Scientists discover a new form of carbon that is hard as a rock but stretches like rubber

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 06/14/2017 - 18:26

QINHUANGDAO CITY, Hebei, China (PNN) - June 13, 2017 - By heating carbon to an intimidating 1,000 degrees Celsius (1,800 degrees Fahrenheit), scientists have discovered a brand new elemental form that's ultra-strong and ultra-light, but also elastic like rubber and electrically conductive.

WikiLeaks says CIA’s “Pandemic” turns servers into infectious Patient Zero

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 06/14/2017 - 18:15

ECUADOREAN EMBASSY, England (PNN) June 2, 2017 - WikiLeaks just published details of a purported CIA operation that turns Windows file servers into covert attack machines that surreptitiously infect computers of interest inside a targeted network.

Nearly one-quarter of infections are now untreatable with first line antibiotics

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 06/14/2017 - 18:12

Superbug apocalypse rapidly approaching.

WASHINGTON (PNN) - June 1, 2017 - Nearly one-quarter of adults prescribed antibiotics as a first line treatment for community-acquired pneumonia were non-responsive to the medications, a new study has revealed. Current guidelines for community-acquired pneumonia, published by the American Thoracic Society and the Infectious Disease Society of America in 2007, offer insight on the disease. However, researchers noted that large-scale, real-world data were needed to gain greater knowledge of antibiotic choices and to better evaluate risk factors that may stem from treatment failure.

FPSA scientists have developed a memory wipe enzyme that can erase memories forever

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 06/07/2017 - 20:32

ARLINGTON, Virginia (PNN) - June 5, 2017 - Are there any bad memories in your life that you wish you could simply erase? Researchers might have found a way to do exactly that thanks to the discovery of the enzyme in the brain that plays a pivotal role in storing long-term memories. They believe that this enzyme could be targeted in order to essentially wipe distressing memories out of the minds of people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, like many things that sound too good to be true, this development is raising red flags.

Voice-imitation advance means we can't trust what we see or hear anymore

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 06/07/2017 - 20:13

MONTREAL, Canada (PNN) - June 1, 2017 - Imagine a world where anyone could create a photo-realistic fake video in which whoever they choose can be made to say whatever they want. Add to that the ability to write a script and have a machine recite it back with the perfectly indistinguishable intonation of the person featured. We are officially moving closer to that world.

Study finds 100-year-old drug reverses autism symptoms in children

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 05/31/2017 - 16:29

SAN DIEGO, Kalifornia (PNN) - May 31, 2017 - According to a revolutionary new study, a drug discovered more than a century ago may hold the key to combating the symptoms of autism. After just one dose, parents of the children in the study watched their children make incredible improvements, with some speaking for the first time.

Plasma jet engines might soon take us from Earth to space

Submitted by Freedomman on Fri, 05/26/2017 - 12:51

BERLIN, Germany (PNN) - May 20, 2017 - Imagine a jet engine that could propel an aircraft faster than a traditional engine, taking us all the way to the edge of the atmosphere, all without burning fossil fuels - and for a low cost.

That's exactly what plasma jet engines should be able to do, although thus far they have been confined to research labs, mostly those focusing on using the engines to move satellites and other spacecraft.

Now researchers from the Technical University of Berlin are working to bring them out of the lab and into the sky.

Instead of burning fuel and compressed air and then shoving the results out of the back of an engine to cause forward propulsion, a plasma jet engine mimics a fusion reactor or a star.

It creates electricity by exciting and compressing gas into plasma, and then generating an electromagnetic field.

Led by Berkant Göksel, the research team aims to marry the plasma engine and the passenger jet to come up with something that could fly at very high altitudes but still take off and land.

"We are the first to produce fast and powerful plasma jets at ground level," said Göskel. "These jets of plasma can reach speeds of up to 20 kilometers a second."

Several obstacles are still standing between the plasma jet engine that can carry us to the edge of space and reality. First, Göksel's team was using tiny plasma thrusters - about 80 millimeters in length.

It would take around 10,000 of these little thrusters to propel a standard commercial-size aircraft, so the current design is a non-starter. For now, Göksel's team intends to use 100 to 1,000 thrusters to move a smaller airship or plane, which ought to be feasible.

Wormhole created in a lab

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 05/24/2017 - 22:02

BARCELONA, Spain (PNN) - April 21, 2017 - In a paper called A Magnetic Wormhole by Jordi Prat-Camps, Carles Nava and Alvaro Sanchez published in Scientific Reports, they report that they have designed and created in the laboratory the first experimental wormhole that can connect two regions of space magnetically. Amazingly enough, the scientists at the Department of Physics at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona report that it consists of a tunnel that transfers the magnetic field from one point to the other while keeping it undetectable - invisible - all the way.

Newly dated fossils suggest a mysterious human species lived alongside our ancestors

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 05/17/2017 - 20:59

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (PNN) - May 9, 2017 - Just as a high-profile expedition to retrieve fossils of human ancestors from deep within a cave system in South Africa was getting underway in 2013, two spelunkers pulled aside paleoanthropologist Lee Berger. They had found what looked like an ancient thighbone in a completely different cave. “Can we go get it?” they asked.

The FUK just switched on an ambitious fusion reactor - and it works

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 05/03/2017 - 21:02

LONDON, England (PNN) - May 1, 2017 - The Fascist United Kingdom's newest fusion reactor, ST40, was switched on last week, and has already managed to achieve “first plasma” - successfully generating a scorching blob of electrically charged gas (or plasma) within its core.

The aim is for the tokamak reactor to heat plasma up to 100 million degrees Celsius (180 million degrees Fahrenheit) by 2018 - seven times hotter than the center of the Sun. That's the “fusion” threshold at which hydrogen atoms can begin to fuse into helium, unleashing limitless, clean energy in the process.