Joel Noguera

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Harvard scientists claim they've made Earth's first metallic hydrogen

For 80 long years, scientists have attempted in vain to produce a metal from<p>hydrogen. A super substance thought to be present on other planets, …

Chemistry

Stunning meteor turns the sky emerald green as it burns up over India

<b>A photographer has captured the moment a meteor burnt up over the sky in India in a stunning picture that was captured completely by …

Vanadium Dioxide, A Metal That Conducts Electricity But Not Heat

Scientists have discovered “exotic electrical and thermal properties” in a material known as vanadium dioxide which may be applied to develop more …

Scientists Have Confirmed a Brand New Phase of Matter: Time Crystals

Constant motion without energy.<p>For months now, there's been speculation that researchers might have finally created time crystals - strange crystals …

Now Is The Best Time To Visit Europe. Here's Where To Go.

If continents were dogs, Europe would win Best in Show. The landmass is a seemingly perfect combination of pristine beaches, charming villages, historic cities and stunning nature. There's so much to see that planning a trip can be overwhelming... mostly because it's overwhelmingly expensive.<p>But …

Free apps collect your personal data

If I glanced through your smartphone or tablet, I'd bet most of the apps you installed are free. We all love free apps. In fact, I’ve put together lists of my 10 Best Free Apps for Android and 10 Best Free Apps for Apple.<p>But free apps often have a privacy cost. When you install an app, you probably …

7 Things You Absolutely Must Try in a National Park

<i>By Dalia Colon for the Orbitz Travel Blog</i><p>President Franklin Roosevelt once said, "There is nothing so American as our national parks.... The fundamental idea behind the parks...is that the country belongs to the people." If you have yet to explore "your" parks -- there are 401 of them -- then …

Police skirt Tor anonymity software in shutting down illegal websites

US and European police say they closed more than 400 online contraband markets and arrested 17 people -- who thought they were hidden by the popular tool.<p>US federal officials and European law enforcement groups in over a dozen countries said Friday that they shut down more than 400 illegal websites …

Privacy

Dinosaurs Had Feathers Long Before Any Could Fly, And Now Scientists Know Why

Why did dinosaurs have feathers millions of years before the first reptiles took to the air?<p>Paleontologists have been puzzling over that question for years. But now an answer may finally be at hand, thanks to a fascinating new study by researchers at the University of Bonn in Germany.<p>“Until now, …

Google is developing cancer and heart attack detector

<b>Google is aiming to diagnose cancers, impending heart attacks or strokes and other diseases, at a much earlier stage than is currently possible.</b><p>The company is working on technology that combines disease-detecting nanoparticles, which would enter a patient's bloodstream via a swallowed pill, with a …

Future Airplanes Might Replace Windows With OLED Screens

Say goodbye to your window seat<p>There may be no such thing as a window seat on the airliners of the future. A concept released by the U.K.’s Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) envisions airliners with thinner walls, made by doing away with cabin windows altogether. In their place, CPI sees OLED …

Shipping Containers Could Relay Quantum Information Across Oceans

Like a ‘Pony Express’ for entangled particles<p>Physics says that if two particles are entangled on a quantum level, they are permanently linked -- a change in one particle will instantaneously affect the other one, no matter the distance between them. That’s something that could be fantastic for …

Quantum Mechanics

12 Bests of Continental Europe

When we spent two weeks recently motoring across Continental Europe with our kids, we were tourists. No sense pretending otherwise. We were sight-seers...holiday-makers. Like Chevy Chase and his kin, we're an American family on a European Vacation.<p>Biggest, oldest, tallest, grandest...you don't …

Astronomers Find Amazing Evidence Of A Star Escaping A Black Hole

A star passed by the black hole close enough that some of its mass fell into the black hole's gravitational grip, but far enough that the star managed to get away still intact with minor damage.<p>A team of astronomers spotted the event in a galaxy about 650 million light years from Earth, which is …

This is what a 'Star Wars' blaster bolt would look like in real life

A team of physicists has created a film that shows what a real-life "laser bullet" would look like in action. Hint: it's not like in "Star Wars."<p>The "Star Wars" laser is pretty great: instead of bullets, it fires laser bolts -- short bursts of laser that can be used as a weapon. Unfortunately, the …

Toxin-Secreting Stem Cells May Destroy Brain Tumors From Inside Out

Poisoning cancer from within<p>In the realm of cancerous diseases, tumors affecting the brain can be particularly difficult to cure. Many are fast moving and take hold of key sections of the body’s most fundamental organ, rendering surgical removal extremely difficult or impossible.<p>Now, researchers at …

Immunotherapy

Scientist trumps his own work three weeks after winning the Nobel Prize

If you'd just won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry, no-one would blame you if you took a quick trip to Disneyland, or at least a few days to catch up on <i>Orange is the New Black</i>. Eric Betzig, however, had other plans, since shortly after he was told he was receiving the accolade for revolutionizing the …

This Paper Ticket Holds A Tiny Biological Machine

You can store the paper at room temperature, and all of its genetic and protein components will still work a year later.<p>The paper ticket you see pictured above is actually a little biology machine. It's a gene circuit stored on a slip of paper. To turn the gene circuit on, you simply wet the paper …

Biology

Suspended Animation In Space Travel: What Scientists Still Need To Learn

Human hibernation could be a great way to get to Mars (and beyond), but a few big questions remain.<p>The first astronauts who head off to Mars might make the entire 180-day journey while they’re fast asleep. In a NASA-commissioned study on human stasis, aerospace engineers at SpaceWorks have found …

Space Travel

Researchers Make One-Atom-Thin Electrical Generator

Super-thin material could turn clothing into a power source<p>How thin can an electrical generator possibly be? Thanks to a study published yesterday in Nature, the answer is about as thin as possible. Using molybdenum disulfide, researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Columbia …

Nanotech

At Last: Technology To Make Injections Painless

Vibrations and pressure could be key to making a shot that doesn't hurt.<p>Scared of needles? You aren’t alone. According to some estimates, as many as 1 in every 10 people are frightened of needles, and experts fear that the fear of pain may deter people from getting important injections at the …

Health

Lockheed's Fusion Promise: What We Know So Far

Can the company do what's never been done before?<p>Researchers at Lockheed Martin made headlines this week with the announcement that they are on the fast track to building a nuclear fusion reactor. But experts responded with skepticism.<p>Fusion promises unlimited clean, renewable energy without the …

Nuclear Energy

The Space Station Is Getting A UPS-Style Shipping Service

A new vehicle design could enable same-day shipping from the ISS to Earth, making science experiments in microgravity cheaper and easier.<p>It’s easy to forget that the International Space Station isn’t just a place for astronauts to hang out and take epic selfies. Because of its unique microgravity …

Space Exploration

Injection Of Brain Nerve Cells Into Spine Helps Paralyzed Man Walk Again

Derek Fidyka was paralyzed from the chest down<p>Four years ago, Darek Fidyka was stabbed in the back , leaving his spinal cord severed, and his body from the chest down paralyzed. Now, after an experimental treatment, Fidyka has regained some feeling in his lower body and is learning to walk …

The Brain

Hubble Just Found One Of The Faintest, Smallest, And Oldest Galaxies We've Ever Seen

The galaxy's light took 13 billion light years to reach Earth, and astronomers estimate that it formed when our universe was only 500 million years old. Although 500 million years is long time for us, it is miniscule compared to the age of our universe, 13.8 billion years.<p>Astronomers know of only …

Universe

Why We Will Never Build a Nuclear Fusion Reactor As Good As The Sun

Combine two hydrogen atoms with one oxygen and you get water, the catalyst for life. But combine four hydrogen atoms and you get a burst of energy that can destroy entire islands and did on Nov. 1, 1952. That day the US tested the first hydrogen bomb on the now-nonexistent Pacific island, Elugelab. …

Energy

Dark matter may have been detected – streaming from the sun’s core

First direct detection of dark matter, thought to make up most of the matter in the universe, would be a historic breakthrough<p>An unusual signal picked up by a European space observatory could be the first direct detection of dark matter particles, astronomers say.<p>The findings are tentative and …

Sea level rise over past century unmatched in 6,000 years, says study

The rise in sea levels seen over the past century is unmatched by any period in the past 6,000 years, according to a lengthy analysis of historical sea level trends.<p>The reconstruction of 35,000 years of sea level fluctuations finds that there is no evidence that levels changed by more than 20cm in …

Bioinspired coating for medical devices repels blood and bacteria

From joint replacements to cardiac implants and dialysis machines, medical devices enhance or save lives on a daily basis. However, any device …