Brian Kaplan

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Truck turns its own heat into power

A 195-year-old discovery is behind a new system that will save vehicles hundreds of litres of fuel and reduce their carbon emissions by as much as 2 …

Arctic Circle

Six Flags to Offer Virtual Reality on Roller Coaster Rides

Good news, thrill-seekers! Amusement park giant Six Flags is adding virtual reality (VR) technology to a selection of its roller coasters in 2016, thanks to a new partnership with Samsung.<p>When passengers venture onto some of Six Flags' most popular rides, they will be kitted out with Samsung Gear …

Virtual Reality

Elon Musk unfazed by SpaceX's failed landing: 'didn't expect this to work'

Rocket strikes robotic ship in the Atlantic Ocean but engineers long had doubts because of the payload – an 11,000lb satellite, one of its heaviest ever<p>SpaceX failed to land a Falcon 9 rocket on a barge on Friday night, striking the robotic ship in the Atlantic Ocean and disappointing billionaire …

Space Travel

Rare white giraffe spotted in Tanzania could be ‘target’ for poachers

A white giraffe with a genetic skin condition has been photographed at a national park in Tanzania, with experts fearing she could become a target for poachers<p>A rare white giraffe with a genetic condition which means many of her body surface cells are incapable of making pigment has been …

UK Parliament

European Space Agency unveils 'lunar village' plans as stepping stone to Mars

Moon "village", a successor to International Space Station, would be series of structures made by robots and 3D printers that use moon dust as building material<p>The European Space Agency unveiled plans on Friday to build a “lunar village” by 2030 as a stepping stone to Mars.<p>The moon village project …

Transportation

Animal brought back to life after spending 30 years frozen

The waterbears were retrieved from frozen moss sample collected in Antarctica in 1983<p>Researchers have successfully revived microscopic creatures that had been kept frozen for 30 years.<p>Tardigrades, also known as waterbears or moss piglets, are tiny water-dwelling organisms. They're segmented, with …

Wikipedia Turns 15. Will It Manage to Make It to 30?

After 15 years, Wikipedia has become one of those Internet services that is so central to the online world that it’s hard to imagine what life would …

Internet

SpaceX Will Attempt to Land a Rocket on a Drone Ship This Week

One month after making history, SpaceX aims for a repeat.<p>Just one month after making history with its successful touchdown of an orbit-capable first …

Space Travel

NASA has discovered new planet capable of supporting life in case Earth is destroyed on September 28

<b>USA:</b> The Kepler Spacecraft was launched in 2009 with the specific aim of locating exoplanets. That is, planets with similar attributes to Earth and a …

Kenya

12 Meters Tall & Set to Print Houses

Over the past couple of years, we have seen our fair share of mammoth sized 3D printers, but perhaps none quite as intriguing as the one which WASP …

The first step toward finding gravitational waves in space will be launched this year

The LISA pathfinder will soon begin a six-month technology demonstration<p>Scientists are one step closer to detecting gravitational waves — ripples in the fabric of spacetime predicted by Albert Einstein in 1915. The LISA Pathfinder, the European spacecraft that houses the technology needed to detect …

Albert Einstein

Levitation Demonstrated In A Vacuum With Nanosize Particles And Lasers: Study

Researchers have proved levitation is possible with nanosize diamonds in a vacuum, according to a new study published in the journal Nature …

Can Quantum Weirdness Be Used to Send Instant Messages Across Space and Time?

Quantum physicists in the Netherlands, Spain, and the UK have confirmed in the lab that the weird instant correlations between remote “entangled” …

Quantum Mechanics

What’s in all that e-cig vapor?

Wander into a vape shop in the mall or online, and you can find a smorgasbord of flavors: cotton candy, vanilla custard, even Unicorn Milk or Katy Perry’s Cherry.<p>Flashy flavors have helped e-cigarettes, designed to vaporize a nicotine solution, grow into an industry with an estimated $3.5 billion …

Public Health

Biotech Company Is Developing Transplantable Pig Organs For Humans

Pigs are good for more than just bacon<p>Every year, around 8,000 people die waiting for an organ transplant. There just doesn't seem to be enough human organs available for those who need them. Biotech company United Therapeutics has been investigating ways to grow pig organs to be used in humans, …

Cell Biology

Octopus studies detail strange behavior and genetics

UC Berkeley marine biologist Roy Caldwell first saw the intriguing octopus in Panama, in 1977. It was pretty, and striped, and about the size of his little finger. He brought a few specimens back to his lab, and one of the females surprised him: Unlike most octopuses he had seen, she didn't die …

First Known Venomous Frogs Could Kill You with a Head Butt

In the wilds of Brazil, researchers have discovered frogs with venomous spikes on their heads.<p>Although scientists have long known of poisonous frogs, these are the first venomous frogs — that is, they not only secrete poison, but are armed with weapons that can deliver this poison into victims.<p>The …

Zoology

Zombie spider builds a stronger web for the parasitic wasp that's sucking its blood

The wasp larva uses the web to make a cocoon<p>By hijacking a spider’s nervous system, a wasp larva can manipulate the spider into making a stronger web, according to a study published yesterday in <i>The Journal of Experimental Biology</i>. Of course, that's right before the larva kills the enslaved spider …

Zoology

Uber Confirms New $1.2B Funding Round At $40B Valuation

Uber, the transportation and ride-sharing startup, has just announced that it has raised another $1.2 billion in funding, and we have separately confirmed with the company that this latest round was made at a $40 billion valuation.<p>For now Uber is not revealing the investors but names that have been …