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Astronaut Snaps Photo of an Airplane from the ISS

Every day, NASA releases a photograph from their collection that allows us to admire the great blue and green planet we call Earth. Recently, the …

Space

The amount of space junk around Earth has hit a 'critical density' — and it could jeopardize our space missions

<b>"We're at what we call a 'critical density' — where there are enough large objects in space that they will collide with one another and create small debris faster than it can be removed,"</b> Kessler recently told Marketplace.<p>For nearly 20 years, Kessler (who was retired until very recently) lead …

Space Exploration

A NASA video shows what a total lunar eclipse looks like from the moon, and it's mind-blowing

There is only one cosmic phenomenon that could generate this seemingly red ring of fire around Earth:<p>Thanks to this incredible animation by NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio, you can see what this month's total lunar eclipse will look like from a vantage point unlike any other: the moon.<p>If …

Astronomy

What might we do with the genomics of the entire planet? – Dawn Field

In case you weren’t paying attention, a lot has been happening in the science of genomics over the past few years. It is, for example, now possible …

Genetics

Nasa astronauts have read The Martian and hope to see the movie in space

US crew are on board International Space Station as part of a year-long mission seen as vital preparation for a future mission to the red planet<p>The book The Martian is earning high praise from space, and the astronaut-reviewer can’t wait to see the soon-to-be-released movie.<p>Nasa astronaut Kjell …

Space Science

Sinking In: Day 5 of 365 on NASA's Simulated Mars

When the experts assure you that something is absolutely, positively going to go a certain way, start making a backup plan.<p>It's mission day 5. Blooking out 2 smally now, according to folks in the know, the media should have forgotten about the six simulated astronauts in a 1000 square-foot dome on …

Doorhandle

This Startup Can Grow Metal Like a Tree

Traditionally, metals need to be extracted through mining and then shaped into usable materials using large amounts of heat. But now, a Seattle-based …

Scientists map genes at work in human embryos' earliest days

A team of scientists in Sweden has broken open the genetic recipe for a human embryo's first three days of development, chronicling what happens in the crucial hours that follow the union of egg and sperm.<p>The order in which a human's 23,000 genes awaken and start the process of building a person …

Space Station
Space Science

A Surprise Source of Life's Code

<i>From</i> <i>Quanta Magazine</i> <i>(</i><i>find original story here</i><i>).</i><p>Genes, like people, have families — lineages that stretch back through time, all the way to a founding …

Genetics

First Second Books Unveils New Science Series

And it looks like it's going to be really cool!<p>The scientific world is huge, and science communicators are an immensely important force in determining how that world is presented. And while science communication using comics is gaining ground, it is difficult to find comics that cover different …

Coral Reefs

Artificial intelligence can make any photo look like a famous painting

What happens to the value of art when a computer can apply the stylistic talent of Rembrandt to selfies?<p>It’s a question we’ll need to start asking …

Artificial Intelligence

Year-long Mars isolation experiment starting in Hawaii

The crew includes a French astrobiologist, a German physicist and four Americans -- a pilot, an architect, a doctor/journalist and a soil scientist.<p>They are based on a barren, northern slope of Mauna Loa, living inside a dome that is 36 feet (11 meters) in diameter and 20 feet (six meters) tall.<p>In …

Space Science

4 Ways Sci-Fi Tech Is Already Revolutionizing Medicine

The next time you have surgery, your doctor might have practiced on you in virtual reality first.<p>You might not get a robot best friend, or a trip around the world in virtual reality any time soon. But in one field, some of these ultra-hyped trends are actually looking like the technologies of today.<p>…

How quantum biology might explain life’s biggest questions

How does a robin know to fly south? The answer might be weirder than you think: Quantum physics may be involved. Jim Al-Khalili rounds up the …

Quantum Mechanics

Startup in biotech adds two base pairs to genetic code - and life on earth may never be the same - ExtremeTech

Startup in biotech adds two base pairs to genetic code — and life on earth may never be the same<p>By on August 24, 2015 at 12:16 pm<p>This site may earn …

Captures of elusive red sprites from ISS

Why are sprites elusive? It doesn’t help that they flash on millisecond timescales. Also, they’re above thunderstorms, usually blocked from view on …

West Africa

The core factor of success is focus, and here’s how to get it

Peak performance experts say things like, “You should focus. You need to eliminate the distractions. Commit to one thing and become great at that thing.”<p>This is good advice. The more I study successful people from all walks of life—artists, athletes, entrepreneurs, scientists—the more I believe …

Self-improvement

Editing humanity

THE genome is written in an alphabet of just four letters. Being able to read, study and compare DNA sequences for humans, and thousands of other …

Genetics

Graphene, Meet Mainstream

If the revolution comes, it will have started with Scotch tape, pencil lead, and cosmetic powder.Physicists first produced graphene—a one-atom-thick …

Nanotech