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Scientists Create a New Form of Light by Linking Photons

It's a glimpse of science fiction made fact: Scientists have created a new form of light that could someday be used to build light crystals. But …

Quantum Mechanics

Tractor beam breakthrough could lead to levitating humans

Yes, really. Sci-fi technology that can float objects in mid-air like magic could become reality.<p>Tractor beams have made the jump from science fiction to reality in recent years, but only for levitating very small objects. A new breakthrough could lead to futuristic, far out new uses for the …

Scientists are making carbon fiber from plants instead of petroleum

Cheaper, plant-based carbon fiber could be used to make lighter cars that consume less fuel.<p>Carbon fiber is the Superman of materials. Five times stronger than steel and a fraction of the weight, it is used in everything from tennis rackets to golf clubs to bicycles to wind turbine blades to …

'Serious gap' in cosmic expansion rate hints at new physics

<b>A mathematical discrepancy in the expansion rate of the Universe is now "pretty serious", and could point the way to a major discovery in physics, says a Nobel laureate.</b><p>The most recent results suggest the inconsistency is not going away.<p>Prof Adam Riess told BBC News that an unknown phenomenon, such …

Will machines eventually take on every job?

Automation will continue to transform the global workforce, but taking an active role in that process will help us reduce the damages and increase the gains, finds Rachel Nuwer.<p>It’s a booming time to be a truck driver. According to data NPR compiled from the US Census Bureau, truck driving is …

Digital Economy

Ultimate Theory of Particle Physics Holds Where Physicists Hoped It Wouldn't

The smallest pieces of the universe are governed by a beautiful and mind-blowing set of rules: the “Standard Model.” The Standard Model explains the …

Could AI help to create a meat-free world?

The more meat and animal products we eat, the quicker we deplete the Earth's resources. Could artificial intelligence devise new ways to make meat-free foods that taste great as well?<p>Remember the last burger you really enjoyed – try to summon up its rich, juicy taste in your mind and its chewy, …

Startups

NASA Just Saw Something Come Out Of A Black Hole For The First Time Ever

“You don’t have to know a whole lot about science to know that black holes typically suck things in, not spew things out. But NASA just spotted …

The end of an era, but the time is right to move on

The curtains have closed on Ashes Test cricket at the WACA. After relinquishing the urn following another pummelling in the recently concluded third …

NASA and Google discover Kepler-90i planet in alien solar system using Kepler Space Telescope

Google has helped NASA to find a record-tying eighth planet has been found in a faraway solar system, matching our own in numbers.<p>Even more amazing, …

Mane attraction

Framing the follicles: Ishant Sharma looks like the ideal fast bowler even if he's not one<p>© AFP<p><b>16</b><p>We get to the root of why we love fast bowlers' …

Hair

This Renewable 'Instant Coal' Could Be The Fuel of The Future

It's highly efficient.<p>The world is shifting from fossil fuels to renewable energy in a big way right now, but a group of scientists has come up with …

Coal

IBM Just Announced an Insanely Powerful 50-Qubit Quantum Computer

Along with even more quantum computing records.<p>At the IEEE Industry Summit on the Future of Computing in Washington DC on Friday, IBM announced the …

Quantum Computing

The Search for Dark Matter Just Took a Big Step Forward

New study of satellite data shows where we should look — and where we shouldn’t.<p><i>In brief:</i> A team of researchers from the University of Nevada, Reno, sifted through 16 years worth of satellite data on a hunt for dark matter. While their study turned up no evidence of the elusive substance, it does …

Dark Matter

Welcome to Rwanda, where a new cricket ground is front-page news as part of a growing following for the sport and its power for good

“I’m dreaming. It really is a dream come true.”<p>Rwanda’s national team captain Eric Dusingizimana is sitting looking out over the newly constructed …

Google DeepMind: AI becomes more alien

Rory Cellan-Jones @BBCRoryCJ on Twitter<p><b>Google's DeepMind says it has made another big advance in artificial intelligence by getting a machine to master the Chinese game of Go without help from human players.</b><p>The AlphaGo program, devised by the tech giant's AI division, has already beaten two of the …

The city where the internet warms people’s homes

Your online activity could one day be helping to generate hot water. Erin Biba visits Sweden to see an ambitious – and profitable – green energy project in action.<p>“The cloud” is a real place. The pictures you post on Instagram, the happy birthday wishes you leave on Facebook pages, and the TV shows …

Sweden

New 3D Quantum Gas Atomic Clock Keeps The Most Precise Time Ever

Far out.<p>A new atomic clock has extended from one dimension to three, becoming the most precise timekeeper in existence - just 3.5 parts error in 10 …

Scientists Just Made The First Quantum-Encrypted International Video Call

The future is here.<p>President Chunli Bai of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing had a meeting yesterday with President Anton Zeilinger of the …

Quantum Mechanics

Mysterious Cosmic Radio Bursts May Flash Every Second

The bizarre, powerful flashes of light known as fast radio bursts (FRBs) may be far more common than astronomers had thought.<p>Throughout the universe, …

How India got fast

Glenn McGrath and the MRF Pace Foundation's chief coach M Senthilnathan have a look at Jaskaran Singh's bowling action<p>Arun Venugopal / © ESPNcricinfo …

The association of pioneering women

The WCAI continues to hold matches, like this one in Kanpur in 2008, but for players in its fold there's nothing further to aspire to<p>© Darshini …

Physicists Have Captured the First Spectral Fingerprints of Antimatter

Antihydrogen<p>It’s been about nine months since a team of CERN researchers succeeded in their goal of measuring the spectrum of light emitted from …

How to watch the women's game

Jul 22, 2017<p>Ashleigh Gardner has come in to bat at No. 8, faces her first ball of the match, the 25th of her career, and clips it so sweetly it …

Cricket

Nervous 90s? How about calling them selfish instead?

Atherton got within crawling distance of a Lord's hundred in 1993<p>© PA Photos<p><b>42</b><p>The 90s are not as hazardous as widely imagined, but they do have an …

Sachin Tendulkar

Ellyse the incredible

© Getty Images<p><b>17</b><p>Cricket star, football prodigy, Miss Marketable, children's author, café owner. But above all, Ellyse Perry is an inspiration<p>Maggie …

Cricket

Teleportation: Photon particles today, humans tomorrow?

<b>Chinese scientists say they have "teleported" a photon particle from the ground to a satellite orbiting 1,400km (870 miles) away.</b><p>For many, however, teleportation evokes something much more exotic. Is a world previously confined to science fiction now becoming reality?<p>Well, sort of. But we are not …

Backyard cricket skills tested on purpose-built pitch for The Summation of Force

It's not just cricket. It's much, much more.<p>In their first foray into film, award-winning photographers Trent Parke and Narelle Autio have brought …

Big Bang Confirmed Again, This Time By The Universe's First Atoms

The Big Bang is the leading theory as to where our Universe came from. The Universe was hotter, denser, more uniform, and smaller in the past, and is only as vast as it is today due to the fabric of expanding space. This idea was extremely controversial for many decades, until detailed observations …

Physics

Long live the Chesistance

© AFP/Getty Images<p><b>43</b><p>To understand a batsman like Pujara in the year 2017, you have to understand his journey - and that of his family<p>Sidharth Monga | …