Futuromics, Science and Physics

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Hologram Barbie is Mattel's newest toy

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> This new Barbie will be able to change her own clothes.<p>Toy maker Mattel's latest invention is a digitally rendered interactive Barbie -- called the Hello Barbie Hologram -- and it's hitting stores in late fall this year. The toy will be priced at under $300, the company says.<p>It was …

Markets

Scientists Have Announced a Plan to 'Refreeze' the Arctic - and It's Wild

So crazy, it just might work.<p>Desperate times call for desperate measures, and with temperatures near the North Pole hitting an unheard-of 20°C (36°F) …

Global Warming

US solar power doubles, Solar panel manufacturing in California, NE USA energy politics

US solar market grows by 95% – Led by an enormous expansion of the utility solar power market, and complimented by solid growth in both the residential and commercial-industrial sectors, the solar power industry installed approximately 14,625MW. The average household – 2.6’ish people – needs about …

Renewable Energy

The United Arab Emirates wants to build a city on Mars

Look out, Elon Musk<p>A little more than 40 years ago, Dubai was a tiny pearl-fishing village lined with dirt roads. Now it's the largest and most futuristic city in the world, the jewel of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). From manmade, palm tree-shaped archipelagos to jetpack-wearing firefighters and …

Dubai

Why We Think There’s a Multiverse, Not Just Our Universe

The best measurements of the distant Universe — out beyond our galaxy — have led us to the current picture of exactly what our Universe is doing:</b> …

Cosmology

Quantized Inertia, Dark Matter, The EMDrive And How To Do Science Wrong

Science isn’t easy. It isn’t supposed to be. The process of open publication, peer review and clear data are a part of science because they help us understand how the Universe works. It can be inconvenient and contentious, but it works. Through this process, new ideas are faced with an uphill …

Physics

The Black Hole-Star Relationship Just Got Weirder

This composite image shows powerful radio jets from the supermassive black hole at the center of a galaxy in the Phoenix Cluster inflating huge …

Astronomy

The Views of Jupiter You Won't Find in a Textbook

NASA spacecraft Juno is providing a fresh look at the gas giant since settling into its orbit last summer.<p>Imagine Jupiter as it’s usually depicted: A bulbous marble, with alternating bands of reds, oranges, yellows, and creams, a few wisps of blue and green, and that unmistakable round spot just …

Solar System

US Scientists Have Cautiously Backed Permanent Gene Editing in Humans

A brave new world.<p>In a controversial move, a senior US scientific committee has given the green light to one of the most contentious forms of genome …

Genetics

Elon Musk says humans must become cyborgs to stay relevant. Is he right?

Sophisticated artificial intelligence will make ‘house cats’ of humans, claims the entrepreneur, but his grand vision for mind-controlled tech may be a long way off<p>Humans must become cyborgs if they are to stay relevant in a future dominated by artificial intelligence. That was the warning from …

Artificial Intelligence

NASA has picked out three potential landing sites for its Mars 2020 rover

As NASA continues to develop its next Mars rover, the space agency also has the important job of figuring out where to put the vehicle on the Red Planet. It’s a big decision since the future robot — known as the Mars 2020 rover — will be tasked with preparing samples of Martian dirt that could …

Space Exploration

New Ten-Year Battery Could Make Wind Power Better Than Ever

No more worrying about if the wind isn't blowing.<p>Researchers at Harvard have developed a battery that could run for "more than a decade" with only minimal upkeep.<p>Anyone's who has ever had experience with lithium-ion batteries—that is to say, anyone who's owned a smartphone—is familiar with the …

Batteries

Ancient signals from the early Universe could unlock secrets of the Big Bang

Models show that signals, recorded just fractions of a second after the Big Bang, stand out as peaks against a broad background of gravitational wave signal<p>For the first time, physicists have revealed what the gravitational waves produced at the start of our Universe would have looked like.<p>Models …

Gravitational Waves

An algae that survived two years in outer space may hold the secret to growing food on Mars

Humans won’t survive on Mars for very long if they don’t learn to grow their own food. That’s why we need to answer the question: What, if anything, can grow on the red planet?<p>A two-year experiment on the International Space Station (ISS) gives us some hints. A species of green algae and …

Biology

How do you stop astronauts going mad?

When the space race started, some scientists worried life in space would prove too much for humans. Can we cope with missions that may take years?<p>"Impulsive, suicidal, sexually-aberrant thrill seeker." What kind of person might that describe? A Big Brother contestant? A Base jumper? A cult leader? …

NASA

Why Science Will Never Know Everything About Our Universe

The Universe itself may be finite or may be infinite; the jury is still out. But one thing is certain: the part that’s accessible to us is finite. Even with the expanding Universe, even with all the galaxies and stars and planet and molecules and atoms and subatomic particles in it, there’s only so …

Cosmology

Triple threat: Perovskite material generates electricity from light, heat, and movement

If you want to use multiple methods to generate electricity, such as waste heat and movement, for example, you normally have to use independent …

The AI Threat Isn’t Skynet. It’s the End of the Middle Class

In February 1975, a group of geneticists gathered in a tiny town on the central coast of California to decide if their work would bring about the end …

The Universe Is as Spooky as Einstein Thought

In a brilliant new experiment, physicists have confirmed one of the most mysterious laws of the cosmos.<p>There might be no getting around what Albert Einstein called “spooky action at a distance.” With an experiment described this week in <i>Physical Review Letters</i>—a feat that involved harnessing …

Quantum Mechanics

Soft Tissue Has Been Discovered Inside a 195-Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Bone

This is an incredible discovery.<p>When scientists uncover bones and other hard objects from the ground, they can sometimes find scraps of organic …

Paleontology

Astronomers Spot a Strange, Supersonic Space Cloud Screeching Through Our Galaxy

Powered by a rogue black hole.<p>While focussing on the remains of an exploded star roughly 10,000 light-years away, a team of Japanese astronomers have …

Astronomy

Why warp speed will never happen

Sometimes the pendulum of our belief swings too far. For example, our perspective on what's possible.<p>Before the Renaissance, there were plenty of things that were deemed absurd. If you told Henry the Eighth his descendants would one day carry a device allowing near-instant communication with anyone …

Physics

US-Russia Nuclear War To End The World? Atomic Bombs Will ‘Annihilate Earth-Originating Intelligent Life,’ Report Says

The very existence of the world as we know is being directly threatened by three pressing issues, according to a new report. Nuclear war was chief …

Nuclear War

Ask Ethan: If Gravity Attracts, How Can The 'Dipole Repeller' Push The Milky Way?

One of the most peculiar things about the Universe is how quickly the Milky Way appears to be moving. Despite having mapped out the cosmic masses nearby to unprecedented accuracy, there still doesn’t appear to be enough to cause the motion we actually experience. The idea of a “great attractor” …

Cosmology

Scientists think they finally know how Antarctica was formed, and it contains 'an interesting lesson' about our future

Antarctica is the Southern-most place on Earth, and it's also the coldest, driest, and windiest continent overall. Experiments are conducted there by 4,000 scientists from all over the world, including one that involves a hunt for meteorites.<p>Still, it's remained a bit of a mystery how the continent …

Climate Change

150-Year Journey to Alpha Centauri Proposed

Interstellar travel, a timeworn staple of science fiction, can already be science fact if one has cash to spare. For just $100 million or so, a …

Space Science

New Theory Suggests That Consciousness Is a Byproduct of Entropy

It’s the second law of thermodynamics, one of the essential rules of the physical universe, everything is infused with a particle of chaos, and that …

The Brain

Scientists detect a quantum crystal of electrons and “watch” it melt

For the first time, MIT physicists have observed a highly ordered crystal of electrons in a semiconducting material and documented its melting, much …

Quantum Mechanics

An Accelerating River of Molten Iron Has Been Discovered Under Alaska and Siberia

Almost as hot as the surface of the Sun.<p>A fast-flowing river of molten iron has been found surging under Alaska and Siberia, some 3,000 km (1,864 …