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Power plants: how scientists could harness energy from flowers

Researchers at Linköping University have shown it was possible to create an electric circuit within a plant<p>Scientists have woven electronics into the vascular system of living plants for the first time in a breakthrough which could allow them to convert photosynthesis into power.<p>A team at Linköping …

6 Great Excuses To Drink Coffee Every Day Of Your Life

Your body will thank you.<p>Coffee means a great deal to a great many people, but its primary purpose in our lives is to perk us up and make us presentable to the world. Right? Isn't that why so many of us buy mugs that say "Don't talk to me until I've had my coffee?"<p>Well, there are some wonderfully …

CERN’s Large Hadron Collider May Discover Parallel Universes In New Experiments

CERN’s Large Hadron Collider is set to restart in the coming weeks, following two years of upgrades, and some researchers hope that newly planned …

Heart of Earth's inner core revealed

<b>Scientists say they have gained new insight into what lies at the very centre of the Earth.</b><p>Research from China and the US suggests that the innermost core of our planet has another, distinct region at its centre.<p>The team believes that the structure of the iron crystals there is different from those …

Geology

Does the Halting Problem Mean No Moral Robots?

Yes, according to a group of German ethicists.<p>​One of the key principles in computability theory—and computing generally—will prevent artificial intelligence programs from correctly determining whether or not to kill. This fundamental barrier is the famous Halting problem, according to a ​recent …

Real-Life 'Unicorn' Found; Deer Has Extremely Rare Deformity

Weird & Wild<p>A roe deer shot in Slovenia has a single antler that makes it look exactly like a unicorn.<p>It looks like it just walked out of a fairy tale, but this deer with a single, unicorn-like antler is the real thing.<p>Shot by a hunter in Celje, Slovenia (map), in August, the roe deer has an …

10 Mind-Blowing Facts About Black Holes

They're thought to be what anchors galaxies — some of the largest objects in the universe.<p>And what happens past their event horizon, also known as the point of no return, can only be speculation since we will never get a chance to see it with our own eyes and live to tell the tale.<p>Despite decades …

Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats

Do you guys wanna know something weird? We’re 6 1/2 years into this blog, over a thousand recipes into this blog, and I haven’t posted much in the …

10 Scientific Ideas That Scientists Wish You Would Stop Misusing

Many ideas have left the world of science and made their way into everyday language — and unfortunately, they are almost always used incorrectly. We …

We could travel to new worlds in NASA's starship Enterprise

NASA announced in 2012 that it was working to build a "warp drive" that could enable "faster-than-light" travel. Two years later and the space agency hasn't built a spaceship capable of such speeds yet — but thanks to artist Mark Rademaker, we now know what one could look like. The result is the …

The Trick That Makes Google's Self-Driving Cars Work

Google is engaging in unprecedented, massive, ongoing data collection to transform intractable problems into solvable chores.<p>Google's self-driving cars can tour you around the streets of Mountain View, California.<p>I know this. I rode in one this week. I saw the car's human operator take his hands …

Fantastic Fungi: The Startling Visual Diversity of Mushrooms Photographed by Steve Axford | Colossal

<p>To think any one of these lifeforms exists in our galaxy, let alone on our planet, simply boggles the mind. Photographer Steve Axford lives and …

Monster Galaxy Tosses Stars to the Cosmic Curb

Changing Planet<p>This artist’s illustration shows the hypervelocity star cluster HVGC-1 escaping from the supergiant elliptical galaxy M87. HVGC-1 is the first runaway star cluster discovered by astronomers. It is fated to drift through intergalactic space. Credit: David A. Aguilar (CfA)<p><b>Talk about</b> …

Super Collide

Wednesday, May 18, 2016<p>Posted by Mike Johnson at 2:47 PM<p>Monday, May 9, 2016<p>Demis Hassabis talk on general artificial intelligence at DeepMind<p>Posted …

Gravitational Waves: Einstein Was Right, Again, Maybe

Cosmologists hope for a field-rocking announcement next week.<p>What's the latest cosmology gossip? According to the Guardian, the field is awash with rumors that next week, American scientists will announce the detection of gravitational waves: incredibly small ripples carrying energy across the void …

How did I get here?

This week I took my dad to Geneva, to show him CERN, and ATLAS, the experiment I work on at the Large Hadron Collider. Describing my job to people reminds me of how privileged and fortunate I am to be working on a project which would have been beyond my wildest dreams as a child, and the feeling is …

Supercomputer Takes 40 Minutes To Create Super-Detailed Model Of 1 Second Of Brain Activity

The human brain won't be surpassed by computers any time soon.<p>Futurists have long talked about the day when computers become as powerful and versatile as the human brain. A recent simulation shows that day is not exactly imminent. In one of the most accurate simulations of the human brain to date, …

Astronomers Get First Glimpse of Cosmic Web

Changing Planet<p>Computer simulations suggest that matter in the universe is distributed in a “cosmic web” of filaments, as seen in the image above from a large-scale dark-matter simulation. The inset is a zoomed-in, high-resolution image of a smaller part of the cosmic web, 10 million light-years …

Scientists Discover a Jewel at the Heart of Quantum Physics

Physicists reported this week the discovery of a jewel-like geometric object that dramatically simplifies calculations of particle interactions and …

Visitors from Beyond the Galaxy Reach the Antarctic

Astronomers have become incredibly skilled at detecting cosmic radiation in all its forms—not just ordinary, visible light, but also light we can’t …

'Monster' gamma ray burst in space sets record for death of star

Astronomers call it the monster. It was the biggest and brightest cosmic explosion ever witnessed. Had it been closer, Earth would have been toast.<p>Because the blast was 3.7bn light years away, mankind was spared. But orbiting telescopes got the fireworks show of a lifetime in April.<p>The only bigger …

Brighter than the sun: stunning new details on the meteor that exploded over Russia

Thanks largely to eyewitnesses and video footage, researchers have documented Chelyabinsk with incredible detail<p>It was the blast felt around the world: when the Chelyabinsk meteor exploded over Russia in February, its shock wave was powerful enough to emit subsonic waves to far-flung regions across …

Huge Dark Matter Experiment Finds Nothing but More Mysteries

The hunt for dark matter just keeps getting more confusing. Today scientists released findings from the first three months of the Large Underground …

One Step Closer To Dark Matter

The dark universe is out there--and today scientists got a little closer to finding it.<p>Evidence has been building for decades that most of the matter in deep space is invisible. The gravitational pull of unseen dark matter bends light from distant regions of the cosmos. It keeps galaxies like our …

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Faster-Than-Light Drive

Instead of using rockets or thrusters, a craft equipped with warp drive would move by distorting space.<p>The warp drive proposed by Miguel Alcubierre would achieve faster-than-light speeds by distorting space-time. The device would generate a field of negative energy that would squeeze or stretch …