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Google Quietly Moves Its Head Of Search Design To Virtual Reality

Google invests a major design talent in VR. Something must be afoot.<p>Jon Wiley, the lead designer of Google Search, has transitioned to become lead designer of Google Cardboard–the sub-$10 cardboard and plastic case that can transform a smartphone into a low-end, 3-D, virtual reality headset.<p>Wiley’s …

Scientists discover one of the most Earthlike planets yet

Can Gliese 832c support life, or is it just a super-Venus?<p><i>Sci News</i> is reporting that astronomers at the University of New South Wales have discovered an Earthlike planet just 16 light-years away. The planet, dubbed Gliese 832c, is orbiting a red dwarf star half the mass and radius of our own sun. …

A wrinkle in time: Finding the ice age in urban Los Angeles

Just beyond the traffic and palm trees of Wilshire Boulevard, hidden beneath the shadows of nondescript office buildings, lie the tar-slicked bones of many thousand long-dead creatures.<p>These unfortunates found themselves mired in the sticky bitumen of La Brea's tar pits tens of thousands of years …

A Jetliner For A Fuel-Starved Future

Slimming down the classic passenger jet<p>An MIT team has turned a multi- million-dollar NASA contract into the most advanced rethink to date of the classic passenger jet. The design, nicknamed the Double Bubble, calls for an extra-wide fuselage and rear-mounted turbo­fan engines. The configuration …

More Scrutiny? Major Big Bang Discovery Study Published

A celebrated and controversial astrophysics discovery is about to receive even more scrutiny.<p>In March, a team of astronomers announced that they had …

Universe

Is the hoverbike about to become reality?

Those childhood dreams of doing the commute on a Star Wars Speeder Bike might be possible if a revolutionary hoverbike design takes off. (Video above has no sound)<p>Getting from A to B is very rarely boring in the world of science fiction – sadly real life is often a let-down in comparison. We do not …

ATVs

Mystery object in lake on Saturn's moon Titan intrigues scientists

Scientists are investigating a mystery object that appeared and then vanished again from a giant lake on Titan, the largest moon of Saturn.<p>They spotted the object in an image taken by Nasa's Cassini probe last year as it swung around the alien moon, more than a billion kilometres from Earth. …

The secrets of night-shining clouds

They’re back! People at high latitudes are seeing noctilucent or “night-shining” clouds, which always return to the skies around this time of year. …

Bones found in Spanish cave belonged to primitive Neanderthals – video

A haul of bones in a chamber at the bottom of a 14-metre-deep shaft in the Sima de los Huesos ('Pit of bones') cave in Spain are thought to belong to a primitive form of Neanderthal. The skulls, which are around 430,000 years old, are the earliest to show Neanderthal-like teeth and jaws, but the …

‘Magic Island’ pops up on Saturn’s moon

Radar images of Ligeia Mare, the second-largest sea on Saturn’s moon Titan, taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft reveal a bright, mysterious geologic …

Astronomy

Nasa's Ellen Stofan interview: 'Our plan is to colonise Mars'

<b>Is Nasa looking for intelligent life?</b><p>Nasa, right now, is really taking a step-wise approach: let's look at our own solar system and the most likely places where we might find life. That's why we are so focused on Mars, because we know Mars had liquid water on the surface and we think that is …

Scientists Spy 'Magic Island' On Titan, Saturn's Strangest Moon

As if Titan, the Saturnian moon with mountains, dunes, rivers and lakes made of flammable hydrocarbons, wasn’t weird enough, now researchers have spotted an “island” in the middle of its second-largest lake that seems to appear and disappear.<p>Rather than an island of magic or any other sort, the …

Concerns of U.S. Mosquito-Borne Disease Outbreak Heightened

Cases of Chikungunya, a debilitating mosquito-borne disease, have now been reported in Tennessee and North Carolina, leading to increased concerns of …

Public Health