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Chinese scientists genetically modify human embryos for the second time

With the same limitations as last year's breakthrough work<p>Scientists in China have reported genetically modifying human embryos in what is only the second published experiment of its kind. Last year, a different team of Chinese researchers edited human embryos in an attempt to remove genes …

Scientists Just Discovered a Black Hole That's Blasting The Fastest 'Space Wind' in The Known Universe

Wind speeds of 200 million km/h.<p>Astronomers have discovered the fastest ultraviolet winds ever recorded in the Universe, swirling around a …

Ancient DNA identifies 'early Neanderthals'

<b>The oldest "nuclear DNA" from a human has identified some early representatives of the Neanderthal lineage.</b><p>The well-preserved ancient remains from the "Pit of Bones" site in Spain have been known for more than three decades.<p>They are about 400,000 years old, but their relationships to Neanderthals …

Humanity

The U.S. Government Launches a $100-Million "Apollo Project of the Brain"

Three decades ago, the U.S. government launched the Human Genome Project, a 13-year endeavor to sequence and map all the genes of the human species. …

A huge pyramid-like mountain exists in the asteroid belt and NASA can't explain it

Pyramids in the far reaches of the solar system might sound like a science fiction writer's fever dream.<p>But just take a look at this mountain on a …

Astronomy

Scientist plans to clone extinct Siberian cave lion preserved in permafrost

<i>The Siberian Times</i> reports that South Korean cloning scientist Hwang Woo-Suk plans to clone an extinct Siberian cave lion, using tissue samples from …

DIY FPGA Programming - Electronics-Lab

TC-Engineering has documented their efforts to program a Spartan 6 FPGA using a DIY PCB. The hardware part and software are discussed on the link …

Earth - Why are we the only human species still alive?

Two million years ago in Africa, several species of human-like creatures roamed the landscape. Some looked surprisingly similar to each other, while others had distinct, defining features.<p>In September 2015, another species was added to the list. Hundreds of bones discovered in a South African cave …

Humanity

Year in review: Early human kin could shake up family tree

Scientists trying to untangle the human evolutionary family’s ancient secrets welcomed a new set of tantalizing and controversial finds this year. A …

Over Half of the Data From the Pluto Flyby Is Still On the Spacecraft

When New Horizons zipped past Pluto on July 14th, 2015, it collected a <i>lot</i> of data. Couple that with the spacecraft’s agonizing, 1-2 Kbps transfer …

US Military Set to Unveil Concepts Based on Skylon Space Plane Tech

Within the next year, the U.S. Air Force plans to unveil novel spacecraft concepts that would be powered by a potentially revolutionary reusable …

Aviation

Carl Sagan’s Dream of a Martian Microphone May Finally Be Real

Members of NASA’s Mars 2020 SuperCam team will soon make the case for recording the sounds of the Red Planet.<p>Mars 2020, the successor to the Curiosity rover, is currently under development at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The robotic explorer is expected to land on the …

We Talked to Bill Nye About the Solar Sail He’s Sending to Space

The former Science Guy believes LightSail 2 could lead to better space travel, debris cleanup, and solar weather monitoring.<p>The Planetary Society, a citizen-led non-profit that focuses on space exploration, announced Monday that it has received the official designation for its next solar sail …

I'm Terrified by the New Star Trek Series

I love <i>Star Trek</i> above all other franchises. But it’s a twisted, painful sort of love. A love that, with a new TV series on the way, may actually kill …

How to Save Money by Building Your Own Computer

How to Save Money by Building Your Own Computer<p>Have you been putting off upgrading your slow computer because of the cost? If it is time for an …

Fossil find reveals just how big carnivorous dinosaur may have grown

An unidentified fossilised bone in a museum has revealed the size of a fearsome abelisaur and may have solved a hundred-year old puzzle.

The “super chill” reason SpaceX keeps aborting launches

Last night, SpaceX aborted its third attempt in four days to launch the SES-9 satellite, which bodes ill for a company hoping to demonstrate a speedy and predictable pace of rocket launches this year.<p>After bad weather on the first attempt, the last two failures to launch were linked to the upgraded …

Space Travel

A Blind Woman Has Regained Sight Following a Controversial Stem Cell Treatment

This is incredible.<p>Vanna Belton from Baltimore has been blind for more than five years, but after undergoing surgery where stem cells extracted from …

When it Comes to Meditation, Practice Makes Perfect

Sometimes I marvel at the practice of meditation. How can such a simple, repetitive, and boring exercise yield so much transformation?<p>Take a minute …

What Is Time, And Why Does It Move Forward?

The laws of physics don't care which way it goes.<p><i>This article was written by Thomas Kitching from UCL, and was originally published by The</i> …

Physics

General relativity caught in action around black hole

<b>GENEVA</b> — An effect of general relativity that is barely measurable on Earth has been spotted in full force around a black hole.<p>Physicists detected …

Researchers want to grow human tendons on an incredibly advanced robotic hand

That alone is enough to improve the motion capabilities in prosthetics in a way that has never been seen before. But the researchers plan on taking the project even farther by growing human tendon and tissue on the robot hand.<p>That would mean people could have an <i>entirely new hand</i>, human skin and …

Robotics

Nazca Lines

The Nazca (or Nasca) civilization flourished in southern Peru between 200 BCE and 500 CE and amongst their most famous legacies are the geoglyphs and …

As The 'Super-Jupiter' Turns: Hubble Observes Rotation Of Exoplanet Where It Rains Iron And Glass

At a distance of 170 light-years from Earth, there's a planet seven times the mass of Jupiter where it rains glass at higher altitudes and iron at …

‘Star Trek’ TV Series: Nicholas Meyer Joins As Writer

Nicholas Meyer, one of the people credited with saving the <i>Star Trek</i> franchise after the underwhelming first movie, has been recruited as a writer and …

Scientists have estimated that the universe won’t end for at least 2.8 billion years

But exactly how and when that will happen is a more of a gray area, and it's not something we've really had to worry about, with current predictions putting any such event tens of billions of years in the future — long after our Sun burns out.<p>But what if our current predictions are wrong?<p>A team of …

Universe

NASA’s New Space Telescope Will Study Dark Energy and Earth-Sized Planets

"WFIRST has the potential to open our eyes to the wonders of the universe, much the same way Hubble has.”<p>It's finally official: NASA's next major telescope project will be the innovative Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST). The space telescope is projected to launch to the gravitational …

Universe

NASA craft captures a trio of moons amid Saturn's rings

Tethys, Enceladus and Mimas pose like celestial siblings for a dramatic image just released from the Cassini mission.<p>The Cassini spacecraft is certainly one moonstruck little explorer. Since arriving at Saturn in 2004, the probe has sent back a host of images both of Saturn and some of its 62 moons.<p>…

Astronomy

Earth Is Made Up of Two Planets Fused Together, New Research Suggests

RIP, planet buddy.<p>Astronomers investigating how the Moon formed have found evidence that it was produced after a small planet smashed headfirst into …