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Science Weekly podcast: chemistry and politics of rare earth metals

This week <b>Alok Jha</b> meets <b>Professor Andrea Sella</b> ahead of his event at the Royal Institution in London on 31 May. Andrea, who is a professor of …

May 23 moon over northern Norway

The full moon tonight – May 24-25, 2013 – is a supermoon.<p>EarthSky Facebook friend Børge Solberg took this photo yesterday, May 23, at 1:50 a.m. It’s …

Astronomy

This 3-D Printed Bioplastic Windpipe Saved A Baby's Life

The infant's 3-D printed trachea will fully absorb into his body in two to three years.<p>We've seen plenty of 3-D printed medical implants for patients that require replacement tissues, but this use of 3-D printed biopolymer to augment and correct an existing tissue highlights just how amazing the …

The Amazing Disappearing Magnetic Field of Mars

Spacecraft loaded with instruments will orbit Mars, sending back clues about the planet's climate change.<p><b>Mars owes its dry and dusty appearance</b> to its wispy atmosphere, less than 1 percent of the thickness of the Earth's. But it wasn't always that way: The Red Planet formerly had a much thicker …

Something Other Than Adaptation Could Be Driving Evolution

Author: Brandon Keim. Brandon Keim Science<p>Date of Publication: 03.28.13.<p>Time of Publication: 9:30 am. 9:30 am<p>What explains the incredible variety of …

Better Made Up: does all innovation begin as science fiction?

Nesta has published two papers on the mutual influence of science fiction and innovation. It's been great fun working with the authors: busting the …

Study Suggests Ancient Asteroid Caused Global Firestorm on Earth

A new University of Colorado Boulder suggests that a global firestorm was triggered on Earth after an asteroid the size of Manhattan slammed into …

Super-thin ‘metascreen’ cloaks 3D objects - Futurity

U. TEXAS-AUSTIN (US) — A new invisibility cloak is just micrometers thick and can hide …

Chemistry

The European Space Agency Has Made A Snap-Proof Super-Thin Space Tether

Aw, snap!<p>Electric solar sails use long metal tethers that conduct electricity and interact with solar wind ions and propel a spacecraft. Invented in 2006, the technology could allow us to sail through space cheaper and faster than ever before: One day, the European Union's ESAIL project could take …

Scientists develop biological transistor that can command living cells

Fully biological computers are getting closer to reality. Scientists at Stanford University today announced they have created a new type of transistor, the most basic part of a computer (and almost all other modern electronics), that is made entirely using genetic material, and works inside of …

How A Tool For Perfect Human Vision Grew From One Of NASA's Greatest Blunders

Technology used to build NASA’s newest eyes on the heavens will help people see farther and clearer.<p>Since the day the Hubble Space Telescope blinked open and saw a blurry heavens, the world of telescope optics has revolved around double-checking every possible detail. To see clearly, a telescope's …

Commute From Earth To Space Station Just Got Shorter

Three astronauts have arrived at the International Space Station after being the first to try out a new "express" route that slashes their launch-to-docking commute from two days to just six hours.<p>The crew of the Soyuz capsule, Russians Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin and American Chris …

3D scans reveal hair and facial features of unborn babies

These three dimensional scans of babies while still in the womb are some of the most detailed ever achieved, revealing details including hair, skin texture and even facial expressions.<p>The high definition scanning technology uses multiple beams of ultrasound and state of the art software to build a …

Pregnancy

‘BioShock Infinite’ Review: Already the Game of the Year

Critics are swooning over Irrational Games’s new game, and Brian Ries says it deserves all the applause.<p>It all begins with the Founding Fathers.<p>As I …

Scientists build robotic ant colony to find out how real ants choose directions

As anyone who's ever observed an ant farm will attest, ants tend to pick the most efficient route through their maze to a food source, even when confronted with two seemingly identical routes. Scientists weren't exactly sure how ants are able to do this, especially with limited vision and limited …

Why Mars exploration will be suspended in April, 2013

Planet Mars mission controllers are preparing to suspend explorations of the Red Planet via spacecraft for 17 to 21 days in April, 2013.<p>The planet …

Astronomy

Kinect-powered SimSensi can diagnose depression by tracking body movements and facial expressions

There's no doubt that enterprising hardware enthusiasts are finding uses for Microsoft's Kinect that go far beyond gaming. Take SimSensi, for example — a digital interface that asks questions to help diagnose potentially depressed individuals. SimSensi performs its initial diagnosis not by …

NASA said to request $100 million for plan to capture near-Earth asteroid

NASA is taking a plan to send an unmanned spacecraft to capture an asteroid and bring it into orbit around the Moon seriously. <i>Aviation Week</i> reports that NASA's budget request for fiscal 2014 will include $100 million to help fund the asteroid retrieval mission. A feasibility study looking into the …

Photographer David Orias Makes the Pacific Ocean Look like Rainbows and Gold | Colossal

<p>Photographer David Orias relies on slow shutter speeds, precision camera movement and the rich light of dawn or dusk to capture these amazing images …

Scientists create transistor-like biological device

Scientists have used biological tissue to recreate one of the main components of a modern computer inside living cells.<p>The biological device behaves …

How Bungie shaped Destiny from fantasy to 'mythic sci-fi' world

When Bungie set off on its journey to build an all-new universe for <i>Destiny</i>, the mythic science fiction, "shared world shooter" it unveiled earlier this year, it started with a more traditional fantasy concept starring wizards, grub lords and giant frogs battling in ancient settings.<p>Bungie also …

N Korea 'readies' rockets to strike US bases

North Korea's leader has responded to America's use of nuclear-capable B-2 bombers in joint South Korean military<br>drills with more angry rhetoric, saying his rocket forces are ready to attack US positions.<p>The North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) news agency said on Friday that Kim …

North Korea in 'state of war' with South

North Korea has announced that it has entered a "state of war" with South Korea and would deal with every inter-Korean issue accordingly.<p>"As of now, inter-Korea relations enter a state of war and all matters between the two Koreas will be handled according to wartime protocol," the North said in a …

Robotic jellyfish could one day patrol oceans, clean oil spills, and detect pollutants

Researchers are working on a multi-university, nationwide project for the U.S. Navy that one day will put life-like autonomous robot jellyfish in …

Virginia Tech

Festo Unveils BionicOpter, a Robotic Dragonfly

Festo has unveiled BionicOpter, its impressive blue dragonfly robot. The four winged robot has a wingspan of 70 centimeters (27.5 inches) and a body …

Architects are starting to 3D print houses—but without a house-sized printer

A couple of months ago, Dutch architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars announced that he was building a curvy, loopy and for some reason, largely see-through building, to be made with the help of Enrico Dini’s D-Shape 3D printer. The project would cost up to 5 million euros ($6.4 million) and be completed in …

3D Printing