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There Are (Probably) Billions of Earth-Like Planets in the Universe

New research, courtesy of NASA's Kepler telescope, suggests that there's no dearth of pseudo-Earths.<p>"When I began searching for exoplanets," Geoff Marcy told me last year, "everybody said I was crazy." Back then—in the 1990s, when "planet hunting" was new and, as its name might suggest, somewhat …

Tutankhamun's body spontaneously combusted after botched embalming, researchers say

The life and death of Tutankhamun have intrigued researchers ever since the treasure trove of the boy king's tomb was first discovered in 1922 -- and a fresh examination of the famous pharaoh’s remains is only likely to add to the fascination after two sensational findings were revealed.<p>The first: …

Simulating 1 second of real brain activity takes 40 minutes and 83K processors

A team of Japanese and German researchers have carried out the largest-ever simulation of neural activity in the human brain, and the numbers are …

Liquid metal printing brings us closer to flexible gadgets on demand

A new technique allows 3D printers to produce objects using liquid metal that, when dried, will remain flexible. The approach — which was devised by researchers at North Carolina State University — uses gallium and indium, two alloys that are non-toxic and remain liquid at room temperature. When …

This Scary Giant Black Jellyfish Is Stinging Swimmers In Southern California

It's got a three-foot bell and a whopping 20-foot-long body. Eeeep.<p>Reports coming out of Orange County, in Southern California, suggest that a rare giant jellyfish, only recently discovered, is invading beaches and stinging swimmers. On July 4th, swimmers in Laguna Beach, a beach town famous as a …

Graphene’s jagged edge can easily slice cells

<b>BROWN (US) —</b> The jagged edges of tiny graphene sheets can spell trouble for human cells.<p>New research shows the sharp edges can puncture cell …

Nanotech

UK joins project to create synthetic organism from scratch

Britain's latest bid to embrace the futuristic science of synthetic biology will be revealed by the government on Thursday when it announces plans to …

When this gene fails, cancer may follow

<b>JOHNS HOPKINS (US) —</b> A previously obscure gene plays a subtle but important role in regulating cell division and, when it fails, may help cause many …

Johns Hopkins University

Poison-proof mosquitoes might trigger a deadly crisis for thousands

Amid warnings of a looming malaria battle, new website puts the threat of insecticide resistance in stark relief<p>An <i>Anopheles stephensi</i> mosquito feeds on a human. The species is a common malaria carrier, and has grown increasingly resistant to pesticides in some regions. (Photo credit: Wikimedia …

Sights and sounds of the Southeast Alaskan wilderness

IT REALLY ISN’T like me to go on a guided tour. But for the average adventurer to experience a week in the wildness of the Alaska Panhandle as I …

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Miracle material: the graphene revolution

The race is on to harness the potential of graphene, a substance that is harder than diamond, yet incredibly flexible, and the world’s best conductor of electricity.<p>Kostya Novoselov tends to wear an air of slight distraction. But when a problem or topic of conversation sparks his curiosity, his …