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Science Weekly podcast: life beyond Earth – the search for habitable worlds

This week on Science Weekly with <b>Alok Jha</b> we meet leading astrophysicist Dr Athena Coustenis to discuss her work searching for life elsewhere in the universe.<p>Athena, who is director of research at the Paris-Meudon Observatory in France, recently co-wrote the book Life Beyond Earth with her colleague …

A mixing and matching game of life and death

Dan Davis's The Compatibility Gene tells the story of the discovery of a central component of the immune system, one that affects not only our ability to fight off disease, but also the success of transplant operations, pregnancies and, rather unexpectedly, brain development and possibly even mate …

Changing brains: why neuroscience is ending the Prozac era

The big money has moved from developing psychiatric drugs to manipulating our brain networks<p>The psychiatric drug age may have reached its peak. Although mind-altering medications are being prescribed in record numbers, signs of a radically new approach to understanding and treating mental illness …

New camouflage coating uses squid protein to become invisible to infrared, night vision

Researchers at UC Irvine have created a new camouflage coating inspired by the pencil squid that is invisible to infrared cameras. The university developed the coating with military applications in mind — a tool to hide from enemies. Alon Gorodetsky, an assistant professor at Irvine who led the …

Ring Clock : Futuristic, Eco-Friendly, and Playful Ring that Displays The Time

<b>Ring Clock</b> is precious project of Gusztav Szikszai that took 2 years from the initial design picture to prototype. The first this project was posted …

The Next Space Shuttle: Hybrid Engines Make Runway-To-Orbit Missions A Reality

A new type of engine could usher in an era of affordable spaceplanes<p>A disembodied jet engine, attached to a hulking air vent, sits in an outdoor test facility at the Culham Science Center in Oxfordshire, England. When the engine screams to life, columns of steam billow from the vent, giving the …

Haqqani network leader dead, according to Taliban video

The Taliban have confirmed the death of one of the most senior figures in the Haqqani network, the Pakistan-based extremist group blamed for many of the deadliest attacks in Afghanistan.<p>Reports had circulated for the past year that Badruddin Haqqani, brother of the group’s overall operational …

Mission to colonise Mars: 'Columbus didn't wait; nor should we'

The £4bn project, founded in 2010 by engineer Bas Lansdorp, is set to recoup its costs by selling the broadcasting rights to the mission.<p>"The biggest media event in the world," said Paul Römer, the co-creator of Big Brother and ambassador of the project, on the Mars One website. "Reality meets …

Exorcism In French Town Prompts Residents To Call Police Over Screams

Police in southern France probably didn't know what to expect after they received an onslaught of calls from Limoux residents reporting blood-curdling screams at a nearby property Friday night.<p>As it turns out, it wasn't a murder in progress, but something far more bizarre. Investigating the …

The Extraordinary 30-Year Growth of the U.S. Hispanic Population

Snowden Seeks Asylum In 20-Plus Nations, Gives Up On Russia

With help from a WikiLeaks lawyer, the young American who admits he leaked information about National Security Agency surveillance programs has now asked more than 20 nations to give him asylum.<p>But as NPR's Jean Cochran said early Tuesday on the network's newscast, Edward Snowden's chances of …

These Contact Lenses Give You Telescopic Vision

The lenses magnify stuff up to 3X. Finally, the future we've been waiting for.<p>So this is pretty much one of those things you've always wanted from the future, right? Researchers have created a prototype contact lens-and-glasses system that lets you zoom in on something to 2.8X magnification. The …

From DARPA, A Virtual Tool To Revolutionize Robotics

The DARPA-funded Gazebo simulation software could make robotics accessible to everyone.<p>The DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC), the most ambitious robot competition in history, cleared a key milestone yesterday. The Pentagon's research wing announced the results of the Virtual Robotics Challenge, a …

Why three-parent babies are the way forward

Three-parent babies will likely spark concerns over the creation of 'designer babies'. But Michael Rimington, a practising infertility specialist, explains that while there is DNA from three people in the child, the genetic characteristics of the baby are those of the natural mother and father.<p>The …

Overwhelm The NSA With Vice's New Spam Generator

"Hello, NSA" is a fun plan to befuddle U.S. spies, but will it work?<p>With characteristic subtlety, yesterday Vice launched "Hello, NSA", a site that generates keyword-laden, tweetable messages designed to overwhelm the National Security Agency with false reports. The fundamental principle behind …

Contact: are alien-hunting scientists going to trigger a planetary invasion?

You’ll soon be able to send messages into outer space — but some experts are worried about who’s listening, and what they’ll do when they hear you<p>If you could talk to extraterrestrials, what would you tell them? Start mulling over that question, because you'll soon be able to send your very own …

Dmitry Itskov wants to help you live forever by swapping your body for an android avatar

The Russian billionaire talks immortality, the Dalai Lama, and lifelike robotic heads<p>If Dmitry Itskov has his way, the human lifespan will soon no longer depend on the limitations of the human body. Itskov, a Russian tycoon and former media mogul, is the founder of the 2045 Project — a venture that …

Scandal shows IRS failings

The past several weeks, our government has been consumed by scandal, particularly the targeting of conservative groups and individuals by the Internal Revenue Service.<p>The IRS is charged with one of the most important jobs of any government agency — collecting revenue to run our government. And …

Could A Volcano Power America?

An ambitious experiment is underway to harness the heat of a volcano in central Oregon. The process is green, efficient... and causes earthquakes.<p>In October, at the Deschutes National Forest in central Oregon, a team of scientists and engineers began pumping 11 million gallons of water underground, …

Supercontinent: how the world is moving together

This year is the 50th anniversary of one of 20th-century science's most important discoveries – the revelation that the land below us is on the move; …

Organic farmers lose court battle with Monsanto

“Trust us, we’re Monsanto.”<p>That’s pretty much all the untrustworthy company had to say to win yet another round in a drawn-out court battle with …

Army recruits zombie novelist Max Brooks to prepare troops for disaster

The US military's disaster preparedness efforts recently experienced a kind of zombie outbreak. During a hurricane response rehearsal this week at Fort Sam Houston in Texas, the US Army drafted <i>World War Z</i> author Max Brooks to share his thoughts on managing big unfolding crises. And according to an …

Obama defends secret NSA surveillance programs - as it happened

1.35am BST<p>Summary<p><b>We're going to wrap up our live blog coverage</b> of reaction to the exposure of broad NSA surveillance programs. The day was defined by …

Greenwald’s long battle against the surveillance state

While at Salon, the former litigator wrote regularly of the danger of ever-expanding dragnets<p>Natasha Lennard<p>June 10, 2013 5:26pm (UTC)<p>The series of revelations last week that the National Security Agency (NSA) was daily hoarding data on every phone and online communication inside and coming from …

Letters: Orwell's fears refracted through the NSA's Prism

After we'd fondly imagined that the free, open and accountable society was merely being gradually encroached on by military and commercial interests, …

World leaders seek answers on US collection of communication data

Leading Europeans, from Angela Merkel down to information chiefs across the continent, are lining up to grill American counterparts on the Prism …

Google asks government to reveal data on national security requests – as it happened

11.20pm BST<p>Summary<p>We're going to wrap up our <b>live blog coverage</b> for the day.<p><b>Both Google and Facebook called on the government to allow them to publish</b> …

Google and Facebook ask DoJ for permission to publish Fisa requests

Google and Facebook have called for the US authorities to allow them to fully disclose the number of secret requests they receive to hand over users' …

NSA surveillance challenged in court as criticism grows over US data program

The first constitutional challenge to the widespread surveillance of US citizens disclosed by the whistleblower Edward Snowden was laid down on …

Europe warns US: you must respect the privacy of our citizens

European Union officials have demanded "swift and concrete answers" to their requests for assurances from the US that its mass data surveillance …