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Scientists just took a major step towards achieving nuclear fusion

With the potential to provide almost limitless energy, free of any radioactive by-product or greenhouse gases, nuclear fusion is the goal many are …

Of comets and canines: transferring technology from space to 'sniff' out cancer

Building instruments for fancy space experiments is a tough job, but rewarding if your technology transfers to Earth. Dr Geraint Morgan went from …

Researchers Uncover What Causes Cancer Cells to Spread and How We Can Slow It

Understanding Cancer Cells<p>Treating cancer can be tricky: for one, cancer cells tend to spread quickly, known as metastasis — a behavior which …

Scientists Weigh a White Dwarf Star, Prove Einstein Right

Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity predicted that the gravity of stars could brighten and bend the light coming from other stars like a …

If We Don't Act Soon, Space Junk Might Trap Us On Earth

The tiny pieces of junk orbiting the Earth could have a major impact on space exploration.<p>Not everything we send into space comes back down. In fact, there are millions of pieces of junk, ranging from tiny flecks of paint to entire satellites currently taking up space around the Earth's atmosphere. …

Space Exploration

Scientists discover a key process that allows cells to repair damaged DNA

<b>UNSW researchers have made a discovery that could lead to a revolutionary drug that actually reverses ageing, improves DNA repair and could even help</b> …

NASA experiment to color the skies over the U.S. East Coast

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - A high-flying science experiment may color the skies above the U.S. mid-Atlantic coast with bluish green and red clouds on Sunday evening, as NASA seeks to learn more about charged particles at the top of Earth's atmosphere.<p>A small rocket carrying 10 canisters of …

The Physics Behind “Interstellar’s” Visual Effects Was So Good, It Led To A Scientific Discovery

While he was working on the film Interstellar, executive producer Kip Thorne was tasked with creating the black hole that would be central to the …

First beam for an important new physics experiment

A new experiment at the Fermi National Laboratory near Chicago, USA, has just taken an important step. The first beam of muons has entered the storage magnet of the Muon g-2 experiment.<p>Muons are fundamental particles very like electrons, but with a mass more than 200 times greater. Because they …

Physics

Animal Magnetism

Exposing trout to bursts of magnetism has given researchers a genetic road map<p>It’s always been a natural mystery how homing pigeons navigate hundreds …

National Geographic Photo Ark Focus on Mother’s Day – National Geographic Blog

Changing Planet<p>To celebrate Mother’s Day, a few enchanting moments captured by National Geographic Photo Ark photographer Joel Sartore of mothers and their babies.<p>The interaction between animals and their environments is the engine that keeps the planet healthy for all of us. But for many species, …

Physicists create mind-bending 'negative mass' that accelerates backwards and could help explain black holes

Scientists have created a fluid with "negative mass" which they claim can be used to explore some of the more challenging concepts of the cosmos.<p>Washington State University physicists explained that this mass, unlike every physical object in the world we know, accelerates backwards when pushed.<p>The …

Physics

Earth may have once had a single shell like an egg

However, the Earth may not have always been set up like this. New research from the University of Maryland, Curtin University and the Geological Survey of Western Australia suggests the Earth's first outer layer was a single, solid but malleable shell — it wasn't until later that this shell began …

Hacking Our Cells to Produce Solar Power Could Make Humans Heal Faster

Kinda like Wolverine.<p>Much like a gas-powered car, the human body relies on carbon-based fuels for energy. But for automobile engines and our cellular engines alike, burning carbon has intrinsic inefficiencies.<p>If we could upgrade our cells to run on solar power, the age-old restrictions of using …

Marijuana *might* not be safe to smoke because of bacteria and fungus, according to research

Well, this is a bummer: Some marijuana is full of bacteria and fungus that makes it unsafe to smoke, according to new research.<p>California researchers …

Cannabis

Hubble Just Saw a Star Rip Apart The 'Big Brother' of Halley's Comet

Space is brutal.<p>Astronomers have observed something unexpectedly vicious happening in space - for the first time, researchers saw a white dwarf star …

Surprise! LIGO Can Also Make Gravitational Waves

We can produce gravitational waves now.<p>It's been almost a year now since the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) announced the …

Physicists Calculate Long-Lost Signals Emitted Fractions of a Second After The Big Bang

The hunt for 'oscillons' begins.<p>For the first time, theoretical physicists have calculated the precise frequency of specific gravitational wave …

Physics

This photographer has captured beautiful star-filled images of the Milky Way over Finland

A Finnish photographer has captured some stunning celestial landscape images of the Milky Way over his home country.<p>Oscar Keserci, who is in his late 20s, is a self-taught photographer. He began shooting nocturnal landscapes in 2013<p>He lives in Kirkkonummi, Finland, and takes pictures in the …

What Makes Science Science?

In a post published last week, Adam Frank argued for the importance of public facts, and of science as a method for ascertaining them.<p>He emphasized the role of agreement in establishing public facts, and verifiable evidence as the crucial ingredient that makes agreement possible.<p>Today, I want to …

'Substantial evidence' the universe is a hologram

International team of researchers carry out observational tests of holographic cosmology.<p>Scientists have found 'evidence' that the universe is a …

How aging changes the fat in our cells - Futurity

The fat content of cells changes as they age, according to new research on the connection between lipids and cellular aging.

Cancer scientists are having trouble replicating groundbreaking research

Does that mean the original research was wrong? No. It means science is really, really hard.<p>Replication has emerged as a powerful tool to check science and get us closer to the truth. Researchers take an experiment that’s already been done, and test whether its conclusions hold up by reproducing …

Male fruit flies rationally choose how to rank mates - Futurity

When it comes to picking a mate, male fruit flies display a key part of rational choice: transitivity.

Biology

Earth Sets a Temperature Record for the Third Straight Year

Marking another milestone for a changing planet, scientists reported on Wednesday that the Earth reached its highest temperature on record in 2016, trouncing a record set only a year earlier, which beat one set in 2014. It is the first time in the modern era of global warming data that temperatures …

Protein fingerprinting could shed light on Alzheimer's

Scientists know that the proteins in our bodies can sometimes fold and form clumps called amyloids, which lead to neurodegenerative diseases. However, they still don't fully understand the whole process -- there's just no efficient way to examine the clumps. Since understanding amyloid formation …

Alzheimer's Disease

Siri has nothing on us: How do brain cells tell us where we’re going?

New findings provide a more complex profile of the brain’s “internal GPS”<p>How do humans and other animals find their way from A to B? This apparently simple question has no easy answer. But after decades of extensive research, a picture of how the brain encodes space and enables us to navigate …

Galaxies collide in stunning picture

This stunning photograph released by NASA has quite the story to tell about worlds colliding in galaxies far, far away.<p>Named IRAS 14348-1447 (partially for its discoverer, the Infrared Astronomical Satellite), the bright, smudge-like object in the photo is actually a combination of two gas-rich …

Scientists Have Discovered an 'Off' Switch For The Revolutionary CRISPR Gene Editing Tool

Important.<p>A lot has been written about CRISPR over the past year. The powerful gene editing tool can quickly and easily 'cut and paste' genes, which …

CRISPR will be a huge story in 2017. Here are 7 things to look for.

The gene-editing tool’s potential to upend science is dizzying.<p>We’re about to enter a golden age of genetic engineering, where huge advances in gene-editing technology are making it possible for scientists to tweak the DNA of different organisms with incredible, unprecedented precision.<p>Until just a …