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Architects Want To Turn Old Subway Tunnels Into An Underground Cycling Highway

The conceptual London Underline would offer pedestrians and cyclists an alternate route through central London.<p>London commuters could one day ditch the Tube for a different kind of underground transportation experience. A proposal by global architecture firm Gensler would turn out-of-use metro …

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Methane on Mars: does it mean the Curiosity rover has found life?

Nasa’s announcement of the discovery of methane – which on Earth comes largely from life – has sparked speculation<p>The results are certainly tantalising. From time to time, Mars belches out clouds of methane, a gas that on Earth comes largely from life. When animals and other organisms eat food they …

Out of Fuel, Venus Express Is Falling Gently to Its Death in Planet's Skies

After more than eight years orbiting Venus, the European spacecraft's comes to an end.<p>Just above the surface of Venus, one of Earth's most intrepid robots is slipping into a sulfuric hereafter.<p>Over the next few months, Venus Express will fall slowly through the 150-mile-thick (250 kilometers) …

Astronomer Royal: Life on Mars would change everything we know

If life had originated twice, independently, within our solar system, we’d have to conclude that it can’t be a rare fluke, says Martin Rees.<p>More than 100 years ago, a French foundation offered the grand prize of 100,000 francs to anyone who could prove the existence of extraterrestrial life. But …

Orion's 'Picture Perfect' Splashdown Marks New Era in Spaceflight

NASA celebrates a successful test of its capsule designed to carry astronauts into deep space.<p>NASA's newest spacecraft successfully splashed down on Friday, opening a new era in deep-space exploration.<p>Unmanned for this test flight, the Orion space capsule successfully splashed down in the Pacific …

How Dogs Understand What We Say

Scientists — and anyone who lives with a canine — know that dogs pay close attention to the emotion in our voices. They listen for whether our tone is friendly or mean, how the pitch goes up or down and even the rhythms in our speech.<p>But what about the meaning of the words we say?<p>Sure, a few …

NASA's Orion test flight splashes down off Baja California

Flight was designed to test capabilities for human travel as far as Mars<p>After a smooth launch from Florida's Cape Canaveral, Orion splashed down at 11:29AM Eastern time, west of Baja California, in the Pacific Ocean. Orion's two loops around Earth got as high as 3,600 miles— about 15 times higher …

Why scientists want to find a pulsar orbiting a black hole

Discovering a pulsar orbiting a black hole is considered ‘an authentic holy grail’ for testing Einstein’s theory of gravity.<p><i>Pulsars</i> are the most …

Orion spacecraft recovered after Nasa completes successful test flight

Nasa successfully launched its new Orion spacecraft on a mission that the US space agency hopes will foreshadow the first human expedition to Mars.<p>At 7.05am ET (12.05pm GMT) on Friday a dense bloom of fire and smoke shrouded the launchpad in Cape Canaveral, Florida, as the Orion capsule rose into …

SoftBank backs high-altitude wind startup Altaeros

Japanese telecom giant SoftBank is investing $7 million in startup Altaeros Energies, which has developed a helium-filled wind turbine that looks …

How did Orion withstand temperatures twice the melting point of steel?

"There is a lot at stake for this flight test because we really need this data to refine our design and to know how the parts of Orion perform together," White says. "We have our models and our simulations, and while we do the best that we can, there could be parts that we missed or didn’t know …