science
Can a Loud Noise Really Bring Down a Data Centre?

This week, a Nasdaq Nordic stock exchange data centre in Finland was taken down by its fire suppression system. But these systems don’t use water to quench the flames, so how can they knock out a bunch of hard drives? Read More >>

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How Juno’s Breathtaking Jupiter Images Are Made

Jupiter’s sandy swirls and blue-hued poles are visible even from Earth. But the Juno spacecraft’s crisp and colourful images begin as warped and dull raw files. The fantastic finished visuals are the result of enthusiastic amateur astronomers, software developers, and artists communicating over message boards. They work together to turn the raw images into accurate art for the space-loving public. Read More >>

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This Glitter-Filled Algae Is a Living Opal

There’s a reason that many natural things look unbelievably cool: evolution. Given the stresses of existing on this turbulent spinning orb, some organisms must adapt in literally dazzling ways. Like this alga, which is basically a living opal. Read More >>

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Relive These Scientists’ Year Inside a Simulated Mars on a Hawaiian Volcano With This New Podcast

An igloo-looking habitat sits on a volcano’s rocky soil. Six astronauts have been living there isolated for months, doing geologic field work. It takes around twenty minutes for any message to travel between the habitat and Earth. Read More >>

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Flies Love to Ejaculate, Experiment Finds

If there’s one thing I know about human males, it’s that they love ejaculating. It can sometimes seem like their entire existence is motivated by a need to shoot sperm and seminal fluid from their genitalia. But have you ever wondered from where they acquired such a desire? Read More >>

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Do You Want to Eat This New Caffeine-Catalysed Gel as Much as I Do?

Finally, scientists have delivered exactly what you’ve been asking for: an edible polymer gel made with caffeine. Finally. Read More >>

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Weekend Asteroid Flyby Confirms We’re Worrying About the Wrong Space Rocks

An asteroid approximately the size of a football field flew close by Earth only a day after it was first spotted this weekend. This near miss is a perfect example of an argument I’ve been making for some time: These are the asteroids we should worry about, not the so-called potentially hazardous rocks being tracked by NASA and periodically hyped by panicked headlines. Read More >>

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Heated Debate Surrounds Galaxy Seeming to Lack Dark Matter

Strong scepticism should always accompany strong claims. One such recent claim has generated a tonne of talk about a strange, fuzzy galaxy that appears to be missing its dark matter. Read More >>

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A Spooky Quantum Experiment Creates What May Be the Most Entangled Controllable Device Yet

If you’ve read anything about quantum computers, you may have encountered the statement, “It’s like computing with zero and one at the same time.” That’s sort of true, but what makes quantum computers exciting is something spookier: entanglement. Read More >>

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Scientists Make a Molecule by Manipulating Just Two Atoms

You may make fun, but Ivanka Trump’s very dumb science photo op is actually what most people think when they hear “chemistry.” And it’s not a wrong idea. You mix some chemicals with some other chemicals, and you get molecules—multiple atoms bonded together. Read More >>

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Watch NASA’S New Exoplanet-Hunting Satellite Launch Aboard a SpaceX Rocket Right Here

If all goes according to plan, NASA’s new Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, will launch today at 11:32 pm GMT from Cape Canaveral in the US. Read More >>

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How Astonishing Zika Virus Images Were Made With a Nobel-Prize Winning Technique

Pretty Scientific is a new Gizmodo series where we explore how the best images in science were created and why. Read More >>

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NASA’s New Planet-Hunting Satellite is Ready to Launch on Monday

NASA’s TESS, or the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, will launch on Monday aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, if everything goes to plan. People are excited. Read More >>

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This Random Number Generator Could Be the Most Random Ever

Randomness rules the very fabric of reality. So it only makes sense that scientists have figured out how to use nature’s randomness as a tool in our mundane world. Read More >>

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Scientists Create Beautiful Iridescent Material That Could Be Edible

What makes something red, or blue, or green? It’s all in the way light bounces off its surface. Something that primarily reflects light with shorter wavelengths will appear bluer, while something that reflects longer wavelengths will appear redder. By playing around with that principle, scientists have created a material that, much like soap bubbles and certain insect wings, displays a gorgeous iridescence—a shifting rainbow of colours they can tweak with the same surface. Read More >>