Toyota will transform a 175-acre site in Japan into a ‘prototype city of the future’

The site will house up to 2,000 people and break ground in 2021 Toyota wants to give a new meaning to the term “company town.” The Japanese auto giant said it will transform the 175-acre site of a former car … Continued

Scientists turn nuclear waste into diamond batteries

They’ll reportedly last for thousands of years. This technology may someday power spacecraft, satellites, high-flying drones, and pacemakers. Nuclear energy is carbon free, which makes it an attractive and practical alternative to fossil fuels, as it doesn’t contribute to global … Continued

Scientists used loudspeakers to make dead coral reefs sound healthy. Fish flocked to them.

The desperate search for ways to help the world’s coral reefs rebound from the devastating effects of climate change has given rise to some radical solutions. In the Caribbean, researchers are cultivating coral “nurseries” so they can reimplant fresh coral … Continued

Museum of underwater art to open on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

Submerged sculptures and others that appear at low tide to be installed at several Queensland sites, as part of a project that also aims to rehabilitate sections of the reef From a colour-changing figure warning of warming seas to a … Continued

The Absurd Structure of High School I have 20 new students entering my classroom every hour. The frenzied pace is failing everyone.

Consider this schedule: At 8 a.m. you arrive at work. Immediately you are busy with a quick problem needing to be solved. You sit and get to it, but only for about three minutes. You break your focus to stop … Continued

Scientists set out how to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030

Greenhouse gas emissions could be halved in the next decade if a small number of current technologies and behavioural trends are ramped up and adopted more widely, researchers have found, saying strong civil society movements are needed to drive such change. … Continued

Organoids Are Not Brains. How Are They Making Brain Waves?

Clusters of living brain cells are teaching scientists about diseases like autism. With a new finding, some experts wonder if these organoids may become too much like the real thing. Two hundred and fifty miles over Alysson Muotri’s head, a … Continued

Scientists Find Evidence The Human Brain Can Create Structures in Up to 11 Dimensions

Back in 2017, neuroscientists used a classic branch of maths in a totally new way to peer into the structure of our brains. What they discovered is that the brain is full of multi-dimensional geometrical structures operating in as many … Continued

How scientists built a ‘living drug’ to beat cancer

IN 2010, EMILY Whitehead was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, a cancer of certain cells in the immune system. THIS IS THE most common form of childhood cancer, her parents were told, and Emily had a good chance to beat it with … Continued

The Science Behind Eureka Moments

Aha experiences aren’t as serendipitous as you may think. Here’s how to proactively produce them. It’s the third century, B.C., and the King of Syracuse is suspicious. He has commissioned a new gold crown. But upon receiving the crown from … Continued

Scientists Think They Found Missing Evidence That Explains How Life Started on Earth

The question of how life first emerged here on Earth is a mystery that continues to elude scientists. Despite everything that scientists have learned from the fossil record and geological history, it is still not known how organic life emerged … Continued

Shell Carbon-Capture Plant Hits 4 Million Ton Milestone Early

A Royal Dutch Shell Plc-operated carbon capture and storage project in Canada has hit a milestone of sequestering 4 million tons of carbon dioxide about six months ahead of schedule and at a lower cost than estimated, helped by better-than-expected reliability. … Continued

Humans Make Up Just 1/10,000 of Earth’s Biomass

Plants make up 80 percent, but human activity chopped that number in half over the last 10,000 years The human population on Earth is about 7.6 billion people (and counting). But according to a new global census of biomass, humans … Continued

Indigenous Australians the most ancient civilisation on Earth, DNA testing confirms

Indigenous Australian claims to be the most ancient continuous civilisation on Earth have been backed up by the first extensive testing of their DNA. Their origins date back more than 50,000 years to the Old Stone Age, according to the research. Scientists … Continued

“World’s first working thermal battery” promises cheap, eco-friendly, grid-scalable energy storage

South Australia has recently put the world’s biggest lithium battery into operation – but perhaps it should’ve waited. A local startup says it’s built the world’s first working thermal battery, a device with a lifetime of at least 20 years that can … Continued

The Adult Brain Does Grow New Neurons After All, Study Says

A new scientific study points toward lifelong neuron formation in the human brain’s hippocampus, with implications for memory and disease. Not everyone was convinced. Arturo Alvarez-Buylla was the senior author on last year’s Nature paper, which questioned the existence of neurogenesis. Alvarez-Buylla, … Continued

DNA Gets a New — and Bigger — Genetic Alphabet

DNA is spelled out with four letters, or bases. Researchers have now built a system with eight. It may hold clues to the potential for life elsewhere in the universe and could also expand our capacity to store digital data … Continued

DARPA Wants to Build Conscious Robots Using Insect Brains

The Pentagon thinks bugs could hold the secrets to conscious experience. The Pentagon’s emerging technologies unit put out a call last week for proposals that use insect brains to control robots — because they could be used to create efficient new models for … Continued

Giving algorithms a sense of uncertainty could make them more ethical

Algorithms are increasingly being used to make ethical decisions. Perhaps the best example of this is a high-tech take on the ethical dilemma known as the trolley problem: if a self-driving car cannot stop itself from killing one of two … Continued

Old coal mines can be ‘perfect’ underground food farms

Abandoned coal mines across the UK could be brought back to life as huge underground farms, according to academics. Mine shafts and tunnels are seen as “the perfect environment” for growing food such as vegetables and herbs. The initiative is … Continued