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The next flu drug might already be in your medicine cabinet

A group of cheap, common medications could save lives — so why aren't we investigating them?<p>On January 31st, billions around the world rang in the Chinese Lunar New Year. Hualan Chen, a scientist with the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science, however, celebrated from her office. Like so many …

Where is the Milky Way?

A word about our home galaxy – the Milky Way – within the Local Group, and the Virgo Cluster and Supercluster.<p>We know where our galaxy is located – …

Black holes should be redefined, says Stephen Hawking in new paper

Black holes don't actually exist in the way we traditionally think of them, renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has proposed in a short but potentially revolutionary paper.<p>Classical theory holds that no energy or information can ever escape a black hole, but the principles of quantum physics suggest …

Gun flight: Smith & Wesson, Ruger quit California over stamping requirement

A new gun law proponents say helps law enforcement has driven Smith & Wesson and Sturm Ruger out of California, and affirmed the suspicions of firearms rights advocates that the measure is really about making handguns obsolete.<p>The two companies have announced they will stop selling their wares in …

Astronomers Get First Glimpse of Cosmic Web

Changing Planet<p>Computer simulations suggest that matter in the universe is distributed in a “cosmic web” of filaments, as seen in the image above from a large-scale dark-matter simulation. The inset is a zoomed-in, high-resolution image of a smaller part of the cosmic web, 10 million light-years …

Super-Earths likely to have oceans and continents

Massive exoplanets might be more like Earth than has been thought.<p>Massive terrestrial exoplanets – planets outside our solar system – called …

Energy harvesting chips: The next big thing for a connected world

If you can imagine a world of connected sensors embedded in walls, roads and consumer goods you probably don’t want to imagine having to change the …

Meet the flying machine that was inspired by a jellyfish

Leif Ristroph wanted to build the “simplest possible” flying machine. The applied mathematician at New York University glued together several tubes of carbon fiber to build this: a sphere with four wings attached to it that propels it as a jellyfish swims.<p>The flyer is only about eight centimeters …

Joshua Tree's Hypnotically Reflective Desert Shack

<i>Lucid Stead</i> is an architectural installation by artist Phillip K. Smith III that takes an existing structure in the deserts of Joshua Tree, California and revitalizes it with mirrors, LED lights, and custom built technology to accentuate the beauty of the bare landscape. Aptly referred to as an …

Manned Mars Mission Could Be Only Four Years Away

Billionaire Dennis Tito has some big ideas about sending people to Mars. The former-engineer-turned-space-traveler unveiled plans on Wednesday to fly …

World's first space tourist gives details on manned mission to Mars in 2017

Dennis Tito, the American entrepreneur who paid $20 million in 2001 for a trip to the International Space Station, spoke before a House subcommittee on space today to outline his plans for reaching Mars. According to Tito, the "Inspiration Mars" endeavor will be a fly-by mission that'll take two …

Nasa launches Maven mission to find out what happened to water on Mars

A spacecraft designed to dive deep into the upper atmosphere of Mars and find out what happened to the planet's water took off from Cape Canaveral on Monday, in Nasa's most ambitious attempt yet to understand the causes of dramatic climate change on our planetary neighbour.<p>The Mars Atmosphere and …

Check Out This Curly Protein From The Deadly Nipah Virus

A new study visualizes a key protein in an emerging virus.<p>This symmetric tangle of telephone wires (Remember those?) represents a key protein in the Nipah virus. Nipah is an emerging human illness originally found in fruit bats in Southeast Asia and Australia. People who become infected react in a …

Why hospitals will soon sequence the genes of every single patient

After studying cases and training for years in medical school, doctors are able to identify patterns in a patient’s test results, compare them to that of a healthy individual and come up with a diagnostic and treatment. Better yet, they know how to adapt that treatment based on the patient’s age, …

Depression Linked With Shorter Telomeres, A Sign Of Cell Aging

By Bahar Gholipour, Staff Writer<p>Published: 11/12/2013 08:18 AM EST on LiveScience<p>People suffering from depression may be aging faster than other people, according to a new study from the Netherlands.<p>In the study of about 1,900 people who had major depressive disorders at some point during their …

MIT Invents A Shapeshifting Display You Can Reach Through And Touch

The Tangible Media Group at MIT’s Media Lab has unveiled a futuristic display made of atoms, not pixels.<p>We live in an age of touch-screen interfaces, but what will the UIs of the future look like? Will they continue to be made up of ghostly pixels, or will they be made of atoms that you can reach …

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Two billion planets in our galaxy may be suitable for life

Our galaxy probably contains at least two billion planets that, like Earth, have liquid water on their surfaces and orbit around their parent stars in the "habitable zone" for life. The nearest, according to astronomers, could be a mere 12 light years away.<p>A new study, published on Monday in the …

At least 8.8 billion Earth-size, just-right planets found, study says

Space is vast, but it may not be so lonely after all: A study finds the Milky Way is teeming with billions of planets that are about the size of Earth, orbit stars just like our sun, and exist in the Goldilocks zone -- not too hot and not too cold for life.<p>Astronomers using NASA data have …

India launches Mars mission in giant leap for super cheap space exploration

India has launched its first mission to Mars on Tuesday in what its leaders hope will be a giant leap forward for super cheap space exploration<p>Scientists from the Indian Space Research Organisation successfully launched their Mars Orbiter Mission on Tuesday, amid celebrations at mission control.<p>As …

Mars Rover Proves Some Earth Meteorites Are Indeed Martian

Some pieces of rock that fell to Earth from space are indeed from Mars, new measurements reveal.<p>New data collected by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has pinned down the exact ratio of two forms of the inert gas argon in the Martian atmosphere. These new measurements will not only help confirm the …

A Nuclear Plant Turned Fun Park And More Amazing Images From This Week

Stop What You’re Doing and Fly Over This Amazing Crater Rim on Mars

• Author: Adam Mann. Adam Mann Science<br>• Date of Publication: 10.18.13. 10.18.13<br>• Time of Publication: 1:38 pm. 1:38 pm<p>We’ve seen a lot of awesome pictures …

Expedition 38/39 Crew Undergoes Final Training Outside Moscow

Thermal Wristband Keeps Your Body At The Perfect Temperature

Wristify delivers hot or cool thermal pulses to keep the body comfortable.<p>A group of MIT engineering students wants you to get nice and comfy. They've created a thermoelectric bracelet designed to keep its wearer at the optimal thermal level for personal comfort.<p>Called Wristify, the prototype …

Virgin Galactic hopes its spacecrafts might someday be used for superfast flights across Earth

Virgin Galactic may be closing in on launching its first-ever commercial space flight, but the company is also thinking about how its technology can help improve travel on Earth, as well. Speaking at the Wired 2013 event in London, Virgin Galactic's commercial director Stephen Attenborough hinted …

Rescue Robot ATLAS Breaks Its Ankle During Public Debut [Video]

"We have discovered its weakness! Humanity has a chance!"<p>There's a good case to be made that the media overhypes how scary some robots are. Point taken. But I don't think anyone would deny that the 'bots created by the company Boston Dynamics are at least a little on the creepy side--so it's good …

Newly discovered asteroid missed Earth but will return in 2032

MIAMI (Reuters) - A newly discovered asteroid made a “close” approach to Earth this week - at least in astronomical terms - and it is likely to come back around in 2032, but there is only a miniscule risk of it smashing into the planet, NASA said on Friday.<p>The asteroid known as 2013 TV135 came …

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Spacewatch: India goes to Mars

As the optimum period opens for flights to Mars, both India and the US are poised to launch Mars-orbiting craft. The US federal shutdown, though, threatened both missions, delaying them until the next launch window opens in 2015-2016. As it is, dispensations were granted to allow work on Nasa's …