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One machine to rule them all: A ‘Master Algorithm’ may emerge sooner than you think

It’s excusable if you didn’t notice it when a scientist named Daniel J. Buehrer, a retired professor from the National Chung Cheng University in Taiwan, published a white paper earlier this month proposing a new class of math that could lead to the birth of machine consciousness. Keeping up with …

Artificial Intelligence

Joseph Lister and the grim reality of Victorian surgery

Anyone who went under the knife in the Victorian era knew there was more chance of meeting a grisly end than survival, but in her new book, Lindsey …

Books

Scientists Discover Enzyme That Eats The Worst Polluting Plastics

'Serendipity often plays a significant role in fundamental scientific research'.<p>Two scientists have accidentally stumbled upon an organic enzyme that …

Pollution

World's only Rotor Sail passenger ship goes into service

Last year we detailed how Finland's Norsepower had rediscovered an engineering innovation from the 1920s called the rotorsail, which sees large …

Natural Gas

Specific bacteria in the small intestine are crucial for fat absorption: A high-fat diet promotes growth of the microbes that boost lipid digestion and absorption

A high-fat diet promotes growth of the microbes that boost lipid digestion and absorption<p>A new study -- one of a few to concentrate on microbes in …

Wellness

Evolution of the modern English Alphabet

A new study conducted microbial surveys to investigate whether hand-dryers were sucking in potentially infectious microbes and then spraying them all over everything, as had been observed in earlier studies. They were.

Research

Can humans conceive in space? NASA sent sperm to the ISS to find out

What happens if humans bone in space?<p>Don’t lie, the question has crossed your mind before. Now, NASA scientists are getting one step closer to …

Biology

If you can’t explain something in simple terms, you don’t understand it

In the early 1960s, Richard Feynman gave a series of undergraduate lectures that were collected into a book called the Feynman Lectures on Physics. …

Richard Feynman

The Germs That Love Diet Soda

There are lots of reasons to avoid processed foods. They’re often packed with sugar, fat and salt, and they tend to lack certain nutrients critical to health, like fiber. And now, new research suggests that some of the additives that extend the shelf life and improve the texture of these foods may …

E.coli

The first photos from Virgin Galactic’s test flight are breathtaking

Virgin Galactic made a major leap forward in its aerospace ambitions this week. On Thursday, SpaceShipTwo <i>VSS Unity</i> completed its first successful …

Space Travel

Orbiform Rolls Like A Ball Without Being A Sphere

AltDynamic have machined a mathematically perfect solid of constant width that is capable of rolling like a ball even though it is not a perfect …

Mathematics

Water purification breakthrough can even clean water from the Dead Sea

Despite all our advances, access to clean water is still a major problem – not just for developing nations, but here in the US, where water shortages …

Water

Photographer Died Protecting His Film During the 1980 Mt. St. Helens Eruption

When Mount St. Helens erupted on May 18, 1980, photographer Robert Landsberg was documenting the changes in the volcano from just a few miles away. …

The One Thing Nobody Has Told You About Apple iOS 11.3: Why The HomeKit Upgrade Is A Game-Changer

The arrival of iOS 11.3 has been largely reported, including Amit Chowdhry’s typically brilliant and detailed analysis on Forbes, which is a great read.<p>But most commentators have ignored or at best skimmed over one element of the release in a paragraph: the update to HomeKit which could have big …

Home Automation

Creating crapsules: is faeces in a pill the cure for our ills?

The study was stopped early for a very unusual reason: FMT was so effective it was ruled unethical to withhold it from other participants in the …

Immune System

The Three Mile Island Accident

A clean-up crew working to remove radioactive contamination at Three Mile Island.<p>On March 28, 1979, a partial <b>nuclear meltdown</b> occurred in one of the …

Nuclear Energy

Sir Joseph William Bazalgette and the Great Stink of 1858

“The Silent Highwayman” (1858). Death rows on the Thames, claiming the lives of victims who have not paid to have the river cleaned up.<p>On March 28, …

Environmental Health

Research enhances performance of Germany's new fusion device

A team of U.S. and German scientists has used a system of large magnetic "trim" coils designed and delivered by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) …

Physics

Researchers develop model to show how bacteria grow in plumbing systems

Bacteria in tap water can multiply when a faucet isn't used for a few days, such as when a house is vacant over a week's vacation, a new study from …

Water

The brain learns completely differently than we’ve assumed, new learning theory says

(credit: Getty)A revolutionary new theory contradicts a fundamental assumption in neuroscience about how the brain learns. According to researchers …

Machine Learning

Are We Quantum Computers?

Much has been made of quantum computing processes using ultracold atoms and ions, superconducting junctions and defects in diamonds, but could we be …

Quantum Mechanics

Gut microbe drives autoimmunity

A study found that a certain gut microbe can trigger autoimmune disease in mice that are prone to such disease and identified the same microbe in …

Medical Research

A newly discovered network of fluid-filled channels in the human body may be a previously-unknown organ, and it seems to help transport cancer cells around the body.

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Cancer Cells

What we know about Emma Gonzalez, the fiercely outspoken teen who stunned America with her silence

<b>(CNN) —</b> She strode on stage at the March for Our Lives rally in Washington over the weekend, and listed the names of the 17 students and staff gunned down at her high school in Parkland, Florida. And then she went silent.<p>Minutes ticked by. One. Two. Three. Four.<p>It was a visceral moment -- one that …

Gun Control
Northern Ireland

Platypuses sweat milk, use electricity to see underwater, and are composed 100% of wtf

Every time I think I understand how weird platypuses are, I obtain additional information that <i>further weirdifies</i> them.<p><i>Popular Science</i> has a great …

Time I

In 1986, scientists found a fuel-producing bacterium at the bottom of a Swiss lake. Now, they know how it works

Thirty-two years ago, microbiologists in Switzerland stumbled on a mystery deep in the muck of Lake Zurich: a bacterium that naturally produced a …

A Star Grazed Our Solar System 70,000 Years Ago, and Early Humans Likely Saw It

Some distant objects in our solar system bear the gravitational imprint of a small star's close flyby 70,000 years ago, when modern humans were …

Doctors Have Restored The Sight of Two People in a Monumental World First

This could end one of the most common forms of blindness.<p>British physicians have successfully used stem cells to repair the degenerating tissue at …