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'Mind-reading' technology can reconstruct faces from the viewer's brain

Researchers at Yale have developed a method of reconstructing faces locked in the memories of other people.<p>Based on the idea that the human brain repeats activity when repeating thoughts, scientists have already found a method to reconstruct a person's dreams -- and even stream in real time what …

The Brain

Saturn Moon Harbors Ocean, Raising Possibility of Life

Scientists have found a large body of water beneath the surface of Enceladus.<p>A substantial ocean most likely exists beneath the icy surface of Saturn's diminutive moon Enceladus, raising the possibility that primitive forms of extraterrestrial life exist in its briny depths.<p>The ocean lies between …

NASA's prettiest spaceship yet will take actual photos of alien worlds

PlanetQuest is NASA's effort to search for new Earths, exoplanets like ours that would probably contain life too. They're doing some really cool …

We must become a multi-planet species

The technology to reach nearby planets is possible, and one astronaut thinks we must colonise other worlds for our long-term survival.<p>One person who would like to see humans living outside the Earth in our lifetime is former astronaut Jeff Hoffman. The technology to reach nearby planets is …

Carbon Dioxide

Rigel in Orion is blue-white

Blue-white Rigel, in the constellation Orion, is one of the brightest stars in the night sky. It’s about twice as hot, and 40,000 times brighter, …

Astronomy

Timeline of the far future

What do we expect will happen in one thousand years time? Or one million years? Or even one billion? As our amazing timeline shows, there may be trouble ahead.<p>As the beginning of the year is upon us we at BBC Future think it’s the perfect time to look ahead.<p>First, we brought you a prediction of the …

Infographics

APOD: Three CubeSats Released (2014 Jan 06) Image Credit: Expedition 38 Crew, NASA http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140106.html Explanation: Cubes are orbiting the Earth. Measuring ten-centimeters on a side, CubeSats -- each roughly the size of a large coffee mug -- are designed to be inexpensive both to build and to launch. Pictured above, three CubeSats were released from the International Space Station (ISS) last November by the arm of the Japanese Kibo Laboratory module. CubeSats are frequently created by students as part of university science or engineering projects and include missions such as collecting wide angle imagery of the Earth, testing orbital radio communications, monitoring the Earth's magnetic field, and exploring the Earth's surrounding radiations. Depending on the exact height of their release, CubeSats will re-enter the Earth's atmosphere on the time scale of months to years. http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/expedition38/ http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/station/crew-38/html/iss038e003872.html Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140106 #APOD

The Symphony of Space

NASA’s Deep Space Network has been receiving images from space for 50 years now, but the probes also send back sounds.<p>As electromagnetic data is …

The 50 Most Dazzling Pictures From Space

Taking pictures in space ain’t just point and shoot. When a spacecraft is billions of miles from home, it takes an awful lot of data processing and …

Gaseous planet with same mass as Earth is discovered by scientists

KOI-314c, 200 light years away, is 60% larger than Earth, with a thick gaseous atmosphere, orbiting a red dwarf star<p>Earth's gassy 'twin' has been discovered in another solar system 200 light years away.<p>The planet, known as KOI-314c, weighs the same as Earth but is 60% larger, leading scientists to …

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SpaceX Falcon rocket lifts off with Thaicom digital TV satellite | Reuters

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - A Space Exploration Technologies’ Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Monday to put a commercial communications spacecraft into orbit for Thai satellite operator Thaicom.<p>The 224-foot-tall rocket lifted off its seaside …

Study Finds No Time Travelers On The Internet

If you've read this article in the future, feel free to skip it now.<p>If you had traveled from the future to the present, you might be likely to mention some things that you'd learned there (for example: buy <i>this</i> lottery ticket). Using this logic, physicists searched for prescient mentions of future …

Physics

The (Brief) Story of the Saturn IB Rocket

If you look at a composite image of all the manned Apollo launches side by side, it’s pretty clear there’s something different with the first flight. Every manned Apollo flight launched on the iconic Saturn V rocket except Apollo 7; this first manned mission of the program launched on the smaller …

Canada's Ex-Defense Minister Says Aliens Would Give Earth Tech If We Were Less Warlike

Aliens, man. If we would only listen to them, the world would be a better place.<p>It's not necessarily shocking to hear somebody claim that at least four different species of aliens have visited the Earth, for thousands of years. But it is somewhat more shocking when that person was once in charge of …

APOD: M7: Open Star Cluster in Scorpius (2014 Jan 07) Image Credit & Copyright: Lorand Fenyes http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140107.html Explanation: M7 is one of the most prominent open clusters of stars on the sky. The cluster, dominated by bright blue stars, can be seen with the naked eye in a dark sky in the tail of the constellation of the Scorpion (Scorpius). M7 contains about 100 stars in total, is about 200 million years old, spans 25 light-years across, and lies about 1000 light-years away. The above deep image, taken last June from Hungary through a small telescope, combines over 60 two-minute exposures. The M7 star cluster has been known since ancient times, being noted by Ptolemy in the year 130 AD. Also visible are a dark dust cloud and literally millions of unrelated stars towards the Galactic center. http://www.pleiades.hu/en/index.php Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140107 #APOD

U.S. May Soon Require Cars Be Able To Talk To Each Other

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration missed its own deadlines for making a decision on mandating car-to-car communications, but says it will come soon.<p>Officials will decide in the "coming weeks" whether all new cars in the U.S. must have the technology to communicate with other cars …

Liftoff: SpaceX Launches Commercial Satellite Into Orbit

SpaceX, the world’s first private rocket launcher for hire, made a lengthy, barely comprehensible announcement Monday afternoon: “Falcon 9 delivered …

6 Credible Elf Incidents? (+Video)

If you ask an Icelander whether elves exist or not, chances are he or she will say it is quite possible.<p>Many polls over the years have shown the …

Native Americans

9 Unusual Things That Astronauts Brought to Space

When you're traveling to space, everything that goes with you—from personal effects to historical items—has to be small and lightweight. Over the …

Pop Culture

5 Historical Manias That Gripped Societies, Then Disappeared

“Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.” …

Why Some Civil War Soldiers Glowed in the Dark

By the spring of 1862, a year into the American Civil War, Major General Ulysses S. Grant had pushed deep into Confederate territory along the …

War

Scientists Move Levitating Objects Through Space for the First Time

Now rather than merely lifting objects with sound waves, scientists can move them in every direction.<p>Levitation isn't just for mystics anymore.<p>A Japanese technology team has demonstrated ultrasonic levitation of objects that for the first time works in three dimensions. This means that as opposed …

This gene stops nerve fibers from decaying - Futurity

A gene that protects against spontaneous nerve degeneration could shed new light on how to treat conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s …

10 of the Craziest Facts Out There, Part 2

#1. Until some time in the 19th century, lobster was considered low-class food that was barely good enough for prison inmates. The smelly pests that …

Boston Red Sox

Bolden Mars Rover Anniversary Message

Space Station Crew Discusses Life in Space with Virginia Students

The Woman Who Could Write, But Couldn't Read

A recent stroke left one 40-year-old woman with some unusual symptoms.<p>One morning, a kindergarten teacher was about to take attendance for her class when she realized she couldn't read the paper in her hands. She tried looking over her lesson plans, but like the attendance sheet, they seemed to be …

Employment

The Incredible Landing That Started NASA's Epic 10-Year Mars Mission

On Jan. 4, 2004, NASA successfully placed the Spirit rover on the Martian surface. Though our focus these days is on Curiosity and its amazing …