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Something really weird happens between the time you put your dinner in the fridge and the time you heat it up the next day. Once heavenly fried chicken deflates into a soggy mess; perfect salad wilts; even basic pasta turns into dense sludge.
Whether peering towards the centre of the Earth or searching for Jupiter's "warm dense matter," our understanding of a planet's core remains largely theoretical. Europe's newest new laser array, however, can recreate those same intense conditions here on the surface—using diamond anvils and X-ray beams.
Think only jerks can catch a break in this cruel world? Nope. David Rand, a Harvard University researcher, studied the behavior of 800 individuals he recruited through Amazon's Mechanical Turk to prove it.
Ever wished your paper aeroplane would just make itself? Well now it can. Almost. Because scientists have developed a material that can fold itself when you shine light on it, without you ever needing to lay a finger on the thing.
Some frighteningly muscular mice and nematode worms are running and squirming around a laboratory in Switzerland where scientists have genetically manipulated the critters to be harder, faster and stronger.
Here's an easy to way to silence your annoying photographer friends who brag about the megapixels in their expensive DSLRs. The U.S. DoE has just endorsed the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center's proposal to build a 650 ton behemoth of a camera, with a 3.2 billion pixel sensor, that will snap images of the heavens from an observatory being built atop a Chilean mountain.
Insane. There's no other adjective that can describe this mad project. A mad project that is perfectly doable: two 10-foot Tesla Coil towers separated by 260 feet. They will be capable of unleashing the energy of natural lightnings.
What happens when living organisms are bombarded with cosmic radiation for years on end? We don't know, unless comic books are allowed into the discussion. But an upcoming mission will put earthling microbes in the crossfire en route to Mars.
It sounds like an act of witchcraft, but it's actually the cutting edge of medicine — on paper, at least. Researchers at China's Wuhan University say they can grow genetically engineered rice that yields blood. Human blood.Blood rice.
When most of us wake up, we don't turn to our loved ones or think about the day ahead. Nope, we let off some gas. Turns out microorganisms are just the same, only their gas might have a dramatic effect on global warming.