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Rosetta selfie, bands of Mars and ghostly spokes of Saturn – in pictures

Our monthly roundup of best space-related imagery in the known universe includes the second largest spiral galaxy found by Hubble Space Telescope, the North America Nebula and a snap of the cosmos filled with millions of galaxies<p>The Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft, above, approaches the International …

Suspended Animation In Space Travel: What Scientists Still Need To Learn

Human hibernation could be a great way to get to Mars (and beyond), but a few big questions remain.<p>The first astronauts who head off to Mars might make the entire 180-day journey while they’re fast asleep. In a NASA-commissioned study on human stasis, aerospace engineers at SpaceWorks have found …

Lab-made blood cells hunt cancer, leading to remissions

19 of 30 patients treated with genetically-modified T cells remain in remission from otherwise-fatal leukemia<p>The blood cells of cancer patients, reprogrammed by doctors to attack their leukemia and re-infused back into the patients’ veins, led to complete remissions in 27 of 30 people. That’s …

With NASA Probe's Arrival, International Mars Invasion Gets Under Way

NASA's MAVEN is entering Mars orbit, kicking off a rush of countries putting their own robots and orbiters on the planet.<p>Mars is getting crowded. A new NASA orbiter slips into Mars orbit on Sunday, followed closely by India's first interplanetary probe, a comet, and then a rush of countries …

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Week's Best Space Pictures: Moons Ravaged, Auroras Revel, and Astronauts Return

Saturn's gravity pillages moonlets, a solar storm births auroras, and space explorers come home in the week's best space pictures.

Ship From Doomed Franklin Expedition Found in Arctic After 169 Years

Science News<p>A ship that figures in one of the greatest mysteries in Arctic exploration — the 1840s disappearance of the Franklin Expedition — has been found, Canadian authorities said Tuesday.<p>It’s not known yet whether the ship found in Canada’s Arctic is the HMS Erebus or HMS Terror, Prime …

Epigenetics: genes, environment and the generation game

As with so much in science, this story owes a lot to mice. The tale begins with a pregnant mouse in a laboratory in Boston, Massachusetts. Such is the unfortunate lot of a lab rodent that she was kept on a near-starvation diet when she was close to giving birth. As scientists expected, her babies …

NASA's New Mega-Rocket for Deep Space Will Be Launch Ready by 2018

NASA new mega-rocket, a towering booster designed for deep space missions, will be ready for its first test flight no later than November 2018, space …

Life Discovered In Antarctic Lake That Hasn't Seen Sunlight For Millions Of Years

Antarctica, the coldest place on Earth, teems with microscopic life. Tiny organisms dwell on the ice and live inside glaciers, and now, researchers confirm, a rich microbial ecosystem persists underneath the thick ice sheet, where no sunlight has been felt for millions of years.<p>Nearly 4,000 species …

Cancer leaves a common fingerprint on DNA

Regardless of their stage or type, cancers appear to share a telltale signature of widespread changes to the so-called epigenome, according to a team …

Boy Given A 3-D Printed Spine Implant

A titanium vertebra now stiffens this 12-year-old's spine<p>Rather than having a “spine of steel,” a 12-year-old boy in China can now boast something even cooler – a spine of titanium.<p>Doctors at Peking University Third Hospital have successfully implanted the first ever 3-D-printed section of vertebra …

Cryopreservation: ‘I freeze people to cheat death’

Max More will have his brain frozen after he dies, and he’s not alone. Rose Eveleth asks him why he signed up – and how the strange procedure of cryopreserving bodies actually works.<p>In 1972 Max More saw a children’s science fiction television show called Time Slip that featured characters being …

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Look at what two years on Mars did to the Curiosity Rover

Welcome to the first annual Verge Hack Week. We're totally blowing up our site: we've given our reporters and editors the entire week to play with new tools and experiment with new storytelling ideas, while members of our amazing product team have gathered in New York to help build all sorts of …

Blacksmith Genesis has 3D-scanning and printing in a spin

Whereas most existing commercial 3D printers use a Cartesian coordinates system, sliding inflexibly in flat planes, the diminutive Genesis – which is …

Purer-than-pure silicon solves problem for quantum tech

<b>In a quantum computer, pure silicon is not enough - only one specific type of silicon atom will do.</b><p>The good stuff is silicon-28, and physicists in the US have worked out how to produce it with 40 times greater purity than ever before.<p>Even better, they can do it in the lab instead of relying on …

From The Archives: Debating The Hiroshima And Nagasaki Bombings

"By splitting the atom, man may have united the world."<p>On August 6th, 1945, the American B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay dropped the atomic bomb Little Boy on Hiroshima, Japan. It was the second atomic weapon ever detonated, and the first used in actual war. A few weeks earlier, Manhattan Project …

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Painless “universal” cancer blood test being explored

A universal blood test that could identify any type of cancer in a patient is one step closer, researchers say, potentially opening the door to …

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Tiny Traps Capture Individual Blood Cells

Don't worry, they're humane traps—the cells remain alive inside their translucent pyramidal prisons.<p>Gotcha! These little pyramids are actually microscopic traps designed to gently enclose single cells without killing them. The idea is that in the future, such traps could be a part of a system for …

Marvel Unlimited gives you 15,000 comics for just 99 cents

Comic book fans know the sheer joy of being able to tear through a big stack of comics on your tablet, whenever you want. And as a bonus, that …

How To Become An Astronaut

Becoming an astronaut doesn't just happen overnight. It takes many years of education and experience to meet the basic qualifications. Many people …

Darwin's Library From the HMS Beagle—The Digital Edition

More than 400 books that helped create evolutionary biology have been re-assembled into an online library

Hints To Longevity Found In Blood Of 115-Year-Old Woman

She maintained clear cognition until near the end of her life.<p>Born in 1890, Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper died at the age of 115 in 2005, leaving her body to science. Until very close to her death, she remained in relatively good health and cognition, and was for example able to carry on a …

Best Space Pictures: Ancient Cluster of Stars, Heavy Metal on Mars, and Europa's Frozen Bars

Astronauts welcome new supplies and summer brings beautiful skies in the week's best space pictures.

New Mars Map Is the Best Ever Made (Image, Video)

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has released the most thorough map of the Martian surface to date.<p>The new map of Mars, which was released …

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Best Space Pictures: Orion Rises, Mars Tilts, and Aurora Blooms

Echoes of a star explosion, space station revelations, and prairie observations shine in the week's best space pictures.