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Fossil embryos 'frozen' for 500 million years - Futurity

Researchers have discovered what they believe to be rare, fossilized embryos from the Cambrian Period.

The Ultimate Animal Experience? Losing A Memory Quiz To A Chimp

Time to be embarrassed. You're about to be bested by a young chimpanzee in a memory test.<p>Many have tried to outperform Ayumu (that's the chimp's name), but when you see how easy it is for him, how matter-of-factly he gets things right, it's clear he's got a talent that's built in. It's not a talent …

Robotic Cubes That Stack Themselves

Like autonomous Legos<p>M-Blocks look unassuming, but they can pivot and jump without external moving parts—a feat engineers have been trying to accomplish for years. Because they’re mobile, the robotic cubes can stack on top of one another autonomously. Their inventors are now working toward the …

Robotics

Explore The Deep Ocean While You Eat Lunch

Visit shipwrecks, coral reefs, canyons, and more with NOAA researchers as they livestream an expedition from the Gulf of Mexico aboard the Okeanos Explorer.<p>The ship Okeanos Explorer set out last Thursday across the Gulf of Mexico for a three-week, deep-sea expedition… and you can follow along! The …

How Hungry Bats Call Dibs On Dinner, And Warn Others to Back Off

Swooping, diving and turning in total darkness, bats hunt their prey, avoid obstacles and dodge their fellow fliers. They can navigate through clouds of other bats and zoom in on a single mosquito with lethal precision. This is all thanks to their biosonar, which gives them the ability to …

Earth Day 2014 Promo

Nick and Tesla's Secret Agent Gadget Battle

The third installment in a children's book series that follows the adventures of twin amateur sleuths who build several science-y spy gadgets to aid them in their quest to solve a mystery.<p>The summer holidays are only two weeks along but 11-year-old Nick Holt already misses his parents. In Nick and …

Vision risks for astronauts could be a Mars mission 'showstopper,' NASA scientist says

Mars may possess a stark and austere beauty, but a manned Red Planet mission will likely not be easy on the eyes.<p>Recently, scientists have begun realizing that spaceflight can cause serious and perhaps permanent vision problems in astronauts. NASA researchers are working hard to understand the …

How plastic bottles could solve Africa's lighting issues

Despite all the advances in technology, the problem of lighting up rural Africa after darkness falls is still very real. It was this thought that …

Space lettuce! Astronauts to grow greens on space station

Fresh salads may soon be on the menu for astronauts aboard the International Space Station as they try out a new zero-gravity greenhouse.<p>Life on the International Space Station isn't exactly full of gourmet meals with fresh vegetables. No waiters will stop by your space-table and craft a Caesar …

Space Exploration

Sound Waves Sculpted On Walls And Other Amazing Images From This Week

Software Shows What Children Will Look Like In 70 Years, With Unprecedented Accuracy

The tool draws on a database of 40,000 people<p>Look at a kid under the age of five, and it's hard to imagine what he'll look like in 70 years. But this new piece of software does just that. Check out this series of photos, which compares actual photos of a boy as he grows up (photos on the right) …

Two-Thirds of Mobile Free-to-Play Gamers Quit Within 24 Hours

Most players of new F2P mobile games never return after the first day, research finds.<p>Most players of free-to-play mobile titles quit playing a new …

Microsoft unveils Windows in the car, battles Apple CarPlay

Microsoft has been powering a lot of different car entertainment systems over the years. Ford, Kia, BMW, Nissan, and Fiat have all used special versions of Windows to create their own interfaces and systems, but Microsoft is also focusing on its own "Metro" user interface for its Windows in the car …

Twitter Will Blow Up Your Feed With 15 Kinds Of Ads

Your Twitter feed will return after these brief messages.<p>The Twitter is adding a slew of new advertising types in an effort to attract e-commerce …

Wall Street

Parallel universes, milk and evolution: your science questions answered

Q "All cows eat grass," I was taught in music many years ago. Grass contains chlorophyll, which is based on the only mineral grass contains, magnesium. So why do people drink milk for the calcium it is said to contain? asks Tony Hunting<p>A Magnesium has many roles in a plant – including in …

Lunar dust mission still chasing mystery of ‘horizon glow’

<i>Posted on behalf of Alexandra Witze.</i><p>NASA is preparing one last blast for its expired Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) …

Why some tone-deaf people think they're great singers - Futurity

People are more accurate judges of their own ability when they have a defined measurement to go on—not just empty praise from well-meaning friends.

7 Species Hit Hard by Climate Change—Including One That's Already Extinct

Coral, polar bears, and frogs are among the species hit hardest.<p>Climate change is doing "widespread and consequential" harm to animals and plants, which are struggling to adapt to new conditions, according to a major report released Monday.<p>The report, from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on …

"Samurai" receiving an Honorary Foreign Language Film Award

NASA Is Severing Ties With Russia

Apparently it won't affect work on the International Space Station<p>According to an internal memo obtained by <i>The Verge</i>, NASA will be severing ties with Russian government officials over the country's "violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity."<p>The memo says all meetings between …

Incredible Maps Capture the Genetics and Connections of the Brain

On April 2, 2013, the Obama administration announced an ambitious project to map the activity of every neuron in the human brain by 2023. One year later, we are starting to see the amazing results.<p><b>Scientists cannot hope to prevent or cure neurological disease</b> without a solid understanding of what …

Serial-Killing Star System Waits In A Galaxy Graveyard In The Furnace Constellation

Sixty million light years from Earth, the galaxy known as NGC 1316 sits among the remains of the many galaxies it has mercilessly murdered in the last billions of years.<p>Peering at the far-off galaxy through telescopes like Hubble and the ‘scopes at the European Southern Observatory’s La Silla site …

Changing The Face Of Astronomy Research

Shooting for the stars is expensive.<p>Advanced sciences like astronomy require years of study and graduate degrees. And the soaring cost of college can be a heavy obstacle for low-income and minority students hoping to break into those fields.<p>A program at the City University of New York hopes to lift …

The Makers of This Solar-Powered Technology Want to Eliminate a Global Sanitation Issue

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>A new piece of technology is aiming to offer an innovative solution to an age-old problem. And it's nothing to pooh-pooh.<p>For the 2.5 billion people in the world with no access to modern sanitation and at risk for all sorts of related …

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NASA weighs the ethics of sending astronauts into space for years

Since NASA launched MAVEN on a yearlong mission to Mars at the end of last year, the organization has been thinking about sending more people into space for longer periods of time. To prep for these kinds of missions, NASA asked the Institute of Medicine, the health division of the National Academy …

Nobody will escape the effects of climate change, UN warns

Panel warns that impacts may be 'severe, pervasive, and irreversible' unless greenhouse gas emissions are brought under control<p>A United Nations panel today said that the effects of climate change are already being felt across the globe, warning in a major report that they will likely be "severe, …

Obama NSA phone metadata reform marks “turning point”, says Snowden

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has given a cautious welcome to a reported plan by Barack Obama’s administration to stop the …