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Scientists Show You How to Make an Invisibility Cloak (Sort Of)

Physicists have figured out the optical parameters for a magic trick they characterize as a kind of "invisibility cloak" — and unlike most magicians, they're only too willing to show you how it's done.<p>Invisibility cloaks have been getting a lot of press over the years. That's not only because Harry …

Engineering

Somebody Flew a Drone Into a Fireworks Display and This Is What Happened

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to fly through a fireworks display?<p>This video, shot from a drone with an on-board camera, shows exactly …

Orion Spacecraft Is Taking Shape on This Week @NASA

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Scientists are getting closer to a quantum computer — here's why it matters

Over the past few decades, scientists around the world have been working to develop an ambitious new type of device called a quantum computer. And, this week, they took a step closer to that goal.<p>Compared to normal computers, these quantum computers — first theorized in the 1980s, and still in …

The Moon: 10 Surprising Lunar Facts

Photo Credit: Greg Diesel Walck<p>Slide 1 of 21<p>The Moon, Earth's Nearest Neighbor<p>The moon is Earth's nearest cosmic neighbor, but it is more than just a …

Weird Rocks Support New Model For Earth's Deep Mantle

Models of how the Earth's mantle works may need to change, thanks to two new studies that recreate the extreme conditions just above the planet's core.<p>The deep mantle, a region that lies 416 to 1,800 miles (670 to 2,900 kilometers) below the Earth's surface, is impossible to reach and hard to "see" …

Jupiter's moon Ganymede may have 'club sandwich' layers of ocean

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As club sandwiches go, this undoubtedly is the biggest one in the solar system.<p>Scientists said on Friday that Jupiter’s moon Ganymede may possess ice and liquid oceans stacked up in several layers much like the popular multilayered sandwich. They added that this arrangement …

Researchers find possible evidence of toroidal magnetic field surrounding magnetar

(Phys.org) —Space researchers in Japan working at the Suzaku observatory have found possible evidence of the existence of a toroidal magnetic field …

5 Incredibly Effective Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder

Small changes. Big results.<p>Regular readers know I definitely believe in the power of hard work. As Jimmy Spithill, skipper of Team Oracle USA, says, "Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy."<p>But we can all work smarter, too. And clearly we all want to, …

Time Management

Alarming Video Shows Arctic Ice Disappearing

Old ice in the Arctic is vanishing. That's a problem, since it's more resistant to melting than young ice.<p>You've probably heard that ice in the Arctic is melting. But you may have never seen it shown this clearly. A video from the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration shows 27 years of ice …

Brain training works, but there's a catch - Futurity

Brain training exercises, games, software, and apps do work, according to new research—but there's a catch.

Why some stars are really, really big - Futurity

Astronomers have observed a massive starless cloud for the first time, which suggests why some stars grow to be behemoths while most are much smaller.

Physiology

WIRED Science’s Most Popular Image Galleries of the Year | WIRED

As we look back on all the beautiful, strange, creepy and mysterious images we brought you this year, two things about our readers are very clear: …

Super-Earth Clouds: Alien Clouds Found on 'Most Earth-Like World'

On a Super-Earth, alien clouds have been discovered.<p>GJ 1214b, a planet that’s much bigger than Earth (Thus, known as a “Super-Earth), “is the …

Astronomy

Two billion planets in our galaxy may be suitable for life

Data from Kepler space observatory suggests planets capable of supporting life are far more common than previously thought<p>Our galaxy probably contains at least two billion planets that, like Earth, have liquid water on their surfaces and orbit around their parent stars in the "habitable zone" for …

A rocky history: researchers explain why early meteorites are different from earthly stones

From Earth to the moon to Mars, the rocky structures of celestial bodies were built using the very same mixture of oxygen. But for 40 years now, researchers have been noticing something strange: meteorites from the early days of the Solar System are built with a different mixture of oxygen, one …

Universe

These plants use 'windows' to thrive underground - Futurity

Scientists at University of Sheffield have figured out how plants called "living stones" get enough sunlight even though they grow partially …

Gardening

Look for Orionid meteors this month

Details on the annual Orionid meteor shower. How and when to watch. In 2017, the peak morning is probably October 21. But start watching now, before …

'Black holes' of the ocean form inescapable traps

Visit A Stunning Salt Mine In Google Street View

The Polish Wieliczka Salt Mine comes to Google Street View<p>The Wieliczka Salt Mine, with its pure-salt chandeliers, began operations in the 13th century, drew tourists as early as the 15th century, and became a United Nations World Heritage site in 1978. This year, it got yet another tourist …

Best 3D map yet of central bulge of the Milky Way

Astronomers have found that our galaxy’s inner regions take on a peanut-like, or X-shaped, appearance from some angles.<p>Two groups of astronomers have …

Voyager 1, you are here

Voyager 1 is now officially the first human-made object to venture beyond our solar system. This illustration may help you visualize where Voyager 1 …

Astronomy

Voyager 1 leaves solar system - video

Nasa's Voyager 1 spacecraft sends signals back to Earth from the furthest depths of the universe that a manmade object has ever reached. Nasa announced on Thursday that Voyager 1, launched in 1977, has entered interstellar space - the space between stars. Its primary mission was to visit Jupiter …