Sewing an invisible cloak with lasers

Wed, Jul 30, 2014

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Invisibility cloaking is already a reality, but don’t expect it works just like in Harry Potter. For the past decade or so, extremely promising advances have been reported. Using either metamaterials – artificial materials with properties typically not found in nature – or natural materials, scientists have devised all sorts of invisibility cloaks. All of […]

We are dealing with the worst Ebola outburst in history

Tue, Jul 29, 2014

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The Ebola virus causes a highly infectious disease that can reach fatality rates of up to 90%. It causes a great deal of suffering, spreads really easily and if it’s not treated very early on can kill most people. It’s darn scary , but ever since it surfaced in 1976, when the first outbreaks in […]

Potential HIV-1 cure works by deleting the virus’ DNA from the genome

Tue, Jul 29, 2014

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HIV is maybe one of the most resilient and tenacious viral infections known to medical science. Unlike other infections, even if all traces of HIV are gone from the body – the virus itself – it can still resurface and infect the patient later on. That’s because HIV inserts itself permanently into the patient’s genome, […]

China plans to build world’s first super collider

Wed, Jul 23, 2014

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A group of Chinese physicists, working with international collaborators, have announced their plans of building a  52-kilometre underground particle accelerator that would smash together electrons and positrons to unravel the fundamental building blocks of life. The project would offer means of probing these sort of fundamental questions that are unavailable to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, an oval-shaped […]

Members of a previously uncontacted Amazonian tribe become infected with influenza

Tue, Jul 22, 2014

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A few months ago, I reported how Google is using its drones and Google Earth technology to monitor an uncontacted Amazonian tribe. Now, there’s convincing evidence that the same tribe has come in contact with non-indigenous locals, then with western researchers in the most unfortunate of circumstances. One, the contact was initiated by criminals operating illegal […]

When Rhode Island accidentally legalized prostitution rapes and STDs dramatically fell

Mon, Jul 21, 2014

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In the 1980s, concerned that the state statute on prostitution was too broad and could potentially infringe on First Amendment freedoms, lawmakers in Rhode Island decided to make it more explicit by cutting some articles. They went a bit too far, though, and accidentally removed the section defining the act itself as a crime. It […]

Win or flop: Taiwanese invents cat face recognition

Mon, Jul 21, 2014

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If you’ve ever been to London, you might have noticed the city is packed with CCTV cameras even in the least crowded street crossings. Besides 24/7 monitoring, these cameras feed images to a highly complex system that automagically runs face recognition, checks the mugs of pedestrians and runs a check if there’s anything on file […]

If you fold an A4 sheet of paper 103 times its thickness will roughly be the size of the Universe

Mon, Jul 21, 2014

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Whaaaat? It’s just a matter of math, really. Fold an A4 once and it will be twice as thick, fold it again and it will be four times as thick as it initially was. Turns out, according to Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, if you do this 103 times the sheet’s thickness will be larger than the observable Universe: […]

Regularly exercising reduces risk of dementia by 40%

Mon, Jul 21, 2014

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We’ve all read and heard about how exercise can dramatically boost our quality of living, but how many people actually take action? Very few. Less than 20% of Americans over the age of 18 meet the official recommended guidelines. This is really alarming, because what most people don’t know is that mild exercising has fantastic returns, […]

Perovskite solar cells might help the solar market grow to new heights

Mon, Jul 21, 2014

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A crystal known to science for more than a century has only in recent years become recognized for its use in harvesting solar power. Since the first successful usage of perovskite in solar cells in 2009, the advances in the field have grown exponentially over time, making it a potential candidate for revamping the solar […]

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