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Massive 'lava lamp' blobs deep inside Earth have scientists puzzled

Two continent-size blobs of hot — and possibly molten — rock can be found deep underground, about halfway to the center of the Earth, according to a new study. These curious structures — each of which is so large that it would be 100 times taller than Mount Everest — could be made up of materials …

Scientists Have Created Living Concrete That Repairs Itself

Self-healing buildings.<p>Most people would admit that concrete's not the most exciting concept, but concrete with added bacteria that repairs itself …

Scientist Accidentally Discovers the World's Newest Shade of Blue and It's Gorgeous

So you agree? You think it's really pretty?<p>"Serendipitously," in 2009, Oregon State University chemist Mas Subramanian created the gorgeous blue pigment you see above, the university reports. Now, the "near-perfect" pigment has been perfected and will be sold as commercial coatings and plastics, …

This 'map of the universe' is the first full model of Einstein's theory of relativity

Scientists have modelled the universe using Einstein's full theory of relativity.<p>The research teams – from a number of European and US institutions – …

Russian space agency unveils grandiose plan to permanently base a dozen cosmonauts on the moon

Russia’s plans to reach the moon may have taken a giant leap, as the country’s space agency unveiled its intentions to base up to 12 cosmonauts on …

Space Exploration

Why NASA is Legally Required to Go to Jupiter—and Why That's Good

For a planet that has absolutely no chance of harboring life, Jupiter gets a lot of love from Earth. Five NASA spacecraft have flown by or orbited it …

YouTube was down for the first time in ages

<b>Update:</b> <i>YouTube’s service has returned. What follows is the original post.</i><p>It appears that YouTube’s site is down for some users.<p>It isn’t clear what the reason is, but the site has been unavailable for the past few minutes at the time of writing (5PM IST). However, it might only be certain servers, …

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NASA confirms a second mini moon is circling Earth

For most relationships, 100 years is well past the point in time when you can ‘make it official,’ but for planets, it’s just right. After nearly a …

Elon Musk says Tesla's Model S doubles up as a boat

Elon Musk needs to learn that every time he reveals what his electric car company’s vehicles are capable of, owners will test those claims in the worst ways possible.<p>Over the weekend, he did it again. In response to a video showing a Model S merrily floating through a tunnel flooded with meter-high …

Tesla

'Universal cancer vaccine’ breakthrough claimed by experts

Scientists have taken a “very positive step” towards creating a universal vaccine against cancer that makes the body’s immune system attack tumours …

Boehner ‘baffled’ as Israel denies report it spied on Iran nuclear talks

House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday that he's "baffled" by reports that Israel spied on negotiators in the closed-door talks over Iran's nuclear program – espionage that Israeli officials denied.<p>"I'm baffled by it," Boehner told reporters about the news report that comes at a time of strained …