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A promising new material can convert a major greenhouse gas into clean energy

Developed by a team of researchers in China, the material could be one way to deal with the 36 gigatonnes of CO2 we release into the atmosphere each year due to fossil fuel use.<p>Scientists have been struggling for decades to come up with an energy-efficient way to transform CO2 into something …

Fossil Fuels

Science on a shoestring: getting results despite budget cuts

The UK government is considering cutting the research and development funding by 25-40%, leaving scientists on an even tighter budget. So here are some cost-saving suggestions you might have to try …<p>From new drugs to advanced technology, from genetic manipulation to improved agriculture, scientific …

Science

A Record-Breaking New Artificial Leaf Makes Power From Sun And Water

The system can power a home or a car.<p>For some energy researchers, it’s the holy grail: How can technology cheaply and sustainably recreate photosynthesis, nature’s way of making fuel, which works way better at taking energy from the sun than anything we’ve been able to invent?<p>A new “artificial …

Super-Strong Material Inspired By Squid Teeth Is Self-Healing

To repair, just add water<p>A team of researchers led by engineers from Penn State University has created the first material that heals itself in the presence of water, according to a study published yesterday in <i>Scientific Reports</i>. The material, inspired by squid teeth, could be used to repair devices …

Crystal amaze: how a chameleon changes colour revealed

It is one of nature’s most spectacular displays and now scientists have shown how the chameleon changes colour.<p>A study has found that the lizards possess a layer of skin cells that contain floating nanocrystals. The tiny crystals are roughly evenly spaced throughout the cell and this spacing …

Zoology

Water Automatically Leaps Off Lizard’s Self-Cleaning Skin

It started when Jolanta Watson put a frozen box-patterned gecko on a glass slide. The lizard’s skin is adorned with beautiful auburn and tan blotches, and Watson wanted to study it under a microscope. But as she reached for a scalpel, she noticed that tiny water droplets had formed on the slide. …

Scientists find the brain’s missing ‘pipes’

“Throw out the textbooks” and “missing link” are words rarely heard anymore in science, but that’s what researchers around the world are saying about the recent discovery of microscopic lymphatic vessels connecting the brain to the immune system.<p>That physical link was long thought absent, …

Neuroscience

Hello, Pluto: The 9-year journey to a new horizon

Hello, Pluto<p>After 9 years and 3 billion miles, we finally meet our far-flung cosmic cousin<p>Hello, Pluto<p>After 9 years and 3 billion miles, we finally …

Say hello to your inner molecules

Structural biologists are revealing the astounding complexity of the molecular machinery of life. But why is it so hard to get any real sense of our molecular nature?<p>I’d like to show you your inner molecule but, to be perfectly honest, I don’t think you’re interested. Which is rather frustrating …

Atoms

Lobster colour change mystery solved

When alive and living in the sea, lobsters are naturally a dark-blue/black colour. It is thought that natural selection led to this as it makes them …

Seafood

Stephen Hawking: humanity needs to live in space or die out, physicist warns via hologram

Humans should go and live in space within the next 1,000 years, or it will die out, Stephen Hawking has warned.<p>"We must continue to go into space for …

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking offers tip to Zayn Malik, One Direction fans

What is the cosmological effect of singer Zayn Malik leaving the best-selling boy band One Direction and consequently disappointing millions of …

Zayn Malik

This Molecule Could've Created the Backbone of DNA and Helped to Kick-Start Life

Scientists discover that bombarding a simple molecule that's common on meteors can produce almost all the components of DNA<p>In a new study out today, scientists may have taken another key step toward explaining how genetic materials—and life—may have first formed on the Earth.<p>The molecule is …

Watch A Flock Of Drone Butterflies Flutter Around [Video]

Complex machines mimic simple beings<p>Festo is building a mechanical menagerie. The German industrial design firm specializes in bio-inspired robots, which may find a use in future factories, like these exoskeletal gloves or this elephant-inspired robotic arm. Others are more whimsical, like this …

Chemists: We Now Know How Life Began On Earth

Is the Universe Too Dangerous for Life?

It may be the biggest question in science: does life exist elsewhere in the universe?<p>For those who hope the answer is “yes”, the recent harvest of …

Andromeda Galaxy

Teen Inventor Sets His Sights on New Tests for Cancer, Pollution

Emerging Explorer Jack Andraka doesn't plan to stop with his prize-winning test for pancreatic cancer.<p><i>Editor's Note: Jack Andraka is one of National Geographic's 2014 Emerging Explorers, a program that honors tomorrow's visionaries—those making discoveries, making a difference, and inspiring people</i> …