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Spinning on the edge of graphene

Long-sought evidence has been found of magnetism at the edges of graphene, a two-dimensional form of carbon. The findings might enable the …

Great Scott! Scientists just invented a 'flux capacitor' for quantum computers

On November 5th 1955 the fictional Doctor Emmitt Brown was hanging a clock in his bathroom when he slipped and hit his head on the side of a sink. As he recovered from the blow, he had a vision: he would build the flux capacitor and thereby make time travel possible.<p>A not-fictional team of …

Time Travel

Quantum Physics May Be Even Spookier Than You Think

It is the central question in quantum mechanics, and no one knows the answer: What really happens in a superposition—the peculiar circumstance in …

Particles

The Future of Therapy: Becoming Someone Else in VR

In a Barcelona lab, two researchers are using virtual simulations to build empathy and understanding, from body-swapping to sessions with Freud<p>I am standing alone in a sparsely furnished living room when a man I’ve never seen before walks in. He takes several strides in my direction, his footsteps …

Domestic Violence

There Are Giant Plasma Tubes Floating Above Earth

Wow.<p>We'd long suspected them, but in 2015 astronomers for the first time captured visual evidence of tubular plasma structures in the inner layers of …

Exotic states of matter

A state of matter is a description of the properties of a substance or material. There are four classical states of matter, solid, liquid, gas and …

The brain learns completely differently than we’ve assumed, new learning theory says

(credit: Getty)A revolutionary new theory contradicts a fundamental assumption in neuroscience about how the brain learns. According to researchers …

Mental Telepathy is Real

Mental telepathy, the process of transferring thoughts from one mind to another, has traditionally occupied the realms of either science fiction or …

This is what your smartphone is doing to your brain — and it isn't good

All day long, we're inundated by interruptions and alerts from our devices. Smartphones buzz to wake us up, emails stream into our inboxes, notifications from coworkers and far away friends bubble up on our screens, and "assistants" chime in with their own soulless voices.<p>Such interruptions seem …

New, 'Exotic State of Matter' Found Far Below Freezing

Explainer<p>By creating atoms within atoms, the new research marks an exciting time in quantum physics.<p>Crucial to the properties of matter, atoms are widely known as the building blocks of the universe. Harking back to your grade school science classes, you might remember atoms are made up of …

Hubble Space Telescope

Explainer: Quantum physics

This might surprise you, but there may be literally thousands, or even tens of thousands, of devices and components surrounding you right now that …

The United States’s Corn Belt is making its own weather

The Great Plains of the central United States—the Corn Belt—is one of the most fertile regions on Earth, producing more than 10 billion bushels of …

Climate Change

Major discovery in controlling quantum states of single atoms

Researchers at the Center for Quantum Nanoscience within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) have made a major breakthrough in controlling the …

Physicists create new form of light

Try a quick experiment: Take two flashlights into a dark room and shine them so that their light beams cross. Notice anything peculiar? The rather …

Scientists Discover Fundamental Property of Light

And here's how we can harness it.<p><i>This article was written by Clive Emary from the University of Hull, and was originally published by The</i> …

Scientists have proven the existence of the strangest state of matter: superionic ice

In 1935, the <i>Harvard Crimson</i>, a student-run newspaper of Harvard University, carried the following clip:<p>Percy W. Bridgman ’04, professor of physics, can now make ice which will not melt until a temperature higher than the boiling point of water is attained.<p>This was newsworthy indeed. Bridgman went …

Robot learns to recognize objects on its own

Tech News<p>When all the humans went home for the day, a personal-assistant robot under development in a university lab recently built digital images of a pineapple and a bag of bagels that were inadvertently left on a table – and figured out how it could lift them.<p>The researchers didn't even know the …

Robotics

A quantum algorithm could help us bring AI to life

A Modern Tech Combo<p>Artificial intelligence has a sort of buzzword recently, and one that could be put to use in a varied number of fields. In the …

Galaxies Rotate in Sync, Raising Dark Matter Questions

The universe is filled with galaxies, and often a large galaxy like our own will have several smaller ones orbiting it. Astronomers looked at one …

You thought quantum mechanics was weird: check out entangled time

In the summer of 1935, the physicists Albert Einstein and Erwin Schrödinger engaged in a rich, multifaceted and sometimes fretful correspondence …

Quantum Mechanics

Researchers observe electrons zipping around in crystals

This, of course, could dramatically simplify device design.<p>"These materials are so unusual that we keep discovering more and more about them, and …

Synchronized Galactic Orbit Challenges Our Best Theory of How the Universe Works

Scientists thought the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies were unique: They’ve got rings of smaller dwarf galaxies orbiting in what seems to be a …

Physicists Just Found a New Way to Bend a Fundamental Rule of Light Waves

This is incredible.<p>One of the more well-known rules in physics is that light can only ever go one speed, so long as nothing stands in its way.<p>But new …

Powering the Smart Factory with the Internet of Things

To secure a smart future, manufacturers are leveraging the Internet of Things to reshape product development and production. Selecting the right infrastructure is crucial for success.<p>The first half of the digital revolution was about using machines to connect people—allowing them to share ideas, …

Artificial brains could soon be reality: Superconducting switch, which can 'learn' like human brain, developed - IBTimes India

Researchers have developed a superconducting switch that can make future computers think like the human brain.<p>Computers could soon be able to …

Imverse’s groundbreaking mixed reality renders you inside VR

What if you could look down and see your actual arms and legs inside VR, or look at other real-world people or objects as if you weren’t wearing a headset?<p>The team at Imverse spent five years building this incredible technology at EPFL, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne. “We …

To Industry 4.0 and beyond

In the third and final feature in our series on aspects of IoT tipped to be hot in 2018, we examine industrial IoT (IIoT) – also known as industrie …

What Changes When AI Is So Accessible That Everyone Can Use It?

Mazin Gilbert has an ambitious goal. As vice president of advanced technologies at AT&T, Gilbert wants to make AI technologies widely available throughout the corporation, especially to those who might not have a computer science background and may not even know how to program. Call it the …

This in-demand AI genius just got $175 million from Silicon Valley’s biggest investors

Andrew Ng may not be a household name like other tech entrepreneurs, but he's very in-demand among techies both in Silicon Valley and in China.<p>Ng is one of the top experts in machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies in the world — he's taught at Stanford, worked at Google, and most …

Programmers use TensorFlow AI to turn any webcam into Microsoft Kinect

A pair of AI developers turned a $10 webcam into a motion-tracking system. It’s like a DIY Kinect with a Google brain. And best of all they named it Skeletron.<p>The project, a collaboration between Or Fleisher and Dror Ayalon, was developed using TensorFlow, an open source AI platform created by …