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Finding Final Frontiers: Why Humanity Needs To Tackle Terraforming

If we ever wish to kick it up a notch and hope to become a solar or even galactic civilization, we'd definitely need to master the art of …

Major Viking Age manor discovered at Birka, Sweden

During spring of 2016 a number of large presumed house terraces were identified by the authors at Korshamn. As a consequence high resolution …

Stretching the fabric of space-time: Is The Alcubierre Warp Drive Possible?

It's always a welcome thing to learn that ideas that are commonplace in science fiction have a basis in science fact. Cryogenic freezers, laser guns, …

The world's best wildlife photography reveals a fragile, beautiful realm

From a leopard slipping through a Mumbai alleyway to giant cuttlefish courting under the sea, the striking images featured in the current Wildlife …

The steady hands illuminating Hong Kong

Would you believe it - the famous neon signs of Hong Kong are made by only a handful of craftsman. First introduced in the 1920s, the use of neon …

Neutrons and a 'bit of gold' uncover new type of quantum phase transition

When matter changes from solids to liquids to vapors, the changes are called phase transitions. Among the most interesting types are more exotic …

Lockheed Martin is helping NASA begin the hunt for dark energy

Lockheed Martin is helping NASA begin the hunt for dark energy, a mysterious force powering the universe's accelerating expansion. An instrument …

Astonishing Photos Of Miniature Models Of Exoplanets

Adam Makarenko, artist and photographer, creates miniature hand made exoplanets that look stunningly real, even beyond the CGI. He's not even …

The missing fossils matter as much as the ones we have found

The coelacanths are an ancient group of lobe-finned fishes, with weird appendages that take the form of bony, fleshy, muscular stalks. They’re …

Many household products still contain antimicrobial chemicals banned from soaps

This year marks 20 years since Hasbro was fined for false advertising, claiming their Playskool toys laden with the antimicrobial chemical triclosan …

Six cosmic catastrophes that could wipe out life on Earth

If you ask yourself what the biggest threat to human existence is you’d probably think of nuclear war, global warming or a large-scale pandemic …

A tale of two pulsars' tails: Plumes offer geometry lessons to astronomers

Like cosmic lighthouses sweeping the universe with bursts of energy, pulsars have fascinated and baffled astronomers since they were first discovered …

Clever Stand Turns Apple Watch Into A 1984 Macintosh

Designed by studio Elago, this <i>very</i> vintage stand called the W3 transforms your Apple Watch into the old Macintosh from 1984. The watch screen takes …

Heat from Earth's core could be underlying force in plate tectonics

For decades, scientists have theorized that the movement of Earth's tectonic plates is driven largely by negative buoyancy created as they cool. New …

Smartphone microscope offers cost-effective DNA sequencing

Just like an alphabet is made up of individual letters, DNA is composed of chemical bases. And in the same way that letters must be placed in a …

Using electricity, not molecules, to switch cells on and off

Microelectronics has transformed our lives. Cellphones, earbuds, pacemakers, defibrillators – all these and more rely on microelectronics’ very small …

Urban Skyfarm is capable of growing 24 acres-worth of crops and will be powered by renewable energy

By 2050, the world’s population is estimated to reach 9.7 billion people. Already, 795 million people go to bed hungry each evening. Catching up to – …

The big astrophysical whodunnit: Galaxies are being killed and the question scientists want answered is, what's killing them?

The study of 11,000 galaxies shows their gas—the lifeblood for star formation—is being violently stripped away on a widespread scale throughout the …

Covered In Snow: Rare Event Turns Kyoto Into Magical Winter Wonderland

Recent events have made my hometown Kyoto, the capital of Japan for over a millennium, bloom in a rare color. With temperatures dipping to below zero …

Vitamin C Kills Cancer Cells Under Specific Conditions, Study Proves

<b>Cancer cells are vulnerable to high doses of vitamin C when there are low levels of catalase enzyme.</b><p>As a cancer therapy, vitamin C has an …

New twist on fusion power could help bring limitless clean energy

In a world struggling to kick its addiction to fossil fuels and feed its growing appetite for energy, there’s one technology in development that …

Moontopia: Nine Visions For Lunar Architecture Revealed

A lunar colony seems an obvious choice for space colonization. It's relatively close to Earth and we won't get homesick that easily, right? You’d be …

Microbes could survive thin air of Mars

Microbes that rank among the simplest and most ancient organisms on Earth could survive the extremely thin air of Mars, a new study finds.<p>The Martian …

Vibrant Geometric City And Landscapes by Illustrator Scott Uminga

Scott Uminga, 2D Illustrator from Toronto, is all about experimenting. Different settings, different characters... inspired by a rainy night, …

Study shows the mood-enhancing effect of revenge

When we feel ostracised, we're more likely to behave aggressively. Previous research suggests that vengeance on those who we think have wronged us …

Stem cell treatment given the go-ahead for first clinical trial in humans

Preclinical evidence supports taking a stem cell-based treatment for life-threatening infections forward into human clinical trials.<p>Most attempts to …

Natural capital: John Grade’s dazzling, decomposing artworks

The Seattle-based artist uses climate sensors, termites and thousands of people to create his nature-inspired sculptures.<p>His giant tree artwork, …

Mapping the skies for Earth-like exoplanets

EU scientists have helped to confirm the existence of Earth-like exoplanets and issued weather reports from planets 1 000 light years away.<p>It is …

The universe contains at least 2 trillion galaxies, ten times more than previously thought

An international team of astronomers, led by Christopher Conselice, Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Nottingham, have found that the …

A hidden code in our DNA explains how new pieces of genes are made

<b>A cryptic part of DNA helps keep a species' mutations in check until they become useful.</b><p>We’re all here because of mutations. Random changes in genes …