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Nov 7, 2016

How to read a book without opening it

Posted by in category: futurism

New technique allows scientists to read the pages of an ancient text without opening the book.

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Nov 7, 2016

Supernovas Close to Home

Posted by in categories: cosmology, evolution

The death throes of nearby stars might have influenced evolution on Earth.

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Nov 7, 2016

Studying the Building Blocks of Life in Stereo Sound

Posted by in category: media & arts

To make it easier to sift through data on proteins, a composer and a biologist turned them into music, an approach that could have many applications.

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Nov 7, 2016

The Air Force Wants A Universal Translator

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, surveillance

Surveillance tech Star Trek would love.

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Nov 7, 2016

Researchers Make Vocal Cords In The Lab

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

They could someday help millions get their voices back.

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Nov 7, 2016

Scientists Watch Stem Cells Regrow Brain Tissue

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Transplanted embryonic neurons can properly connect into the developed visual cortex of adult mice and improve the animals’ sensitivities to visual cues over time, scientists reported today (October 26) in Nature. By demonstrating that added neurons can become fully functional in circuits that normally do not rewire in adulthood, the team’s results suggest that the brain may be more plastic than previously thought.

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Nov 7, 2016

NASA Wants A Supersonic X-Plane Without The Boom

Posted by in category: transportation

Seen and not heard.

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Nov 7, 2016

Closing in on a Giant Ghost Planet

Posted by in category: space

Scientists have shrunk the hunting ground for the mysterious Planet Nine by half.

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Nov 7, 2016

Units of measure are getting a fundamental upgrade

Posted by in category: cosmology

And a shifting speed of light could revise current views about the evolution of the infant universe. Scientists think that a period of inflation caused the newborn cosmos to expand extremely rapidly, creating a universe that is uniform across vast distances. That uniformity is in line with observations: The cosmic microwave background, light that emerged about 380,000 years after the Big Bang, is nearly the same temperature everywhere scientists look. But cosmologist João Magueijo of Imperial College London has a radical alternative to inflation: If light were speedier in the early universe, it could account for the universe’s homogeneity.

“As soon as you raise the speed limit in the early universe,” Magueijo says, “you start being able to work on explanations for why the universe is the way it is.”

A finely tuned universe.

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Nov 7, 2016

Facebook Could Be Associated With a Longer Life, Study Finds

Posted by in category: life extension

While the social media company cooperated with the research, it tracks other findings that social ties are linked to longevity.

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