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SpaceX's Second Attempt To Launch Dragon Spacecraft Was Successful

The launch was successful, and the capsule is on its way to the space station. You can rewatch the launch coverage here.<p>The capsule was supposed to launch on Monday but it was postponed due a helium leak on the Falcon 9 rocket's first stage.<p>"We have brought the vehicle back to horizontal and are …

Space Travel

What Does the Discovery of “Another Earth” Mean for Us?

On Thursday, researchers announced the discovery of Kepler-186f, an Earth-like exoplanet orbiting in a “habitable zone.” Could this bring us closer …

New Test Could Diagnose Asthma With A Single Drop Of Blood

The test works by gauging the speed of white blood cells.<p>While some symptoms of asthma, like wheezing, are obvious, a diagnosis of asthma is not always clear cut, especially if they don't occur when patients are with their doctors, and involve trials of lung function and tests for allergies. But …

With human ancestors, the devil is in the details

Photo by Kate Wong<p>See the notches at the top of these two casts of ancient hominid mandibles? If you were a paleoanthropologist, you would spend your …

NASA's moon-orbiting robot crashes down as planned

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's robotic moon explorer, LADEE, is no more.<p>Flight controllers confirmed that the orbiting spacecraft crashed into the back side of the moon Friday as planned, avoiding the precious historic artifacts left behind by moonwalkers.<p>LADEE's annihilation occurred just …

Scientists create an inexpensive self-healing polymer

Stretchy, self-healing paints and other coatings recently took a step closer to common use, thanks to research being conducted at the University of …

Kepler Telescope Discovers Most Earth-Like Planet Yet

A nearly Earth-size planet orbits in a star's habitable zone, detected by NASA astronomers.<p>Red sunshine, seas, and maybe aliens? Scientists analyzing data from NASA's Kepler Space Telescope today report the closest thing yet to another Earth, a world in a habitable orbit around a red dwarf star …

Read This Article Again in 2064

Here's what Americans think life will be like in 50 years.<p>For most daydreamers, predicting the future is a business of missing more than you hit.<p>For example, we still haven't eliminated childbirth by inventing designer babies grown in artificial wombs, a prediction the science editor of LIFE …

Scientists Discover Evidence of a New Type of Matter: the Tetraquark

The recent identification of a long-theorized particle provides strong evidence of a new form of matter.<p>Scientists working on the Large Hadron …

Depp Impact: The Science Behind ‘Transcendence’

In the new science-fiction thriller “Transcendence,” Johnny Depp uploads his mind to a powerful computer, melding his consciousness with artificial intelligence in a scenario many refer to as “the singularity.”<p>Far-fetched? Yes, but so is the idea of a brooding Depp as an awkward neuroscientist. …

Singularity

NASA discovers Earth-sized planet that may sustain life

It's like finding a needle in a universe-wide haystack. Researchers have located a planet roughly the size of Earth that could be habitable.<p>Designated Kepler-186f, the planet is 490 light-years away. But in the search for worlds similar to ours, nothing has come closer.<p>"This is the first definitive …

First Human Clone Embryos Created From Adults' Skin Cells

Another step toward having your own reserve of spare stem cells on demand<p>Scientists have created cloned embryos from the cells of two adults. This feat is the first hard evidence that it's possible to create clones from cells taken from adult humans. The idea is that in the future, doctors could …

Biotechnology