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Strange life has been found trapped inside these giant cave crystals

Strange microbes have been found inside the massive, subterranean crystals of Mexico's Naica Mine, and researchers suspect they've been living there for up to 50,000 years.


Scientists are about to switch on a telescope that could photograph a black hole's event horizon

Black holes are among the most fascinating objects in the known Universe. But despite the fact that they're suspected to lurk at the centre of most galaxies, the reality is that no one has ever been able to actually photograph one.



That's because black holes, as their name implies, are very, very dark. They're so massive that they irreversibly consume everything that crosses their event horizon, including light, making them impossible to photograph....

Scientists have figured out how our brains sharpen our memories while we sleep

We all know that if we want what we've studied during the day to stick, it's best to get a good night's sleep. And while scientists have long understood that our memories rely on connections being built between neurons in our brains, it's not been clear how sleep actually helps to consolidate that information.



Now, two new studies have found biological evidence that expains the age-old wisdom that if we want to remember, we need to sleep to forget.


Forget what you've learned - scientists just created a stable helium compound

While other noble gas elements have shown signs of forming compounds under extreme pressure, helium has remained firmly exclusive - until now. Scientists report creating what appears to be a stable helium-sodium compound, and it challenges some of the most basic assumptions of modern chemistry.


Bill Nye: Evolution Denial Hurts Innovation in Science and Technology - Video

Bill Nye:  Evolution is the fundamental idea in all of life science. So if we raise a generation of science students who don’t understand the main idea in biology they’re going to be incompletely educated students and this is going to be trouble for the United States because the United States keeps in the game economically by innovating – having new ideas, new products, new ways of doing things. That’s what the United States produces and brings to the world. And if we raise a significant fraction of our students who don’t understand...

Tardigrades: The Micro World Meets the Macro World

Tardigrades are some of the most resilient creates on our planet. They are able to survive extreme situations by going into a sort of hibernation. These beings offer hope for finding life on other (more desolate) worlds in our solar system.


Mysterious Brain Disease in Children Tied to a Popular Fruit

Since 1995, hundreds of poor children in Muzaffarpur, India have mysteriously suffered seizures and feelings of brain fogginess, usually in the morning. Many would soon die. This happened every year between May and July: In 2014, for example, Muzaffarpur hospitals admitted 390 kids with the symptoms, resulting in 122 deaths.


Mayhem Hacker Robot Is Here To Protect Us From Hacking Attacks

ForAllSecure, the minds behind the Mayhem Hacker Robot who won the Pentagon's Cyber Grand Challenger Contest, are working to make the software a bug fixer. They are aiming an autonomous system which would find vulnerabilities in the commercial devices like routers and automatically fix them.


The first ever blueprint for a mind-bendingly massive quantum computer has been released

Scientists chasing the dream of quantum computing - technology that would grant us unprecentented processing power - just got their biggest break yet, because the first ever open-source blueprint for a practical quantum computer has been revealed.


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