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What are the long-term health effects of living in space? NASA is studying twins Mark and Scott Kelly to find out

Dr. Francine Garrett-Bakelman arrived at NASA's Johnson Space Center in the middle of the night, ready to get her hands on Scott Kelly's blood.<p>She watched on a laptop as the astronaut stepped off a plane March 2 about 1:30 a.m., back in Houston after his record 340 days aboard the International …

Incredibly Rare Compounds Could Be Hiding Inside Neptune And Europa

And inside Uranus.<p>Scientists have found evidence that the cores of our Solar System’s smaller gas giants might be filled with 'exotic' molecular …

Why Hubble Will Never See The First Stars

Imagine what the Universe must have been like after the Big Bang, before the first stars ever formed. As space expands, it gets harder and harder for particles to find each other and collide, and the energy-per-particle decreases, since the Universe cools as it expands. After 380,000 years, it’s …

An 'impossible' thruster is about to be tested in space

An actual EM Drive is about to be launched into space for the first time, so scientists can finally figure out — once and for all — if it really is possible for a rocket engine to generate thrust without any kind of exhaust or propellant.<p>Built by American inventor and chemical engineer, Guido …

Space Travel

This new gene technology could wipe out entire species — to save others

By Chelsea Harvey<p>Scientists from around the world are currently gathered in Hawaii for an international conservation congress, where they’ve spent the past week discussing the most pressing issues facing the environment today. One topic on the table is a form of genetic editing called “gene drive” …

Genetics

Are Aliens Talking To Us?

On Aug. 15, the news broke that a Russian radio telescope detected strong signals from outer space.<p>The signals allegedly originated from a star 95 light-years from Earth. Just to clarify, this means that the signal would have left the star or, potentially, an orbiting planet, 95 years ago. Radio …

Ascent of Man image should be ‘the other way around’, leading expert in human evolution says

The idea that humans evolved from a knuckle-dragging ape, leaving chimpanzees in the Darwinian dust, was crystallised in the famous ‘ascent of man’ …

We're ahead of schedule to turn Star Trek tech into reality

Most Star Trek stories from the vaunted franchise turning 50 this week take place in a distant future we're not likely to see. Unless, that is, Gene Roddenberry and his successors underestimated the pace of technological progress across Earth and the rest of the galaxy.<p>Turns out we're actually …