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A 100-year-old physics problem has been solved

A 100-year-old physics problem has been solved

A wave-interference and resonant energy transfer from one source to another distant source or object, pertaining to the fundamental concept ofresonances. Credit: EPFL - Bionanophotonic Systems Laboratory At EPFL, researchers challenge a fundamental law and …

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This electric self-driving potato is the Tesla of shitty robots

This electric self-driving potato is the Tesla of shitty robots

Tesla is about to face some stiff competition: One unusually resourceful tinkerer has built a futuristic potato robot that has the capacity to drive autonomously – and charge its own battery. Built by developer Marek Baczynski, the quirky mini-vehicle …

Solar System survey casts doubt on mysterious 'Planet Nine'

Solar System survey casts doubt on mysterious ‘Planet Nine’

An analysis of four icy bodies discovered in the outer Solar System reveals no sign that they are being influenced by a large, unseen planet lurking beyond Neptune. The finding chips away at a line of evidence for a ‘Planet Nine’ proposed in 2014 on …

Is it time to rethink how we search for alien life?

Is it time to rethink how we search for alien life?

The search for life elsewhere in the universe has come up empty so far. WASHINGTON — From the lovable, candy-munching E.T. to the deadly Xenomorphs from the “Alien” movies, science-fiction stories are bursting with all kinds of alien encounters.

South Bay astronomer wins $500,000 prize

South Bay astronomer wins $500,000 prize

In astronomy circles, Monte Sereno resident Sandra Faber is a big deal; She was awarded the National Medal of Science by President Barack Obama in 2013 and last month—in recognition of her life’s work—it was announced that Faber is the 2017 Gruber …

If TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT Flops, Chris Miller And Phil Lord Should Make The Next One

If TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT Flops, Chris Miller And Phil Lord Should Make The Next One

Warning: This article contains spoilers for the ending of Transformers: the Last Knight. Reverence for brand won’t be a problem. Michael Bay has consistently interpreted the robots in disguise through his own arrested-adolescent filter, at times even …

A Mysterious Mars-Sized Object Could Be Hiding at the Edge of Our Solar System

A Mysterious Mars-Sized Object Could Be Hiding at the Edge of Our Solar System

It’s been about 11 years since Pluto was demoted to dwarf planet status, leaving a 1,473 mile (2,370 kilometers)-size void in our hearts. Since then, the hunt for Planet X—aptly renamed Planet 9—has grown into an international movement to find such …

US court grants Elsevier millions in damages from Sci-Hub

US court grants Elsevier millions in damages from Sci-Hub

One of the world’s largest science publishers, Elsevier, won a default legal judgement on 21 June against websites that provide illicit access to tens of millions of research papers and books. A New York district court awarded Elsevier US$15 million in …

A 100-year-old physics problem has been solved

A 100-year-old physics problem has been solved

A wave-interference and resonant energy transfer from one source to another distant source or object, pertaining to the fundamental concept ofresonances. Credit: EPFL - Bionanophotonic Systems Laboratory At EPFL, researchers challenge a fundamental law and …

Stephen Hawking lays out plan for settling space, from moon and Mars to the stars

Stephen Hawking lays out plan for settling space, from moon and Mars to the stars

British physicist Stephen Hawking has repeatedly warned us that we have just a century or two to move off Earth, and he just shared his vision for how to do it. He said a base could be established on the moon within 30 years to serve as a gateway to the …

A 100-year-old physics problem has been solved at EPFL

A 100-year-old physics problem has been solved at EPFL

At EPFL, researchers challenge a fundamental law and discover that more electromagnetic energy can be stored in wave-guiding systems than previously thought. The discovery has implications in telecommunications. Working around the fundamental law, they …

Scientists uncover origins of the Sun's swirling spicules

Scientists uncover origins of the Sun’s swirling spicules

At any given moment, as many as 10 million wild jets of solar material burst from the sun’s surface. They erupt as fast as 60 miles per second, and can reach lengths of 6,000 miles before collapsing. These are spicules, and despite their grass-like …

Extract icons and create image thumbnails with Thumbico

Extract icons and create image thumbnails with Thumbico

Thumbico is a combination of an icon extraction and viewing tool, with a thumbnail viewer and creator. The program is tiny, a 28KB download, and unsurprisingly there’s no installation required – just unzip and run Thumbico.exe. On launch the program …

Finally, Understanding How the Sun's Spicules Are Made (2 of 6) (image)

Finally, Understanding How the Sun’s Spicules Are Made (2 of 6) (image)

Martínez-Sykora et al. report that interactions between the magnetic fields and partially ionized gas in the solar atmosphere cause spicules, long, tendril-like ejections, to spew outward. This material relates to a paper that appeared in the June 23 …

An exploding whipped cream dispenser killed a French fitness star — here's how it could have happened

An exploding whipped cream dispenser killed a French fitness star — here’s how it could have happened

French fitness blogger Rebecca Burger died June 18 after a whipped cream dispenser exploded and struck her chest. According to the BBC, Burger died of cardiac arrest following the freak accident, which her family has said was caused by a faulty dispenser.

Wasp venom holds clues on how genes get new jobs

Wasp venom holds clues on how genes get new jobs

Tiny parasitic Jewel Wasps and their rapidly changing venom are the subjects of a new study by researchers in the University of Rochester’s Werren Lab. Credit: University photo / J. Adam Fenster Amid the incredible diversity of living things on our planet …

Kuiper Belt tilt suggests a mysterious planetary mass lurks in the outer solar system

Kuiper Belt tilt suggests a mysterious planetary mass lurks in the outer solar system

June 22 (UPI) –Astronomers have yet to confirm the existence of a ninth planet lurking beyond Pluto. But new analysis of the Kuiper Belt suggests a planetary mass is likely hiding in the outer reaches of the solar system. The orbital planes of several …

U.S. Air Force Drone Crashes in California, Starts Small Wildfire

U.S. Air Force Drone Crashes in California, Starts Small Wildfire

A U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk has crashed in California near Mt. Whitney, according to the Associated Press. Launched from Edwards Air Force Base, the 130-foot wingspan drone was on its way to Beale Air Force Base when it crashed, starting a small …

New efficient, low-temperature catalyst for hydrogen production

New efficient, low-temperature catalyst for hydrogen production

Brookhaven Lab chemists Ping Liu and José Rodriguez helped to characterize structural and mechanistic details of a new low-temperature catalyst for producing high-purity hydrogen gas from water and carbon monoxide. Credit: Brookhaven National Laboratory …

How do genes get new jobs? Wasp venom offers new insights

How do genes get new jobs? Wasp venom offers new insights

Amid the incredible diversity of living things on our planet, there is a common theme. Organisms need to acquire new genes, or change the functions of existing genes, in order to adapt and survive. How does that happen? A common view is that genes …

Scientists Are Putting Tens of Thousands of Sea Fossils Online

Scientists Are Putting Tens of Thousands of Sea Fossils Online

Some 100 million years ago, much of what is now North America was underwater. The body of water scientists call the Western Interior Seaway covered a swath of land that stretched over the entire Midwest. But its secrets have been preserved in countless …

Big Pacific: Photos From One of Earth’s Great Oceans

Big Pacific: Photos From One of Earth’s Great Oceans

The Chambered nautilus has only primitive eyes without any cornea or lens. It is thought that it relies primarily on its sense of smell to detect prey, and on its sense of touch to detect obstacles in the water. It eats small crustaceans and fish and also …

Scientists are mapping Earth's endangered monkey populations

Scientists are mapping Earth’s endangered monkey populations

June 22 (UPI) –With the help of satellite data, researchers are mapping endangered monkey populations across the globe. Scientists at the Universities of Leicester and East Anglia are using a combination of ground data and satellite imagery to identify …

Don’t blame Instagram for the rise of botox and lip fillers

Don’t blame Instagram for the rise of botox and lip fillers

Another day, another moral panic over what the youth of today are getting up to. This time it’s over the fact that our appearance-obsessed selfie culture is apparently driving them to cosmetic procedures, such as getting botox injections, dermal and lip …

Crafty Killer Whales Are Harassing Alaskan Fishing Boats

Crafty Killer Whales Are Harassing Alaskan Fishing Boats

Life on an Alaskan fishing boat is not easy. The Bering Sea is cold. The work is brutal. And if anything goes wrong, you are far from help. Now, fishing rigs have a new challenge to contend with: killer whales. As Suzanna Caldwell reports for the Alaska …

Researchers develop catalyst that mimics the Z-scheme of photosynthesis

Researchers develop catalyst that mimics the Z-scheme of photosynthesis

Cu2O (right) that undergoes photocorrosion compared to Cu2O/TiO2 (left) that operates under a Z-scheme to reduce CO2. Credit: Ruixin Zhou A team of chemists from the University of Kentucky and the Institute of Physics Research of Mar del Plata in Argentina …

NASA's Webb telescope gets freezing summertime lodging in Houston

NASA’s Webb telescope gets freezing summertime lodging in Houston

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope was placed in Johnson Space Center’s historic Chamber A on June 20, 2017, to prepare for its final three months of testing in a cryogenic vacuum that mimics temperatures in space. Engineers will perform the test to prove …

Unseen 'planetary mass object' signalled by warped Kuiper Belt

Unseen ‘planetary mass object’ signalled by warped Kuiper Belt

A yet to be discovered, unseen “planetary mass object” makes its existence known by ruffling the orbital plane of distant Kuiper Belt objects, according to research by Kat Volk and Renu Malhotra of the UA’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. The object is …

Magnetic memories of a metal world

Magnetic memories of a metal world

4.5 billion years ago in the violent, high-speed environment of the early solar system, a protoplanet roughly the size of Mars was involved in a series of fierce collisions with other large planetary bodies. A number of powerful impacts stripped the planet …

Russian scientists designed unique energy absorbing container

Russian scientists designed unique energy absorbing container

The protective container, with world’s best energy absorption characteristics, was designed and manufactured at Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University Computer-Aided Engineering Centre of Excellence (CompMechLab®) in collaboration with LLC …

Oil-exploration airguns punch 2-kilometre-wide holes in plankton

Oil-exploration airguns punch 2-kilometre-wide holes in plankton

The seismic sound blasts made by airguns searching for new oil reserves under the ocean floor can kill large swathes of plankton, the basis of the marine food chain, leaving the ocean dotted with plankton holes. Offshore oil exploration has become …

X-ray eyes in the sky: Drones and WiFi for 3-D through-wall imaging

X-ray eyes in the sky: Drones and WiFi for 3-D through-wall imaging

Researchers have given the first demonstration of 3-D imaging of objects through walls using ordinary wireless signal. The technique, which involves two drones working in tandem, could have a variety of applications, such as emergency search-and-rescue …

Could asteroids bombard the Earth to cause a mass extinction in 10 million years?

Could asteroids bombard the Earth to cause a mass extinction in 10 million years?

Scientists have spent decades debating whether asteroids and comets hit the Earth at regular intervals. At the same time, a few studies have found evidence that the large extinction events on Earth – such as the one that wiped out the dinosaurs 66m years …

The 'Star dust' wasp is a new extinct species named after David Bowie's alter ego

The ‘Star dust’ wasp is a new extinct species named after David Bowie’s alter ego

During her study on fossil insects of the order Hymenoptera at China’s Capitol Normal University, student Longfeng Li visited the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington, carrying two unidentified wasp specimens that were exceptionally …

JPL scientists predict future space probes will have artificial intelligence to operate autonomously

JPL scientists predict future space probes will have artificial intelligence to operate autonomously

(Phys.org)—A pair of space scientists working at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology has written a Focus piece for the journal Science Robotics. Steve Chien and Kiri Wagstaff suggest that future space probes will be …

Student-built satellite aims to provide insight on effects of solar storms

Student-built satellite aims to provide insight on effects of solar storms

Engineering students and SSPL members Eric Pauley (left), Sergio Gallucci (middle), and Rebecca Arenson (right) after completing integration of OSIRIS-3U with the Nanoracks deployer, in which it will ride to the ISS and be deployed. Credit: Conor Brown …

Sphere Made To Redefine Kilogram Has Purest Silicon Ever Created

Sphere Made To Redefine Kilogram Has Purest Silicon Ever Created

The perfect sphere that will be used to redefine the kilogram in terms of the Planck constant in 2018 has been shown to consist of the purest silicon ever made. The kilogram is the only unit still based on a physical object. The ‘big k’ is a platinum …

Study demonstrates a better way to store renewable energy

Study demonstrates a better way to store renewable energy

Wind farms are a common source of renewable energy that needs to be stored. Credit: University of Arkansas In an effort to find better ways to store renewable energy, physicists at the University of Arkansas, in collaboration with a scientist at the …

Trump Inspires Scientist Studying Climate Change to Run for Congress

Trump Inspires Scientist Studying Climate Change to Run for Congress

Volcanologist Jess Phoenix would agree with President Donald Trump on one thing: There’s something wrong with Washington, D.C. “We need science in our everyday lives,” she said, speaking in April at the Los Angeles March for Science. “Ignorance is the disease.

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Photographer Edward Burtynsky: “Water Is One Of The Most Contentious Resources On The Planet”

Edward Burtynsky’s photographs often examine the consequences of industry — the way dams affect the environment they’re placed in, how quarries change landscapes. The Canadian photographer’s images are striking depictions of how humans have changed …

Ancient tomb of gold worker found along Nile river

Ancient tomb of gold worker found along Nile river

A 3,400-year-old tomb holding the remains of more than a dozen possibly mummified people has been discovered on Sai Island, along the Nile River in northern Sudan. Archaeologists discovered the tomb in 2015, though it wasn’t until 2017 that a team with the …

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