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Hi rez images from NASA's 1967/8 Lunar Orbiters were withheld to hide US spying capabilities

In 1967, the Lunar Orbiter missions sent back exciting -- but grainy and low-rez -- photos of the moon's surface.<p>But it turns out that the Orbiters' …

Magnetism

Neuroscientists Accidentally Discovered a Whole New Role For The Cerebellum

We've only just scratched the surface.<p>One of the best-known regions of the brain, the cerebellum accounts for just 10 percent of the organ's total …

Neuroscience

Normal sleep requires the astrocyte brain-type fatty acid binding protein FABP7

• J. M. Krueger,<br>• M. G. Frank,<br>• J. P. Wisor,<br>• S. Roy<p>, Sleep function: Toward elucidating an enigma.Sleep Med. Rev. 28, 46–54 (2016).<p>C. Cirelli<p>, The genetic …

Voyager 1 Just Fired Up Its Backup Thrusters for the First Time in 37 Years

Voyager 1, the probe which became the first man-made object to leave the solar system in 2012, has been away from home for a long, long …

Scientists Just Found the Perfect Spot to Build an Underground Colony on the Moon

For years, scientists have wondered if dark, crater-like features on the lunar surface might be entrances to giant caverns carved long ago by flowing …

Earth Science

Retracting Bad Science Doesn’t Make It Disappear

Imagine you're a scientist. You published a paper in a reputable journal a couple of years ago, and that paper has made an impact in your field of …

Social Sciences

How China Is Catching Up To A U.S. Science & Tech Sector Uncertain Of Its Future

Since entering the White House, Donald Trump has been threatening to hack back federal expenditure in line with his campaign promises, and aggressive funding cuts are likely to feature in the October budget if cross-party opposition does not take shape in the coming days. Nowhere will these cuts …

Innovation

Scientists Have Finally Discovered Proof That Our Brains Have a Waste Drainage System

Fluid goes in, fluid has to come out.<p>Running through your body is a network of channels and junctions called the lymphatic system, which siphons off …

Immune System

Brain’s stem cells slow ageing in mice

Transplanted cells offer middle-aged rodents an increased lifespan.<p>Stem cells in the brain could be the key to extending life and slowing ageing. …

NASA bombshell: Government agency admits it can't pay for humans to go to Mars

NASA has long said it would be able to send a manned mission to Mars, sometime during the 2030s. Now, in a bombshell announcement, the space agency has admitted it can't afford the price tag.<p>On July 12, during a propulsion meeting of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics, NASA's …

Scientists Just Encoded a GIF into the DNA of Bacteria Using CRISPR

DNA Storage<p>Researchers working to test the potential and limits of DNA storage have used CRISPR to insert an animated image or GIF into the genomes …

Mars Surface Is Looking Much Deadlier Than We Previously Thought

So much for those space potatoes.<p>A new study has revealed that compounds present in the Martian soil can wipe out whole bacterial cultures within …

Researchers Have Identified Why Our Bodies Reject Transplanted Organs

We could stop rejection at its source.<p>Researchers have identified a previously hidden link between our immune system and the activation of cells that …

The Upside of Bad Genes

There’s a well-to-do couple thinking about having children. They order a battery of genetic tests to ensure that there’s nothing untoward lurking in their genomes. And they discover that they each carry one copy of the sickle cell gene.<p>If their children inherit two copies of the gene, they could …

NASA is running out of spacesuits and it nearly caused one astronaut to drown in space

A new government audit reveals that NASA is running low on spacesuits and new ones might not be available in time.<p>Astronauts have been using the same suits since 1981. The suit were only designed to last 15 years, but NASA was able to extend the lifetime during Shuttle era by returning the suits to …

China Is Racing Ahead of the US in the Quest to Cure Cancer With CRISPR

On Friday, a team of Chinese scientists used the cutting-edge gene-editing technique CRISPR-Cas9 on humans for the second time in history, injecting …

Genetic Engineering

Does Parkinson's disease begin in the gut? New research suggests it does

They say that "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas." But this is definitely not true of the vagus nerve, which wanders from the stomach to the brain, passing through the heart, esophagus and lungs along the way.<p>A new study offers fresh support for an intriguing theory about the vagus nerve's role …

This Single Test Could Identify Every Virus That's Ever Infected You

Blood tests are no fun. Luckily, a group of researchers at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital, along with others, have come up …

Leaked Documents Reveal the NSA Spying on Scientists to Find 'Nefarious' Genetic Research

A new document made public this week via Edward Snowden’s leak of NSA documents reveals a fascinating aim of signals intelligence program: The …

Marches held across world over scientific research threat

The first-ever March for Science, timed to coincide with Earth Day, has seen rallies held across the world.<p>The main event was held in Washington DC.<p>Organisers said it was a celebration of science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community.<p><i>This video has been optimised for mobile</i> …

Watch NASA's first 360-degree live stream of a rocket launch

Rocket launch videos are typically captured from afar, putting you in the shoes of a spectator in the crowd. NASA's live coverage of an Orbital Cygnus spacecraft's ISS resupply mission, however, will take you to the launch pad itself. For the first time ever, the agency will broadcast a live …

Here’s Another Way CRISPR Is Changing Medicine

Gene editing, through a technology called CRISPR, can edit DNA almost as easily as a word processor edits text. Now that system is being used to …

Plan to Cut Funding for Biomedical Research Hits Opposition in Congress

WASHINGTON — A proposal by President Trump to cut federal spending for biomedical research by 18 percent — just months after Congress approved bipartisan legislation to increase such spending — has run into a buzz saw on Capitol Hill, with Republicans and Democrats calling it misguided.<p>“I’m …

Why SpaceX's Next Rocket Launch Is a Really Big Deal

Since its inception, SpaceX has been working toward developing reusable rockets. From a fiscal standpoint, the move makes a tremendous amount of …

The Rogue Neuroscientist on a Mission to Hack Peer Review

Sam Nastase was taking a break from his lab work to peruse Twitter when he saw a tweet about his manuscript. A PhD in cognitive neuroscience at …

Journalism

A whopping seven Earth-size planets were just found orbiting a nearby star

Three of them may be habitable<p>Planet-hunters are always on the lookout for worlds that look like Earth—rocky planets that are not too hot and not too cold for liquid water to flow on the surface. Now scientists have hit the jackpot, discovering seven Earth-size exoplanets orbiting a single star …

Hunched Over a Microscope, He Sketched the Secrets of How the Brain Works

Some microscopes today are so powerful that they can create a picture of the gap between brain cells, which is thousands of times smaller than the width of a human hair. They can even reveal the tiny sacs carrying even tinier nuggets of information to cross over that gap to form memories. And in …

Milky Way is not only being pulled—it’s also “pushed” by a void

Its repulsive "force" is as significant as the attractive one.<p>You may not notice it, but our Milky Way galaxy is cruising along at 630 kilometers …

D-Wave upgrade: How scientists are using the world’s most controversial quantum computer

Scepticism surrounds the ultimate potential of D-wave machines, but researchers are already finding uses for them.<p>The company that makes the world’s …