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The 'Superman memory crystal' could hold the future of data storage

Scientists at the University of Southampton are offering a tantalizing look into a new type of technology that could be be the future of data storage.<p>…

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What's the point of theoretical physics?

You don't have to be a scientist to get excited about breakthroughs in theoretical physics. Discoveries such as gravitational waves and the Higgs …

Theoretical Physics

How to survive a global disaster: a handy guide

Whether it’s a natural disaster, bioterrorist attack or pandemic, experts reckon society as we know it will collapse within 13 days of a catastrophic event. So what do you do next?<p>On 22 June, 2001, Tara O’Toole and Thomas Inglesby of the Johns Hopkins Center for Civilian Biodefense Strategies, …

EnergySolutions

What goes on inside a black hole

Ever wanted to peek inside a black hole, even if just in theory? Kip Thorne, the physicist behind "Interstellar" and "Contact," takes us on a …

Physics

100 Years After Einstein's Relativity, We're Still Just Figuring Gravity Out

The most apparent of forces is still far and away the most mysterious of them.<p>As macro-scale collections of some 7 billion billion billion atoms per human body, our world appears to be dominated by gravity. It is our days and nights, our weather, our thudded footsteps, our fear of heights. The …

Physics

Producing electrical power with cardboard, tape, and a pencil

The principle underlying this system is well known: static electricity. When two insulators like paper and teflon come into contact, they gain or …

8 Houseplants That Improve Air Quality

Plants clean the airA study out of NASA called “Interior Landscape Plants for Indoor Air Pollution Abatement,” published in 1989 and intended to help …

Plants

The ultra-violent origins of gold

It seems supernovas aren’t enough. Nature has an even more extreme way of making heavy elements. And we may be on the point of observing the distortions of space-time caused in the process<p>As far as we can tell, the age of the universe is about 13.82bn years, and that of the solar system is about …

Physics

Bronze Age settlement dubbed ‘Peterborough Pompeii’ due to amazing preservation

Archaeologists found complete roundhouses, pots containing meals and clothes hastily abandoned in the ruins of the site at Must Farm Quarry near Whittlesey<p>A British Bronze Age settlement, captured in time at the very moment settlers fled for their lives from a devastating fire, has been dubbed the …

This physicist has a groundbreaking idea about why life exists

Why does life exist?<p>Popular hypotheses credit a primordial soup, a bolt of lightning, and a colossal stroke of luck.<p>But if a provocative new theory is correct, luck may have little to do with it. Instead, according to the physicist proposing the idea, the origin and subsequent evolution of life …

Physics

Scientists have used groundbreaking technology to figure out how the Earth looked a billion years ago

By the time Dietmar Mueller arrived at the University of Texas as a graduate student in the mid-1980s, scientists had already long embraced a once-astonishing idea: that the continents on which all human history has unfolded, rather than fixtures of constancy, were orphans of a former grand …

Earth Science

How to Use Your Digital Calipers: 7 Tips

In order to take accurate measurements, it’s important to know how to use calipers properly. Digital calipers are your best friend when it comes to taking accurate measurements of small objects. For digital fabrication work (CNC mills, 3D Printers, CNC routers, and laser cutters) they’re downright …

Vladimir Putin fancies himself a tsar standing up to Turkey’s would-be sultan

“It’s the economy, stupid,” was behind Bill Clinton’s political success. With Russian president Vladimir Putin, it’s history, stupid.<p>As a very contemporary saying in Moscow goes, Putin has failed to build us a great future, so he has built up our great past. From Moscow to Crimea (annexed from …

Russia

This 18-year-old won $400,000 for a video that makes Einstein's relativity theory seem simple

When high school student Ryan Chester heard that Silicon Valley's prestigious Breakthrough Prize would include a new category for an outstanding science video, he decided to go big and tackle a question that baffles most adults:<p>Why do space travelers experience time more slowly than people on …

Physics

Schrödinger's microbe: physicists plan to put living organism in two places at once

A radical demonstration of quantum theory could see a bacterium suspended in an uncertain state similar to that famously endured by Schrödinger’s cat<p>Physicists have drawn up plans to put a living organism in two places at once in a radical demonstration of quantum theory.<p>The scientists aim to …

Quantum Mechanics

A Record-Breaking New Artificial Leaf Makes Power From Sun And Water

The system can power a home or a car.<p>For some energy researchers, it’s the holy grail: How can technology cheaply and sustainably recreate photosynthesis, nature’s way of making fuel, which works way better at taking energy from the sun than anything we’ve been able to invent?<p>A new “artificial …

Photos: The Beautiful Architecture of India’s Ancient Stepwells

Over the past several years, Chicago-based journalist Victoria Lautman has traveled through India numerous times, visiting over 120 ancient stepwells …

India

Real-life ‘Jurassic Park’? Siberian lab set to clone extinct mammals

Russian scientists have begun their quest to clone prehistoric animals, including but not limited to a woolly mammoth, hoping that Siberian …

Definitive Quantum Entanglement Test Could Secure the Future of Cryptography

Einstein was right about a lot of things, but this isn’t one of them.A new experiment demonstrates for the first time that his aversion to quantum …

Quantum Mechanics

British Atlantis: archaeologists begin exploring lost world of Doggerland

Archaeologists at the University of Bradford will be taking deep sea core samples to find the DNA of Doggerland to reconstruct the environment<p>A lost world off the British coast which was flooded by the rising North Sea thousands of years ago, is finally to reveal its secrets.<p>The ancient country of …

Wasp study finds sting in the tail for cancer cells

Research has found a Brazilian wasp’s venom could destroy tumours of leukaemia, prostate and bladder cancer without harming healthy tissue<p>The venom of the Brazilian wasp <i>Polybia paulista</i> contains a powerful “smart” drug that selectively targets and destroys tumour cells without harming normal cells, …

Cancer

Amazing DIY computer control panel

If only all computer interfaces were as gloriously sci-fi as this excellent "DIY Overhead Control Panel" hand-built by a maker called Smashcuts. It …

Amazing

The Top 3 Mind-Boggling Quantum Experiments That Will Drop Your Jaw

I'm in!<p>Quantum physics has revealed that the true nature of our reality is much “weirder” than we previously thought. Findings in this realm …