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Photons Carry Messages From Electrons Over 1 Mile


Physicists have set a quantum record by using photons to carry messages from electrons over a distance of 1.2 miles. The work advances a long-standing...

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    Scientists Just Caught a Black Hole Eating a Star, and Spitting It Back Out

    A study published in journal Science said that a black hole “swallowed” a star before sending it back out again. Scientists tracked a star that’s... Read more

  • Some fish, like the lookdown, above, are able to manipulate polarized light to their advantage, says Molly Cummings. "Given that, we suggested they've probably evolved the means to hide in polarized light. If we can identify that process, then we can improve upon our own camouflage technology for that environment." (Jeff Kubina/CC BY-SA 2.0)

    Skin Lets These Fish Do a Vanishing Act

    Scientists have solved a longstanding mystery about how some fish can seem to disappear from predators. The discovery could help materials scientists and military technologists create... Read more

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    Court Upholds Acquittal of Italian Scientists for Not Predicting Earthquake

    The Italian Supreme Court upheld the acquittal of six scientists who failed to predict a 2009 earthquake in central Italy that resulted in the death... Read more

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    Extremely Strange Video Showing Middle Eastern ‘Sand River’ Goes Viral

    The Middle East is better known for dust storms than hail storms, but the area has experienced some bizarre weather patterns this year. In just... Read more

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    The Quixotic Quest for the Perfect Weatherman

    Like so many things in the modern world, the origins of scientific weather forecasting lay in the Renaissance. In 1450, the German mathematician Nicholas of... Read more

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    How to Use a Laser to Refrigerate Water

    For the first time scientists have figured out how to use an infrared laser to cool water by about 36 degrees Fahrenheit. “Typically, when you... Read more

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    Studies Full of Jargon Flag Scientists as Liars

    Even the best poker players have “tells” that give away when they’re bluffing. Scientists who commit fraud have similar, but more subtle, tells. Now researchers... Read more

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    Quiet Breathing Makes Food Taste Better

    New research suggests breathing slowly and evenly can help you get the most out of your meal. Tasting food relies on food volatiles moving from the... Read more

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    Ancient Peruvian Mummy Surprises Researchers With Antibiotic-Resistant Genes

    A mummy uncovered at the ancient site of Cusco in Peru has surprised scientists with what was contained in its gut. Genes linked to antibiotic... Read more

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    How Do Our Brains Reconstruct the Visual World?

    Given that we see the world through two small, flat retinae at the backs of our eyes, it seems remarkable that what each of us... Read more

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    How Computers Broke Science—And What We Can Do to Fix It

    Reproducibility is one of the cornerstones of science. Made popular by British scientist Robert Boyle in the 1660s, the idea is that a discovery should... Read more

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    Fool’s Gold Quantum Dots Can Boost Batteries

    If you add quantum dots to a smartphone battery it will charge in 30 seconds, but the effect only lasts for a few recharge cycles... Read more

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    From Newton to Einstein: The Origins of General Relativity

    One hundred years ago in November 1915, Albert Einstein presented to the Prussian Academy of Sciences his new theory of general relativity. It is fair... Read more

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    On the 120th Anniversary of the X-ray, a Look at How It Changed Our View of the World

    Sunday, November 8 marks the 120th anniversary of one of the greatest moments in the history of science: an obscure German physics professor’s discovery of... Read more

  • The Ariane 5 rocket launches from the Ariane Launch Area 3 at the European spaceport in Kourou, in French Guiana on September 30, 2015.  (JODY AMIET/AFP/Getty Images)

    It’s Not Rocket Science: We Need a Better Way to Get to Space

    Human beings will always be explorers. We’ve pretty well surveyed our planet, our tiny blue dot, for answers and only found more questions. Why are... Read more

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    Meet the Lazarus Creatures – Six Species We Thought Were Extinct, but Aren’t

    There have been five mass extinction events, the most famous of which was the one that wiped out the dinosaurs. However, there is evidence that... Read more

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