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Computers require a huge energy demand, not only from the power required to run the devices, but also in terms of keeping them cool. Physicists have come up with a theory, based on the thermodynamics of computation, which could help to cool down devices.

Government releases national Near-Earth Object preparedness plan

While the chance of a large asteroid hitting the Earth may be remote, the consequences would be catastrophic. The federal government released a new report today outlining the steps the nation will take to prevent or prepare the country for such an event.

Treating lethal fungal infections by starving fungi

A new study shows how starving fungi could save millions of lives each year. Scientists have discovered a new approach to treating lethal fungal infections, which has the potential to save millions of lives each year.

Platform pairs human intelligence with AI: Interview Special

Dr. Louis Rosenberg, Founder and CEO of Unanimous AI, and he has developed a platform that pairs human psychology with artificial intelligence. Dr. Rosenberg talks with Digital Journal about how, and why the two can and must coexist.

USAF certifies Falcon Heavy — orders satellite launch for 2020

SpaceX's behemoth Falcon Heavy rocket has won U.S. Air Force's certification before even launching a second time, marking another milestone for CEO Elon Musk's space venture.

Massive dust storm on Mars has become a 'global weather event'

A massive dust storm on Mars that covered one-fourth of the planet just a week ago has grown into a global weather event, NASA officials said on Wednesday.

The strange case of Mexico’s ‘artificial earthquake’

When Mexico celebrated its World Cup victory over Germany, the enthusiasm was so massive that it registered on seismographic equipment in Mexico.

Ultra-secure lab in Gabon equipped for Ebola studies

At a research facility in Gabon, one isolated building stands behind an electrified fence, under round-the-clock scrutiny by video cameras. The locked-down P4 lab is built to handle the world's most dangerous viruses, including Ebola.

New way to create energy-saving electronics

Scientists have discovered an alternate way of conducting electricity between transistors without energy loss. This could spur developments in energy-saving electronics and quantum computing.

Essential Science: The computer that can look into the future

A computer program has been developed that can look five minutes into the future. The artificial intelligence was developed at the University of Bonn, and it appears to be able to accurately predict future actions.

Blood swimming nanobots eliminate toxins

Medical technologists have constructed nano-sized and ultrasound powered robotic devices that are capable of traversing through a viscous fluid like blood to eliminate pathogens and toxic by-products.

Five female scientists for National Safety Month

During National Safety Month, held each June in the U.S., individuals and organizations participate by making efforts to reduce the leading causes of unintentional injury and death at work. To mark the event, five women from science are profile.

Japanese spacecraft closes to within 920 km of asteroid Ryugu

Hayabusa2, JAXA's asteroid explorer, and the MASCOT lander, developed by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the French space agency (CNES) have been traveling through space since December 2014. The intrepid spacecraft is now 920 km from its target.

Antarctica is shedding ice at an accelerating rate

The melting of Antarctica is accelerating at an alarming rate, with about 3 trillion tons of ice disappearing since 1992, an international team of ice experts said in a new study.

Better late than never: Mexico turtle declared new species

Slow and steady wins the race, the saying goes -- and it seems to have worked for a small type of turtle native to western Mexico that has been declared a new species.

The effects of solar wind bombardment can be very dramatic

The planets and moons of our solar system are continuously being bombarded by particles hurled away from the sun. The Earth is protected from this constant bombardment due to its magnetic field and atmosphere. But the Moon and Mercury are not so lucky.

Discovery of lost data solves mystery of 'warming moon'

The United States' moon landing in 1969 represents, perhaps, the greatest achievement for mankind and scientific space development. But for a period of time during the 1970s, scientists discovered the moon was getting warmer. Now we know why.

Essential Science: Physical activity is better than weight loss

New research has found that for those with coronary heart disease that physical activity is more important weight loss in terms of life expectancy following diagnosis of the disease.

Brain protein as a potential cure for alcoholism

A protein called MUNC 13-1 and which is found in the brain, has been found to bind to alcohol. This discovery could be the answer to curing alcoholism, according to new research.

Biotech startup looking for $115 million from the IPO

A new biotech startup from Stanford University called Forty-Seven has announced an initial public offering. This follows on from the presentation of effective data in relation to the company’s monoclonal antibody.

Widespread uranium contamination in aquifers in 16 Indian states

A new study from Duke University found widespread uranium contamination in aquifer-drawn groundwater in 16 Indian states. The researchers point to over-drainage of these water-bearing bodies as a probable cause.

Archaeologists find new mass child sacrifice site in Peru

A group of archaeologists has discovered the remains of more than 50 children who were ritually sacrificed by the pre-Columbian Chimu culture on the northern coast of what is now Peru.

Hotter than the center of the sun — Tokamak Energy reaches target

A relatively new player on the scene, a UK company called Tokamak Energy, is claiming a new milestone in the area after heating its ST40 device to 15 million degrees Celsius, similar to temperatures found at the center of the Sun.

NOAA — Increased coastal flooding trend is likely to continue

People living along the U.S coast may see flooded sidewalks and streets more frequently this year due, in part, to El Nino conditions that are predicted to develop later this year, and from long-term sea level rise trends.

New crew blasts off for ISS

A relatively inexperienced crew of two astronauts and a cosmonaut blasted off Wednesday from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a five-month mission on the International Space Station.

Essential Science: Methane ice dunes found on Pluto

Methane ice dunes have been detected on the surface of Pluto, by NASA spacecraft. The structures offer a new insight into the dwarf planet and with the differences in planetary structures within our solar system.

NASA to launch mission to study cosmic rays in the heliosphere

NASA has selected a science mission planned for launch in 2024 that will sample, analyze, and map particles streaming to Earth from the edges of interstellar space.

Slices of London's fatbergs on display Special

Fatbergs are congealed masses of fat and discarded items and they are increasingly blocking Britain’s sewers. A new exhibition at the Museum of London puts sections of a fatberg on display.

AI-based method speeds up development of nanoparticles

An artificial intelligent based method could accelerate the development of specialized nanoparticles, according to a new proof-of-concept study.

Microbial metabolite is weapon against skin cancer

New research demonstrates that a microbial metabolite could be a potential and powerful weapon against different forms of skin cancer.

NASA astronauts train with Boeing and SpaceX on crew capsules

A joint commercial provider and NASA team will help ensure astronauts will be able to safely travel to and from the International Space Station aboard Boeing and SpaceX spacecraft.

Quantum computing: 10 billion times more tolerant to errors

Japanese Scientists have developed a theoretical approach to quantum computing that is 10 billion times more tolerant to errors than current theoretical models.

Challenges for developing brain implant material

Brain implants promise many applications, from medical to the control of remote devices. One thing hampering progress is suitable material, which will last for a long period of time and retain its functionality.

Risk assessment is central to making pharmaceuticals Special

The manufacture of pharmaceuticals, and an evaluation of microbial hazards, requires a scientific approach to risk assessment. This was the key message from the recent Pharmig meeting on Quality Risk Management.

Assessing pharmaceutical quality control in Ireland Special

Assessing risks and removing contamination from the processing environment, even in lower classified areas to avoid product contamination, were the key messages at the annual meeting for pharmaceutical microbiologists in Ireland.

Two missions will take us closer to the sun than ever before

It has been an exciting year for space science and there is still a lot to look forward to as we near the halfway point of 2018. Soon, two missions will take us closer to the sun than we've ever gone before, providing insight into how our star works.

Grim reminder found in Pompeii shows why volcanoes are dangerous

Pompeii is famed for its ruins containing the remains of citizens preserved in the ash from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE. But a skeleton unearthed recently may well be the remains of the unluckiest man in history.

Pele's hair — A geological phenomena that can harm you

The latest eruptions at Kilauea’s east rift zone have been producing some awe-inspiring geological phenomena that are literally changing the landscape. However, health officials are warning of a new hazard - Pele's Hair.

Study: Ocean waves play greater role in trapping CO2

Researchers in Britain have published a groundbreaking study revealing how ocean waves play a much greater role in trapping greenhouse gases than previously known.

Climate-related flooding can disrupt global trade chains

Intensifying river floods caused by global warming may hamper national economies worldwide, with effects propagating through global trade and supply networks, a new study says.

Can a new rice variety address world hunger?

CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing has been used to create new rice variety, which the developers say could address world hunger. Opponents, however, raise the ethical issue of the crop not being owned by the farmers but by the technologists behind it.