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Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles

The breakthrough, spurred by the discovery of plastic-eating bugs at a Japanese dump, could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis<p>Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution …

Pollution

TRAPPIST-1 Planets' Water Could Actually Be More of a Curse Than We Thought

Astrobiologists looking for life beyond Earth will usually tell you that finding water is a good sign. But in the case of the TRAPPIST-1 system just …

An amateur astronomer accidentally caught an exploding star on camera—and it gets better

He was excited to test his new camera, but he also captured something totally unique.<p>Victor Buso was looking forward to testing his new camera on September 20, 2016. The locksmith and amateur astronomer waited for nightfall and headed out to his rooftop observatory in the city of Rosario, …

Universe

A self-taught astronomer spotted something no scientist had ever seen

The moment he saw the brilliant light captured by his camera, “it all clicked” for Victor Buso: All the times his parents woke him before sunrise to gaze at the stars, all the energy he had poured into constructing an observatory atop his home, all the hours he had spent trying to parse meaning …

Universe

A new company plans to launch huge, inflatable spacecraft into orbit — and sell reservations to countries and tourists

Robert Bigelow, who made his billions from the hotel chain Budget Suites of America, has officially launched a new spaceflight company called Bigelow Space Operations (BSO).<p>Bigelow, age 72, founded Bigelow Aerospace in 1999. That company develops space hardware and built an inflatable room, called …

Space Exploration

Cancelling WFIRST Will Permanently Ruin NASA

Last week, the White House released their plans for the 2018 fiscal year budget. Across many metrics and departments, it was a bloodbath, gutting about $50 billion from agencies focused on science, health, food, arts, humanities, the environment, and education, among many others. But among the …

Universe

Boston Dynamics' robots won't be held back by puny humans

Are you looking for the exact moment when the robots decide to turn on their human creators? You might want to mark this day on your calendar. Boston Dynamics has posted video of a SpotMini test where it gauged the bot's ability to adjust to interference -- in this case, from a pesky human. The …

The science of why human breasts are so big

Breasts come in different shapes and sizes, but there's one thing they all have in common: They are unique to humans. More than 5,000 mammalian species inhabit this planet. Yet Homo sapiens are the only life forms with permanent breasts. Some may call this human anomaly sexy, but it also raises the …

Breast Cancer

Astronomers image 40-light-year-wide space donut

The supermassive black holes lurking at the centers of galaxies have been known to chow down on anything unlucky enough to pass too close, but the …

Behold the Mighty Quasar: The Science Behind These Galactic Lighthouses

<i>Paul Sutter is an astrophysicist at The Ohio State University and the chief scientist at COSI science center. Sutter is also host of Ask a Spaceman</i> …

ESO’s VLT Working as 16-metre Telescope for First Time

eso1806 — Organisation Release<p>ESPRESSO instrument achieves first light with all four Unit Telescopes<p>The ESPRESSO instrument on ESO’s Very Large …

Telescopes

Black Holes Must Have Singularities, Says Einstein's Relativity

The more mass you place into a small volume of space, the stronger the gravitational pull gets. According to Einstein’s general theory of relativity, there’s an astrophysical limit to how dense something can get and still remain a macroscopic, three-dimensional object. Exceed that critical value, …

Physics

Earth's inner core shouldn't technically exist

One day, about a billion years ago, Earth's inner core had a growth spurt. The molten ball of liquid metal at the center of our planet rapidly crystallized due to lowering temperatures, growing steadily outward until it reached the roughly 760-mile (1,220 kilometers) diameter to which it's thought …

Applied Fusion Systems targets smaller fusion reactor for interstellar travel - Aerospace Technology

Entrepreneur Richard Dinan claims his company is on the brink of a scientific breakthrough in nuclear fusion reactor design, and hopes the technology …

The Big Bang May Have Been One of Many

Our universe could be expanding and contracting eternally.<p>Humans have always entertained two basic theories about the origin of the universe. “In one of them, the universe emerges in a single instant of creation (as in the Jewish-Christian and the Brazilian Carajás cosmogonies),” the cosmologists …

How Should Atheism Be Taught?

The endowment of the country’s first college chair for the study of the subject draws attention to the complexity of nonbelief in America today.<p>Louis J. Appignani, an 84-year-old living in Florida, tells a compelling story about his conversion to atheism. Despite attending Catholic schools from a …

Curiosity's sweeping Mars panorama shows how far it's come

After over five years on Mars, the Curiosity rover has done a lot of science and taken a few knocks. While trekking up Mount Sharp recently, however, it paused at Vera Rubin Ridge during a rare period of clear weather. There, it used its mast camera to snap 16 images that NASA assembled into a …

A Chinese satellite just used quantum cryptography to make an unhackable video call between Beijing and Vienna

The feat marks another milestone for the satellite, officially called Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QESS)<p>The Chinese “Micius” satellite has …

Quantum Computing

Imverse’s groundbreaking mixed reality renders you inside VR

What if you could look down and see your actual arms and legs inside VR, or look at other real-world people or objects as if you weren’t wearing a headset?<p>The team at Imverse spent five years building this incredible technology at EPFL, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne. “We …

Virtual Reality

Detailed image of red giant confirms theory about massive stars

The red giant π1 Gruis is 530 light-years away, and it's reaching the end of its natural life. Soon, scientists think it will become a planetary nebula. But before it dies, astronomers are using π1 Gruis to shed light on some of the secrets of stellar phenomena. Now, using the most detailed images …

Universe

Brain ‘pacemaker’ for Alzheimer’s helps give life back to patients

A brain ‘pacemaker’ for Alzheimer's disease is helping patients to dress themselves, cook and keep up hobbies which they feared losing forever.<p>In a medical first, surgeons in the US implanted electrical wires into the frontal lobes of three people to stimulate their brain cells in the same way that …

Dementia

Weird: Naked Mole Rats Don't Die of Old Age

Just when it seemed the naked mole rat couldn't get any weirder, it turns out the buck-toothed, bare-skinned rodents don't even age.<p>Unlike literally …

Biology

Superpowered Chinese Lasers Could Soon Rip Open Raw Vacuum

Physicists are getting close to building lasers powerful enough to rip matter out of a vacuum.<p>According to a report published Jan. 24 in the journal …

Physics

An electric Harley-Davidson is coming in 2019

Harley-Davidson, the American motorcycle manufacturer famous for its loud burbling, popping engine sounds, plans to release its first electric motorcycle within the next 18 months.<p>An electric motorcycle will, of course, not make burbling or popping noises. Instead it's more likely to emit a …

Motorcycles

The Y chromosome is disappearing – so what will happen to men?

Studies suggest the Y chromosome is on its way out, so what does that mean for the future of the human race?<p>The Y chromosome may be a symbol of …

Genetics

Three new ‘super-earths’ discovered

The Kepler Space Telescope has identified three super-earths orbiting a ‘cool dwarf star’ about 267 light years from the Earth.<p>Super-earths have a …

Universe

Scientists Make Coldest Liquid Water Ever, And It's Weirder Than They Imagined

You’re definitely familiar with water’s freezing point: 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius). But that’s not the coldest water could be. …

Particles

Top 8 Must-See Sky Events for 2018

Get ready to see amazing eclipses, a comet encounter, planetary pairings, and more celestial wonders.<p>The year ahead offers many heavenly delights for sky-watchers, including a pair of lunar eclipses and a comet with potentially surprising brightness.<p>While scores of amazing astronomical phenomena …