'Holy grail' of battery design achieved: Stable lithium anode

3 weeks ago - Researchers say that lithium's expansion during charging is "virtually infinite" relative to the other materials. Its expansion is also uneven, causing pits and cracks to form in the outer surface, like paint on the exterior of a balloon that is being inflated. The resulting ... 1

Japan Wants 2020 Robot Olympics Alongside Human Olympics

3 weeks ago - "In 2020 I would like to gather all of the world's robots and aim to hold an Olympics where they compete in technical skills," said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last week. It's about time! There have been, and are, all kinds of competitive robotics events that ...

Will Astronomers Ever Discover Planet X?

3 weeks ago - In 2005 and 2006, our understanding of the solar system changed in two dramatic ways: astronomers discovered Eris, which would have been the tenth planet, and then—in anticipation of discovering hundreds of similar mini-planets in the outer solar system—reclassified both Pluto and ...

Corruption of science: Breakthrough research that turns out to be fraudulent

3 weeks ago - It is in the nature of scientists to argue over the evidence for or against any important breakthrough. Sometimes announcements made in good faith do not stand up to detailed scrutiny, namely the replication of the research by other experts. On other occasions, scientists can be ... 1

Sugar is as addictive and toxic as drugs and alcohol

3 weeks ago - Sugar. Just the thought of a sweet snack can make even the most hardcore dieter weak at the knees. The promise of a single fresh-baked chocolate chip cookie can make children eat an entire plate of vegetables or motivate couch potatoes to run that one extra mile. So what exactly does ... 1

Peru: Archaeologists Uncover Ancient Astronomy Lab In Peruvian Ruins

3 weeks ago - Archeologists have stumbled upon a site where ancient people observed the stars thousands of years ago in Peru, a country famous for using drones to help uncover and map archeological treasures, as Reuters reported. Excavators working on a complex at Licurnique, in the ... 3

Turkish Freedom Flotilla II being organized for Gaza will have military protection

3 weeks ago - Media report says activists - the same behind 2010's 'Mavi Marmara' - scheduled to take off with Turkish military protection. Amid Israel's Operation Protective Edge to stop Hamas attacks from Gaza, a "Freedom Flotilla" is being organized in Turkey to bring humanitarian aid to the ... 1

Transiting Alien World with Longest Year Discovered

3 weeks ago - A newfound alien planet is one for the record books. The alien planet Kepler-421b which crosses the face of, or transits, its host star from Earth's perspective takes 704 Earth days to complete one orbit, and thus has the longest year known for any transiting alien world, ...

Satellite full of sexually experimental geckos adrift in space, Russia loses control of mission

3 weeks ago - Russian scientists have lost contact with an experimental satellite filled with geckos that was to be the focus of new research on animal sex in zero-gravity. The Foton-M4 spacecraft was launched from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome on 19 July and made several orbits of the ... 1

Second mysterious crater reported from Yamal

3 weeks ago - The Moscow Times reported this week that reindeer herders in far northern Russia have found a second mysterious giant hole. According to these unconfirmed reports, the second hole is about 30 kilometers (20 miles) away from a first large and mysterious hole in the Russian permafrost, ... 1

'Hot Jupiter' measurements do not follow models

3 weeks ago - Dry atmospheres of three exoplanets challenge ideas of how planets form. Scientists searching for worlds outside of the Solar System say that three such planets - distant gas giants that resemble Jupiter - are surprisingly dry. The atmospheres of these exoplanets, known as 'hot ...

Mysterious signal from the center of the Perseus Cluster

3 weeks ago - Astronomers using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory to explore the Perseus Cluster, a swarm of galaxies approximately 250 million light years from Earth, have observed the spectral line that appears not to come from any known type of matter. The signal they received can not be ... 1

Oldest Medical Report of Near-Death Experience Discovered

3 weeks ago - Reports of people having "near-death" experiences go back to antiquity, but the oldest medical description of the phenomenon may come from a French physician around 1740, a researcher has found. The report was written by Pierre-Jean du Monchaux, a military physician from ...

Newly Discovered Virus Lives in Half the World's Population

3 weeks ago - A virus that lives in the human gut has just been discovered, and to the surprise of scientists, it can be found in about half the world's population, according to a new study. While it's not yet clear exactly what the virus does, scientists are eager to find out whether it ...

Our Alien DNA

4 weeks ago - A paper published last year in Icarus, the prestigious journal of planetary science, asked if it was possible that terrestrial life on Earth had been 'seeded' from beyond the Earth - and if so, does the building block of that life, DNA, contain any sort of message from our alien ...

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