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Only one viable future

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

There is an amazing, almost magical efficiency to electricity when it is applied to real-world tasks – and it can meet the energy demands of the future without sacrificing standards of living and innovation.

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After Higgs Boson, scientists prepare for next quantum leap

Friday, 15 February 2013 - 1 comment

Seven months after its scientists made a landmark discovery that may explain the mysteries of mass, Europe’s top physics lab will take a break from smashing invisible particles to recharge for the next leap into the unknown.

A gravity tractor uses the weakest force in the universe to move an entire asteroid.

Saving Earth from hazardous asteroids

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

If an asteroid was on path for a collision, what could we do? Here are some of the proposals – both the sensible ones and the wild.


“X-Factor” science to receive two billion euros

Monday, 28 January 2013

Research into the wonder material graphene and the neurochemistry of the human brain will receive up to two billion euros in funding, the biggest research award of its kind in history.

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Australian hopes for wine with more health benefits

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

The health properties of red wine have long been debated but an Australian biochemist believes he has created a drop so loaded with antioxidants that it could treat a range of ills.

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Top 12 science fiction short stories of 2012

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

From suicidal robots to genetically engineered athletes on the run, these are the most popular stories from COSMOS Online’s weekly science fiction.

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Mind-controlled hand a breakthrough for the paralysed

Monday, 17 December 2012

An advanced robot hand has been created that offers far more accurate and natural movements than any previous prosthetic limbs, Pentagon-backed scientists announced.


Marine robot breaks distance record

Thursday, 6 December 2012

An unmanned marine robot has completed the longest journey of an autonomous vehicle, travelling 16,668km (9,000 nautical miles) across the Pacific Ocean to collect and transmit scientific data.

A portrait of Peter Higgs in 2008.

There’s something about the Higgs

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 - 3 comments

The particle announced at CERN in July is either the very last piece of the Standard Model, or the first particle of something new and entirely bizarre.


Rethinking energy: A global blueprint

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Can we really shift the world completely away from fossil fuels in the next 20 years? A brave band of scientists, engineers and young people believe so. Wilson da Silva watched them develop this bold new blueprint for the future of energy.


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