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What Happens If the Curiosity Rover Finds Life on Mars?

A deep-dive on whether we can handle the implications of such a discovery<p>After NASA’s announcement in late September that Mars has flowing water, many wondered when the Curiosity rover would start live-tweeting pics of the recurring slope lineae where NASA believes this water seasonally …

This Mag-Lev Grant Is a Win For Maryland and Maybe Japan

Earlier this month, Maryland was awarded $27.8 million by the Federal Railroad Administration to study the feasibility of a magnetically levitated …

High-speed Rail

Zombie physics: 6 baffling results that just won't die

To celebrate Halloween, Nature brings you the undead results that physicists can neither prove — nor lay to rest.<p>When a scientific result seems to …

Physics

Intelligent machines: Will we accept robot revolution?

<b>Would you share your home with a robot or work side by side with one? People are starting to do both, which has put the relationship we have with them under the spotlight and exposed both our love and fear of the machines that are increasingly becoming a crucial part of our lives.</b><p>In Japan they grow …

Robotics

Four future space technologies that will change the world in your lifetime

From ending natural disasters, to flying to Sydney in an hour, scientists are working on future technologies to solve some of humanity's biggest challenges<p>Imagine a world where severe storms, tornadoes, and flash flooding are no longer a threat to human life. Or a time when flying from London to …

Wall Street

Is that stranger opposite you a distant cousin?

We could be rubbing shoulders unwittingly with relatives every day, according to new analysis<p>If that person sitting opposite you on the bus or train looks strangely familiar – or even just strange – there could be a very good reason.<p>Genealogists believe that even in cities such as London with …

Military AI interface helps you make sense of thousands of photos

It's easy to find computer vision technology that detect objects in photos, but it's still tough to sift through photos... and that's a big challenge for the military, where finding the right picture could mean taking out a target or spotting a terrorist threat. Thankfully, the US' armed forces may …

Faster-than-light travel: Are we there yet?

There’s a cosmic speed limit that unfortunately means we won’t be firing up warp drive anytime soon.<p>Long before the Empire struck back, before the …

Water: the weirdest liquid on the planet

The more scientists examine H2O, the stranger it starts to seem. Water bends all the rules – but if it didn’t, ice would sink and firefighters’ hoses would be useless<p>Water is the only substance on Earth whose chemical formula has entered the vernacular. We all know H2O, even if we don’t understand …

Weird

Malware hidden in Nvidia GPUs can infect Macs too, say developers behind proof of concept

Anonymous developers who have successfully infected Nvidia GPU cards with malware on both Linux and Windows machines say that the same can be done on Macs, and that they will release the proof soon. The aim of the whitehat developers is to raise awareness of this new method of attack, reports <i>IT</i> …

How Germs Might Shape the Future of Architecture

Design-minded scientists are harnessing the power of bacteria to move toward healthier buildings.<p>We know that buildings can make us sick. Take, for example, cases of lead poisoning, mold exposure, or the aptly namedSick Building Syndrome. But can they also make us healthier? Scientists are trying …

Mars One CEO responds to criticism of the spacefaring project

Candidates paying to win is "simply a lie."<p>Bas Lansdorp is the CEO of Mars One, a company that's running a competition with the goal of establishing a human settlement on Mars by 2025. The project has faced much scrutiny since its announcement in 2012, but this week an interview with one of the …

Mars

F-35 Fighter Jets To Get Mysterious New 'Cyberpod' Cyberweapon

World’s deadliest podcast?<p>Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is, for better or worse, the future of American military airplanes. With Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps versions costing over $100 million each, the aircraft is a jack-of-some-trades designed to replace 10 older models now in …

Edge of the World: Stunning Pitcairn Islands Revealed

<i>Enric Sala: Sharks are the single most important indicator for the health of a coral reef. Having sharks on the reef is like having lions on the plains in Africa.</i><p><b>Voiceover:</b> In 2012, National Geographic’s Pristine Seas, in cooperation with the Pew Charitable Trusts, conducted a scientific expedition …

Here’s The Real Reason Why Rick Lost His Beard on The Walking Dead

No, the zombies didn’t eat it.<p>Last fall, <i>The Walking Dead</i> fans were in the grips of a mystery. What was going on with <b>Andrew Lincoln’s</b> beard (or conspicuous lack thereof)? Could a clean-shaven Lincoln mean that his character, Rick Grimes, was about to get bumped off in <i>The Walking Dead</i> world? The …

The Walking Dead

Vienna Is Going To Build A 25-Story Skyscraper Out Of Wood

Why the idea isn't as crazy as it sounds<p>Next year in Vienna, architects will start working on a 275-foot-tall building made almost entirely out of wood. <i>The Guardian</i> reports that the approximately 25-story building will cost 60 million Euros ($67 million) and will save 2,800 tons of carbon emissions …

Wannabe Elon Musks can 3D print their virtual spaceships

If you think you've got a bright future in spaceship design, the Kerbal Space Program simulator will quickly humble you -- beneath the playful surface is an accurate, unforgiving physics system. The lucky few that manage to get their virtual craft in orbit or beyond can't be blamed if they'd like …

One of gaming's most used engines is now free

<i>Created in Unreal Engine 4</i><p>Game development is expensive. It's not a question of the tools costing too much; game engines like Unity and GameMaker Studio offer free versions, and paid versions aren't far out of reach. That's a recent development, though. When the last generation of game consoles …

One-way Mars trip: shortlist includes seven Australians

Sare Teah, comedian Josh Richards and geoscientist Electra Navarone among Australians competing for a one-way trip to establish the red planet’s first colony<p>Seven Australians have made a shortlist of 100 candidates competing for a one-way trip to Mars to establish the red planet’s first …

Mars

Meet the 100 people hoping to live and die on Mars

We're one step closer to finding out who could be the first humans to live on another planet. Mars One, the private organization planning to find and train a group of four astronauts to send on a one-way trip to Mars, has reached the third round of its selection process and has narrowed its …

Mars

Could Analyzing How Humans Think Make Better Video Games?

Trying to get more players to that unique state of gaming nirvana<p>Recently, on a cold, solitary evening, I decided to reprise one of my teenage pastimes: I played Super Mario 64. At first it was a little different than I remembered—the picture grainier, the music tinnier, my computer keyboard …

Drone waiters are ready to serve in Singapore

One restaurant in downtown Singapore is spicing up its dining experience by employing flying drones as wait staff.<p>Singaporean restaurant-bar chain Timbré is employing a fleet of flying drones as waitstaff for its live-music eateries. Earlier this month, the restaurant chain and robotics company …

Drones

ESA Successfully Test-Flies Mini-Spaceplane

The future of space travel is all about reusability<p>While SpaceX aims to launch NASA’s DSCOVR satellite later tonight, the European Space Agency launched its own spaceplane earlier this morning aboard a Vega rocket.<p>Called the Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle—or IXV—the spaceplane looks like a …

6 intense fitness drills you can do in your hotel room

But according to internet fitness sensation Kayla Itsines, this is not a good enough excuse.<p>"All you need is between 14-28 minutes and the space of your own body to break a sweat, get your blood pumping and, ultimately, provide your body with multiple short- and long-term health benefits," she says.<p>…

Fitness

Could This Virus Be Good For You?

Viruses are usually thought of as the bad guys — causing everything from Ebola and AIDS to hepatitis and measles. But scientists have been following the curious story of a particular virus that might actually be good for you.<p>The virus is called GB Virus-C, and more than a billion people alive today …

Disease

This Spider Weaves A Web Of Charged Silk

It's electrifying!<p>Spider silk is legendarily strong and light. So much so, that researchers are incorporating (or, at least, attempting to incorporate) variations of the material into everything from garments to electronics. Now, it turns out that in addition to being as light as a feather and as …

'Super Saturn' Exoplanet Has Massive Rings

Houston, we have a ringer<p>The rings of Saturn are one of our most instantly recognizable images of outer space, but those beautiful rings of rock and dust now have some competition. In a paper that was recently accepted for publication in <i>Astrophysical Journal</i>, scientists from Leiden Observatory in …

Astronomers Catch Mysterious Radio Blast From the Distant Universe

Coming from far beyond the galaxy, an extremely energetic blast of radio waves has been snared by astronomers lying in wait. Lasting for just a few thousandths of a second, the burst is the first of an enigmatic class of objects to be observed in real-time, astronomers report today in the <i>Monthly</i> …

Scientists drilling first deep ice core at the South Pole

"Most of the other places where we've worked the ice is -25 C to -30 C, and that's too warm for rare organic molecules and other trace gases that …