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With Gene Therapy We Could Direct Our Own Evolution

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

Carbon Nanotubes Usher Molecules In And Out Of Cell Membranes

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

This project in Google’s secret research lab could change the future of batteries

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

Chemicals formed on meteorites may have started life on Earth | Chemistry World

Could meteorites have brought the precursor molecules of life to Earth? © Shutterstock

The molecules that kick-started life on primordial Earth could …

Chemistry

Magnetically Levitating Elevators Could Reshape Skylines

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

Cassini Spots the Sombrero Galaxy from Saturn

M104 imaged five years apart – from Cassini on April 12, 2015 (left) and from the Subaru Telescope on April 12, 2015 (right). Credits:

Space

On Mars, Liquid Water Appears at Night, Study Suggests

Evidence collected by the Mars Curiosity rover shows that salt water may form in the Martian soil on cold nights.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Liquid …

Mars

Einstein's Universe Turns 100

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 says finding alien life almost certain within next two decades

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

The building blocks of life found orbiting another star

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

Life on Earth will be obliterated by the heat of the sun (1.75 to 3.25 billion years from now)

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

Breakthrough Propulsion Physics

IntroductionThe term breakthrough propulsion refers to concepts like space drives and faster-than-light travel, the kind of breakthroughs that would …

Physics

Researchers Complete the First-Ever Trillion Particle Simulation of the Universe

​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

Scientists Cut Uncertainty of the Size of the Universe in Half

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

Finding The First Signs Of Alien Life, And Why NASA Thinks It's Coming Soon

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

Lawrencium experiment could shake up periodic table | Chemistry World

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

Baby genes to be mapped at birth in medical first

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

Critical mass

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

Focus: Voltage Fluctuations Converted to Electricity

April 10, 2015• Physics 8, 32

In a step toward the conversion of excess heat into electric current, researchers demonstrate a device that …

Electricity

The U.S. Air Force Needs Jedi to Pilot the X-Wings It Will Totally Have Someday

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

NASA: We'll find alien life in 10 to 20 years

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

Bacteria Turn Sunlight to Liquid Fuel in 'Bionic Leaf'

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

NASA Wants to Build a Cloud City on Venus

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

This Is What You'll Be Eating In 2020

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

2 Billion Years Unchanged, Bacteria Pose an Evolutionary Puzzle

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

Is all matter made of just one element? | Chemistry World

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DARPA is working on something way better than GPS

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

A Gold Mine of Galaxy Nuggets

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One telescope finds the treasure chest, and the other narrows in on the gold coins. Data from two European Space Telescope missions, Planck …

Space

Deep Space Exploration Will Demand Artificial Gravity

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