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Newly Discovered Star Has an Almost Pure Oxygen Atmosphere

But good luck breathing in the bone-crushing gravity.<p>A newly discovered star is unlike any ever found. With an outermost layer of 99.9 percent pure oxygen, its atmosphere is the most oxygen-rich in the known universe. Heck, it makes Earth's meager 21 percent look downright suffocating.<p>The strange …

Indian Scientist: "New NASA Findings Tell That 'True' Black Holes DO NOT Exist"

The conventional astrophysics tells us that black holes are ultra-compact objects that have a gravitational field so powerful that even light can not …

Complexity: Worlds hidden in plain sight

Part of a continuing series about complexity science by the Santa Fe Institute and The Christian Science Monitor, generously supported by Arizona …

This company made a jacket out of microbe-made spider silk

It’s been more than 50 years since the Marvel Universe gave us the amazing Spider-Man. And now, countless comics, TV series, movies, books, and toys …

Scientists have developed a new atom-based ID system that’s nearly impossible to cheat

Despite all the recent innovations in security, there are still ways for even the most secure authentication methods to be compromised. Signatures …

How much groundwater is there?

Scientists have calculated the total volume of water in the Earth's crust for the first time.<p>About six quintillion gallons. That's the amount Earth's …

High dose of vitamin C kills cancer cells in mice

It selectively kills colorectal cancer cells with two common mutations.<p>A new study published in <i>Science</i> presents evidence that perhaps some of the …

Cancer Cells

Higher nicotine, carcinogen levels among smokeless tobacco users compared with cig users

Bottom Line: U.S. adults who used only smokeless tobacco products had higher levels of biomarkers of exposure to nicotine and a cancer-causing …

Scientists commit fraud more often than you think. But there may be a way to spot it early

The number of published science papers that have been retracted due to misconduct or fraud has ballooned in the last decade. But as with any academic matter, the root cause is being endlessly debated. What if there was an easy way to spot scientific fraud before it gained wide distribution?<p>If even …

Why Climate Models Aren’t Better

Even as computer models grow more powerful and more precise, they remain uncertain as to regional effects.<p>Writing in <i>Science</i> last week, a group of …

Penn State

Scientists build atom-scale sub that moves at 'breakneck' speeds

There are still no nanobots plying our bloodstreams, seeking and destroying cancer and other diseases. However, scientists at Rice University have just built a molecule-scale "submarine," so that's a pretty positive step towards "Fantastic Voyage." Mades at the same lab that developed "nanocars," …

Netgear's Nest Cam competitor has seven days of cloud video recording

These days, connected cameras like the Nest Cam (previously known as the Dropcam) aren't exactly special. There are a slew of competitors out there, like Logitech's Circle and Samsung's SmartCam, so the only way to stand out is by offering something others don't. And that's precisely what Netgear …

Graphene Could Give Us Sleek Night Vision Sensors

As goggles, and maybe even smartphone cameras or windshields<p>Because of its unique chemical and physical properties, graphene has helped scientists design new gadgets from tiny computer chips to salt water filters. Now a team of researchers from MIT has found a new use for the 2D wonder material: in …

A Godzilla Simulator Is the Reason Virtual Reality Exists

This is the only thing you could ever possibly need.<p>Is virtual reality the future of communication? A decade from now will we all be wearing goggles instead of sitting down at monitors? Who knows, who cares; all that matters is this VR Godzilla simulation. This alone proves that virtual reality is …

Virtual Reality

Researchers Make Free Floating Holograms With A Swarm Of Drones

Now that drones can fly in intricate patterns researchers at Queens University have created flying robots that self-assemble into floating shapes and can “3D print” objects in midair. The drones, called BitDrones, come in three varieties. The first, the PixelDrone, shows little messages on an LED …

Big Hero 6

Bram de Zwart wants to bring 3D printers to the high street

Bram de Zwart began working in the 3D printing industry in 2009 with a mission to make manufacturing more local and sustainable. To that end he …

China Still Has the World's Most Powerful Supercomputer

China leads the world once again when it comes to supercomputing.<p>The country’s Tianhe-2 (or “Milky Way-2”) supercomputer is the most powerful machine …

Quantum computers a step closer to reality after silicon coding breakthrough

In the race to build the first functional quantum computer, Australian researchers at the University of NSW find coding possible in silicon<p>Australian researchers have demonstrated that a quantum version of computer code can be written on a silicon microchip with the highest level of accuracy ever …

Quantum Computing

Relativity's Long String of Successful Predictions

When he unveiled his general theory of relativity, Albert Einstein wasn’t exactly met with applause. Almost no one else could do the math necessary …

Can an exoplanet’s orange haze indicate life?

An atmospheric haze around a distant planet—like the one which probably shrouded and cooled the young Earth—could show that the world is potentially …