How to Win a Nobel Prize

In the last 30 years there have been no big breakthroughs in our knowledge of physics and the world that we live in. Despite the media attention surrounding the detection of Gravitational Waves, the exposure of the Higgs Boson at CERN and the Hubble space telescope evidence for the expansion of the universe twenty years earlier, all of these discoveries were merely confirmations of predictions that had been mainstream scientific…

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The Trump-Russia Scandal’s Many Swirling Unknowns

What we know so far about the Trump-Russia scandal only suggests more questions—questions Special Counsel Robert Mueller is digging into.

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Saturn’s moon Titan may harbour simple life forms – and reveal how organisms first formed on Earth

How chemical reactions on a lifeless planet floating around in the cold darkness of space can suddenly give rise to living organisms is one of the biggest questions in science. We don’t even know whether the molecular building blocks of life on Earth were created here or whether they were brought here by comets and meteorites. Using data from the NASA/ESA Cassini mission, we have now discovered molecules on Saturn’s…

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From flying warehouses to robot toilets – five technologies that could shape the future

Flying warehouses, robot receptionists, smart toilets… do such innovations sound like science fiction or part of a possible reality? Technology has been evolving at such a rapid pace that, in the near future, our world may well resemble that portrayed in futuristic movies, such as Blade Runner, with intelligent robots and technologies all around us. But what technologies will actually make a difference? Based on recent advancements and current trends,…

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Do we have too many national monuments? 4 essential reads

Editor’s note: The following is a roundup of archival stories. Under an order from President Trump, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is reviewing the status of 27 national monuments that were designated or expanded by presidents as far back as Jan. 1, 1996, using authority under the Antiquities Act. Conservation groups and Native American tribes strongly support creating national monuments to protect sensitive lands and public resources from development or exploitation.…

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How electric vehicles could take a bite out of the oil market

When will cars powered by gas-guzzling internal combustion engines become obsolete? Not as soon as it seems, even with the latest automotive news out of Europe. First, Volvo announced it would begin to phase out the production of cars that run solely on gasoline or diesel by 2019 by only releasing new models that are electric or plug-in hybrids. Then, France and the U.K. declared they would ban sales of…

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Hacker Warns Radioactivity Sensors Can Be Spoofed Or Disabled

A security researcher exposes software flaws that could prevent detection of radioactive leaks or aid in smuggling radioactive material.

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Lipizzan Malware Could Take Over Android Devices Until Google Shut It Down

A new, targeted malware called Lipizzan could completely take over an Android device until Android Security shut it down

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Breakthrough Lofts the Smallest Satellites Ever, not Interstellar Yet, but a Step Forward

Breakthrough Initiatives achieved a major milestone with the recent deployment of their Sprite satellites, the smallest satellites in history.
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A New Toolkit Hopes to Fix the SS7 Flaws That Plague Cell networks

Carriers have ignored flaws in SS7 that allow hackers easy access to telecoms. A new set of open-source tools hopes to jumpstart a fix.

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Ready to Leave Low Earth Orbit? Prototype Construction Begins for a Deep Space Habitat

As part of NASA’s NextSTEP-2 program, Lockheed Martin was recently awarded a Phase II contract to continue work on their Deep Space Habitat prototype.
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Scientists discover how the brain’s hypothalamus controls ageing – and manage to slow it down

If you are reading this and you don’t smoke, then your major risk factor for dying is probably your age. That’s because we have nearly eliminated mortality in early life, thanks to advances in science and engineering. But despite this progress, we still haven’t worked out how to eliminate the damaging effects of ageing itself. Now a new study in mice, published in Nature, reveals that stem cells (a type…

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First Support for a Physics Theory of Life

Take chemistry, add energy, get life. The first tests of Jeremy England’s provocative origin-of-life hypothesis are in, and they appear to show how order can arise from nothing. …

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Rep. Blake Farenthold’s Early ’90s Internet Message Board Posts Show a Whole New Side

The dueling Congressman had some strong opinions about telecom and nudity.

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Here’s what a safety expert thinks of Formula One’s ‘ugly’ new head protector

Formula 1 drivers have the most effective safety helmets in the world. But thanks to F1 cars’ open cockpits, drivers are inevitably exposed to greater head injury risk than those in other high-speed sports. Now the body that governs F1 (the FIA) has decided to introduce a new head-protection system into the cars known as the Halo. Set to be deployed by the FIA in 2018, the Halo system consists…

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Anthill 15: Unexplored places

In this episode of The Anthill podcast, we are off exploring. Our theme is unexplored places and we speak to academics who research remote corners of land, sea and space. First, we go for a plunge into the ocean. The deep sea is often called the final frontier, a wild region we know less about than the surface of the moon. But is that really true? And what’s it actually…

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Anti-Drone Tools Tested: From Shotguns To Superdrones

From anti-drone shotgun shells to a drone-snagging megadrone, security researchers put the drone defense arsenal to the test.

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Inside Cuba’s D.I.Y. Internet Revolution

In Havana, where data trickles in via overloaded, government-controlled networks—if at all—the people have taken matters into their own hands.

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