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Deleting genes could boost lifespan by 60 per cent, say scientists

The secret of extending life by decades may lie in switching off certain genes, scientists believe, after showing that small genetic tweaks can make organisms live 60 per cent longer.<p>Ten years of research by the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing and the University of Washington has identified …

Researchers Make Artificial Cells That Can Replicate Themselves

To better understand how life might have started on Earth<p>Scientists have a pretty good theory for how life on Earth began: Meteorites that bombarded our planet brought simple carbon-based compounds called amino acids. Eventually, slowly, these chemicals combined to make cells, which were then able …

8 Printable Martian Habitat Designs That We Want To Live In

Day One: Arrive in lander. Day Two: Print out a habitat.<p>If <i>The Martian</i> has taught us anything, it’s that surviving on Mars won’t be easy. It’s really cold, there’s practically no oxygen in the atmosphere, no food, no water, and it pummels you with radiation. NASA plans to send the first humans to …

The universe is slowly dying, but don't freak out

The cosmos is on its way to a very slow death, according to a new study.<p>A group of astronomers has surveyed the energy generated in more than 200,000 …

Mars project scientists emerge from dome after 8 months

Volunteers who have spent 8 months inside a dome on a Hawaii volcano to simulate life on Mars have completed their mission<p>Six scientists who were living under a dome on the slopes of a dormant Hawaii volcano for eight months to simulate life on Mars have emerged from isolation.<p>The crew stepped …

Ice age camel DNA discovered in Canada change theories on species

New results of fossil analysis will help scientists to understand why the camels went extinct 13,000 years ago and to re-examine other species<p>Miners in north-western Canada have discovered ice age camel bones whose DNA is forcing scientists to redraw the family tree of the now-extinct species.<p>Grant …

China's big biotech bet starting to pay off | Reuters

SHANGHAI/LONDON (Reuters) - Years of pouring money into its laboratories, wooing scientists home from overseas and urging researchers to publish and patent is starting to give China a competitive edge in biotechnology, a strategic field it sees as ripe for “indigenous innovation.”<p>Researchers work …

Nasa 'flying saucer' parachute fails to inflate in test flight

The space agency’s trials over Hawaii are meant to experiment with ways to send more sophisticated robots and eventually humans to red planet<p>Nasa let loose a flying saucer into the sky over Hawaii on Monday in order to test a donut-like airbag and its largest parachute ever, but the device did not …

The doomsday vault: the seeds that could save a post-apocalyptic world | Suzanne Goldenberg

Photograph: Images Group/REX_Shutterstock<p>The seeds are stored in boxes labelled alphabetically, in a room that looks like a warehouse.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/5/19/1432047805342/2ecc97a4-1992-407c-b411-fc27448eef94-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Images …

Agriculture

Mars Mission Could Cause Brain Damage Due To Exposure To Cosmic Rays

Thousands of people have volunteered for a potential mission to Mars, but if any of them end up making the trip, they might lose a few brain cells along the way.<p>New research finds that exposure to cosmic rays during the long journey, expected to take about six to eight months, can damage the brain …

Names needed in 20 distant solar systems

Deadline for submissions in the NameExoWorlds contest is June 15, 2015. Fifteen stars and 32 planets (47 objects total) in 20 solar systems available …

Astronomy

Can you solve these top mysteries of the universe?

Scientists have discovered a ‘supervoid’ in space, a peculiar empty section of space which is missing roughly 10,000 galaxies. This empty space, which is thought to be the largest known structure ever discovered in the universe, is baffling experts.<p>Scientists are unclear about what this desolate …

Boeing has patented a ‘Star Wars’-style force field

Boeing has won a patent for a protective force field that could stop vehicles from being harmed by explosions, Popular Science reports.<p>It might sound futuristic — and it is. The patent isn’t about stopping bullets or lasers or anything like that, though. Instead, it detects explosions near a …

Small BeeRotor Drone Learns To Fly By Sight Alone

A less creepy alternative to cyborg beetles<p>Secretly, a lot of drones are cell phone parts disguised as flying machines. Advances in cellular technology, like miniaturized powerful batteries, cheaper smaller cameras, and sensors like accelerometers have all found their way from our pockets to the …

Boeing's 'plasma shields' would block explosion shockwaves

"Captain, magnetic seals in the anti-matter chamber are decaying!" "Shields up!" Now that we have <i>that</i> out of our systems, let's start by saying that unlike a <i>Star Trek</i>-style deflector, Boeing's plasma "shield" could never block shells or bullets, let alone anti-matter explosions. But if its patent …

Solar-Powered Membrane Separates Water Into Hydrogen and Oxygen Without Exploding

Taking a leaf out of leaves' playbook<p>Hydrogen powered cars are slowly accelerating in popularity with boosts from infrastructure development and car manufacturers. But getting eco-friendly hydrogen is still a bit of a challenge. Right now, a lot of hydrogen is produced through mixing steam and …

Super-fast 3D printing takes its cue from 'Terminator 2'

In a sense, 3D printing as you know it is a lie -- it's really stacking a series of 2D layers on top of each other, rather than forming a single object. That's where Carbon3D might come to the rescue. It just unveiled a 3D printing technique, Continuous Liquid Interface Production, that creates …

SXSW 2015: The Star Trek Tricorder Is Real And Will Diagnose You Soon

Easy, at-home diagnostic tools could cut down on doctor’s visits<p>The <i>Star Trek</i> franchise envisioned a universe rife with technologies both awe-inspiring and seemingly too advanced for us to use any time soon. Yet, as the show turns 50 years old next year, many of these futuristic concepts are rapidly …

Control Your Smartphone With Stickers On Your Skin

For those times when your pocket is just too far<p>Fumbling for a cell phone that rang during a meeting can be pretty embarrassing, and tapping out an email on a smartwatch is always a frustrating experience. To make mobile devices even simpler to control, a team of German and American computer …

British government approves the first spaceport in Europe

The British government has backed plans to build a spaceport in the United Kingdom. The facility, scheduled to be operational by 2018, is set to become to be the first spaceport in Europe, and is expected to offer both commercial travel into space and ultra-fast international flights. In agreeing …

What It Could Be Like to Live on Mars

I'd always wanted to visit Mars. Instead I got Hawaii. There, about 8,200 feet above sea level on Mauna Loa, sits a geodesically domed habitat for …

Food for Mars

The race is on to colonise Mars with national agencies and private companies setting their sights upon its terrain. But if getting pioneers to the red planet is a mission, feeding them is another.<p>Now, some students are aiming to investigate the possibility of growing a sustainable food source on …

Sustainability

What Would It Be Like to Live on Mars?

The idea of living on Mars has been a staple of science fiction since the 19th century, when American astronomer Percival Lowell speculated that the …

Astronomy

Moon Space Law: Legal Debate Swirls Around Private Lunar Ventures

A recent action by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is stirring up some moon dust in a legal debate about private companies setting up shop …

Space Exploration

Scientists discover black hole so big it contradicts growth theory | Reuters

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Scientists say they have discovered a black hole so big that it challenges the theory about how they grow.<p>An artist's illustration shows a supermassive black hole with millions to billions times the mass of our sun at the center, surrounded by matter flowing onto the black hole …

Pluto And Ceres May Become Planets Again Soon

This year's missions to the outer solar system are set to shake up the planetary family tree<p>Ceres is the largest object in the asteroid belt, and NASA’s Dawn spacecraft will arrive at this dwarf planet on March 6, 2015.<p>Pluto is the largest object in the Kuiper belt, and NASA’s New Horizons …

Astronomers Find Supermassive Black Hole 12 Billion Times Size of the Sun

Astronomers say they have have discovered a black hole so big that it challenges the theory about how they grow. Scientists said this black hole was formed about 900 million years after the Big Bang. But with measurements indicating it is 12 billion times the size of the sun, the black hole …

Black Holes

Big, bright quasar from ancient universe stuns scientists

Deep in the universe's past, astronomers have discovered a luminous quasar powered by an enormous black hole that contains the mass of 12 billion suns. The incredibly bright object is ancient -- shining when the universe was only 875 million years old -- and way bigger than it should be for an …