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NASA probe shows Pluto might have a polar ice cap

It might still be about 70 million miles from Pluto, but that can't stop NASA's eager New Horizons space probe from doing its best to spy on the dwarf planet. For the first time since its launch in 2006 -- and its activation in December of last year -- the plucky probe has returned images that …

Solar System

Harnessing Big Data, The Cloud And Watson Build The Car Of The Future

Even with the popularity of crowd-sourced traffic apps, motorists know precious little about the drive home. A lack of information about roadway and weather conditions is more than an annoyance. It’s killing us. The World Health Organization says 1.24 million people die every year in traffic …

World Health Organization

Space Station Could Get Laser Cannon to Destroy Orbital Debris

The International Space Station could one day get armed with a laser to shoot down orbiting debris, researchers say.<p>This concept could eventually …

Is NASA one step closer to warp drive?

Potentially good news for those who want to zip around our solar system, and beyond, at speeds approaching that of light -- and maybe even faster.<p>NASA, according to NASASpaceFlight.com, is quietly claiming to have successfully tested a revolutionary new means of space travel that could one day …

Space Travel

Beat it, Buster: SpaceX to fire dummy a mile high to test life-saving capsule

The crew capsule constitutes a launch abort system for crews of future space launches, something Nasa’s now-retired space shuttles lacked<p>SpaceX is just days away from shooting up a crew capsule to test a launch escape system designed to save astronauts’ lives.<p>Buster, the dummy, is already strapped …

Very quick painting of bizarre new scansoriopterygid, Yi qi. Here it is in a leap after Tiaojishan fly Calosargus. http://t.co/Uf8W3cVdMq

A Veteran Scientist Dreams Boldly Of 'Earth And Sky'

Freeman Dyson is one of the most famous names in science, and sometimes one of the most controversial. Dyson is 91 and was one of the British scientists who helped win World War II. He spent most years since as a professor of physics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. He …

We should do more to secure our digital memories | Life & Physics

On bit rot, Donkey Kong and and old photographs<p>Recently I rescued some data from an old laptop with a broken screen and a failing disk drive. It was a very emotional experience.<p>This isn’t physics data. These are megabytes of music not petabytes of particles. Actually they are the songs I downloaded …

3D-Printed Biomaterial Restores Babies' Breathing

Airway splints save lives, then dissolve<p>3D aficionados have been printing everything from candy to guns, and the technique has been making its way into the biomedical realm, generating everything from functional organs to prosthetics. In 2012, a team of researchers from the University of Michigan …

Welcome To The Neighborhood: 2 Super-Earths Discovered

Using telescopes in Hawaii and California, astronomers have found two super-Earth-size planets orbiting a star a mere 54 light-years away.<p>This brings to three the total number of exoplanets around the star HD 7924.<p>The discovery is important for two reasons. NASA's Kepler telescope has shown that …

The world's thinnest transistor is just three atoms thick

There’s a new contender for the world’s thinnest piece of electronics — and at three atoms thick, it’s going to be hard to beat.<p>Researchers have discovered a new process for producing ultra-thin transistors, according to a paper published today in <i>Nature</i>. The devices are made from an experimental …

Watch A Rockslide's Explosive Reaction With A Red-Hot Lava Lake

You don't want to get caught in this splash zone<p>The lava lake at the Halema'uma'u Crater of Kilauea volcano has finally overflowed--an event that has been anticipated for days. The lake of molten rock formed in 2010, and has been a source of fascination for both scientists and volcano lovers, who …

Lucy or Brucey? It Can Be Tricky to Tell the Sex of Fossil Ancestors

Was Lucy a she? Paleoanthropologists have always visualized the famous skeleton of the human ancestor found 40 years ago as a petite female, due to the size of the bones. But now that a variety of specimens have been classified as Australopithecus afarensis, some researchers are saying it's harder …

Anthropology

Researchers Can Tell Twins Apart Because Of Environmental Changes To DNA

It's all about the methyls<p>In late 2012, a man raped six women in the south of France. DNA evidence led officials to two suspects, a pair of twins. The victims recognized the men, but couldn’t tell them apart; since the twins' DNA is identical, officials didn’t have a way to figure out which one of …

New Horizons' Pluto Pictures Reveal Surface Details -- and a Polar Cap?

Newly released, highly processed images of Pluto show light and dark regions of the dwarf planet — and what looks like a bright polar ice cap — spinning through the field of view for NASA's New Horizons spacecraft.<p>The pictures are arguably higher-resolution than the best views from the Hubble Space …

Source of Antarctica's Eerie 'Bleeding Glacier' Found

Antarctica's Dry Valleys are the most arid places on Earth, but underneath their icy soils lies a vast and ancient network of salty, liquid water filled with life, a new study finds.<p>The Dry Valleys are almost entirely ice-free, except for a few isolated glaciers. Inside the canyons, the climate is …

You Just Missed the Last Ground Sloths

When did the last of the ground sloths disappear? The standard answer is “about 10,000 years ago”. That’s the oft-repeated cutoff date for when much of the world’s Ice Age megafauna – from mastodons to <i>Megatherium</i> – faded away. It’s nice and neat, falling just after the close of the last Ice Age and …

New Horizons Spots Possible Polar Cap on Pluto

As NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft hurries toward its epic rendezvous with dwarf planet Pluto, the little world is coming into focus a bit more quickly than expected. Today, thanks to some image processing wizardry, new images from New Horizons are already revealing some of the features marking the …

Top Shot: Lighting and Lava

Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen. The Daily Dozen is 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors each day from thousands of recent uploads. Our community has the chance to vote for their favorite from the selection.<p>Chile’s Calbuco volcano erupts as …

Graveyard of Stars May Lie at Milky Way's Center

An unidentified blast of powerful X-rays suggests something violent is happening at the core of the galaxy—but astronomers aren't sure what it is.<p>The center of the Milky Way is a crowded, violent place, where stars and gas clouds whirl at high speed around a gigantic black hole. Now astronomers …

Contestants Give Artful Names to Five Craters on Mercury

Question: What do an Irish composer, an Akkadian princess, an Armenian-Canadian photographer, an Egyptian singer and a Mexican painter have in common? Answer: They're all artistic types — and they're the namesakes for five craters on the planet Mercury, thanks to a contest celebrating the end of …

Astronomy

California Plans To Drastically Cut Carbon Emissions By 2030

Party like it's pre-1990<p>Less than a month ago California's Governor, Jerry Brown, announced mandatory water restrictions for his drought-plagued state. Now, he's set another environmental bar for the state to live up to, this time tackling emissions instead of water.<p>A new executive order announces …

Science Is Beautiful: The Human Body Under The Microscope

A new book showcases the magnificent micro-world<p><i>Science Is Beautiful</i>, a new book by Colin Salter, is a compilation of images that show what the human body looks like under a microscope. With an artistic eye, the book showcases cells, microbes, and more. Here are some of our favorite images from</i> …

Is it a bird? Is it a bat? Meet Yi qi, the dinosaur that is sort of both

Incredible new find from China has both feathers and bat-like wings<p>Researchers today announced the discovery of a stunning new dinosaur fossil: a glider with wings similar to both birds and bats. It has been named <i>Yi qi</i> (meaning ‘strange wing’) and is a small feathered dinosaur from the Middle …

Mercury and the Pleiades

The elusive planet Mercury and the lovely Seven Sisters are low in the west after sunset now. Watch for them.<p>Jack Webb in Wapiti, Wyoming captured …

Penguins use poo to melt snow

Call it landscaping the penguin way: time-lapse footage from a colony of Antarctic Gentoo penguins appears to show the birds using their feces to melt snow in their breeding grounds. The images — captured by the University of Oxford's Penguin Watch initiative — show the snow piling up before the …

Watch the secret first test flight of Jeff Bezos' rocket

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TestFlight

The dawn of the plastic car?

Printing the parts of a car and building it yourself sounds like pure fantasy. But one US lab has done just that. Jack Stewart investigates.<p>The Shelby Cobra recently unveiled by the US Department of Energy’s Oakridge National Laboratory is no ordinary sports car. It wasn’t so much built as …

World's largest radio telescope to have UK's Jodrell Bank as HQ

Site to host headquarters for the Square Kilometre Array, which will draw on over a hundred thousand dishes and antennae across Australia and South Africa<p>Britain has been chosen to host the permanent headquarters for the world’s largest radio telescope, an observatory that aims to delve deep into …