On Sunday, as part of a resupply mission to the International Space Station, a SpaceX rocket will launch while carrying in tow a set of programmed legs for Robonaut 2 (R2), a humanoid torso that is already
In the interest of not burying the lead: MIT is developing inflatable robotic tentacles, motor-free limbs that are able to flex and grip in response to targeted bursts of air. But the inspiration for undulating
The darling of particle physics might be the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at Cern, but as a practical tool it's no match for the UK's Diamond Light Source. Located at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
NASA is now working with private companies to take the first steps in exploring the moon for valuable resources like helium 3 and rare earth metals. Initial proposals are due tomorrow for the Lunar Cargo
A recent roundup in The Economist looks at a few new ideas for gene therapy. Many people have inherited genes that are making them sick, or will, one day. Troublesome genes are part and parcel of being
Astronomers announced yesterday that they've spotted a child of the very first stars. Astronomers announced yesterday that they discovered the oldest known star in the universe. They believe the star from
Thanks to recent breakthroughs, the insides of our refrigerators could work very differently in the coming years. Scientists at GE are perfecting a method of transferring heat that uses magnets to achieve
Many photos of Earth taken from space have entered into legend; The Blue Marble's beautiful, glowing globe is one of the most recognizable images of all time, and Carl Sagan's Pale Blue Dot put our planet's
Scientists have developed the gadget for packets of perishable foods, which can tell when the contents are nearing their use-by date Computer chips in futuristic food packaging could warn consumers when
And the country's science ministry wants people on the fastest bullet trains to be able to surf the Internet. South Korea's science ministry is investing $1.5 billion in building 5G wireless service for
But the planet's still doomed. Look around you. See the plants, the animals; most importantly, feel the earth beneath your toes. One day, the sun will brighten, and everything on the planet will burn.
Pop psychology holds that to connect with someone, you should look deep into their eyes. The more you look, the more persuasive you'll be. But that may work only when your audience already agrees with
By comparing diseases from then and now, researchers can learn how they spread. Maybe they can learn how to stop them, too. Earlier this year, scientists published a study of whole-body CT scans of 137
Call it cloudy with a low chance of meatballs. The alien world Kepler-7b — a very reflective world in big telescopes — has clouds in its upper atmosphere. And scientists have actually been able to map
An easier way for diabetics to control their insulin intake The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved its first "artificial pancreas" to automatically control the insulin levels of diabetics.
The University of Washington envisions a future where our bodies will be tuned to heal us just as easily as software is built to entertain us — and it's come up with a method that could eventually turn
Gene map of endangered Amur tiger seen as aid to preserving big cats in the wild. The first sequenced tiger genome shows that big cats evolved to kill. Genes for strong muscle fibers and for meat-eating
The telescope will study the atmospheres of Venus, Mars and Jupiter. A new low-cost, highly automated rocket from Japan's space agency launched Saturday with just eight crew members and two laptops on-site.
Voyager 1 has officially entered interstellar space. How long will the spacecraft have power? When might it reach another star? The NASA team answered these questions and more on Reddit. NASA announced