Matt Newell

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New African titanosaur discovered in cliff wall in Tanzania

Big news! Really big news. Paleontologists from Ohio University have unearthed a titanosaur from Tanzania, a new species of oversized dinosaur named <i>Rukwatitan bisepultus</i>, which had forelegs about 6 <i>1/2</i> feet long and whose massive body probably weighed as much as several elephants.<p>The discovery …

Here's NASA's New Design for a Warp Drive Ship

In 2012, NASA physicist Harold White revealed that he and a team were working on a design for a faster-than-light ship. Now he's collaborated with an …

5 How-To Manuals from the Middle Ages

From dying to being a king, these manuals had people in the Middle Ages covered.<p>1. How to Die Well<p>The Middle Ages was a good time to learn how to …

U.S. Air Force

Watch Me Do Something Impossible In Three Totally Easy Steps

Here's what the Swedish artist Oscar Reutersvard did. In 1934, he got himself a pen and paper and drew four cubes, like this.<p>Then he drew some more, like this.<p>And, then — and this is where he got mischievous — he drew one more set, like this.<p>He called this final version "Impossible Triangle of Opus …

Cosmochemist discovers potential solution to meteorite mystery

Chondrules may have formed from high-pressure collisions in early solar system.<p>A normally staid University of Chicago scientist has stunned many of …

Universe

Big Pic: Life-Sized T. Rex Sculpture Stares Down The Eiffel Tower

Cue freaked-out tourists.<p>The classic beauty of the Eiffel Tower and Seine River draw scores of tourists to Paris. But do you know what would really spruce the place up? A full-size, chrome <i>Tyrannosaurus rex</i> sculpture, placed over the Seine, just as the architects of Paris intended.<p>The sculpture, by …

Independence Day fossil: Dippy the star-spangled dinosaur

Andrew Carnegie was a small man (five foot, three inches) with a vast disposable income earned in the American steel industry. In the space of a …

How close are we to getting superpowers?

What would your superpower be? If it's x-ray vision, your dream could be a step closer to reality. Next month, at a technology conference in Hong …

Alien planets found in star cluster surprise scientists

Two new planets a little smaller than Neptune circle distant stars in the NGC 6811 star cluster in this image released on Wednesday.<p>Alien planets are popping up in unexpected places.<p>Astronomers using the planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft have found two planets circling different stars in the violent …

Universe

Scientists Decode DNA Of 700,000-Year-Old Horse

The oldest sequenced genome will help researchers understand horse evolution.<p>So scientists have decoded the genome of a 700,000-year-old horse. It wasn't enough to figure out exactly what the horse looked like—hair color, for example, will have to wait for further analysis—but it helped the …

Men: Wearing A T-Shirt With The Letter T On It Makes You More Attractive

It's also kind of a cheeky/good idea for a T-shirt.<p>Researchers at Nottingham Trent University have made a startling discovery: what's printed on your T-shirt could have a large effect on your attractiveness to the opposite sex.<p>The study involved plain white T-shirts with the letter "T" printed on …

Your cat isn’t totally ignoring you – really!

Cats may not do what we tell them to, but they usually adore their human caretakers, a new study finds<p>Cats may try to hide their true feelings, but a recent study found that cats do actually pay attention to their owners, distinguishing them from all other people.<p>The study, which will be published …

Pets

German Researchers Build Robotic Apes to Explore the Moon

The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) and the University of Bremen have developed ape-like robots designed for future lunar …

Coming Soon: Free Streaming Video Of Our Planet, From Space

All eyes on Earth!<p>At this moment, dozens of government satellites are taking high-resolution pictures of the planet. But citizens get only limited services such as Google Earth, which provides imagery that's sometimes 10 years old. This fall, however, the Canada-based company UrtheCast (in …

PayPal: Galactic Currency Coming Soon for Space Travelers

The commercialization of space is now a reality. Virgin Galactic will launch its first commercial flight this year. A space hotel is set to be …

Paypal

Planned Intergalactic Currency Already Used in Sci-Fi Universes

The stuff of science fiction sometimes becomes reality in a much shorter time than people would expect. With PayPal announcing the intent to form an …

Science Fiction

Scientists Regrow Severed Spinal Cords In Rats

Neuroscientists surgically and chemically reconnect rats' severed spinal cords, recovering the rats' bladder control.<p>Scientists have found a way to reconnect severed spinal cords in rats, allowing them to regain bladder control--a major accomplishment that could one day help humans with similar …

This Climate Fix Might Be Decades Ahead Of Its Time

Every year, people add 30 billion tons of carbon dioxide to the air, mostly by burning fossil fuels. That's contributing to climate change. A few scientists have been dreaming about ways to pull some of that CO2 out of the air, but face stiff skepticism and major hurdles. This is the story of one …

Geneticists map the oldest genome yet from 700,000-year-old horse bone

Danish geneticists have mapped the DNA of a 700,000-year-old horse bone, yielding the world's oldest full genome. <i>National Geographic</i> reports that Ludovic Orlando, an evolutionary geneticist with the Natural History Museum of Denmark, and his team identified key patterns in Equus evolution — the …

Mick Aston obituary

Mick Aston, who has died suddenly at the age of 66, was a leading academic archaeologist who attracted a large public following through the Channel 4 …

10 Awesome Accidental Discoveries

Oops.<p>As Plato said, "science is nothing but perception," and these 10 accidental acts of discovery embody the sentiment. Of course, it helps to be a leading scientist in the field—devoting your life to the pursuit of one cure, invention, or innovation—but a little luck goes a long way, too.

Cheaper, Sportier Google Glass Competitor Is Now Available For Pre-Order

The XTREME Google Glass. Google Glass 2000! (It's actually called the Recon Jet, and it looks pretty sweet.)<p>With all the hubbub about Google Glass, it's easy to miss all the other companies that are also taking advantage of the availability and power of tiny smartphone components for head-up …

How To Build Your Own DIY Water Blaster

Grab some PVC pipes and other supplies, then get ready to fire.<p>Materials<p>2-inch-by-24-inch Schedule 40 PVC pipe<br>• 1¼-inch-by-24-inch PVC pipe<br>• Two 2-inch PVC caps<br>• Two 1¼-inch PVC caps<br>• 1¼-inch PVC coupler<br>• Buna-N 1.6-inch ID by 0.21-inch CS O-ring<br>• PVC glue (8 ounces is plenty)<br>• Tube of waterproof silicone …

7 Billion People And Trillions Of Creatures To Be Photographed Together On July 19

It's going to be a very small picture, but we're all going to be in it. All trillions of us on Earth.<p>It's not our first group portrait, but Carolyn Porco, the woman in charge, says it's going to be gasp-worthy. She should know. She helped shoot some of the early ones.<p>What am I talking about?<p>Well, …

A New Type Of Motor Made From Gadget Guts

Engineers at CORE Outdoor Power developed a printed circuit board-based rotary motor that's as strong as a gas-powered one, but without the emissions and noise.<p>Since the 1950s, the brain of any electronic device has been a printed circuit board (PCB), a piece of substrate that contains all—or …

Bladder function restored in paralyzed rats - Futurity

CASE WESTERN RESERVE (US) — Scientists have for the first time restored bladder function in …

Case Western Reserve University

Ancient Sea Creature Resembled a Cigar

<i>LiveScience</i> reports that several fossils of a 520-million-year-old cigar-shaped sea creature have been discovered. The spiral-plated echinoderm,</i> …

Inside The Most Expensive Science Experiment Ever

Many machines over the past 60 years have been billed as the one that will make the big breakthrough in fusion science, only to stumble. This one could be different.<p>Some people have spent their whole working lives researching fusion and then retired feeling bitter at what they see as a wasted …

Mouse Cloned From A Mere Drop Of Blood

Scientists in Japan have been able, for the first time, to successfully clone a mouse from a blood sample drawn from a living donor's tail.<p>Scientists at the Riken BioResource Center in Japan have managed to clone a mouse from a minuscule, peripheral blood sample for the first time. The method …