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Dwarf Nova V392 Persei Goes Big — It’s Now Binocular Bright

In a rare move, a sleepy cataclysmic variable blows its top and suddenly becomes a nova.The post Dwarf Nova V392 Persei Goes Big — It’s Now Binocular …

Why You Should Never, Ever Drain Your Pasta In The Sink

Don't let that liquid gold circle the drain again.<p>If you drain your pasta water through a colander and down the sink, you’re throwing away an invaluable asset that cooks call “liquid gold.”<p>(The term “liquid gold” has also been used to refer to wood cleaner, hair products and of course, urine. For …

Spaced Repetition Is an Effective, Science-Backed Way to Learn a New Language

You probably took a foreign language class in high school. Even after four years of learning Spanish vocab, perhaps the only thing you can still …

If The Universe Is 13.8 Billion Years Old, How Can We See 46 Billion Light Years Away?

There are a few fundamental facts about the Universe — its origin, its history, and what it is today — that are awfully hard to wrap your head around. One of them is the Big Bang, or the idea that the Universe began a certain time ago: 13.8 billion years ago to be precise. That’s the first moment …

Galaxies

These 6 Easy Steps Can Debunk Any Climate Science Denier

Go on, give it a try!<p>A team of researchers has put a straight-forward critical thinking process to the test on 42 common climate science denier …

Critical Thinking

Is solar power shining again in the UK?

<b>(CNN) —</b> In December 2011, BP shut down its solar energy arm, BP Solar, claiming the business could not make any money.<p>Fast forward six years, and the oil and gas giant has once again thrown its weight behind the power of the sun. Last month, it announced a $200 million stake in a company called …

Renewable Energy

Why an Old Theory of Everything Is Gaining New Life

Twenty-five particles and four forces. That description—the Standard Model of particle physics—constitutes physicists’ best current explanation for …

Quantum Mechanics

The planned investment is significantly higher than the previously announced target of $4.5bn by 2020<p>Ford Motor Co will significantly increase its planned investments in electric vehicles to $11bn by 2022 and have 40 hybrid and fully electric vehicles in its model line-up, the company’s chairman, …

Autos

Artificial stars and liquid metal: A startup is still working toward fusion

It sounds like science fiction.<p>At a laboratory in Vancouver, Canada, scientists donning red coats are working to recreate the scorching, 100-million …

Nuclear Energy

A new scientific discovery could be a death blow to traditional lithium-ion batteries

A team of researchers from the Department of Energy have discovered the fastest, they say, magnesium-ion solid-state conductor - a discovery that could potentially upend the battery market in the future and also one that is highlighting the intensifying rush to search for alternatives to …

Research demonstrates method to alter coherence of light

Brown University researchers have demonstrated for the first time a method of substantially changing the spatial coherence of light.<p>In a paper …

This Overlooked Theory Could Be The Missing Piece That Explains How The EM Drive Works

What if it doesn't break the laws of physics?<p>Ever since the EM drive first made headlines, science lovers have puzzled over how the propulsion system …

Physics

Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, flash fires, droughts: all of them tell us one thing – we need to stand up to the fossil fuel industry and fast<p>For the sake of keeping things manageable, let’s confine the discussion to a single continent and a single week: North America over the last seven days.<p>In …

Climate Change

New algorithm finds the optimal bond breaking point for single molecules

Recent developments in atomic-force microscopy have enabled researchers to apply mechanical forces to individual molecules to induce chemical …

The strange topology that is reshaping physics

Topological effects might be hiding inside perfectly ordinary materials, waiting to reveal bizarre new particles or bolster quantum computing.<p>Charles …

You Can Help NASA Prove the Existence of Planet 9

Do you enjoy astronomy? Do you have a bit of free time to help comb through over 200,000 images of the entire celestial sky to see if you can catch a …

Flower-shaped solar panel follows the sun

The kinetic design can produce 40 percent more energy than traditional solar<p>In the past six months, we’ve seen camouflage solar panels and new rooftop tiles from Tesla founder Elon Musk that look nothing like the dark, gridded rectangles of yore. But an Austrian-based company is looking to shake …

Clean Energy

Low-cost “solar absorber” could supercharge solar power plants

One of the major challenges in developing solar panels has been creating photovoltaic cells which can absorb as much solar energy as possible – …

Microsoft looks to reinvent the desktop PC

Microsoft's Panos Panay is a veritable Santa Claus. Once a year he appears with magical creations that he and his Surface team have been producing in their labs in Redmond, Washington. Later today, Microsoft's Santa Claus is expected to deliver his latest gift: a Surface PC. Panay has a history of …

Windows 10

The 'Impossible' EM Drive Is About to Be Tested in Space

Time to get to the bottom of this crazy thing.<p>An actual EM Drive is about to be launched into space for the first time, so scientists can finally …

3tags.org

'Ideal' energy storage material for electric vehicles developed

The energy-storage goal of a polymer dielectric material with high energy density, high power density and excellent charge-discharge efficiency for …

Energy Storage

Breakthrough Tech: Scientists Use Swarms of Nanorobots to Precisely Target Cancer Cells

Nanotechnology has always been something more out of the future than the present. It’s very promising tech with a variety of exciting applications …

Nanotech

NASA Just Made All Its Research Free Online

Well that takes care of our Sunday plans.<p>Yesterday, NASA announced a massive new public project that will make all of its publicly funded research available online for free. A new portal, Pubspace, will host thousands of NASA research articles on topics like the toxicity of lunar dust or the make …

NASA

Scientists are talking about a fifth force of nature. What are the other four?

Some scientists are speculating that they’ve observed hints of a fifth fundamental force of nature. That’s awesome, but it doesn’t mean a thing if you don’t know what fundamental forces are. But get this: You interact with the four known forces of nature every single day.<p>The four forces are …

Physics

Solar physicist sees global cooling ahead

Via the GWPF: Recent research by Professor Valentina Zharkova (Northumbria University) and colleagues has shed new light on the inner workings of the …

3tags.org

Watch Electromagnets Explosively Shred a Soda Can in Half

Everyone knows you can do some crazy stuff with magnets, but things get really insane when you start playing with <i>electro</i>magnets. When you run an …

Magnetism

NASA's Mars Recruitment Posters Will Convince You to Go Die in Space

Okay, poster. You make a compelling argument—sign us up!<p>True, there will be obstacles: For one, the Martian corps that these recruitment posters from …

Posters

ExxonMobil and others pursued research into technologies, yet blocked government efforts to fight climate change for more than 50 years, findings show<p>The forerunners of ExxonMobil patented technologies for electric cars and low emissions vehicles as early as 1963 – even as the oil industry lobby …

Fossil Fuels