Bursts of radio waves lasting just milliseconds could reveal the physics behind dark matter or quantum gravity theories. NOVA Next contributor and NOVA’s Nature of Reality blog editor Kate Beckerreports the story.
In other news from NOVA and around the web:
- Does an iPad’s blue light affect your ability to sleep? The answer is complicated .
- “For small-scale farmers across the globe, a simple cell phone has become one of the most powerful tools for boosting one’s harvest.”
- Wild chimp winos may explain why we love booze .
- 75-million-year-old blood-like cells and collagen have been found in fossilized dinosaur remains.
- What makes cheese so delicious ? It’s the bacteria, fungi, mites, and maggots living in it, of course!
- This nanoscale electronic net can eavesdrop on individual neurons .
- Mathematician John Nash claimed that his schizophrenia “disappeared” as he aged . We may be able to learn a lot from people’s diverse experiences of this mental illness.
- “To be a coral scientist is to buy front-row tickets to a tragedy,” writes Veronique Greenwood for NOVA Next. Happy (Belated) World Oceans Day!
- Radiolab covers CRISPR , featuring Carl Zimmer. Our original report is here .
- One drop of blood can reveal almost every virus a person has ever had.
- The unification of gravity with other forces of nature is our modern-day “holy grail.” Understanding gravitational energy would help us come closer to it.
- Virtual reality may be able to heal troubled or traumatized minds .
- This couple caught the Bubonic Plague from infected fleas.