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Animation shows comet's close encounter with Mars - video

Nasa animation shows the flight path of a comet that will pass within close proximity of Mars on 19 October. Comet Siding Spring, which was discovered in January 2013, will come within 140,000 km of the red planet - ten times closer than any known comet has flown by Earth. Nasa has tweaked the …

Throwback Thursday: The First Drone Selfie, A 150-Foot Centrifuge, And A Simple Solution To A Deadly Problem

Also: An inventor nearly predicts Netflix.<p>Looking through the Popular Science archive reminds a reader that everything we do now was once a new idea, and that sometimes, even our most advanced technology was imagined years before it was possible. On this Throwback Thursday, we go back 50 years to …

Fusion Experiment Achieves Key 'Bootstrapping' Effect Not One But Four Times — NOVA Next | PBS

We’ve come yet another step closer to harnessing the power of the Sun.<p>Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory report that they’ve …

This Revolutionary New Reactor Could Change Civilization As We Know It

<b>The news:</b> For years, nuclear fusion has been the holy grail of alternative energy: Unlike fission, which splits atoms to create energy, fusion is the …

World’s Most Asked Questions: What Is Love?

Cloud computing is coming for your DNA, and it will lead to better drugs and health care

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: The Cancer Genome Atlas<p>DNAnexus, a Mountain View-based startup that leverages the cloud to turn raw DNA sequences into …

NASA's Messenger captures first photos of ice on Mercury

It's easy to assume, that finding ice on the first rock from the sun, would be like finding a snowflake in a furnace (it can reach 800 degrees Fahrenheit after all). But, you'd be wrong. And NASA's long had radar and photographic proof (just nothing in the visual range) that water ice did exist on …

Rare Iron Age Chariot Unearthed In England Called 'Once-In-A-Career' Discovery

You don't find something like this every day.<p>Archaeologists excavating an Iron Age fort in Burrough Hill, England say they were astonished by the discovery<p>of a bronze chariot believed to date back to the 2nd or 3rd century B.C.<p>“The atmosphere at the dig on the day was a mix of ‘tremendously …

Dark matter may have been detected – streaming from the sun’s core

An unusual signal picked up by a European space observatory could be the first direct detection of dark matter particles, astronomers say.<p>The findings are tentative and could take several years to check, but if confirmed they would represent a dramatic advance in scientists’ understanding of the …