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Warp Drive & Transporters: How 'Star Trek' Technology Works (Infographic)

The original "Star Trek" television series featured technology that had first appeared decades earlier in science fiction stories. Pulp heroes had …

Physics

'A God That Could Be Real' In The Scientific Universe

<i>Part One Of Two. (Read Part Two here.)</i><p>"God" is a word. If we define it, even subconsciously, as something that cannot exist in our universe, we banish the idea of God from our reality and throw away all possibility of incorporating a potent spiritual metaphor into a truly coherent big picture. But …

Dark Matter

Hubble at 25: the best images from the space telescope - in pictures

As the Hubble space telescope gets ready to celebrate 25 years since its launch, we look back at some of the iconic images it has produced

Hubble Space Telescope

Scientists in China edit human genome in embryos for the first time

New study confirms rumors in the scientific community, heralds new debate over the ethics of human genetic engineering<p>For the first time ever, scientists have reported editing the genetic code in human embryos. The work, carried out by researchers in China, sought to remove a gene responsible for a …

Genetics

Top 10 things about brown recluse spiders

It’s their active season. Here are some things you might not know.<p>It’s brown recluse spider season. That’s the spider with the violin markings on its …

What is the smell of rain?

The word for it is “petrichor.” It’s the name of an oil that’s released from Earth into the air before rain begins to fall.<p>Australia’s national …

Intriguing cycle of close and far moons

This post explains lunar perigee – the moon’s closest point to Earth – and includes dates of all closest and farthest moons for each month of …

Solar Eclipses Are Slowly Disappearing, And There's Nothing We Can Do To Stop It

About twice a year, the Moon appears to pass in front of the Sun, giving rise to a partial solar eclipse if the alignment is imperfect, but leading to either a total or annular solar eclipse if the Earth, Moon and Sun all form a straight line in space.<p>It’s only by chance that the Moon and the Sun …

Space Travel

Living on Other Planets: What Would It Be Like?

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on the moon? What about Mars, or Venus or Mercury? We sure have and that's why we decided to …

When can we talk to aliens?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Are we alone in the cosmos? Or might there be intelligent life elsewhere?<p>Last week, NASA scientists discussed in very concrete terms the steps to discovering life elsewhere in the universe over the next decade or two.<p>This year is the 20th anniversary of the discovery of a planet around a …

Astronomy

12-inch MacBook review

<i>(Shot on location at WeWork. Also available on YouTube)</i><p>Apple's latest laptop is simply called the MacBook.<p>Actually, I suppose, you're going to see everybody refer to it as "the new MacBook" for a little while, but that's just temporary. The name is a signal. Apple could have called it the MacBook …

Amazon files lawsuit against fake review providers

Amazon has had enough of fake reviews that skew its products' ratings, so it's reportedly taking the issue to court. According to <i>GeekWire</i>, the e-commerce giant has filed a lawsuit against a man known as Jay Gentile from California, who was identified as the operator of several websites that peddle …

The U.S. Is Still Far From Legalizing Three-Parent Babies

We have the technology, but we lag behind the Brits. What do they know that we don’t?<p>This past February, the United Kingdom became the first country to legalize mitochondrial replacement therapy (MRT), also known as mitochondrial DNA replacement, which can be used to make “three-parent babies.” …

Genetics

The Moon May Be The Result Of Earth's Collision With Its Long-Lost Twin

Digging up dirt on our satellite's back story<p>Our beloved Moon, often the staple of a peaceful and tranquil nighttime scene, has a pretty violent origin story.<p>In 1970, researchers proposed the “giant impact” hypothesis, which reasons that the Moon is the result of a huge collision between the Earth …

Astronomy

This Cosmic Ring Photo Is the One to Rule Them All

A new image of an extremely distant galaxy looks like it was the inspiration for the "One Ring" in "The Hobbit," but it's actually the result of …

YouTube: Hank Green tells fellow creators to aim for '$1 per view'

Good news: online video star Hank Green has made around $2m of advertising revenue from the billion views of his videos over the last eight years. Bad news: he spent more than $4m making them.<p>Green isn’t downcast, though: he wants fellow YouTube creators to look beyond the current advertising rates …

Advertising

Smartphones could be charged in 60 seconds with new battery

An iPhone 6 takes around two hours to charge but could be full of power in a minute if fitted with a new aluminium battery<p>Smartphones could be charged in less than one minute after scientists at Stanford University invented an aluminium battery so powerful it could revolutionise the industry.<p>The …

Clean Energy

How to Hack Your Body to Live Past 120

A high-profile group of futurists is exploring the possibility of extending human life. How will they do it? Treat the body like a computer.<p>For as …

Singularity

Skywatching in 2015: 9 Must-See Stargazing Events

The year 2015 is packed full of amazing astronomical sights in the daytime and nighttime sky, from solar and lunar eclipses to dazzlingly bright …

The Nasa team keeping tabs on intergalactic death rays

A space mission tracking the most violent explosions in the Universe has just celebrated its 10th anniversary. Richard Hollingham discovers how Swift has changed our view of the cosmos.<p>You do not want to get in the way of a gamma ray burst.<p>“They’re the most luminous, high energy explosions that …

Universe

This Aussie Teen Built A Telescope And His Pictures Of Space Are Breathtaking

The sky is NOT the limit.<p>"There is so much unknown in space so I was kind of intrigued to know what kind of things were out there after seeing the amazing photos of it in books and stuff. I built my own telescope because I just love making things and also I didn't have the money to purchase one."<p>"I …

Astronomy

Jupiter, Destroyer of Worlds, May Have Paved the Way for Earth

In Greco-Roman mythology Jupiter is the king of the gods, a deity who destroyed an older race of titans to become the jealous and vengeful lord of …

Watch Live @ 5:30 am ET Wednesday: SpaceX Cargo Vessel Arrives at Space Station

SpaceX successfully launched a Dragon cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station Monday (April 2) at 4:30 p.m. EDT (2030 GMT). The …

Aging space probe records odd emanations on Mercury

<b>WASHINGTON, D.C.—</b>In an unusual press conference here today, NASA released a batch of bizarre sound recordings and video from the Messenger spacecraft …

Astronomy

Space radio waves align in mysterious mathematical pattern, could be produced by alien technology

Mysterious bursts of energy coming from space align in a mathematical pattern, and so could be emanating from alien technology, according to …

Lessons of the world’s most unique supercentenarians

There are a handful of people left on Earth who have been alive in three separate centuries, says Rachel Nuwer. What can they – and those of a similarly extreme age – teach us?<p>Reaching a hundredth birthday is always cause for celebration, but these days there are so many centenarians around that …

Stanford University

8 sci-fi movie gadgets that might soon become real products

Some of the wild tech concepts shown in sci-fi movies are closer than ever to becoming real, and <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> has listed eight such gadgets …

The big bang: are we in a ‘pics or it didn’t happen’ type situation?

<b>Name:</b> The big bang<p><b>Age:</b> 13.8bn years, or no age at all, because it didn’t happen.<p><b>Appearance:</b> Big and bangy, or it doesn’t have an appearance, because it didn’t happen.<p><b>Why are you being so down on the big bang? Are you one of those creationists?</b> Quite the opposite. I’m just here to tell you that Cern …

Physics

The hidden tricks of powerful persuasion

Are we always in control of our minds? As David Robson discovers, it’s surprisingly easy to plant ideas in peoples’ heads without them realising.<p>Are we all just puppets on a string? Most people would like to assume that they are free agents – their fate lies in their own hands. But they’d be wrong. …

Al Gore