The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the latest addition to CERN’s accelerator complex, is the most powerful particle accelerator ever built. It features a 27 kilometer (16 mile) ring made of superconducting magnets and accelerating structures built to boost the energy of particles in the chamber. In the accelerator, two high-energy particle beams are forced to collide from opposite directions at speeds close to the speed of light.
Quantum computing promises a radical transition to computers that are infinitely faster, solving problems that would require unattainable amounts of computing power today.
DNA is one of the most robust storage systems available, and the technology could be available to consumers in a little more than ten years.
Although most amino acids exist in both left and right handed forms, life on Earth is made of 'left handed' amino acids, almost exlusively. Meanwhile, all sugars characteristic of life on Earth are 'right-handed.' No one knows why this is the case.
Scientists working with telescopes at the European Southern Observatory and NASA have announced a remarkable new discovery: An entire system of Earth-sized planets. Moreover, according to density measurements of the planets the six innermost are Earth-like rocky worlds, three of which lie in the star’s habitable zone.
Hollywood has given us its fair share of humanoid aliens over the years.
For years, scientists have been piecing together evidence of peculiar phenomena known as red sprites, blue jets, pixies and elves – exotic types of electrical discharges that emanate from thunderstorms.
Or at least, that’s the idea more and more theorists are pursuing as they search for better descriptions of the laws that govern our Universe. Could particles, energy, space and time, even the entire multiverse, really be just a bunch of bits?
The answers can be traced to the moment of the Big Bang — or possibly before, discussed below by rock-star theoretical physicist Sean Carroll, at the California Institute of Technology. His research involves theoretical physics and astrophysics, focusing on issues in cosmology, field theory, and gravitation.
Many complex dynamical systems have critical thresholds—so-called tipping points—at which the system shifts abruptly from one state to another
Time flies - but not if you're a fly. Flies avoid being swatted in just the same way Keanu Reeves dodges flying bullets in the movie The Matrix – by watching time pass slowly.
In the past year, Sun Weidong, a highly decorated geochemist, has ignited a passionate online debate with claims that the founders of Chinese civilization were not in any sense Chinese but actually migrants from Egypt.
The recent discovery of quantum vibrations inside neurons in the brain supports a controversial theory of consciousness.
If correct, it might lead to new treatments for many different conditions, it is claimed in a new review of the evidence by Hameroff and Penrose (2013).
"Entropy is the normal state of consciousness - a condition that is neither useful nor enjoyable." - (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi)
An unexpected connection has emerged between the results of physics experiments and an important, seemingly unrelated set of numbers in pure mathematics.
The Sima de los Huesos, or the Pit of Bones, is a cave site in the Sierra de Atapuerca of northern Spain, dated to around 430,000 years ago. It preserves a large collection of fossils attributed to an enigmatic species — the Sima de los Huesos hominin.
A first batch of ten intelligent robots have started to work as customs officers at three ports in the cities of Zhuhai and Zhongshan in Southern China's Guangdong province.
Astronomers have discovered 234 mysterious signals from stars that could be different alien species trying to talk to us.
We’ve all seen them, those colorful images that show how our brains 'light up' when we’re in love, playing a video game, craving chocolate, etc.
The universe suddenly looks a lot more crowded, thanks to a deep-sky census assembled from surveys taken by NASA 's Hubble Space Telescope, Nasa Kepler telescope and other observatories.
The so called smart-home has been gaining a lot of attention lately. Almost all the world’s major tech companies have announced plans and technologies to make the smart home the next big thing.
Crows have a reasoning ability rivalling that of a human seven-year-old. They can recognise faces, use tools – even drop nuts on a road to crack, then pick them up with the safety of pedestrian lights.
The most detailed 3D map yet of a billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy was released last week on September 14, along with a sneak peek at brand-new data on millions of stars collected by ESA's Gaia spacecraft.
In common parlance, the word ‘soul’ pops up everywhere. We may speak of a vast, soulless corporation or describe an athlete as the ‘heart and soul’ of his team.
Your personality has been sculpted by many hands. Your genes, your friends, the schools you attended, plus many other factors, will all have played a part in making you the person you are today. But when exactly did your own distinct character first begin to take shape?
If the idea really is true that aliens are deliberately preventing humans from contacting them, then extraterrestrial civilizations most likely formed a number of cliques rather than a pan-galactic government.
According to MIT professor Seth Lloyd, the answer is yes.
"What we take for granted on this planet, such as oceans and continents, would not exist if the internal temperature of Earth had not been in a certain range, and this means that the beginning of Earth's history cannot be too hot or too cold. This would mean that many planets in the 'Goldilocks zone' may not be habitable after all."
A day after its launch, world's first quantum communication satellite has sent 202 MB of good quality data to the China Remote Sensing Satellite Ground Station (RSGS), located near Beijing.
A newly discovered microbe may help identify if there is life on other frozen moons or planets. Marinomonas Primoryensis was found in Ace Lake, Antarctica, having attached itself to ice by a kind of grappling hook made of large antifreeze proteins.
Socrates started what may have been the first technology scare. In the "Phaedrus," he lamented the invention of books, which “create forgetfulness” in the soul. Instead of remembering for themselves, Socrates warned, new readers were blindly trusting in “external written characters.”
A great flood at the dawn of Chinese civilization, around 2,000 BC, was said to have swept away settlements, the water rising so high that it overran hills, mountains and even heaven itself.
The field equations of Einstein’s General Relativity theory say that faster-than-light (FTL) travel is possible, so a handful of researchers are working to see whether a Star Trek-style warp drive, or perhaps a kind of artificial wormhole, could be created through our technology.
In 1965, Gordon Moore, who later founded Intel Corporation, wrote an essay for Electronics Magazine. In it, he made the observation that the number of transistors on a chip doubles every year or so and accordingly, computing power increases exponentially. In this way he did the impossible —predict the future, up to the smartwatch that came 50 years later
Our world could be a clever computer simulation that creates the impression of living in a real world. Elon Musk brought up this topic a few weeks ago. Truth be told — he is probably right. However, there is a very important point missing in this whole “real vs. fake” discussion: It actually makes no difference. But first...why might our world be a simulation?
One day, aliens may stumble on the charred remains of earth and understand that we were here, ancient aliens they never got to meet
Spaceflight venture Moon Express wants to be the first private company ever to land on the Moon in 2017 — and now the company has been granted approval by the United States government to launch to the lunar surface.
It sounds like the plot of a bad science-fiction movie: a crew member decides to do something evil just for the sake of money, or fame, or for a cause. It's not something that we've seen in space -- but that may be just because of the high level of scrutiny that goes into astronaut selection, a new article argues.
It is often said that the way humans make and use tools is perhaps what sets our species apart more than anything else. Now, two psychologists argue that the one thing apes and monkeys really miss, is a concept of information that’s untrue or different from what they already know.
A new group of scientists is embarking on what could be the biggest scientific discovery of all time — to capture an image of another habitable planet.
In Earth's evolutionary history, existing species have been taken over by other species or have died out over time. The question is: what will happen to our own species, Homo Sapiens? Obviously, we won't live in our current form forever, but who or what might become our successor?
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