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Cooked Meals and Netflix on Mars? It Could Happen

There is no Ikea on Mars. There are no takeout joints or Internet cafes either. Getting to the Red Planet might be half the battle, but staying happy and comfortable there is also a serious challenge.

Earlier this week, NASA announced it was offering $5,000 for the best ideas on how to improve …

Mars

An Ode to New Horizons

New Horizon's first color picture of Pluto and its moon was nothing more than a big dot and a little dot. So why does it resonate so deeply within …

Pluto

Scientists Are Using Electrodes to Remote-Control People

Next generation navigation services could tell you where to walk via electrodes on your thighs.The post Scientists Are Using Electrodes to …

Electrodes

The Biggest Threat to the Earth? We Have Too Many Kids

Earth Day is a holiday focused on solving things like pollution, climate change, and extinction. But it rarely addresses their common cause: too many …

Family Planning

Crowdfunded Science Is Here. But Is It Legit Science?

More and more scientists are turning to crowdfunding to get money to run their experiments.The post Crowdfunded Science Is Here. But Is It Legit

Scientific Research

Megacities Might Not Save the Planet After All

Dense urban centers are supposed to be greener than sprawl–but megacities have too much of both.The post Megacities Might Not Save the Planet After …

Cities

The Fight to Build Earth’s Most Powerful Optical Telescope

A new telescope would let astronomers see further than ever, but local opposition in Hawaii might scuttle the project.The post The Fight to Build …

Hawaii

Should You Get a Tesla Home Battery? Let Physics Explain

Tesla announced a battery for your house, the Powerwall. What are some interesting physics questions to consider for this new battery?The post Should …

Batteries

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

The Most Futuristic Predictions That Came True In 2014

As 2014 comes to a close, it's time to reflect on the most futuristic breakthroughs and developments of the past year. This year's crop features a …

Scientific Research

Will we ever… live in underground homes?

As cities get more crowded, why not build down? Kieran Nash profiles some of the world’s most unusual underground constructions, from Australian rock homes to Beijing’s subterranean spaces.

In many respects, Bernadette Roberts’ three-bedroom house is like any other. “Lounge, dining area, kitchen – …

Urbanism

NASA has trialled an engine that would take us to Mars in 10 weeks

NASA scientists have reported that they've successfully tested an engine called the electromagnetic propulsion drive, or the EM Drive, in a vacuum …

Aeronautics

Artificial gravity could solve space problems

New plans for artificial gravity tests in space using centrifuges may hold the key to helping future astronauts ward off the debilitating loss of muscle and bone due to weightlessness on long missions to asteroids or the moon under NASA's revised space exploration plan.

The new NASA budget proposed …

Space

Human gene editing has arrived – here's why it matters

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It's becoming possible to edit our genes to treat and prevent conditions like HIV and sickle cell disease or, more controversially,

Life Sciences

Tesla expands into batteries for homes

HAWTHORNE, Calif -- Seeking to redefine itself as more than a high-tech automaker, Tesla Motors announced Thursday night plans to make inroads into residential and business battery systems.

While home batteries aren't as sexy as electric luxury cars, Tesla CEO Elon Musk portrayed the Powerwall Home …

Energy

Vertical farms, smart ceilings and national pride at the world fair

Expo Milano is a makeshift city studded with spectacular pavilions. In an attempt to outshine each other at the world fair, which opens today, 143 countries brought in their A-list teams of architects, innovators and culinary experts to design their temporary buildings. The UK built a beehive …

Is solid helium a supersolid?

Recent experiments suggest that helium-4 atoms can flow through an experimental cell filled with solid helium. But that incompletely understood flow …

These "Biopunk" Designs Are What the Future Human Will Look Like

Images courtesy of TETEM

Seems like no matter how you slice it, the future of human beings is, well, not very human at all. Sci-fi talks a lot about cyborgs and transhumanism and the myriad ways people are morphing with machines. But futurists are also exploring how the body can be augmented and …

Concept Design

3-D Printers Bring Historic Instruments Back To The Future

In a recital hall at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, a group of musicians got together to play Jean-Baptiste Singelée's 1857 quartet for saxophones on some very old, very special instruments.

"This is an Adolphe Sax saxophone, from the mid-1860s," says Robert Howe, who collects antique wind …

Horns

Why Astronomers Are Riveted By the Search for Nothing

By Carole Mundell, University of Bath | April 22, 2015 1:55 pm

Astronomers have found evidence of a giant void that could be the largest known …

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 — …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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:

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 …

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 …

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 …

Aliens