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What's Next for the Planet-Hunter Kepler?

NASA scientists announced yesterday that they're giving up on trying to fix the Kepler space telescope. Now the team will focus on finding a new use for the planet-hunting telescope.<p><b>The Kepler space telescope operated</b> for just a few short years, from 2009 to 2013. But in those four years it …

Universe

This Gadget Automatically Tunes Any Guitar In Seconds

The TronicalTune is your very own pocket roadie<p>Throughout their 23-year history, automatic guitar tuners have remained stubbornly complex systems that cost thousands of dollars and require tedious professional installation. Chris Adams, CEO of Tronical in Hamburg, Germany, has figured out a way …

New Clues for How to Remember Dreams

A new study suggests that there are distinct differences in brain function between people who remember their dreams and those who don't.<p>This morning, I woke up with a very strong memory of staging a political coup in my sleep. Why I happened to remember my dream so vividly when I woke up, it's hard …

Earth's Life-Forms Collected to Aid in Genetic Research

The Smithsonian plans to create a huge bank of genetic samples to enable study of the planet's diversity through DNA sequencing.<p><b>It took a decade and nearly $3 billion to completely sequence the human genome. Now researchers at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History are helping to tackle</b> …

How a 17-ton electromagnet was transported from Long Island to Chicago

It's not every day you need to ship a giant, 17-ton particle accelerator halfway across the country, but that's the challenge that recently faced the Brookhaven National Laboratory and Fermilab. The massive Muon g-2 electromagnetic ring was set to be transported all the way from Brookhaven on Long …

Darwin did not cheat Wallace out of his rightful place in history

This year is the centenary of the death of Victorian naturalist and co-discoverer of evolution by natural selection, Alfred Russel Wallace. So we have heard a lot about him recently, including the BBC Two series Bill Bailey's Jungle Hero, an episode of BBC Radio 4's In Our Time, two episodes of The …

Turn Old Gadgets Into Cash: A Guide to Selling Electronics Online

If you were to look in your closet or garage, what kind of old electronic skeletons would you find? In mine, I found a Rio MP3 player, a BlackBerry …

25 Signs You Are Totally Smitten

Having a crush is the best!

Hunt for alien spacecraft begins, as planet-spotting scientist Geoff Marcy gets funding

To answer that question Marcy has begun to sift through the Kepler data and to search the heavens for a galactic laser Internet that might be in use …

Could Cassini See You On "The Day The Earth Smiled?"

So along with the rest of the world, you smiled. You waved. You went outside on July 19, wherever you were, and looked upwards and out into the solar …

The scientists who escaped the Nazis

BBC News education correspondent<p>When Gustav Born's family were advised in early 1933 that it was time to leave Nazi-controlled Germany, it was from a good authority.<p>The advice was from Albert Einstein, who told his friend and fellow scientist Max Born to "leave immediately" with his family while …

How To Turn A Match Into A Tiny Rocket [VIDEO]

Blast off!<p>The swift strike of a match on July 4 typically precedes sky-high spectacles. But matches themselves can be fireworks. When ignited, the bulb of fuel on a match's tip combusts into space-hogging gases. By containing the gas in aluminum foil and directing it downward, you can create a …

Gamma Ray Burst Irradiated Entire Planet In 8th Century, Would Mess Us Up If It Happened Today

<b>Researchers in Germany think they have pinpointed the cause of low-levels of radiation indicated in tree rings dating from the eighth century — a</b> …

Human Head Transplants Are Getting Closer To Reality

I want *that* head on *that* body.<p>Complete head transplants are enormously complicated, requiring the reconnecting of literally millions of nerve fibers, not to mention bones and tissue. We're not really sure how any of this will work, but it looks like we're getting closer to a full …

How Far Have Our Radio Signals Traveled From Earth?

The expanding sphere of radio signals traveling outward from the earth is often portrayed in TV shows and Hollywood movies to be like a time machine. …

How Meditation Works

Mindfulness meditation is having a moment in the West, and with it some compelling reasons to understand and try it.<p>NicoleAbalde/Flickr<p><i>Mindfulness meditation</i>. Chances are that you've either heard or seen (or rolled your eyes at) these words in recent months, as studies, celebrity endorsements, and …

Let This Robot Teach You How To Be Less Awkward

MIT builds a virtual person to help people practice talking to other people, which already sounds like an awkward situation.<p>If you think you're awkward in social situations, and would like the solution to that problem to be as awkward possible, try this: have a robot coach you on how to interact …

John Askew Attacks Avicii, Thanks Him For Making Him Puke

In a 1,000 word open letter to Avicii, trance producer, John Askew, attacks the Swedish producer in one of the most sarcastic essays I have ever …

Paul McCartney and Bloody Beetroots Premiere Collaborative Effort – ‘Out Of Sight’

The legendary <b>Paul McCartney</b> of <b>Beatles</b> fame teamed up with <b>Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo</b> <b></b>of the <b>Bloody Beetroots</b> to bring you a collaborative track, ‘<b>Out Of</b> …

Email Typing Guitar: Rock and Roll All Night, and QWERTY Every Day - Technabob

When you work in an office, sending emails all day long can be tedious and boring. Sometimes, you just want to rock out and play your guitar. Well, …

'A Band Called Death' opening in theaters, but first come to our FREE screening!

Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was a band called <b>Death</b>. Punk before punk existed, three teenage brothers in the early …

NASA's Swift Reveals New Phenomenon in a Neutron Star

Astronomers using NASA's Swift X-ray Telescope have observed a spinning neutron star suddenly slowing down, yielding clues they can use to understand …

Do Black Holes Create New Universes? Q&A With Physicist Lee Smolin

The universe may have been borne inside a black hole, and the black holes in our own cosmos might be birthing new universes of their own, if one …

Physics

15 Photographs of the Superstructures That Put Us in Space

“It is easy to invent a flying machine,” said the 19th century aviation engineer Otto Lilienthal, “[and] more difficult to build one; to make it fly …

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Liquid woolly mammoth blood found preserved in Russian ice, researchers report

As global warming thaws the ground in Russia, researchers have been making some amazing finds. Now, Russian researchers claim to have made what could be the most incredible discovery of all: the preserved blood and meat of a woolly mammoth. "When we broke the ice beneath [the mammoth's] stomach, …