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The design contest creating radical transport concepts

What will the vehicles plying 2030’s streets look like? One design contest is asking students to imagine them – resulting in robot cabs and a twisting delivery truck.<p>When you imagine the ideas that have radically changed what’s possible in transport you imagine them coming from big names, with big …

Forgetting Is An Actively Controlled Process In The Brain

A study of genetically-modified roundworms has turned up a protein that is involved in eroding memory.<p>When it comes to maintaining sanity, forgetting is at least as important as remembering. Without it, the constant stream of stimuli--faces on the street, words read, items glanced at--would quickly …

The Brain

Anti-Gravity Wheel?

What makes a pulsar pulse?

Hear the word “pulsar” and wonder what it is? Take 95 seconds to watch this video from NASA Astrophysics.<p>The EarthSky team has a blast bringing you …

Astrophysics

Got 5 minutes? Learn to see Saturn

June, July and August are especially good months for viewing Saturn in 2017. But you can find Saturn in May, 2017, too, especially when the moon …

Astronomy

First direct evidence of cosmic inflation

Astrophysicists say this work offers new insights into some of our most basic questions: Why do we exist? How did the universe begin?<p>According to …

Universe

Bionic plants

Plants have many valuable functions: They provide food and fuel, release the oxygen that we breathe, and add beauty to our surroundings. Now, a team …

FYI: Where Is The Center of the Universe?

First, it's important to know that the big bang wasn't an explosion of matter into empty space—it was the rapid expansion of space itself. This means that every single point in the universe appears to be at the center. Think of the universe as an empty balloon with dots on it. Those dots represent …

Computers That Know What You Need, Before You Ask

We're already giving voice instructions to virtual personal assistants, like Apple's Siri. But artificial intelligence is getting even smarter. The next wave of behavior-changing computing is a technology called anticipatory computing — systems that learn to predict what you need, even before you …

The Tantalizing Quest For Gravity Waves

From the April 1981 issue of Popular Science: "When scientists finally detect a form of energy they have never seen, they will open a new era in astronomy."<p><i>Today, March 17, 2014, scientists announced they had detected gravitational waves using a telescope at the South Pole—the first direct evidence</i> …

Physics

'Smoking Gun' Reveals How the Inflationary Big Bang Happened

New findings show that the universe underwent a burst of inflation that was seemingly faster than the speed of light in the first instant of its existence, throwing off a storm of exotic gravitational waves in the process.<p>The evidence comes from the BICEP2 experiment at the South Pole, which …

Primordial gravitational wave discovery heralds 'whole new era' in physics

Scientists have heralded a "whole new era" in physics with the detection of "primordial gravitational waves" – the first tremors of the big bang.<p>The minuscule ripples in space-time are the last prediction of Albert Einstein's 1916 general theory of relativity to be verified. Until now, there has …

Bicep2 will allow us to work out how hot the big bang was

It seemed that no sooner had everyone calmed down after the confirmation of the Higgs boson than another huge scientific discovery was announced.<p>News of Bicep2 broke when the Guardian published an online article last Friday, and since then cosmologists and physicists have taken to the internet to …

What are gravitational waves?

Gravitational waves are ripples that carry energy across the universe. They were predicted to exist by Albert Einstein in 1916 as a consequence of his General Theory of Relativity. Although there is strong circumstantial evidence for their existence, gravitational waves have not been directly …

GDC: Most Players Don’t Finish Games

I bet you didn't see these numbers coming.<p>At an enlightening 25 minute-long speech today at GDC – one jointly given by Riot Games’ Narrative Lead Tom …

Google introduces cross-platform multiplayer gaming for iOS and Android

<i>Follow all of GamesBeat’s coverage from the 2014 Game Developers Conference here.</i><p>Android and iOS owners can soon settle who is better at games.<p>Google introduced a new version of its Google Play Games Services tool kit at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco today. This update will enable …