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Breakthrough Method Turns Brain Invisible

Stanford University researchers have developed a breakthrough approach to studying neural networks without physically dissecting the brain. They’ve …

Cassini reveals Saturn's true colours

A new view of Saturn, revealed by reprieved space probe, has provided the most accurate depiction of the planet's colour along with startling details of its 'stupendous' rings<p>"There is not perhaps another object in the heavens that presents us with such a variety of extraordinary phenomena as the …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013 | WIRED

Jan. 19, 2014: Solar X-Flare<p>The largest sunspot group of the solar cycle unleashed a large (X1.2 class) flare just when it was facing right towards …

Scottish boy surprises parents with fluent backwards speech

A video has emerged of a ten-year-old Scottish boy speaking English backwards fluently<p>A ten-year-old Scottish boy has discovered an amazing ability to speak English backwards fluently.<p>Cameron Bissett reels off words in reverse with the same fluency that most people speak normal English.<p>His parents …

International Space Station: Malware Taken to International Space Station Via USB Drive

<b>International Space Station malware is apparently a problem due to Russian cosmonauts infecting it via USB drives. After returning from the</b> …

Prattle of the sexes: Do women talk more than men?

When it comes to conversation, are women really more likely to be bigger talkers than men?<p>Women use an average of 20,000 words a day, compared to the mere 7,000 that men utter. At least that’s the assertion of a number of self-help and popular science books. Quoted by apparently authoritative …

Psychology

The Humble Bundle launches new fixed-price Humble Store

The creators of the Humble Bundle have launched a new store selling digital video game downloads. As with the Humble Bundle, 10 percent of purchases made on the Humble Store will go to charities, including the American Red Cross, Child's Play, and the World Land Trust. But unlike the Humble Bundle …

Felipe Massa moves to Williams F1 for 2014

With Ferrari pairing Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen, Formula One's annual game of musical chairs had, so far, left Brazilian veteran and 2013 Ferrari driver Felipe Massa without a team. Fortunately for Massa's fans, he's found a ride for next season, inking a three-year contract with Williams …

The Physics of Diffusers: How to Make a Car Really Suck

Gettin' down with downforce.<p>Finessing the Flow <br>The diffuser acts as an expansion chamber to manage the air as it exits from underneath the car and reintegrates it with higher-pressure ambient air. Smoothing this transition reduces turbulence and drag in the car's wake and improves airflow under the …

Physics

APOD: A Rare Hybrid Solar Eclipse (2013 Nov 03) Image Credit & Copyright: Left: Fred Espenak - Right: Stephan Heinsius http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap131103.html Explanation: A spectacular geocentric celestial event of 2005 was a rare hybrid eclipse of the Sun - a total or an annular eclipse could be seen depending on the observer's location. For Fred Espenak, aboard a gently swaying ship within the middle of the Moon's shadow track about 2,200 kilometers west of the Galapagos, the eclipse was total, the lunar silhouette exactly covering the bright solar disk for a few brief moments. His camera captured a picture of totality revealing the extensive solar corona and prominences rising above the Sun's edge. But for Stephan Heinsius, near the end of the shadow track at Penonome Airfield, Panama, the Moon's apparent size had shrunk enough to create an annular eclipse, showing a complete annulus of the Sun's bright disk as a dramatic ring of fire. Pictures from the two locations are compared above. How rare is such a hybrid eclipse? Calculations show that during the 21st century just 3.1% (7 out of 224) of solar eclipses are hybrid while hybrids comprise about 5% of all solar eclipses over the period 2000 BC to AD 3000. Today's hybrid solar eclipse is most widely visible beyond the central shadow track as a brief partial eclipse from northeastern Americas through Africa, and along the track in an annular phase for only the first 15 seconds. http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/fap/image/0505/espenak_tse2005_1.jpg http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/fap/image/0505/Heinsius_Panama_tse2005_1.jpg Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=131103

How Yas Marina could be changed to aid overtaking · RaceFans

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix race organisers have been urged to make changes to the Yas Marina track to improve opportunities for overtaking.<p>But with …

The Observer's 20 photographs of the week

The best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

Which Birds Are Built For Long-Distance Travel? [Infographic]

Hint: a big wingspan helps.<p>Fall is here, and winter is already on its way, which means many birds will soon begin flocking south like they had parents in Florida. Designer Dooriya Yu charted the migration distances of birds against the birds' wingspans and found a general pattern in the data: …

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The Three Biggest Aviation Advances From This Year

How RFID tags, carbon-fiber airframes, and battery sensors will change the course of flight.<p>RFID Tags<p>A regular addition to cellphones and bank cards, radio frequency identification (RFID) tags are creeping into airplane cabins. With tags in life vests, seats, medical kits, and other frequently …

A Space Laser Designed To Vaporize Dangerous Asteroids

DE-STAR could vaporize asteroids that threaten Earth in less than an hour.<p>DE-STAR is designed to vaporize or divert asteroids that threaten Earth. This isn't science fiction—I build things that have to work in practice. DE-STAR stands for Directed Energy Solar Targeting of Asteroids and …

I Have Detected a Ghost with Science

This being the time of year for ghosts, I decided to install a piece of software designed to detect when spirits may be, unbeknownst to me, spying on my Internet habits. I'm not sure who would be interested, exactly - personally I can't think of anything worse than watching over someone's shoulder …

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