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The Large Hadron Collider Can Be Called A Time Machine In One Sense

Switzerland’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) can be called a time machine in one sense: it enables us to examine conditions as they were during the …

Scientists Confirm the Universe has no Direction

The universe is not spinning or stretched in any particular direction, according to the most stringent test yet. Looking out into the night sky, we …

Cosmology

How the Mathematics of Algebraic Topology Is Revolutionizing Brain Science

Nobody understands the brain’s wiring diagram, but the tools of algebraic topology are beginning to tease it apart.The human connectome is the …

The Brain

Going to Mars Could Mess Up the Hunt for Alien Life

Elon Musk wants to send humans to the red planet. But even our robotic presence there risks contaminating Mars with invasive microbes.<p>Twenty years ago, America celebrated its Independence Day by landing several thousand invaders on the surface of Mars.<p>On July 4, 1997, the Pathfinder spacecraft …

Space

NASA Spacecraft Captures Black Holes Eating Stars & Belching Fire

“It’s as though the black hole has cleaned its room by throwing flames.”<p>It’s like a great cosmic belch.<p>According to NASA, when black holes swallow stars, they release a burst of energy, a flare containing high-energy radiation, including ultraviolet and X-ray light. Now, astronomers have been able …

NASA

NASA Is Investigating The Microbes Aboard ISS

Not all astronauts in the space station are human<p>There may soon be a field guide to the microbes of the International Space Station. NASA announced on September 21 that it is seeking research proposals to investigate tiny creatures ferried from Earth on the bodies of the more than 200 astronauts …

NASA

Stop Complaining about 'Fake' Colors in NASA Images

<i>Paul Sutter is an astrophysicist at The Ohio State University and the chief scientist at the COSI science center. Sutter is also host of Ask a</i> …

Space

How scientists virtually unwrapped an ancient, burned scroll and read the words inside

Sometimes science seems like science, and sometimes it seems like magic.<p>This week, computer scientists at the University of Kentucky, Lexington described how they virtually unfurled a charred and crushed biblical scroll dating back nearly 2000 years.<p>Thanks to their work, scholars are now able to …

Archaeology

adidas releases its first Futurecraft shoe

The first shoe from their SPEEDFACTORY facility.Photo: adidasadidas is debuting the first shoe to come out of its SPEEDFACTORY facility with the …

Adidas

Here Are The 2016 MacArthur Fellows in Science

Meet the inventor of the origami microscope and six others who are shaping science and medicine<p>The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has announced the 23 recipients of its annual fellowship, best known as the “Genius Grant.” These awards—$625,000 to each winner, no strings attached—to …

Science

Why science shouldn’t be a political punchline

Q: What do bee meanderings, screw worms, and teenagers’ personal behavior have in common? (OK, it’s a trick question.)<p>A: Groundbreaking …

Our Atmosphere Is Leaking Oxygen and Scientists Don't Know Why

It’s nothing to lose sleep over—really, I promise—but Earth’s atmosphere is leaking oxygen. Atmospheric oxygen levels have dropped by 0.7 percent …

Oxygen

Earth - There is a huge 'monolith' on Phobos, one of Mars's moons

"When people find out about that they are going to say, 'Who put that there? Who put that there?'"<p>These are the words of Buzz Aldrin, the second man …

Human DNA Shielded from X-Rays by ‘Water Bear’ Protein

Tardigrades, also known as water bears, are microscopic animals capable of surviving in harsh environmental conditions. Takuma Hashimoto, a biologist …

In depth: Can an uploaded brain live forever?

Will we ever be able to map the brain?As speedy as today's supercomputers are, they're still nowhere near the complexity and power of the brains …

The Brain

Quantum Entanglement: Love on a Subatomic Scale

#### Through ‘spooky action at a distance,’ the properties of two systems remain correlated even after they are separated. Quantum entanglement …

The first pop song ever written by artificial intelligence is pretty good, actually

We already know that artificial intelligence systems can work in law firms and beat the world champion at a game of Go. Now it turns out that AI can write some pretty good pop songs, too.<p>Researchers at Sony have been working on AI-generated music for years, and has previously used AI to create …

Intelligence

New Map Finally Reveals A Global Genetic Network Of Life

Researchers at the University of Toronto's Donnelly Centre have created the first map that shows the global genetic interaction network of a cell. It …

A ‘game-changer in the search for aliens’: China switches on world’s biggest telescope

If the truth is out there, then China is determined to find it with a radio telescope launched on Sunday that astronomers have branded a “game changer” in the search for alien life forms.<p>The world's largest star gazer will allow China to look further into space than any nation has before, viewing …

China

The Universe is the Same in All Directions

Using data from the European Space Agency's Planck satellite, researchers have confirmed - our universe expands the same way in all directions.

Cosmology

Where will the out-of-control Chinese space station land?

<b>What is happening with the Chinese space station?</b><p>The nation’s first prototype space station, Tiangong-1, or “Heavenly Palace”, launched into orbit in September 2011. The module reached the end of its service life earlier this year and was due to splashdown – eventually – in the Pacific Ocean. But …

Space

How science fiction has imagined colonizing our Solar System and beyond

Next week, Elon Musk is slated to make a big announcement about SpaceX’s most ambitious goal to date: the colonization of Mars. Musk has never shied away from the science fictional aspects of his ventures, and it’s a very safe assumption that genre works have played some role in his outlook on the …

Science Fiction

What if spacetime were a kind of fluid?

What if spacetime were a kind of fluid? This is the question tackled by theoretical physicists working on quantum gravity by creating models …

San Francisco is getting tiny self-driving robots that could put delivery people out of a job

A robot that looks like the love child of an icebox and R2-D2 pulls up outside a house in San Francisco. The lid pops open, uncovering a box of pastries inside.<p>"I got a delivery from a little roaming cooler, it looks like," Julie O'Keefe, 67, tells the San Francisco Chronicle.<p>A recent test run of …

Robotics

Breaking Taboo, Swedish Scientist Seeks To Edit DNA Of Healthy Human Embryos

A scientist in Sweden has started trying to edit the DNA in healthy human embryos, NPR has learned.<p>The step by the developmental biologist Fredrik Lanner makes him the first researcher known to attempt to modify the genes of healthy human embryos. That has long been considered taboo because of …

Genetics

Does Quantum Entanglement Mean the Universe Exists in Infinite States?

The behavior of atomic particles has us questioning the very nature of reality.<p>Does the universe exist as a concrete structure if there is no one to observe it? Or, is the cosmos a fluid, infinite amount of possible realities until the moment it is measured? This is one of the subjects of a series …

Quantum Physics

'Shangri-La' on Saturn moon Titan teeming with sand dunes

New close-up photos of Titan, Saturn's biggest moon, show its mysterious and massive dunes in more detail than ever before.<p>NASA's Cassini orbiter obtained these images when it flew by Titan for the 122nd time on July 25, 2016. The spacecraft was just 607 miles above the alien moon's southern …

Moon

Elon Musk Will Soon Explain How He Wants to Colonize Mars

In just seven days, Elon Musk will finally tell us how SpaceX is going to get us to Mars. Or he’ll give a speech, at least, in which the SpaceX CEO …

Navy Divers Will Soon Have One Of The Most Futuristic Views On The Planet

A new helmet provides sonar, texts, and 3D overlays underwater using augmented reality<p>Murky, turgid waters are about to become much easier for divers to navigate. Helmets used by the US Navy will soon come equipped with smart eyewear to let divers view real-time sonar, text messages, schematics, …

Augmented Reality