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‘Alien megastructure’ could explain mysterious new Kepler results

There’s a new mystery in the universe and it goes by the name KIC 8462852. It is a star approximately 1500 light years away from the Earth, and displays a strange pattern of dimming that has astronomers scratching their heads.<p>With many natural causes apparently ruled out, there is even the …

Penn State

Conditions on Pluto: Incredibly hazy with flowing ice

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Pluto is hazier than scientists expected and appears to be covered with flowing ice.<p>The team responsible for the New …

Solar System

New Pluto Photos Show A Wind-Streaked Planet Smudged With Hydrocarbon Soot

NASA’s New Horizons Pluto flyby is revealing a surface partially rich in carbon monoxide ice; likely streaked in hydrocarbon soot; and a nitrogen-dominated atmosphere that is both sluggish and escaping at an alarming rate. During a Friday afternoon EDT press conference at NASA Headquarters, the New …

Solar System

Face of bizarre sea creature Hallucigenia revealed

<b>Scientists finally have a complete picture of what one of nature's most bizarre animals looked like.</b><p>The tiny sea creature - <i>Hallucigenia</i> - lived 500 million years ago, but all fossils appeared to be without heads.<p>New specimens unearthed in Canada have revealed the missing part, revealing its strange …

Paleontology

NASA Study Shows Antarctica’s Larsen B Ice Shelf Nearing Its Final Act

A new NASA study finds the last remaining section of Antarctica's Larsen B Ice Shelf, which partially collapsed in 2002, is quickly weakening and …

You Can Relight A Candle With Its Smoke Trail For One Incredible Fire Trick

Forget what your mom said about playing with fire.<p>An incredible YouTube video shows what may be the coolest party trick you ever see: blowing out a candle and then relighting it <i>through its smoke</i>.<p>The "trick" has a little bit of science behind it. When a wick is lit, the flame vaporizes the candle …

Scientists May Have Discovered A Critical Key To Predicting Volcanic Eruptions

An international team of researchers has discovered a previously unknown trigger of volcanic eruptions -- a finding that could give scientists a leg up on predicting blow-ups and saving lives.<p>"Understanding the triggers for volcanic eruptions is vital for forecasting efforts, hazard assessment and …

Are Dying Carbon Stars The Ultimate Source Of Our DNA?

News of recent lab experiments — demonstrating how chemical “cosmic barbecues” around nearby dying carbon-rich stars might have created life’s prebiotic building blocks — glossed over one key point. That is, would enough of such material have survived the journey from interstellar space through …

Universe

MIT Study suggests current solar power tech is good enough

The standard line about solar power is that while good in theory, the technology just isn't there to keep our lights on and our Netflix streaming. But a new study from MIT (PDF) suggests that's not the case. According to the massive report (an epic 356 pages) current crystalline silicon …

Large Hadron Collider ramps up to shed light on dark matter

Researchers on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) near Geneva are making final preparations to restart the giant underground machine and with it their quest to understand the fundamental laws of nature.<p>Engineers at Cern, the European particle physics lab, have spent the past two years refurbishing the …

Physics

The Fate of Trees: How Climate Change May Alter Forests Worldwide

By the end of the century, the woodlands of the Southwest will likely be reduced to weeds and shrubs. And scientists worry that the rest of the …

Climate Change

Has Stanford University found a cure for Alzheimer's disease?

A drug which boosts the brain's immune response could prevent or cure Alzheimer's disease<p>Alzheimer's could be prevented and even cured by boosting the brain's own immune response, new research suggests.<p>Researchers at Stanford University discovered that nerve cells die because cells which are …

Dementia

The Ultimate Body-Weight Workout

Order Your Body Is Your Barbell Today! <b></b><p><b>DIRECTIONS</b><br>Alternate between Workouts A and B three times a week with a day of rest between them. Do the first four body-weight exercises in each workout as a circuit and the last two back-to-back as a superset; see the directions before each group of exercises. …

11 Financial Books Every Young Person Should Read

Those of you who are seeking investing enlightenment are not going to find much of it on the web.<p>I suggest you log off, power down your computer, and read some books. Take your time. The months you spend perusing this list will be well spent.<p>I'd recommend reading at least the first four books …

Investing

How to Make Yourself Work When You Just Don’t Want To

There’s that project you’ve left on the backburner – the one with the deadline that’s growing uncomfortably near. And there’s the client whose phone call you really should return – the one that does nothing but complain and eat up your valuable time. Wait, weren’t you going to try to go to the gym …

Altered Placebo and Drug Labeling Changes the Outcome of Episodic Migraine Attacks

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Elusive magnetic 'monopole' seen in quantum system

<b>If you break a magnet in two, you don't get a north half and a south half - you get two new magnets, each with two poles.</b><p>"Monopoles" were famously predicted to exist by physicist Paul Dirac in 1931 - but they have remained elusive.<p>Now scientists have engineered a synthetic monopole in a quantum …

Quantum Mechanics

Simple way to make stem cells in half an hour hailed as major discovery

A radical and remarkably easy way to make cells that can grow into any tissue in the body has been developed by scientists in Japan.<p>The feat has been hailed as a major discovery by researchers familiar with the work, and if it can be repeated in human tissue, could lead to cheap and simple …

Why The LUX Results Matter To Dark Matter - And To WIMPs

Reading through the coverage of the first results from the world’s most sensitive search for dark matter, the Large Underground Xenon (LUX), you’d be forgiven for thinking that researchers working on dark matter had either discovered nothing at all or were on the verge of laying their …

Twitter's IPO Is More Proof That Tech Is In A Massive Bubble

After years of anticipation, Twitter finally went public today on the New York Stock Exchange, and nearly doubled from its $26 IPO price after being 30 times oversubscribed. While many investors and commentators view Twitter’s heady market debut as a reason for optimism about our economy and …

Imaging Breakthrough: See Atomic Bonds Before and After Molecular Reaction | WIRED

<i>A ringed, carbon-containing molecule, shown both before and after it has rearranged itself, with the two most common reaction products included. The</i> …

He studies where morals come from

Being nice to others and cooperating with them aren't uniquely human traits. Frans de Waal, director of Emory University's Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center in Lawrenceville, Georgia, studies how our close primate relatives also demonstrate behaviors suggestive of a …

'White graphene' soaks up pollutants and can be re-used

Traditional ways to clean up chemicals include graphene materials - and the household sponge<p><b>A next-generation material first earmarked for use in electronics has proven itself a capable clean-up agent for polluted waters.</b><p>Boron nitride, or "white graphene", is similar to its namesake: sheets of …

Nanotech

Atomic bond types discernible in single-molecule images

<b>A pioneering team from IBM in Zurich has published single-molecule images so detailed that the type of atomic bonds between their atoms can be discerned.</b><p>The same team took the first-ever single-molecule image in 2009 and more recently published images of a molecule shaped like the Olympic rings.<p>The …

Chemistry

IBM researchers make 12-atom magnetic memory bit

<b>Researchers have successfully stored a single data bit in only 12 atoms.</b><p>Currently it takes about a million atoms to store a bit on a modern hard-disk, the researchers from IBM say.<p>They believe this is the world's smallest magnetic memory bit.<p>According to the researchers, the technique opens up the …

Quantum Mechanics

Atoms star in world's smallest movie from IBM

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/science_environment/974000/974566_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524657603_400afc505bc36cb6cebfe2549c02a526<p><b>Researchers at IBM have created the world's smallest movie by manipulating single atoms on a copper surface.</b><p>The stop-motion animation uses …

Chemistry

Prostate cancer breakthrough: Q&A

Scientists have hailed the "single biggest leap forward" in their understanding of the genetic causes of prostate cancer, from a huge study involving …

Scientists create transistor-like biological device

Scientists have used biological tissue to recreate one of the main components of a modern computer inside living cells.<p>The biological device behaves …