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Brain Scans Paint Picture of What the Mind’s Eye Sees

Reading a brain with a machine to get the information in it has been the stuff of sci-fi for years. Now, scientists at UC Berkeley's Gallant Lab have demonstrated that it's possible. The scientists used functional magnetic resonance imaging to reconstruct movies subjects watched by reading their bra...

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Speedy Neutrinos Could Turn Physics Universe Upside-Down

A multinational research team says it's found neutrinos that travel faster than the speed of light. For the Opera neutrino experiment, scientists basically shot a high-intensity, high-energy beam of muon neutrinos from the CERN SPS accelerator in Geneva toward the LNGS underground laboratory at Gran...

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Researchers Rev Up Electric Nano-Motors

Researchers at Tufts University announced Sunday they've created an electrical motor many thousands of times smaller than the width of a single human hair, a breakthrough they claim could eventually lead to innovations in healthcare and technology. The microscopic motor is the size of a single molec...

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Scientists Pop Atoms in Microwave, Out Comes Quantum Entanglement

Researchers at the National Institute of Science and Technology have used microwaves to entangle ions in yet another step toward developing quantum computers. Quantum entanglement is a feature of quantum physics in which two atoms are linked together in such a way that in order to describe the prope...

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Time Travel a No Go? No Way

It appears that scientists at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology proved recently that you can't travel faster than the speed of light in a vacuum. That discovery, howled many popular publications, means time travel is impossible. "Impossible," however, is a very powerful word. Has th...

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2010’s Breakthrough of the Year Brings Us a Hair Closer to Teleportation

A quantum mechanics experiment performed by physicists at the University of California in Santa Barbara has been honored by the journal Science as its Breakthrough of the Year. The researchers' work may shed light on just what actually gravity is, among other things. The team, led by Andrew Cleland,...

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Synthetic vs. Real Life: Is There a Place for Both?

Researchers at the J. Craig Venter Institute in Rockville, Md., say they have created the first self-replicating synthetic bacterial cell using man-made DNA. The 15-year, $40 million project consisted of synthesizing more than 1 million base pair chromosomes of a genome. The knowledge gained from th...

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Google Earth Helps Scientists Unearth Possible Human Ancestor

Scientists on Thursday announced the discovery of a new species of hominid, thanks to fossils whose whereabouts were located with the help of Google Earth. Dating back almost two million years, Australopithecus sediba was discovered in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site in South Africa. The...

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Large Hadron Collider Shatters Energy Record

The Large Hadron Collider created by CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, officially became the world's highest-energy particle accelerator on Monday. The enormous facility has sent two beams of protons shooting through its ring at 1.18 teraelectronvolts. It happened 10 days after s...

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Physicist Ian Appelbaum Puts New Spin on Semiconductors

University of Delaware's Dr. Ian Appelbaum is looking to "spin" his research on the magnetic properties of electrons to get more electronic enhancements from semiconductors. Appelbaum's research is now funded in part with a nearly half-million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Defense Experim...

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Weird Science: Peeling Scotch Tape Produces X-Rays

Here's a fun fact for your cubicle-side coffee chat: That Scotch tape on your desk is good for more than just sticking together pages of a TPS report. Turns out it can also generate X-rays. Scientists at the University of California in Los Angeles have found that plain old office tape can create eno...

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Scientists Win Physics Nobel for Particle Theory Advances

An American physicist from Chicago is celebrating a Nobel Prize win for an advanced physics concept he helped formulate more than four decades ago. Yoichiro Nambu, an 87-year-old scientist with the University of Chicago, was one of three recipients of the highly esteemed honor, announced Tuesday. Th...

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City-Sized Collider Set for Smashing Debut

A machine poised to make science history is now ready to launch. The Large Hadron Collider -- a giant machine built 330 feet below the France-Switzerland border -- is scheduled to fire up for the first time next month, on Sept. 10. The LHC, as its name suggests, works by smashing tiny particles call...

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Colorful Glass Delivers Massive Solar Energy Boost

The secret to affordable fuel-free energy may lie in some pretty-looking glass. Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found a way to use dye-colored glass to harness clean and renewable energy -- and to do it in a practical and cost-effective way. The research, published in Fr...

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Scientists Allay Fears of Hadron-Triggered Planetary Meltdown

Rest at ease: Physicists say fears over a powerful atom smasher leading to the end of the Earth are completely unfounded. A group of critics of the Large Hadron Collider -- a machine built 330 feet underground in Europe -- filed a lawsuit to try to stop its initialization. They worried the collider'...

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