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Zika forest: birthplace of virus that has spread fear across the world

Zika was first identified in this spot near Entebbe. Now scientists must find out how a relatively mild virus spread so far, with such horrific effects<p>The steel research tower rising over Uganda’s Zika forest is almost 40 metres high, has seven rickety wooden platforms and may be the most perilous …

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Asteroid mining could be space’s new frontier: the problem is doing it legally

Extracting minerals in space will be costly and challenging, but the biggest difficulty may lie in a treaty over who owns the moon<p>When Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong hoisted the Stars and Stripes on the moon, the act was purely symbolic. Two years earlier, mindful of Cold War animosity, the 1967 …

Space Exploration

Shuttle disaster: 'Something didn't look right'

In 1984 US President Ronald Reagan announced that Nasa would search for a member of the public to accompany five experienced astronauts on the Space Shuttle Challenger.<p>The twist was that the person chosen would have to be a teacher.<p>Thousands of people from across the US applied. Christa McAuliffe …

NASA's Fermi Satellite Completes Map Of The Sky; Finds Mysterious, Unknown Monster

For a long time, astronomy was limited to the light we could see. Telescopes were huge improvements over the human eye, capable of gathering much greater amounts of light due to their large apertures. As our technology progressed, we realized that the light our eyes are sensitive to is just a <i>tiny</i> …

Tim Peake prepares for blast off to space amid fears over creaking 50 year-old Russian rocket capsule

Britons are closer to walking on the Moon and Mars as Major Tim Peake prepares for lift-off to the International Space Station - but mission is full of risks<p>Britain officially enters the space race today as Major Tim Peake blasts off for the International Space Station in a first step which could …

Space Science

Scientists Are Reawakening a ‘Giant Virus’ Frozen in The Siberian Wilderness

30,000 years later… it woke up.<p>French researchers have announced that they will be reanimating a 30,000-year-old prehistoric virus, having discovered …

Earth Science

Leading Harvard professor offers new theory on how humans came to exist

A Harvard professor has offered a new theory on how and why humans came into existence. While many scientists will argue that the mass extinction of …

MIT scientists have charted a course for Mars that they say beats NASA's by a landslide

It's a very different plan than the NASA astronauts in the latest sci-fi action film "The Martian" take.<p>Moreover, it's not what the real NASA describes in their outline for human exploration of Mars, called the Mars Design Reference Architecture 5.0.<p>But the US space agency might want to reconsider …

Scientists find odd bright spots, could be another universe bumping into ours

Scientists believe they have found proof of parallel universes, a phenomenon that they have long been theorizing about. Astronomers have detected …

Japanese Researchers Make Glass That's Nearly Unbreakable

Scientists in Japan say they’ve fashioned glass that’s almost as strong as steel.<p>The ability to make super strong glass could lead to a whole new …

Design the Jet Engine of the Future, Win $2 Million

The U.S. Air Force is offering $2 million to whoever can design a new and improved engine to power its airplanes.<p>The competition, known as the Air …

'Could happen at any time' God particle could DESTROY universe, warns Stephen Hawking

AFP/GETTYStephen Hawking has given a stark end of the world warning<p>The Cambridge-educated cosmologist said the Higgs boson could become unstable at …

Physics

10 (More) Haunting Documentaries That Are Stranger Than Fiction

Documentaries aren't movies you'd usually think of when rattling off a list of horror films, but because documentaries depict things that <i>really</i> …

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