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South African economy shrinks, slips into recession

Africa's third-biggest economy contracted in the first quarter of this year, entering recession for the first time in eight years amid weak …

Augmented Reality Is Coming To Your Windshield

A holographic heads-up display ships later this year<p>There are heads-up displays out there already that project things like speed or turn-by-turn directions on the windshield. Some of them come directly from the manufacturer, some of them are aftermarket add-ons, but none of them incorporate …

Nasa’s New Horizons spaceship has travelled billions of miles in nine years to answer astronomers’ questions about the tiny world<p>It is the fastest spaceship ever launched and has been hurtling towards its target at a staggering 36,000mph for the past nine years. But now Nasa engineers are preparing …

Solar System

Liquid body armor tested in Poland | Reuters

Scientists at a Polish company that produce body armor systems are working to implement a non-Newtonian liquid in their products.<p>The liquid is called Shear-Thickening Fluid (STF). STF does not conform to the model of Newtonian liquids, such as water, in which the force required to move the fluid …

Wound-healing laser soon to be a reality: Israeli scientist | Reuters

Closing wounds and surgical incisions with a laser is a step closer to reality, Israeli scientists say.<p>The futuristic technique is better than current methods which damage tissue and can cause scarring, researchers from Tel Aviv University believe.<p>Head of the Applied Physics Department Abraham …

How flies correct midair rolls in milliseconds - Futurity

Scientists glued tiny magnets to the backs of flies, causing them to "trip" in midair. A high-speed camera recorded how they recovered using their …

What Goes Into Your Toilet Might Be A Literal Goldmine

Waste not, want not<p>The waste in your body might not be as much of a waste as you think. At a meeting of the American Chemical Society, researchers have announced that they are working on a way to extract tons of valuable metals from sewage.<p>A study published in <i>Environmental Science and Technology</i> …

F-35 Fighter Jets To Get Mysterious New 'Cyberpod' Cyberweapon

World’s deadliest podcast?<p>Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is, for better or worse, the future of American military airplanes. With Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps versions costing over $100 million each, the aircraft is a jack-of-some-trades designed to replace 10 older models now in …

NASA Can Make 3 More Nuclear Batteries, And That's It

Plutonium-238 is still in really short supply<p>Few materials in the universe are in as short supply as plutonium-238--the hot, radioactive material NASA uses to power its pluckiest spacecraft. It's estimated only 77 pounds (35 kilograms) of the stuff remains available to NASA, yet only 37 pounds (17 …

Will the search for dark matter end with this galaxy? - Futurity

A newly discovered dwarf galaxy orbiting the Milky Way appears to be radiating gamma rays—a sign that dark matter may be lurking at the galaxy's …

Magnets let new tool move organs for surgery - Futurity

Magnetic force could make minimally invasive surgery easier and more effective, according to an inventor of a new kind of organ retractor.

Scientists prepare to wake Philae lander from its deep sleep in the shadows of comet 67P

Starting tomorrow, scientists from the European Space Agency (ESA) will attempt to make contact with the stricken Philae lander for the first time in nearly four months.<p>The spacecraft successfully touched down on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in November last year, but an unexpectedly bouncy …

Space rocket passes key test ahead of Nasa deep-space launcher flight

A beefed-up space shuttle solid rocket motor passed a two-minute test firing in Utah on Wednesday, a key milestone toward the debut flight of Nasa’s deep-space launcher in 2018, the US space agency said.<p>Anchored horizontally to a test stand in the desert in Promontory, Utah, the five-segment motor, …

Space Exploration

Near Finish Line, Mars Opportunity Rover Stumbles Across Weird Rocks

NASA's Opportunity Mars rover is taking a break in the home stretch of its Red Planet marathon to study some rocks the likes of which it's never seen before.<p>The intriguing rocks lie atop a hill overlooking a site dubbed Marathon Valley — so named because Opportunity will have traveled the marathon …

Mars Rover

Inside Nasa’s giant rocket factory

It’s been decades since Nasa has had a rocket powerful enough to reach to the Moon – and beyond. But now the agency is building one that could venture even further into space. Richard Hollingham pays it a visit.<p>If you remember one fact from this story, make it this: America’s new rocket will be …

This nebula is filled with baby stars like our sun - Futurity

A new survey of the Carina Nebula "star nursery" is helping astronomers understand the processes that led to the formation of our sun 4.5 billion …

New Dwarf Galaxies Discovered Nearby

Hello, neighbors!<p>Guess who just moved in down the block? In a study published today in the <i>arXiv</i>, scientists announced the discovery of at least nine star clusters orbiting our own Milky Way Galaxy. Three of the satellites are believed to be three dwarf galaxies.<p>“The discovery of so many satellites …

New Goodyear Tires Harness Friction To Help Power Your Car

Where the rubber meets the road, there's energy to be gained<p>When it comes to energy, heat is a big waste. Sometimes we can put waste heat to good use, like by redirecting steam from power plants to heat homes. But a lot of other times, heat is just lost. Take, for instance, when your car tires run …

A Breathalyzer Test For All Sorts Of Drugs

Spectrographic breath analysis is more reliable and sensitive than a urine test<p>Employers mandate workplace drug tests, with the caveat that the results aren’t foolproof. The Internet abounds with workarounds or questionable methods that might alter the results of a urine test; other times the tests …

Scientists shocked by far-out star clusters on fringes of Milky Way

High above the spiral Milky Way, astronomers have spotted two clusters of new stars growing at the fringes of our galaxy. The discovery, published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, appears to be the first such stellar cradles found outside the galactic disk.<p>Living so …

China's Submarine Hunting Plane Has A Giant Stinger

The Y-8Q joins the mile-high sub-hunting club<p>China is making serious efforts to correct its longstanding deficiency in aerial Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), introducing the Shaanxi Y-8Q (also designated as the Y-8GX6) aircraft painted in the blue-gray People's Liberation Army Navy Air Force (PLANAF) …