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1 Million Year Old Evidence Of Humans Using Fire Found 1 Million Year Old Evidence Of Humans Using Fire Found

Courtesy of the University of Toronto Fire good. That is what we have always know. What we didn’t know is how long humans or their ancestors have known this. Microscopic traces of wood ash, alongside animal bones and stone tools, …

Stephen Hawking’s Brain Recorded by the ‘iBrain’ Stephen Hawking’s Brain Recorded by the ‘iBrain’
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The New York Times published an article yesterday about the iBrain, a portable EEG device meant to record electricity in the brain. Using algorithms developed by Dr. Philip Low, the device could be able to decipher messages from the brain …

Carbon Nanotube Scale Can Weigh a Single Proton Carbon Nanotube Scale Can Weigh a Single Proton
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A group of scientists at the Catalan Institute of Nanotechnology in Barcelona, Spain have succeeded in creating a scale so sensitive that it can measure accurately to the smallest unit of mass – the yoctogram. A yoctogram is one-septillionth of …

Evidence of Pre-Human Fire Usage Found Evidence of Pre-Human Fire Usage Found

A team of archaeologists studying caves in South Africa have announced their findings that human ancestors were using fire to cook long before humans evolved. The study, to be published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows …

New Microbe Converts Carbon Dioxide into Fuel New Microbe Converts Carbon Dioxide into Fuel
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A study published today in the journal Science details how researchers at UCLA have succeeded in converting carbon dioxide into liquid fuel. Things gets a bit technical from here, so I’ll give the summary upfront: A team at the Henry …

Massive Solar Tornado Spotted on the Sun Massive Solar Tornado Spotted on the Sun

NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory (SDO) satellite has captured images and video of a tornado on the sun several times as large as the Earth. Last September the SDO satellite filmed this twirling mass of superheated gas, which ranges in temperature …

Google Announces App Engine Research Awards Google Announces App Engine Research Awards

Google’s App Engine is used for a lot of different web applications. While it can be used for business applications, the more interesting uses come from the scientific and research fields. Google is now going to reward those who use …

New Estimate: Billions of Earth-like Planets in our Galaxy New Estimate: Billions of Earth-like Planets in our Galaxy

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) has announced a new estimate for the number of planets similar to Earth in the Milky Way Galaxy: tens of billions. “Our new observations with HARPS mean that about 40% of all red dwarf stars …

First Look At James Cameron’s Mariana Trench Voyage [VIDEO] First Look At James Cameron’s Mariana Trench Voyage [VIDEO]

“It was a very lunar, desolate place, very isolated. My feeling was one of complete isolation from all of humanity.” That’s how James Cameron described the bottom of the ocean. Today, the first video from his impressive expedition lands and …

James Cameron’s Mariana Trench Tweet: Dispatches From The Bottom Of The Ocean James Cameron’s Mariana Trench Tweet: Dispatches From The Bottom Of The Ocean
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James Cameron, the Academy Award winning director of films like Titanic, Avatar, and The Abyss, doesn’t keep his drive for thrills and exploration contained to his filmmaking. And on Sunday, Cameron reached the deepest point in the ocean, The Challenger …

Space Robots: Wolfgang Says Collaboration Is Key Space Robots: Wolfgang Says Collaboration Is Key

If you are a fan of robots and space exploration you can thank the University of Arizona and Wolfgang Fink for the picture above. Fink is an associate professor at the university in the department of electrical and computer engineering. …

Message Beamed Through Solid Rock Using Neutrinos Message Beamed Through Solid Rock Using Neutrinos

Especially when used with the new light technology we reported on here recently, this could be a huge sea change for communications. A group of scientists led by researchers from the University of Rochester and North Carolina State University have …

Drug Side Effects Discovered With Computer Algorithm Drug Side Effects Discovered With Computer Algorithm

A week ago, you started a new prescription medication for acne. Today, you feel dizzy and short of breath and have difficulty concentrating. Your symptoms are not listed in the package insert as possible side effects of the drug, but …

Most Americans Doubt U.S. Will Be On Top by 2020 Most Americans Doubt U.S. Will Be On Top by 2020

More than half of likely voters doubt that the United States will be the No. 1 world leader in science, technology and health care by the year 2020, according to a new national public opinion poll commissioned by ResearchAmerica [pdf …

Scientists Use Babies To Make Computers Smarter Scientists Use Babies To Make Computers Smarter

People often wonder if computers make children smarter. Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, are asking the reverse question: Can children make computers smarter? And the answer appears to be ‘yes.’ UC Berkeley researchers are tapping the cognitive smarts …

Exclusive Interview With The Scientist Using PageRank For Chemistry Exclusive Interview With The Scientist Using PageRank For Chemistry

A couple weeks ago, we reported on Washington State University chemistry professor Aurora Clark, who is applying the Google PageRank concept to water molecules to determine molecular shapes and chemical reactions “without the expense, logistics and occasional danger of lab …

ResearchGate Receives Funding From PayPal Co-Founder ResearchGate Receives Funding From PayPal Co-Founder

It seems there’s a social network for everything and everybody these days. Not all of them take off, but I’m glad to see that ResearchGate has received funding to keep expanding. ResearchGate announced yesterday their completion of its Series B …

Space Elevators: The Only Way To Travel To Space In 2050 Space Elevators: The Only Way To Travel To Space In 2050
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Recall when Charlie and Willy Wonka traveled around Earth in a glass elevator in Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator? Remember how fun that sounded? Your childhood dreams (or adulthood dreams, depend on when you read the book) …

Heinrich Hertz Doodle: Did Google Get It Wrong? Heinrich Hertz Doodle: Did Google Get It Wrong?
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I’m sure by now you’ve all seen today’s animated Google Doodle. The multi-colored never-ending wave pattern honors Heinrich Rudolf Hertz, who is best known for his studies on electromagnetic waves (and the fact that the unit of frequency, the Hertz, …

Heinrich Rudolf Hertz Google Doodle Gets Wavy Heinrich Rudolf Hertz Google Doodle Gets Wavy
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Today’s Google Doodle honors German Physicist Heinrich Rudolf Hertz who is probably best known for the unit of measurement that bears his name. Hertz’s experiments in electromagnetism paved the way for wireless communications, as he was the first scientist to …

Viral Videos: Goldeneye 64 Mod, Tim Tebow Reads Dr. Seuss, & Sun Tornadoes Viral Videos: Goldeneye 64 Mod, Tim Tebow Reads Dr. Seuss, & Sun Tornadoes

A viral video is one that becomes popular through the process of Internet sharing, via social media, sharing sites, or good ‘ole email. Everyday we highlight some of the best that are currently viral and some that are trending that …