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UK scientists plan to grow lettuce on Mars

Photos of the lettuce are to be transmitted to Earth so the public and scientists would be able to watch the lettuce mature<p>A team of scientists have created a plan to grow lettuce on Mars, and it has been short-listed to be included in a future space flight to the red planet.<p>The project, being run …

Global overpopulation would ‘withstand war, disasters and disease’

The pace of population growth is so quick that even draconian restrictions of childbirth, pandemics or a third world war would still leave the world with too many people for the planet to sustain, according to a study.<p>Rather than reducing the number of people, cutting the consumption of natural …

What it took for Elon Musk’s SpaceX to disrupt Boeing, leapfrog NASA, and become a serious space company

<i>This story has been corrected.</i><p>The Space Exploration Technology rocket factory is a large, white hangar-like building near Los Angeles international airport, with a parking lot filled with late-model motorcycles and Tesla electric cars. The vast metal structure once churned out 747 fuselages for …

Space Travel

How to Mine an Asteroid

A group of aerospace veterans and investors—including Google's Larry Page, filmmaker James Cameron, and X-Prize Foundation founder Peter Diamandis—announced an audacious venture: a company, Planetary Resources, dedicated to mining asteroids.<p>Step 1: Get prospecting<p>To mine an asteroid, a company like …

Space Exploration

Evolution: Why do your eyes face forwards?

Why don’t we have peepers protruding from the sides of our heads? It's partly for 3D vision, but as Jason G Goldman discovers, that's not the only reason.<p>Take a stroll through a zoo and, if you're paying attention, you might notice that most animals can be sorted into two groups. There are those …

Planetary Resources Lost Its First Spacecraft in Last Night's Rocket Disaster

Planetary Resources is set to piggyback its first mission on the latest Orbital Sciences commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station.<p><b>Update:</b> The Orbital Sciences Antares rocket on the ORB-3 commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station exploded into ball of fire …

Poor careers advice failing to address STEM skills 'crisis'

While enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and maths, remains high among school pupils, lack of careers guidance means few young people continue into industry<p>Britain is facing a skills "crisis" as not enough is being done to encourage young people into STEM related careers, despite there …

This Is Your Brain on Magic Mushrooms

Brain scans of people injected with psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, explain what happens to connections across the brain when people take psychedelic drugs.<p><b>Brain scans of people under the influence of</b> psilocybin, the hallucinogenic ingredient in magic mushrooms, may help to …

Algal virus found in humans, slows brain activity

It’s not such a stretch to think that humans can catch the Ebola virus from monkeys and the flu virus from pigs. After all, they are all mammals with …

This Revolutionary New Reactor Could Change Civilization As We Know It

<b>The news:</b> For years, nuclear fusion has been the holy grail of alternative energy: Unlike fission, which splits atoms to create energy, fusion is the …

Energy

Why settle for a flute when you can savour the whole symphony?

Federico Lleonart is right: champagne does taste better when drunk out of a straightforward wine glass<p>The last person to ask my advice on which champagne flutes to buy was my brother, who glared in hostile mutiny when I gave him my response.<p>You’d think people might be pleased with my suggestion – …

Men and violence: Sizing up how men size up one another

Daniel Fessler is out at UCLA's Drake Track Stadium to do a bit of discreet academic observation. Spying, really, with a smidgen of fibbing.<p>It's fall 2013. Headlines are fading about a Florida jury's acquittal of a neighborhood watch volunteer who had killed unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin. Just …

Nature trumps nurture when it comes to academic achievement, study says

Let's imagine for a minute that family resources had no impact on the likelihood that an American student would graduate high school and go on to earn a college degree or beyond. In this idealized world, which factors would influence a student's likelihood of academic achievement, and how do nature …

Coffee Habits Shaped by DNA Variations, Researchers Find

Whether coffee makes a person anxious or helps boost their memory may come down to their DNA, according to research that suggests further studies on …

How lifting weights can make memories stick

Just 20 minutes of exercise can enhance episodic memory, also known as long-term memory for previous events, by about 10 percent in healthy young …

Georgia Tech

This New Oxygen-Hoarding Crystal Is the Future of Breathing Underwater

Just a bucket of this stuff can steal all of the oxygen in a room.<p>It only takes about 10 liters of a newly-developed form of crystalline cobalt salt to steal the air from a room, or at least the 21 percent or so of that air comprised of oxygen. Given the right conditions, with the temperature and …

Spoiler Alert: Statistician Predicts Future Chapters Of 'Game Of Thrones' Novels

Probability that winter is coming? 100 percent.<p>Desperate for details as you wait for the next installment in <i>Game of Thrones</i>? You're in luck. In what may be the first mathematics paper to include a spoiler alert, a New Zealand statistician has come up with a model to predict what's coming up in the …

NYU Professor: The Digital Age Is Destroying The US Middle Class And There's Little Hope For Reversing The Cycle

NYU business school professor and consultant Scott Galloway believes US society is telling itself a lie: That technology is good for everyone.<p>He believes that the "digital age" has clear winners and clear losers.<p>The winners are the global middle class, the abject poor, and the über-rich.<p>Galloway …

Three Irish Teens Win Google Science Fair Using Bacteria to Grow Food

Seeds treated with bacteria grow faster and better, research shows.<p>A trio of Irish high-schoolers nabbed the top prize in this year's Google Science Fair with a project that speeds up crop growth by tapping into the naturally cozy relationship between soil microbes and plants.<p>After 11 months of …

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Engineered Bacteria Excrete Propane Fuel

Researchers want to harness your stomach bugs in the service of your barbecue<p>Propane, the gas that fuels your barbecue (and perhaps one day your car), may soon have a new, renewable source.<p>Researchers in Finland and England developed a genetic process that puts <i>E. coli</i> bacteria to work producing the …

A Google Glass App That Detects People's Emotions

Human is happy<p>Sometimes people are hard to read. Why not leave all that work to a computer? Perhaps you could use this experimental app that works in Google Glass. Aim Glass's camera at a person's face and the app reads the human's facial expression and tells you to what extent the person is …

Will Genetic Alterations Modify Human Society?

<i>“Keep in mind, this child is still you. Simply, the best, of you. You could conceive naturally a thousand times and never get such a result.”</i> – Fictional geneticist in the 1997 film Gattaca.<p>As a side effect of science fiction novels, many of us find ourselves with an outlook of the future that’s …

How tech could spell the end of animals in drugs testing

Think of a world where more new medicines are available more quickly, more safely and with few, if any, animals used in research. Think of a world where you know for sure that the drug you are prescribed is safe for you. This is what researchers at some of the world's leading universities are …

Possible ‘babysitter’ spotted in nest of 24 dinosaurs

A rock slab that contains the fossils of 24 very young dinosaurs and one older one suggests a caretaker was watching the group of hatchlings, …

Dinosaurs

What Hangovers Have To Do With Your Genes

By Jillian Rose Lim, Staff Writer<p>Published: 08/26/2014 12:03 PM EDT on LiveScience<p>Some people get hangovers after a night of drinking, while others don't, and the reason may be in their genes, a new study of twins in Australia suggests.<p>Researchers looked for links between the study participants' …

2050 and the Future of Infrastructure

Much of the world around us has been formed around key pieces of infrastructure. Most see this as a testament to who we are as a society, and part of …