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How to walk through walls - http://physicsworld.com/cws...
Imagine being able to walk through a solid wall. That sort of trick might sound far-fetched, but it’s a little closer to reality now that researchers in China have created what they call an “invisible gateway”. - Wayne Smallman
Wayne Smallman
Snails flash a green alarm light - http://news.bbc.co.uk/earth...
A humble marine snail has a unique luminescent shell that brightens its glow, say scientists. The snail, Hinea brasiliana, produces flashes of green light, which scare away predators. - Wayne Smallman
Wayne Smallman
Mirror-Image Cells Could Transform Science — or Kill Us All - http://www.wired.com/magazin...
Theoretically, a cell could be based on “wrong-handed” molecules. Its biochemistry would work just like ours—DNA to RNA to proteins—but it would be completely incompatible with earthly life, its chiral twin. And now, thanks to recent advances in genomics, cell membrane science, and synthetic biology, an ambitious researcher could go beyond theory and build it from the ground up. The tools are here (well, almost here) to make mirror life from scratch. - Wayne Smallman
Wayne Smallman
How to Test What Really Happened After the Big Bang - http://www.wired.com/wiredsc...
A new test that takes data from several realms of physics could explain what really happened in the first sliver of a second after the Big Bang. Most cosmologists believe the universe burst from an extremely dense, hot state around 13.7 billion years ago, and has been expanding and cooling ever since. The universe ballooned ridiculously fast in its first moments, doubling in size thousands of times in less than a trillionth of a trillionth of a second. - Wayne Smallman
Wayne Smallman
Man Officially Cured of HIV - http://gizmodo.com/5713498...
For the first time ever, a man has been cured of HIV. The remedy may nearly have killed him, but it opens a door—just a crack—to hope that we may someday kill off the scourge for good. - Wayne Smallman
Wayne Smallman
Researchers Find Evidence of Other Universes Lurking in the Cosmic Background - http://www.popsci.com/science...
Just when the search for exoplanets looked like the undisputed fashionable field of study for 2010, the cosmic microwave background (CMB) is stepping to the forefront of astronomy and cosmology. Last month, it was Oxford’s Roger Penrose claiming that he’d found evidence of a cyclical universe in patterns of concentric circles in the CMB, suggesting our universe is just one of many that have come before it (and will come after it). Now, another group of researchers are claiming the CMB contains evidence of other universes that exist concurrently (and outside of) our own. - Wayne Smallman
Wayne Smallman
Skin was the first organ to evolve - http://www.newscientist.com/article...
IN THE evolution of organs, skin came first. The discovery that even sponges have a proto-skin shows that the separation of insides from outsides in multicellular animals was key to their evolution. - Wayne Smallman
Wayne Smallman
Lost Civilization May Have Existed Beneath the Persian Gulf - http://www.livescience.com/history...
Veiled beneath the Persian Gulf, a once-fertile landmass may have supported some of the earliest humans outside Africa some 75,000 to 100,000 years ago, a new review of research suggests. - Wayne Smallman
Wayne Smallman
Kinect finally fulfills its Minority Report destiny (video) - http://www.engadget.com/2010...
Not to denigrate the numerous fine hacks that Kinect's undergone since its launch, but it's always nice to see the professionals come in and shake things up a little. - Wayne Smallman
Wayne Smallman
'Diamond exoplanet' idea boosted by telescope find - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news...
A US-British team of astronomers has discovered the first planet with ultra-high concentrations of carbon. The researchers say their discovery supports the idea there may be carbon-rich, rocky planets whose terrains are made up of diamonds or graphite. - Wayne Smallman
Wayne Smallman
Phones calls used to redefine UK regions - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news...
Social networks could provide the key to redrawing the regional map of Britain, producing areas with strong social cohesion. That's the idea of an international team, who have created a social map of Great Britain. They used more than 12 billion landline calls to create a map of Britons' connections. - Wayne Smallman
Wayne Smallman
Apple iOS chipping away at DS, PSP for handheld gaming crown - http://arstechnica.com/apple...
A new market research report shows that mobile phones—"particularly the iPhone"—make up a large and growing percentage of the handheld gaming market, while use of dedicated gaming devices like Nintendo's DS and Sony's PSP is slowly waning. With Apple's iPod touch outselling those other devices, plus the millions of iPhone and iPad sales, Apple's iOS is poised to become the number one mobile platform for games in the near future. - Wayne Smallman
Wayne Smallman
See a tiny squid's amazing natural cloaking device - http://io9.com/5707426...
Human scientists are still trying to figure out how to turn cloaking devices into a reality, but the pint-sized Hawaiian bobtail squid long ago learned how to channel its inner Klingon. See its natural cloaking device in action inside. - Wayne Smallman
Wayne Smallman
Meet the reptilian predator that's older than the earliest dinosaurs - http://io9.com/5707701...
This is Dimetrodon, the world's top predator about 270 million years ago. Living before the dawn of the dinosaurs, this striking creature was actual a distant ancestor of mammals like us. Now we've discovered the most complete Dimetrodon skeleton ever. - Wayne Smallman
Wayne Smallman
New Biggest Volcano in the Solar System? - http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news...
As wide as the state of Arizona, Olympus Mons on Mars has long held the title of biggest volcano in the solar system. But if a new theory proves true, Olympus is about to be cast down. - Wayne Smallman
Wayne Smallman
Animal with venom-filled claws discovered in Yosemite - http://www.mnn.com/lifesty...
The creature is a type of pseudoscorpion, which are tiny arachnids that have abdomens like spiders, with eight spidery legs attached, but claws like scorpions. Unlike real scorpions, though, they lack a long post-abdomen stinger. Normally that would be good news, but this new species makes up for it by donning venom-filled claws instead. - Wayne Smallman
Wayne Smallman
Is there finally a computer that solves problems the way we do? - http://io9.com/5703534...
Bringing us one step closer to giant robot overlords is CLARION, a program that performs the same way human subjects do in some impressive cognitive tests. It mimics not what we think, but how we think. - Wayne Smallman
Wayne Smallman
The Next Mercedes Benz Could be Grown in a Laboratory - http://inhabitat.com/the-nex...
Forget about assembly lines, the folks at Mercedes Benz see cars assembling themselves like trees in the future. That’s right, the latest idea from Mercedes is the Biome car, an ultra lightweight vehicle that starts with “seeds” fused with the company’s star logo and then literally grow to form a car in a laboratory. And to top it all off, to ensure that this green automobile of the future comes full circle, the Mercedes Benz team doesn’t see this car heading to a junk yard – they are envisioning that it will be completely biodegradable. - Wayne Smallman
Wayne Smallman
This sleek futuristic model plays with the notion that from the DNA of Mercedes, an organic skeletal structure can literally be grown into a beautiful minimalist bio-futuristic car, with a fierce almost plane like nose, wheels that are reminiscent of plane turbines, and a tron like glow… - Wayne Smallman
Wayne Smallman
Most complicated experiment ever hopes to detect gravitational waves for the first time - http://io9.com/5701669...
A proposed experiment hopes to find gravitational waves, which are hypothetical fluctuations in the fabric of spacetime. All it needs is three satellites orbiting the Sun, and lasers capable of detecting movements as tiny as a trillionth of a meter. - Wayne Smallman
Wayne Smallman
Harvard scientists reverse aging in mice, laugh maniacally at human possibilities - http://www.engadget.com/2010...
The reversal of aging has been one of the great dreams of humanity, but it seems like our rodent overlords have beat us to it. The Harvard Medical School has demonstrated "a dramatic reversal" in the aging process when reintroducing the enzyme telomerase into old and feeble mice. - Wayne Smallman
Wayne Smallman
Why did mammals evolve to enormous sizes - then get smaller again? - http://io9.com/5698890...
After the dinosaurs were wiped out by a massive meteor strike 65 million years ago, tiny mammals ruled the Earth. But they quickly evolved to be as big as dinosaurs, then evolved to be smaller again. What happened? - Wayne Smallman
Wayne Smallman
Saturn's moon Rhea may have a breathable atmosphere - http://io9.com/5699149...
Saturn's icy moon Rhea has an oxygen and carbon dioxide atmosphere that is very similar to Earth's. Even better, the carbon dioxide suggests there's life - and that possibly humans could breathe the air. - Wayne Smallman
Wayne Smallman
Andromeda 'born in a collision' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news...
The nearest spiral galaxy to the Milky Way - Andromeda - was born when two smaller galaxies collided, say astronomers. An international team conducted a computer simulation of how Andromeda evolved over time. - Wayne Smallman
Wayne Smallman
A hypnotic video of ants imitating liquids - http://io9.com/5698569...
To navigate liquids and other obstacles, ants will become an amorphous mass. Watch this footage from Georgia Tech's Micah Streiff of ants pouring out of funnels and becoming a squirming bundle of writhing thorax. - Wayne Smallman
Wayne Smallman
Digital vaccine needed to fight botnets - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news...
The equivalent of a government-backed vaccination scheme is needed to clean up the huge numbers of PCs hijacked by cyber criminals, suggests research. In Europe, about 5-10% of PCs on broadband net links were hijacked and part of a botnet in 2009, it suggests. - Wayne Smallman
Wayne Smallman
A drug that reduces HIV infections by 90 percent - http://io9.com/5697453...
A single pill could reduce your risk of HIV infection dramatically, a new study found. But are you willing to spend $12,000 a year and risk headaches and nausea just to stay HIV-negative? - Wayne Smallman
Wayne Smallman
Martha Lane Fox urging online government 'revolution' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news...
The government's "digital champion" has called for a revolution in the way it deals with the public online. Martha Lane Fox, who reviewed the Directgov website, said it must become easier to access government services and make payments over the internet. - Wayne Smallman
Wayne Smallman
Methane-eating bacteria alive and well in the deepest layer of Earth's crust - http://io9.com/5695555...
Nearly a mile underground, there's an entire ecosystem carving out a rather alien existence in the deepest layer of Earth's crust. These bacteria are totally unlike their brethren nearer the surface, and there might be even stranger bacteria further down. - Wayne Smallman
Wayne Smallman
Have we found the universe that existed before the Big Bang? - http://io9.com/5694701...
The current cosmological census is that the universe began 13.7 billion years ago with the Big Bang. But a legendary physicist says he's found the first evidence of an eternal, cyclic cosmos. - Wayne Smallman
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