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This Physicist Turned Time Crystals From a Theoretical Oddity to an Odd Reality

Last year, scientists created a time crystal for the first time in a lab. It wouldn’t have been possible without the theories of Chetan Nayak.
Daniel Oberhaus
1.11.18
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Behind the Gorgeous Microorganismal Art of Nurit Bar-Shai's 'Chemical Tweets'

Biotech meets art on a petri dish.
Jia H. Jung
2.2.14
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Watch the Third Part of Noah Hutton's 10-Year Film on a Mapless Quest To Simulate the Human Brain

What's the minimum amount of information needed to simulate a human brain ? Do we need the whole, complete map (known as a connectome) before we begin the (computer, obviously) simulation, or some lesser knowledge threshold from which everything else...
Michael Byrne
11.15.12
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The Higgs Boson Might Not Be as Weird as We Hoped

Wait, what? New Higgs boson results? Did you think it was over? Oh hell no. "A post today":http://profmattstrassler.com/2012/11/14/higgs-results-at-kyoto/ from physicist Matt Strassler discussing the newest Higgs findings puts it well, "Knowledge...
Michael Byrne
11.14.12
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Science Is Giving Bee-Like Robots Bee-Like Brains

The word "drone" comes, in part, from bees, so it's really only fitting that researchers are developing aerial drones that are the size of bees. To make them so small, researchers "at Harvard":http://robobees.seas.harvard.edu/ have had to figure out...
ALEX PASTERNACK
10.26.12
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Soon Cops Will Digitally Dust Crime Scenes for Partial Footprints

Generally, my assumption of the ins and outs of crime scene forensics is a mythicism of field detectives performing high-tech feats in order to solve a mystery with some encrusted semen. I'd only expect that investigation units have access to some...
Daniel Stuckey
10.26.12
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Packaging Nature in Just the Right Way To Kill HIV Dead

The development of highly active anti-retroviral treatment (HAART) for HIV in the '90s is widely credited with turning a certain and excruciating doom into a chronic illness. Nowadays, instead of futilely fighting off opportunistic infections as a...
Michael Byrne
10.24.12
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Patent Trolling Is Draining the Blood from the Idea Economy, and It's Just Getting Worse

US Patent No. 6,599,460 is barely comprehensible and not even the slightest bit sexy. It has to do with preventing irregularities in a certain kind of injection molding; like, if you were making a cheap, thin drinking cup in a mold from liquid plastic...
Michael Byrne
10.17.12
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Our Nearest Neighbor Star Hosts an Earth-Mass Planet

An Earth-ish planet orbiting a red dwarf star would be the saddest thing. A perfect ball of rock, featuring plenty of carbon and water and methane, orbiting a dark star with no visible light, and stuck in tidal lock. That is, it orbits the star so...
Michael Byrne
10.17.12
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CERN Is Not Creating World-Destroying Black Holes, Court Rules

A nice, concerned and probably crazy German woman is out of luck after a higher administrative court in Muenster rejected her claim that the particle accelerator at CERN is quietly creating a black hole that will destroy all of mankind. "The plaintiff...
Adam Estes
10.16.12
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The Navy's MacGyver Bot Makes Its Own Tools, Doesn't Have a Mullet

Having whole-heartedly employed "drones":http://motherboard.vice.com/2012/6/20/who-the-hell-knows-how-many-civilians-drones-have-killed for air strikes, the U.S. military is now embarking on a project to put autonomous robots on the ground to serve as...
Gregory Thomas
10.15.12
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GM Foods Give Rats Cancer, Except They Don't: A Case Study on Bad Science and Worse PR

An increasingly discredited study led by French researcher Gilles-Eric Séralini purporting to show an increased risk of cancer in lab rats fed genetically-modified maize raised a particularly ugly flag even before it came out. Said flag had to do with...
Michael Byrne
10.13.12
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