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Pluto's flowing ice and mysterious red haze highlight 'a scientific wonderland'

Nasa scientists discover ‘a pattern that indicates the flow of viscous ice’ similar to glaciers on Earth and say the atmosphere may be on the verge of collapse<p>New photos of Pluto released by Nasa reveal flows of nitrogen ice filling up craters, an atmosphere that could be on the verge of collapse, …

Solar System

Canadarm2 becomes first robot to repair itself in space

The hardware<p>Canadarm2 is the crane-like robot arm of the orbital outpost. It can latch onto various parts of the space station or it can travel around on a mobile base.<p>Dextre is a long-limbed robot fixture that Canadarm2 can hold up and wield around to perform more delicate manipulations. Dextre …

Space Exploration

Bats Use Mini Muscles to Tweak Their Wings In Flight, And Drones Could Too

When a bird or a bat takes flight, there's much more going on than a simple flapping motion. This is part of the reason why it took humans such an incredibly long time to fly like one of them (you can read more about that here). The physical motion is incredibly complex, with a slight curvature at …

Muscle

The Conspiracy Theorist Who Duped The World's Biggest Physicists

Popular Science spoke with Rick DeLano, whose movie The Principle shows the world's most famous cosmologists promoting the idea that the Earth is the center of the universe.<p>In December, the trailer for a star-studded new documentary about the universe was uploaded to YouTube. "Everything we think …

Mind-controlled prosthetic arm from Segway inventor gets FDA approval

Nearly eight years ago, DARPA, the US Defense Department's advanced research agency, set out to find a better solution for amputees than the metal hooks still widely used today. Now, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted its approval to one of the projects that came from that effort: a …

inventions

Invention Awards 2014: A Personal Electric Airplane That Won't Need A Runway

This vertical-landing plane runs on electricity<p>More than half of all personal aircraft accidents occur during takeoffs or landings. That’s why inventor and entrepreneur JoeBen Bevirt—known for designing airplane-like wind energy turbines—is intent on making runways obsolete. Bevirt, 40, has …

Giant Chinese 3D printer builds 10 houses in just 1 day (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

A private company located in eastern China has printed ten full-size houses using a huge 3D printer in the space of a day. The process utilizes …

Deep sea creatures shed light on the future of medical imaging

Bioluminescent organisms may help doctors design better ways to scan human organs and make better diagnoses<p>In July, a team of scientists organised by the American Museum of Natural History will dive 300 metres below the Atlantic Ocean's surface about 160km off the coast of New England. Among their …

Sun’s fourth-closest neighbor is cold and frosty

Astronomers have discovered a dim, star-like body that surprisingly is as frosty as Earth’s North Pole. This “brown dwarf” is only 7.2 light years …

3D goggles for insects could lead to robot breakthrough

Experiments which saw tiny 3D goggles stuck to the head of a praying mantis with wax could pave the way for new optical recognition systems for robots<p>Experiments which saw tiny 3D goggles stuck to the head of a praying mantis with wax could pave the way for new optical recognition systems for …

Healing, 'Terminator'-style: Liquid metal could fix severed nerves

Biomedical researchers in China are taking a page from Hollywood, kind of, by using liquid metal to bridge the gap between the two ends of a cut nerve.<p>It's about time. Medical researchers are borrowing a page from the speculative science and technology of 1991's "Terminator 2" to help repair …

Disability

What would happen if satellites fell from the sky?

Stock markets, the internet, cashpoint machines and mobile phones would all stop working<p>Today, every one of us lives well and truly in the <b>space</b> age. We may not yet be taking holidays on the Moon, but our day-to-day lives are becoming more and more reliant on satellite technology. Military …

Embryonic cloning shows promise for treating diabetes

Researchers said they created an embryonic clone of a 32-year-old woman with diabetes, extracted healthy stem cells from the clone, and then changed those cells into fresh ones that produce insulin.<p>The long-term hope would be to transplant new insulin-producing cells back into a patient and treat …

Air pollution from Asia is changing weather patterns over the Pacific

New research on Asian air pollution has found that it is increasing rainfall and intensifying storms over the Pacific Ocean.<p>Air pollution is often …

How Many People Are Wrongly Convicted? Researchers Do the Math.

Is there a more tragic story than an innocent person going to prison? Tragic, and powerful. That’s why <i>The Shawshank Redemption</i> is one of the most beloved movies of our time. And why we’ve all heard of this quote from an esoteric 18th-century English guy, William Blackstone: “It is better that ten …

NASA's Path to Mars

Explore The Deep Ocean While You Eat Lunch

Visit shipwrecks, coral reefs, canyons, and more with NOAA researchers as they livestream an expedition from the Gulf of Mexico aboard the Okeanos Explorer.<p>The ship Okeanos Explorer set out last Thursday across the Gulf of Mexico for a three-week, deep-sea expedition… and you can follow along! The …

Should governments negotiate with home-grown terrorists? - Futurity

Terrorism can be a successful strategy for rebel groups during civil war, but only when governments allow it to work, political scientists report.

Environment: News & features

A circuit board modeled on the human brain

New microchips based on the human brain are 9,000 times faster and use significantly less power than a typical PC.<p>Stanford bioengineers have …

Plants Talk. Plants Listen. Here's How

They don't have eyes. Or ears. Or what we would call a nervous system. But plants can talk. And they listen. Let me show you how.<p>First, we'll need a plant eater. This one's perfect: It's an aphid, a hungry little critter who loves to munch on fresh, green leaves ...<p>Next, we arrange lunch. We choose …

Mom's Diet Right Before Pregnancy Can Alter Baby's Genes

Pregnant women have heard it time and time again: What you eat during those nine months can have long-term effects on your child's health.<p>Heck, one study even found that when pregnant women eat a diverse diet, the resulting babies are less picky in the foods they choose.<p>So what about mom's eating …

Stanford bioengineers create circuit board modeled on the human brain

Stanford bioengineers have developed faster, more energy-efficient microchips based on the human brain – 9,000 times faster and using significantly …

3D printed cast could heal bones 40 per cent faster

Turkish designer creates medical cast using 3D printing which could heal broken bones faster<p>A 3d printed medical cast could help bones to heal up to 40 per cent faster.<p>The black cast, known as the Osteoid, uses an ultrasound system which makes bones heal more quickly.<p>With a lattice pattern, it is …

3D Printing

This Land Is Your Land

Feeding nine billion—and eventually ten billion—means growing crops faster, smarter, and in new places. Do we need to find more land?<p>Light, seeds, soil, and water. The recipe for growing food out of the ground is among the planet’s simplest equations. Tweak the variables—less light, different …