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The big bang: are we in a ‘pics or it didn’t happen’ type situation?

<b>Name:</b> The big bang<p><b>Age:</b> 13.8bn years, or no age at all, because it didn’t happen.<p><b>Appearance:</b> Big and bangy, or it doesn’t have an appearance, because it didn’t happen.<p><b>Why are you being so down on the big bang? Are you one of those creationists?</b> Quite the opposite. I’m just here to tell you that Cern …

Physics

Scientists develop a water splitter that runs on an ordinary AAA battery

In 2015, American consumers will finally be able to purchase fuel cell cars from Toyota and other manufacturers. Although touted as zero-emissions …

Team unearths what may be secret weapon against antibiotic resistance

if they can make strains of bacteria which product this in the lab, and people have been genetically modifying foods for 2 decades, using bacterial …

5 myths about the moon

Moon myths, take that! Here are 5 of the most common myths about our moon explained.<p>We have full moons, blue moons, Harvest moons, supermoons and any …

Astronomy

Obama attacks Republicans for appeasing climate deniers

President says members of congress are feigning ignorance of science because they fear backlash from 'fringe elements'<p>Barack Obama has turned up the political heat on climate deniers, making fun of Republicans in Congress for catering to “a bunch of fringe elements”.<p>In a speech to environmental …

Happy anniversary! On Mars, Curiosity rover has done a lot in a long year

A year is a very long time on Mars -- 687 days. NASA's Curiosity rover can attest that it's enough time for some unexpected life changes.<p>On Tuesday, the rover celebrated the Martian one-year anniversary of its touchdown on August 6, 2012.<p>Looking back, some things have gone much better than …

A Simple, Elegant Invention That Draws Water From Air

When Italian designer Arturo Vittori and Swiss architect Andreas Vogler first visited Ethiopia in 2012, they were shocked to see women and children forced to walk miles for water.<p>Only 34 percent of Ethiopians have access to a reliable water supply. Some travel up to six hours a day to fetch some …

The Crazy Genius Behind Solar Roadways

Here’s an idea crazy enough that it just might work: Pave the streets with solar-powered panels that have their own built-in heat and LED lights. That’s what Scott and Julie Brusaw hope to accomplish with their ongoing Solar Roadways project, which they just funded through a hugely popular …

Future Planes Might Run On Just Sunshine, Water, And CO2 Sucked From The Air

A solar fuel that could change the aviation industry’s greenhouse gas footprint is in development. But it’s got a long way to go before it can fly.<p>In the future, airplanes might start running on CO2 that is sucked from the air and transformed into jet fuel using nothing but sunshine and …

A Skyscraper-Sized Solar-Wind Tower Could Become North America's Tallest Structure

Dolphins Use Sponges As Tools To Snag Snacks, Scientists Say

Dolphins can use sponges as tools to snag food they could not otherwise grab, researchers say.<p>This is the first direct evidence that dolphins can use tools to carve out unique places in the food chain, scientists added.<p>Dolphins are often ranked among the smartest members of the animal kingdom. They …

The Best Candidates For Earth 2.0

It is only a matter of time before we will need a new rock to call home.<p>Fortunately, there are plenty of planets beyond our solar system that are similar in size to Earth and circle stars like our sun.<p>These planets are known to exist in the "habitable zone," a region that is not too hot or too …

Science and God: Can They Co-Exist?

Can science and God co-exist? For centuries, science and religion have been at odds, with some fearing that the more scientists uncover, the more …

Container rethink: Ooho team cooks up water holder

(Phys.org) —Think about it. A Sunday in the park. Trashbins overflow with plastic water bottles cast off by joggers, power walkers and their cheering …

Take away this one gene and mice live long and lean - Futurity

By deleting a single gene, researchers were able to dramatically reduce fat mass in mice while expanding their lifespan by 20 percent, a new study …

Dolphin-Squeak-To-English Translator Works In Real Time

You had me at "seaweed."<p>For the first time ever, a device has enabled people to translate a dolphin whistle in real time. The dolphin's first word was "sargassum," a type of seaweed.<p>"I was like whoa! We have a match. I was stunned," researcher Denise Herzing told New Scientist. At the time, in …

Translation

We may already know how we will cure death—but should we?

A pair of advocates—they do legitimate research too, but their ardor is so intense, it’s hard to call them scientists—believe that they will, within their lifetimes, make ours the first generation of humans to live forever.<p>Their quest is elegantly laid out in <i>The Immortalists</i>, a new documentary …

Singularity

Big Bang Discovery Opens Doors to the "Multiverse"

Gravitational waves detected in the aftermath of the Big Bang suggest one universe just might not be enough.<p>Bored with your old dimensions—up and down, right and left, and back and forth? So tiresome. Take heart, folks. The latest news from Big Bang cosmologists offers us some relief from our …

A Psyche the Size of the Sea

A foundational observation of ecopsychology is that mental health is intertwined with the health of our planet. As Theodore Roszak, a spokesman for the field, stated in his 1992 book <i>The Voice of the Earth</i>:<p>"Ecopsychology holds that there is a synergistic interplay between planetary and personal …

Internal Combustion Engine

Here's What Really Matters to Our Youth, Maybe We Should Listen

How often are we inspired by the pureness of children and reminded about the essence of being alive? 13-year-old native Sliammon youth, Ta'Kaiya Blaney will knock your socks off in this short inspirational video for World Water Day.<p>"I can see clearly through the sentimental veil of childhood …

Apple's Climate Stance Signals Hope for Brave New World

<i>In the court of public opinion, optics matter. And when the world's most visible company publicly recognizes its role in addressing climate change, people notice.</i><p>Can leadership from popular brands alter how we think about climate change?<p>By all accounts, Apple CEO Tim Cook was visibly unnerved …

Climate

One Solution to Climate Change and Growing Healthier Food Is Right Under Our Feet

Imagine if we could quickly reduce the threat of climate change and grow healthier crops at the same time, without the sacrifice the coal and oil industry tells us are inevitable! Turns out we can, and the solution is literally right under our feet.<p>As we know now, too much carbon dioxide (CO2) in …

Farming

Scientists Baffled by Mysterious Force Tossing Stars Out of Our Galaxy

Something is hitting stars in our Milky Way galaxy with such force that they are reaching the million-plus mile-per-hour velocity needed to break …

What killed off the giant beasts – climate change or man?

They were some of the strangest animals to walk the Earth: wombats as big as hippos, sloths larger than bears, four-tusked elephants, and an armadillo that would have dwarfed a VW Beetle. They flourished for millions of years, then vanished from our planet just as humans emerged from their African …

These Massive Mirrored Dishes Could Make Solar Cheaper For All

IBM Research is developing solar equipment that does a much better job at harnessing the sun’s rays than today’s designs.<p>So much sunlight hits the Earth each day that the world’s entire electricity needs could be met by harvesting only 2% of the solar energy in the Sahara Desert. Of course, using …

Gravitational Waves: Einstein Was Right, Again, Maybe

Cosmologists hope for a field-rocking announcement next week.<p>What's the latest cosmology gossip? According to the Guardian, the field is awash with rumors that next week, American scientists will announce the detection of gravitational waves: incredibly small ripples carrying energy across the void …

Physics

How Much Water Actually Goes Into Making A Bottle Of Water?

Environmental activists have long claimed that bottled water is wasteful. Usually, they point to the roughly 50 billion (mostly plastic) bottles we throw away every year.<p>The International Bottled Water Association, ever sensitive to criticism that it's wasting precious resources, has commissioned …

Experts see cheaper, easier way to turn natural gas into fuels | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. scientists said on Thursday they have devised a potentially easier, cheaper and cleaner way to turn natural gas into usable fuels and chemicals - a discovery which could lead to natural gas products displacing oil products in the future.<p>Excess natural gas is being …

Bio-IT World

<b>By Aaron Krol</b><p><b>March 4, 2014 |</b> In a media briefing hosted in San Diego, Calif., J. Craig Venter—best known as the man who raced against the …

Genetics