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The sports car that runs on SALTWATER: Vehicle goes from 0 to 60mph in 2.8 seconds - and has just been approved for EU roads

• <b>Quant e-Sportlimousine's top speed is 217mph - equal to a McLaren P1</b>• <b><br>The car uses a saltwater flow cell system to power four electric motors</b>• <b><br>Water</b> …

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Using light, scientists make bad memories good in mice

Can a bad memory be turned into a good one? Scientists say they've been able to do just that in a group of mice by activating certain parts of their brain with light.<p>The findings in the journal Nature show that memories can potentially be modified without drugs or extra training -- simply, if …

Google's Company That Wants To Cure Death Now Has Its Own Website

Calico, the company Google launched in September to try to cure death by tackling aging and illness, now has an official website (hat-tip to SFGate, where we first saw the news).<p>When Google CEO Larry Page first announced the new lab, he didn't give much of a roadmap for how Calico would work on …

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Viewpoint: Optical Transistor Flips On with One Photon

July 28, 2014• <i>Physics</i> 7, 80<p>Researchers have used interactions between highly excited atoms to make an optical transistor that can be activated …

Quantum computing firm calls 'bullshit' as scientists undermine its technology

How do you evaluate a quantum computer you just bought from D-Wave for $15 million? It's not easy, especially since no one can really understand how the machine -- with its ones, zeros and superpositioned "one-and-zeros" -- actually functions. Instead, all you can do is throw increasingly complex …

Does light experience time?

Have you ever noticed that time flies when you're having fun? Well, not for light. In fact, photons don't experience any time at all. Here's a …

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Tesla will open up its Supercharger patents to boost electric car adoption

Tesla's CEO has been carefully dropping hints that he might "do something controversial" with his company's collection of technology patents, and now we know what he's on about. Speaking at the UK launch of the Tesla Model S yesterday, Elon Musk said that he specifically wants to open up the …

Planet-Hunting SPHERE Detector Snaps First Images

A new instrument designed to give scientists a direct look at nearby alien worlds has seen its "first light" in Chile, astronomers announced Wednesday.<p>Called SPHERE (for Spectro-Polarimetric High-contrast Exoplanet REsearch), the new alien planet detection tool was mounted on the European Southern …

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NASA Actually Working on Faster-than-Light Warp Drive

You know that scene in the film <i>Contact</i> where the “Machine” is spooling up, its three spinning rings kicking out crazy light and an electromagnetic …

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Energy Teleportation Overcomes Distance Limit - MIT Technology Review

Teleportation is the transfer of an object from one point in the universe to another without travelling through the space in between. It is common …

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Single bitcoin will be worth $100,000 says Silicon Valley VC

Just a year ago, a bitcoin was worth $13 (£8). And today, the same piece of digital currency is valued at more than $800 (£489) on popular online …

Norway is digitizing all its books and making them free to read online

The National Library of Norway is digitizing all the books in its collection, processing the text to make it searchable, and making them available to read online.<p>It's similar to the mass digitization efforts in the UK and Finland, but Norway has taken the extra step of making agreements with many …

Scientists Discover a Jewel at the Heart of Quantum Physics

Physicists reported this week the discovery of a jewel-like geometric object that dramatically simplifies calculations of particle interactions and …

Teachers start 25 state petitions to add computer science to grad requirements

Only 14 states in the U.S. currently permit tough computer science courses to count toward graduation requirements for math and science. Meanwhile, some surveys say that 570,000 jobs are going unfilled in computing — and that the demand for software engineers is four times higher than the national …

Obama and Republicans unite for 'Hour of Code' computer literacy campaign

Pro-programming initiative encompasses more than 33,000 schools across 166 countries<p>Today marks the launch of the "Hour of Code," a massive publicity campaign to promote computer science education in schools across the globe. As the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reports, the approximately $1 million campaign …

Tech titans gather to make winners of the 'Oscars of science' into instant millionaires

Silicon Valley hosts lavish ceremony for Breakthrough prize that aims to give scientists celebrity status and inspire interest in life's 'big questions'<p>Silicon Valley has a tendency to tackle social ills with big ideas, its feisty startups revolutionising everything from healthcare to education. …

This Is the Man Bill Gates Thinks You Absolutely Should Be Reading | WIRED

“There is no author whose books I look forward to more than Vaclav Smil,” Bill Gates wrote this summer. That’s quite an endorsement—and it gave a …

Peter Higgs Says He Would Never Make It in Science Today

Peter Higgs, who proposed the existence of what would be dubbed the Higgs Boson, says that he wouldn't cut it if he were entering academic science …

Using Chaos Theory to Predict and Prevent Catastrophic 'Dragon King' Events

Stop a stock trade and avoid a catastrophic global financial crash. Seal a microscopic crack and prevent a rocket explosion. Push a button to avert a …

Brains Sweep Themselves Clean Of Toxins During Sleep

While the brain sleeps, it clears out harmful toxins, a process that may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's, researchers say.<p>During sleep, the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain increases dramatically, washing away harmful waste proteins that build up between brain cells during waking hours, a …

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Why all we knew about planets is wrong

We thought we knew how planets form, but the discovery of hundreds outside our Solar System changed all that, even what type of world can house life like ours.<p>Up to only a couple of decades ago the perception of our Solar System was so simple. Every planet is unique: Saturn has its spectacular …

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NASA-backed SpiderFab robot aims to build 3D-printed spaceship parts in orbit

NASA has always built its spacecraft on Earth, but aerospace startup Tethers Unlimited is hoping to change that process by developing a system that combines 3D printing and robotic assembly to build spaceship parts in orbit. NASA is kicking in $500,000 in funding to the project, called SpiderFab, …

Drug Cures Mice Of Down Syndrome With A Single Dose

But it's not a cure for humans yet.<p>Cure Down syndrome with a single injection? Well, maybe--if you're a mouse. A team of scientists from John Hopkins University and the National Institutes of Health have cured newborn mice of Down syndrome by injecting them with a drug that stimulates what's called …

See how Elon Musk is building the 'Iron Man' lab with tech you can buy

The workspace of the future is in Elon Musk’s lab. Using a variety of virtual reality and gesture-sensing tools, Musk has set up a system that allows himself and his engineers to design and manipulate models of rocket parts using just their hands. He's compared it to the <i>Iron Man</i> laboratory, and in …

Scientists Grow Mini Human Brains in the Lab

Researchers from the Austrian Academy of Sciences have grown mini human brains in the lab. The scientists used embryonic stem cells to grow the tiny …