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Spacecraft built from graphene could fly without any fuel

Add this to the list of graphene's amazing properties: It can transform light into motion.<p>Even though it is only one atom thick, graphene is 200 …

NASA Wants to Launch Interstellar Space Missions in 20 Years

The urge to explore beyond our solar system grows stronger every day. This proves true for the understanding of <b>wormholes and time travel</b> as well. In …

The Witcher 3: Hunting Monsters and Beheading Bad Guys - IGN Rewind Theater - IGN Video

Jon and Brendan sit down and analyze the Geralt's various armor, Ciri's smooth moves, and fantastic beasts and where to find them.

How Pillars of Eternity rewrites the rules for role-playing

You shouldn't have to put in hours of study to roll up a great character, and games shouldn't hinge on your ability to guess what combination of skills designers thought make the most powerful archetypes. The team behind <i>Pillars of Eternity</i> knew they could do better. So they threw out the rules, and …

The revolutionary ion engine that took spacecraft to Ceres

The NASA spacecraft Dawn has spent more than seven years travelling across the Solar System to intercept the asteroid Vesta and the dwarf planet …

Nasa reveals plans to produce breathable air on Mars

Science fiction came one step closer to becoming reality after scientists announced their plans to introduce oxygen to Mars’ atmosphere.<p>After sending …

‘Dead’ hearts transplanted into living patients in world first

Australian surgeons have successfully transplanted “dead” hearts into patients for the first time – a groundbreaking procedure with the potential to significantly boost the supply of donor organs.<p>The number of donor hearts has been limited in the past by the fact that they have had to be taken from …

Scientists Can Zoom Inside Real-Time 3D Images of Cells with this New Microscope

One of the 2014 Nobel Prize winners is back with a brilliant new advance on the microscope.<p><b>Using sheets of light to scan cells, a new</b> microscope can capture real-time 3D videos of what's happening inside cells down to the molecular level—feat once thought impossible.<p>The inventors of the new …

The future has arrived: the sci-fi inventions that have become reality

They are the inventions and happenings that were once only dreamt up in the pages of fantasy novels and the far-flung corners of the imagination.<p>But, in a week where the first man with a severed spine has walked again and scientists have created their own versions of a tractor beam, it seems that …

Paralysed man Darek Fidyka walks again after pioneering surgery

Medical team regrow cells of patient’s severed spine in breakthrough that offers hope to millions with disability<p>A man who was completely paralysed from the waist down can walk again after a British-funded surgical breakthrough which offers hope to millions of people who are disabled by spinal cord …

Researcher finds a way to mimic curves in space-time

Here on Earth, it's rather difficult to replicate curved space-time -- to get that kind of effect in nature, you'd have to get uncomfortably close to black holes and other distant space objects. However, researcher Nikodem Szpak may have found a way to simulate that bend without facing oblivion. …

The Space Station Is Getting A UPS-Style Shipping Service

A new vehicle design could enable same-day shipping from the ISS to Earth, making science experiments in microgravity cheaper and easier.<p>It’s easy to forget that the International Space Station isn’t just a place for astronauts to hang out and take epic selfies. Because of its unique microgravity …

Experts Skeptical Of Lockheed Martin's 'Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough'

Ships, aircraft, and even entire cities may become fusion-powered a lot sooner than you might have imagined.<p>That's the word from aerospace giant Lockheed Martin, which announced Wednesday that a research team in its Skunk Works division has found a way to make a nuclear fusion reactor that's 10 …

New Smartphone Battery Goes From Dead To 70 Percent Charged In 2 Minutes, Scientists Say

A team of scientists say they've figured out a way to supercharge the lithium-ion batteries traditionally found in smartphones and tablets. And all it takes is adding a readily available substance usually found in sunscreen.<p>The new-fangled battery, developed by researchers at Nanyang Technological …

Mantis Shrimps Can See Cancer, And Scientists Have Now Created a Camera That Does The Same

Image: Jung Hsuan/Shutterstock<p>Scientists from the University of Queensland in Australia have discovered that mantis shrimp have an incredibly useful …