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Dutch scientists' artificial leaf can create medicine anywhere

Wouldn't it be great to have the ability to concoct medicine anywhere the sun shines, even if it's on another planet? A team of Dutch scientists from Eindhoven University of Technology have developed an artificial leaf-like device that could make that happen. The researchers, inspired by plants …

This AI will battle poker pros for $200,000 in prizes

Can humans hang on to their dominance at this game of chance?<p>Artificial intelligence captured the world’s attention last year when it defeated humanity’s champion at the game of Go. It was a landmark event for AI, much like the moment in 1997 when IBM’s Deep Blue defeated Garry Kasparov at chess. …

Four things you can do to stop Donald Trump from making climate change worse

If you’re worried about the environment, here’s how you can help<p>The next president of the United States is not likely to prioritize environmental protection. President-elect Trump has claimed that human-caused climate change is a hoax. During his campaign he’s threatened to “cancel” United States …

50 Best Android Apps for 2014

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Entangled photons on a chip could lead to super-fast computers

Photon entanglement is one of the odder properties of quantum physics, but it promises a lot for computing -- if one photon can instantly affect another no matter how far away it is, you could make super-speedy computers and communications that aren't easily limited by physical distances. It hasn't …

10 Seemingly Impossible Things Made Possible By Science

We know science does amazing things all the time, but as we move into the future, scientific achievement is starting to border on magic. Science is …

Scientists make a Mobius strip of laser light

Unless you count incidents in <i>Star Trek</i> episodes, Möbius strips don't really occur in nature -- you have to create that freaky one-sided shape yourself. However, a worldwide team of scientists may have produced the next best thing. They've created a Möbius strip of light by manipulating the …

Joint Dust Analysis Deflates Big Bang Signal

No definitive evidence for cosmic inflation is found, but support remains strong for the theory even as critics highlight its shortcomings as an …

Physics

Quantum Computing Without Qubits

A quantum computing pioneer explains why analog simulators may beat out general-purpose digital quantum machines — for now.<p>For more than 20 years, …

Quantum Computing

Bubbles from the galactic center: A key to understanding dark matter and our galaxy's past?

(<i>Nanowerk News</i>) Compared to other galaxies, the Milky Way is a peaceful place. But it hasn't always been so sleepy. In 2010, a team of scientists …

The Speed Limit of Quantum Uncertainty

At small enough scales, it becomes impossible to say when something begins and when it ends.<p>​Even in the quantum world, where things can be many things at once and where single infinitesimal points can exist across infinite distances, there are limits.<p>One of these limits is the classic (but not …

Ask Ethan #73: The Multiverse and you

Is there another version of you somewhere out there in a parallel Universe?<p><i>“Go then, there are other worlds than these.” -</i>Stephen King, The Dark Tower<p>…

Dark Matter

Dark matter can give you cancer — and that may be a good thing.

It may be possible to build a DNA-based detector to measure the “wind” of dark matter blowing through our planet.<p>One of the most amazing scientific …

Dark Matter

How NASA uses quantum computing for space travel and robotics

Quantum computing is still in its infancy, even though the idea of a quantum computer was developed some thirty years ago. But there are a whole load …

Quantum Computing

Scientists achieve X-ray vision with safe, visible light

If you think X-rays and other forms of radiation have a monopoly on penetrating opaque objects, visible light begs to differ. It actually <i>ca</i>n pass through things like paint and human tissue, which has powerful implications for medical research and other fields. Regular lightwaves could one day …

How Nanoscale Optics Create Nature's Most Dazzling Colors

What do a butterfly's shimmering wings, a fish's opalescent scales, and a peacock's brilliant feathers have in common? Yes, their colors are …

The Quantum Mechanics of Fate - Issue 21: Information

The objective world simply <i>is</i>, it does not <i>happen</i>,” wrote mathematician and physicist Hermann Weyl in 1949. From his point of view, the universe is …

The biggest biotech discovery of the century is about to change medicine forever

Under the looming arches of the hangar, Doudna mingled with celebrities like Benedict Cumberbatch, Cameron Diaz and Jon Hamm before receiving the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in life sciences, an award sponsored by Mark Zuckerberg and other tech billionaires.<p>Doudna, a biochemist at the University of …

Supermassive Black Hole Found Farting A Trillion Suns' Worth Of Energy

Scientists zero in on the size, shape, and speed of the gas that reconfigures galaxies<p>At the center of any massive galaxy, you’ll most likely find one daunting portion of space-time: a supermassive black hole. These gigantic gravity wells are so enormous, they have a mass that’s equal to millions …

How Can Space Travel Faster Than The Speed Of Light?

Light speed is often spoken of as a cosmic speed limit … but not everything plays by these rules. In fact, space itself can expand faster than a …

UCLA physicists offer a solution to the puzzle of the origin of matter in the universe

Courtesy of Alexander Kusenko<p>Alexander Kusenko<p>Most of the laws of nature treat particles and antiparticles equally, but stars and planets are made of …

Physics

Time runs bizarre in quantum world where past is changed by the future

Scientists have shown that time is a double-headed arrow in the quantum world that can move both forwards and backwards.<p>Knowing the future outcome of …

Cosmologists Discovered a New Kind of Crystal by Looking at Satellite Orbits

Now the search begins to find them in nature.<p>Crystals and the cosmos might not seem like they have that much in common unless you're a new age amethyst junkie, but studying the mysteries of space is exactly how cosmologists discovered a new kind of crystal structure.<p>Latham Boyle, a cosmologist at …

Yale physicists find a new form of quantum friction

Physicists at Yale University have observed a new form of quantum friction that could serve as a basis for robust information storage in quantum …

A Battery Doesn't Store Charge, But How Does It Work?

Here is a quote from a science-like show I saw recently. In the scene, two individuals were talking about using batteries for an electric motor. It …

Why Do We Have Eyelashes?

The answer is blowing in the wind tunnel<p>Eyelashes? More like <i>why</i>-lashes. A team of scientists from the Georgia Institute of Technology wanted to understand the function eyelashes serve in mammalian species. So they tested fake eyelashes in a wind tunnel.<p>Led by mechanical engineering student …

Cold atoms and lasers do what computers can’t

In an attempt to tackle a problem that has vexed physicists for decades, researchers turned to ultracold atoms, not supercomputers.<p>Nearly 30 years …

Quantum Physics

20n, A YC Synthetic Biology Startup, Uses Software To Engineer Microbes For Chemical-Making

20n, one of a wave of biotech-related startups that Y Combinator is starting to fund, is the brainchild of a UC Berkeley professor and a post-doc.<p>Saurabh Srivastava and J. Christopher Anderson have worked together for several years developing software that can design genetically engineered microbes …

UC Berkeley

Scientists puzzled by 'bright spots' on surface of dwarf planet Ceres

As NASA's Dawn spacecraft approaches orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres, researchers aren't sure what's causing the "bright spots" on its surface. The imaging orbiter snapped the above picture from 29,000 miles (46,000 km) away just last week, but until it gets closer for a more detailed picture, …

Na-ion batteries get closer to replacing Li-ion batteries

(Phys.org)—As lithium resources continue to decline worldwide, the next generation of portable electronics will most likely be powered by something …