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Cat Jumping Fails

It’s well documented that cats are bullies. They knock all your stuff off the counter, steal dog beds and attack our most precious -- the children.<p>Therefore, it’s hard not to feel a touch of schadenfreude in seeing them finally get their comeuppance in the above video compilation of cats failing at …

The iPad Oath: 10 Rules For iPad Use In The Classroom

<b>The iPad Oath: 10 Rules For iPad Use In The Classroom</b><p>If you’re lucky enough to have gone to a 1:1 environment–with iPads–you may have discovered that …

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Possibility of selectively erasing unwanted memories

For the first time, scientists have been able to erase dangerous drug-associated memories in mice and rats without affecting other more benign …

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Interest Successfully Added We'll notify you here with news about <br>AlertTag Turn on desktop notifications for breaking stories about interest?<p>Off …

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Don’t miss the moon and Venus tonight!

A simulated view of the dramatic pairing of the moon and Venus, which you can see on September 8, 2013. From all parts of Earth, look west after …

Astronomy

Paperscape maps the dazzling universe of scientific research

Scientists live in a very fast-paced world where hundreds of new papers – each representing months or years of hard work – flash by each day. With such a large volume of information, it would be nice to have some way of organising it, making it possible to discover papers you might have missed, and …

Japan's Robot Astronaut Speaks His First Words From Space

Kirobo says good morning!<p>In a first for robot kind, Kirobo, the Japanese robot astronaut that arrived at the International Space Station last month, has spoken to Earth. Kirobo, a 13-inch-tall android, will be at the ISS for about 18 months.<p>"On August 21, 2013, a robot took one small step toward a …

NASA’s Deep Impact spacecraft is spinning out of control

<i>Posted on behalf of Ron Cowen.</i><p>NASA’s Deep Impact spacecraft is in deep trouble. The craft, famous for blasting a projectile into the Comet Tempel 1 …

DARPA wants to build a fleet of underwater drones for the Navy

DARPA wants to build a fleet of drones stationed beneath ocean waters around the world that can quickly deliver supplies and equipment to Navy personnel near coastlines, on submarines or ships, and even aboard airplanes. The program, called Hydra, is currently in the early planning stages — just …

3 Reasons Why NASA's New Moon Mission Matters

Tonight NASA launches the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE), a mission to study the wispy atmosphere of the moon.<p><b>At 11:27 pm tonight, NASA will launch</b> its Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) science mission to the moon. Currently tucked in the tip of a …

Element of the week: nobelium

Even today, this is one of the most mysterious of all known elements.<p>This week's element is nobelium, a synthetic actinoid with the atomic symbol <b>No</b> and atomic number <b>102</b>. This radioactive metal was named in honour of Alfred Nobel who discovered dynamite and who established the Nobel Prizes.<p>It is not …

Why we might not be able to live on the Moon

The suggestion that regions of the Moon have ancient ice triggered much hope that we could colonise it. Sadly, it’s looking ever less likely that it’s possible.<p>The US space agency Nasa sells dreams. There’s nothing wrong with that – after all, space and its exploration have always been a source of …

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Drug Cures Mice Of Down Syndrome With A Single Dose

But it's not a cure for humans yet.<p>Cure Down syndrome with a single injection? Well, maybe--if you're a mouse. A team of scientists from John Hopkins University and the National Institutes of Health have cured newborn mice of Down syndrome by injecting them with a drug that stimulates what's called …

Tourist spaceship takes longest, highest flight

What We Can Never, Ever Know: Does Science Have Limits?

I got two books in the mail that, if they could have, would've poked, scratched and ripped each others' pages out. I don't know if Martin Gardner and Patricia Churchland ever met, but their books show that there are radically, even ferociously, different ways to think about science. Gardner died …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013 | WIRED

Jan. 19, 2014: Solar X-Flare<p>The largest sunspot group of the solar cycle unleashed a large (X1.2 class) flare just when it was facing right towards …

Clear Cranial Implant Lets Doctors See Into The Brain

Some skulls really just need a window view.<p>Researchers from the University of California, Riverside have debuted a new transparent cranial implant that could let doctors peek inside the brain without having to drill a new hole in the skull every time--a technique that could allow for easier …

LADEE Launches!

NASA Lunar Orbiter Solves Snag After Successful Launch

The LADEE spacecraft, which began its trip to the moon last night in a launch from Virginia's coast, has run into some mechanical problems, NASA says. Officials say the robotic orbiter remains on track, however, and its problems can be resolved before it reaches the moon next month.<p>"Team members …

A Quick Primer On America's Spaceports

Everything you need to know about U.S. portals to space<p>Going to space is getting easier all the time. For anyone willing to trade giant piles of ephemeral cash for a few short minutes outside the atmosphere, here is a handy map of all American spaceports, released in February by the Federal …

NASA Heads Back to the Moon, This Time With Robots and Laser-Powered Space Internet

Elon Musk wants us to go to Mars, which sounds cool and scary. Meantime, NASA is headed back to the moon.<p>Last night, the U.S. space agency sent up …

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APOD: Roll Cloud Over Wisconsin (2013 Aug 08) Image Credit: Megan Hanrahan (Pierre cb), Wikipedia http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/fap/ap130908.html Explanation: What kind of cloud is this? A type of arcus cloud called a roll cloud. These rare long clouds may form near advancing cold fronts. In particular, a downdraft from an advancing storm front can cause moist warm air to rise, cool below its dew point, and so form a cloud. When this happens uniformly along an extended front, a roll cloud may form. Roll clouds may actually have air circulating along the long horizontal axis of the cloud. A roll cloud is not thought to be able to morph into a tornado. Unlike a similar shelf cloud, a roll cloud is completely detached from their parent cumulonimbus cloud. Pictured above, a roll cloud extends far into the distance as a storm approached in 2007 in Racine, Wisconsin, USA. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Roll-Cloud-Racine.jpg Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130908 #APOD

Free energy, edible slime -- and more offbeat crowdfunding ideas

Crowdfunding platforms can make unlikely, revolutionary notions fly or flop. Here are some of our recent favorites.<p>How can you go wrong with this description of your invention? "NO MORE ELECTRICITY BILLS. NO MORE PETROL BILLS. NO MORE HEATING BILLS. NO MORE POLLUTION"<p>That's how Arthur Fahy is …

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Apple Won’t Introduce New Apple TV Box Next Week, Will Upgrade Software

There are very, very good odds you’re going to hear about new iPhones at Apple’s event next Tuesday.<p>But if you’re looking for a new Apple TV, you’re …

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'We got some problems' if Clive elected: Barnaby

Bill Shorten says he hasn't yet decided if he will run for the Labor leadership

How Realistic Is The Sci-Fi Space Thriller 'Europa Report'?

We chat with Kevin Hand, an astrobiologist who consulted on the film, about realism in space thrillers, why actors are better than robots, and more.<p>It's rare that a great space movie breaks the Hollywood traditions of big budgets, blatant abuse of physics, over-the-top special effects, factitious …