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We may have accidentally formed a protective bubble around Earth

May 22, 2017 - 10:42 -- Admin

When the Navy wants to send a message to an underwater submarine, it sometimes uses very low frequency (VLF) radio waves. These long wavelengths, beamed from large towers on the ground, are unique in their ability to travel through salty water. But some end up in space instead. There, according to a new report, they may be forming a protective bubble around Earth's atmosphere.

ISIS video shows off "new" weapons based on old tech

May 19, 2017 - 10:35 -- Admin

ISIS is, by all appearances, fighting a losing war. The ultraviolent pseudo-state in Iraq and Syria stunned the world with a series of victories in 2014, but since then it's been rolled back by a coalition of forces from Kurdish fighters to American airstrikes to a regrouped Iraqi Security Forces, and is losing territory daily. Beset on all sides, the embattled extremists are turning to technology for salvation.

Human attraction is weird and confusing—and it's about way more than looks

May 19, 2017 - 10:35 -- Admin

Tinder and Bumble would be a lot more effective if you could sniff your potential matches before swiping. Better yet, if you could smell them and hear them. Forget complex matching algorithms—just invent a way to spritz the person's scent while you listen to them talk or read aloud (pro tip: go for “May I Feel Said He” by e.e. cummings, especially if you sound like Tom Hiddleston).

These scientists made 2,879 tiny clay caterpillars and hid them all over the world

May 19, 2017 - 10:35 -- Admin

Humans aren't the only creatures who flock to tropical areas. In general, biodiversity increases the closer you get to the equator. That's somewhat obvious—just think how many more plants and animals live in the rainforest than in the Arctic. But what's not obvious is how that latitudinal trend affects interactions between species.

Exclusive: House Science Committee members just sent a letter to President Trump insisting he stop relying on fake news

May 19, 2017 - 10:35 -- Admin

Members of the House of Representative Committee on Science, Space & Technology—including representative Don Beyer (VA), Jacky Rosen (NV), Mark Takano (CA), and a number of other Democrats—have signed and submitted a letter to President Trump expressing concern over the President's methods of receiving scientific information.

Here's all the new stuff Google announced at its I/O 2017 conference

May 18, 2017 - 08:50 -- Admin

Google I/O is the company's annual developers' conference. It's meant for people who work to create things inside the Google infrastructure, but the keynote typically includes a few juicy bits that appeal to the general public. Last year we met Google Home for the first time, and there's no telling what we'll see here in 2017. So, follow along and we'll break down the important developments (get it? developers?).