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Sequencing the RNA of sperm may better diagnose a man's infertility

The method could greatly benefit couples who are having trouble getting pregnant<p>There’s a new, more reliable method for figuring out if a man’s infertile. The discovery could help couples struggling to conceive to spend less time and money on fertility treatments that don’t work.<p>In a new study …

Genetics

NASA Could Soon Launch A Giant Solar Sail Beyond Our Solar System

Raise the e-sail<p>We’ve all seen Bill Nye’s Lightsail expedition, but now our friends at NASA are stepping in to take things a bit further.<p>In this year’s round of NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) funding, NASA has funded it’s own Bruce Wiegmann and his team of solar propulsion experts to …

Scientists Discover One Of The Oldest Horned Dinosaurs

3D Reconstruction of Wendiceratops<p>Scientists have found a "new" horned dinosaur that lived about 79 million years ago — and they say the discovery helps them understand the early evolution of the family that includes Triceratops.<p>The new dinosaur, which was named Wendiceratops pinhornensis after a …

Five-Star Solar System 'Puts Star Wars To Shame'

But does it come with a complementary breakfast?<p>A team of researchers has identified a unique system of stars made of two binary stars and a tag-along lone companion, according to work presented at the UK National Astronomy Meeting held this week in Llandudno, Wales.<p>The researchers made the …

Telescopes

Massive 'Magnet' May Have Powered Monster Cosmic Explosion

One of the most powerful cosmic explosions ever observed by astronomers may have been powered by a massive, incredibly strong magnetic object, new research suggests.<p>Gamma-ray bursts are like universal fireworks: intense outbursts of high-energy light that have been detected coming from many …

Universe

Why is Venus so bright?

Venus is the 3rd brightest object in the sky, after the sun and moon. Why?<p>Even though Jupiter is bright also (and up before dawn now, with the moon …

Paleo Profile: Huanansaurus ganzhouensis

Science & InnovationLaelaps<p><b>Name:</b> <i>Huanansaurus ganzhouensis</i><p><b>Meaning:</b> The name is a clue to where this dinosaur was found. <i>Huanansaurus</i> means “southern China lizard”, and <i>ganzhouensis</i> refers to the locality Ganzhou where it was uncovered.<p><b>Age:</b> Late Cretaceous, around 72 million years ago.<p><b>Where in the</b> …

Meet Wendiceratops, a horned dinosaur unlike any other

Move over <i>Indominus Rex</i> – scientists have discovered a previously unknown dinosaur in Canada that's cooler than any "Jurassic World" creation. And it's real.<p>The creature, a member of the family of horned dinosaurs, was an older cousin of Triceratops that lived about 79 million years ago. Like …

International Space Station passes between Jupiter and Venus above Australia – video

Video shows a clearly visible International Space Station passing between Jupiter and Venus above Sydney. The two planets have been closely aligned for some time but it is the first time the ISS is believed to have passed so close to them since it was launched in 1998. The spectacle occurred at …

Space

The gastric-brooding frog: how to bring a species back from the dead – video

Australia's gastric-brooding frog was discovered in the 1970s but by the early 1980s was classed as extinct. However, this remarkable frog, which projectile-vomits its young after gestating them in its stomach, is the subject of ground-breaking research at the University of New South Wales to …

Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2015 shortlist - in pictures

The competition, which is run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich in association with Insight Investment and BBC Sky at Night Magazine<i>,</i> is now in its seventh year and continues to go from strength to strength, receiving a record number of over 2700 spectacular entries from enthusiastic amateurs and …

What the moon tells us about Earth

Moon might harbor bits blasted off Earth billions of years ago. These lunar time capsules could hold secrets of what Earth was like as life first …

These microphones give humans bat-like powers

New lightweight ultrasonic loudspeakers and microphones—built with graphene—let us mimic how bats and dolphins use sound for communicating and …

The Origins Of Saturn's Massive Superstorms Solved

Earth's hurricanes are puny by comparison<p>Storms here on Earth might be devastating events that can last for days and bring cities to their knees, but that's nothing compared to Saturn's storms. Massive thunderstorms complete with lightning and high winds can cover an area roughly the same size as …

Astronomy

Five Years After BP Gulf Oil Spill, Region Has Yet to Recover

Oil

Why Shroud of Turin's Secrets Continue to Elude Science

As the venerated relic goes on public exhibition, its origin remains a mystery wrapped in an enigma.<p>The 53-square-foot rectangle of linen known as the Shroud of Turin is one of the most sacred religious icons on Earth, venerated by millions of Christians as the actual burial garment of Jesus Christ.<p>…

What is earthshine?

When you see the crescent moon after sunset this week, notice the pale glow on its unlit portion. This glow is called earthshine.<p>When you look at a …

Apple: "We don’t want to debate climate change. We want to stop it."

Company releases 2015 environmental impact report<p>Apple is continuing to take a strong stance against climate change, writing in its newly released 2015 Environmental Responsibility Report, "We don’t want to debate climate change. We want to stop it." This is framed as a major piece in Apple's …

Tim Cook

Chimpanzees Look Both Ways Before Crossing The Street [Video]

Monkey see, monkey do<p>We know that chimpanzees don't like drones, can catch yawns and are empathetic. They're quick learners, so it's no surprise that they've learned a new skill. Chimpanzees in Uganda have learned to look both ways before crossing the street. And they've been caught on camera doing …

Chimpanzees

Thor's Helmet Nebula Shines Brilliant Blue

Thor's hammer Mjolnir isn't the only awesome thing about the mythical Norse god. He also has a pretty cool helmet. This photo from the European Space Agency shows the Thor's Helmet nebula, also known by the less colorful name of NGC 2359.<p>It's actually a composite of two images. The bright blue …

Humanoid robot can recognize and interact with people

A humanoid robot which can mimic human expressions greeted visitors on Saturday (April 18) at a Hong Kong electronics fair.<p>The robot head, known as ‘Han’, can also hold simple interactive conversations with the crowd.<p>At the touch of a button using a mobile phone app, Han can smile, wince, frown, …

Robotics

Sex Life Hints At Why Vampire Squid Outlive Their Peers

No one has ever seen vampire squid mate in the wild. But new research hints that the deep-sea creatures have a reproductive strategy that sets them apart from other cephalopods.<p>While most female squid and octopuses have just one reproductive cycle before they die, vampire squid go through dozens of …

'Star Talk': A Sneak Peek At Neil deGrasse Tyson's New Late Night Show

Pop culture stars discuss the actual stars<p>It's not often that I'm waiting to order a drink at the bar next to Bill Nye. But on the rare occasion that this does happen, as it did this past Thursday evening, I knew we were on the verge of something big.<p>In the Hall of the Universe, within the stately …

TV

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

Judge gives chimpanzees human rights for the first time (update)

New York justice briefly decrees two apes are covered by habeas corpus before changing her court order<p>For the first time in US history, a judge has decreed that a pair of chimpanzees held at a university research facility are covered by the same laws that govern the detention of humans, effectively …

Sperm Whale circles submarine in amazing underwater footage

Scientists in the Gulf of Mexico have filmed a sperm whale circling their submarine<p>Scientists in the Gulf of Mexico were surprised when a sperm whale circles their submarine.<p>The scientists were a part of a research exploration team called EV Nautilus when a <b>sperm whale</b> approached their vessel, …

Here’s How Weed Affects Your Body

A synopsis of science's pot-related findings, in honor of today's holiday<p>Our obsession with marijuana’s mystifying powers goes back a long time; though its first documented use was in 2727 BC, there’s some indication that our ancestors cultivated cannabis plants in the earliest days of agriculture. …

Cannabis

Mindfulness 'as good as anti-depressants for tackling depression'

Mindfulness meditation stopped more people sliding back into depression than anti-depressants<p>Meditation is as good as anti-depressants for tackling depression, a major study has shown offering a drug-free alternative<p>Researchers at Oxford University say that Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy …