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How Evaporation from Lakes and Reservoirs Could Sustainably Power a Nation

When we think of renewable energy sources that could help replace the burning of climate-altering carbon-based fuels, solar panels and wind turbines …

Nature Communications

What fruits and vegetables looked like before we domesticated them

Fruits and veggies used to look a lot different. Domestication has led to a lot of changes.<p>Wild carrots were likely cultivated around the 10th century. They were purple or white, very thin, with a very distinct, powerful flavor. Modern carrots are orange, thicker, brighter, and crunchy.<p>Wild …

China plans to ban sales of fossil fuel cars entirely

China’s big electric vehicle push is about to get even bigger: The country is planning to end the sale of fossil fuel-powered vehicles entirely, with regulators working currently on a timetable of when the ban will ultimately take effect, according to Bloomberg.<p>China is the world’s largest auto …

5 Amazing Open-World Action RPG Video Games You Should Play Right Now

We are about a month away from the release of <i>Middle-Earth: Shadow of War</i> – a fantastic Open-World Action RPG. You play as Talion – a half-Ranger …

Breaking: An Entirely New Type of Quantum Computing Has Been Invented

"It's amazing no one had thought of it before."<p>Australian researchers have designed a new type of qubit - the building block of quantum computers - …

This spacecraft is thinner than a human hair and can capture space debris

Earth’s orbit is becoming dangerously crowded with space junk.<p>Last year, the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-1A satellite collided with a tiny chunk of debris. Fortunately, the resulting damage to its solar panel turned out to be minor. But it got lucky. If the piece of space trash had been …

Ethanol cancer treatment could eliminate tumors for just a few dollars

Ethanol-Based Cancer Treatments<p>Researchers from Duke University have achieved a 100 percent cure rate for squamous cell carcinoma in a hamster model …

Cancer

New camera can see through human body

<b>Scientists have developed a camera that can see through the human body.</b><p>The device has been designed to help doctors track medical tools, known as endoscopes, during internal examinations.<p>Until now, medics have had to rely on expensive scans, such as X-rays, to trace their progress.<p>The new camera …

BittBoy is a retro pocket console that does a lot for very little

The GameBoy Pocket remains one of the best-designed pieces of mobile gaming kit ever in my opinion, which is why I was intrigued by the BittBoy, a new third-party portable console that clearly owes a lot of inspiration to the GameBoy. The tiny handheld packs a library of “300” games built-in, …

Retrogaming

The quantum internet is just a decade away — here's what you need to know

The word "quantum" sounds so advanced and complex that people tend to get hyped up about anything attached to it. While not every quantum breakthrough elicits a positive response, in the case of a so-called quantum internet, people have a reason to be excited.<p>In the simplest of terms, a quantum …

We’ve been underestimating the solar industry’s momentum. That could be a big problem.

Analysts have been underestimating the expansion of solar energy for nearly two decades, scientists report in a new study released Friday. And that could be a serious problem for the industry and, maybe, the planet.<p>If policymakers believe solar is growing more slowly than it actually is, they may …

Solar Power

China Wants to Make the F-22 and F-35 Stealth Fighters as Obsolete as Battleships

<i>As the paper describes, quantum radar uses a novel concept in physics, which scientist are only just starting to understand. “Quantum physics says</i> …

Quantum Physics

This mysterious ancient tablet could teach us a thing or two about math

Some researchers say the Babylonians invented trigonometry—and did it better.<p>Some researchers say the Babylonians invented trigonometry—and did it better. A long-debated tablet known as Plimpton 332, featuring 3,700-year-old scrawls from a Mesopotamian scribe, is the subject of a new study in the …

Ice Age bones discovered inside inescapable "black hole"

Around the end of the last Ice Age, about 13,000 years ago, animals could roam through subterranean passageways in what is now Mexico. But the …

Amazon's new education tool helps students become better writers

Amazon's been ramping up its efforts in the education space since 2013, when it acquired TenMarks. The ed-tech startup helps teachers and parents create easy-to-digest curriculums for young students, which up until today were all about math. But now, Amazon is introducing TenMarks Writing, a …

Stuffed Fables is the dungeon crawler you can play with your kids

A board game literally played inside a children’s book<p>Jerry Hawthorne is a popular tabletop game designer known for titles like <i>Mice & Mystics</i>. He’s also a parent, and one of his dreams has always been to make a dungeon crawler-style tactics game that he could play with his kids. <i>Stuffed Fables: A</i> …

Board Games

How the Humble CPU Launched NASA’s Golden Age of Space Exploration

Even today, retro-computing is carrying humanity to the edge of interstellar space.<p>In 1962, NASA launched the Mariner 2 probe past Venus, marking the first successful planetary flyby for the agency. It was done with an incredibly primitive computer that hardly fits the bill of anything we'd …

First the cloud, now AI takes on the scientific method

Cloud didn't make the scientific method irrelevant in '08—AI won't do it in '17, either.<p>Back when I was doing research, one of my advisors once joked …

Elon Musk's SpaceX Can't Afford To Send Humans To Mars, According To Neil deGrasse Tyson

<i>This article originally appeared on the Motley Fool.</i><p>A Harvard graduate, with a doctorate from Columbia and a post-doc from Princeton, Hayden …

3D-printed ovaries let infertile mice give birth

Three-dimensionally printed organs are pretty old hat by now. But while the technology has been applied to everything from artificial ears to …

Will This 'Impossible' Motor Take People to Other Planets?

When NASA one day sends humans to Mars, the journey could take six to nine months each way. But there's a highly-experimental device being developed that could help get us there in less than half that time — if it really works.<p>A small lab at NASA is creating a motor to propel ships through space …

World's thinnest hologram paves path to new 3-D world

An Australian-Chinese research team has created the world's thinnest hologram, paving the way towards the integration of 3D holography into everyday …

This Company Plans to Mine the Moon — and It's Not Alone

The first-ever private mining operation on the moon is scheduled to kick off in 2020, when a landing craft sent by Florida-based Moon Express will …

Grab A Free Copy Of Dungeon Keeper-Style Game Dungeons 2 Right Now

While the Dungeon Keeper franchise itself hasn't been given much love in recent years, other series have endeavored to keep its spirit alive. That includes the simply named Dungeons series, the most recent entry of which can be yours for free right now.<p>The Humble Store is currently giving away …

Life is Feudal: Forest Village, Medieval City Building Game Launching This May

Life is Feudal: Forest Village, Medieval City Building Game Launching This May<p>/ May 11, 2017 at 1:37 PM / Gaming, Gaming News<p>Indie developer …

Medieval

The Age of Quantum Computing Has Arrived

Harnessing Quantum Mechanics<p>Marshall McLuhan, a media theorist of the past generation, once said, “The computer is the most extraordinary of man’s …

Quantum Physics

Immortal Stem Cells Let Scientists Create an Unlimited Supply of Artificial Blood

This is a big deal for medicine.<p>Researchers have developed a line immortal stem cells that allow them to generate an unlimited supply of artificial …

Want to Get Into Tabletop RPGs? Here Are 6 Games to Get You Ready

Plenty of io9 readers are already obsessed with role-playing games; to you guys, we say take five. It’s the rest of you that we’re talking to, those …

Board Games

A Mathematician Might’ve Created an Anti-Tsunami Cannon That Could Save Millions Of Lives

A mathematician might’ve figured out how to stop tsunamis in their tracks… or at least dampen their power. Image: Sean Davey<p><b>Back in 2004, I was in</b> …

Coastlines

IBM researchers have created an “impossible” molecule that could power quantum computers

Chemists hate being beaten by physicists at their own game. At IBM Research, physicist Leo Gross and his team have done just that.<p>Gross’s team made a triangular molecule that chemists have found impossible to produce by conventional chemistry. To rub it in even more, Gross and his colleagues may go …

Chemistry