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We May Have Identified What Lies at the Outermost Edge of Our Solar System

New Horizons is the first spacecraft in nearly three decades to observe what appears to be evidence of a hydrogen wall at the edge of the heliosphere.<p>In July 2015, the New Horizons probe became the first spacecraft to explore Pluto and its moons after a nearly decade-long journey from Earth. Three …

Astronomy

Thirty micrometres a minute: scientists discover the speed of death

<b>Name:</b> The speed of death.<p><b>Age:</b> Not sure that is entirely relevant.<p><b>Appearance:</b> Cellular.<p><b>You’re talking in riddles.</b> I’m bracing myself for some seriously hard science.<p><b>Stop beating about the bush and get on with it.</b> OK, here goes. Two Stanford University systems biologists, Xianrui Cheng and James …

Stanford University

What Weed Does to Your Brain

Here's what it looks like before, during, and after.<p>In recent years, with the legal status of marijuana shifting, the scientific community has sought …

The Brain

What Your Eyes Say About Your Personality, According To A New Study, Is Pretty Mind Blowing

Imagine a world in which you could stare into a potential romantic partner's eyes on the first date and <i>immediately</i> be able to tell what their …

Artificial Intelligence

The Large Hadron Collider Just Successfully Accelerated Its First Atoms

Get ready for new science.<p>The Large Hadron Collider below Switzerland and France has just accelerated its first atoms to almost the speed of light, …

Physics

This Is the Effect Working Out Has on Your Bones

How active you are as a kid affects your bones forever.<p>Bone is a living tissue that reacts to the stresses we place on it. Every year, about 10 percent of our oldest bone matter is expelled from the body and replaced by fresh bone, and exercise and sports can make that incoming fresh bone denser …

Indiana University

Activating "grandmother neurons" could reset body clock

Humans have evolved to do stuff during the day and sleep at night, but international travel or shift work can throw off that natural rhythm. Finding …

Antarctic IceCube observatory tracks a single neutrino to solve cosmic ray puzzle

An array of detectors buried under a half-mile-wide stretch of Antarctic ice has traced the path of a single neutrino back to a supermassive black …

CERN chip enables first 3D color X-ray images of the human body

Medical X-ray scans have long been stuck in the black-and-white, silent-movie era. Sure, the contrast helps doctors spot breaks and fractures in …

Scientists Harvest Hydrogen from Water in Microgravity, a Nifty Trick for Deep-Space Travel

A team of scientists announced they have harvested hydrogen from water in microgravity—a proof-of-principle test that may one day lead to a way to …

Einstein's Theory of Gravity Holds Up on Test of a Three-Star System

Scientists understand gravity pretty well when it comes to two objects, but add a third, and you’ve got chaos—a system that’s impossible to explain …

New cloaking technique lets light pass right on through

The concept of an invisibility cloak sounds like pure science fiction, but hiding something from view is theoretically possible, and in some …

The entire planet could literally be fueled by star power as soon as 2030

Your electric bill could end up being obsolete if one company succeeds at harnessing the energy of superhot plasma with a mega-reactor that could …

Scientists develop thermal camouflage that can fool infrared cameras

Scientists have developed a thin, lightweight and flexible film that can outfox infrared cameras, allowing hot bodies to appear cool and cold items to appear warm. The invention can also help camouflage an object by making it appear the same temperature as its background.<p>The design was inspired by …

Nanotech

Astronauts eject UK-led space junk demo mission

<b>A UK-led project to showcase methods to tackle space junk has just been pushed out of the International Space Station.</b><p>The RemoveDebris satellite was ejected a short while ago with the help of a robotic arm.<p>The 100kg craft, built in Guildford, has a net and a harpoon.<p>These are just two of the …

Scientists discover new type of photosynthesis in breakthrough study

A new study out of Imperial College London describes the discovery of a new type of photosynthesis, one the institute says “changes our understanding …

A 40-year-old mystery about rising temperatures on the moon has been solved — and it was probably the Apollo astronauts' fault

An explorer's adage says to "take only photos, leave only footprints."<p>But it seems the footprints of NASA's Apollo astronauts had unintended consequences for the surface of the moon after they landed there nearly 50 years ago.<p>Newly discovered temperature data from the 1970s moon landings, released …

Space Science

The D-Mask may be the high-tech future of diving and snorkeling

Previous Next<p>1 of 8<p>As with most well-established sports and outdoor activities, the gear used in scuba diving and snorkeling continues to evolve, …

This box sucks pure water out of dry desert air

For many of us, clean, drinkable water comes right out of the tap. But for billions it’s not that simple, and all over the world researchers are looking into ways to fix that. Today brings work from Berkeley, where a team is working on a water-harvesting apparatus that requires no power and can …

Breast Cancer Breakthrough As Thousands Could Be Spared Chemotherapy After Landmark Study

Trial hailed as ‘life-changing’.<p>Thousands of breast cancer patients may be safely spared gruelling chemotherapy following a landmark study.<p>A trial of …

These Seemingly Useless Parts of Your Body Have Surprising And Weird Functions

What is that hole some people have next to their ear?<p>As the Ancient Greeks used to say, "Know Thyself." It probably was meant a little more …

A Major Physics Experiment Just Detected A Particle That Shouldn't Exist

Scientists have produced the firmest evidence yet of so-called sterile neutrinos, mysterious particles that pass through matter without interacting …

Scientists just found a ‘reptilian mammal’ fossil in Utah and it could shake up Earth’s history

If you even sort of paid attention in geography class you already know that the Earth didn’t always look like it does today. At one point in our …

Weekend lie-ins could help you avoid an early death, study says

Many people complain they do not get enough sleep, and it seems they are right to be concerned. Researchers have found that adults under the age of 65 who get five or fewer hours of sleep for seven days a week have a higher risk of death than those who consistently get six or seven hours’ …

Sleep

NASA will create coldest place in the universe to study quantum physics

It's hard to study quantum behavior on Earth. You can amplify the effects of quantum mechanics by zapping groups of specific atoms (Bose-Einstein condensates) with lasers that drop their temperature to near absolute zero, but that only works for fractions of a second before gravity invariably takes …

Trump Hints At Plan To Create 'Space Force' As Sixth Military Branch

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away, there was a world leader who signaled his desire to create a new branch of the military: the space force.<p>OK, it wasn't a long time ago, and it was right here on Earth, in the Milky Way galaxy.<p>In an address to the West Point football team at the White House …

Scientists Calculate the Pressure Inside a Proton and It's Higher Than in a Neutron Star

The pressure inside the particles that make up every atom in the universe could be greater than the pressure inside the densest stars, according to a …

Israeli Scientists Uncover Therapy That Converts Cancer Cells Into Normal Ones

Cancer cells, by definition, are abnormal cells that divide with abandon and have the potential to spread throughout and wreak havoc on your vital …

Why we need to figure out a theory of consciousness

Understanding the biology behind consciousness (or self-awareness) is considered by some to be the final frontier of science. And over the last …

Pretty sure Google's new talking AI just beat the Turing test

So that whole Turing test metric, wherein we gauge how human-like an AI system appears to be based on its ability to mimic our vocal affectations? At the 2018 I/O developers conference Tuesday, Google utterly dismantled it. The company did so by having its AI-driven Assistant book a reservation. On …