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Stunning Snapshot Shows Birth of Alien Solar System

A Chilean observatory catches a protoplanetary disk in action.<p>Talk about your ultimate baby picture! Astronomers have snapped the best image ever seen of the actual birth of new planets around a young, sunlike star.<p>The astonishingly detailed photo reveals the planet-forming dust disk around the …

Black Hole Challenge To Einstein's Theory

Structural changes to the Milky Way’s super-massive black hole have been detected as it emitted a blaze of electromagnetic energy, an observation that could lead to a profound rethinking of physics.<p>The images of the singularity at the core of our galaxy (called Sagittarius A*, abbreviated SgrA* and …

China is shooting down drones with lasers

Today, China revealed its first anti-drone laser weapon, on the heels of a similar deployment by the US military earlier this year. According to state media, the system can bring down a drone within five seconds of locating the target, and is operable within a 1.2 mile radius of the installation. …

This Technology Shows Nurses Where Your Veins Are

If you’ve ever given blood, you’ve likely experienced the discomfort of having a nurse struggle to find your vein. And if you’re anything like me, …

Hubble spies the ghostly remains of a galactic horror show in space

Space can be a spooky place, if you know where to look.<p>In the image above,<p>NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captures the ghostly remains of a galactic horror show that occurred billions of light years away in a group of galaxies known as Pandora's Cluster.<p>The eerie blue light that bathes this …

Will Wormhole Travel Ever Be Possible?

Science fiction’s favorite method for exploring the universe, most recently in the movie Interstellar, won't be easy.<p>As a curious species, humans have long dreamed of traveling to the farthest depths of space. That's the major theme of the upcoming science fiction epic <i>Interstellar</i>, which will take …

Sex with 21 women lowers risk of prostate cancer, academics find

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The Moon and the Oh-My-God Particle

How our nearest celestial neighbor can help scientists probe the extremes of the cosmos.<p><b>Let's turn the moon into the largest cosmic ray detector</b> in the solar system. That's the outlandish sounding proposal from Justin Bray, a scientist from the University of Southampton in the U.K. He's in search …

Physics

Chimpanzees to get legal rights: court to decide

Tommy, a 26-year-old former circus performer, lives on a caravan park in Gloversville in upstate New York, where he spends his days alone and …

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Type 1 diabetes breakthrough using stem cell research raises hope for cure

Experts at Harvard University use stem cells to create insulin-producing beta cells in large quantities, and say human transplantation trials could be under way within a few years<p>Scientists believe they have made a major advance in the quest to find an effective treatment for type 1 diabetes.<p>Using …

Nobel Prize honors researchers' discovery of the brain's GPS system

Three scientists who studied how the brain positions us within our environment, plots the route ahead and may even remember where we've been were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine on Monday.<p>John O'Keefe, May-Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser were pioneers in the effort to understand …

The Brain

Meat, Shmeat

<b>Scientists nowadays can grow meat—well, at least, something sort of like meat—in the laboratory.</b><p>Lab-grown meat has been around at least since 2000, when the NSR/Touro Applied BioScience Research Consortium managed to produce edible fish filets from goldfish cells; and in 2001, NASA—in hopes of …

Scientists discover a new origin of oxygen on Earth and in space

Scientists have discovered a new way to make molecular oxygen (O2) from carbon dioxide (CO2) -- no green plants involved.<p>Their findings could alter our understanding of the Earth's early atmosphere and how oxygen might form on other planets with carbon dioxide in their atmospheres.<p>In a paper …

Medical first: Baby born to woman who got new womb

LONDON (AP) — In a medical first, a woman in Sweden has given birth after receiving a womb transplant, the doctor who performed the pioneering …

New 'Diamond nanothreads' may make space elevator a reality

A team of scientists have crafted a thread of carbon atoms 20,000 times smaller than a strand of human hair, and it may prove to be the strongest man-made material in the universe.<p>Called a "diamond nanothread," the ultra-thin material has a never-before-seen structure resembling the hexagonal rings …

Nanotech

Comet Probe Finds Elements Of Life

The Rosetta spacecraft has discovered all the elements of life in the gases jetting from a comet as it approaches the Sun.<p>The ingredients that make up amino acids, life’s building blocks, are all contained in the tail of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P/C-G). Among them are methane, …

Russian Cosmonauts Report Sea Plankton On The Outside Of The ISS

NASA has not confirmed the findings.<p>Cosmonauts have apparently discovered plankton and other microorganisms on the outside of the International Space Station’s windows, according to an announcement from a Russian official. NASA has not yet confirmed or denied the findings.<p>"As far as we're …

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Hubble sees ancient galaxy that acts as enormous magnifying glass

It was a dumbfounding discovery. Using Hubble telescope data, a scientist spotted a "lensing" galaxy that was enormous, extremely distant and acting as a magnifying glass to another ancient galaxy behind it.<p>Kim-Vy Tran was sure she'd flubbed.<p>The Texas A&M scientific researcher was working late, …

Eye tests 'could spot' early Alzheimer's disease

New research suggests eye checks could be used to identify those with early Alzheimer's disease long before any symptoms<p>Simple regular eye tests could be used to identify Alzheimer's disease at a very early stage, new research suggests.<p>Early trials of two different techniques show that a key …

The ultimate comeback: Bringing the dead back to life

A radical procedure that involves replacing a patient's blood with cold salt water could retrieve people from the brink of death, says David Robson.<p>“When you are at 10C, with no brain activity, no heartbeat, no blood – everyone would agree that you’re dead,” says Peter Rhee at the University of …

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014: the shortlist - in pictures

Celestial Dance by Dr Claus Possberg (Germany). In this spectacular image of the northern lights unfolding over a fjord, in Skjervøy, Troms, Norway, the vibrant colours are produced at various altitudes by different atmospheric gases, with blue light emitted by nitrogen and green by oxygen. Red …

Newly discovered space rock could explain booming life on Earth

Scientists think they've found a fragment of the asteroid destroyer that sparked a crucial meteor shower 470 million years ago<p>Researchers in Sweden have found a new class of meteorite. And according to <i>LiveScience</i>, that discovery — published in <i>Earth and Planetary Science Letters</i> — may be the missing …

The Surprisingly Strong Case for Colonizing Venus

Science fiction writers have come up with a plausible scenario for a floating city above the fiery planet.<p>Why worry about building a colony on Mars when instead you could float one high above the surface of Venus? Science fiction writer Charles Stross recently revived the idea of building a …

Researchers Now Able To 3D Print Working Blood Vessels

One of the biggest problems with printing human meat was the creation of blood vessels and ventricles. Making a solid mass of flesh was easy but adding a way to pump blood and other nutrients through the flesh was more difficult. Now researchers at the University of Sydney, Harvard, Stanford and …

Metal Fillings No More: Lasers Used to Rebuild Teeth

Odds Remain Against Earth Being Hit By Lethal Supernova

Science fiction authors have long had a field day with the potential catastrophic destruction brought on by the follow-on effects of a nearby star going supernova.<p>Type 1a supernovae, the ones used as cosmological distance indicators in the detection of such mysterious forces as dark energy, are the …