Jon Murphy

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Photos Of Pluto Reveal A 'Toy Store' Of Surprises

Pluto turns out to be pretty lively.<p>Not Las Vegas, perhaps, but more vivacious with geologic activity than we've ever known about, and for good reason: Pluto is currently almost 3 billion miles away from Earth, a dwarf planet spinning in the lonely last ring of our solar system.<p>But this week the …

Hibernating bears could hold the key to long-distance space travel

Bone weakness is a significant problem for astronauts, but a unique biological process that occurs in hibernating bears could be the basis for a new therapy<p>Astronauts could protect themselves against bone wastage by harnessing a unique biological process that allows black bears to maintain their …

Deafness could be treated by virus, say scientists

<b>Scientists say they have taken a significant step towards treating some forms of deafness after restoring hearing in animals.</b><p>Defects in a baby's DNA are behind roughly half of cases of hearing loss in early life.<p>The mouse study, published in Science Translational Medicine, showed a virus could …

Addicted to porn? That's unlikely, according to researchers

Although we've been told that pornography is an addiction, it turns out that isn't the case at all. A new study says the brain activity of “porn …

In The Future, Your Interstellar Tourist Selfies Will Look Like This

Imagine a world some time in the semi-distant future where space travel is a banal indulgence not unlike a luxury cruise. What would you do upon stepping on Mars soil, an astronaut helmet over your head and Earth but a small speck in the distance.<p>Be real, would you take a selfie? It would get …

The joy of reading role-playing games

You don’t have to actually play a role-playing game for it to fire your imagination, so why don’t RPG manuals count as books?<p>I’m a lifelong fan of role-playing games, but I rarely play them. Dungeons & Dragons. Call of Cthulhu. Vampire: The Masquerade. Cyberpunk 2013. Traveller. I’ve been enchanted …

Board Games

Do We Need to Rewrite General Relativity? - The Nature of Reality — The Nature of Reality | PBS

General relativity, the theory of gravity Albert Einstein published 100 years ago, is one of the most successful theories we have. It has passed …

Chemists devise technology that could transform solar energy storage

The materials in most of today's residential rooftop solar panels can store energy from the sun for only a few microseconds at a time. A new …

Clean Energy