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So You Wanna Go To Space. Can You Put Up With The Superpower Bacteria?

“The space-grown communities of bacteria, called biofilms, formed a ‘column-and-canopy’ structure not previously observed on Earth."--NASA<p>We all love space here and we're sure, given that thousands of people applied for a one-way trip to Mars, that at least some of you want to spend a long time in …

This Climate Fix Might Be Decades Ahead Of Its Time

Every year, people add 30 billion tons of carbon dioxide to the air, mostly by burning fossil fuels. That's contributing to climate change. A few scientists have been dreaming about ways to pull some of that CO2 out of the air, but face stiff skepticism and major hurdles. This is the story of one …

Geometry bake-off: sconic sections, toast tangrams and the Möbius bagel

When you slice a cone the surface produced is either a circle, an ellipse, a parabola or a hyperbola.<p>These curves are known as the conic sections.<p>And …

NASA Will Join Japan And Italy On Mission To Mercury

A third trip so close to the sun<p>The U.S. is joining Italy and Japan on a trip to Mercury. Once there, the joint mission will determine the makeup and history of a planet that's been difficult to study because of its proximity to the sun.<p>NASA Administrator Charles Bolden visited Rome last week and …

PayPal Galactic Initiative to Tackle Payments in Space

Almost 15 years ago, PayPal set out to be a global currency – to build the first money transfer and payment system fit to serve the entire world. …

Planned Intergalactic Currency Already Used in Sci-Fi Universes

The stuff of science fiction sometimes becomes reality in a much shorter time than people would expect. With PayPal announcing the intent to form an …

10 Awesome Accidental Discoveries

Oops.<p>As Plato said, "science is nothing but perception," and these 10 accidental acts of discovery embody the sentiment. Of course, it helps to be a leading scientist in the field—devoting your life to the pursuit of one cure, invention, or innovation—but a little luck goes a long way, too.

University of California

Virtual skin reveals secrets of aging

<b>U. SHEFFIELD (UK) —</b> Computer models suggest that “sleeping” skin cells are responsible for skin’s ability to regenerate—or not.<p>Researchers developed …

University of Sheffield

Inside The Most Expensive Science Experiment Ever

Many machines over the past 60 years have been billed as the one that will make the big breakthrough in fusion science, only to stumble. This one could be different.<p>Some people have spent their whole working lives researching fusion and then retired feeling bitter at what they see as a wasted …

Why some mountain ranges don’t erode away

<b>U. MELBOURNE (AUS) —</b> A new study reveals links between landslides and river erosion and offers clues to why some of the world’s iconic mountain …

Geology

7 Billion People And Trillions Of Creatures To Be Photographed Together On July 19

It's going to be a very small picture, but we're all going to be in it. All trillions of us on Earth.<p>It's not our first group portrait, but Carolyn Porco, the woman in charge, says it's going to be gasp-worthy. She should know. She helped shoot some of the early ones.<p>What am I talking about?<p>Well, …

Dad Sequences Daughter's Genome To Pinpoint Her Rare Syndrome

The extreme possibilities of personalized medicine<p>Dads all have their talents. Mine was a whiz at fixing mechanical toys, such as my orange, flower-printed, wind-up owl. Bea Reinhoff's dad trained as a geneticist in the 1980s, although he ultimately chose to leave medicine in order to fund biotech …

First Unlooted Royal Tomb of Its Kind Unearthed in Peru

Three queens were buried with golden treasures, human sacrifices.<p><b>It was a stunning discovery: the first unlooted imperial tomb of the Wari, the ancient civilization that built South America's earliest empire between 700 and 1000 A.D. Yet it wasn't happiness that Milosz Giersz felt when he first</b> …

Humans factors fueled Australia’s ‘angry’ summer

<b>U. MELBOURNE (AUS) —</b> Human influences through global warming likely played a role in Australia’s recent hot summer, which was the hottest in …

Climate Change

Can Putting Your Phone In The Fridge Keep It Safe From Eavesdroppers?

Fact-checking Edward Snowden's anti-spy technique<p>Being legal counsel for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden probably comes with its fair share of paranoia. To combat eavesdropping techniques that can activate a cell phone's microphone and transmit data even when the device is ostensibly off, even his …

Babies Recognize Each Other's Moods, Study Says

Babies know when other babies are behaving badly. Now if only they could scold each other...<p>When I used to babysit my infant niece, I often panicked when she started to cry. Was she hungry? Tired? Cold? In need of a diaper change? I struggled to interpret her scrunched-up, tear-stained face. But it …

Everyday Foods Transformed Into Appealing Sculptures

Romanian artist Dan Cretu sees the potential for art in all of the foods around him. In his work, he transforms the most basic of nourishment–fruits and vegetables, sunflower seeds, and even slices of salami–into elaborate food art. Since he began his work in this type of sculpture, even just the …

Art

27 Songs That Always Sound Better At Night

Let's go for a late night drive, shall we?

America the Beautiful: 50 States in 50 Photos

At 3.79 million square miles (9.83 million km2) and approximately 315 million people, the United States is the third largest country by land area and …

I thought I was going to hear a finished album, but actually we listened to probably three and a half hours of works in progress. So I said, “When are you thinking of finishing up?” And he said, “It’s coming out in five weeks.” Like completely confident and fine. - Rick Rubin on working with Kanye West on Yeezus. http://pnps.co/10lRMTQ

PayPal: Galactic Currency Coming Soon for Space Travelers

The commercialization of space is now a reality. Virgin Galactic will launch its first commercial flight this year. A space hotel is set to be …

Sony to extend SmartWatch line with a variety of models, price ranges?

Sony is apparently planning to extend the SmartWatch family with more models and is already looking for suppliers in Taiwan for the product, says Digitimes.<p>Whenever we cite Digitimes, we have to offer this caveat – the Taiwanese publication got a lot of things right over the years, but they messed …

Wearable Tech

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Watch 6 Wondrous Clouds Float Inside Museum Walls

Like a magician, Berndnaut Smilde conjures up miniature indoor clouds.<p>Anyone who has tried drawing or painting clouds knows that they’re incredibly difficult to reproduce in pictorial form. Well, that can’t actually be tougher than making them, right? In the last few years, artist Berndnaut Smilde …

Framing

Glastonbury 2013: Thursday liveblog

8.38pm BST<p>We'll see you tomorrow!<p>OK we're signing off from the liveblog now. Thanks for reading. We'll be back tomorrow morning from around 11am when …

Week in Review

Inside Flipboard / May 17, 2013<p>This week provided a rude awakening about the perils of life in the Information Age. On Wall Street, many were …

I Didn't Love Google Glass, But It Did Help Me Live In The Moment With My Kids

This weekend I attended a wedding where smartphones being used as cameras were everywhere.<p>It really highlighted for me how people don't live in the moment anymore. The idea of removing the barrier between you and the moment you are enjoying has always been a dream of mine. I resent spending time at …

The ‘Invisible Man’: Liu Bolin Talks About His Process and Motivation

Back in March, we shared a time-lapse that showed photographer Liu Bolin — also known as the “invisible man” — disappearing into the stage at TED …