Science

Lo and behold, Earth's special chemical cocktail for life seems to be pretty common

Fri, 2018-08-17 08:01
Maybe its inhabitants are mostly harmless and ordinary too

Earth appears to be unique and inhabited by living creatures, but the building blocks required for life to bloom are actually quite common, according to new research.…

Boffins build the smallest transistor, controlled by an atom

Thu, 2018-08-16 21:20
It has potential, but don't expect anything useful too soon

The world’s smallest transistor can be controlled by a single atom, according to a scientists from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany.…

Kids are more likely than adults to submit to peer pressure from robots

Thu, 2018-08-16 08:01
Hey...kids...yes order 10 of those and give me your parent's credit card details

Children are more likely than adults to buckle under peer pressure from robots, according to a study published in Science on Wednesday.…

Kids are more likely than adults to submit to peer pressure from robots

Thu, 2018-08-16 08:01
Hey...kids...yes order 10 of those and give me your parent's credit card details

Children are more likely than adults to buckle under peer pressure from robots, according to a study published in Science on Wednesday.…

Drama as boffins claim to reach the Holy Grail of superconductivity

Wed, 2018-08-15 23:50
But odd results and email impersonation raise eyebrows

A pair of physicists have claimed to reach the holy grail in physics: room temperature superconductivity.…

Boffins get fish drunk to prove what any bouncer already knows

Wed, 2018-08-15 07:01
Fish boozing in alcohol and taurine more likely to ignore pals and look for a fight

Can fish get drunk? Yes, apparently.…

Bofffins blame meteorites for creating Earth's oldest rocks

Tue, 2018-08-14 07:30
Smash, bang, wallop what a planetary crust,

The oldest rock formations on Earth were born when meteorites pummelled into the ground over four billion years ago, according to a Nature Geoscience paper published on Monday.…

Brain brainiacs figure out what turns folks into El Reg journos, readers

Fri, 2018-08-10 06:03
Why are we eternal pessimists? And why's that such a bad thing, eh? Eh? Eh?

Is your morning coffee half empty? Do you feel it's always darkest before it goes pitch black?…

Space, the final Trump-tier: America to beam up $8bn for Space Force

Fri, 2018-08-10 05:16
Join the Mobile Infantry and save the Galaxy. Service guarantees citizenship. Would you like to know more?

Mike Pence, the Vice President of the United States, on Thursday formally announced that his administration hopes to bankroll, no, not universal healthcare for all Americans. Not better support for armed forces veterans. Not improved public education.…

America beams up $8bn Space Force – and we're not talking about the gap between Donald's ears

Fri, 2018-08-10 05:16
Join the Mobile Infantry and save the Galaxy. Service guarantees citizenship. Would you like to know more?

Mike Pence, the Vice President of the United States, on Thursday formally announced that his administration hopes to bankroll, no, not universal healthcare for all Americans. Not better support for armed forces veterans. Not improved public education.…

First low-frequency fast radio burst to grace our skies detected at last

Fri, 2018-08-03 08:04
Nobody knows what these rare speedy electromagnetic spurts really are

The Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment, a powerful radio telescope, has detected the first low-frequency fast radio burst, a class of rare extragalactic emissions of an unknown origin.…

Blast from the past: Boffins find the fastest exploding non-supernova star

Fri, 2018-08-03 06:01
Eta Carinae's Big Eruption might yet go supernova

Eta Carinae is one the strangest star systems in space. When it exploded in the 19th century, it became the second brightest star in the sky. Now, scientists studying "light echoes" have found that it was also the fastest non-fatal outburst of any star system.…

Get drinking! Abstinence just as bad for you as getting bladdered

Thu, 2018-08-02 06:01
British civil servants go bonkers with no booze, or too much

Here’s a bit of good news: If you like alcohol, then keep drinking, and if you don’t, then you should start drinking. In moderation, of course, unless you want to increase your chances of developing dementia.…

Build your own NASA space rover: Here are the DIY JPL blueprints

Thu, 2018-08-02 05:09
Go on, you know you want to grab these open-source designs and lash them together

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has been quietly working on a way to let students and interested hobbyists build a planet-exploring rover that's a scaled-down version of the American agency's six-wheeled 'droids.…

Now that's a dodgy Giza: Eggheads claim Great Pyramid can focus electromagnetic waves

Wed, 2018-08-01 07:07
And the Leaning Tower of Pisa can pick up BBC World Service

The Great Pyramid of Giza, the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, has remained an architectural mystery.…

The Solar System's oldest minerals reveal the Sun's violent past

Tue, 2018-07-31 08:01
Blue crystals hidden in space rocks open hidden secrets

An analysis of hibonite, thought to be among the oldest minerals in the Solar System, has shown the turbulent and violent early history of our sun.…

Hurrah! Boffins finally discover liquid water sloshing around on Mars

Thu, 2018-07-26 06:02
Idea was first speculated more than 30 years ago – now hidden lake detected

Scientists have discovered a lake of liquid water on Mars hidden beneath multiple layers of dust and ice, according to a paper published in Science on Wednesday.…

All that dust on Mars is coming from one weird giant alien structure

Wed, 2018-07-25 06:02
Impress pals at the pub by telling them about the creepy-sounding Medusae Fossae

Have you ever wondered where Mars got all that striking iron-rich rust-colored dust from?…

Sorry, Neil Armstrong. Boffins say you may not have been first life-form to set foot on the Moon

Tue, 2018-07-24 07:07
Earth's satellite may have been habitable billions of years ago

The Moon may not have been as desolate as it is today – and could have supported life on its surface after its formation some four billion years ago.…

Alien sun has smashing time sucking up planets

Fri, 2018-07-20 07:01
First case of solar suckage

Scientists believe they have captured direct evidence of a star feasting on its own planets for the first time.…