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Final Fantasy, You Sure Look Different

WAIT THIS ISN’T A “DISNEY PRINCESSES AS TKTK” POST. Nor is it a <i>Kingdom Hearts</i> post, so sorry. I think it’s something cooler than either of those …

Red Planet red flags? NASA council has doubts about Mars mission

The space agency's own advisory council wondered aloud this week if NASA should drop the whole idea of visiting the Red Planet.<p>For months, NASA has talked up its Journey to Mars road map with speeches, videos, posters, hashtags and even astronaut job openings promoting a manned mission to the Red …

Space Science

Watch Han Solo Open Fire in the New Trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Disney and Lucasfilm dropped an epic 60-second trailer for <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> on Thursday, reminding viewers how much action awaits them …

Jony Ive interview: The story of the Apple Pencil

Exclusive interview: Sir Jonathan Ive tells Rhiannon Williams how the Apple Pencil came to be, and why old habits shouldn’t always die hard<p>Reinventing an object billions of people across the world know and use every day is no mean feat. The humble pencil has been around for thousands of years, with …

Light and Dark Matter in Durham

Dark Matter is the name we give to the substance which permeates the galaxies, including our own, and dictates the rotation of stars. The gravity induced by Dark Matter bends light and distorts our view of distant objects, and these distortions in turn betray its existence. According to the most …

Dark Matter

Three science ideas you'll be hearing more about in 2016

Who said scientists can't be world-famous celebrities? Earlier this month, nearly $22 million in Breakthrough Prizes were handed out to the world's top researchers in physics, the life sciences and mathematics. The $3 million Breakthrough Prizes, at twice the dollar amount of the Nobel Prize, are …

Earth stole water and more from the young Moon

Earth may have stolen away water that would otherwise have gone to the moon.<p>New research suggests that after the impact that formed the Earth and its moon, our planet may have snatched up easily vaporized material known as volatiles, including water and other molecules. As the newly formed moon …

New Evidence Points To A Local Origin For Earth's Oceans

The origin of Earth’s water is a bit of a mystery. While water is common in our solar system, it’s much more common in the outer solar system, such as Jupiter’s moon Europa or Saturn’s moon Enceladus. Most of the worlds of the inner solar system are fairly dry. So how did Earth come to have large …

Astronomy

16 super-collectible 'Star Wars' toys your mom probably threw out (pictures)

Star Wars

Physicists Say Consciousness May Be A State Of Matter: The Non-Physical Is Indeed Real

I'm in!<p><b>“Looking for consciousness in the brain is like looking in the radio for the announcer.” –</b> Nassim Haramein, director of research for the …

Think Tank Ponders The Future Of Post-War

The worst outcome: We just sort of get used to long wars<p>“We're not still in these wars because we haven't figured out the right tactical formation,” Marine veteran and writer Elliot Ackerman told an audience on Thursday. Ackerman was visiting the Atlantic Council, an international affairs think …

Stealthy Shape-Shifting Skin Could Wrap Chinese Aircraft

Researchers publish stealth secrets<p>Chinese researchers have developed a new aircraft skin that makes planes even harder to see on radar. Published this week, the technique makes a plane skin that can adapt to different radar frequencies and react to them, the radio wave equivalent of chameleon skin.<p>…

Aviation

18 AI researchers reveal the most impressive thing they've ever seen

This year especially, artificial intelligence (AI) has had a renaissance — Tesla pushed their self-driving autopilot out to all eligible cars, and Google and Facebook have both announced large investments in AI research.<p>The latest human jobs to be taken by robots include video game playing and …

Artificial Intelligence

NASA chief: Time to clean up all that space junk

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden warns that too little is being done to remove debris from space, an issue that has drawn plenty of attention this week after an unknown object made a fiery entry into Earth’s atmosphere.<p>Speaking Thursday at the Council on Foreign Relations, Bolden said more …

Psychedelic space: Nasa reveals vibrant Pluto and more colourful images of the universe

On 12 November, Nasa released an image (above) to the public which depicted dwarf planet Pluto in an array of vibrant colours. The space agency …

We have the first confirmed footage of the mysterious space junk WT1190F burning up in Earth's atmosphere, and it's amazing

Earlier this morning a piece of space junk called WT1190F entered Earth's atmosphere and disintegrated. Here's some of the only confirmed footage of the spectacular event we've seen:<p>This footage was collected by a team of scientists working with SETI, the United Arab Emirates Space Agency, the …

Network of artificial neurons learns to use language

A network of artificial neurons has learned how to use language.<p>Researchers from the universities of Sassari and Plymouth found that their cognitive …

Here's how Albert Einstein destroyed the myth of the planet Vulcan

From the mid-1800s through the early 1900s, many scientists were convinced that a mysterious planet "Vulcan" lurked between Mercury and the sun.<p>Einstein eventually proved them all wrong.<p>National Geographic interviewed Tom Levenson, author of "The Hunt For Vulcan: … And How Albert Einstein Destroyed …

Physics

QUIZ: Are you smart enough to be a NASA astronaut?

If you grew up in the US, then NASA's astronaut program is the one with which you're probably most familiar, but just how much do you know about the selection process?<p>Between 4,000 and 8,000 people apply during each round of NASA applications, but only eight to 35 are selected. And the next round …

Why Star Wars Fanatics Are Trekking To Canada To See The Force Awakens

When it was revealed that <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> would only be shown in limited "true IMAX" theaters, fans were bound to go to extreme lengths …

Albert Einstein's colossal mistake

<b>(CNN) —</b> El Malahim. Ragnarok. Armageddon. Those are terms we use to describe the end of the world.<p>As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity this November, we can appreciate the fact that this brilliant scientist came up with ideas that have …

Universe

Solar System's most distant object hints at hidden planet

Astronomers have found the most distant object ever observed in the Solar System. The lump of rock is 15.5bn km from the Sun, three times further …

Astronomers are freaking out over this newly discovered Earth-sized planet — and for good reason

The exoplanet, dubbed GJ 1132b, is about the size of Earth and lives in a solar system roughly 39 light-years from Earth, a team of scientists reported in the November 12, 2015, issue of the journal Nature.<p>Furthermore, the exoplanet is the closest rocky Earth-sized exoplanet ever discovered, by far.<p>…

Astronomers saw a black hole wake up after 26 years and do something extremely violent

Such events are very rare, but astronomers managed to record incredible footage of the aftermath this summer.<p>The black hole is part of star system called V404 Cygni. The black hole is about 12 times more massive than the sun and is nearly 46 quadrillion miles away from Earth. Over at least the last …

Black Holes

Oil Prices Are Volatile. Get Over It.

John Hofmeister, former president of Shell Oil USA, was opining on cable TV on Friday about the rebound of the oil industry and the need for prices to stabilize, saying “the volatility is killing the industry”. Like many, he notes that price volatility makes planning, investment and operations …

Oil & Gas Industry

BAE invests in space engine firm Reaction Engines

<b>BAE Systems has bought a 20% stake in a company developing a radical engine that could propel aircraft into space.</b><p>BAE is paying £20.6m for the stake in Reaction Engines, which is developing a hybrid rocket/jet engine called Sabre.<p>Reaction says the technology would allow the launch of satellites …

Lithium-Air Battery Breakthrough May Mean Game Over For Gasoline

The lithium-air battery is the holy grail of energy storage only better.<p>Now, thanks to a breakthrough made by scientists at Cambridge University, it may also be a lot closer to commercial reality than previously believed.<p>First things first. What is a lithium air battery?<p>A battery has three basic …

Clean Energy

Germany is about to start up a monster machine that could revolutionize the way we use energy

And they're still dreaming.<p>But thanks to the efforts of the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, experts hope that might soon change.<p>Last year, after 1.1 million construction hours, the institute completed the world's largest nuclear-fusion machine of its kind, called a stellarator.<p>The machine, …