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Oculus Rift experiment warps reality by slowing down your vision

Virtual reality headsets are usually used to transport their wearer someplace fantastic, but a new experiment with the Oculus Rift has it doing something a bit more disorienting: warping reality by keeping its wearer's vision a moment in the past. The so-called experiment, which was filmed as an ad …

Carbon Nanotubes Could Help Us Store And Use Solar Energy Even After The Sun Has Set

<i>This story originally appeared on Mother Nature Network.</i><p>Scientists at MIT and Harvard University have revealed a novel way to store solar energy in molecules that can be used as fuel to heat homes or used for cooking, reports The Atlantic.<p>According to the researchers, the large-scale use of solar …

Quantum photon properties revealed in another particle—the plasmon

(Phys.org) —For years, researchers have been interested in developing quantum computers—the theoretical next generation of technology that will …

Higgs Boson May Be Composed Of Tiny 'Techni-Quark' Particles, Physicists Say

<i>Updated April 4 at 10:51 a.m. ET.</i><p>The Higgs boson — a particle thought to explain how other particles get their mass — is tiny, but it may not be the tiniest particle yet. Theories have long predicted the existence of even smaller particles that might make up the Higgs, and recent research suggests …

Ultrabright lasers help switch single photons

(Phys.org) —In the search for a single photon source, researchers in Australia and France have achieved a major step towards a turn-key source of …

Could laser beams steer lightning away from buildings?

New technology capable of sending high-intensity laser beams through the atmosphere much farther than was ever possible before could one day be used …

Carbon nanotubes move closer to competing with silicon

An international team based at Stanford has reached an important milestone in pursuit of faster computing: It can now create stable carbon nanotube …

Science Jokes From Our Twitter Followers

Check out some of our favorite science jokes.<p>On Monday, we asked our Twitter followers, "What's your favorite science joke?" The nerds delivered. Here are our favorite science jokes, organized by subject.<p>Chemistry<p>@PopSci I was going to tell a joke about sodium, but Na.— Ian Haygreen (@IanHaygreen) …

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How to build the world's most amazing space telescope

System turns solar energy into hydrogen fuel for later use

Researchers have built a system that converts the sun’s energy into hydrogen fuel and stores it to use after the sun goes down.<p>“So called ‘solar …

Why you can't travel at the speed of light

A short history of Einstein's theory of relativity<p>Albert Einstein is famous for many things, not least his theories of relativity. The first, the special theory of relativity, was the one that began the physicist's reputation for tearing apart the classical worldview that had come before. Special …

How Big is the Universe? How Small Are We in It?

What our present science understands about the size of the universe already shows us a vast and immense realm—yet it may still only be a tiny drop in …

With Help From Bubbles, Tiny Motors Neutralize Chemical Weapons

A new technique could make disposing of liquid chemical weapons faster and cheaper.<p>Neutralizing chemical weapons typically requires large and complicated machinery that may not be available to soldiers in the field. To help solve this problem, a team of scientists at the University of California …

This Portable Blowtorch Uses Only Water As Fuel

UK-based researchers say their new system is safer and cooler than other gas-fueled metal-melters.<p>Researchers from ITM Power, a UK-based clean energy company, say their new blowtorch prototype produces fire using only water as fuel. The electrolyser system turns hydrogen and oxygen gases from water …

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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 …

First supercapacitor on a silicon chip could power phones

Engineers have constructed the first supercapacitor made out of silicon. These power cells could allow mobile devices that recharge in seconds and …

Remote Bomb Detector Uses Sound Waves To Distinguish Between Types Of Explosives

It can tell the difference between high-yield and low-yield explosives at a distance.<p>A new type of bomb detection can sniff out how powerful an explosive is from afar. Devised by researchers at Vanderbilt University, Purdue University and the Colorado School of Mines, it uses a laser vibrometer and …

A first look inside Google's futuristic quantum lab

In May, Google launched the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab with hardware from the Canadian quantum computing company D-Wave and technical expertise from NASA. It was an ambitious open research project aimed at exploring both the capabilities of quantum computer architecture and the mysteries …

New kind of microscope uses neutrons

Device could open up new areas of research on materials and biological samples at tiny scales.<p>Researchers at MIT, working with partners at NASA, have …

Scientists Create A New Type Of 'Lightsaber' Matter

"The physics of what's happening in these molecules is similar to what we see in the movies," Harvard physics professor Mikhail Lukin told the Harvard Gazette. "It's not an inapt analogy to compare this to lightsabers."<p>Normally light doesn't interact with other light — when two lasers collide, …

Stanford's new linear accelerator is just three millimeters long

Stanford researchers unveiled a new kind of linear accelerator in <i>Nature</i> today, both smaller and more powerful than its enormous predecessors. Instead of using microwaves like traditional accelerators, the new accelerator works by accelerating electrons to near light-speed through conventional …

Chemistry's Biggest Loser: Official Atomic Weights Change For 19 Elements

The periodic table gets a few tweaks.<p>Cadmium, are you looking a bit chubbier these days?<p>Improved measurements of different elements and their isotopes have changed the official atomic weights of 19 elements, the International Union of Applied Chemistry and the U.S. Geological Survey announced …

Rare Earth

Software turns 2D objects 3D; lets you 'reach into' photos; bends your mind

Modeling products in three dimensions can be a time-consuming process. It's easy enough for humans to identify the presence of 3D objects in 2D scenes, but extracting these with algorithms is tricky. A new system developed by a team of researchers from the Interdisciplinary Center in Israel and Tel …

What are Maxwell's Equations?

How a Scottish physicist formulated the equations that showed us how to electrify the world<p>Maxwell's Equations first appeared in "A dynamical theory of the electromagnetic field", Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, in 1865. These are the equations of light, the mathematical …

Your next phone could have a solar panel for a screen

The news a few weeks back that TCL communication, the world’s seventh largest phone manufacturer, paid €2.1 million ($2.78 million) to test a new technology (link in French) in their devices from an unknown startup, SunPartner, didn’t turn many heads. But if integrating SunPartner’s technology …

Clean Energy

Big Pic: Underground Machines For Detecting Dark Matter

Going deep underground in search of the elusive particles<p>Almost a mile beneath Gran Sasso mountain in Italy sits the DarkSide detector. DarkSide, which started operating in May, is designed to capture the faint signals generated by dark matter, the elusive particles that scientists suspect are …

The 25 Best Nerd Road Trips

Twenty-five curious, mysterious, or otherwise beguiling destinations to satisfy your inner science-history geek<p>In the past 16 months, writers Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley have toured 150 of the built, natural, and virtual landscapes of the United States, collecting images and interviews. They …