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Party Trick Breakdown: Why Do Balloons Stick to Hair?

Perhaps as a kid you rubbed a balloon really fast against your hair to make it stick. (Maybe you've done it recently!) Now, after many years of …

New 'Superman' crystals can store data for billions of years

Remember the memory crystals in the "Superman" movies? Well, something similar is already a reality here on Earth.<p>Researchers in the U.K. have developed a way of storing digital data inside tiny structures contained in glass.<p>The storage technology is so stable and safe that it can survive for …

Nanotech

'5D' discs can store data until well after the sun burns out

Researchers at the University of Southampton's Optical Research Center announced on Tuesday that they've perfected a technique that can record data in 5 dimensions and keep it safe for billions of years. The method etches data into a thermally stable disc using femtosecond laser bursts. The storage …

This is the expanding remains of a massive star that exploded about 8,000 years ago. Called the Veil Nebula, the debris is one of the best-known supernova remnants, deriving its name from its delicate, draped filamentary structures. The entire nebula is 110 light-years across, covering six full moons on the sky as seen from Earth, and resides about 2,100 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus, the Swan. This view is a mosaic of six pictures from our Hubble Space Telescope of a small area roughly two light-years across, covering only a tiny fraction of the nebula's vast structure. This close-up look unveils wisps of gas, which are all that remain of what was once a star 20 times more massive than our sun. The fast-moving blast wave from the ancient explosion is plowing into a wall of cool, denser interstellar gas, emitting light. The nebula lies along the edge of a large bubble of low-density gas that was blown into space by the dying star prior to its self-detonation. Image Credit: NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team #nasa #hubble #hst #hubble25 #space #astronomy #nebular #star #nasabeyond #science

10 Ways to Lose your Gut, According to Science

With guys, weight gain—and loss—is all about the gut.<p>Men are genetically predisposed to carry any excess weight in their abdomens, says Brian …

Diabetes

Want to feel really small? Meet UY Scuti, the largest star in the universe

Looking up at the sky inspires deep moments of introspection and curiosity. It’s easy to feel small under a starry night sky, but in order to begin …

Profile: Albert Einstein

Profile: Albert Einstein <i>(continued)</i><p>Einstein was still working at the patent office in 1905, his <i>annus mirabilis,</i> or "miraculous year." That year, the …

Food Science: Why Potatoes Turn Green

Our post the other week on the best place to store potatoes brought up an interesting food science (and food safety!) issue: why the skin on potatoes …

Food Science

Atoms Reach Record Temperature, Colder than Absolute Zero

Absolute zero is often thought to be the coldest temperature possible. But now researchers show they can achieve even lower temperatures for a …

Physics

Light Photographed As A Wave And A Particle For The First Time

Seeing is believing<p>Scientists have long known that light can behave as both a particle and a wave—Einstein first predicted it in 1909. But no experiment has been able to show light in both states simultaneously. Now, researchers at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland have …

Quantum Mechanics

Xiaomi's action cam bests a GoPro Hero for half the price

Xiaomi has unleashed a 399 CNY ($64) action cam onto unsuspecting cats in China, but will it join the Mi band in the US? The Yi Camera actually trumps the specs of GoPro's entry-level camera with 1080P, 60fps video and up to 64GB of memory at about half the price (the $130 Hero has 1080/30p video …

Chromecast Now Lets You Choose Your Own TV Backdrops

When not being used to stream content, Google’s Chromecast usually occupies your TV’s screen with a slideshow of pre-selected wallpapers. Naturally, users wanted to be able to choose their own images to display, and as of today, you’re finally able to.<p>Google gives you a few options, including photo …

The End Of Passwords? This Bracelet Unlocks Computers And Doors With Your Heartbeat

Bionym’s Nymi offers a glimpse of the future of wearable biometric authentication.<p>This much we can all agree on: Passwords suck.<p>With that in mind, companies are hard at work developing other forms of user-friendly authentication. Fingerprinting is already being used to unlock iPhones and the PayPal …

The Dodge Charger Hellcat Is Officially The Fastest Sedan Ever Built

The company announced, last month, their intention to shoehorn their 707hp 6.2 liter supercharged Hemi Hellcat V8 into the sedan. While few doubted the capabilities of the engine, many questioned whether the Charger platform could unleash the motor's full potential.<p>This week, the naysayers were …

Sports Cars

DNA study reveals third group of ancient ancestors of modern Europeans

Mixture of hunter-gatherers and farmers was augmented by third wave of migrants, perhaps 5,000 years ago, from north Eurasia<p>Strands of DNA taken from ancient corpses have revealed an unexpected addition to the ancestral roots of modern Europeans.<p>The first <i>Homo sapiens</i> arrived in Europe about 45,000 …

Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 will land in the US on October 17

It seems like one giant smartphone has been getting all the attention lately, but one of its biggest rivals (literally) is finally set to touch down stateside. Samsung confirmed today that the Galaxy Note 4 will hit the US on October 17, and you can lay claim to yours starting tomorrow from all the …

Like Sassy Teenagers, Atoms Talk Back

Researchers have captured sound from an artificial atom<p>If you talk to an artificial atom, it turns out the atom will say something back to you. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to hear it.<p>Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden have communicated with an artificial atom in a lab. …

At 99 Cents, the Fire Phone Is a Super-Cheap Way to Get Amazon Prime

The Amazon Fire Phone isn't a bad phone. It's just not worth $200. But how about if it only cost you a buck?<p>Amazon's first foray into the smartphone …

Amazon's Prime Instant Video Arrives on Android

<b>Update:</b> Just like that, Amazon’s regular Android app has been updated in the UK and Germany too. Forget the workaround below regarding the Amazon app in the Amazon Appstore; you can just grab the regular version from Google Play.<p><b>Original:</b> Amazon’s movie and TV streaming services, Amazon Instant …

DNA Alone Can't Tell Us Who Jack the Ripper Was

Even today, DNA at a crime scene doesn't tell you anything more than that someone's DNA is at the crime scene.<p>A new book published this week claims to have solved one of the greatest murder mysteries from before our time: the identity of Jack the Ripper. In <i>Naming Jack the Ripper</i>, "armchair …

Crime

New Android-based set-top box combines broadcast TV and online video

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>Israel-based video startup Vidmind is getting ready to unveil the second generation of its Android-based set-top box at IBC …

15 common Android problems and how to fix them

Internet

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has improved camera, screen resolution and more

FYI: Can Praying Mantises Eat Hummingbirds?

That's one badass mantis<p>I was recently alerted to a video showing a praying mantis attacking a hummingbird. "Wait," I thought, "mantises can catch hummingbirds?" This seemed unlikely to me, due to the size difference. I searched and found several videos purporting to show a hummingbird "murdered" …

Navdy’s Heads-Up Display Wants To Be The Safer Alternative To Using Your Smartphone While Driving

Frustrated with using the built-in infotainment system and his phone in his car, Doug Simpson, CEO and founder of Navdy, decided to create a Google Glass-reminiscent heads-up display to create a new and safer way to interact with smartphones while driving.<p>Now I know what you’re thinking — why is he …

How To Use Trees To Prospect For Gold

There's gold in them leaves!<p>They say money doesn't grow on trees, but gold and other precious metals can accumulate in plants. Researchers recently discovered relatively high levels of gold in the leaves of a eucalyptus tree in Western Australia, before uncovering a deposit of the metal more than …

Nature Communications