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A Working Transistor Built Out Of DNA Within A Living Cell

We're this close to having a usable biocomputer.<p>Pretty much anything can be a computer, if it can compute logical functions, store data, and transmit information -- even living cells. A team at Stanford University has accomplished one of the the final tasks necessary to turn cells into working …

First 3-D Acoustic Cloak Hides Objects From Sonar

It's just simple plastic rings!<p>This plastic ring system doesn't exactly make the eight-centimeter ball inside less noticeable to the eye—but it does make the ball undetectable to sonar at a specific pitch. Spanish scientists have created the first cloaking device to completely shield a 3-D object …

LHC upgrade to open up 'new realm of particle physics'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/science_environment/966000/966799_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534397390_f0adff28207da1fa6d2b20db9a8b47dd<p><b>Engineers have begun a major upgrade of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).</b><p>Their work should double the energy of what's already the most …

Physics

Massive Solar Power Plant Opens In Abu Dhabi

One of the world's oil capitals opens the world's largest single concentrated solar power plant.<p>One of the world's largest solar power plants opened this weekend in the oil-rich city of Abu Dhabi.<p>The 100-megawatt plant, called Shams 1, is a first step in a plan to make seven percent of Abu Dhabi's …

Watch NOVA video of February 15 meteor explosion over Russia

It entered Earth’s atmosphere over Russian on February 15, 2013 and exploded in the atmosphere, injuring over 1,000 people.<p>Deborah Byrd created the …

Astronomy

The Oldest Star in the Universe

Amazon's X-Ray Answers The Question "Where Do I Know That Actor From?" While You Watch

A seamless, real-time infusion of "who is that guy again?" into your TV-watching experience<p>It's happened to all of us: you're watching a TV show or movie, and an actor, one of those hundreds of actors who bounce around from supporting role to supporting role, pops up, as the doctor with a few …

This invisibility cloak is thinner than anything in Harry Potter's closet

If you liked last year's bulky invisibility cloaks, you'll love this year's fashionable ultra-thin invisibility wrap — which is just a tenth of a millimeter thick but can still make the objects inside undetectable to microwave scans.<p>"This is the first time an ultra-thin cloak has been realized, …

These Google Glass Early Adopters Will Warm Your Heart

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>In a shameless attempt to win skeptics over, Google has included the betterment of penguins, …

Slow-Motion Video Of A Bridge Exploding Is The Best Way To Start The Week

Just sit back and enjoy the carnage.<p>Monday mornings pretty much always make me feel like blowing things up. So watching videos about things blowing up -- or people blowing things up -- seems to be a perfect way to ease into the work week.<p>Happily for my now-improving mood, demolition experts …

Giant ALMA Telescope's Amazing Early Discoveries Are Only The Beginning

Earth's biggest astronomy machine, inaugurated last week, will see farther into the past than ever before.<p>A long, long time ago, massive, super-bright galaxies known as starburst galaxies were churning out new stars at a frantic pace. Astronomers would like to study their frenetic star-formation …

How It Works: The Most Powerful Space Rocket

When the firm SpaceX launches its Falcon Heavy rocket into space late this year, the craft will become the mightiest rocket in the world. Only NASA's Saturn V, which sent Americans to the moon, has ever generated more power.<p>In rockets, the most important measure of power is thrust. Falcon Heavy's …

One-and-a-half million children die each year from poor sanitation. This disinfecting toilet could help. http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2013-02/blueprint-engineers-event-healthier-toilet?src=SOC&dom=fb

Play A Chord And This Database Will Guess Which Comes Next

Hook Theory mined data to see how chords are used, then mapped them.<p>Pop music might come off as formulaic sometimes, and, to some extent, that's probably true. Hook Theory is a song database, and after analyzing 1,300 popular songs, looking at the chord progressions in each, it spit back some …

We just made our picks for the single best photo of every planet in the solar system. Here's what we're thinking for Venus. http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-03/most-incredible-pictures-every-planet-our-solar-system?src=SOC&dom=fb

Will Ouya, The Hackable Game Console, Let You Pirate Games?

It was recently announced that developers would be making emulators, which let you run retro games, for Ouya. But where are those games coming from?<p>Ouya might be one of the biggest gadget-funding success stories in recent memory. A Kickstarter raised almost $8.6 million for the Android-based …

GameSci: What Is (Scientifically!) The Most Addictive Game Ever?

What's going to glue you to the screen? Science explains.<p>Back in 2007, a study of gamers appeared in the journal <i>CyberPsychology and Behavior</i>. The study, "Experiences of time loss among videogame players: An empirical study," asked gamers to report how often they got sucked in to games: for better …

Apple Buys An Indoor Mapping Company, Having Finished With The Outdoors

Indoor mapping is the future, and this sounds cool.<p>Having done a bang-up job with its own regular mapping app (oh wait), Apple has, according to the New York Times, acquired an indoor mapping company. Indoor maps are promising, but still young technology; we've been predicting their rise for quite …

Why Are We So Afraid of Nuclear?

There is little doubt that the words nuclear and radiation engender fear and anxiety in many humans. What is less certain is why.<p>Although we tend to interpret reality through the lens of our present knowledge and awareness, the roots of common societal sentiments are not as obvious as images of …

Do not attempt: Mixing alcohol with a Krypton laser

Good things happen when you don't drink but do fire lasers.<p>Last time we checked in on the antics of Scott Stevenson (aka WorldScott), he was vaporizing a row of 100 balloons with a Spyder Krypton laser.<p>He's been at it again, this time firing the green-light 100mW Krypton at some flash paper atop a …