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Google now rewards Chrome bug hunters all year round

One way to reduce the number of bugs or exploits in your software is to throw it open to some of the best and most devious minds in the industry and ask them to pull it apart. That's what Google has done with its annual Pwnium conference, where it's rewarded researchers with millions of dollars in …

Watch a Massive Sunspot Speed Across the Sun

Watch as an enormous and extremely energetic group of sunspots complete their trek across the face of the sun. Known as Active Region 1967 (AR1967), …

The Strange, Deadly Effects Mars Would Have on Your Body

We’ve imagined sending people to Mars since well before Gagarin’s first spaceflight. Wernher von Braun, principal architect of the Saturn V launcher …

We're One Step Closer to Nuclear Fusion Energy

Scientists with the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory announced today that they have achieved a critical …

Strange Dark Streaks on Mars Get More and More Mysterious

There is a deep and watery mystery on Mars. Whether or not the Red Planet ever had water on it has long been solved. Plenty of evidence exists for …

This Woman Invented a Way to Run 30 Lab Tests on Only One Drop of Blood | WIRED

Phlebotomy. Even the word sounds archaic—and that’s nothing compared to the slow, expensive, and inefficient reality of drawing blood and having it …

Quantum Microscope May Be Able to See Inside Living Cells

By combining quantum mechanical quirks of light with a technique called photonic force microscopy, scientists can now probe detailed structures …

The Return of the Polar Vortex Is Actually a Good Thing

Just when you thought it was safe to go outside again, the polar vortex is back, blasting the Midwest and eastern half of the U.S with very cold …

Bird Flu Strain Jumps From Animals To People For The First Time

H6N1 bird flu has been identified in a woman in Taiwan.<p>A common strain of bird flu that had previously only infected poultry has reached what's reported to be its first human patient, according to a study released in the <i>Lancet Respiratory Medicine</i> today.<p>Earlier this spring, the Taiwanese woman came …

Bird Flu

Distant Stars, Saturn's Bars, and a Trip to Mars

A supernova's ghost, Saturn's unearthly rings, and the next Mars mission's send-off round out the week's best space pictures.

The Queen Will See You Now: How Bees’ Sense Of Smell Might Soon Diagnose Disease

Bees have a nose 100 times more powerful than a human’s. Like dogs, it turns out they can be trained and used in diagnostic tests. A London artist now has a contraption to do just that.<p>Even when a honeybee is a couple of miles away, it can still smell a particular flower or toxin. A bee’s olfactory …

Hubble Spots Water Plumes on Europa

The geysers could make it easier to search for life under the ice.<p><b>Geysers spew water from the tiger-striped south pole of Jupiter's ice-covered moon Europa, suggest observations from NASA's Hubble space telescope.</b><p><b>If the existence of the plumes can be confirmed, they will perhaps allow future space</b> …

How Your Internal Organs Could Power Implanted Devices

A stamp-size patch generates electricity from the beating of a heart or the expansion and contraction of the lungs.<p><b>Many of the life-saving electronics</b> surgeons can now implant in the human body—pacemakers that correct abnormal heart rhythms, deep brain stimulators that treat Parkinson's, neural …

Unlocking Secrets of the Grand Canyon's Age

Rocks from the iconic gorge provide the clues.<p>To the untrained eye, the Grand Canyon might just look like one big hole in the ground. But to some scientists, the American Southwest's iconic gorge is increasingly looking like several ancient canyons of different ages, stitched together by erosion …

Water Spotted on Solar System's Largest Asteroid, Raising Questions About Life There

The dwarf planet Ceres releases water vapor from two locations, scientists say.<p>Water spewing from icy volcanoes or ice patches may adorn our solar system's largest asteroid and smallest dwarf planet, known as Ceres, an international astronomy team says, instantly raising questions about the …

Scientists have created a sugar-powered battery for our smartphones

Gadgets power our lives these days.<p>Just take Tuesday night’s State of the Union where thousands of journalists tweeted their reactions from smartphones across the world.<p>Others watched it on tablet computers.<p>All those devices run on batteries, many of which are toxic, and not especially …

Oldest Known Hearth Found in Israel Cave

New species of early human cooked there 300,000 years ago, say archaeologists.<p>An ancient limestone cave in the rolling countryside east of Tel Aviv has provided a captivating glimpse into humanity's remote past—the oldest known hearth, around which families periodically cooked their meals more than …

Alaska Just Suffered a Major, Avalanche-Filled Heat Wave

Week's Best Space Pictures: Black Hole Blasts and Cool Craters

A black hole sports supersize jets and Mars shows off its many charms in the week's best space pictures.<p>A black hole blast erupts from the nearby Centaurus A galaxy, seen in this Chandra X-ray Observatory image released on February 6.<p>The x-ray jets shoot out from the poles of the "supermassive" …

Week's Best Space Pictures: Celestial Booger, Mars Road Map, and Frozen Lakes

A runaway star leaves a slime trail, Curiosity follows a road map, and the Great Lakes enter a deep freeze in this week's best space pictures.<p>Young, hot stars light up the Orion nebula in the above false-color image, released February 20, based on infrared data from NASA's Spitzer Space …

First Amputee Has Touch Restored With Bionic Hand

The researchers at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EFPL) in Switzerland and the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA) recently developed a completely new sensory feedback channel which allowed a Danish 36 year-old amputee, Dennis Aabo Sørensen, to feel objects in his hand in real time. …

Martian "Blueberries" Really Pieces of Meteorites?

The famed "blueberries" of Mars discovered by NASA rovers might just be asteroid impact debris.<p>The famed "blueberry" rocks discovered on Mars by NASA's Opportunity rover are not geological evidence of a history of ancient water on the red planet, a group of scientists now argue.<p>Instead, they …

How Long Does It Take to Get to Mars?

If you wanted to pay a visit to the red planet, how long would it take? The answer depends on a number of things, ranging from the position of the …

Astronomy

First Moments of a Solar Flare in Different Wavelengths of Li…

First Moments of a Solar Flare in Different Wavelengths of Light - On Feb. 24, 2014, the sun emitted a significant solar flare, peaking at 7:49 p.m. EST. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), which keeps a constant watch on the sun, captured images of the event. These SDO images from 7:25 p.m. EST on Feb. 24 show the first moments of this X-class flare in different wavelengths of light -- seen as the bright spot that appears on the left limb of the sun. Hot solar material can be seen …

"Human Species May Be Among Early Advanced Life in the Universe" (Today's Most Popular)

That may explain why we see no evidence of "them" and may go a long way to explaining the famous Fermi Paradox, which asks if there's advanced …

New Technique Finds Water in Exoplanet Atmospheres

As more and more exoplanets are identified and confirmed by various observational methods, the still-elusive “holy grail” is the discovery of a truly …

Universe

Fresh hint of dark matter seen in neutrino search

Flashes of X-rays from crowded galaxy clusters could be the long-awaited sign that we have found particles of dark matter – the elusive substance …