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Scientists propose collider that could turn light into matter

A pair of researchers predicted a method for turning light into matter 80 years ago, and now a new team of scientists are proposing a technique that could make that method happen in the purest way yet. The proposed method involves colliding two photons — the massless particles of light — that have …

Matter will be created from light within a year, claim scientists

Researchers have worked out how to make matter from pure light and are drawing up plans to demonstrate the feat within the next 12 months.<p>The theory underpinning the idea was first described 80 years ago by two physicists who later worked on the first atomic bomb. At the time they considered the …

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Simple harmonic motion: the swing of the pendulum

Yesterday my daughter saw the famous Tacoma Narrows bridge video for the first time in a talk by Roma Agrawal at the Royal Institution. As an example of oscillatory motion it made, as it always does, a profound impression.<p>Oscillatory motion is everywhere. The swing of the pendulum seems to be an …

'Firenado' Captured in Wild Instagram Photo

Meet the dust devil's more dangerous cousin. A Missouri woman captured a picture of the above pillar of fire as she was driving down a road in the …

Should Animals Be Able To Sue Their Owners?

One group of lawyers thinks so--and vows not to quit until they succeed.<p>Tommy, a chimpanzee in upstate New York has become the first non-human primate to sue its captor, in an effort to become free. But it's not like the chimp actually walked into a courtroom and filed papers himself. Rather, a …

A circuit board modeled on the human brain

New microchips based on the human brain are 9,000 times faster and use significantly less power than a typical PC.<p>Stanford bioengineers have …

Doctors are prescribing mushrooms to cancer patients to treat anxiety

The results of the first study on LSD used in drug therapy were announced last month, hinting at the benefits of psychedelics substances used in treating patients with anxiety. Now, according to <i>The Atlantic</i>, similar research is being conducted at New York University, as scientists test psilocybin …

Our godless brains: Emerging science reveals mind-blowing alternatives to a higher power

Science has yet to uncover many mysteries of the mind. But there are more reasons than ever why God isn’t necessary<p>Physics is the mother science. As such, it holds the greatest power for discovering the true nature of the universe and life within it. Physicists these days seem preoccupied with …

Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept Previews 'Augmented Reality' Display and Gesture Control

Concept cars aren’t what they used to be.<p>Take the Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept, recently unveiled at the New York International Auto Show, for example. There was a time when some of its high-tech features, such as the ability to use hand gestures for different functions inside the vehicle, …

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Will nuclear-powered spaceships take us to the stars?

In the 1950s, rocket scientists dreamed of atomic-powered spaceships. Now these far-fetched designs might help a new generation explore the cosmos.<p>Project Orion has to be the most audacious, dangerous and downright absurd space programme ever funded by the US taxpayer. This 1950s design involved …

Seeing red? The mind-bending power of colour

One person sees a blue and black dress, another a white and gold one. Why? Once dismissed as hippyish, the science of colour is finally being taken seriously<p>If you give the patient one pill, he perks up. If you give him another pill, he calms down. That might not surprise you. What might, though, …

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Starting Today, Google Maps Is A Time Machine

See progress (or decay) on the march, right on your computer screen.<p>Even as Google continues expanding its Maps—going as far as documenting polar bear migrations—the company has to regularly dispatch their Street View cars to places they've already been: cities change, and it takes another lap to …

Why does ice float?

Top 10 Physics Findings That Will Tangle Your Brain

There's a reason Albert Einstein always looked like he'd stuck his finger in a light socket: Physicists spend their days doing some of the most mind-blowing research in science. Here are 10 physics findings that will cramp your brain and make your hair stand on end.<p><i>"Expanding Universe" by Mblegacy</i> …

'Cosmos' review: making science cool again

Whether he’s discussing NASA’s impact on our cultural psyche or emailing James Cameron about the night sky, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson has a remarkably consistent message: our future depends on a passionate embrace of science, and for that to happen, science needs to be cool. It should come as no …

Ancient "Giant Virus" Revived From Siberian Permafrost

Climate change could release more ancient viruses. Is there a risk to humans?<p>Buried deep in the Siberian permafrost and untouched for over 30,000 years, researchers have discovered what is thought to be the newest representative of what are loosely known as "giant viruses."<p>A team led by Jean-Michel …

Next-generation GPS satellite launched into orbit | Reuters

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - A U.S. Global Positioning System satellite was launched into orbit on Thursday, buttressing a 31-member navigation network in constant use by the military, civilian agencies and commercial customers worldwide.<p>A view of the Delta IV rocket streaking across the sky …

DARPA Wants To Teach Drones To Fight Airplanes

How do you manage a sky full of humans and robots? A new DARPA initiative aims to find out.<p>The very first airplanes used in war were scouts and light bombers, which flew above armies and dropped small bombs (often thrown from a pilot's hand) onto enemies. By and large, that's where military drones …

Men Who Vandalized Egyptian Pyramid To Prove Theory Face Charges

Two self-styled amateur archeologists from Germany, who filmed themselves scraping off pieces of Egypt's Great Pyramid in hopes of proving that the ancient wonder was built by people from the legendary city of Atlantis, are now facing possible criminal charges in their home country.<p>During a trip to …

First Fecal Transplant Bank Opens

The Massachusetts-based company has delivered stool samples to 13 hospitals around the country.<p>A lot of people don't give a crap. But OpenBiome, a company based in Cambridge, Mass., does, quite literally. The group has opened a facility that collects stool samples from healthy, pre-screened …

Google Unveils A Smartphone Prototype That Maps The World

Project Tango constantly scans its surroundings, giving people--and Google--better maps than ever<p>As great as Google Maps is, if you need to be directed to somewhere _really _specific--as in, a specific room in a specific building on a specific street--it stumbles. Not too long ago, we predicted …

Austria's Beautiful Mountainside Thermal Retreat

Located in Oberlngenfeld, Austria, the <i>Aqua Dome</i> is an impressive contemporary spa and retreat found at the foothills of the area's scenic mountains. Using the rocky backdrop for inspiration, many of the structures featured at the lodge reflect the shapes and forms found within the surrounding …

From Ashes To Ashes To Diamonds: A Way To Treasure The Dead

<b>Listen · 3:00</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>Diamonds are supposed to be a girl's best friend. Now, they might also be her mother, father or grandmother.<p>Swiss company Algordanza takes cremated human remains and — under high heat and pressure that mimic conditions deep within the Earth — …

The Wind Rises - Trailer 2

Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes. Nearsighted from a young age and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese …

Western Scientists Look To Chinese Medicine For Fresh Leads

In the quest for new treatments, U.S. researchers are looking to traditional Chinese medicines, some of the oldest remedies in the world.<p>A recent discovery resulted in a better treatment for a type of leukemia that strikes about 1 in 250,000 people in the U.S. Another study found a potential new …

Why we want to spend the rest of our lives on Mars

Since its announcement in May 2012, the Mars One project hasn't had an easy ride. Critics have questioned all aspects, from the technical feasibility to its funding model. But recent developments from the project seem to be bringing the goal of starting a human colony on Mars by 2025 a little …

Soaring Above the World from a Bird's Perspective

<i>Proud Wanderer</i> is a creative series by nature and animal photographer Howard Lau, aka HOWLD, that captures the exquisite motion of birds in mid-flight. In the series, Lau creates sensations that viewers are soaring high up in the sky alongside each bird. He provides us with a rare opportunity to …

Build Your Own Raspberry Pi Touchscreen WiFi-Enabled Camera for About $150

Building your own touchscreen, WiFi-enabled digital camera might seem like the most expensive of photo-related DIY projects, but it doesn’t have to …