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Mystery Gas Cloud On Course To Enter Supermassive Black Hole At Milky Way's Heart

The result could be a boom or a sizzle.<p>Astronomers expect a mysterious gas cloud to cross paths with the black hole at the heart of the Milky Way galaxy in the next few months. Then, one of two things could happen. The cloud could plunge on in, throwing off intense X-rays as it goes. Or, if the …

Black Holes

Bitcoin’s Recent Price Stability Could Point To Growing Maturity

The nearly boozy Bitcoin rallies and crashes of 2013 led to endless media coverage, rising mass market knowledge of its existence, and piece by piece, the growing maturity of its underlying network.<p>No asset that regularly loses or gains 50% in a day can be treated as anything more than a …

8 DNA Sculptures from Around the World

It's been more than 60 years since we learned about the double helix structure of DNA, the code inside living cells that controls the building blocks …

Cake Decorating

Scientists Move Levitating Objects Through Space for the First Time

Now rather than merely lifting objects with sound waves, scientists can move them in every direction.<p>Levitation isn't just for mystics anymore.<p>A Japanese technology team has demonstrated ultrasonic levitation of objects that for the first time works in three dimensions. This means that as opposed …

Why brighter stars at this time of year?

No matter where you are on Earth on December, January and February evenings, you’re looking toward bright stars in our local spiral arm.<p>As seen …

Astronomy

ScienceCasts: Countdown to Pluto

Why the universe may be nothing more than math

If you're not already a physicist, you need to mentally prepare yourself for MIT professor Max Tegmark's explanation of how our entire universe isn't just described by math, but <i>is</i> math. <i>Scientific American</i> published an excerpt from Tegmark's new book, <i>Our Mathematical Universe</i>, which explains that …

A day later, caffeine stimulates memory

Caffeine helps people remember fine distinctions between similar things at least up to 24 hours after it is consumed, new research shows.<p>“We’ve …

Inside California's $25 billion plot to save its water supply

The state's key estuary is in serious jeopardy, but can a bold new plan solve the problem?<p>Behind many of the shiny fruits and vegetables in the produce aisle, there's a decidedly ominous backstory: California, supplier of much of our domestic produce, is just one earthquake away from drying up.<p>The …

Blackphone, the Security-First Smartphone

Just over a month before the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spanish handset maker Geeksphone in partnership with Silent Circle, an encrypted communications firm, announced a smartphone that takes mobile security seriously.<p>Just more than a month before the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, …

The 50 Most Dazzling Pictures From Space

Taking pictures in space ain’t just point and shoot. When a spacecraft is billions of miles from home, it takes an awful lot of data processing and …

Gorgeous glass sculptures let you see into the world's most deadly viruses

Viruses are usually depicted as ugly, scary, almost weapon-like blobs just waiting to meddle inside of your body, but Luke Jerram sees them as something different. There isn't really a color to viruses after all — they're smaller than the wavelength of visible light — and as mere smears when viewed …

20 Amazing Chemical Reaction GIFs

Blood meets hydrogen peroxide<p>Source: Iitmne<p>Sodium acetate crystallization<p>Source: Imgur<p>Belousov–Zhabotinsky reaction<p>Source: GIF Trunk<p>Water bridge …

Coronal mass ejection and Venus on January 14

The image shows a coronal mass ejection, or CME, leaving the sun on January 14. The bright object in the top right is Venus.<p>The ESA/NASA Solar and …

Astronomy

Heavy drinking linked to early onset of memory decline in men

UCL study on recall and thinking finds cognition worsening in middle-age drinkers up to six years earlier than normal<p>Men who are habitual heavy drinkers, downing more than two pints of beer every day, are likely to start having the sort of memory lapses, that are commonly associated with ageing, up …

Gene therapy partially restores vision in rare blindness disorder

Oxford trial that improved vision in choroideremia raises hopes gene therapy may be applied to common causes of blindness<p>Two men with progressive blindness have regained some of their vision after taking part in the first clinical trial of a gene therapy for the condition.<p>The men were among six …

Music to your ears? How to prevent heart failure

A Cochrane Collaboration review suggests that music might benefit heart patients. To entrepreneurial scientists this sounds like an unrivalled opportunity<p>Just before Christmas I told you about the discovery that the brain shrinks during sleep, allowing it to get rid of all those nasty toxins it …