Astronauts Come Back From Space

An astronaut explains what it’s like to come back to Earth after living in space

By on January 21, 2016 at 12:15 AM.

An astronaut explains what it’s like to come back to Earth after living in space

Between Gravity, Interstellar and The Martian, the idea of spending a significant amount of time in space has become an increasingly popular form of entertainment. But, as you’re almost certainly aware, fictional characters aren’t the only ones living in space for weeks or months at a time. More →

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Cocaine Brain Cells Cannibals

New study says cocaine turns brain cells into cannibals

By on January 20, 2016 at 10:00 PM.

New study says cocaine turns brain cells into cannibals

Other than turning you into a person whose brain will focus on various schemes to try to score more cocaine, this highly addictive substance will also make your brain eat itself. This side effect was discovered only recently, giving the world yet another reason to avoid the drug at all costs. More →

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Physics Theories Time Flow Gravity Entropy

Researchers say time might actually move backwards in certain circumstances

By on January 20, 2016 at 8:30 PM.

Researchers say time might actually move backwards in certain circumstances

Researchers have proposed interesting new theories about time that have one thing in common: they say time might be flowing in the opposite direction in a “mirror universe” — you know, from future to past. Whether or not these theories are rooted in reality, we can’t actually experience this mirror universe just yet.

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Scientists may have just found a ninth planet and it’s massive

By on January 20, 2016 at 6:35 PM.

Scientists may have just found a ninth planet and it’s massive

Scientists believe they may have found a giant planet in our distant solar system, possibly the long-sought after Planet X.

It is believed to have a mass about 10 times that of Earth and orbits about 20 times farther from the Sun on average than does Neptune. As a result, it would take this new planet between 10,000 and 20,000 years to make just one full orbit around the Sun. More →

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Light Nanoparticles Kill Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

Light-activated nanoparticles can kill 90% of antibiotic-resistant bacteria

By on January 19, 2016 at 8:15 PM.

Light-activated nanoparticles can kill 90% of antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Light-activated therapeutic nanoparticles that are 20,000 times smaller than a human hair may one day be used to kill antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a new study reveals. Called “quantum dots,” the particles resemble semiconductors used in electronics, and they’re able to act directly on the infection without interfering with healthy tissue around it. More →

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Researchers Unfreeze Animal After 30 Years

Tiny animal gets revived after being frozen for 30 years

By on January 18, 2016 at 10:10 PM.

Tiny animal gets revived after being frozen for 30 years

Science can just be so cool sometimes. The Wall Street Journal brings us word that researchers at Japan’s National Institute of Polar Research have successfully thawed out a tiny animal called a water bear after it had been frozen 30 years ago. Impressively, the animal gradually recovered after its long freeze and was completely revived in a matter of days.

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SpaceX Rocket Explosion

Watch SpaceX’s rocket explode after coming painfully close to nailing its landing

By on January 18, 2016 at 9:33 AM.

Watch SpaceX’s rocket explode after coming painfully close to nailing its landing

It was a bittersweet weekend for SpaceX. On one hand, the company on Sunday afternoon successfully launched a weather satellite into orbit. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the company’s third attempt to safely bring back a rocket booster and have it safely land on a floating ocean barge ended in an explosion.

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Shape-Shifting Sheet Plastic

I can’t stop looking at this slim shape-shifting sheet of plastic

By on January 15, 2016 at 6:15 PM.

I can’t stop looking at this slim shape-shifting sheet of plastic

Technology advancements of the 21st century, in any shape and form, are simply incredible, and I’m not talking just about that powerful yet tiny computer in your pocket. All around us, start-ups and researchers are thinking of new products that can improve various aspects of life. Take, for instance, researchers from the Zhejiang University, who have created a new kind of shape-shifting plastic that I can’t stop looking at. More →

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Scientists stunned by brightest-ever supernova

By on January 15, 2016 at 5:40 PM.

Scientists stunned by brightest-ever supernova

Scientists may have spotted the most powerful supernova ever seen, some 3.8 billion light years away in deep space.

Named ASASSN-15lh, it looks like a huge ball of hot gas and is radiating the energy of hundreds of billions of Suns. Ten miles across at its center, this object is putting on quite a show, creating a cosmic explosion about 200 times more powerful than a typical supernova and more than twice as luminous as the previous record-holding supernova. More →

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SharkCam Shark Behavior

SharkCam helps researchers understand the predatory behavior of sharks

By on January 13, 2016 at 8:00 PM.

SharkCam helps researchers understand the predatory behavior of sharks

Although you might not think of Shark Week as anything more than an over-publicized TV event for the Discovery Channel to sell ads, it’s helping researchers learn more about the underwater predators than ever.

CNET reported this week that Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute’s REMUS SharkCam autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), which was deployed in 2013, has led to “groundbreaking” discoveries for the research team.

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Lithium Ion Battery Stanford Researchers

Breakthrough research could solve a major problem with lithium-ion batteries

By on January 12, 2016 at 11:20 PM.

Breakthrough research could solve a major problem with lithium-ion batteries

Lithium-ion batteries are fantastic but they’re also unstable and can be explosive when they overheat. Researchers at Stanford University have been working on how to fix this problem and have developed a new kind of lithium-ion battery that automatically shuts down once it reaches a certain temperature and won’t switch back on until it has sufficiently cooled. More →

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