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Scientific Data Has Become So Complex, We Have to Invent New Math to Deal With It

Simon DeDeo, a research fellow in applied mathematics and complex systems at the Santa Fe Institute, had a problem. He was collaborating on a new …

Lonely planet found wandering a mere 80 light years from Earth

Astronomers have found a planet, a mere 80 light years from Earth, that is wandering the heavens alone. The free-floating planet, named PSO J318.5-22, is a gas giant with six times the mass of Jupiter and is a relative newborn as far as planets go, having formed only 12 million years ago.<p>"We have …

Study: Catastrophic Heat in 30 Years

Juno: The spacecraft putting sling theory to the test

Why a probe passing our planet on its way to Jupiter might end a decades-old mystery, and reveal something completely new about gravity.<p>You may not see it, but a spacecraft whizzing 350 miles (560km) above Earth is going to use our planet to slingshot its way towards another one. In the process, a …

Does our perception of the Universe match its reality?

Centuries of human thought created our concept of the Universe we live in. But artist and futurist David McConville thinks our perception of it may be wrong.<p>Mankind has created the idea of the Universe - and it’s an idea that has shaped the way we think of our place in reality. But it is only a …

Universe

Higgs Boson Gets Nobel Prize, But Physicists Still Don't Know What It Means

More than a year ago, scientists found the Higgs boson. This morning, two physicists who 50 years ago theorized the existence of this particle, which …

A New Programming Language That Can Shape Our DNA

Last month, a team led at the University of Washington announced they had devised and successfully tested a programming language that can guide the …

Nanotech

A Very Simple Explanation Of The Higgs Boson

François Englert and Peter Higgs just received the Nobel Prize in Physics for laying the groundwork for the discovery of the Higgs boson. But can someone please explain what a Higgs is? Like, really simply.<p>François Englert and Peter Higgs have won this year's Nobel Prize in Physics, as was pretty …

Physics

What Will It Take To Find Life Elsewhere In The Universe?

The Hubble and James Webb space telescopes won't find life beyond the solar system. With funding and support, here's what might.<p>The sky was hazy and overcast above Cape Canaveral, Florida, on the morning of July 8, 2011. A light breeze from offshore cooled off an estimated 750,000 onlookers braving …

Universe

Are we on the brink of the first mile-high building?

Skyscrapers are getting bigger, as cities race to break the record for the tallest tower. But in the future, they may become cities themselves, helping mitigate urban sprawl.<p>You have just closed the door behind you and your dog is already jumping up your leg, demanding you take him for a walk. …

Put These Quarter-Sized GPS Trackers On Everything

They'll go on phones, bicycles, teenagers—anything!<p>Misplaced your phone? Dropped your keys? Lost your dog? This crowdfunded project would let you locate basically anything with tiny GPS trackers that are accurate to within 5 feet.<p>Retrievor is GPS disk that's barely more than an inch in diameter and …

Gear & Gadgets

Scientists want to annihilate asteroids using nuclear weapons

There's a devastating asteroid hurtling towards Earth, and humanity only has a few years to destroy it before it destroys us. Scientists around the world are looking for solutions to just that scenario, and some of them are channeling Bruce Willis to do it.<p>Experts have previously pondered the idea …

Driverless Cars Are Further Away Than You Think - MIT Technology Review

A silver BMW 5 Series is weaving through traffic at roughly 120 kilometers per hour (75 mph) on a freeway that cuts northeast through Bavaria between …

University of California

Google’s balloons that could bring the internet to all

Many parts of the world are without internet coverage. Now search giant Google plans to bring web connections via a fleet of high-flying balloons.<p>We are becoming increasingly more dependent on the internet to help run our lives. But much of the planet is outside the web, zones that are without web …

Internet

Reinventing the classroom for the internet generation

How do you teach a generation of children who have never known life without the internet? Traditional models and traditional ways of thinking may not be the right way, says Sugata Mitra.<p>The school Mitra wants to make, the school in the clouds, will not have teachers in the classroom. Teachers will …

Farthest-Ever Confirmed Galaxy Offers Glimpse Of Early Universe

Astronomers have found and confirmed the distance of a galaxy that's so far away, it shows us light from just 700 million years after the Big Bang.<p>The farther away something is in space, the longer its light takes to reach Earth and Earth-orbiting space telescopes… which means super-far galaxies …

Taking Measure: A 'New' Most Distant Galaxy

“The farthest galaxy yet seen!” Haven’t we heard that one before? (See here and here, for example.) While it’s true that astronomers keep pushing …

Universe

Drone Spying Capabilities Are About To Take Another Huge Leap

Developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and BAE Systems, The $18.5 million Autonomous Real-Time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance Imaging System (ARGUS) program will be the most advanced surveillance system in the sky.<p>Once attached under an unmanned aerial vehicle, an ARGUS camera …

Why the wallet-free world is closer than you think

In the near future, we could be paying for everything – from a movie ticket to our morning coffee – with phones and apps, if plans by PayPal are successful.<p>Imagine a world where you could leave home without a wallet – and still spend money. You would be able to go shopping, catch a movie or grab …

Is Google building a hulking floating data center in SF Bay?

SAN FRANCISCO -- Something big and mysterious is rising from a floating barge at the end of Treasure Island, a former Navy base in the middle of San Francisco Bay. And Google's fingerprints are all over it.<p>It's unclear what's inside the structure, which stands about four stories high and was made …

Digital after death: A grave concern

People fight over everything.<p>Think for a minute about what you have stored on the internet.<p>The obvious things probably come to mind first — photos on Facebook, music from iTunes. Then there are presentations, business plans, scientific research or even just personal messages or essays stored in the …

MIT Wristband Could Make AC Obsolete

Here's a scary statistic: In 2007, 87 percent of households in the U.S. used air conditioning, compared to just 11 percent of households in Brazil …

Leap Motion

Leap Motion’s technology is literally reminiscent of the computer interface portrayed in the 2002 science fiction movie Minority Report. The company’s $80 sensor and software package allows users to control computers with their hand motions, tracking the movements of all ten fingers down to one …

Inked

How to make your TV a touchscreen

The cutting-edge sensor technology that aims to take your big-screen experience to a whole new dimension for just $75.<p>Tablets and smartphones have made touchscreens the norm for many exploring the internet and controlling devices.<p>Could this work on a screen the size of your TV, though?<p>BBC Click’s …

Making a maker: a glimpse at the future via a professional 3D printer

Back in September, I toured Autodesk’s new office and makerspace in Pier 9 on the San Francisco waterfront. It’s beautiful, and filled with machines …

Ocean living: A step closer to reality?

Life on the sea has been one of mankind’s enduring visions, but the technology hasn’t been up to the task... until now. Are we on the cusp of housing communities permanently on the ocean?<p>The 1995 film Waterworld was one of Hollywood’s most infamous budget busters – a mega-million-dollar …

Will Self-Driving Cars Mean The End Of Highway Fatalities?

A new study says that 21,700 lives would be saved each year if 90 percent of U.S. vehicles were autonmous.<p>Autonomous cars are coming, slowly but surely. Over the past several years, automakers (and Google, of course) have unveiled an array of self-driving technologies, with some promising to …

Autonomous Cars

Global food supply at severe risk from climate change, warns leaked study by UN-created panel

A scientific panel set up by the United Nations has found that climate change will pose a serious threat to the world's food supply in the coming decades, reports <i>The New York Times</i>. The findings aren't set to be announced until March and are still undergoing editing, but a copy of the report has …

Welcome to the Mind-Meld: Our Future of Brain-to-Brain Communication - The Crux

By Guest Blogger | October 25, 2013 1:11 pm<p><i>By Ben Thomas</i><p>The first rat pressed a lever, anticipating the tasty reward it’d been trained to expect. An …