The hunt for dark matter is arguably the biggest scientific search ongoing right now--even as scientists close in on the elusive Higgs boson--but finding it is not proving easy, since physicists can’t see or measure the stuff, or even be sure that it’s there at all (it is, after all, theoretical at this point). To find it, a notable collaboration of astrophysicists and geneticists is gathering to build one of the most far-out particle detectors we’ve come across in recent memory: a dark matter detector made out of DNA.
Tonics laced with neurotransmitters, amino acids, and other active chemicals can sharpen your thinking. Or so they claim. Visit Discover Magazine to read this article and other exclusive science and technology news stories.
Many people believe that we’ve run out of ideas and that the future will be one of bleak shortages of food, energy, and water. Billionaire Peter Thiel, for example, argues that despite spectacular advances in computer-related fields, technological progress has actually stalled because the internal combustion engine still rules our highways, the cancer death rate has barely changed since 1971, and the top speed at which people can travel has ceased to improve.
From the printing press to the Google glasses, the earliest lumbering efforts in technology morph over time into streamlined, unnoticed tools of daily life, writes Nick Bilton.
have seen the future, and it is wearable.
But before I tell you about this future, let’s take a short trip into the past, specifically to the mid-1400s, when a German by the name of Johannes Gutenberg was hard at work inventing the printing press. There’s a common misconception that Gutenberg’s press instantly changed society. This isn’t quite so.
The universe has no shortage of bizarre materials. Superfluids are liquids that can flow straight up walls, Bose-Einstein condensates are gasses that will vibrate eternally, and neutron stars are essentially city-sized subatomic particles.
If gossip on various physics blogs pans out, the biggest moment for physics in nearly two decades is just days away. The possible announcement on July 4 of the long-sought Higgs boson would put the last critical piece of the Standard Model of Physics in place, a crowning achievement built on a half-century of work by thousands of scientists. A moment worthy of fireworks.
Bioengineers jump a major hurdle by building 3D printed templates of filament networks to create vasculature. They say the trick is sugar. Read this blog post by Elizabeth Armstrong Moore on Cutting Edge.
Tevatron at Night The Tevatron typically produced about 10 million proton-antiproton collisions per second. Each collision produced hundreds of particles. The CDF and DZero experiments recorded about 200 collisions per second for further analysis.Fermilab
If the Tevatron was a metal detector sweeping across a proverbial beach, the beeps of discovery would have been coming in very close succession at the end of its life. It was, we have learned, extremely close to finding the treasured Higgs boson ... and then, last September, it shut down. Only another, more powerful detector, owned by someone else, will finally be able to grab it.
Hand Cream A new class of nanoparticles inside skin lotion could penetrate the skin for gene therapy.Kristen Bonardi Rapp via Flickr
Future genetic therapy could be as simple as applying a topical lotion, with nanoscale compounds soaking through your epidermis to tweak your DNA. This new class of nucleic acid structures could guard against some types of skin cancer, according to researchers at Northwestern University.
NASA completed another successful round of Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM) operations on the International Space Station with the Canadian Dextre robot and RRM tools, leaving the RRM module poised for the highly-anticipated refueling demonstration...
Education is undergoing an incredible and exciting transformation, but I can’t help but wonder if the “experts” can’t see the forest for the trees. We are continuing to see roiling debates from the likes of Vivek Wadhwa and Peter Thiel over whether kids should go to college or not, administrations battling technologists over whether they need to flip the classroom, and politicians forcing us to pick sides as if there were only two options – all the while missing the extraordinary revolution taking place around us.
A new way of thinking, called 'radical openness,' is making waves in the tech industry and sparking debate over the concept of using digital sharing tools to collectively brainstorm and solve problems.
The European Space Agency has committed itself to funding the construction of a new space telescope whose sole purpose will be to unravel the mysteries of dark matter and dark energy. Called Euclid, the telescope was originally selected as a 'medium class' mission, but now that European Union member states have promised nearly $160 million in additional funds, it is clear that the mission is regarded as a high priority and that it may have the ability to solve some of the outstanding mysteries of the day. The US has been given a "junior role" in the mission, valued at around 5% of total costs.
The ability to read other people is largely perceived to be intuitive--some people just have a talent for “seeing” what other people are thinking or feeling. But what if you could augment yourself with such an ability, allowing you to perceive changes in other people’s biologies as their biochemical state changes? A company called 2AI Labs has developed a pair of glasses--known as O2Amps--that supposedly can do just that.
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