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Brain never stops growing, scientists find, as elderly shown to have same number of new neurons as teens

The brain never stops growing, scientists have found in landmark discovery that could help treat degenerative diseases.<p>Previously researchers believed that the brain did not grow any new cells after childhood, which is why it is so much harder for adults to pick up new skills or learn a foreign …

The Brain

U.S. Navy Tests Remote-Control System for F/A-18 Fighter

The U.S. Navy is field-testing a system that allows carrier crews to remotely control F/A-18 fighters. The new system - named ATARI, in a nod to the …

Military

New exoplanet hunter to search for worlds beyond our own

The search for worlds circling stars far beyond our solar system will resume in the coming weeks with NASA's launch of a spacecraft scientists hope …

Astronomy

This Galaxy Has Almost No Dark Matter—And Scientists Are Baffled

If astronomers really have found an "undark" galaxy, it’s a strong clue that dark matter is real.<p>An unusual galaxy far, far away is stumping astronomers not because of what’s there, but because of what’s missing.<p><b>What is this thing?</b><p>About 65 million light-years away, the galaxy called NGC1052-DF2 is …

Dark Matter

Japan's latest supercomputer is dedicated to nuclear fusion

This year, Japan will deploy a Cray XC50 that will be the world's most powerful supercomputer in the field of advanced nuclear fusion research. It will be installed at the National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science (QST) and used for local nuclear fusion science and to support ITER, …

Scientists design conceptual asteroid deflector and evaluate it against massive potential threat

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists are part of a national planetary defense team that designed a conceptual spacecraft to …

Space

Strange Gamma Rays From The Centre of Our Galaxy Are Not What Astronomers Thought

Apparently it's not dark matter.<p>Astronomers have found that a strange excess of gamma rays coming from the heart of the Milky Way isn't the product …

Physicists To Test Whether Gravity is a Quantum Force

Physicists have found a way to see the "grin" of quantum gravity (via University of Nottingham, School of Mathematical Sciences)<p>Our current …

We might have figured out how to make ourselves resistant to space radiation

Humans want to be an interplanetary species. Stephen Hawking wants us to become an interplanetary species. Elon Musk wants us to become an …

Here's how future astronauts could survive the radiation of space

Space Checklist<p>As you might suspect, there’s a fairly long safety checklist for sending humans into space. The more obvious items, like a functional …

NASA Is Bringing Back Cold War-Era Atomic Rockets to Get to Mars

In the race to land humans on Mars, NASA is blowing the cobwebs off a technology it shelved in the 1970s — nuclear-powered rockets.<p>Last year, NASA …

Space Travel

USAF's Controversial New Plan To Retire B-2 And B-1 Bombers Early Is A Good One

The flying service is making the right sacrifices to ensure the B-21 Raider gets fielded in large numbers while making the B-52 all it can be.<p>Tyler …

TAE Technologies pushes plasma machine to a new high on the nuclear fusion frontier

TAE Technologies, the California-based fusion company backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, said its latest and greatest plasma generator has …

US-led coalition strikes kill pro-regime forces in Syria

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The US-led coalition fighting ISIS in Syria conducted air and artillery strikes against pro-regime forces in Syria on Wednesday, killing an estimated 100 pro-regime fighters, according to a coalition statement.<p>The coalition described its action -- which if confirmed could …

Middle East

A quantum algorithm could help us bring AI to life

A Modern Tech Combo<p>Artificial intelligence has a sort of buzzword recently, and one that could be put to use in a varied number of fields. In the …

Astronomers Detect a Swarm of Tiny Objects Orbiting an Alien Sun

There are tiny comets orbiting foreign suns. And human beings can detect them.<p>Six times, about 800 years ago, dark things passed between the …

Artificial Intelligence The Weapon Of The Next Cold War?

It is easy to confuse the current geopolitical situation with that of the 1980s. The United States and Russia each accuse the other of interfering in …

MIT Engineers Have Designed a Chip That Behaves Just Like Brain Cell Connections

The most promising artificial synapse to date.<p>For those working in the field of advanced artificial intelligence, getting a computer to simulate …

Tractor beam breakthrough could lead to levitating humans

Yes, really. Sci-fi technology that can float objects in mid-air like magic could become reality.<p>Tractor beams have made the jump from science fiction to reality in recent years, but only for levitating very small objects. A new breakthrough could lead to futuristic, far out new uses for the …

Breakthroughs

What is shape memory alloy? Nasa tests revolutionary material to make aircraft wings foldable

The light material will also be tested on an F-18 fighter jet to make its wings foldable.<p>Nasa has flown a demo aircraft to test the functionality of …

Physicists Say They've Created a Device That Generates 'Negative Mass'

Say what?<p>Physicists have created what they say is the first device that's capable of generating particles that behave as if they have negative …

NASA Has Invented an Incredible New Space Navigation Technique

Oh, the places we'll go!<p>NASA has invented a new type of autonomous space navigation that could see human-made spacecraft heading into the far reaches …

Space Exploration

4D World: Light Moving In Fourth Dimension Observed During Quantum Hall Experiment

We can only experience life in three spatial dimensions, but there could still be countless others out there, existing outside the range of our …

Physicists Test a Strange Nuclear Sphere That Could Revolutionise Fusion Energy

Like nothing we've seen.<p>It's well established that nuclear fusion - the reaction that powers our Sun - could be the key to unlocking clean, limitless …

Nuclear Energy

Physicists Have Created a Set of Conditions in Which Time Seems to Run in Reverse

Nobody panic.<p>While we all take for granted the fact that time's arrow forever points towards the future, physicists have always had trouble showing …

Quantum Mechanics

This is how a molten salt nuclear reactor works

Keepin' it radioactive.<p>Radioactive elements produce heat as they decay. Nuclear plants draw power from this process, and typically ­stabilize the temperature with water. But during a power outage, H2O—which needs pumps to flow—can’t always prevent meltdowns. Molten salt reactors, which instead …

Nuclear Energy

Chinese firm clones gene-edited dog in bid to treat cardiovascular disease

<b>Beijing (CNN) —</b> With his black, brown and white fur, Longlong looks like most beagles. But the puppy has been sick with a blood-clotting disorder since birth — exactly what scientists in China had wanted.<p>The pup was cloned from Apple, a different dog whose genome was edited to develop the disease …

Genetics

Graphene-based armor could stop bullets by becoming harder than diamonds

While bullet-proof body armor does tend to be thick and heavy, that may no longer be the case if research being conducted at The City University of …

Dark Energy Theories Demolished: Neutron Star Collision Wipes Out Scientists' Understanding of Mysterious Force

<i>This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.</i><p>There was much excitement when scientists witnessed the violent …