A Major Physics Experiment Just Detected A Particle That Shouldn’t Exist

1 year ago Rafi Letzter | Live Science 0
Scientists have produced the firmest evidence yet of so-called sterile neutrinos, mysterious particles that pass through matter without interacting with it at all. The first hints these elusive particles turned up decades ago. But after years of dedicated searches, scientists have been unable to find any other evidence for them, with many experiments contradicting those Read More

Bacteria-coated broccoli sent to space

1 year ago PTI 0
Scientists have sent broccoli seeds coated with a healthy dose of good bacteria to space in a quest to find a viable way for astronauts at the International Space Station (ISS) to grow their own vegetables — and possibly one day on the Moon or Mars. Six broccoli seeds were aboard the Orbital ATK Cygnus Read More

Why You Should Spend Time Doing Nothing, According to Science

1 year ago Simon Gottschalk | University of Nevada 0
In the 1950s, scholars worried that, thanks to technological innovations, Americans wouldn’t know what to do with all of their leisure time. Yet today, as sociologist Juliet Schor notes, Americans are overworked, putting in more hours than at any time since the Depression and more than in any other in Western society. It’s probably not unrelated to Read More

How Can a Smartphone Survive a 100-Foot Drop But Crack on Your Floor?

1 year ago Stephanie Pappas | Live Science 0
A few weeks ago, I pulled my iPhone out of my purse only to discover a spiderweb of cracks emanating from the earpiece area of the screen. I couldn’t remember dropping the phone or hitting my purse against anything, but I must have jostled something just wrong. Considering that last year a guy dropped his phone Read More

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Pilot Crashed Plane Deliberately, ’60 Minutes’ Panel Says

1 year ago Rafi Letzter | Live Science 0
Aviation experts think they know what happened to Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared shortly after takeoff on its way to Beijing in March 2014, according to a report from “60 Minutes Australia.” More than four years after the airplane disappeared with 227 passengers and 12 crewmembers on board, an investigation by a panel of experts brought together by Read More

Forgotten Element Could Redefine Time

1 year ago Yasemin Saplakoglu | Live Science 0
A lot can happen in a second; you could meet a stranger, snap your fingers, fall in love, fall asleep, sneeze. But what is a second, really — and is it as precise as we think it is? Right now, the most-precise clocks used to tell global time have an error of about 1 second Read More

Will AI Ever Become Conscious?

1 year ago Mindy Weisberger | Live Science 0
When science-fiction worlds introduce robots that look and behave like people, sooner or later those worlds’ inhabitants confront the question of robot self-awareness. If a machine is built to truly mimic a human, its “brain” must be complex enough not only to process information as ours does, but also to achieve certain types of abstract Read More

The Science Behind Hawaii’s Surprising 2018 Volcanic Eruption

1 year ago Laura Geggel | Live Science 0
Kilauea volcano is spewing lava and belching hazardous gases on Hawaii’s Big Island, forcing more than 1,700 people to evacuate their homes. Eruptions aren’t anything new on Kilauea. In particular, the Pu’u ‘Ō’ō vent, where lava is exposed, has erupted almost continuously since January 1983. But the latest eruption took volcanologists by surprise when it Read More

Why Radioactive Waste Is Being Melted into Glass

1 year ago Laura Geggel | Live Science 0
Dangerous radioactive waste has been trapped inside solid glass in a first-of-its-kind demonstration, according to a statement from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in southeastern Washington. In the demonstration, scientists at PNNL, a part of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), mixed low-activity radioactive waste — that is, waste with very small concentrations of Read More

Bitcoin Is Sucking Up So Much Energy, It Could Stop Being Profitable

1 year ago Rafi Letzter | Live Science 0
The bitcoin network could use 0.5 percent of the world’s energy consumption by the end of this year, and it could soon cost so much to mine the cryptocurrency that it stops being profitable. These figures come from a new commentary published today (May 16) in the journal Joule. In it, Alex de Vries, a financial economist Read More