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Recording Analog Memories in Human Cells

<i>Summary: Researchers have developed a new method to record ‘analog memories’ in human cells, allowing them to retrieve information of past events,</i> …

Science

NASA has successfully test-fired the engine for the most powerful rocket ever

This is how we get to Mars.<p>NASA has successfully tested the engine that will power its new, massive Space Launch System (SLS) deep-space rocket, …

NASA

The Myth of the Sustainable City

<i>Excerpted from</i> America’s Most Sustainable Cities and Regions: Surviving the 21st-Century Megatrends<i>, by John W. Day and Charles Hall (with</i> …

Sustainable Design

What would aliens actually look like?

Two eyes or seven?<p>Speculating about what aliens look like has kept children, film producers and scientists amused for decades. If they exist, will …

Evolutionary biology

Largest ever map of the universe points to mysterious ‘dark energy’

It is hard to know whether it’s a success or a failure but modern astronomy tells us that almost three quarters of the universe is in the form of an unknown substance called “dark energy”.<p>Add to this the “dark matter” that astronomers are still searching for without success, and we think we live in …

Universe

Discovering the 'final frontier' of our universe

<b>(CNN) —</b> Over the last week, new images have granted us exquisite views of the final frontier that is our old, vast and mysterious universe.<p>While we may be exploring strange new worlds, like exoplanets beyond our solar system, and seeking out the potential for life on them, these aren't the voyages …

Cosmology

Gravity doesn’t care about quantum spin

New measurements fail to show connection between gravity and quantum mechanics.<p>Physics, as you may have read before, is based around two wildly …

Science

Laser airspeed sensor measures aircraft velocity even at low speeds

British defense and aerospace company BAE Systems has come up with some interesting technology over the years, including armored vehicles that used …

Aerospace

Could We One Day Heal The Mind By Taking Control Of Our Dreams?

About 50 per cent of us will at some point in our lives experience “waking up” and being conscious while still in a dream – possibly, we may even be …

Oil Not Necessary?

An animation showing the future of fuels in the coming decades. (video)<p>A 2016 report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) found huge benefits in simply doubling the renewable share by 2030. For an outlay estimated at $290bn a year, IRENA saw annual net savings between $1.2tn and …

” INCEPTION STYLE ” Memory Implants Are Coming our Way

It may sound like something out of the latest Science-Fiction movie ” Inception “, but scientists have now discovered a way to implant subliminal …

Solar tower generates electricity from molten salt, even when it’s dark

It’s a bird (igniting in mid-air), it’s a (solar-powered) plane, it’s a new innovation in the world’s solar power repertoire: The Crescent Dunes …

Electricity

Bright future for renewable energy on display at giant solar show

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NASA shows off the design for its Mars 2020 rover

The rover NASA plans to send to Mars in 2020 is taking shape, and today its near-final design was revealed, along with details on several of its cool new instruments. (Check out an absolutely huge version of the image above here.)<p>In an effort to save costs and, really, because it makes a lot of …

Astrophotography

Ask Ethan: Are There Different Types Of Time And Space?

, Contributor<p>One of the most counterintuitive lessons of Einstein’s relativity is that there’s no such thing as absolute space or absolute time. If I ask you when and where you are, you can tell me; but if you and I go to distant locations and I ask you when and where you perceive me to be, what …

Physics

Dark Energy Illuminated By Largest Galactic Map Ten Years In The Making

In 1929, Edwin Hubble forever changed our understanding of the cosmos by showing that the Universe is in a state of expansion. By the 1990s, …

Maps

This Exercise Will Make You Much Smarter, Says Neuroscience

A recent study reveals the workout that's good for both your body and your brain.<p>We already know that exercise can help make us smarter, happier, and less stressed. But all exercise is not created equal. If you're a time-crunched entrepreneur, might you like to know which kind of exercise is most …

Neuroscience

Electricity generated with water, salt and a three-atoms-thick membrane

Proponents of clean energy will soon have a new source to add to their existing array of solar, wind, and hydropower: osmotic power. Or more …

Electricity

The Big Bang might have just been a Big Bounce

A new model of quantum cosmology shows how this universe might have been born from the one before it – while avoiding the broken physics of the big …

Cosmology

Six new medical technologies worth watching

Among them: advances in surgical robots and early cancer screening<p>From growing blood vessels in labs to applying advanced nanotechnology to cancer testing, here are some emerging technologies that could have a big impact on medicine in coming years.<p>Engineered blood vessels<p>Humacyte Inc., a …

Cheap agriculture robots could put millions of farm workers out of a job — Quartz

More than a million people working in America’s fields, and far more globally, are about to face competition from workers who never sleep, get tired or ask for a living wage.<p>As field robots have gotten cheaper, a steady stream of farm jobs are being automated. Lettuce weeding is one of the first …

Robotics

30 years in the making, ‘Voyage of Time’ trailer sends you on a cosmic trip

The video trailer for “Voyage of Time” provides a trippy taste of a movie that’s been more than 30 years in the making – and tells the story of a …

Cosmology

NASA just broke its biggest rule in space in order to safely send humans to Mars

In the movie <i>Gravity</i>, Sandra Bullock is the sole survivor of her space shuttle colliding with a Russian satellite—experienced astronaut George Clooney has just sacrificed himself to get her to safety. But at that point, there are still 40 minutes left to the movie, so, inevitably, she’s not safe at …

NASA

Digital Doctors: The Rise Of The Doctorpreneuer

, Cox Business<p>It’s the dream of all startup founders: a groundbreaking concept combined with great market fit and the right investors can, with luck, make for a stratospheric rise to fame and fortune. But did you know that a similar trajectory is possible for up-and-coming companies in the industry …

Business Technology

Sierra Nevada Corp. moves ahead on NASA milestones for Dream Chaser spaceship

After years of postponements, Sierra Nevada Corp. is planning to deliver a rebuilt test prototype of its Dream Chaser mini-space shuttle to NASA for …

NASA

Scientists have invented a mind-reading machine that visualises your thoughts

"We can take someone’s memory... and pull it out from their brains."<p>If you think your mind is the only safe place left for all your secrets, think …

The Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2016

Ten technologies that showcase the power of innovation to improve lives, transform industries and safeguard our planet

Emerging Technology

Antimatter, annihilation and a universe that shouldn't exist

Some crazy new physics is needed to explain why our universe isn't just a fading sea of light, and why a miniscule imbalance at the heart of the big …

Antimatter

Pear-shaped nuclei discovery challenges time travel hopes

<b>Scottish-based scientists have discovered that the nuclei of some atoms are not symmetrical.</b><p>The finding challenges some of the fundamental concepts …

Physics