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The Week In Numbers: Fire In Space, The First Cloned Human Embryo, And More

<b>1,350 light-years</b>: the distance to a "fiery ribbon" stretching across the Orion Nebula, captured recently by a submillimeter-wavelength camera inside Chile's Atacama Pathfinder Experiment telescope. The ribbon is actually a glow given off by cold interstellar dust at wavelengths too long for human …

Take a Look Inside a Tiny Nuclear Reactor

This year Westinghouse will begin fuel tests for its Small Modular Reactor (SMR), a downsized system that puts out 225 megawatts.<p><b>On the tail of getting the go-ahead</b> from the federal government to build the first new nuclear reactors in the U.S. in over 30 years, Westinghouse is aiming small. This …

Human cloning developments raise hopes for new treatments

Lorraine Barnes suffered a heart attack in 2005 and has lived with the consequences – extreme exhaustion and breathlessness – ever since. "I was …

Tiny droplets ‘flow’ like quark-gluon plasma

<b>VANDERBILT (US) —</b> Physicists may have created the smallest drops of liquid ever made in the lab—only the size of three to five protons.<p>To provide a …

FYI: Can A Bionic Eye See As Well As A Human Eye?

It's the difference between a grainy black-and-white film and HD.<p>Previously blind patients who receive the recently FDA-approved Argus II bionic eye system will regain some degree of functional sight. The retinal implant technology, developed and distributed by Second Sight, can improve quality of …

Opening doors to foldable electronics

Researchers develop method to print highly conductive, bendable layers of graphene.<p>Imagine a bendable tablet computer or an electronic newspaper that …

Compressing air for renewable energy storage

Study identifies two compressed air energy storage methods and sites for the Northwest.<p>Enough Northwest wind energy to power about 85,000 homes each …

Swiss group builds insect-inspired camera system with 180-degree vision

There's a race underway to bring insect-like compound eyes to micro drones. Curvace, a research group from Switzerland, is the latest to announce a compound eye invention with its Curved Artificial Compound Eye (CACE) prototype, made up of a strip of small cameras. Curvace is competing with a bug …

NASA is funding a 3D food printer, and it'll start with pizza

NASA is funding research into 3D-printed food. As <i>Quartz</i> reveals, mechanical engineer Anjan Contractor received a $125,000 grant from the agency to build a prototype 3D printer with the aim of automating food creation. It's hoped the system could provide astronauts food during long-distance space …

Macrophages let salamanders replace limbs

<b>MONASH U. (AUS) —</b> Salamanders can regrow limbs thanks to their immune systems, which could also play a role in the regeneration of their spinal …

Video: Seeing (infra)red

Andrew Shurtleff’s stunning time-lapse video shows the world as viewed in near-infrared – like a planet painted in pure ice.<p>Martha Morales uses her …

Inside The World's Most Ambitious Eco-City

Why would a petro-state erect a solar-powered eco-metropolis in the middle of the Arabian desert? To change the world.<p>At first glance, Masdar City appears a mirage. From a distance it looks like a single multicolored building, standing lonely on the horizon. Part of the illusion is due to the …

Cold Fusion Machine Gets Third-Party Verification, Inventor Says

The E-Cat strikes again.<p>A well-known promoter of cold fusion technology—who's been demonstrating his latest invention here and there over the past two years—has announced that an independent third party has verified his machine works. That is, it creates a large amount of energy in the form of …