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Google's "Quantum Computing Playground" lets you fiddle with quantum algorithms

Google has just launched a new web-based integrated development environment (IDE) that allows users to write, run and debug software that makes use …

Man selling word ‘The’ on eBay, bidding already above £50

There’s no doubting its worth to the English language, but one man is set to profit directly from the word ‘The’ via eBay.<p>One enterprising Australian …

Eat Chocolate To Get Thin? Study Touts Cocoa For Weight Loss

Researchers have identified the specific ingredient in chocolate that may be most responsible for its newly recognized weight loss and anti-diabetes benefits. The announcement was made today in the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry,<p>Scientists have known for some …

Massive Solar Superstorm Narrowly Missed Blasting The Earth Back Into The Dark Ages

As we blithely went about our lives on July 23, 2012, we had no idea how close we were to a <i>Revolution</i>-esque technology blackout caused by a huge magnetic superstorm from the Sun.<p>The freak space weather was caused by a rapid succession of coronal mass ejections, intense eruptions from the surface of …

Space Pictures This Week: Cigar Galaxy, Speedy Star

Auroras dance, a speedy star leaves a bow shock in its wake, and Martian dunes glimmer in this week's roundup of best space pictures.<p>Looking to get away from it all? How about a trip to Bouvet Island, seen in the above satellite image released on February 26 by NASA.<p>Prepare for a long trip if you …

Google 'PC World' And You'll Get A Surprise (Which Is Really Bad News For PC World)

Viral news site UsVsTh3m has just introduced us to the funniest thing involving PC World since the awkward silence that followed their attempt to get …

Cross-Laminated Timber is the Most Advanced Building Material

Cross-Laminated Timber Continues to Impress Builders and Engineers<p>On a cloudy day in early October, the architect Andrew Waugh circles the base of a nondescript apartment tower in Shoreditch, a neighborhood in East London. Shoreditch suffered heavily during the blitz of World War II—“urban renewal, …

Engineering

No Mars For Muslims? Mars One Asks Imams To Rescind Fatwa

Islamic leaders ruled that a Mars journey would be akin to suicide, but the private Mars colonization project disagrees, citing a 14th century Muslim explorer.<p>Martian colonization is a risky proposition. So risky, in fact, that a group of Islamic leaders in the United Arab Emirates issued a …

Mars

Over The Past 60 Years, A Reef Island Has Grown Out Of The Sea

It is now stable and vegetated. Great job, island!<p>How old are you? Are you of retirement age yet? If so, in your lifetime, an island has been reborn, sand grain by sand grain.<p>Between 1945 and 2010, a sediment deposit in the Pacific Ocean grew to become a "fully vegetated and stable island," two …

Sea Level

Forget The Local Cold: Worldwide, It Was Another Hot January

January will go down in the weather history books as the fourth-warmest on record.<p>That's right.<p>No matter how brutal the winter was in North America, especially the Eastern half, it was balanced by warm temperatures elsewhere on the planet.<p>The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's …

Time travellers: please don’t kill Hitler

If you find yourself suddenly gaining access to a time machine, what’s the first thing you’d do? If you said “kill Adolf Hitler”, then congratulations; you’re a science-fiction character. Actually, the whole “access to a time machine” thing suggested that already, but the desire to kill Hitler …

This Bird Is Hide-And-Seek World Champion

Can you spot the bird in this video? If not, it may already be too late.<p>The U.K.'s Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council posted this video of a nightjar, which is a bird that is <i>really damn good</i> at hiding. Look under your desk. Look behind your bed. Look above you now--right now. No …

Biotechnology

The Office Of The 21st Century Will Be Your Self-Driving Car

The future of self-driving cars means working in gridlock. Joy?<p>In the age of self-driving cars, you’ll have no excuse for slacking off during your commute. That’s because the office of the future might very well be your car.<p>Rinspeed, a Swiss automobile manufacturer that has specialized in designing …

Search

Foreign leaders visiting the United States can fill their itineraries from a long list of fabulous destinations to conduct international diplomacy. Scenic mountains, balmy beaches, and a certain city that never sleeps would seem like top contenders. But instead, presidents and prime ministers from …

A computer made a math proof the size of Wikipedia, and humans can't check it

If you thought the mathematical proofs you did in high school were long, you haven't seen the newest one out of the University of Liverpool — computer scientists Alexei Lisitsa and Boris Konev came up with a math proof that takes up a huge 13-gigabyte file, greater than all of Wikipedia's pages …

The Craziest Looks From The 3-D Printed Fashion Catwalk

Fashion met science and it was pretty darn cool.<p>If this is the future of fashion, it's pretty wild: models wore 3-D printed garments on Wednesday night at the 2014 3D Printshow in New York City. The event featured an entire gallery of art crafted by 3-D printer tech, along with a catwalk showcasing …

Space probe Gaia searches for galaxy's dark energy

European scientists are preparing to launch a probe that will transform our understanding of our galaxy. The spacecraft, called Gaia, will carry the world's biggest, most accurate camera which it will use to pinpoint more than a billion stars with unprecedented precision and create a 3D map of the …

Whirling Dervish skirt spins like a hurricane

Watch comet ISON hurtle toward the sun in stunning NASA video

From a camera far out in space, NASA has captured comet ISON's stunning first trip past the earth. The video, which you can watch below, shows comet ISON from November 20th up until November 25th, traveling by both Mercury and Earth on its path toward rounding the sun. The comet will begin rounding …

Everything You Wanted to Know About Iran and Nuclear Enrichment

What does the new interim deal to contain Iran's nuclear ambitions really mean? Nuclear safety expert and PopMech contributor Andy Karam explains.<p><b>Over the weekend international diplomats</b> reached a six-month agreement with Iran. In exchange for the lifting of some economic sanctions, Iran agreed to …

Your Fat Has a Brain. Seriously. And It's Trying to Kill You.

Phil Bruno was super-sizing again. It was just past 5:30 on a spring evening in 2004, and he was driving home from work. He pulled into a White Castle, one of many fast-food outlets lining Route 100 in his hometown of Manchester, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. He was only a mile from his house, …

Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages

Microsoft has collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users' communications to be intercepted, including helping the National Security Agency to circumvent the company's own encryption, according to top-secret documents obtained by the Guardian.<p>The files provided by Edward …

Astronomers discover planet that shouldn’t be there

The discovery of a giant planet orbiting its star at 650 times the average Earth-sun distance has astronomers puzzled over how such a strange system …

Universe

An Eagle Steals a Camera, Flies Around 70 Miles of Australia with It

"Does this selfie make my talons look big?"<p><b>Perhaps taking a page from our own</b> human culture's desire -- and ability -- to document our every move, a photographically inclined sea eagle with kleptomaniacal tendencies helped itself to a ranger's video camera and documented a 70-mile journey, even …

How sleep makes your mind more creative

It’s a tried and tested technique used by writers and poets, but can psychology explain why first moments after waking can be among our most imaginative?<p>It is 6.06am and I’m typing this in my pyjamas. I awoke at 6.04am, walked from the bedroom to the study, switched on my computer and got to work …

University of California

Ancient Human Genes Cause New Confusion For Science

When Matthias Meyer began studying the ancient DNA in the 400,000 year old fossils he found in the Sima de los Huesos, or Pit of Bones cave, deep …

The Unsinkable CVT: How the "Gearless" Transmission Is Getting Its Groove Back

Coming soon to a driveway near you.<p>Ratio-Spread Countdown<p>CVTs are our least favorite type of transmission, mainly because their only nod to driver involvement is engine drone under heavy throttle. In spite of the lost love, CVTs are making inroads against manuals and conventional automatics. …

New research maps the secret structure of the sun

A discovery that could help explain everything from solar storms to sunspots<p><i>The phenomenon of solar flares, as seen above, might be better understood thanks to the discovery of giant cells.</i><p>Nearly half a century ago, scientists started to unravel the structure of the sun and determine how solar …