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Astronomers spot a trio of Earth-sized planets orbiting a distant star

Humanity is going to have to leave Earth eventually. We’ve already messed up our planet pretty badly, and even if we don’t push the Earth completely …

Universe

Scientists are harvesting water by building fog harps and zapping the air

Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink<p>The Earth is 70 percent water, but almost all of that liquid is seawater us humans can’t drink. Already, California is besieged by drought, while citizens in South Africa’s Cape Town try to push back Day Zero, the day the city runs out of water. As our …

UC Berkeley

The World’s Most Powerful Supercomputer Is an Absolute Beast

Behold Summit, a new supercomputer capable of making 200 million billion calculations per second. It marks the first time in five years that a …

U.S. Dept. of Energy

Bees Grasp a Math Concept That Took Modern Humans a Long Time to Understand

Scientists trained bees to recognize zero as less than other numbers.<p>If someone calls you a zero, you know it’s a diss without even having to think …

Mathematics

More mystery objects near Milky Way’s giant black hole

Astronomers call them G-objects. The 2 previously known ones came incredibly close to the Milky Way’s central black hole, yet survived. Now …

Universe

The bacteria that could lead to a probiotic-based immunization for stress, anxiety and depression

Science has only just started to tease out a fascinating relationship between bacteria, inflammation and mood over the last few years. Not only are …

Microbiology

"Mind-boggling" Stanford research turns human blood cells into functional neurons

In breakthrough new research described as "somewhat mind-boggling," a team at Stanford University has developed a technique than can transform human …

Neuroscience

Transferring quantum information using sound

Quantum physics has led to new types of sensors, secure data transmission methods and researchers are working toward computers. However, the main …

Quantum Physics

Finally we can power the planet on renewables alone – here’s how

TO STAND any chance of halting runaway climate change, we need to squelch carbon emissions down to near zero by mid-century. That means getting off …

Renewable Energy

Jurassic World: can we really resurrect a dinosaur?

This summer, the fifth instalment of the Jurassic Park franchise will be on the big screen, reinforcing a love of dinosaurs that has been with many …

Paleontology

Our days are getting longer and it’s all thanks to the moon

The moon has been moving 3.82cm away from the Earth every single year and it’s lengthening our days<p>Sitting at your desk wondering how it’s not …

Astronomy

Take a First Look at Larry Page’s Latest Flying Car

Kitty Hawk, the Mountain View, Calif.-based flying car company founded and backed by Larry Page, is offering a new glimpse of one its upcoming …

Flying Car

The moons of some giant alien planets could host life

Researchers have identified more than 100 giant exoplanets that may have potentially life-hosting moons.<p>The new analysis could change the way scientists search for life in the cosmos, study team members said.<p>That search has generally focused on places more or less like Earth — rocky planets in the …

Astronomy

Quantum computers are weirder and more powerful than we thought

One of the biggest theoretical problems in quantum computing – just how much they differ from ordinary computers – has now been solved. The results …

Quantum Computing

Doctors hail world first as woman’s advanced breast cancer is eradicated

A woman with advanced breast cancer which had spread around her body has been completely cleared of the disease by a groundbreaking therapy that harnessed the power of her immune system to fight the tumours.<p>It is the first time that a patient with late-stage breast cancer has been successfully …

Cancer

The power of thought

Labs around the world are building machines that we can control with our minds. How long will we have to wait for an upgrade?<p>You get back from work, …

Singularity

New approach could grow materials that exactly mimic bone or dental enamel

A team of researchers, led by scientists at the Queen Mary University of London, has uncovered a new approach to grow synthetic mineralized …

University of London

NASA’s Maps of Global Soil Conditions Are the Future of Farming

Find water anywhere.<p>The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now using data collected from the first NASA satellite mission dedicated to measuring …

Farming

"Reprogrammed" Stem Cells Approved to Mend Human Hearts in Pilot Study

Three patients in Japan will receive the experimental therapy in the next year

Medicine

For Some Hard-To-Find Tumors, Doctors See Promise In Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence, which is bringing us everything from self-driving cars to personalized ads on the web, is also invading the world of medicine.<p>In radiology, this technology is increasingly helping doctors in their jobs. A computer program that assists doctors in diagnosing strokes garnered …

Artificial Intelligence

A Tiny 400 Million-Year-Old Fishy Just Changed Our View of Vertebrate Evolution

Don't ever think you're too small to make a difference.<p>Published this week, our new paper describes a spectacular 400 million-year-old 3D-preserved …

Paleontology

Millions of people need new corneas. Now, we can 3D print them.

Custom pizzas, coral reefs, space fabric — all are possible thanks to 3D printing. Next, the technique could give some people the gift of …

Stem Cells

Scientists just found a ‘reptilian mammal’ fossil in Utah and it could shake up Earth’s history

If you even sort of paid attention in geography class you already know that the Earth didn’t always look like it does today. At one point in our …

Paleontology

The Electron-Ion Collider will unravel some of science’s greatest mysteries

The EIC is likely to deepen our understanding of the universe in ways we can’t fathom.<br>Read More

Physics

New MeerLICHT Telescope Can Track Deep Space — Here’s How It Works

A cosmic set of eyes and ears.<p>Throughout history, astronomers have used both optical and radio telescopes to see and hear the universe. Now, a new …

Universe

We Can See Our Universe In Greater Detail Because Of Recent Pulsar Research

Pulsars can be thought of as the lighthouses of our cosmos. In a recent Nature paper, scientists have observed that material surrounding the pulsar distorts the light emitted from the pulsar. The material focusses the light, increasing the observed brightness of the pulsar.<p>Pulsars are astrophysical …

Universe

Nuclear Detectives Hunt Invisible Particles That Escaped the World's Largest Atom Smasher

A few years from now, if a crew of physicists gets its way, a squat building will rise above the border between France and Switzerland. This …

Physics

Science finds a way to bring back extinct animals

<i>With more than 5.6 million articles, Wikipedia is an invaluable resource, whether you’re throwing a term paper together at the last minute, or</i> …

Jurassic Park

Research On A 130-Million-Year-Old Fossil Shows The Supercontinent Pangaea Separated Much Later Than Thought

A fossilized skull found in Utah shows Pangaea may have started its separation process 15 million years later than has been previously estimated.<p>The …

Paleontology

Diamond 'guitar' strings could lead to quantum computer memory

Quantum computers need memory to perform tasks like their conventional counterparts, but it's hard to create that memory when it only takes nearby vibrating atoms to lose all their data. Scientists may have a clever solution, though: tune diamond like a guitar string. They've crafted a quantum …

Quantum Physics