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Apple will reveal its wrist gadget next month, says Apple watcher John Gruber

One of the biggest mysteries in tech is on the cusp of being solved. Apple's highly anticipated wearable device for the wrist will be shown off in September, according to the well sourced Apple observer John Gruber. Responding to a <i>Verge</i> story today on the Moto 360 charging dock, Gruber announced …

Goodbye Big Bang, hello black hole? A new theory of the universe's creation

Could the famed "Big Bang" theory need a revision? A group of theoretical physicists suppose the birth of the universe could have happened after a …

The black hole at the birth of the Universe

The big bang poses a big question: if it was indeed the cataclysm that blasted our universe into existence 13.7 billion years ago, what sparked it? …

Our Universe May Have Emerged from a Black Hole in a Higher Dimensional Universe

The event horizon of a black hole — the point of no return for anything that falls in — is a spherical surface. In a higher-dimensional universe, a …

An 8-dimensional model of the universe

Physicist and surfer Garrett Lisi presents a controversial new model of the universe that -- just maybe -- answers all the big questions. If nothing …

Physics

Stroke patients show promising signs of recovery after stem cell therapy

Stroke patients who took part in a small pilot study of a stem cell therapy have shown tentative signs of recovery six months after receiving the treatment.<p>Doctors said the condition of all five patients had improved after the therapy, but that larger trials were needed to confirm whether the stem …

Just look at this crazy deep-ocean power source

A Florida-based startup called Crowd Energy will be turning to Indiegogo to continue work on its Ocean Energy Turbine, a slow-turning mill that its creators believe can harness megawatts of clean power from just a single unit — enough to light thousands of homes.<p>Underwater turbines are nothing new, …

NASA Tested And Recovered This Insane Flying Saucer Mars Lander

<b>Here it is high above the Earth, firing rockets:</b><p>This is from the space agency's statement:<p>NASA went on to explain that the mission included two cutting-edge technologies:<p>The "Supersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator (SIAD)," which is "a large, doughnut-shaped air brake that deployed during the …

Space Exploration

Cosmic First: Spacecraft Orbits Comet—With Plans to Land

Space scientists have scrutinized comets with Earthly telescopes. They’ve watched from afar as one comet self-destructed and slammed into Jupiter, …

Man-Made Earthquakes Are Changing the Seismic Landscape

Scientists say fracking is part of why Oklahoma now rivals California in quake activity.<p>This isn't just the stuff of comic-book villains: Real humans in the real world—actually, in Oklahoma, of all places—can cause earthquakes.<p>Scientists have known about man-made earthquakes for decades. They've …

Week's Best Space Pictures: Orion Gets Wet and Clusters Twinkle

A deep-space capsule is put through its paces, a globular cluster gets its portrait taken, and Hawaii is imaged from on high.

In Alaska, wood frogs freeze for seven months, thaw and hop away

Each September, the wood frogs of Alaska do a very strange thing: They freeze.<p>They do not freeze totally solid, but they do freeze mostly solid. Two-thirds of their body water turns to ice. If you picked them up, they would not move. If you bent one of their legs, it would break.<p>Inside these frozen …

Zoology

A new fossil suggests 'all dinosaurs' may have had feathers

You've never seen a dinosaur, naturally, but you probably have a pretty good idea of what they look like. We've seen the same look over and over, across dozens of movies, books and museums: there's the balanced tail, the lizard-shaped head and, most of all, dark and tough scales.<p>But a new find in …

Study casts doubt on rate of Antarctic sea ice growth

A new study suggests that scientists must reexamine records that show increases in Antarctic sea ice since 1979. Researchers found that something changed in the way satellite data get converted into ice cover, but they can't yet identify the exact nature of the change, or whether it fixed a problem …

Global Warming

Siberian Discovery Suggests Almost All Dinosaurs Were Feathered

Jurassic fossils may mean that feathers were all in the family.<p>Almost all dinosaurs were probably covered in feathers, Siberian fossils of a tufted, two-legged running dinosaur dating from roughly 160 million years ago suggest.<p>Over the past two decades, discoveries in China have produced at least …

Siberian dinosaur spreads feathers around the dinosaur tree

For the last 20 years, huge numbers of fossils from China have dramatically demonstrated that large numbers of dinosaur species that were closely related to the birds had all manner of feathers on their bodies. However, a new find named <i>Kulindadromeus</i> from eastern Russia published today in <i>Science</i>, …

Pack attack: Tyrannosaurs ran in gangs, fossil footprints show

Talk about a triple threat! If you thought tyrannosaurs weren't scary enough, try three of them at the same time. Turns out these fearsome beasts weren't solitary hunters -- they ran in gangs, according to a study of the first fossil tyrannosaurid trackways ever discovered.<p>The three sets of fossil …

Dinosaurs

Piggybacking cells hold clue to cancer growth – and treatment for melanoma

Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer: aggressive forms of the disease can grow and spread rapidly to other parts of the body, highlighting the urgent need for new treatments.<p>But over the past few years, genetic analysis has revealed that melanoma cells –<br>like many other tumour cell types …

Ancestors of birds were not the only dinosaurs with feathers

If you've visited a dinosaur exhibit in the last five years you know that at least some of the scaly, reptilian-looking creatures most of us imagined were in fact plumed. That is, in addition to scales, they had feathers too.<p>But the recent discovery of a small downy dinosaur in Siberia suggests …

Dinosaurs

Johnson & Johnson partners with Organovo to consider 3D-printing living tissue

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Janssen Research and Development, a Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical company, is looking into 3D printing living tissue for …

Less than 10% of human DNA has functional role, claim scientists

More than 90% of human DNA is doing nothing very useful, and large stretches may be no more than biological baggage that has built up over years of evolution, Oxford researchers claim.<p>The scientists arrived at the figure after comparing the human genome with the genetic makeup of other mammals, …

Invertebrate populations have dropped by 45 percent in the last four decades

"The richness of the animal world of our planet is being seriously threatened by human activities."<p>Much has been said about the loss of bird, mammal, reptile, and amphibian species around the world. By current estimates, at least 322 species have gone extinct in the last 500 years. And researchers …

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Galaxies

Bats use polarized light patterns to navigate

Bats are famous for using echolocation to navigate in the dark of night--sending sound into the environment and using the resulting echoes to locate prey and avoid obstacles.<p>But echolocation only works in a limited range, between 16 and 160 feet. For longer-term navigation bats must rely on a suite …

Magnetism

The Search for Extraterrestrial Air Pollution

Astrobiologists have come up with two basic ideas for how to find life on planets outside the solar system. The first is to look for telltale gases …

Audit: NASA funds short for deep-space rocket

NASA's staggering budget shortfall has put its rocket program at "high risk" of missing the planned 2017 launch date for its $12 billion deep-space rocket, a federal watchdog said.<p>A report by the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, estimates that NASA may need an …

How to Boil an Egg: It's Simple—and Complicated!

The ultimate guide to boiling an egg, whether you want it soft and runny or hard-cooked and ready to be deviled<p>It used to be so simple. How do you boil an egg? Easy. Place large eggs (older eggs will be easier to peel) in a medium heavy saucepan. Add water to cover by 1 1/2 inches. Bring to a boil; …

Breakfast

Simple, Fresh Tomato Recipes

Ripe summer tomatoes need little embellishment—these dishes, from a watermelon and tomato salad to fresh <i>pan con tomate</i>, let raw tomatoes …

The 15 Most Common Counterfeit Foods—and How to Identify Them

From olive oil to honey to cinnamon, caviar to milk, a guide to the most commonly counterfeited foods<p>We are generally trusting eaters. A server brings a dish: It must be what the menu says. But labels can lie, and when it comes down to it, can you really tell the difference between one whity flaky …

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