of reflection nebulae. Pillars and jets sculpted by newborn stars, below and left of the emission nebula's center, appear in Hubble Space Telescope close-up images of the region. The Trifid Nebula is about 40 light-years across. http://www.astromodelismo.es/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130725 #APOD

William and Kate: whatever you do, don't call him Kevin

"What's in a name?" Shakespeare has Juliet ask in Act II, Scene II of Romeo and Juliet. "That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as …

How Close Could I Get To The Sun And Survive?

Of all the bodies in our solar system, the sun is probably the one we want to give the widest berth. It gushes radiation, and even though its surface is the coolest part of the star, it burns at about 9,940°F, hot enough to incinerate just about any material. As such, there are no plans to send a …

80 percent of US children may never see a starry sky

As towns and cities continue to get brighter, natural darkness is becoming an endangered resource. It's now at a point where eight out of every ten children born in the US today will never view a sky dark enough to see the beauty of the Milky Way, the galaxy that contains our solar system. In a …

New image from NASA shows where the Curiosity rover has been since landing on Mars

It's been almost a year since the Mars Curiosity Rover completed its 36-week trip to the red planet, and NASA has now just released a high-resolution image of the landing site as well as the path the rover took from its landing until the photo was shot on June 27th. The image itself was shot from …

Alexander Semenov's Amazing Jellyfish Photos

_Russian photographer Alexander Semenov spends a lot of his time under the sea, capturing the alien-like beauty of jellyfish as part of his career. …

When is the next meteor shower?

No major meteor showers are predicted until the Lyrid shower, peaking on the morning of April 23, 2015. Between now and then … fireball season!<p>After …

'Safe' pesticides make bees more vulnerable to killer parasites

The population of honey bee colonies worldwide has severely declined in recent decades, shrinking about 30 percent each year between 2007 and 2010, and scientists still aren't exactly sure what precise set of factors are to blame. The decline has included instances of colony collapse disorder, when …

Dolphins call each other by name

“Our results present the first case of naming in mammals, providing a clear parallel between dolphin and human communication.” – Marine biologist …

Secrets of the Maya Otherworld

<b>On the edge of a small cornfield near the ruined Maya city of Chichén Itzá, in the sparse shade of</b> a tropical tree, a voice ricochets wildly up the mouth of a well. <i>“¡Lo vi! ¡Lo vi!”</i> the shout proclaims. “I saw it, I saw it!” <i>“¡Sí, es verdad!</i> Yes, it’s true!”<p>Leaning over the mouth of the well, …

Why Mosquitoes Love Me, And Other Mysteries Revealed

Come summertime, some of us here at Shots are reminded, as we lounge on decks and venture into overgrown gardens, that we are irresistible to mosquitoes. As we gripe about our itchy, pocked limbs, we can't help but wonder just why they unfailingly devour us and pass over our friends and loved ones. …

Bill Gates publishes incredible interactive review for obscure environmental book

Bill Gates often publishes book reviews on his personal blog, The Gates Notes, but the Microsoft co-founder turned multibillionaire philanthropist has outdone himself this time. His latest review is of <i>Harvesting the Biosphere: What We Have Taken From Nature,</i> a book by scientist and professor Vaclav …

New sharp image of Whirlpool Galaxy

A new camera on a telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson has given us this beautiful view of the Whirlpool, which is also called M51.<p>…

Are Earth's Deepest Caves The Last Frontier?

<i>Part 2 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> To The Edge.<p><b>About Bill Stone's TED Talk</b><p>Bill Stone is a maverick cave explorer who has plumbed Earth's deepest abysses. In this talk, he explains what it's like to descend into the deepest caves in complete darkness for days on end — and why he keeps doing</b> …

Moon may influence sleep, study finds

Science and myth rarely agree, but new research suggests that the lunar cycle could have an effect on the quality of sleep.<p>The study by researchers …

Most dangerous volcano in North America: Popocatépetl, Shasta, Hood, or Rainier?

<i>This</i> <i>article</i> <i>originally appeared in</i> <i>The Last Word on Nothing</i><i>.</i><p>MEXICO CITY—When you live in Mexico, you get used to people in other countries thinking you …

MIT: False Memory Placed in Mouse

Scientists from MIT have planted a false memory in multiple mice , and found neurological traces of the memories showing that they’re identical in …

The World's Spookiest Weapons

Cyborg animals, psychotropics and flying lasers are just some of the terrifying weapons government labs have cooked up over the years<p>Atom bombs are just the beginning. In the last half-century, the greatest military minds on Earth have developed an arsenal of weapons to make mutually assured …

Last Word Archive | New Scientist

7 March 2018<p>I read recently that turtles were being "cold-stunned" and sharks were freezing to death in the ocean off the north-eastern US coast. …