Pallav Swarnkar

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Physicists Maybe, Just Maybe, Confirm the Possible Discovery of 5th Force of Nature

For some time, physicists have understood that all known phenomena in the Universe are governed by four fundamental forces. These include weak …

We’ve been wrong about the origins of life for 90 years

For nearly nine decades, science’s favourite explanation for the origin of life has been the “primordial soup”. This is the idea that life began from …

Biology

All Scientific Research Funded by NASA Is Available For Free

Dive deep into the well of knowledge.<p>NASA recently announced that any published research funded by the space agency will now be available at no cost, …

Arduino Releases MKR1000, IoT Development Environment, and Community Project Platform

With today’s Arduino Day festivities, the co-founders made three announcements for their users: First, the Arduino MKR1000, a tiny, feature-packed board initially introduced at the tail end of last year, is now shipping. But alongside that, and potentially much more significant, Arduino announced …

What do chimp ‘temples’ tell us about the evolution of religion?

All hail the sacred tree. I’ve often wondered aloud in the newsroom about the possibility of finding evidence of a chimp shrine, the discovery of a …

How to ride a bicycle like a pro, according to physics

Humans have been riding bicycle-like machines for close to 200 years, beginning with the draisine or “velocipede” in 1817.<p>While riding and balancing a bicycle can seem simple and effortless, the actual control process used by a human rider is still somewhat of a mystery. Using mathematical …

What Really Happens When You Get Shot

Staff Sergeant Nick Lavery wasn’t only the most physically imposing Green Beret on our team, he was the most physically imposing soldier any of us …

Self Defense

Biologically powered chip created: System combines biological ion channels with solid-state transistors to create a new kind of electronics

System combines biological ion channels with solid-state transistors to create a new kind of electronics<p>Researchers have, for the first time, …

Why sex? Experiments on fruit flies suggest it evolved to resist infection

Of course there’s a proximate reason, at least in our species, to the question above: “Why sex?” That answer is fatuous but true: “Because it feels …

Ophiuchus, 13th constellation of zodiac

Tonight, look for the faint constellation Ophiuchus the Serpent Bearer. From the Northern Hemisphere, look southward at mid-to-late evening in July. …

New Horizons probe sends revealing new images of Pluto's surface

Remarkable new images from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft are drastically rewriting scientists' understanding of Pluto and its large moon Charon and bolstering the case for the exploration of a host of other small worlds that lie at the shadowy edge of the solar system.<p>The images, beamed to Earth …

Scientists discover fundamental property of light – 150 years after Maxwell

Light plays a vital role in our everyday lives and technologies based on light are all around us. So we might expect that our understanding of light …

Quantum Physics

How Do Bikes Stay Up?

Why June 30 will get an extra second

The day will officially be a bit longer than usual on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, because an extra second, or 'leap' second, will be added.

Jamais vu

In psychology, <i>jamais vu</i> (/ˈʒæmeɪ ˈvuː/; French pronunciation: ​[ʒa.mɛ.vy]), a French borrowing meaning "never seen", refers to the phenomenon of …

Here’s How Eggs Can Super-Charge Your Salads

Eggs + raw veggies = awesome nutrient absorption.<p>While many eaters are mindful to limit their overall egg consumption for fear of ramping up their …

Revealed: The secret to how parrots talk

Key structural differences in the brains of parrots explain the birds' ability to imitate sounds and human speech<p>Scientists have discovered how parrots talk, as they believe it's down to the wiring in their brains.<p>And the same brain region controls movement which may explain why some parrots …

24M: A Breakthrough In Lithium-Ion Battery Technology?

This morning, Cambridge, Mass.-based battery company 24M emerged from stealth mode after four-and-a-half years of improving its technology and lining up investors and strategic partners.<p>24M brings two new things to the table with its semisolid lithium ion battery: the technology itself, which is …

Energy

Stanford's flexible aluminum-ion battery can fully charge in a little over one minute

The current Lithium-ion batteries we have in our smartphones today are slowly improving, but it seems as though these types of batteries just can’t keep up with what the rest of the tech world needs. Many other types of battery tech have surfaced over the years, but none have been as efficient or …

How You Can Stop Food Waste

<i>By Samantha Cohen and Eric Estroff, The George Washington University</i><p><b>Think back to everything you ate yesterday.</b><p>How much food did you actually eat and how much of your meal ended up in the garbage? For me, I fully consumed all of the food I ate yesterday, but I went through my refrigerator and threw …

7 of the Craziest Predictions for the Future, From the Past

Back in 1992, in a special issue of TIME devoted to predicting what to expect in the new millennium, writer Lance Morrow waxed philosophical about …

This souped up electric scooter could transform energy use in cities

Advertisement<p>10 Comments<p>Credit: Gogoro<p>The only stretch of road that wasn’t being pummeled with some of the wettest weather San Francisco has ever …

Elon Musk Uses This Ancient Critical-Thinking Strategy To Outsmart Everybody Else

But while he dropped out of the program after only a few days, the field left an impression on the billionaire-to-be.<p>Perhaps most crucially, it trained him in <b>"first principles thinking,"</b> a mode of inquiry that relentlessly pursues the foundations of a problem.<p>"I think it's important to reason from …

The Sixth Extinction

Extinction

Most cancers are caused by bad luck not genes or lifestyle, say scientists

Scientists at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the US found that the majority of cancers are not linked to environment or lifestyle<p>The majority of cancers are the result of bad luck rather than unhealthy lifestyles or inherited genetic faults, scientists have discovered.<p>For years …

Did the Big Bang create a parallel universe where time goes backwards?

Radical new research suggests that at the same time the Big Bang created our universe, another where time goes in the opposite direction was also born<p>A scientific breakthrough could redefine how the universe is understood.<p>Radical new research led by a British scientist has suggested that there may …