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What Are Those Tiny Translucent Blobs, or Floaters, You Seem to See in the Air?

Eye (Petr Novák/Wikimedia Commons) Floaters (Wikimedia Commons)
Eye (Petr Novák/Wikimedia Commons) Floaters (Wikimedia Commons)

Many people have seen amoeba-like, translucent particles floating in their vision, particularly in a bright setting. Those particles aren’t floating in the air, however. They...

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    Scientists Slow Down the Speed of Light in Air—Thought Impossible

    Slowing the speed of light particles, known as photons, as they travel through air was thought to be impossible. “That the speed of light in... Read more

  • In examining a layer of seafloor sediment, researchers learned that regular supernovae may not have had much to do with delivering key heavy metals to Earth. (AOL Screenshot)

    Clues to Supernovae Mystery Found at The Bottom of the Ocean (Video)

    As important as stars exploding in the sky millions of years ago were to the development of land, sea, and life itself, a complete picture... Read more

  • Using x-rays, scientists have been able to look inside thousand-year-old scrolls from an ancient Roman library and could be able to read them soon. (AOL Screenshot)

    X-Rays Could Help Scientists Read Carbonized Ancient Scrolls (Video)

    Scientists are close to solving a puzzle more than 1,000 years old: how to read ancient scrolls carbonized by an ancient volcano. The scrolls are from... Read more

  • University of Rochester has developed a technique that uses lasers to render materials hydrophobic, illustrated in these images taken in his lab. (J. Adam Fenster/University of Rochester)

    How Lasers Make Metal Super Water Repellent

    Scientists have used lasers to turn metals into extremely water repellent materials without the need for temporary coatings. Water repellent, or super-hydrophobic, materials are desirable for... Read more

  • M-class flares can cause minor radiation storms that might endanger astronauts and cause brief radio blackouts at Earth’s poles. X-class flares are the most powerful. (Craig, CC BY)

    AI Learns to Predict Powerful Solar Flares

    Solar flares come from the twisted magnetic fields that occur all over the sun’s surface, and they increase in frequency every 11 years. That cycle is now at... Read more

  • Seattle Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch (24) celebrates his touchdown run during the second half of the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Beast Quake! Marshawn Lynch Fans Create Earthquake at Century Link as Seattle Seahawks Beat Greenbay Packers.

    We knew @MoneyLynch‘s #BeastQuake is coming! #QuickShake #GBvsSEA #NFCChampionship — PNSN (@PNSN1) January 18, 2015 Seahawks fans created a measurable earthquake during Marshawn Lynch’s... Read more

  • Ebola close up. (NIAID, CC BY)

    Ebola Outbreak: Where We Are Now and What Happens Next

    Ebola virus disease was first discovered in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1976, and by 2013 had caused about 20 recorded outbreaks across... Read more

  • Judith Miles and a patient. (Rebecca F. Miller/U. Missouri)

    3-D Scans Hunt for Facial Traits of Autism

    3-D imaging and statistical analysis techniques could lead to a screening tool for autism among young children. The technique, which identifies facial measurements, could also... Read more

  • A matter of inches might help solve a riddle scientists have been working on for years: why rising ocean levels don't match ice melt. (AOL Screenshot)

    New Measurements Might Explain Sea-Level Rise Mystery (Video)

    A matter of inches could completely change the way scientists think about rising sea levels. (Video via National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ) A group of... Read more

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    Arctic Bacteria Could Form Foundation of Lifesaving Drugs: Researchers

    Bacteria growing in the Arctic could provide researchers with new antibiotics, a field that’s getting more urgent as time goes on. Because it’s not cost-effective... Read more

  • The National Security Agency (NSA) in the Washington suburb of Fort Meade, Maryland, on Jan. 25, 2006. (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

    Science Panel: No Alternative to Bulk Collection of Data by NSA

    WASHINGTON—A committee of scientific experts has concluded that there is no viable technological alternative to bulk collection of data by the National Security Agency that... Read more

  • This computer-simulated model, developed by Purdue University researchers, shows the receptors of the common cold virus, rhinovirus 16, attach to the outer protein shell of the virus. Picovir, a drug that is the first to directly attack viruses that cause the common cold, faced scrutiny March 19, 2002 as U.S. advisers consider whether to urge approval for the experimental medicine. The new drug hits viruses responsible for more than half of the1 billion colds that afflict Americans each year. Over-the-counter remedies only mask symptoms such as coughing and a runny nose, but Picovir may shorten a colds duration. (Photo by Dilip Paithankar/Purdue School of Chemical Engineering/Getty Images)

    Do Viruses Make Us Smarter?

    A new study from Lund University in Sweden indicates that inherited viruses that are millions of years old play an important role in building up... Read more

  • A sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

    Computers Using Digital Footprints Are Better Judges of Personality Than Friends and Family

    Researchers have found that, based on enough Facebook Likes, computers can judge your personality traits better than your friends, family and even your partner. Using... Read more

  • A young surfer catches one of the bigger waves in the morning in Huntington Beach on Thursday morning Dec. 11, 2014. A powerful storm churned down the West Coast on Thursday, bringing strong gales and much-needed rain and snow that caused widespread blackouts in Northern California and whiteouts in the Sierra Nevada.   (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Michael Goulding)

    Wave Energy Integration Costs Should Compare Favorably to Other Energy Sources

    A new analysis suggests that large-scale wave energy systems developed in the Pacific Northwest should be comparatively steady, dependable and able to be integrated into... Read more

  • A general view taken on May 15, 2008 shows Statoil's Sleipner gas platform, some 250 kms off Norway's coast in the North Sea. (Daniel Sannum-Lauten/AFP/Getty Images)

    Cheap Asphalt Provides ‘Green’ Carbon Capture

    The best material to keep carbon dioxide from natural gas wells from fouling the atmosphere may be a derivative of asphalt, according to Rice University... Read more

  • Aji Mathew assistant professor at Luleå University of Technology with her graduate students Peng Liu and Zoheb Karim with prototypes of nano-filters. (Luleå University of Technology)

    Nano Filter Cleans Dirty Industry

    Prototypes of nano-cellulose based filters with high purification capacity towards environmentally hazardous contaminants from industrial effluents eg. process industries, have been developed by researchers at... Read more