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Japan's floating space drone offers a window into the ISS

As it stands, crew aboard the Japanese module Kibo on the International Space Station spend around 10 percent of their time capturing photos and …

Just add seawater: Ancient Roman concrete gets stronger over time

Leave modern concrete structures in the ocean, and a few decades later they'll be in need of replacing, or at least a serious patch job. Meanwhile, …

400 year-old mystery of Prince Rupert's drops finally cracked

Also called Batavian tears, Prince Rupert's drops were discovered in the 17th century and became famous when Prince Rupert of Bavaria presented five …

NASA uploads hundreds of historic experimental flight videos to YouTube

Fans of experimental aircraft from the 20th century are in for a treat. NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center has begun uploading its entire …

Electrified graphene becomes a bacterial bug zapper

Graphene's long list of achievements is a little longer today, as researchers from Rice University have used the material to make a bacterial bug …

Autonomous tunnelling robot takes on the trenches

Installing things like underground water/gas pipes or telecommunications cable conduits can be a very disruptive process. Typically a trench has to …

Earth - We know the city where HIV first emerged

It is easy to see why AIDS seemed so mysterious and frightening when US medics first encountered it 35 years ago. The condition robbed young, healthy people of their strong immune system, leaving them weak and vulnerable. And it seemed to come out of nowhere.<p>Today we know much more how and why HIV …

Le Chatelier's principle

<b>Le Chatelier's principle</b> (pronounced /lə ˈʃɑːtəlieɪ/), also called <b>Chatelier's principle</b> or "The Equilibrium Law", can be used to predict the effect …

Researchers discover a way to cause surface coating properties to change in less than a second

(Phys.org) —A team of researchers with members from Russia, Lebanon and Germany has found a way to cause a polymer coating to respond to …

How to Tour the World’s Greatest Science Labs

They may be at work pursuing the greatest mysteries of the physical world—yet the men and women who operate the world’s most prestigious physics and …

Physics

What is Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle?

How the sun shines and why the vacuum of space is not actually empty<p>The uncertainty principle is one of the most famous (and probably misunderstood) ideas in physics. It tells us that there is a fuzziness in nature, a fundamental limit to what we can know about the behaviour of quantum particles …

How NASA Engineers are Designing the Aerodynamics of Its New Heavy-Lift Launcher

NASA’s new Space Launch System is going to be the first to carry astronauts beyond low Earth orbit since Saturn V went into space—but it will also …

An 80-Year-Old Prank Revealed, Hiding in the Periodic Table!

You wouldn’t know it, because it’s hiding down there at the bottom of the periodic table of elements, but it’s a prank—something a five-year-old might do—and the guy who did it was one of the greatest chemists in America. It’s pure silliness, staring right at you, right where I’ve drawn my circle, …

Nobel Prize for chemistry awarded to 'molecular machine' trio

<b>(CNN) —</b> The 2016 Nobel Prize for Chemistry has been awarded to three European molecular scientists who developed the world's smallest machines.<p>The prize went to Jean-Pierre Sauvage of the University of Strasbourg in France; Sir James Fraser Stoddart of Northwestern University in the United States; …

Half the plastic in HP's new 3D printer is 3D printed

The decision to include the 3D-printed parts in the two new devices was a purely economic one, says HP<p>Half the custom parts in HP’s first 3D printer in over a decade were themselves 3D printed, according to the company’s head of 3D printing, Stephen Nigro.<p>The decision to include the 3D-printed …

6 Chemical Reaction GIFs That Will Make You a Smarter Person

Remember how much fun your high school chemistry class was? Neither do we. But that may be because there weren't enough explosions. Well, nowadays, …

This Swedish ad perfectly mocks the hype around self-driving cars

We know self-driving cars are the inevitable future of transportation — mostly because all the companies looking to profit from it can't stop hyping …

New online NASA library offers all your free space porn in one place

Have you ever needed a perfect photo of a nebula on which to Photoshop your cat? How about the ideal video of a rocket launch that can be sent as a …

Re-refined oil keeps Aston Martin Vantage AMR Pro smooth (and clean)

According to Aston Martin, the use of re-refined oil is possible thanks to the Nexcel oil management system. It's a self-contained cell that houses …

Open source desktop bot is aimed at makers young and old

Pitched as cute, expressive and fun, the Q.bo One desktop bot stand about 16 inches (over 400 mm) tall and is being aimed at young learners and old …

The Neyk submarine: Does this "subaquatic luxury jet" hold water?

The Neyk submarine sounds like an updated Jules Verne vision. According to the company, the boat is the result of eight years of work in …

Self-tinting smart windows powered by the sun

Rather than fumbling with blinds, the windows of the future could change their tint or opacity on demand to keep out unwanted heat, light or …

How 3D printing, lasers and sugar add up to industrial scale graphene production

The carbon-based wonder material graphene is starting to make the leap from two dimensions to three. Back in February, researchers from Rice …

MIT origami algorithm creates any 3D shape with minimal seams

Back in 1999, Erik Demaine was a PhD student who created an algorithm that determined the folding patterns necessary to turn a piece of paper into …

Origami

Graphene makes mini moisture-controlled robots in a flash

Researchers at Jilin University in China have created tiny, simple "robots" that are powered entirely by moisture. Made out of sheets of graphene …

New nanomaterial might make for radiation-reflecting spacesuits

Humans were never really meant to live in space, but that hasn't stopped us from trying. The lack of gravity wreaks havoc on the body, while …

Toyota's support robot helps paralyzed war veteran

Toyota has been developing industrial robotics since the 1970s but it wasn't until 2004, with the announcement of its "Partner Robot" project that it …

Redefining the kilogram in terms of Planck’s constant

The kilogram has the dubious distinction of being the only SI unit still based on a physical object; specifically, a metal cylinder kept in a vault …

22 food and drink hangover cures from around the world

Hangovers are never nice, and most of us have suffered from one in our lives. Have a look at the food and drink people around the world use to ease …

Dating app figures out what we all hate about sex

When it comes to what we love and what we hate about sex, the dating app Hater has got our number.<p>The app, which launched in February and matches …