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Living Drones

Throughout human history, the honeybee has emerged as a machine of agriculture and of war.<p>Winter has descended upon the beehives. The drones have been killed. It's time for the workers and the queen to gather up, hunker down, and rely on body heat to weather the cold. The old will die, the young …

Insects

Meet The Man Who’s Figuring Out The Ergonomics Of The Office Of The Future

Keyboards give you carpal tunnel, and sitting all day is killing you. Justin Young is trying to figure out the injuries workers will get once we’re all using gesture-controlled tech at work.<p>As we sit hunched over our desks, staring at computer screens, cell phones, and tablets throughout the day, …

University of Michigan

The Dynamic Future of Neuroscience

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. In her TEDxJacksonville talk, she vividly depicts the …

Singularity

How Nanobiophysics Can Stop Ebola and Other Global Pandemics

• Partner Content<br>• Author: Dr. Anita Goel, Nanobiosym. Dr. Anita Goel, Nanobiosym<p>In an age of cell phones, human genome sequencing, and Google …

Why Do "Disco Clams" Put On Brilliant Light Shows?

The mollusk's flamboyance may warn predators or lure prey, research suggests.<p>The so-called "disco clam" is one eye-catching mollusk—nestled in coral reefs off Indonesia, the animal generates brilliant flashes of light that earned it its festive name.<p>Though fascinating, this flamboyant bivalve …

What Playful Animals Can Teach Us About The Biology Of Fun

Play and fun, though seemingly purposeless, are fundamental aspects of the human experience.<p>It wouldn't be a stretch to say that we're <i>wired</i> for play. But why? By definition, play is an activity without purpose or aim -- but it does have important implications for learning and development.<p>We can …

Cholera Bacteria Kill Each Other With Spears To Steal DNA

The Highlander film series is about a race of immortal warriors who try to behead each other with swords, so they can steal the powers of their fallen rivals.<p>This is basically the same story but instead of badly accented Scotsmen with katanas, we have diarrhoea-causing bacteria with syringes. And …

'Junk DNA' from million-year-old viruses actually plays vital role in human intelligence: study

A study released today by researchers at Lund University in Sweden indicates that inherited viruses may be responsible for creating the complex …

A New Antibiotic That Resists Resistance

The British chemist Lesley Orgel had a rule: Evolution is cleverer than you. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria have repeatedly proven him right.<p>Since humans started making antibiotics for ourselves in the 1940s, bacteria have evolved to counteract our efforts. They are now winning. There are strains of …

Stunning 3-D Models Reveal Bizarre Double Star Acting Up

The star system Eta Carinae sends out the brightest flares yet recorded.<p>SEATTLE—Armed with a 3-D printer, a supercomputer, and several space telescopes, astronomers have gotten their best look yet at one of the galaxy's biggest, weirdest double star systems.<p>Surprising new observations of the …

Arctic's 'Penguins of the North' Find Workaround to Climate Change

New study finds that little auks are adjusting their food supply, raising questions of adaptation.<p><b>What's New:</b> The latest research on little auks, sometimes called "penguins of the north," reveals a surprising response to a rapidly warming Arctic: The birds make up for food lost to the effects of …

4 Sky Events This Week: Inner Planets Dance While Saturn Dazzles

The moon rides above Saturn, while bright Venus points to faint Mercury.<p>An eclipse of a volcanic moon by the king of planets, Jupiter, will thrill stargazers this week, as Earth's moon rides above the ringed world, Saturn.<p><b>Moon meets Maiden.</b> On Tuesday, January 13, early birds will enjoy a …

Heads Will Roll: 5 of Nature's Most Brutal Bug Decapitators

From head-popping flies to deadly dung beetles, see our roundup of insect headhunters.<p>When it comes to the ruthless headhunters of the insect world, looks can be deceptive.<p>Take the tiny, seemingly unassuming tropical flies that make their living by slicing the heads off ants, as reported this month …

Hubble Revisits an Icon, the Pillars of Creation

Twenty years ago, the Hubble Space Telescope snapped one of its most iconic images ever. The three towering columns of gas bathed in the light of hot, young stars came to be called the Pillars of Creation — and they showed up on everything from t-shirts to coffee mugs to rugs. Now, to celebrate its …

Newly Released Hubble Image of Galaxy NGC 6861

<i>First discovered in 1826, this newly released Hubble image shows galaxy NGC 6861.</i><p>The subject of this image is NGC 6861, a galaxy discovered in 1826 …

Cosmology

Is space-time a property of mass?

Imagine looking at a quasar millions of light years away. From your perspective, a photon emitted by the quasar has spent millions of years …

Physics

Astronomers seek widest view ever of the universe with new telescope

At the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society last week, the booth devoted to a revolutionary new telescope called the LSST got a lot of …

Universe

"The Milky Way Underwent a Titanic Eruption 2 Million Years Ago" --NASA/Hubble

The enormous structure was discovered five years ago as a gamma-ray glow on the sky in the direction of the galactic center. Astronomers have since …

Reach for the Stars | Out-of-This-World Astronomy Titles

Amid info and images streaming from the Mars rover Curiosity, updates about NASA’s evolving plans to capture and explore a near-Earth asteroid …

Space

Space-Time Warp Measured With Aid Of Vanishing Neutron Star

It's not easy to weigh a star, but an international team of astronomers has done just that.<p>In fact, they've measured the masses of both stars in an odd binary star system some 25,000 light-years from Earth--and gauged the space-time warp resulting from the system's intense gravitation.<p>"Our result …

SpaceX Could Soon Be Launching Military Spy Satellites

Elon Musk's bunch aims to challenge the Lockheed-Boeing monopoly on space launches for the military.<p>Slowly but surely, change is coming to military space launches, as the monopoly that has cornered the market may be about to give way.<p>Since 2006, the United Launch Alliance — a joint venture of …

"Close But No Cigar," SpaceX Rocket Engine Suffers Hard Landing on Barge

A cargo resupply mission heads to the International Space Station, but fails to stick an ocean landing.<p>Space rocketeers at SpaceX just missed a catch on Saturday, failing in a bold first attempt to recycle a used rocket engine by landing it on a ship in the Atlantic Ocean.<p>"Close, but no cigar this …

Chinese space program achieves lunar milestone

A Chinese spacecraft service module has entered lunar orbit, in preparation for a future unmanned mission to bring back moon rocks.<p>A Chinese …

Colliding black holes would wrap space time itself, making objects around them travel back an forth in time

Study finds that if two black holes collide, they would release as much energy as 100 million supernova explosion.<p>It is not the first time scientists …

See SpaceX craft being grabbed by the Space Station

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — The unmanned cargo ship sent by Elon Musk’s company SpaceX reached the International Space Station as scheduled Monday, NASA …

Space Exploration

SpaceX deserves praise for audacious rocket landing attempt, say experts

SpaceX may have narrowly failed in its audacious attempt to land a booster rocker on an ocean barge, although experts say the space company deserves praise for coming so close to achieving its goal.<p>The firm’s Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla. on Jan.10, successfully taking its …

Space Exploration

Stunning time-lapse video shows Earth from the International Space Station

Astronaut Alexander Gerst took over 12,000 photos while in orbit<p>Thanks to astronaut Alexander Gerst and several highly-skilled production workers at the European Space Agency, we can watch a breath-taking video of Earth from the International Space Station. During his 166-day stint on the ISS, …

Space

How do Planetary Flybys Work?

Gravity assists -- flybys -- are pretty neat. These precision maneuvers that involve harnessing and using the gravity of a planet to accelerate and direct a spacecraft to its destination. It’s often described as a slingshot maneuver as though the planet grabs and flings a passing spacecraft along …

Every Mission To Mars, Visualized

NASA is hard at work testing a deep-space capsule to ship humans off to Mars in the 2030s. In 2013, the Netherlands-based Mars One project, which aims to found a Martian colony by 2024, received thousands of submissions from people itching to GTFO of planet Earth and live their remaining days …

Space Exploration