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iPhone Owners: Your Guide To iOS 7

What is iOS 7? How do I upgrade? When is the update coming? Can anything go wrong? The answers to these and more questions.<p>Unless you're a gadget reviewer, you can't get your hands on the new iPhones just yet--but if you're using an iPhone 5, 4S, or 4, you're going to get a really nice present …

Painting Portraits With Bacteria

Zachary Copfer with Einstein. Courtesy of Zachary Copfer.<p>“I’m a microbiologist masquerading as an artist. Or am I an artist masquerading as a …

6 Freaky Things Your Body Does (Explained by Science)

The human body is a strange and mysterious place filled with gross guts and gurgling magic potions. There are all sorts of confusing or nonsensical …

Sharpest Views of the Cosmos Ever

<b>Astronomers have built a new astro-camera that, when fitted onto the largest observatories on Earth, can snap photos of the universe twice as sharp as the famed Hubble Space Telescope.</b><p>With the newly developed technology, giant telescopes can reach their theoretical limits of resolution in visible …

Consciousness is a Process

Last week my fellow Phenom Ed Yong wrote a post about what happens to consciousness when animals die. According to the research Ed described, a rat’s brain shows signs of consciousness for at least 30 seconds after its heart stops.<p>That study got a lot of buzz, understandably, because of what it …

Scientists Say They've Confirmed A New Element

Scientists in Sweden say they have confirmed a new, super-heavy element that was first proposed by Russian scientists in 2004. The element with the atomic number 115 has yet to be named.<p>In a press release, Lund University says a group of international scientists led by physicists from Lund …

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot Source - Exploring Space

Mysterious mummy found in German attic by 10-year-old boy

A mummy that would seemingly be of Egyptian origin has been discovered a long way from its apparent home. A 10-year-old boy found the sarcophagus along with a mummified body in the attic of his house in Diepholz, Germany last month, reports the AFP. But while the sarcophagus is inscribed with …

An Adorable Animation Of The Sun Destroying Earth

Plus some other fun facts about the solar system!<p>Hello, tiny human! If you needed a quick reminder of how small you are in the universe, just check out this video, created by designer Philipp Dettmer. It'll give you the basic run-down of the solar system: how many moons each planet has, how far …

These Are The World's Deadliest Killers

HIV, cancer, malaria, and more, up close--plus some non-killers, to show what this new microscopy system can do.<p>At three Australian universities, a new tool is allowing researchers to see things that have never been seen before. GE's superfancy new microscope, the DeltaVision OMX Blaze, is designed …

Understanding the radioactive legacy of Chernobyl and Fukushima

Scientists fear not enough is being done to study long-term effects of radioactive contamination from the nuclear disasters at Chernobyl and …

Nuclear Energy

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013

PhysicsWhy Do You Feel Lighter at the Top of a Ferris Wheel?<p>Author: Rhett AllainRhett Allain<p>EcologyHow Plastic Straws Slip Through the Cracks of …

Dark energy survey launches : News blog

High in the Chilean Andes, a massive project to probe the nature of dark energy has begun.<p>The Dark Energy Survey (DES) launched on 31 August at the …

FYI: What Would Happen If Every Element On The Periodic Table Came Into Contact Simultaneously?

There are two ways to go about testing this, neither of which are practical. One requires the energy of dozens of Large Hadron Colliders. The other could yield a cauldron-full of flaming plutonium. Both, however, would probably create carbon monoxide and a pile of rust and salts rather than a cool …

New shark species found casually walking across the seabed

Such is the scale of our oceans that it should come as no surprise when new species are discovered. That didn't stop scientists in Indonesia getting very excited about a new type of shark, hemiscyllium halmahera. Belonging to the family hemiscylliidae, the 28-inch long halmahera is a type of bamboo …

The new equation for estimating alien life across the universe

Many of us have glanced upwards at the stars and wondered whether there is other life out there somewhere. Few, however, have then tried to write down an equation to express the probability in numbers.<p>Sara Seager of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has done just that. Her equation collects …

Opportunity to see Venus in daytime on October 7 and 8

October 7 and 8, 2013 present two chances for seeing Venus in daylight, because the moon appears near this planet.<p>Have you ever seen the moon in a …

Astronomy