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Laser-Based Propulsion System Could Get Us to Mars in Record Time—Just Three Days

Scientists are gearing up for further explorations into space. But normal rockets aren’t going to cut it for missions to places like Mars and beyond. …

A New Gravity Theory Might Finally Explain Dark Matter

The universe is a weird, wild place.<p>The theory of gravity gets a little weird in a few spots in our universe. One of those spots is the outer edges …

Dark Matter

Buddhist Prayer to Clear the Mind

Winter, 1972. Ingrid and I, along with another couple, David and Donna, had rented a small house in the interior of British Columbia. We planned to …

The world’s biggest nuclear fusion experiment may lead to endless clean energy

Thirty-five countries are working together to build the world’s first large-scale nuclear fusion reactor—and if successful, their efforts could help humans harness the “ultimate green energy.”<p>The reactor, currently estimated to cost $20 billion, is now under construction in southern France. Nuclear …

Nuclear Energy

How Will We Travel to That Promising New Planet?

With an Earth-like planet orbiting our closest neighbor star, it's about time we start talking about how we could send a spacecraft there.<p>In case you didn't hear, there is an Earth-sized planet orbiting the closest star to us—the red dwarf Proxima Centauri—and it is within the star's habitable zone …

Breakthrough solar cell captures CO2 and sunlight, produces hydrogen

<b>Bill Burton, UIC News Center</b> -- Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have engineered a potentially game-changing solar cell that …

David Abney: The UPS boss who rose from the bottom rung

<b>When David Abney got a part-time job for United Parcel Service (UPS) so he could afford to take his childhood sweetheart out on dates, little did he know that he would go on to become the giant company's boss.</b><p>It was in 1974 when a then 19-year-old Mr Abney first started working for the world's …

Environmental Health Perspectives

Featured News<p>© Eaaw/Shutterstock<p>Scratching the Surface: Exploring the Association between Prenatal Phthalate Exposure and Eczema in Boys <br>Charles W. …

Prenatal Development

Neptune – the wildest weather in the solar system

A new study shows that Neptune’s exotic clouds and violent storms are driven by a combination of cosmic rays and sunlight<p>It is the last stop before Pluto and 4.5bn kilometres from the Sun, and yet Neptune has some of the wildest weather in the solar system. Winds of over 2,000km per hour (nine …

Astronomy

‘Human sacrifice’ staged at Cern, home of the God Particle

A human sacrifice has been staged in the grounds of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, the home of the God Particle.<p>A video circulating …

Space, Climate Change, and the Real Meaning of Theory

I used to be an astronaut, a spacewalker on the International Space Station. Naturally, most of my fifteen-year crew career was spent on the ground, working with engineers to get the Station built and fully crewed for scientific research, but the day-in, day-out flow of this ground work was …

Major cancer breakthrough: Doctors solve long-standing mystery of how to stop cancer from growing

Cancer is a terrifying disease that researchers around the globe are obsessively working to cure. Now scientists from the USA have made a …