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7 Dead Simple Ways to Make Your Computer Run Like New

You change your car’s oil every 5,000 miles. You go to the doctor for a physical once a year. Every six months you get your teeth cleaned. And every …

Watch pumpkins breathe fire, barf molten iron, and levitate thanks to science

For my 10th grade physics class, my teacher constructed a catapult that he synchronized with a magnet holding a soda can to the ceiling of the classroom, so that with the flick of a switch the can would drop, the catapult would fire, and the projectile and soda would meet in a fizzy mid-air …

The Crime Your Brain Commits Against You (And What to Do About It)

In 1932, Frederic Bartlett was working at Cambridge University when he conducted one of the most famous cognitive psychology experiments of all-time.<p>For this research study, Bartlett recited a Native American folk tale called "The War of the Ghosts" to each participant. Then, Bartlett followed up …

How Long Does It Take to Get to Mars?

If you wanted to pay a visit to the red planet, how long would it take? The answer depends on a number of things, ranging from the position of the …

Why Cosmos is the best show about science ever made

Thirty five years ago, an uncommonly clever collection of organic molecules called Carl Sagan ushered viewers on board his ‘ship of the imagination’ in a quest to unravel the mysteries of the universe. <i>Cosmos</i>, a 13-part documentary series that Sagan co-wrote with his soon-to-be-wife, Ann Druyan, and …

Fears grow over increased antibiotic resistance

<b>More than 6,000 deaths a year could be caused by a 30% fall in the effectiveness of antibiotics in the US, a report in The Lancet suggests.</b><p>It said most of the extra deaths would happen in patients having colorectal surgery, blood cancer chemotherapy and hip replacements.<p>UK experts said the study …

With “The Martian” NASA has rediscovered the real reason for going to space

Hot on the heels of the release of the action movie <i>The Martian</i>—and the discovery that the red planet still has liquid water—NASA has unveiled a bold three-stage plan for getting humans to Mars within the next couple of decades.<p>The timing may seem odd. In <i>The Martian</i>, an astronaut is stranded on Mars …

This Gene Therapy Could Help Treat Blindness

A gene therapy maker showed this week it could make blind children and adults see. But the big question left is how long the effect will last.<p>Much …

Obesity rates will soar by 2025 if governments fail to take action, says report

Obesity is an ongoing health concern, affecting around 13% of people worldwide. Unless further government action is taken, the global obesity rate …

Diabetes

How To Never Get Angry: 3 New Secrets From Neuroscience

They’re one inch from your face, boiling with rage, screaming and yelling at you.And all you want to do is scream and yell back. But you know that’s …

And virus makes four

If you find that dispiriting, here’s another bit of unsettling news: Some of these skeletons come back to life during very early human development. …

Electromagnetic Pulse: One Day We Will Wake Up In An America Without Electricity And Society Will Totally Break Down

What would you do if the power grid went down and never came back up? One of these days, and it could be a lot sooner than most people think, we will …

'The Martian' Misses Out on a Faster Way to Mars (Op-Ed)

<i>Edward Belbruno is a mathematician and an artist. His paintings are in major collections and exhibited throughout the United States, and he regularly</i> …

Princeton University

NASA = Mars = Delusional

Hollywood blazes a trail into the Solar System – Film at Eleven.The release of a hit movie about the adventures of an astronaut marooned on the Red …

'The Martian' helps NASA imagine Mars mission

CAPE CANAVERAL — Working on <i>The Martian</i>, the movie thriller opening Friday about an astronaut stranded on the Red Planet, gave actor Mackenzie Davis a better appreciation for what would make a Mars mission so difficult.<p>“That I have no skill set to survive,” Davis joked during a panel discussion …

How Will We Get Off Mars?

We know how to get to Mars. We know how to land on Mars. Now comes the hard part: figuring out how to leave.<p>When NASA engineers look at Mars, they see a planet-sized Venus flytrap.<p>It lures us with the promise of scientific discovery—but the moment we land there, gravity and a harsh climate will …

Space Science

The Science Behind “The Martian” And Its Partnership With NASA

How The Martian and NASA aligned to bring greater scientific accuracy to the film and inspire greater interest in space travel.<p>After the blood moon lunar eclipse and the announcement of flowing water on Mars, the third in this week’s astronomical trifecta—the anticipated 20th Century Fox film <i>The</i> …

Habitats

Bill Nye’s LightSail: Making Sci-Fi Real

<b>The quest to solve one of the persistent barriers to citizen space exploration</b><p>On June 7, in the sky somewhere over Baja California, Mexico<b>,</b> a small satellite opened and extended a wide, thin mylar membrane, like a curious flower blooming, or a space-soaring butterfly emerging from its cocoon. …

Zaki's Review: The Martian

I first read Andy Weir's bestseller The Martian a little over a year ago. Actually, "inhaled" might be a better word to use. The story, about an astronaut stranded on Mars, his struggle to survive and the struggles on Earth to try and bring him home, is about as gripping a book as I've ever …

Human Missions to Mars Will Look Completely Different from The Martian

Landing in U.S. theaters today, Ridley Scott’s <i>The Martian</i> is being acclaimed as one of the most realistic portrayals of human space exploration ever …

Are Space and Time Discrete or Continuous? - The Nature of Reality — The Nature of Reality | PBS

Split a mile in half, you get half a mile. Split the half mile, you get a quarter, and on and on, until you’ve carved out a length far smaller than …

Curious AI Wants To Make The Singularity A Reality

Over the last few years tech companies both large and small have developed programs that can “dream”; and understand and process information; and even write articles; but nothing has come close to the holy grail of artificial intelligence — developing software that can learn independently.<p>At least, …

Human endogenous retroviruses may cause or contribute to some forms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis<p>Sleeping viruses that lurk inside the human genome may “reawaken” and contribute to the development of motor neuron disease, according to new research published today in the journal <i>Science</i> …

Neuroscience

How People Living at Earth's Extremes Reveal the Genome's Best Tricks

Evolution has sculpted the human genome to cope with Earth’s toughest climates, inadvertently pointing geneticists towards medically important genes.<p>If I ate an Inuit diet, extremely low in plants and high in fats from oily fish and blubbery mammals, my blood vessels would soon be screaming out for …

Genetics

Russian scientist says he is stronger and healthier after injecting himself with 'eternal life' bacteria

Anatoli Brouchkov has willingly become a human guinea pig for the 3.5 million-year-old bacteria<p>If injecting yourself with 3.5 million-year-old bacteria could keep you looking and feeling youthful and healthy without having to fork out for a gym membership, would you do it?<p>Russian scientist Anatoli …

Weird

Why We Should Land on Mars' Moon Before We Land on Mars

Rather than an expensive Apollo 8-style flyby or an audacious out-the-gates landing, NASA is mulling landing on the rocky, tiny moon first.<p>NASA wants to land a human crew on Mars in the 2030s. But to succeed with such an ambitious, expensive, long-timescale project, the agency needs a roadmap that …

Space Science

NASA considers SLS launch sequence for human Mars missions in the 2030s

As NASA continues to develop their plans for delivering humans to the Martian system in the 2030s, a Technical Interchange Meeting has outlined two …

The Algorithm That's Hunting Ebola

<b>In April 2014,</b> just after world health officials identified a series of suspicious deaths in Guinea as an outbreak of Ebola, 10 ecologists, 4 …