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Male pheromones ramp up aging in female worms - Futurity

Male pheromones "trigger the female to 'go for it'," as far as reproduction goes, says Ilya Ruvinsky. But there's a downside: They also speed up …

Planetary Society Set To Launch Solar Sail Experiment

The Planetary Society is preparing to launch a tiny satellite into orbit later this month as the first phase in testing a solar sail as a means of spacecraft propulsion — an idea that has been kicking around in the science (and science-fiction) literature for at least a century.<p>The satellite, …

Space Travel

Asteroids probably deliver water to other planets - Futurity

Water delivery via asteroids or comets is likely taking place in many other planetary systems, just as it happened on Earth.

MIT Invention Turns Salt Water Into Drinking Water Using Solar Power

It could help farmers in developing countries<p>From plants to people, every living thing on this planet needs water. But getting enough to survive, and survive comfortably, that can be a little tricky. Just look at the furor around California's new water restrictions. If a state as wealthy as …


Could scientists re-grow teeth in the lab? - Futurity

A new discovery with rodent incisors suggests that a dentist could one day reach for a living tooth regenerated in a lab to replace a broken one.

Mosquitoes 'lured by body odour genes'

<b>The likelihood of being bitten by mosquitoes could be down to genes that control our body odour, a preliminary study in Plos One suggests.</b><p>Researchers tested pairs of identical and non-identical twins to see how attractive they were to mosquitoes.<p>Identical twins were more likely to have similar …


Pain tinkers with response to different drugs - Futurity

Researchers have determined how cellular signals for pain fine-tune neurons' sensitivity to opioids. Could this lead to less addictive painkillers?


How It Works: Growing A Biological Drone To Explore Mars

Why ship hardware to space when we can just culture it on arrival?<p>NASA is working on a prototype drone that will be able to survey Mars from a modest altitude. But what if instead of shipping a drone to Mars, we could just ship small vials of cells, and use them to grow a biodegradable drone on the …


Run Like An Animal With Bionic Boots [Video]

These boots were made for bounding<p>For 25 years, inventor Keahi Seymour has dreamed of running with the speed and loping gait of an animal. His inspiration struck at age 12, while he was watching a program about kangaroos. “The announcer said it moves at such an efficient gait by using its Achilles …

Magnetically Levitating Elevators Could Reshape Skylines

They go up, down, and all around<p>With the debut of passenger elevators some 150 years ago, cities were forever changed. Freed from the tyranny of stairwells, architects built as high as they liked. That is, until they ran into another barrier: the weight of steel cables. A new elevator design from …


Gold amps up radiation to kill cancer cells - Futurity

Scientists have demonstrated a new way to make radiation even more deadly to cancer cells—gold nanoparticles by "special delivery."


Glaciers of frozen water found on Mars

Scientists have discovered belts of glaciers consisting of frozen water equivalent to over 150 billion cubic metres - enough to cover the entire …

Mars Mission

'Personalized medicine' is fatal for mosquitoes - Futurity

A new class of chemical insecticides is "like personalized medicine for mosquitoes—but in this case, the medicine is lethal," says Catherine Hill.


This ancient 'remedy' actually kills MRSA - Futurity

Researchers test a 10th century potion on "superbug" bacteria. They report that it works as well, if not better, than today's antibiotics.


How cells know to rush in and heal wounds - Futurity

Scientists have discovered how cells know to rush to a wound and heal it. The results are a big advancement for regenerative medicine, say …


Diabetes genes come out of hiding - Futurity

Researchers have narrowed down the number of genes that play a role in diabetes. "It's a game-changer for Type 1 diabetes," says Patrick Concannon.

How tiny wires trap a 'tornado' - Futurity

Physicists have now figured out how to trap troublesome vortices within extremely short, ultra-thin nanowires, keeping supercurrents flowing.


Shocking Or Intriguing? NASA Challenges Physics, To Build Faster-Than-Light Spaceship ‘Warp Drive’

NASA scientist Harold White has stunned the world with his announcement that he and his team has begun work on the development of a faster-than-light …

Could melatonin drug treat neuropathic pain? - Futurity

Neuropathic pain is often severe and difficult to treat, but a new study finds drugs that target a specific melatonin receptor may offer relief.

Does dark matter cause mass extinctions and geologic upheavals?

Research by New York University Biology Professor Michael Rampino concludes that Earth's infrequent but predictable path around and through our …

Dark Matter

Could driverless cars own themselves?

<b>Forget buying an electric-powered Tesla, sharing a Zipcar or hiring an Uber - the most disruptive force in getting from A to B on four wheels could be cars that own themselves.</b><p>Emancipated automobiles sounds like a crazy concept. But the man advocating the idea goes further: he thinks they'll have …

Driverless Cars

The latest no-Big Bang theory relies on a quantum fluid of hypothetical massless particles

Artist’s conception of theory/NASA<p>Further to: So we can get rid of the multiverse if we assume that the laws of nature evolve?<p>The widely accepted age …

Scientists Have Figured Out a Way to Convert Solar Energy Into Liquid Fuel

Researchers at Harvard have discovered how to convert solar energy into liquid fuel, potentially accelerating our switch to the alternative-energy …

National Academy of Sciences

What a Happy Cell Looks Like

A growing field of research is examining how life satisfaction may affect cellular functioning and DNA.<p>“What is the truest form of human happiness?” Steven Cole asks.<p>It’s a question he’s been considering for most of his career—but Cole is a genomics researcher, not a philosopher. To him, this …


The Science Behind How Boredom Benefits Creative Thought

Recent studies show that a little boredom in your day opens up the potential for more creative thinking.<p>Boredom gets a bad rap. Truly amazing ideas and offbeat solutions have often come from endless hours of daydreaming.<p>If space and time is what you need to make unusual connections, then why does …


Engineered antibodies grab on to HIV 'spikes' - Futurity

Engineered antibodies are more than 100 times better than our body's own defenses at binding to HIV. The findings could lead to more effective drugs.


From the archives: Scientists say patterns in deep space shed light on first moments of the universe

Like a biography with a missing first chapter, the story of our universe has always left a big question unanswered about how it all began.<p>Observations that probe the farthest reaches of space have taken scientists nearly 13.8 billion years back in time, but no farther. Before then, light could not …


Six different scans can 'see' this nanoparticle - Futurity

A new kind of nanoparticle could one day let scientists combine multiple types of medical imaging into a single scan with a single contrast agent.

Scientists Make Lab-Grown Muscle That Flexes Like the Real Thing

All it takes is a little zap of electrical stimulation.<p>Researchers at Duke University have engineered the first lab-grown muscle capable of contracting. It's a big step toward doctors being able to restore mobility to atrophied muscle groups, create custom muscles tailored to a patient, and test …

Why Billions of Exoplanets Are Suddenly Looking More Habitable

A new astrophysics study just raised the chances for finding life on exoplanets across the universe.<p><b>If you're on the hunt for Earth-like planets</b> that can sustain life, then your best bet might not be stars that look like our sun, but smaller, cooler stars—orange and red dwarfs. These, on average, …