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This is the dumbest iPhone app I’ve ever seen – and that’s why it’s so brilliant

Some of the best apps in the world are apps that add incredibly complex functionality to our smartphones and tablets. These apps can often take …

Scientists Have Found A Crystal That Can Let You Breathe Underwater

It’s a great scientific irony that water is full of oxygen yet none of it is breathable to humans. But that might be about to change, thanks to a research team in Denmark and a bizarre crystal they’ve discovered.<p>Carrying the catchy label of [{(bpbp)Co2II(NO3)}2(NH2bdc)](NO3)2 * 2H2O, and what we’re …

Extreme iPhone 6 Panel Scratch Test Finally Succeeds in Breaking It—By Running Over It

Everyone seems to have an iPhone 6 front panel these days, and the latest sport is seeing if you can damage it. A recent video (embedded below) posted by a Hong Kong website tried burning it, breaking it, pounding a nail through it, and more. Nothing would mar the surface. Until they finally ran …

The Surprisingly Strong Case for Colonizing Venus

Science fiction writers have come up with a plausible scenario for a floating city above the fiery planet.<p>Why worry about building a colony on Mars when instead you could float one high above the surface of Venus? Science fiction writer Charles Stross recently revived the idea of building a …

Bloodhound SSC: the supersonic car that travels 12 miles in two minutes

Get a look inside the British designed car that is expected to break the land speed record piloted by Andy Green<p>The Bloodhound Supersonic Car is expected to smash land-speed records by hitting the 1000-mph mark.<p>The British team behind the vehicle has unveiled the high-tech cockpit that looks more …

What’s Up With That: How a Swinging Pendulum Proves the Earth Rotates

Author: Adam Mann. Adam Mann Science<p>Date of Publication: 05.27.14.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>Once upon a time, you were probably on an …

New meteor shower could make for heavenly viewing

Night skywatchers are anticipating a rare debut of a never-before-seen meteor shower this Friday and Saturday evening. The cosmic premiere of the May Camelopardalids could even rival the prolific Perseid shower in August, according to NASA.<p>"Some forecasters have predicted a meteor storm of more …

Astronomy

Rosetta comet-chaser initiates 'big burn'

<b>Europe's Rosetta spacecraft is in the midst of another critical moment in its mission to rendezvous with a comet.</b><p>The satellite has lit its thrusters for a near-eight-hour burn that should put it on just the right path to meet up with 67P/C-G in August.<p>Although eight further manoeuvres will be …

54 years of space exploration: an updated map that you must see – Franck Marchis Blog

National Geographic asked 5W Infographics to update its 50 Years of Exploration graphic, a classic that I use often in my talks to illustrate our …

Two Comets Visible in Telescopes This Month: Where to Look

Skywatchers have a chance to see two comets in May, one of which may spawn a spectacular "meteor storm" at the end of next week.<p>Comets PanSTARRS and …

Matter will be created from light within a year, claim scientists

Researchers have worked out how to make matter from pure light and are drawing up plans to demonstrate the feat within the next 12 months.<p>The theory underpinning the idea was first described 80 years ago by two physicists who later worked on the first atomic bomb. At the time they considered the …

Fossil Galaxy Provides a Window Into the Early Universe

The dwarf galaxy Segue 1 has remained largely unchanged for billions of years.<p>A tiny galaxy lying just beyond the edge of the Milky Way has failed to evolve normally over the last several billion years, say astronomers, and it represents a sample of the universe as it was in its infancy, around 13 …

Scientists Just Created The Best Simulation Of The Universe Ever

A new simulation of the evolution of the universe is one of the most accurate ever created. The model, developed by a team of scientists led by Mark Vogelsberger at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, traces the history of the universe from shortly after its birth to present day and captures …

Mars Curiosity Rover Samples a Rock of a Different Color

NASA's Curiosity rover has collected samples from deep inside a rock on Mars for the third time ever.<p>The 1-ton Curiosity rover bored into a slab of Red Planet sandstone dubbed Windjana on Monday evening, creating a hole measuring 0.63 inches (1.6 centimeters) wide and 2.6 inches (6.5 centimeters) …

What Are Gravitational Waves, And How Do We Find Them?

With a monumental detector powering up for a new generation of experiments, Rana Adhikari, a Caltech physicist, is chasing down these elusive signals. He tells PopMech what gravitational waves are, why scientists are on the cusp of measuring them, and how these waves will change the way we look at …

Dark Matter Might Be Hiding In Microscopic Black Holes, Astrophysicists Say

Dark matter, the invisible and mysterious stuff that makes up most of the material universe, might be hiding itself in microscopic black holes, says a team of Russian astrophysicists.<p>No one knows what dark matter is. But scientists do know that it must exist, because there is not enough visible …

Universe Is Expanding Symmetrically, 'Real-Time' Analysis Shows

The universe is expanding — and it is doing so at the same rate in all directions, according to new measurements that appear to confirm the standard model of cosmology.<p>Astrophysicist Jeremy Darling of the University of Colorado Boulder came to this conclusion after employing a research strategy …

10 Weird, Wonderful Weather Phenomena

All the optical illusions and bizarre forms of lightning you require.<p>All the optical illusions and bizarre forms of lightning you require.

Don't start up the warp drive yet, Earth's cousins might be hard to spot

Unpack your bags and defrost your shipboard cryogenic chamber. New research out Monday suggests that it may not be as easy to identify potentially habitable planets as recent discoveries might have led us to believe.<p>Without getting too much into the weeds of spectroscopy and astrobiology, the …

M45: The Pleiades Open Star Cluster

<b>M45: The Pleiades Open Star Cluster</b><p>All titles are clickable and link to the original APOD page. Click on an image for a larger view of it.<p>An …

New Method for Estimating Moon's Age Seeks to Put an Old Debate to Rest

A new way of looking at the Earth's formation attempts to answer when the moon was born.<p>Earth's moon is some 4.47 billion years old, its birthday having come about 95 million years after the formation of the solar system. This means Earth's closest companion is some 60 million years younger than …

Top 10 Physics Findings That Will Tangle Your Brain

There's a reason Albert Einstein always looked like he'd stuck his finger in a light socket: Physicists spend their days doing some of the most mind-blowing research in science. Here are 10 physics findings that will cramp your brain and make your hair stand on end.<p><i>"Expanding Universe" by Mblegacy</i> …

Mysterious smart ring project gives smartwatches the finger

A high-tech ring that promises to replicate many of the features found in the latest crop of smartwatches, but without strapping a brick to your wrist, is now one step closer to reality. Smarty Ring, a project that launched on Indiegogo last month, has blown past its funding goal to produce a ring …