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Scientists Have Figured Out a Way to Convert Solar Energy Into Liquid Fuel

Researchers at Harvard have discovered how to convert solar energy into liquid fuel, potentially accelerating our switch to the alternative-energy …

National Academy of Sciences

Lucid bets on 180 degrees for virtual reality

Image copyright LucidCam.Creating video content for virtual reality is a bit awkward. When a camera shoots in 360 degrees, that means the director, …

Virtual Reality

Why Nasa’s Europa mission has people excited

Jupiter’s icy moon Europa may harbour extraterrestrial life. Nasa has announced a mission to go, but Esa will get there first<p>Europa is a tantalising place orbiting the giant planet of Jupiter. Extraordinary images from the twin Voyager spacecraft in 1979 showed that Europa’s surface was cracked in …


Three-parent babies: the arguments for and against

The issue of three-parent babies has divided the scientific community and thrown up a host of ethical concerns. Here are the arguments for and against the new procedure, which proposes to mend faulty DNA with genetic material from a ‘second mother’<p>Mitochondrial DNA transfer, which was developed by …

By not evolving, deep sea microbes may prove Darwin right

In the muddy sediments beneath the deep sea, scientists have found ancient communities of bacteria that have remained virtually unchanged for 2.3 billion years.<p>Researchers say these microscopic organisms are an example of "extreme evolutionary stasis" and represent the greatest lack of evolution …

Mars meteorite hints at what's hiding under the dust - Futurity

When scientists started analyzing Black Beauty in 2011, they knew they had something special. It was unlike any Martian meteorite ever found.


The FAA wants to help US companies do business on the Moon

US companies might be able to use the existing licensing process used for space launches to claim lunar territory, according to documents obtained by Reuters.<p>In a letter to Bigelow Airspace — a maker of inflatable space habitats — the Federal Aviation Agency says it intends to "leverage the FAA’s …

Space Exploration

Do Cell Phones Cause Brain Tumors?