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Satellite eye on Earth: April 2014 – in pictures

Antarctica's crumbling glaciers, Argentina's guitar forest and a 621-mile dust storm over Sahara are among the images captured by European Space Agency and Nasa satellites

'Earth's Cousin': Scientists Find Alien Planet That's Most Like Home

Scientists say a world that's 490 light-years away qualifies as the first confirmed Earth-sized exoplanet that could sustain life as we know it — but in an environment like nothing we've ever seen.<p>The planet, known as Kepler-186f, is "more of an Earth cousin than an Earth twin," Elisa Quintana, an …

Astronomy

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 …

Signals From the Void

Scientists are trying to get the first direct look at the black hole at the center of our galaxy. How close will they come to seeing the unseeable?<p>Even without a telescope, it's possible to look off the summit of Mauna Kea and see, 14,000 feet below and dozens of miles in the distance, wide swaths …

Top 10 Physics Findings That Will Tangle Your Brain

There's a reason Albert Einstein always looked like he'd stuck his finger in a light socket: Physicists spend their days doing some of the most mind-blowing research in science. Here are 10 physics findings that will cramp your brain and make your hair stand on end.<p><i>"Expanding Universe" by Mblegacy</i> …

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, …

Researchers Detail How Climate Change Will Alter Our Lives

A United Nations panel has released a report from scientists who are getting a much better understanding of the effects of climate change.<p>Transcript<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:<p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST:<p>And I'm David Greene. Today we are going to have a clearer …

New gel to promote bone growth on implants used in surgical procedures

A research group at Uppsala University, Sweden has developed a new responsive coating for implants used in surgery to improve their integration into …

A Gigantic Volcano Telescope And Other Amazing Images From This Week

Mad Max

Dwarf Planet Discovery Hints at Hidden World Orbiting Solar System

Plenty of dwarf planets hide out beyond Pluto, perhaps steered by something much bigger.<p>Discovery of an icy "dwarf" world beyond Pluto hints that a much bigger planet may hide even farther out in the dim reaches of the solar system, astronomers suggested on Wednesday. (Read "Our Solar System" in</i> …

House Lam by Nico van der Meulen Architects

House Lam in Bedfordview, Johannesburg, South Africa.<p>Nico van der Meulen Architects were approached to refresh the architecture design of an existing …

Big Bang Discovery Opens Doors to the "Multiverse"

Gravitational waves detected in the aftermath of the Big Bang suggest one universe just might not be enough.<p>Bored with your old dimensions—up and down, right and left, and back and forth? So tiresome. Take heart, folks. The latest news from Big Bang cosmologists offers us some relief from our …

Hans Blix explains the advantages of thorium energy

As scientists in Shanghai are told to accelerate plans to build the first fully-functioning thorium reactor within ten years, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency Hans Blix runs through the aspects of the fuel that make it a viable source of energy<p>At the Thorium Energy …

Nuclear Energy

Gravitational Waves: Einstein Was Right, Again, Maybe

Cosmologists hope for a field-rocking announcement next week.<p>What's the latest cosmology gossip? According to the Guardian, the field is awash with rumors that next week, American scientists will announce the detection of gravitational waves: incredibly small ripples carrying energy across the void …

Speedtest.net App Updated, Now Has Full iPad Version

<b>Speedtest.net Mobile Speed Test</b> is one of the simplest and best network speed testing tools around – and now it has a shiny new full iPad version. It was updated earlier this week (o Version 3.2.0) and is now a universal app for iPad and iPhone – with full landscape support on the iPad.<p>The app …

Apps

Scientific Research Suggests We Unconsciously React to Events Up to 10 Seconds Before They Happen

Can your brain detect events before they even occur? That was the stunning conclusion of a 2012 meta-analysis of experiments from seven independent …

Tips And Hacks To Get Better Z's

Because everyone can use a little advice<p>Ready to sleep like a baby and start feeling well-rested? We've got you covered.<p>For the most important things anyone can do for improved shuteye, we contacted Bernie Miller, supervisor at the Sleep Disorders Center at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. But because …

Waterworld Found! (No, Not the One With Kevin Costner)

You could be forgiven for getting all of the exoplanets confused; that’s what happens when there are up to 3,800 of them. Before 1992, we had …

Edward Snowden Just Got Yet Another New Job

Dustin Volz @dnvolz<p>Feb. 18, 2014, 9:04 a.m.<p>He may be a wanted fu­git­ive, but Ed­ward Snowden is still a worthy hire in the eyes of many around the …

Training your brain using neurofeedback

<b>A new brain-imaging technique for a true brain workout</b><p>A new brain-imaging technique enables people to ‘watch’ their own brain activity in real time …

Neuroscience

Life is a game. This is your strategy guide

Real life is the game that – literally – <i>everyone</i> is playing. But it can be tough. This is your guide.<p>Basics<p>You might not realise, but real life is a …

What makes a pulsar pulse?

Hear the word “pulsar” and wonder what it is? Take 95 seconds to watch this video from NASA Astrophysics.<p>The EarthSky team has a blast bringing you …

Engineering The Ideal Olympian: Personalized Skeleton Sled

The secret weapon to winning<p>Of all the events at the Winter Olympics, the skeleton is perhaps the most terrifying. Athletes hurtle down the bobsled track on specially designed sleds, headfirst and at speeds exceeding 80 mph. Losing control could mean serious injury or death, so four companies have …

NASA photos suggest water might be flowing on Mars

New clues about the mysterious streaks that appear on the surface of Mars during warm weather. Scientists they might be caused by flowing water.<p>NASA …

I had the bacteria in my gut analysed. And this may be the future of medicine

We are all familiar with "gut feelings", "gut reactions" and "gut instincts", but how much do we really know or care about our guts? As we become increasingly more aware of what we put in our stomachs, it's striking how ignorant we remain of what takes place in our intestines. And it turns out …

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Hi-res view shows HIV ‘pools’ in the gut

The human intestinal tract, or gut, is best known for its role in digestion. But this collection of organs also plays a prominent role in the immune …

Immune System

Hawking: Is He All He's Cracked Up To Be?

Partway through <i>Hawking</i>, a moving new PBS documentary on the life and work of British physicist Stephen Hawking, narrated via voice synthesizer by the …

Your Body Can Kill Cancer. It Just Needs Better Instructions.

Researchers have been programming peoples' immune systems to recognize and destory cancer.<p>Part of what makes cancers so insidious is that they’re not invaders: They’re our own cells turned against us. That means the body usually doesn’t see them as a threat. But over the last few years, teams at …

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