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Is Hawking any closer to solving the puzzle of black holes?
Stephen Hawking said something! And again the international media is all a'buzz.
Electric aircraft—the future of aviation or wishful thinking?
Since the dawn of aviation, planes have primarily been powered by carbon-based fuels such as gasoline or kerosene. These contain a lot of energy for their weight, providing the vast power required to lift large commercial ...
What human emotions do we really want of artificial intelligence?
Forget the Turing and Lovelace tests on artificial intelligence: I want to see a robot pass the Frampton Test.
Big questions about risk assessment of nanomaterials
When it comes to nanotechnology, Australians have shown strong support for regulation and safety testing.
Activists misuse open records requests to harass researchers
This winter, Kevin Folta, a plant molecular biologist with the University of Florida's (UF) Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), became the target of a sweeping public records request from US Right to Know, ...
Did prehistoric humans shape today's ecosystems?
We all know that humans are having a massive impact on the planet.
With silicon pushed to its limits, what will power the next electronics revolution?
The semiconducting silicon chip launched the revolution of electronics and computerisation that has made life in the opening years of the 21st century scarcely recognisable from the start of the last. Silicon integrated circuits ...
Only one-third of published psychology research is reliable – now what?
The ability to repeat a study and find the same results twice is a prerequisite for building scientific knowledge. Replication allows us to ensure empirical findings are reliable and refines our understanding of when a finding ...
Solved: the mystery of why it's impossible to pull apart interleaved phone books
People, trucks and even military tanks have tried and failed the task of pulling apart two phone books lying face up with their pages interleaved, like a shuffled deck of cards. While physicists have long known that this ...
Who's top dog? New research sorts dominant and submissive canine poses
In the first quantitative study on status behaviour in a stable group of domestic dogs, Dutch researchers have identified and categorised dog behaviours most consistently associated with dominance and submission.