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Dramatic new glimpses of Earth and Mars

EUMETSAT's latest weather satellite, MSG-4, has unveiled a captivating new view of the Earth, while ESA's Mars Express Orbiter has revealed Mars in …

Space

Solar-Powered Sea Slugs: The Rare Organisms with Plant-Like Qualities

Meet the <i>Elysia chlorotica</i>, a bright green sacoglossa found along the Atlantic coast of North America that's earned the title of “solar-powered sea slug” for its ability to produce its own energy with sunlight and the chloroplasts that it sucks off of algae. This unusual process, which is similar to …

North America

The Mechanical Exoskeleton Shaping the Future of Health Care

A groundbreaking mechanical suit is helping people with disabilities to stand, walk, and carry objects.<p>The marriage of man and machine has long been …

These IIT graduates have built an electric scooter that charges faster than your phone

For four years, Tarun Mehta and Swapnil Jain slogged for hours in their dorm rooms, working on prototypes of devices ranging from clean combustion engines to efficient battery packs. By the time they graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) in 2012, their dream of …

Prototypes

Google pulled a fake app from its app store after it charged users to check their battery

The Register reports that Google accepted the BatteryBot Pro app onto the Google Play Store, meaning that Android users were able to download and use the app. But researchers from Zscaler Research looked into the app and found some worrying things happening in the background.<p>The app asked for full …

Apps

15 Bee-utiful Pictures Of Bees

A new book highlights the diversity of these fuzzy pollinators<p>If you read science news, you've probably heard a lot about the plight of the honey bee. These pollinators are responsible for producing a huge portion of the fruits and vegetables that we eat, including apples, berries, almonds, and …

Nature

Meet NASA's latest plane it wants to fly on Mars to study the planet like never before

To date, rovers on Mars have driven less than 40 miles on the Red Planet. The surface of Mars is almost 56 million square miles, and while satellites orbiting the planet like the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have helped, there is still a lot of ground left to cover up close.<p>One faster way to do that …

How the Digital Wind Farm Will Make Wind Power 20% More Efficient - SPONSOR CONTENT INSIGHT FROM GE

<i>Sponsor Content Insight from GE.</i><p>Few people embody the backyard inventor better than Charles Brush. In 1887, he built behind his mansion in Cleveland, Ohio, a 4-ton wind generator with 144 blades and a comet-like tail, and used it to power a set of batteries in his basement. Although by today’s …

Bill Gates says Subsidies for Wind Power a Pointless Waste: Time to Back Nuclear & R&D on Systems that Can Actually Work

What on Earth would the richest man in the<br>World know about energy, markets & economics?<p><b>Gates: Renewable energy can’t do the job. Gov should switch</b> …

Here's What The Future Of Energy Might Look Like. And It's Pretty Amazing (VIDEO)

You're already familiar with solar power, wind power, and even water power. But when it comes to the future of energy, those renewable power sources soon could be old news. Scientists and engineers are now building mashup versions of the renewable sources we're using today with the goal of …

Earth is on track for a mass extinction, and humans are to blame, study says

Today's animal species are disappearing at a rate up to 100 times higher than they did in the past <b>--</b> and humans are responsible, a new study warns.<p>Since the year 1500, at least 338 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish have become extinct, researchers reported Friday in the …

How Cell Phones Can Help End World Hunger

Opinion<p>Digital infrastructure may be the most powerful tool in battling the worldwide epidemic of malnutrition.<p>On a recent trip to Tanzania, I met a group of women who farmed vegetables for a living near the village of Mlandizi on the country’s east coast. As they were telling me about their …

The private investigator who spies using drones

Aerial vehicles are the latest tool for private detectives – but for how long? Rose Eveleth reports.<p>Chris Wright is a problem solver. Her clients come to her with an issue, a question, a mystery, and she figures out the best way to find the answer – using whatever tools she can. “I use a …

Nasa's fleet of fighter planes

A new video shows a cockpit view of a Nasa pilot refuelling his F-15D fighter plane while mid-flight. Why does the space agency have a fleet of fighter planes?<p>They call them ‘chase planes’. They’re a fleet of fighter aircraft of the type usually operated by the US Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps. …

The man who built himself an ‘impossible’ knee

After he lost his right leg in a car accident, Brian Bartlett was told high-octane sports were impossible – so he set out to prove the experts wrong. Rose Eveleth reports.<p>When Brian Bartlett was 24 he was hit by a car from behind so hard it ripped his right leg off. It all happened so fast. He …

How Hawaii Could Finally Make Floating Wind Farms A Reality

The picturesque waters of Hawaii could soon be home to the country's first floating wind farm.<p>During the Hawaii Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force meeting earlier this month, government and industry agencies discussed two proposals to build more than 100 turbines off the island of …