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What's in Those Packets That Say 'Do Not Eat'? (And Why Shouldn't I Eat It?)

How G2 survived the black hole at our Milky Way’s heart

Astronomers watched in fascination as an object called G2 appeared to edge closer to our Milky Way’s central black hole. But G2 survived!<p>In 2011, …

Have your steak and eat it: how red meat could become healthier

Scientists in the US have discovered how red meat promotes a dangerous chemical reaction which leads to heart disease<p>A pill which could stop red meat causing heart disease is closer after scientists reported a breakthrough which they say could allow gastronomes to ‘have their steak and eat it.’<p>Red …

Big Pic: Simulated Black Hole Collision Shreds The Milky Way [ANIMATED]

Luckily for us, nothing like this is actually happening nearby.<p>Black holes aren't just ultra-massive collapsed stars that trap light with the sheer force of their gravitational waves. They're also very difficult objects to model--especially when they interact with other black holes. This image from …

The First Fully 3-D Printed LEDs Are Here

And they come in orange and green<p>3-D printing has been touted as the most amazing thing to happen to manufacturing since the assembly line. The idea is that, someday, every home could be a mini-factory, downloading CAD templates online and printing off eyeglasses, coffee mugs, shoes, and whatever …

The third great wave

Special report<p>MOST PEOPLE ARE discomfited by radical change, and often for good reason. Both the first Industrial Revolution, starting in the late …

Is 'Interstellar' An Antidote To Humanity's Space Apathy?

It may be set in the distant future, but the movie highlights the issues that stymie space travel today.<p>A few years ago, I caught a glimpse of one of the biggest obstacles to space exploration. In a movie theater line, I overheard two people discussing the concept of building a human base on our …

Space Exploration

Space – the final frontier for profit-seekers like Richard Branson

The loss of Richard Branson’s SpaceShipTwo (One pilot dead, one seriously injured as Virgin Galactic crashes in Mojave desert, 1 November) should give us pause for thought. Speaking after the crash, Branson’s team likened the entrepreneur to Ferdinand Magellan, the adventurer who opened up the …

Entrepreneur Seeks To Make Handheld Ultrasound Window Into The Body

He's hoping his device can be a super-cheap alternative to big hospital machines.<p>Biotech entrepreneur Jonathan Rothberg is working on a handheld ultrasound device that can replace the big machines hospitals use today to check on growing fetuses, evaluate tumors, and more. Plug the device into a …

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ISS Astronaut Talks with Members of the German Parliament