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Pack Your Microscope —Space-Based Medical Research Is Taking Off

Microgravity medical research in space is accelerating—and giving scientists new hope in finding cures for earthly diseases.<p>When the next Elon Musk SpaceX supply rocket blasts off Thursday for the International Space Station, it will be carrying some extra special cargo—hope in the war on …

The Mars Colony of the Future Could Be Powered by This Advanced Microgrid

The industrial manufacturing giant Siemens is planning for the reality of supplying and maintaining energy for a civilization on the Red …

Renewable Energy

The Entire Universe As We Know It In One Spectacular Photograph

There’s a tremendous amount of information available about the universe, so much so that it’s a feat to even comprehend how much scientists have documented. In 1946, we saw the very first photograph from outer space; 70 years later, we have images of over 5,500 different galaxies courtesy of the …

Microsoft is buying another 10 million strands of DNA for storage research

DNA storage could allow vast amounts of data to be stored for thousands of years.<p><b>VIDEO: Microsoft bets big on DNA storage for digital data</b><p>Microsoft …

Scientists want this CRISPR pill to one day replace antibiotics

Scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison want to stamp out antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Their weapons of choice are deception and a …

God in the machine: my strange journey into transhumanism

After losing her faith, a former evangelical Christian felt adrift in the world. She then found solace in a radical technological philosophy – but its promises of immortality and spiritual transcendence soon seemed unsettlingly familiar<p>I first read Ray Kurzweil’s book, The Age of Spiritual …

Medieval medical books could hold the recipe for new antibiotics

For a long time, medieval medicine has been dismissed as irrelevant. This time period is popularly referred to as the “Dark Ages,” which erroneously …

Microbiology

A New "CRISPR Pill" Makes Bacteria Destroy Its Own DNA

Targeted and Edible<p>As antibiotic resistance continues to grow, scientists are desperately trying to figure out how to best fight bacterium like</i> …

Microbiology

Are Genetically Modified Astronauts Key To Colonizing Mars?

The future of space travel is no longer limited to NASA, private citizens like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are exploring space travel as well.<p>With more …

Why We Should Be Building Telescopes on the Moon

Because it's there?<p>The Earth is now dotted with amazing observatories peering deep into the cosmos. NASA and other space agencies have sent telescopes like Hubble and Spitzer into space to capture unprecedented views. But it just maybe that the best place in our neighborhood to build a telescope is …

Astronomy

The Moon You Never See

How many times have you seen the moon? Seriously. How many times have you looked up and been like: "Oh yeah, the moon. Cool."?<p>If you are old enough to be reading this, the answer should be "a lot" (probably in the thousands).<p>But here is the real question: Have you really seen the moon?<p>I don't mean …

Amazing

The Trump transition team seems to have asked NASA about mining on the moon

According to the documents, the questions from Trump's Agency Review Team (ART) largely focused on the interests of commercial space companies and NASA's potential help them turn profits.<p>Here's the topline request on one document:<p>The ART has requested the following information:<p>Provide data and …

Space Exploration

ALMA analyses mysterious distant cold world 'DeeDee'

DeeDee is 395 miles wide (approx. 635.7 kilometres) and is situated at a distance of 92 astronomical units, or around 13.7 billion kilometres, from …

The first two flights of NASA’s next big rocket will likely be delayed, new report claims

And NASA needs to figure out how to save money<p>Over the next few years, NASA plans to get back to launching its own rockets again, with two deep-space missions that will take new hardware and people in the vicinity of the Moon. Those launches are tentatively scheduled for 2018 and 2021, but most …

Space Exploration

Black Hole Imaged For First Time By Event Horizon Telescope

For decades, scientists have held that Supermassive Black Holes (SMBHs) reside at the center of larger galaxies. These reality-bending points in …

Astrophysics

Dynamo At Moon’s Heart Once Powered Magnetic Field Equal To Earth’s

When the Apollo astronauts returned to Earth, they came bearing 380.96 kilograms (839.87 lb) of Moon rocks. From the study of these samples, …

Astronomy

Chinese Space Program: China Brings Electric Propulsion To Satellites With Ion Thruster

China launched its newest communications satellite, Shijian-13, on Wednesday. Other than a throughput capacity that exceeds all of the country’s …

Why Biomedical Companies Are Bleeding Horseshoe Crabs to the Brink of Extinction

Can this creature that's been around since the dinosaurs be saved?<p>Meghan Owings plucks a horseshoe crab out of a tank and bends its helmet-shaped shell in half to reveal a soft white membrane. Owings inserts a needle and draws a bit of blood. "See how blue it is," she says, holding the syringe up …

Natural History

Watching magnets morph liquid rocket fuel is hypnotically beautiful

This liquid rocket fuel becomes magnetised when near a magnetic field. So it dances and morphs when magnets are moved around it.<p>It is called ferrofluid and it was invented by NASA's Steve Papell to be a rocket fuel that could work in zero gravity due to its magnetic qualities.<p>Magnet Expert Ltd …

Magnetism

The Man Who Wants To Send Us To The Bottom Of The Ocean

Stockton Rush–more Musk than Cousteau–has a grand plan for the deep sea, beginning with trips to the Titanic. Required: curiosity, ample liquid assets.<p>Stockton Rush is one of the few humans who owns a submarine, but initially what he really wanted was a spaceship. “I wanted to be the first person …

Space Agency Heads See the Moon on the Path to Mars

COLORADO SPRINGS — With NASA's long-term strategy for human missions to Mars in flux, heads of several space agencies said they supported initial …

NASA Satellite Will Watch Earth Breathe from Space

Carbon is a building block of life on our planet. It is stored in reservoirs on Earth—in rocks, plants and soil—in the oceans, and in the atmosphere. …

World's Largest Astronomical Image

After many years of serious stargazing, Melbourne, Australia based photographer Colin Robson has set his sights high on photographing the world’s …

Elon Musk Wants Fully Reusable Rockets—But That Won't Be So Easy

On March 30th, SpaceX made history when it became the first to launch and land a refurbished rocket into orbital space. Seriously, it was fucking …

Widow can sue over NASA's sting operation on her

A 75-year-old widow in tough financial straits reached out to NASA about selling a speck of moon rock her late husband had given her. Joann Davis then became the target of a sting operation at a Denny's that a federal appeals court suggested Thursday was outrageous overkill.<p>The lead agent …

Crime

Astronomers Found an Enormous Object Orbiting at the Edge of Our Solar System

Didn’t See You There<p>It’s no Planet Nine, but the planetary body astronomers have found at the far edge of our solar system is a notable discovery …

Tiny 'Organ Chips' Promise Big Boost to Testing of Food, Drugs

Tiny replicas of organs, shrunk down to fit onto computer chips the size of AA batteries, could help doctors and scientists learn about how certain foods, chemicals, and dietary supplements affect the human body, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says.<p>These "organ chips" have been in the works …

Northwestern University

How artificial intelligence is revolutionizing healthcare

Artificial intelligence has challenges to overcome before it gains full traction in many fields. And healthcare is no exception, especially where privacy is concerned. Last year, DeepMind ran afoul of UK authorities and privacy groups over its data sharing deal with the NHS. Medical information is …

Artificial Intelligence