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By Juan Enriquez and Steve Gullans | March 9, 2015 9:00 am
Human genetic engineering is not new; it has been going on for a long, long time — …Evolution
Success in the long-sought effort to make artificial pores
The membrane is a really important part of a cell—it keeps the organelles and useful chemicals in, and other things out. But the membrane also needs to be selectively permeable, letting in the right molecules (like DNA or water) when they …Carbon Nanotubes
Google’s top secret Google X research lab is working on a handful of projects to build better batteries for mobile devices, reports the Wall Street Journal.
It’s not just about making sure our cell phones last a little longer, though that’s a nice side-effect too. Really, what’s going on is that the …Google
Could meteorites have brought the precursor molecules of life to Earth? © Shutterstock
The molecules that kick-started life on primordial Earth could …Chemistry
They go up, down, and all around
With the debut of passenger elevators some 150 years ago, cities were forever changed. Freed from the tyranny of stairwells, architects built as high as they liked. That is, until they ran into another barrier: the weight of steel cables. A new elevator design from …Elevators
M104 imaged five years apart – from Cassini on April 12, 2015 (left) and from the Subaru Telescope on April 12, 2015 (right). Credits: …Space
Evidence collected by the Mars Curiosity rover shows that salt water may form in the Martian soil on cold nights.
One hundred years ago, a 36-year-old Albert Einstein presented the complete formulation of the General Theory of Relativity to the Prussian Academy of Sciences. Across the world, events and conferences will be celebrating what is considered, without hyperbole, the most beautiful of physical …Universe
NASA recently gave a definitive answer to one of the biggest collective questions humanity has ever asked: are Earth’s inhabitants alone in the …Paranormal
Looks like NASA's Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan may have over-estimated how long it would take to find extraterrestrial organisms. For the first time in the history of astronomy, scientists have discovered two complex organic molecules, which is vital to the formation of life as we know it, outside …Space
The Earth will stay livable for another 1.75 to 3.25 billion years before “a catastrophic and terminal extinction event for all life,” according to a …Astronomy
IntroductionThe term breakthrough propulsion refers to concepts like space drives and faster-than-light travel, the kind of breakthroughs that would …Physics
Researchers have for the first time ever computed a complete trillion particle cosmological “dark sky” simulation. The result, a set of high-resolution “cyber images,” is being made available to the public as a 55 terabyte data set. Said data provides a uniquely deep picture of the large-scale …Cosmology
The night sky has captivated people for as long as we have told stories. For millennia, mankind has sat in the dark and taken in the glorious spectacle of the stars and planets as they have marched across the sky. While we now know that space goes on essentially forever, it's important to remember …Astronomy
When we think of alien life, images of little green men, Martians, or perhaps even spaceships carrying them to Earth are the first things that come to mind. Yet when you think about life on Earth, how it arose, and how it came to be the way it is today, you’ve got to recognize that the evidence of …Aliens
Size of first ionisation energies for the elements © Kazuaki Tsukada/NPG
Lawrencium’s position on the periodic table may now be up for debate after …Scientific Research
Could genome sequencing newborns give valuable insight or do harm? That's the question US doctors are trying to answer in a pioneering trial starting …Babies
When we talk about how nuclear weapons work, we inevitably mention the “critical mass.” This is the amount of fissile material you need to create a …Critical Mass
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In a step toward the conversion of excess heat into electric current, researchers demonstrate a device that …Electricity
All wings, report in
Will drones make fighter pilots obsolete? That's a big question hanging over the Pentagon as it considers what the future of air power looks like. Well, in a press conference today, the chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force made it clear that humans will always have a place in …Star Wars
Are we alone in the universe? Top NASA scientists say the answer is almost certainly “no.”
"I believe we are going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth in the next decade and definitive evidence in the next 10 to 20 years," Ellen Stofan, chief scientist for NASA, said at a public panel …Aliens
Researchers have paired a solar-powered catalyzing device with genetically engineered bacteria to convert water and carbon dioxide into an alcohol-based liquid fuel. The system, dubbed a "bionic leaf," is described in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The process is modeled after …Bacteria
Dale Arney and Chris Jones dreamed up Project Genesis, a vision of colonizing Venus up in the clouds, above the boiling surface.
(Photo Credit: NASA Langley Research Center)
A Bespin-like Cloud City could be coming to Venus. NASA researchers Dale Arney and Chris Jones are busy on a proposal for the …NASA
In the future, fat and bacteria are good, soil is smarter, and healthy convenience is king.
Today's food landscape looks a lot different than it did 10 years ago. Fast casual—not fast food—dominates. Your next meal is just a tap of the iPhone away. McDonald's is toying with the idea of kale. These …Food
Wedged inside rocks in the deep sea off the coast of Western Australia lurks an organism that hasn't evolved in more than 2 billion years, scientists …Evolution
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Chemists are helping palaeontologists discover the palette of fossil pigments, and helping …Scientific Research
When your location marker on Google Maps is pinging all over the place, it's usually due to temperamental GPS signal. DARPA thinks this isn't cutting it anymore, and is developing a "radically" new tech that will offer real-time position tracking -- something that'll work despite blind spots or …GPS Tracking
One telescope finds the treasure chest, and the other narrows in on the gold coins. Data from two European Space Telescope missions, Planck …Space
Long stays in space have a major hitch. Medical studies on the effects of microgravity on astronauts after many months in low-Earth orbit (LEO) can’t get around one hard truth — humans aren’t cut out for life without gravity. Thus, artificial gravity habitats are now being discussed as a crucial …Space