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What You Learn By Traveling Alone

Traveling solo can be exhilarating, lonely, enlightening, an adventure, and tough all at the same time. Nonetheless, we firmly believe it's something everyone should try, simply because it will teach you so much about yourself. Such as:<p><b>How to Be Self-Sufficient</b><p>When you're traveling with a group or …

Nasa astronauts take first bites of lettuce grown in space: ‘Tastes like arugula’

The bountiful harvest aboard the International Space Station is part of Nasa’s Veggie experiment to make spacecrafts more self-sustaining for longer missions<p>It was one small bite for man, one giant meal for mankind.<p>On a gustatory adventure never attempted by humanity, astronauts have for the first …

To Mars and boldly beyond: space missions to look out for

Photograph: Graham Turner<p>Lester Waugh, engineering manager at Eads Astrium space agency. with the ExoMars Rover, which will be sent to Mars to explore the planet’s …

Asteroids

Three Volcano-Hiking Treks in Latin America Are Turning Up the Heat

With recent volcanic eruptions in Ecuador, Chile, and Guatemala, volcano-trekking in Latin America just got much more extreme. Climbing mind-bending …

South America

This Week's Night Sky: Ghostly Stellar Ring Revealed

Starstruck<p>Pluto is only one of several celestial bodies putting on a show this week.<p>While Pluto steals the headlines, sky-watchers can hunt down a distant dying star’s last breath.<p><b>Venus and Jupiter.</b> Venus and Jupiter dominate the sunset sky this week. On Monday, July 13, the planets appear 4 …

Astronomy

Measuring research: what are the units of assessment?

Today sees the publication of the report of an independent review of the contentious use of metrics — numerical indicators of performance — in the assessment of UK research and researchers. Can it plot a sensible course in a world increasingly obsessed with numbers?<p>The 2009 movie <i>Knowing</i> starred …

These microphones give humans bat-like powers

New lightweight ultrasonic loudspeakers and microphones—built with graphene—let us mimic how bats and dolphins use sound for communicating and …

Nanotech

Designer microbiome: MIT biologists program common gut bacteria

Researchers are still studying exactly how the microbiome — the billions of bacteria and other tiny critters that inhabit our bodies — influences human health.<p>But while they get on with that, bioengineers are assembling a tool kit for building designer bacteria that doctors could introduce into the …

These Will Be The First Astronauts To Fly In A Private Spaceship

Going to space in a way that no one has gone before<p>It’s weird timing, but today NASA revealed the astronauts who will make history by becoming the first to launch into space in a commercial vessel. Astronauts Robert Behnken, Sunita Williams, Eric Boe, and Douglas Hurley will train to fly on SpaceX …

Real-Life Mind Meld? Neuroscientists Link Animal Brains Together

Resistance is futile — scientists are now one step closer to the Borg of "Star Trek," wiring brains together into "brainets" that can solve problems as teams, thanks to experiments with monkeys and rats.<p>The researchers say these so-called brain-to-brain interfaces could lead to "organic computers" …

Will James Webb Telescope find new Earths?

If we took Earth and Venus – and had them orbit a cool, red star not too far away – could the James Webb Space Telescope tell which planet was …

Rising temperatures due to climate change are latest threat to bumblebees

Bumblebees already have to contend with lethal infections, deadly pesticides and habitat loss due to agriculture and urban development. A new study shows they have another cause for worry: climate change.<p>Over the last century, warming temperatures have noticeably shrunk the areas where bumblebees …

With Sonar-Reflecting Leaves, Plant Lures Bats to Poo in it

Imagine a bat flying through the jungle of Borneo. It calls out to find a place to spend the night. And a plant calls back.<p>The plant in question is <i>Nepenthes hemsleyana—</i>a flesh-eating plant that’s terrible at eating flesh. It’s a pitcher plant and like all its kin, its leaves are shaped like upright …

Therapists Struggle To Treat Vampires And Other People With Alternate Identities

Vampires need family and relationship advice, too<p>There are people out there who are certain that they are vampires. No, they’re not kids who saw <i>Twilight</i> too many times and can’t tell the difference between fact and fiction—human vampires are people who truly believe that they gain energy by …

The gastric-brooding frog: how to bring a species back from the dead – video

Australia's gastric-brooding frog was discovered in the 1970s but by the early 1980s was classed as extinct. However, this remarkable frog, which projectile-vomits its young after gestating them in its stomach, is the subject of ground-breaking research at the University of New South Wales to …

With Tiny Smartphone Spectrometers, Everybody Can Be A Chemist

Find out what’s inside the stuff around you<p>Spectrometers are one of the most important tools in science. By measuring the various properties of light coming from or bouncing off an object, the device can help scientists figure out what paint is made of, or detect the composition of faraway stars. …

Alien Hunting Could Go High-Definition With Giant Space Telescope

A new study makes the case for building a supersize space telescope that would create images five times sharper than Hubble's.<p>As the Hubble Space Telescope starts to enter old age, a new report offers one exciting vision for a space telescope that could come online by the early 2030s.<p>Known as the …

Warning About Warming: NOAA Raises New Alarm Over Coral Bleaching

HONOLULU — Abnormally warm ocean temperatures are creating conditions that threaten to kill coral across the equatorial Pacific, north Pacific and western Atlantic oceans, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday.<p>Coral bleaching occurs when coral is stressed by changes in its …

Signs of faster aging can be detected early on, scientists find

Humans age at remarkably different rates — and the process begins much earlier than one might think, according to a new study of 954 people tracked since birth.<p>At the tender age of 38, the "biological age" of the study volunteers ranged from 28 to 61 years old.<p>------------<p><b>FOR THE RECORD</b><p>This post …

As Bernie Sanders' popularity surges, Democrats question socialist label

As he surges in the polls, closing the gap on Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders is being taken increasingly seriously as a potential presidential candidate.<p>In a 10-minute interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday, Sanders – an independent senator from Vermont running for the Democratic nomination as …

Gene therapy treatment for cystic fibrosis may be possible by 2020, scientists say

Although results of first trial were ‘modest and variable’, second bigger trial aims to combine gene therapy with other treatments for longer term benefits<p>A treatment to help those with cystic fibrosis may be available within five years, say scientists who who have been working for decades to …

Genetic Engineering

15 Restaurants for Traveling Vegans

Head to Paris with a vegan, and they're likely to subsist off nothing more than French fries and salads -- at least, that was the case for Angela Lowe, co-founder of red-hot Brooklyn vegan pop-up series Culinary Collective, when she went to the land of cheese and pastry. Her business partner, Jay …

Will dictators disappear?

Is a future without dictatorships realistic? Rachel Nuwer investigates.<p>Citizens living in democracies often associate dictatorships with repression, human rights abuses, poverty and turmoil. Indeed, dictatorships have cost untold lives, including up to 49 million Russian deaths under Joseph Stalin, …

How to learn 30 languages

Some people can speak a seemingly impossible number of tongues. How do they manage it, asks David Robson, and what can we learn from them?<p>Out on a sunny Berlin balcony, Tim Keeley and Daniel Krasa are firing words like bullets at each other. First German, then Hindi, Nepali, Polish, Croatian, …

Is “de-extinction” possible?

Bringing back species that died out long ago is not impossible. What would happen if we tried it?<p>Will we one day walk with dinosaurs or mammoths? The idea isn't completely beyond the realms of possibility.<p>However, as this video from The Verge points out, it’s not quite how the Jurassic Park films …

Jurassic Park

'Hunger Games' Actress Angel Giuffria Talks Life As A Cyborg

Plus, the future of bionic limbs<p><i>Hunger Games</i> actress and self-proclaimed “cyborg,” Angel Giuffria, just upgraded to one of the most advanced prosthetic arms on the market.<p>The bebionic3 is 30 percent smaller than typical prosthetics and has a ton of new grip patterns that Giuffria can cycle through. …