George Marzouka

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NASA set to launch Orion spacecraft, paving way for human Mars visit

NASAis preparing for the maiden launch this week of its newOrionspacecraft, which could help jump-start America's return to human exploration of space, including a journey to Mars.<p>This unmanned mission is relatively simple, less than five hours long and headed to no place particularly …

Thud of Philae landing on comet

Take 2 seconds to listen to a sound made 311 million miles away.<p>Today, German scientists released a two-second recording of the sound the Rosetta …

How Supercomputing Is Cracking The Mysteries Of Human Origins

The power of petaflops penetrates the mists of time<p>A Texas supercomputer capable of 9.6 quadrillion operations per second has solved a thorny problem in genetics, by looking at the bones of a young boy who died 24,000 years ago in Mal’ta in south-central Siberia.<p>Existing genetic models have …