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An Ancient Virus May Be Responsible for Human Consciousness

You've got an ancient virus in your brain. In fact, you've got an ancient virus at the very root of your conscious thought.<p>According to two papers …

Biology

Sedate a Plant, and It Seems to Lose Consciousness. Is It Conscious?

Plants don’t get enough credit.<p>They move. You know this. Your houseplant salutes the sun each morning. At night, it returns to center.<p>You probably don’t think much of it. This is simply what plants do: Get light. Photosynthesize. Make food. Live.<p>But what about all the signs of plant intelligence …

Consciousness

NASA researchers 'seek intelligent life' in Hawaiian volcanoes

The latest stop in the mission to Mars is none other than the Aloha State.<p>Earlier this week, scientists working with NASA’s Biologic Analog Science Associated with Lava Terrains (BASALT) mission descended upon Mauna Ulu, a volcano located in Hawaii’s Volcanoes National Park to study how to canvas …

National Parks

Flawed analysis casts doubt on years of evolutionary research

Years of research on the evolution of ancient life including the dinosaurs have been questioned after a fatal flaw in the way fossil data is analysed …

Research

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The New Horizons Spacecraft Has Found A Strange Asteroid Teeming With The Ingredients Of Life

Red isn’t a common color outside of planets in our solar system. Sure, you’ve got Mars, and surprising patches of color on Pluto among other mysteries, but by and large, space is greyscale. So that makes MU69, a red asteroid in the Kuiper Belt, a subject of serious fascination among scientists.<p>MU69 …

Monkeys create stone tools forcing scientists to rethink human evolution

The path of human evolution may need to be rewritten after archaeologists discovered that monkeys also produce ‘tool-like flakes’ that were thought to be uniquely man-made.<p>In a discovery that calls into question decades of research, a band of wild bearded capuchin monkeys in Brazil were seen …

Anthropology

NASA’s Bold Plan to Hunt for Fossils on Mars

A rover headed for the red planet will perform an unprecedented search for rocky remnants of dead Martians—so where should we send it?<p>Nearly four billion years ago, when Earth was coming alive, Mars was gradually choking to death. The thick atmosphere that had warmed the red planet was leaking into …

Hot Springs

What are the long-term health effects of living in space? NASA is studying twins Mark and Scott Kelly to find out

Dr. Francine Garrett-Bakelman arrived at NASA's Johnson Space Center in the middle of the night, ready to get her hands on Scott Kelly's blood.<p>She watched on a laptop as the astronaut stepped off a plane March 2 about 1:30 a.m., back in Houston after his record 340 days aboard the International …

Space Exploration

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NASA launches a free public archive of its recent research results

If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about all of NASA’s extraordinary research, you’re going to love this. The space agency has launched PubSpace, a new portal that lets you sift through its research results easily.<p>The searchable archive is a trove of science journal articles borne out of …

The White House

What lies beneath Antarctica's ice? Lakes, life and the grandest of canyons

There are few frontiers in the world that can still be said to be unexplored. One of these <i>terra incognita</i> is the land beneath Antarctica’s ice …

Does Some Deeper Level of Physics Underlie Quantum Mechanics? An Interview with Nobelist Gerard ’t Hooft

VIENNA–Over the past several days, I attended a fascinating conference that explored an old idea of Einstein’s, one that was largely dismissed for …

Congress Wants NASA to Build a Deep Space Habitat

NASA received $55 million from Congress to develop living quarters for future missions into deep space.<p>The 2016 government appropriations bill …

The Curious Case of the Blood-Stained Moon

Curving across the surface of Saturn’s moon Tethys are crimson streaks – and scientists have no idea what the material is or how it got there.<p>“It’s clearly painted on the surface in some way that we do not as yet understand,” says Paul Schenk of the Lunar and Planetary Institute, who presented the …

Astronomy

Hypersonic rocket engine could revolutionize space flight

Oxfordshire-based Reaction Engines are developing a new aerospace engine class that combines both jet and rocket technologies. They call it the greatest advance in propulsion since the jet engine; potentially revolutionizing hypersonic flight and dramatically reducing the cost of space access.<p>The …

Aviation

World’s toughest animal has tons of foreign DNA - Futurity

Scientists were shocked to find tons of foreign DNA in the genome of tardigrades, the only animal known to survive the extreme environment of outer …

Biology

China joins hunt for extra-terrestrials with FAST - the world's biggest-ever telescope

The massive structure will allow scientists to gather signals from tens of billions of light years away when it is completed in 2016<p>China is in the final stages of building the world's largest-ever radio telescope, which will give Beijing a leading role in space research and the hunt for …

Universe

Did hydrogen make rivers flow on Mars? - Futurity

New climate models explain how hydrogen in the atmosphere could have heated up Mars enough to let rivers flow billions of years ago.

Hydrogen

The hidden risks for ‘three-person’ babies

The powerhouses of the cell may have more roles than expected. Could that generate problems for mitochondrial replacement therapies?<p>In the 1990s, …

July 2015

Diversity

Cassini captures detailed images of Saturn's moon Dione

This is a photo of Dione, one of Saturn's moons. Just like the planet's most stunning images, this picture was also captured by NASA's and ESA's Cassini spacecraft, as it flew by on June 16th. The vessel, which has been orbiting Saturn for over a decade, took the pictures in visible light using a …

SpaceX’s near-miss barge landing is even more dramatic in this alleged GoPro footage

Tuesday saw SpaceX come agonizingly close to landing its reusable Falcon 9 rocket on a barge at sea, and the released footage (below) made the failed attempt seem somehow serene; the rocket drifts into view and floats onto its target like a sycamore seed before toppling over in slow motion.<p>But in …

Space Travel

Before Messenger crashes on Mercury, NASA bids spacecraft farewell

NASA's Messenger spacecraft is about to end its mission with a bang. After spending more than four years and 4,100 orbits circling the closest planet to the sun, the satellite will crash into Mercury's crater-pocked surface April 30.<p>NASA officials and mission scientists have given tribute to the …

Astronomy

SpaceX rocket launch, landing test, delayed by weather | Reuters

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - The launch of an unmanned SpaceX rocket - and an innovative attempt to land it on an ocean barge - were postponed on Monday due to poor weather at the Florida launch site, officials said.<p>The unmanned Falcon 9 rocket launched by SpaceX carrying NOAA's Deep Space …

Space Exploration

Mars has nitrogen, key to life: NASA

By drilling into Martian rocks, Curiosity found evidence of nitrates, compounds containing nitrogen that can be used by living organisms.<p>The Curiosity team has already found evidence that other ingredients needed for life, such as liquid water and organic matter, once existed at the site known as …

Space Travel

NASA's latest rocket, built to take humans to Mars, has successful test firing

Space Exploration

Researchers Think There's A Warm Ocean On Enceladus

Saturn's moon Enceladus is a mystery. From Earth it looks tiny and cold, and yet it's not a dead hunk of rock. Passing spacecraft see trenches and ridges, similar to Earth's, and in 2005 NASA's Cassini mission spotted ice geysers streaming from its south pole.<p>"The moon is actually alive in a …

Astronomy

NASA Sees 'Bright Spots' On Dwarf Planet In Our Solar System

Scientists are puzzled by a new image taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, which found two bright spots on the dwarf planet Ceres. The spots are noticeably brighter than other parts of the surface, which looks to be rocky and pockmarked.<p>Ceres lies in an asteroid belt between the paths of Mars and …

Astronomy