Two lifeforms merge in once-in-a-billion-years evolutionary event

Scientists have caught a once-in-a-billion-years evolutionary event in progress, as two lifeforms have merged into one organism that boasts abilities its peers would envy. Last time this happened, Earth got plants.Continue ReadingCategory: Biology, Sci… Continue reading Two lifeforms merge in once-in-a-billion-years evolutionary event

Goldene: New 2D form of gold makes graphene look boring

Graphene is a bit like the Novak Djokovic of materials – it’s so damn talented that each new achievement feels passé. But now, an exciting new upstart is challenging graphene’s title. Meet goldene, a two-dimensional sheet of gold that has its own stran… Continue reading Goldene: New 2D form of gold makes graphene look boring

The surprising reason we blink so much more than we need to

Blinking keeps our eyes moist – but we actually blink way more often than we need to if that was the only reason. Scientists at the University of Rochester have now found that the involuntary action plays a bigger role than we thought, helping us proce… Continue reading The surprising reason we blink so much more than we need to

First known fractal molecule is a natural mathematical marvel

Fractals are a fascinating type of pattern for mathematics nerds, with their repeating, artificial-looking structures. Now, scientists have discovered the first known fractal protein – and it seems to be an evolutionary accident.Continue ReadingCategor… Continue reading First known fractal molecule is a natural mathematical marvel

Graphite platform levitates with no need for external power source

Magnetic levitation is used to float everything from lightbulbs to trains, with varying levels of success, but usually it requires a power source. Now, scientists in Japan have developed a way to make a floating platform that requires no external power… Continue reading Graphite platform levitates with no need for external power source

Professor Peter Higgs, renowned for Higgs boson prediction, dies aged 94

Professor Peter Higgs has died aged 94. The theoretical physicist was best known for his prediction of a key elementary particle, the Higgs boson, which earned him the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics soon after its discovery.Continue ReadingCategory: Physi… Continue reading Professor Peter Higgs, renowned for Higgs boson prediction, dies aged 94

Harvard’s bizarre “metafluid” packs programmable properties

Harvard engineers have created a strange new “metafluid” – a liquid that can be programmed to change properties, like its compressibility, transparency, viscosity and even whether it’s Newtonian or not.Continue ReadingCategory: Materials, ScienceTags: … Continue reading Harvard’s bizarre “metafluid” packs programmable properties

Video: Largest 3D map of the universe reveals hints of new physics

Astronomers have produced the largest 3D map of the universe, which can be explored in an interactive VR video. In the process, they’ve uncovered some tantalizing hints that our understanding of physics, including the ultimate fate of the cosmos, could… Continue reading Video: Largest 3D map of the universe reveals hints of new physics

New asthma cause identified – and a new angle for treatment

A new root cause for asthma has been identified – as well as a new potential way to treat it

As common as asthma is, exactly how it starts remains murky. Scientists have now identified a new root cause, and importantly a new angle for treating the disease that can prevent the main symptoms.

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Once-in-a-lifetime ‘Devil Comet’ is now in view. Here’s how to see it

A huge comet will grace our skies over the next few months, putting on a grand show through binoculars or telescopes, and will even be visible to the naked eye. So how and when can you see it?Continue ReadingCategory: Space, ScienceTags: Astronomy, Com… Continue reading Once-in-a-lifetime ‘Devil Comet’ is now in view. Here’s how to see it