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NASA's next Mars rover will make oxygen, look for farmland

For 17 years, NASA rovers have laid down tire tracks on Mars. But details the space agency divulged this week about its next Martian exploration vehicle underscored NASA's ultimate goal.<p>Footprints are to follow someday.<p>The last three rovers -- Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity -- confirmed the Red …

Report the truth -- the whole truth -- on Robin Williams' death

The details of Robin Williams' apparent suicide aren't pretty (not that anyone thought they would be): The beloved actor and comedian was reportedly found by his personal assistant suspended just off the ground by a belt wrapped around his neck. Cuts on his wrist suggest he may have attempted to …

Journalism

New Painkiller Soothes The Nerves That Sense Hot Chile Peppers

The same receptors also detect pain from heat, strong acids, and inflammation. Is that why habaneros taste like burning?<p>It's a chemical compound so new, it doesn't have a name.<b>*</b> In a paper, its creators call it either V116517 or Compound 37. (Like Chanel's No. 5 perfume! Except a drug.)<p>Compound 37 …

Pain

Scientists Explain Mystery Behind Sand Dune That Swallowed Boy

Decomposing trees and homes may be responsible for the sand dune hole that swallowed a boy in June 2013.<p><b>Decomposing trees, dilapidated houses, and other items buried over 70 years by a rapidly moving sand dune could be responsible for a sudden and mysterious hole that swallowed a six-year-old boy</b> …

New research reveals clock ticking for fruit flies

The army of pesky Queensland fruit flies that annually inflict many millions of dollars-worth of damage on the nation's horticultural industry may be …

Talking to ourselves: the science of the little voice in your head

If we want to understand what’s happening in the brain when people ‘hear voices’, we first need to understand what happens during ordinary inner speech<p>Accents, narrators and total silence: how you hear voices when you read Read more from the Inner Voices series<p>Most of us will be familiar with the …

Spray-On Solar May Be Cheaper And More Eco-Friendly Than The Panels On Your Roof

Spray-on solar cells take less energy to make and can be put on everything from jeans to cars.<p>Scientists are one step closer to spray-on solar power. Instead of traditional bulky solar cells encased in glass–which can be awkward to put in places other than a roof, and take a lot of energy to …

Clean Energy

Cities Are Making Spiders Grow Bigger and Multiply Faster

Something about city life appears to be causing spiders to grow larger than their rural counterparts. And if that's not enough to give you …