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Mars is destroying its moon Phobos

Mars has two moons, but they’re both quite small and unusual. Phobos is the larger of the two, and it orbits close to the planet. Even though mars …

Astronomy

Earth's Gravitational Pull Cracks Open the Moon

Earth's gravitational pull is massaging the moon, opening up faults in the lunar crust, researchers say.<p>Just as the moon's gravitational pull causes …

Asteroid 86666 heading towards Earth, NASA reassures amid collision rumours

A giant asteroid – around 2.5 kms in diameter – is heading towards Earth. An asteroid of its size has the potential to cause global devastation if it …

This router will be the last thing you see before the internet consumes you

The eight external dual-band antennas promise to deliver "ultra-wide area coverage" and are actually detachable — you know, in case you don't need to carpet the entire world in wireless signal. Asus says this menacing monstrosity is capable of up to 1Gbps connections over 2.4GHz and up to 2.167Gbps …

Wi-Fi

The MB&F Arachnophobia Tells Time Through Fear

Everyone’s favorite crazy watch maker, MB&F, has just announced a new model, the so-called Arachnophobia. This wild clock hides a L’Epée 1839 movement in the thorax and abdomen of an articulated spider.<p>Based on the famous Louise Bourgeois sculpture Maman, the spider has injection molded legs and a …

Just add water and this squid-inspired plastic heals itself

While you've been busy scarfing down fried calamari rings, scientists at the University of Pennsylvania have been doing something else with squid. Namely? Studying the cephalopod's ring teeth for a way to create a material that heals when water's present, much in the way that those tentacle-bound …

China shows off secret 'carrier-killer' missile at Victory Day parade

As anticipated, China trotted out its Dongfeng-21D, or DF-21D, anti-ship missile at its Victory Day parade on Thursday.<p>Dongfeng translates to "East …

Watch this self-healing material handle a bullet

NASA-funded research has created a material that could self-heal in seconds. Two layers of solid polymer sandwich a gel that with an ingredient that solidifies on contact with air (i.e. when one or both of the outer layers is damaged). This differs from other approaches that rely on a mostly-liquid …

Space

Freaky 'Terminator'-Style Material May Lead To Safer Space Travel

You simply can't leave a hole in this stuff.<p>Scientists have developed a "Terminator"-style material that instantly heals itself if it's pierced by a fast-moving object. If you find that hard to believe, have a look at a new video (above) that shows what happens when the material is pierced by a …

What Is a Gravitational Wave Detector, and Why Do We Want to Send One to Space?

ESA is getting ready to launch LISA Pathfinder, a mission that will test the technology for a million-kilometer-large gravitational wave detector.<p>By the end of this year, the European Space Agency will launch a demonstration mission that could lead to a whole new way for astrophysicists to observe …

Has Stephen Hawking solved the mystery of black holes?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Black holes have a way of capturing our imagination. That's why when Stephen Hawking recently talked about them the media went wild.<p>But what was he really saying? Was it a breakthrough moment?<p>At the Hawking Radiation Conference organized by Laura Mersini-Houghton, a professor of physics at …

Universe