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‘Black Beauty’ Meteorite Points to Mars’ Kinder, Gentler Past

After a year of study, researchers have concluded that a Martian meteorite found in the Sahara desert in 2011 is a new class of meteorite -- one that adds credence to the idea that life may have existed on the Red Planet. The meteorite, Northwest Africa 7034, nicknamed "Black Beauty," is black and a...

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Cloaking Device Produces True Invisibility

An invisibility cloak under development at Duke University is a new and improved version of one announced in 2006 by the same researchers. This latest version, developed by Scientists at Duke's Pratt School of Engineering, solves some of the problems the earlier one had with reflections of light. Th...

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Implant Runs on the Batteries in Your Ears

Implanted electronic devices can be powered by a biological battery that exists in the ear, researchers at MIT, the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and the Harvard-IT Division of Health Sciences and Technology have demonstrated for the first time. Team member Konstantina Stankovich, assistant p...

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Quantum Teleportation Leaps to New Distance Record

Scientists in China have transmitted quantum bits, or qubits, over a record distance of 97 km, or roughly 60 miles. This is more than six times the distance of the previous record of 16 km, set by another team of Chinese researchers in May of 2010, as reported in Nature.com. The results represent a ...

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Brainput Project Takes a Load Off Humans’ Minds

A group of researchers from several universities led by MIT have shown that robots controlled mentally by suitably equipped humans who are multitasking can take over some of the workload when needed. The Brainput project had researchers use a technique called "functional near-infrared" imaging to me...

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Solar Belch Could Stink Up Energy and Communications Networks

Solar flares -- clouds of charged particles and plasma from the sun -- have hit Earth, according to the National Weather Service. The solar flares have been making their way toward the planet since Sunday. The storms don't generally cause direct physical damage to people because the Earth's magnetic...

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Scientists Close In on Invisibility Cloak

That invisibility cloak Harry Potter throws around himself to hide in plain sight soon may be fact, rather than fiction. Researchers at the University of Texas in Austin have demonstrated one -- sort of. The researchers hid an 18 cm cylindrical tube from microwaves by putting it in a shell of plasmo...

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IBM Discovers How to Store Data in a Dozen Atoms

Researchers at IBM's Almaden Labs have created a 12-atom magnetic memory bit, in a continuation of work on atomic-level memory storage first posited in 1959 by American physicist Richard Feynman. Disk drives currently use about 1 million atoms to store a single bit of information, according to IBM.

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What Just Happened? Researchers Demo Time Cloaking

Researchers at Cornell University's School of Applied and Engineering Physics have demonstrated a way to cloak, or hide, an event in time. The phenomenon is similar to what happens when you remove frames from a film by cutting and splicing, except that instead of losing data about an event, you hide...

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Higgs Boson May Be Running Out of Hiding Places

Scientists are getting very close to proving or disproving the existence of the subatomic particle known as the "Higgs boson." The list of possible hiding spots for the Higgs boson particle has been narrowed down, according to teams carrying out experiments at CERN's Large Hadron Collider in Geneva ...

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Nanoparticle Monster Batteries Could Make Wind and Solar Power More Practical

Researchers at Stanford University have used nanoparticles of copper hexacyanoferrate to create electrodes that could lead to large batteries for storing excess power from the electrical grid for future use. These might be best used in wind and solar farms, the researchers stated in a paper publishe...

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CERN Do-over Results in Faster-Than-Light Particles … Again

The international research team that found neutrinos traveling faster than light has done it again. It conducted another set of experiments and again found neutrinos that exceeded the speed of light. As in the first experiment, the researchers fired high-intensity, high-energy beams of muon neutrino...

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Scientists Have Fun With Quantum Levitation

"Quantum levitation" may not be a household term, but one look at a YouTube video now nearing 3 million views, and you'll soon get the gist of what's going on. In essence, it's a thin but solid disc floating in mid-air. Magic and science fiction might be what spring to mind, but in fact what's being...

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And Now for Something Completely Different: Nanostuff Lets Computers Remake Themselves

Scientists at Northwestern University have developed a new nanomaterial that can reconfigure itself by directing the flow of current. This could lead to computers that can reconfigure their internal circuitry as needed. The hybrid material, created by a team led by Bartos Grzybowski, professor of ch...

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Physicists: If There Is a God Particle, We’ll Find It Soon

The long search for the fabled Higgs boson may be drawing to its end. Rolf Heuer, director-general of the European Organization for Nuclear Research, CERN, has reportedly stated that the particle's existence will either be proved or disproved within 12 months. Heuer's statement was backed by two oth...

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