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Gov. Brown: California will launch its 'own damn' climate satellites under Trump

California has a back-up plan if President-elect Donald Trump cuts funding for NASA's fleet of Earth-observing satellites, which are crucial to …

The women scientists who took India into space

<b>Two years ago, as Indian scientists successfully put a satellite into orbit around Mars, a photograph that went viral showed women dressed in gorgeous saris with flowers in their hair celebrating at the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) in the southern city of Bangalore.</b><p>It was reported that …

Mars Mission

These Dinosaur Feathers Trapped in Amber Are Ridiculously Cool

Scientists have discovered a dinosaur tail with its feathers still intact trapped inside a piece of amber. It’s absolutely incredible.<p>These aren’t …

Paleontology

Growing underground: the Lowline urban garden buried in New York's catacombs

What do you do once you've built a 450-square-metre underground park? If you're Daniel Barasch and James Ramsey, you make it 100 times bigger. In …

Ancient teeth reveal the Roman Empire was rife with malaria

Analysis of 2,000-year-old human remains from several regions across the Italian peninsula has found 'overwhelming evidence' of malaria during the …

Anthropology

'Star in a Jar' Fusion Reactor Works and Promises Infinite Energy

New tests verify that Germany's Wendelstein 7-X fusion energy device is on track to safely suspend plasma in magnetic fields.<p>For several decades now, …

Cassini sends back 1st images from new orbit around Saturn

Spacecraft set to return unprecedented photos of planet's ring system and small moons<p>NASA's Cassini spacecraft has sent back stunning close-up images …

What Is EmDrive, NASA's New Space Engine?

NASA is going to Mars, perhaps as early as 2033. It won't be a short trip, however, at least not with current technology.<p>According to a recent <b>Boeing</b> (NYSE: BA) presentation on NASA's plan for a manned mission to Mars, the best time to launch a spaceship from Earth to Mars is during "Mars …

New Giant, Air-Breathing Fish Discovered

Several other species of arapaimas are likely lurking in the Amazon, waiting to be identified.<p>One of the world's largest, most endangered, and most mysterious freshwater fish has yielded a new surprise: a likely new species—and possibly several more—have been lurking in the backwaters of the Amazon.<p>…

Private moon rovers may visit the Apollo 17 landing site

German Xprize team sets its sights on a vintage moon buggy<p>The Apollo 17 landing site has been abandoned since the last lunar astronauts went home in 1972. Now the site could get its first visitor in 44 years, as private companies race to the moon in the Google Lunar Xprize competition. A German …

Scans of 'Lucy's' bones cast doubt on how our early human ancestors lived

Ancient human ancestor fossil 'Lucy' spent a significant amount of time in trees during her life, with limb strength that was somewhere between that …

Johns Hopkins University

TalkTalk and Post Office customers hit by Mirai worm attack

Around 100,000 Post Office broadband customers in the UK have been hit by the same hack that disrupted the internet, TV and phone networks of a …

Deutsche Telekom

NASA wants you (yes, you) to solve its poop problems

More space travel, more poop problems.<p>Everybody poops, as you may have read, and people in space are no exception. In zero gravity, astronauts rely on vacuum-powered toilets to help get feces far away from the body. Once it's shot out of the space station, astronaut poop burns up in the atmosphere …

Why Doubt Invasive Species Impacts?

Changing Planet<p>Invasive alien species are now found on every corner of the planet and rank higher than climate change as a current threat to endangered species. So then why, despite all the scientific evidence of negative impacts from invasive species, would people be resistant to taking action …

A Trump adviser wants to scale back NASA’s ability to study climate change

Donald Trump isn’t just vowing to dismantle US climate policies as president. His transition team is potentially considering major changes to NASA’s climate science programs.<p>In an interview with the Guardian, Bob Walker, a former congressman and Trump’s space policy adviser, said he’d like to …

Will Human Evolution Be Shaped by Climate Change?

<i>Welcome back to Giz Asks, a series where we ask experts hard questions about science, technology, and humanity’s future. Today, it seems like we’re</i> …

The latest earthquake in Japan was an aftershock of the one five years ago

Early on Nov. 22, the residents of Fukushima, Japan were woken by loud sirens. At 6am local time, a magnitude 6.9 earthquake had struck off the coast. Authorities issued a warning that a tsunami, estimated to be about 3 meters (10 feet) high, could hit the coast within hours, and resident were …

Earthquakes

Oklahoma earthquake activity up 4000%, locals sue oil and gas companies

Earthquake activity in Oklahoma has increased by around 4,000 percent over the past eight years, according to Carnegie Mellon University. Concerned …

This island is powered entirely by solar panels and batteries thanks to SolarCity

SolarCity was applauded when it announced its plans for solar roofs earlier this year. Now, it appears it is in the business of creating solar …

Clean Energy

Facebook's Aquila drone crash landed because it was too windy

We now know exactly what happened to Facebook's Aquila drone when it was damaged during its inaugural flight in June.<p>Following an official …

Mark Zuckerberg

NextEV's NIO EP9 is an incredible four-wheel-drive electric hypercar

Chinese electric car start-up NextEV has launched a new sub-brand today, called NIO, and its first car will be this bonkers EP9 electric …

Electric Vehicles

Science fact: Sci-fi inventions that became reality

<b>The story of a 14-year-old girl who won a landmark legal battle to be preserved cryogenically has many people wondering how such technology actually works - for many of us, it seems like something straight out of science fiction.</b><p>But sci-fi has a long history of becoming science fact, as outlandish …

Science Fiction

NASA's Physics-Defying EM Drive Passes Peer Review

The reactionless thruster known as the EM Drive has stirred heated debate over the past few years. If successful it could provide a new and powerful method to take our spacecraft to the stars, but it has faced harsh criticism because the drive seems to violate the most fundamental laws of physics. …

Physics

Why don’t we grieve for extinct species?

We have no rituals for coping with extinction, ecological destruction or environmental loss. And that’s a problem. Now, an impassioned group of artists and activists are trying to create them.<p>In early 2010, artist, activist and mother, Persephone Pearl, headed to the Bristol Museum. Like many …

Endangered Species

This eye-tracking app could speed-up autism detection

Early detection of autism in children could be improved by a new app that tracks eye movement to determine potential signs of the condition.<p>Kun Woo …

Autism

Planets, black holes, quasars and more: space terms explained

Space is a fascinating place, filled with unimaginably large and complex structures often undergoing dramatic changes.<p>These can teach us about the …

Universe

How Niantic conquered the world with Pokémon Go

Perhaps the only people surprised at the success of <i>Pokémon Go</i> were the people making it.<p>Developer Niantic had projections for what the server load …

Pokémon

This week's supermoon is going to be more super than usual (we promise)

The moon won't be this close again for another 18 years<p>If you needed a reason to step outside, look up, and feel small in the Universe, next week gives an opportunity as good as any.<p>A moon becomes a “supermoon" when it appears up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than when it's at its …

A pharma giant just made a $100 million move into a disease that's been called 'one of the next epidemic-level chronic diseases'

On Thursday, BMS agreed to pay Japanese company Nitto Denko $100 million to license a drug that's being studied to treat advanced liver fibrosis, a condition that's related to liver conditions like hepatitis C and a fatty liver disease called NASH.<p>The drug, called ND-L02-s0201, is currently in …

Biotechnology

Chemical clue to why seabirds eat plastic

<b>Plastic pollution in the sea gives off a smell that attracts foraging birds, scientists have found.</b><p>The discovery could explain why seabirds such as the albatross swallow plastic, causing injury or death.<p>The smell, similar to the odour of rotting seaweed, is caused by the breakdown of plankton that …

Pollution