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Can Of Ravioli Eaten By Lava In Elaborate Work Of Art

A visual tone poem that will move you<p>Do you remember when that can of Coke got swallowed by lava? Forget everything you knew about that Coke can. It's dead to you. Rogue YouTube auteur Lavapix uploaded this video of a can of Chef Boyardee being slowly consumed, and the account's disparate …

Pasta

Sponges Can Sneeze, May Have New Sensory Organ

Bless you, sponges.<p>I don't know if you were aware, but sponges sneeze. That's a surprise, since sneezes result when nerve cells sense the presence of some sort of irritating, foreign particle. But sponges, one of the earliest evolving animals, aren't thought to possess a single sensory cell.<p>That …

University of Alberta

Gene therapy partially restores vision in rare blindness disorder

Two men with progressive blindness have regained some of their vision after taking part in the first clinical trial of a gene therapy for the condition.<p>The men were among six patients to have experimental treatment for a rare, inherited, disorder called choroideremia, which steadily destroys …

Artificial intelligence: The machines with alien minds

Our smartest machines look nothing like we predicted – has the field lost its way, or do we need to rethink what AI actually means, asks Tom Chatfield.<p>Would modern artificial intelligence live up to the dreams of the field’s founders? Perhaps not. But in many ways, the smartest machines we have …

Unseen exoplanet predicted, now confirmed

Perturbations in the orbit of Uranus let astronomers discover the planet Neptune in 1846. Now this same technique has been used to find a planet …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013

Surf's UpThe Physics of Catching a Gnarly 80-Foot-Tall Wave<p>Author: Rhett AllainRhett Allain<p>Climate DeskYour Tweets Can Help Map the Spread of …

Very Sad Planet Orbits Very Sad Star

Since they first began finding distant planets in the 1990’s, astronomers have found alien worlds orbiting everything from Sun-like stars to dim red …

Is the Universe a Hologram?

Researchers in Japan have taken another step toward supporting the theory that our universe is a hologram.<p>Yoshifumi Hyakutake of Ibaraki University …

Scientists Discover a Jewel at the Heart of Quantum Physics

Physicists reported this week the discovery of a jewel-like geometric object that dramatically simplifies calculations of particle interactions and …

Video: New Super-Waterproof Material Makes Water Drops Bounce Off

Nanocones make surfaces more hydrophobic than ever before.<p>Is that a rubber ball making its way down a two-by-four? No, it's actually a drop of water hitting a strip of experimental material that's so water-resistant, it makes drops bounce.<p>The video above comes from the work of a team of materials …

Nanotech

Watch This Weird, Gelatinous Material Heal Itself

A Jell-O-ey new solution to a major problem in materials science<p>This is a neat trick. After slicing a tube of gelatinous material in half with a razor, researchers stick the two pieces back together again. After they've sat together for two hours at room temperature, the pieces are impossible to …

How To 3-D Print Your Own Invisibility Cloak

Now you see it...<p>The invisibility cloak Harry Potter brandishes against dark lords and nosy professors is now a reality—at least in microwave light. Duke University engineer Yaroslav Urzhumov has designed a plastic disk that makes a small object placed in its hollow center invisible to frequencies …

Let This Gorgeous Chart From 1944 Teach You About Electromagnetic Radiation

Everything you need to know about electromagnetic waves in one poster<p>Reflection, refraction, diffraction, oh my! Dive into the wonderful world of electromagnetic radiation--i.e., the energy that travels through space in waves, like x-rays, microwaves and good old visible light.<p>Lawrence Livermore …

4D printing: buildings that can change over time

What if buildings could adapt their shape and form – without any other input from us? Architect Skylar Tibbits says 4D printing could make materials that build themselves.<p>The way we build our structures has become more and more sophisticated. But the materials we build them from are static, waiting …

Emerging Technology

Pirate Bay founder creating surveillance-free messaging app

In the wake of people learning about the National Security Agency's massive surveillance program, it's become clear that phone records and text messages are not entirely private.<p>The Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde and a couple of app developers have decided to do something about it. They are …

The teenage scientist revolutionising cancer detection

Pancreatic cancer 's high death rate is partly blamed on the difficulty of early detection. Teenage scientist Jack Andraka has come up with a cheap and simple way to test for it.<p><i>Over the next month, we’re celebrating technology and innovation in a new series called Bright Sparks. As part of the</i> …

Cancer

Nanotech roundup: safety concerns, bionic ears and world's smallest movie

Handle with care<p>Concerns about the safety of carbon nanotubes and nanofibres have led to new recommendations on maximum exposure levels from the US …

Can Anyone Learn To Be A Master Memorizer?

<i>Part 3 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Memory Games.<p><b>About Joshua Foer's TEDTalk</b><p>Some people can memorize thousands of numbers, the names of dozens of strangers or the precise order of cards in a shuffled deck. Science writer and U.S. Memory Champion Joshua Foer shows how anyone can become a memory …

Hearst Magazines

Youngsters use dementia drugs to boost brain power, survey finds

Some young people in Britain have used drugs for dementia and other conditions to boost their mental performance, a major survey suggests.<p>Medicines …

Tech and Science

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Science

Google and NASA collaborate on AI research with new quantum supercomputer

Google and NASA have teamed up to launch a new laboratory focused on advancing machine learning. The Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab — hosted at NASA's Ames Research Center in California — will contain a quantum supercomputer that will be used by researchers from the Universities Space Research …

Minds traumatised by disaster heal themselves without therapy

One of the largest earthquakes ever recorded hit on Boxing Day 2004. The resulting tsunami devastated huge swaths of the Indian Ocean coastline and …

Thermal invisibility cloak in first demonstration

<b>Researchers have built and tested a form of invisibility cloak that can hide objects from heat.</b><p>Similar cloaking efforts are underway to make objects invisible to light and even sound waves, but this is the first device to work with heat.<p>The prototype, to be outlined in Physical Review Letters, …

Engineering

Metamaterial could lead to ‘perfect lens’

<b>STANFORD (US) —</b> Engineers have designed a broadband metamaterial that more than doubles the range of wavelengths of light that can be manipulated.<p>The …

Nasa chief Bolden says agency can go where no man has gone before: Mars

If the prospect of spending a thousand days up to 140 million miles away from the Earth was not enough of a deterrent, killer radiation levels and …

Wave hand. Turn any surface into a touchscreen

<b>CARNEGIE MELLON (US) —</b> New technology makes it possible to create touch-based interfaces almost at will, with just the swipe of your hand.<p>The system …

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