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Scientists create mineral that can remove CO2 pollution from the atmosphere

Scientists have found a way to produce a mineral, known as magnesite, in a lab that can absorb CO2 from the atmosphere, offering a potential strategy …

Trent University

Boris Johnson and the liberal criticism of Islam

A truly bizarre thing happened yesterday: Boris Johnson was branded an Islamophobe and a bigot for writing in <i>defence</i> of Muslim women who wear the niqab.<p>In his Telegraph column, Johnson said it was wrong for Denmark to ban the niqab and burqa in public places because the state should not be telling …

Religion

Physicists Have Invented an Essential Component Needed For Quantum Computers

They're using a new state of matter.<p>In 2016, the Nobel Prize in Physics went to three British scientists for their work on superconductors and …

Quantum Physics

Academics created a periodic table of mind-blowing tech, and it's a handy guide to how the world will change forever

Academics at Imperial Tech Foresight (ITF), an offshoot of Imperial College London, have been working to bring to life nebulous and intangible technological advances in a way you've never seen before.<p>They have created a table of disruptive tech, taking inspiration from the periodic table of …

Imperial College London

Religious decline was the key to economic development in the 20th century

We have known for decades that secular countries tend to be richer than religious ones. Finding out why involves unpicking a complex knot of …

Rights & Freedoms

Scientists can 3D print human heart tissue now. The future is here

Long term, the goal of 3D bioprinting is to be able to 3D print fully functioning organs which can be used to replace the failing biological organs …

Plastic-eating bacteria discovered by student could help solve global pollution crisis

A student may have found a solution to one of the world’s most urgent environmental crises – breeding bacteria capable of “eating” plastic and …

Bill Gates: Everyone should know these 3 facts

Billionaire Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates says you need to know three facts to better understand the world.<p>Those statistics are the global rate of …

So You Want to Read Comedic Fantasy: Here’s Where to Start

The Tales of Pell<p><i>Iron Druid Chronicles</i> author Kevin Hearne and <i>Star Wars: Phasma</i> author Delilah S. Dawson’s <i>Kill the Farm Boy</i> is a take-no-prisoners …

Books

Mexico's World Cup Win May Have Caused a Man-Made Earthquake in Mexico City

You could say Mexico fans were shook.<p>The 2018 FIFA World Cup had its first major upset on Sunday after Mexico beat Germany — the 2014 World Cup …

Smart Robots Are the Secret to Spaceflight's Future

How automation will revolutionize launches, orbital operations, and building huge things in space.<p>A spacecraft, spinning in Earth’s orbit, reaches inside itself. One of its four arms pulls out a length of polymer pipe that has been 3D-printed inside the body of the machines. All four of the …

What’s the Minimum Number of People you Should Send in a Generational Ship to Proxima Centauri?

Humanity has long dreamed about sending humans to other planets, even before crewed spaceflight became a reality. And with the discovery of thousands …

Steal Einstein's 2-Part Formula for Coming Up With Breakthrough Ideas

The genius knew that to do great work you sometimes have to do absolutely nothing.<p>In 1905 Albert Einstein had what is known as his 'Miracle Year.' In just twelve months the 26-year-old genius published a series of four papers that expounded special relativity, introduced E=mc2, and transformed …

In a Surprise Move, Elon Musk Just Made What Might Be His Biggest Announcement of 2018

Elon Musk gets out of Silicon Valley and sets his sights on the Midwest.<p>Everyone will soon forget that Elon Musk laid off 9 percent of his staff earlier this week. Because one of his companies just won a multibillion-dollar bid to bring high-speed public transportation to Chicago, Bloomberg reports.<p>…

Why Brexit will never end

I hate to take issue with a fellow Spectator writer, but Robert Peston’s revelation that a “no deal” Brexit is now off the table strikes me as a prime example of Westminster’s ability to ignore the bleeding obvious for months on end then talk cobblers in an authoritative voice when finally forced …

Ignorance Of History Often Leads Oil Pundits Astray

Some years ago, an academic colleague referred to an older economist as ‘a historian,’ which was clearly intended as an insult, given the fetishism among American academic economists for higher-level mathematics. I can’t count the number of time economists have said to me that they simply cannot …

G-7 Summit Gets Its Communique But Only Papers Over Trade Spats

Leaders of the Group of Seven rich nations who threatened to confront President Donald Trump for slapping them with tariffs ended their annual summit …

Successful trial of 'coral IVF' gives hope for Australia's Great Barrier Reef

<b>Cairns, Australia (CNN) —</b> A coral fertility treatment designed to help heal damaged parts of Australia's Great Barrier Reef is showing signs of success and now needs to be scaled up to create a bigger impact, the lead scientist tells CNN.<p>Peter Harrison, a professor at Southern Cross University in …

Great Barrier Reef

Building Blocks of Life Found on Mars

Exploring Mars<p>Two landmark discoveries reveal organic carbon on the red planet, shaping the future hunt for life on Mars.<p>Day to day, it’s easy to lose sight of an astonishing fact: Since 2012, humankind has been driving a nuclear-powered sciencemobile the size of an SUV on another planet.<p>This …

Mystery of Easter Island finally solved? - CNN iReport

The key to the riddle of Easter Island was hidden in plain sight, but was not seen for long time. While we were all fixing our attention on giant statues – Moai -we forgot to pay enough attention to stone platforms they were standing on. And those platforms were the key to the riddle.<p>Polynesian …

South America

This robotic hose-dragon could jet its way into burning buildings

While hose-toting drones may be a fantasy, hose-powered robo-dragons (or robotic hose-dragons — however you like it) are very much a reality. This strange but potentially useful robot from Japanese researchers could snake into the windows of burning buildings, blasting everything around it with the …

Venezuelans Shrugged. Ayn Rand Was Right.

Opinion<p>Posted: Jun 04, 2018 12:01 AM<p><i>The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not represent the views of Townhall.com.</i><p>In 1957, Ayn …

Elon Musk tells Boeing to put its money where its mouth is over claims it will beat SpaceX to Mars

Boeing thinks it’ll get humans to Mars first, Elon Musk disagrees...<p>Boeing is adamant that it’ll be the first company to send a craft to Mars, …

Math Geeks Must Wait 100 Years for a Day Like This

In certain circles, including some of the ones I travel in, there’s great excitement about today’s date. We won’t see its like again for another century.<p>What makes today so special? The date -- 1/6/18 1 -- lines up with the first four digits of the golden ratio, a mathematical constant that’s …

Mathematics

This May Be The Biggest Economic And Social Shift Of The Last 100 Years. Are You Ready?

The changes coming in driverless vehicles are just the tip of the iceberg. What's yet to come is nothing short of unimaginable.<p>The constant chatter about driverless, autonomous, and electric vehicles is nearly deafening. Yet, in all of that noise what's most often missed is that the implications …

A US startup has lit the first fire in its zero-emissions fossil-fuel power plant

The US energy startup, Net Power, has announced that it has successfully fired up its natural-gas plant in La Porte, Texas. In the age of climate change, when reducing emissions should be our primary goal, it may sound odd to celebrate the launch of a fossil fuel-burning plant. But Net Power is …

Natural Gas

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

Prime delivery, straight from the moon? Bezos dreams of heavy industry in space

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is convinced that one day “we are going to have to leave this planet.” And he believes that his Blue Origin space company …

A Physicist Has Proposed a Grim Explanation For Why We Never See Aliens

The fault in our stars.<p>The Universe is so unimaginably big, and it's positively teeming with an almost infinite supply of potentially life-giving …

A Swiss weedkiller robot could curb our dependence on herbicides

It takes a lot of work to keep produce aisles stocked in grocery stores — there’s the planting, tending, picking, and shipping. And even though most …