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Will Cars of the Future Be Powered By Candle Soot?

Will cars of the future be powered by candle soot? (Source) Coming soon to an electric car near you: batteries powered by candle soot!

Astronomy Photo of the Day: 10/9/15 — NGC 2397

NGC 2397 (Image Credit: NASA, ESA & Stephen Smartt) This alluring galaxy—formally known as NGC 2397—can be found approximately 60 million light-years from Earth in the Volans constellation.

The Oldest Planets in the Known Universe

Earth 600 million years ago (Image Credit: Walter Myers Earth has been wandering through the cosmos for some 4.5 billion years.

Astronomy Photo of the Day: 10/8/15 — Skull and Crossbones Nebula

Skull and Crossbones Nebula (or NGC 2467) (Image Credit: NASA, ESA and Orsola De Marco (Macquarie University) NGC 2467—otherwise known as the Skull and Crossbones Nebula—is a stellar nursery found approximately 13,000 light-years from Earth toward the constellation of Puppis.

We All Win! Highest Court Rules, You Can’t Patent Human Genes

Image Credit: Berkeley Full disclosure: If you think that the title of this article says something in relation to how I feel about this issue, you are absolutely right… There has been a war going on for the last few years.

New Habitability Index Will Aid Astronomers in Search For Life

The James Webb Space Telescope is coming, and it will be epic (Image Credit: NASA/JPL) Powerful telescopes are coming soon.

Astronomy Photo of the Day: 10/7/15 — “Divided” By Mikko Lagerstedt

“Divided” was taken in Finland (Image Credit: Mikko Lagerstedt) The heavens appear and Earth opens up in a beautiful image called “Divided.” It was captured off the coast of Meri-Pori, Finland: a region known for its clear waters, pristine night skies and amazing sunsets.

Welcome to the New World of Quantum Computing

An artist’s impression of the new building blocks for quantum computing. Each electron qubit (red or blue) has a magnetic field, indicated by the arrows.

Get the Physics Behind the Nobel: Neutrino Oscillation

The neutrino detector at Sudbury National Observatory. Photo courtesy SNO. Early Tuesday morning, the Nobel Committee announced that two scientists, Takaaki Kajita of Japan and Arthur McDonald of Canada, won the Nobel Prize in physics for their experiments in neutrino detection.

Sci-fi Future: Invisibility Cloaks and Solar Panels

Earth as seen by the Expedition 7 crew member onboard the International Space Station (ISS). Apparently scientists enjoyed the Harry Potter books too!

The Mountains of Mars: The Latest Images from Curiosity

This composite image looking toward the higher regions of Mount Sharp was taken on September 9, 2015, by NASA’s Curiosity rover.

Astronomy Photo of the Day: 10/6/15 — Menzel 2

Menzel 2 (Image Credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble, Serge Meunier) A newly released image gives us a new spin on Menzel 2: a nebula located roughly 8,000 light-years from Earth toward the constellation of Norma.

The James Webb: Meet the Next Era in Astronomy

Image Credit: NASA This telescope is designed to be the Hubble Space Telescope’s and the Spitzer Space Telescope’s successor.

Measuring the Cosmos: How We Weigh Stars

Artist Impression of a Pulsar (Image Credit: NASA) Researchers from the University of Southampton have developed a new method for measuring the mass of pulsars – highly magnetized rotating neutron stars formed from the remains of massive stars after they explode into supernovae.

Astronomy Photo of the Day: 10/5/15 — NGC 281

NGC 281 (Image Credit: J-P Metsavainio) Meet NGC 281—otherwise known as the Pacman Nebula (given its resemblance to the iconic arcade game at visual wavelengths)—a star-forming region located roughly 9,200 light-years away from Earth (toward the constellation of Cassiopeia).

NASA’s Apollo Gallery Remastered: See Space Like Never Before

We have all seen the stunning images that come from the Hubble Space Telescope. In these photos, we see enormous galaxies swirling through the cosmos, stunning nebulae full of newly formed stars, and collisions of (quite literally) cosmic proportions.

What if the Events of ‘The Martian’ Actually Happened?

A still from the new movie, “The Martian” If you haven’t seen the trailer for Ridley Scott’s latest epic, “The Martian,” stop what you are doing and head on over youtube (don’t worry, this will still be here when you’re finished).

The Internet of the Future Could Be Brought to You By Light Bulbs

Li-fi: the internet of the future? (Stock image) The tungsten lightbulb has served well over the century or so since it was introduced, but its days are numbered now with the arrival of LED lighting, which consume a tenth of the power of incandescent bulbs and have a lifespan 30 times longer.

Astronomy Photo of the Day: 10/4/15 — NGC 7806

NGC 7806 (Image Credit: Adam Block/Mount Lemmon SkyCenter/University of Arizona) This strangely adorable trio—known as NGC 7806—is so obscure, not only do very few images exist, but information is incredibly scarce.

How To Kill Someone With a Sound Wave (infographic)

Typically, sound waves are mechanical waves. In other words, they are an oscillation (vibration) of matter that transfers energy through a medium.