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10 Paintings which create mind-blowing optical illusions

3 A puzzle or a living room?<p>The sweet innocence of children playing in a living room is enhanced by the presence of yet another scene of children …

29 Scary Optical Illusions

Prev postNext post<p>Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse<p>We enjoy fear and also like to look at pictures that make us afraid and …

Autonomous drone flies through trees at 30mph

A lightweight, quick thinking, autonomous drone has been unveiled that can dodge and dive its way around obstacles while flying at 30mph.<p>Created by …

This man is closer than ever to building the world's first time machine

It was a personal tragedy that started the timeline. After Boyd Mallett died of a sudden heart attack in 1955, his 10 year old son, Ronald, made a …

Roger Goodell hears Tom Brady's Deflategate appeal: 4 things to know

Tom Brady's day of reckoning is here. The Patriots quarterback met Tuesday with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to appeal his four-game suspension …

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Large Hadron Collider ramps up to shed light on dark matter

LHC will run at nearly double its previous energy, smashing protons to open up the subatomic world and look for more varieties of Higgs boson<p>Researchers on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) near Geneva are making final preparations to restart the giant underground machine and with it their quest to …

Physics

White Dwarfs: Compact Corpses of Stars

The stars in the sky may seem ageless and unchanging, but eventually most of them will turn into white dwarfs, the last observable stage of evolution …

Conservation news - Environmental science and conservation news

by Genevieve Belmaker 2 April 2018<p>There are two versions of the story, and both of them are true. In one version, Conservation International (CI) is …

Quantum physics rules nature

Quantum theory doesn't just apply to physics - it's behind natural things like photosynthesis, homing pigeons and possibly consciousness itself, …

Symmetry, and breaking it

How symmetries, and broken symmetries, help physics to be objective and help me to keep my equanimity<p>Symmetry is a very important idea in physics; it lies behind basic laws such as the conservation of energy, and behind the state-of-the-art theory of particle physics, the Standard Model.<p>If a system …

Physics

Google Earth Pro Is Now Available For Free

Today Google has announced that Google Earth Pro is now available for free. Google Earth Pro used to cost $399 per year. Google Earth is a geospatial software application that displays a virtual globe, which offers the ability to analyze and capture geographical data. Google Earth was created after …

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Who governs science?

Traditionally, science holds itself to account, primarily through internal systems of peer review. But the recent retraction of two papers on stem-cell research by the journal Nature highlights weaknesses in this self-regulatory framework that scientists need to address<p>To err is human, so why …

Is Sugar Really Toxic? Sifting through the Evidence

Credit: Lauri Andler (Phantom), via Wikimedia Commons<p>Our very first experience of exceptional sweetness—a dollop of buttercream frosting on a …

Top 10 scientific mysteries for the 21st century

The last few centuries have been pretty good for science. In the 17th century, Isaac Newton solved the ancient controversy over the nature of forces …

Citizen scientists lead astronomers to mystery objects in space

Sometimes it takes a village to find new and unusual objects in space. Volunteers scanning tens of thousands of starry images from NASA's Spitzer …

Nothing is solid: This is the world of Quantum Physics

Nobel Prize winning physicists have proven beyond doubt that the physical world is one large sea of energy that flashes into and out of being in …

Quantum Mechanics

New micro-ring resonator creates quantum entanglement on a silicon chip

The quantum entanglement of particles, such as photons, is a prerequisite for the new and future technologies of quantum computing, …

Missing link in metal physics explains Earth's magnetic field

Earth's magnetic field is crucial for our existence, as it shields the life on our planet's surface from deadly cosmic rays. It is generated by …

Magnetism

The Quantum Experiment That Simulates A Time Machine

Physicists have simulated a photon interacting with an older version of itself in an experiment that could help reconcile quantum mechanics and …

Tomorrow’s Technology Depends on Today’s Physics

Did you know that you already love physics? Consider the technology around you.<p>Your computer’s microchips were built from transistors using quantum …

Quantum storage breakthrough key to 'unbreakable' encryption

​A new quantum hard drive jointly developed by researchers in Australia and New Zealand could lead the way to an 'unbreakable' worldwide data …

Survey finds Americans worried DNA may be in their food

As anyone with a passing knowledge of biology should know, deoxyribonucleic acid — DNA — is present in every living thing, from single-cell algae to …

Sexy new renders show the iPad Pro and 12-inch MacBook Air side-by-side

The Apple Watch might be Cupertino’s most hotly anticipated product, but for my money, the two releases I’m most excited about this year are the 12-inch MacBook Air and the 12-inch iPad Pro. Outside of a few leaked images, though, we still have not seen either of these rumored devices in the …

APOD: A Twisted Solar Eruptive Prominence (2015 Jan 25) Video Credit: SOHO Consortium, EIT, ESA, NASA http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150125.html http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/image/1501/proanim3_soho_640.mp4 Explanation: Ten Earths could easily fit in the "claw" of this seemingly solar monster. The monster, actually a huge eruptive prominence, is seen moving out from our Sun in this condensed half-hour time-lapse sequence. This large prominence, though, is significant not only for its size, but its shape. The twisted figure eight shape indicates that a complex magnetic field threads through the emerging solar particles. Differential rotation of gas just inside the surface of the Sun might help account for the surface explosion. The five frame sequence was taken in early 2000 by the Sun-orbiting SOHO satellite. Although large prominences and energetic Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) are relatively rare, they are again occurring more frequently now that we are near the Solar Maximum, a time of peak sunspot and solar activity in the eleven-year solar cycle. http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/ http://www.esa.int/ http://www.nasa.gov/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=150125 #APOD

Yes, People Actually Bought These Gold-Plated Video Game Controllers

Thirty years ago, video game controllers were plastic, and they looked like this:<p>(Photo: Wikipedia)<p>Now, thanks to ColorWare, a company that offers color customizations for a variety of electronic products, a handful of gamers can join the "Call of Duty" frontlines with 24-karat gold controllers in …

Smart Keyboard Could Be Self-Powered, Self-Secured, Self-Cleaning

About the only thing it can't do is write your papers for you<p>Sure, your keyboard is good for turning thoughts into words—but couldn't it do more? Some clever scientists from universities in the U.S. and China have concocted an even smarter, more powerful keyboard that could not only enhance your …

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