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Quantum Or Not, New Supercomputer Is Certainly Something Else

It's exactly the sort of futuristic thinking you'd expect from Google and NASA: Late last week, the organizations announced a partnership to build a Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab at NASA's Ames Research Center.<p>But questions surround the new type of computer at the lab's core. D-Wave systems, …

Introducing the 'Strawscraper'

Architects are hoping to turn one of Stockholm’s tallest buildings into the world’s first ‘strawscaper’.<p>The building would be powered completely by …

Synthetic Biologists Engineer A Custom Flu Vaccine In A Week

A synthetic biology method proves its chops.<p>A copy of the genetic code of an H7N9 avian flu—similar to, but not exactly the same as the flu that has killed 36 people in China—arrived in a lab in Boston Easter Sunday, 2011. By Saturday, scientists had made a vaccine against it, the Boston Globe …

Got A Wound? Science Says Rub Some Dirt In It

Antibacterial clays can kill antibiotic-resistant E. coli and MRSA, researchers found.<p>The colloquial medical advice "rub some dirt in it" appears to have some merit. Researchers at Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute have been experimenting with different clays, and it appears in …

Rare, massive merging of two faraway galaxies

A massive and rare merging of two galaxies has been spotted in images taken by the Herschel space observatory.<p>Follow-up studies by several telescopes …

Glow-in-the-dark cockroach and social media butterfly named in scientists' top 10 new species

A beautiful green lacewing, a snail-eating snake, and a glow-in-the-dark cockroach. These are just three of scientists' choices for a new top ten list of newly discovered animals, plants, and microbes from 2012. Now in it's sixth year, the list is put together by an international committee of …

Why Do Cicadas Invade In Such Crazy Numbers?

The explanation for the infestation.<p><i>Magicicada</i> is a plague unlike any other, here in the northeast. And it is a plague with a reason: emerging in absurd, over-the-top, biblical numbers is the cicada's bizarre--but effective--means of survival.<p>The <i>Magicicada</i>, the genus of cicada that's about to …

Eric Weinstein may have found the answer to physics' biggest problems

Two years ago, a mathematician and physicist whom I've known for more than 20 years arranged to meet me in a bar in New York. What he was about to …