Star power: Troubled ITER nuclear fusion project seeks new path
In 1985, then Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and US president Ronald Reagan launched one of the unlikeliest ideas of the Cold War.
Quantum shortcut could speed up many quantum technologies
Magnetic-field detector is 1,000 times more efficient than its predecessors
MIT researchers have developed a new, ultrasensitive magnetic-field detector that is 1,000 times more energy-efficient than its predecessors. It could lead to miniaturized, battery-powered devices for medical ...
Physicists find ways to increase antihydrogen production
Quantum physics on tap: Nano-sized faucet offers experimental support for longstanding quantum theory
We all know intuitively that normal liquids flow more quickly as the channel containing them tightens. Think of a river flowing through narrow rapids.
A robot prepared for self-awareness
A year ago, researchers at Bielefeld University showed that their software endowed the walking robot Hector with a simple form of consciousness. Their new research goes one step forward: they have now developed ...
Mountain of electrical waste reaches new peak
A record amount of electrical and electronic waste hit the rubbish tips in 2014, with the biggest per-capita tallies in countries that pride themselves on environmental consciousness, a report said Sunday.
Quantum cryptography at the speed of light: Researchers design first all-photonic repeaters
Imagine having your MRI results sent directly to your phone, with no concern over the security of your private health data. Or knowing your financial information was safe on a server halfway around the world. Or sending highly ...
Donuts, math, and superdense teleportation of quantum information
Putting a hole in the center of the donut—a mid-nineteenth-century invention—allows the deep-fried pastry to cook evenly, inside and out. As it turns out, the hole in the center of the donut also holds ...
Study reveals fruit flies exhibit the building blocks of emotion
A fruit fly starts buzzing around food at a picnic, so you wave your hand over the insect and shoo it away. But when the insect flees the scene, is it doing so because it is actually afraid? Using fruit flies ...
Japan planning moon mission: space agency
Japan plans to launch an unmanned mission to the moon as a stepping stone to a future visit to Mars, officials and local media said Monday.
Most innovations are rephrasings of past techs
Most new patents are combinations of existing ideas and pretty much always have been, even as the stream of fundamentally new core technologies has slowed, according to a new paper in the Journal of the Ro ...
Florida takes aim at cat-eating African lizards
A cat-eating lizard native to Africa is being targeted by Florida state wildlife officials who say the creatures, known as Nile monitors, could be dangerous to pets and people.
Unsavory hits the App Store and Google Play
Almost 90 percent of restaurant workers in the United States do not have access to paid sick days. Unsavory, a new mobile game available for iOS and Android lets players take the role of these workers preparing food to see ...