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Has This Startup Cracked the Secret to Fusion Energy?

<i>Editor's Note: This story was updated at 5:50 p.m. E.D.T.</i><p>The ongoing joke in the world of physics is that commercially viable fusion energy has been …

This Crazy, Cheap Technology Can Turn Carbon Dioxide into Fuel

Scientists are working on a new method for creating carbon-neutral fuel that sounds like science fiction.<p>It sounds a bit like an environmental dream: a factory that sucks carbon dioxide from the air itself (cheaply, too), and converts it into fuel that can be used for cars and planes. But it's an …

Gene Therapy Repairs Spinal Cord Damage In Formerly Paralyzed Rats

A team of European scientists believes that their gene therapy research could prove to be a life-changing option for individuals who suffer from …

This one, newly discovered cell can remake a whole animal

Though often no bigger than an apple seed, planaria are the envy of the animal kingdom. Cut them into a dozen pieces, and each piece will regrow into …

Cost-effective method of extracting uranium from seawater promises limitless nuclear power

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in association with LCW Supercritical Technologies has made an important breakthrough for the …

"Mind-boggling" Stanford research turns human blood cells into functional neurons

In breakthrough new research described as "somewhat mind-boggling," a team at Stanford University has developed a technique than can transform human …

Millions need new corneas. In a major breakthrough, researchers can now 3D print them

Researchers at Newcastle University are using human stem cells in a special bio-ink to 3D print artificial corneas. There are millions of people in …

How might baking soda boost cancer therapy? Researchers describe how acidity turns oxygen-starved cancer cells dormant and drug resistant -- and a potentially easy way reverse the effect

Researchers describe how acidity turns oxygen-starved cancer cells dormant and drug resistant -- and a potentially easy way reverse the effect<p>A new …

Engineers invent a noninvasive technique to correct vision

Nearsightedness, or myopia, is an increasing problem around the world. There are now twice as many people in the US and Europe with this condition as …

We Already Know How To Build a Time Machine

It’s just a matter of time before we build a machine that can take us into the far future.<p><i>Watch AMC's Visionaries: James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction, a six-part series about focusing on AI, dark futures, aliens, and time travel.</i><p>In September 2015, cosmonaut Gennady Padalka arrived back on …

Physics

Electrons travel faster than light in glass

doi:10.1038/nindia.2018.58 Published online 6 May 2018<p>Using ultrashort laser pulses, physicists have been able to generate hot electrons that travel …

New parts of the brain become active after students learn physics

Parts of the brain not traditionally associated with learning science become active when people are confronted with solving physics problems, a new …

The Absolutely Amazing Theory of Almost Everything

The Standard Model. What dull name for the most accurate scientific theory known to human beings.<p>More than a quarter of the Nobel Prizes in physics …

What Is Spacetime?

Physicists believe that at the tiniest scales, space emerges from quanta. What might these building blocks look like?<p>People have always taken space …

Quantum Mechanics

Robots can now grow humanoid organoids from stem cells faster and better than people can

Automated robots now have the tools to grow imitation, simplified human organs out of stem cells. Thankfully, we weren’t transported to a sci-fi …

Oral insulin proving successful in human clinical trials

For decades researchers have worked to find a way to orally administer insulin effectively to patients with diabetes. Now this game-changing …

A New World’s Extraordinary Orbit Points to Planet Nine

Astronomers argue that there’s an undiscovered giant planet far beyond the orbit of Neptune. A newly discovered rocky body has added evidence to the …

Is there life in the multiverse?

New research shows that life might be common throughout the multiverse … if there is a multiverse.<p>The word universe used to imply <i>all that exists</i>, but …

Biggest Test Yet Shows Einstein Was Wrong About 'Spooky Action at a Distance'

A groundbreaking quantum experiment recently confirmed the reality of "spooky action-at-a-distance" — the bizarre phenomenon that Einstein hated — in …

'There is no such thing as past or future': physicist Carlo Rovelli on changing how we think about time

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics sold over a million copies around the world. Now Rovelli is back to explore the mysteries of time. He tells Charlotte Higgins about student revolution and how his quantum leap began with an acid trip<p>• Extract from Carlo Rovelli’s new book: on the elastic concept of …

Physics

There's a previously undiscovered organ in your body, and it could explain how cancer spreads

Ever heard of the interstitium?<p>No? That’s OK, you’re not alone — scientists hadn’t either. Until recently.<p>And, hey, guess what — you’ve got one! The …

CERN scientists get antimatter ready for its first road trip

Antimatter is notoriously tricky to store and study, thanks to the fact that it will vanish in a burst of energy if it so much as touches regular …

Nanoparticles act as surgical blades for improved dental surgery

Currently, more than 80 nanotechnologies have been approved for a variety of medical applications, from treating cancer to bioimaging to tissue …

Functional human kidney tissue created from stem cells for the first time

For the first time, scientists have successfully grown functioning human kidney tissue in the lab that is able to produce urine. The kidney tissue, …

Intense laser experiments provide first evidence that light can stop electrons

By hitting electrons with an ultra-intense laser, researchers have revealed dynamics that go beyond 'classical' physics and hint at quantum …

Scientists discover ancient Mayan city hidden under Guatemalan jungle

Researchers using a high-tech aerial mapping technique have found tens of thousands of previously undetected Mayan houses, buildings, defence works and pyramids in the dense jungle of Guatemala’s Peten region, suggesting that millions more people lived there than previously thought.<p>The discoveries, …

Archaeology

Cancer "vaccine" that wipes out tumors ready for human trial

Cancer “Vaccine”<p>Researchers at Stanford University have developed a compound that when injected into a tumor destroys it along with all the other …

Researchers develop synthetic, bacteria-killing virus

A laboratory-built virus that kills unwanted bacteria on contact has been developed by researchers at Britain's University College London.

The world's most powerful acoustic tractor beam could pave the way for levitating humans

Acoustic tractor beams use the power of sound to hold particles in mid-air, and unlike magnetic levitation, they can grab most solids or liquids. For …