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A Strange Type of Matter Might Lie Inside Neutron Stars, And It Breaks The Periodic Table

This is amazing and we are freaking out.<p>A group of physicists are questioning our understanding of how quarks - a type of elementary particle - …

Physics

Remote-Controlled Nanospears Will Attack Cancer Cells

Unlike ancient spears that delivered injury or death, nanospears deliver potentially life-saving genetic treatment.<p>Delivering gene therapy exactly, …

Cancer Cells

Researchers power tiny medical implant from over 100 feet away

Researchers at MIT are working on tiny implantable devices that can communicate and be powered wirelessly. In the future, they could be used to deliver drugs, treat disease or monitor conditions from inside a human body. Because the devices don't require a battery, they can be pretty small and the …

Medical Technology

Scientists create the first 3D-printed human corneas

Newcastle University researchers have devised a groundbreaking experimental technique that could help millions on the corneal transplant waiting list. By using a simple 3D bio-printer, Professor of Tissue Engineering Che Connon and his team of scientists were able to combine healthy corneal stem …

Newcastle University

The Brain Literally Starts Eating Itself When It Doesn't Get Enough Sleep

Holy crap.<p>The need for sleep goes far beyond simply replenishing our energy levels every 12 hours. Our brains actually change states when we sleep to …

Neuroscience

Wireless 'robofly' looks like an Insect, gets its power from lasers

A new type of flying robot is so tiny and lightweight — it weighs about as much as a toothpick — it can perch on your finger. The little flitter is also capable of untethered flight and is powered by lasers.<p>This is a big leap forward in the design of diminutive airborne bots, which are usually too …

10 Biggest Unsolved Mysteries About Planet Earth

From the water that covers most of it to the moon that orbits it, here are some bizarre things about our home planet that science still doesn't …

Planet Earth doomed to become ‘hellish’ death world like Venus, Nasa researchers fear

We love to grumble about life here on Earth, but it’s basically the nicest place in the known universe.<p>But it could one day follow in the footsteps …

Cool, but scary: New Google AI tech can isolate a single voice in a crowd

It's hard enough for us to keep track of who's talking in a loud or crowded party, imagine how difficult it is for automated systems to follow. …

Machine Learning

MIT's AlterEgo headset can read words you say in your head

I don't want to alarm you, but robots can now read your mind. Kind of.<p>AlterEgo is a new headset developed by MIT Media Lab. You strap it to your face. You talk to it. It talks to you. But no words are said. You say things in your head, like "what street am I on," and it reads the signals your brain …

MIT Media Lab

China's falling space station: See the best Tiangong-1 views

We're now counting down the hours until China's out-of-control space station Tiangong-1 enters the Earth's atmosphere, likely this weekend. It may or may not completely burn up.<p>Astronomers are doing their best to track the big chunk of space junk, and some have even managed to get images of the …

Space Exploration

Netflix and YouTube streaming video is about to get a lot faster

Tech's biggest companies -- including Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, Cisco and Netflix -- have finished the first version of video compression technology called AV1, and now they're ready to use it to speed up your streaming video.<p>AV1 can match the quality of the prevailing video compression …

Open Source Software

Interstellar Visitor 'Oumuamua Never Should Have Left Home, Theories Say

An interstellar object that whizzed through our solar system last year is confounding astronomers trying to understand how planets, comets and …

Astronomy

"Ultramassive" black holes may be the biggest ever found – and they're growing fast

Since they're basically invisible, it can be hard to pin down just how big a black hole is. They can range anywhere from a few times the mass of the …

Universe

Google's $249 AI-powered Clips camera is finally on sale

At its Pixel 2 launch event last year, Google also revealed its tiny Clips camera, that uses AI to figure out when it should take a picture or video. Now the $249 device has quietly become available for purchase on its website, however as <i>Android Police</i> notes, it could take a while to arrive. …

New car radar from the military

The modern car bristles with sensors, and radar is usually one of them. But compared to LIDAR and cameras, auto engineers tell me radar is sort of low-res, not too far removed from the image we have of it in all those old war movies. Until now.<p>Car tech supplier Magna just introduced what it calls …

Handy

Groundbreaking new studies suggest the presence of a fourth dimension

We live in a three-dimensional reality. Because of that, it’s pretty hard to imagine what a four-dimensional reality might be like, but that isn’t …

Our solar system may have formed inside a giant space bubble

There are various theories about how the solar system formed, but scientists haven't been able to agree on a single model that explains all the quirks of our corner of space as it exists today. Now, scientists at the University of Chicago have come up with a new model that explains an enduring …

Universe

The 10 Most Popular Scientific Papers Everyone Was Talking About This Year

We've read all of them. #humblebrag<p>In the academic world, citations matter. But thanks to the internet, the public is increasingly engaging with …

This gene therapy stopped mice from going deaf — and could save some humans’ hearing too

‘We have entered the age where the human genome is a real drug target.’<p>Scientists have successfully tweaked the DNA of mice with a specific genetic mutation to prevent them from going completely deaf. If the gene-editing technique is proven safe, it could one day be used to treat the same type of …

Scientists Are Boosting Human Memory With a Brain Implant

<i>Would you rather hear these stories in less than 10 minutes? Listen to our brand new daily podcast here.</i><p>From time to time, we all have trouble …

Mysterious monster of a black hole puzzles scientists

Beast. Goliath. Relic. Puzzling. These are all words scientists are using to describe the most distant supermassive black hole ever discovered.<p>A team led by scientists from MIT, the Carnegie Institution for Science, NASA and the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy released new research findings this …

Black Holes

That interstellar asteroid is even weirder than we thought

Our solar system recently had a very strange visitor. For the first time ever, scientists last month spotted an interstellar object invading our part of space. Astronomers have revealed more details about the now-confirmed interstellar interloper and it's just plain weird.<p>The Pan-Starrs 1 telescope …

Astronomy

Boeing buys Aurora, an autonomous drone company

Boeing has announced that it's buying Aurora Flight Sciences, a company that is developing autonomous flying vehicles. Aurora's strengths are in creating aircraft that take off and land vertically, and is looking to eliminate pilots from the equation entirely. The company has been working on such …

Researchers have increased atomic clock precision yet again

Researchers have pushed the precision and stability of atomic clocks to increasingly greater levels over the last few years. A big advancement was the introduction of optical lattices, lasers which essentially quarantine individual atoms and boost accuracy by keeping them from moving around and …

Harvard's tiny robotic arm can make endoscopic surgery safer

Minimally invasive surgery is already amazing as it is, but a team of Harvard scientists have created a device that expands its possible applications even further. They designed a tiny robotic arm that lays flat while the endoscope is moving through narrow passages and pops up to reveal tools …

Robotics

Das genmanipulierte Baby wird Realität

Kaputte Gene raus, heile Gene rein, Erbkrankheit weg. Was jetzt an Embryonen gelang, lässt ahnen: Der Mensch wird in die Evolution eingreifen. So …

Audi is wiring self-driving car passengers to see what makes them tick

Audi is emerging as a leader in autonomous cars, having just announced that its new 2018 A8 flagship will be the first production automobile in the world capable of Level 3 self-driving. But it's also taking a long, hard look at how people will spend time in autonomous vehicles, as well as how the …

Audi

Wi-Fi on planes worldwide will more than double by 2022

Despite security fears about the use of laptop computers on planes, the world's airlines are expected to more than double the number of planes equipped with wireless Internet to let passengers log on with portable electronic devices.<p>A new report by Britain's Juniper Research estimates that more …

DARPA Is Planning to Hack the Human Brain to Let Us "Upload" Skills

Mindhack For Faster Learning<p>In March 2016, DARPA — the U.S. military’s “mad science” branch — announced their Targeted Neuroplasticity Training (TNT) …