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A Periodic Table Of Elements That The World Is Running Out Of

This is one chemistry class the tech industry needs to get right.<p>You might not realize it, but almost everywhere around you are rare metals from the earth.<p>In your phone, computer, or any other LCD screen, for example, you’ll find a dash of indium, a soft, malleable metal that is in short supply in …

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Here's Why The Night Sky Is Dark Even Though Jillions Of Stars Are Shining Light Our Way

There are <i>a lot</i> of stars out there--an estimated 70 billion trillion. With so many stars beaming their light our way, it seems only logical that the night sky would be as bright as day.<p>This is the essence of the so-called dark night sky paradox, also known as Olbers' paradox after German astronomer …

Ocean algae can evolve fast to tackle climate change: study

OSLO (Reuters) - Tiny marine algae can evolve fast enough to cope with climate change in a sign that some ocean life may be more resilient than thought to rising temperatures and acidification, a study showed.<p>Evolution is usually omitted in scientific projections of how global warming will affect …

Siberian Discovery Suggests Almost All Dinosaurs Were Feathered

Jurassic fossils may mean that feathers were all in the family.<p>Almost all dinosaurs were probably covered in feathers, Siberian fossils of a tufted, two-legged running dinosaur dating from roughly 160 million years ago suggest.<p>Over the past two decades, discoveries in China have produced at least …

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Singing Solar Shockwave Confirms Voyager Is In Interstellar Space

Legendary NASA spacecraft Voyager 1 has been hit by another “tsunami wave” of solar activity, confirming that it’s definitely sailing through interstellar space.<p>These waves, which affect cosmic rays and plasma, are one of the indications that suggested to scientists back in 2013 that the craft had …

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Study further confirms link between autism and pesticide exposure

Living near farms and fields can put a fetus at risk<p>Complications during pregnancy, viral infections, and genetic disorders have all been associated with autism. But for the past few years, an increasing number of researchers have started to focus their attention on another important risk factor: …

Waves Discovered on Saturn’s Moon Titan?

Wildlife & Wild Places<p><b>Surfers rejoice! Fresh waves are still out there to conquer—on Saturn’s moon Titan. There, astronomers report a first sighting of waves rolling on an alien sea.</b><p>Using its cloud-penetrating radar, the international Cassini spacecraft team mapped the frigid surface of Titan, the …

Astronomy

NASA wants to launch its asteroid capture mission in 2019

NASA's plans to snag an asteroid just got a little more concrete. The space agency has narrowed down the launch of its Asteroid Redirect Mission to 2019, with the choice of rock coming a year before that. At the moment, the administration is torn between two potential destinations. One proposed …

Learn How to Build a Nuclear Fusor

Nuclear fusion is the process of squeezing two atoms together so tightly that their nuclei fuse, creating a heavier atom and releasing a blast of energy. Fusion creates the inferno inside the sun — and the hydrogen bomb — but no one has yet harnessed its enormous power for peaceful uses.<p>They’ve …

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Computer passes 'Turing Test' for the first time after convincing users it is human

A ''super computer'' has duped humans into thinking it is a 13-year-old boy, becoming the first machine to pass the ''iconic'' Turing Test, experts say<p>A ''super computer'' has duped humans into thinking it is a 13-year-old boy to become the first machine to pass the ''iconic'' Turing Test, experts …

Alan Turing

16 Reasons To Love (And Respect) The Ocean

The ocean can be described in an endless number of ways. It's refreshing, beautiful and humbling. It's vast, mysterious and terrifying. It's magnificence has inspired countless novels, films, documentaries, songs, and HuffPost articles.<p>If it were a god, it would already have millions of devoted …

Two-In-One Wires Could Turn Clothes Into Batteries

The wires are able to conduct and store electricity at the same time.<p>A team of materials scientists has created a copper wire that’s able to store electricity as well as transmit it. Two in one! It’s like the shampoo/conditioner of the electronics world. Above, you can see the wire lighting an LED …

Hubble Telescope Unveils Most Colorful View of the Universe Yet

Changing Planet<p>Composite visible and near infrared light collected from Hubble over a nine-year period.<br>Courtesy of NASA/ESA<p>NASA’s Hubble space telescope has unveiled its most colorful window into the universe yet, a glimpse of some 10,000 galaxies spread across space. Some of those universes date …

Big History

Rats Regret Making the Wrong Decision

David Redish and his graduate student Adam Steiner of the University of Minnesota didn't set out to study if rats experience regret.<p>They were looking …

Bursts Of Light Create Memories, Then Take Them Away

You can't just open up a living brain and see the memories inside.<p>So Roberto Malinow, a brain scientist at the University of California, San Diego, has spent years trying to find other ways to understand how memories are made and lost. The research — right now being done in rats – should lead to a …

Robot Truck Convoy Tested In Nevada

Optimus Prime came home and got a day job.<p>Like Olympic skiers racing in single file to reduce air resistance, two 18-wheeler trucks in Nevada recently proved that uncomfortably close convoys can save drivers fuel and money. The key, instead of bold Olympic athleticism, is robotic assistance. A …

5 Sky Events This Week: Rare Celestial Shadow Dance and Leo Paws at the Moon

Changing Planet<p><b>Hunt down a comet, chase Jupiter’s moons, and watch Earth’s moon cozy up to some of the night sky’s brightest planets and stars.</b><p><b>Comet Visitor</b>. After nightfall on Monday, June 2, and for the next few nights, the comet PanSTARRS (C/2012 K1) can easily be spotted through small backyard …

Astronomy

Scientists create a supernova in a lab right here on Earth

Scientists at the Vulcan laser lab in the United Kingdom have used three high powered light beams "focused on a carbon rod target not much thicker …

NASA Is About to Test a Mega-Parachute at the Edge of Space

If the largest ever supersonic parachute works, we'll be a step closer to putting a human on Mars.<p>The key to a successful Mars landing is the same thing that matters in landing on any planet: You have to slow down before you hit the ground.<p>That's why scientists are testing a new supersonic …

Where Google trains its drivers not to drive

As Google unveils plans to build driverless cars itself, Jack Stewart gets an inside look at the company’s robot driving school.<p>During a recent visit to Google HQ in California’s Mountain View campus, I got a glimpse of what the future of ‘undriving’ might look like.<p>I was given access to the team …

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A gamma ray burst from the Andromeda galaxy yesterday? No.

No GRB in M31. False alarm. Darn.<p>UPDATE. The Swift X-Ray Telescope team has taken a look at the X-ray data, and has shown that there was a mistake …

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Humans Evolved Weak Muscles to Feed Brain's Growth, Study Suggests

Weak muscles evolved even faster than smart brains in people.<p>We humans may be weaklings by nature.<p><b>Humans appear to have evolved puny muscles even faster than they grew big brains, according to a new metabolic study that pitted people against chimps and monkeys in contests of strength.</b><p>The upshot, …

Evolution

Earliest Bird Pollinator Found in Germany

Fossilized 47 million years ago, it was the size of a hummingbird—but unlike any living species.<p>Today's hummingbirds ferry pollen from blossom to blossom, helping flowering plants reproduce. Their occupational ancestors, however, were birds of a different feather. According to a paper published in …

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Google plans fleet of driverless cars — with no steering wheel or brakes

NASA's New Mega-Rocket, Orion Capsule on Track for Future Test Flights

A new era of space exploration — supported by a history-making new mega-rocket and a spacecraft designed to deliver humans into deep space — could be …

Space Exploration