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MESSENGER ends mission, crashes into Mercury

Mission control confirmed end of operations at 3:40 p.m. EDT (1934 UTC), when no signal was detected by NASA’s Deep Space Network station at …

The boy who put a star in a jar

Jamie Edwards made history when he built a working nuclear fusion reactor at school<p>The moment came on 5 March last year, when Jamie Edwards, then 13, flicked the switch and waited with bated breath. “Seeing that purple glow that [was] the best part,” said Edwards. As the neutron detector confirmed …

Nuclear Energy

Tiny VIDIT 1080p Pocket Camera Offers WiFi And iOS And Android Support (video)

A new pocket camera called VIDIT has launched over on the Pozible crowd funding website which has already raised over $20,000 to help take the camera …

Ephemeral superheavy atoms coaxed into exotic molecules : News blog

Breaking news from the world of science

Spacewatch: Swansong for Iridium flares

At its best, the International Space Station outshines every star and can come close to rivalling Venus, the brightest planet. It is, though, occasionally surpassed by the glints of sunlight reflecting from the antennae of Iridium satellites – glints that are popularly known as Iridium …

A spacewalk selfie, the Giant Squid Nebula and an origami solar array – in pictures

This month’s roundup of the best space-related imagery in the known universe includes a dramatic solar flare, a cosmonaut’s selfie and an improbable marriage between technology and the ancient Japanese art of paper-folding<p>On 24 August a flare erupted from the sun, seen on the left edge of our home …

Wind, Solar Generation Capacity Catching Up with Nuclear Power

<b>Washington, D.C.</b>—Advocates of nuclear energy have long been predicting its renaissance, yet this mode of producing electricity has been stalled for …

Energy

Monster telescope breaks ground, will offer deepest views of universe

What promises to be the most advanced and sensitive telescope in the world, the massive Thirty Meter Telescope, officially breaks ground Tuesday in Hawaii. When completed, it will offer the deepest and sharpest views of our universe yet.<p>This thing is a monster. At 30 meters (98 feet), the TMT's …

10 video-making apps that help you make the best home movies

Smartphones are not only changing the way we watch films, but also the way we make them. When director Malik Bendjelloul ran out of money filming his documentary feature <i>Searching for Sugar Man</i>, he took a punt: he decided to shoot the remaining shots on his iPhone using an 8mm Vintage Camera app. It …

Battery scientists boost lithium-ion capacity 7X by adding cobalt

All electric vehicles currently in production use some form of lithium-ion chemistry in their battery packs.<p>Finding ways of improving that chemistry is therefore very important — the aim being to make future electric car batteries cheaper, more stable and more energy-dense for longer …

How super AI could end the age of humans – podcast

This week on Science Weekly <b>Ian Sample</b> meets Professor <b>Nick Bostrom</b>, director of the Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford. Nick is a philosopher who thinks deeply about our emerging technological future. His most recent book, Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies, is a …

Elon Musk says artificial intelligence is 'potentially more dangerous than nukes'

If the robots take over, at least Elon Musk will be able to say "I told you so." The billionaire inventor loves to make the impossible possible, but he is deeply afraid of artificial intelligence (AI). On Twitter this weekend, Musk said that "we need to be super careful with AI," adding that they …

Graphene hybrid foam bounces back

A new graphene oxide foam is super strong and can bounce back after being stretched and compressed.<p>In microscopic images, the foam dubbed “GO-0.5BN” …

NASA tested an impossible space engine and it somehow worked

If the tests of the Cannae Drive technology hold up, a trip to Mars could take weeks instead of months<p>NASA has been testing new space travel technologies throughout its entire history, but the results of its latest experiment may be the most exciting yet — if they hold up. Earlier this week at a …

How A Jewish Doctor Duped the Nazis

The astonishing, untold story of the Buchenwald vaccine scam.<p>In late 1942, German troops were dying of typhus at the Eastern Front, and the SS medical chief Ernst-Robert Grawitz was impatient for vaccine—as was Heinrich Himmler himself. Typhus terrified the Nazis more than the allied armies did at …

FDA clears ReWalk exoskeleton that lets paraplegics walk again

The ReWalk exoskeleton has helped countless paraplegics be able to walk again. But, until now, not just anybody in the US could buy one. That's because the US Food and Drug Administration hadn't given full approval for its use. However, the government announced Thursday that ReWalk has finally won …

How Would Humans Know If They Lived in a Multiverse?

Some theories in physics give rise to the idea of multiple universes, where nearly identical versions of the known universe exist. But if such a …

Monstrous rocky planet nicknamed 'Godzilla of Earths'

A giant rocky planet roughly twice the size of Earth and with nearly 20 times as much mass has been spotted in orbit around a faraway star. The planet is the first to be classed as a "mega-Earth" – an alien world that dwarfs the other rocky planets known to exist outside the solar …

NASA's Dark Energy Hunt Combines Powerful New Tools and 2 Missions

Dark energy makes up nearly three-fourths of the universe, driving its accelerating expansion, but the substance is still mysterious to scientists …

How We'll Talk To Aliens

New NASA book looks beyond astrophysics to figure out how we'll communicate with extraterrestrials<p>Assuming we one day contact aliens, how will we communicate with them? That's the subject of a new book from NASA called <i>Archaeology, Anthropology and Interstellar Communication. _(Kudos to Jesus Diaz</i> …

Demand For Privacy Will Kill The Free Internet. Thank Goodness.

Paying for privacy in today's digital age<p>In February, Facebook purchased the WhatsApp messaging service for the mind-boggling sum of $19 billion. It was the largest acquisition of a venture-backed company ever, but it also proved a clear, albeit subtle, point: Our relationship to personal data is …

Insurance

Inside The New Dragon Spacecraft

The Dragon V2 Capsule can carry humans, dock with the ISS, and land on its own.<p>Last night, SpaceX unveiled the Dragon V2 capsule, destined to eventually carry astronauts to the International Space Station.<p>Although the previous version of the Dragon capsule was flightworthy enough to deliver …

The End Is A.I.: The Singularity Is Sci-Fi's Faith-Based Initiative

<i>The second in a series of posts about the major myths of robotics, and the role of science fiction role in creating and spreading them. Previous and former topics, respectively: Robots are strong, the myth of robotic hyper-competence, and robots are evil, the myth of killer machines.</i><p>In 1993, Vernor …

Singularity

Mars: we're going to need a bigger parachute, says Nasa

The skies off the Hawaiian island of Kauai will be a stand-in for Mars as Nasa prepares to launch a saucer-shaped vehicle in an experimental flight designed to land heavy loads on the red planet.<p>For decades, robotic landers and rovers have hitched a ride to Earth's planetary neighbour using the …

September guide to the bright planets

In September 2018, 4 planets continue to arc across the evening sky. From west to east as darkness falls, these bright worlds are Venus, Jupiter, …

Hemisphere

The Week In Numbers: Turning Light Into Matter, A New Dragon Spacecraft, And More

<b>$71 million per astronaut</b>: amount NASA pays Russia for trips to the International Space Station (Elon Musk says he can drop that figure to $20 million with the new, reusable Dragon V2 capsule)<p><b>20,000</b>: objects aboard the ISS, all of which will be tracked by a new robot<p><b>March 35, 2041</b>: date a giant …

The Most Intriguing Stars In The Universe [Infographic]

Here are the stars that get the closest scrutiny from scientists<p>In late 2013, a group of astronomers in the U.S. and France made a new kind of sky map, which charts the how intensely scientists have studied features in the heavens. To build the map, they analyzed a million references to celestial …

Universe

The Five Biggest Threats To Human Existence

The big and bad crises that could wipe out humanity<p>In the daily hubbub of current “crises” facing humanity, we forget about the many generations we hope are yet to come. Not those who will live 200 years from now, but 1,000 or 10,000 years from now. I use the word “hope” because we face risks, …