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German Scientists May Have Just Saved The Planet

Is it just me, or are more science fiction dreams coming true lately?<p>You have to admit, putting a computer in your pocket that can out-perform some …

Nuclear Energy

Cancer-killing viruses have finally arrived

FDA approved first viral cancer therapy that treats advanced melanoma.<p>Viruses normally seem like evil little germs; they often invade our bodies’ …

Immunotherapy

The 2015 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Awards

Indestructible drones, amazing robot hands, and more of the best ideas of the year.<p>After eleven years of celebrating the doctors and scientists, engineers and inventors, planets and popes most responsible for changing the world in our annual Breakthrough Awards, we asked ourselves: What constitutes …

Washington, D.C. Is Now Partially Powered By Sewage

This has nothing to do with politics<p>Politics might get dirty in D.C, but the nation's capitol is making sure that even the dirtiest solid waste is getting cleaned up into green, renewable energy.<p>This week, utility company D.C. Water unveiled a brand new bioenergy facility that turns D.C. residents' …

Wastewater

Is nuclear fusion about to change our world?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Hey 21st century, where's that nuclear fusion power reactor you promised?<p>Tens of billions of dollars have been spent in the past 60 years, entire careers have been invested, but the ability to produce a commercially viable nuclear fusion reactor remains undemonstrated.<p>After beating our …

Nuclear Energy

Miniature human kidney grown in a dish

<b>Miniature human kidneys have been grown in a Petri dish using stem cells as the starting point, report scientists in Australia.</b><p>The mini-kidneys, measuring up to 1cm, were the equivalent of the developing organ in a 13-week-old foetus.<p>The team say the findings, published in the journal Nature, could …

Biotechnology

First Private Moon Mission Set For Blast-off In 2017

The first private mission to the Moon plans to launch in just two years, as Israeli non-profit SpaceIL aims to win Google’s Lunar XPRIZE of $30m.<p>SpaceIL has become the first of the competition hopefuls to actually book a place on a launch to get its uncrewed rover on its way to a private soft …

Space Exploration

Stephen Hawking talks technology, AI and more in his first Reddit AMA

Stephen Hawking, genius that he is, is just like us. He finds <i>The Big Bang Theory</i> hilarious, and his favorite song ever written is Rod Stewart's "Have …

This Robot-Run Indoor Farm Can Grow 10 Million Heads Of Lettuce A Year

This massive Japanese vegetable factory saves water and energy–along with human labor.<p>When a sprawling new “vegetable factory” opens near Kyoto, Japan in 2017, it will be the first farm with no farmers. Robots will plant lettuce seeds, transplant them, raise the vegetables, and automatically carry …

Aquaponics

Earth 'entering new extinction phase' - US study

<b>The Earth has entered a new period of extinction, a study by three US universities has concluded, and humans could be among the first casualties.</b><p>The report, led by the universities of Stanford, Princeton and Berkeley, said vertebrates were disappearing at a rate 114 times faster than normal.<p>The …

Biodiversity

How to Exponentially Improve Your Performance

But thanks to the (newly discovered) plasticity of our brains, we can raise that bar higher than ever—and consistently reach it. How? By pushing …