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Water Vapor Venting off Jovian Moon - NASA's Hubble Space…

Water Vapor Venting off Jovian Moon - NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has observed water vapor above the frigid south polar region of Jupiter's moon Europa, providing the first strong evidence of water plumes erupting off the moon's surface. Previous scientific findings from other sources already point to the existence of an ocean located under Europa's icy crust. Researchers are not yet certain whether the detected water vapor is generated by water plumes erupting on the surface, but they are …

Children could have DNA tested at birth

Jeremy Hunt wants Britain to become the first country in the world to routinely test children's entire DNA at birth to identify diseases<p>Every child in Britain could have their DNA decoded at birth by the NHS to predict their risk of disease, the Health Secretary has predicted.<p>Jeremy Hunt, the …

Laser Communication Mission Targets 2017 Launch

NASA’s next laser communication mission recently passed a Preliminary Design Review (PDR), another major milestone towards the launch of the Laser …

Why it's time for brain science to ditch the 'Venus and Mars' cliche

As hardy perennials go, there is little to beat that science hacks' favourite: the hard-wiring of male and female brains. For more than 30 years, I have seen a stream of tales about gender differences in brain structure under headlines that assure me that from birth men are innately more rational …

India's Mars Orbiter Now in Interplanetary Space

India’s spacecraft to Mars is now coasting in the interplanetary space. In its epic voyage towards the Red Planet, it broke out of the Sphere of …

China's Chang'e-3 Spacecraft Enters Lunar Orbit

China's Chang'e-3 probe entered a circular lunar orbit at 5:53 p.m. Friday Beijing Time, after about 112 hours on a Earth-Moon transfer orbit, the …

US Congress Looking for Aliens

Lawmakers held a free-ranging and sometimes bewilderment-inducing hearing Wednesday on the search for extra­terrestrial life, gradually working …

Male and female brains wired differently, scans reveal

Scientists have drawn on nearly 1,000 brain scans to confirm what many had surely concluded long ago: that stark differences exist in the wiring of male and female brains.<p>Maps of neural circuitry showed that on average women's brains were highly connected across the left and right hemispheres, in …

Amazon drones won’t replace the mailman or FedEx woman any time soon

Amazon’s new “delivery system,” Amazon Prime Air, promises to get packages to customers “in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles,” and could be in commercial use soon as 2015, the company said Dec. 1.<p>Skeptics have quickly gathered, questioning everything from the project’s safety to …

Charlie Rose

New Shapeshifting Biogel Could Help Heal Aging Spines

Along with cell therapy, the biomaterial could help stop or reverse the loss of material between vertebrae.<p>As we get older, the cushy material that absorbs shock between our spinal vertebrae breaks down, creating back pain and inhibiting our mobility. Injections of more nucleus pulposus (NP) …

The Rise of People Living Alone Has Led to More Sustainable Cities

Astronomers Want To Fire Giant Bullets At Jupiter's Moon Europa

Hey aliens, you have about 10 years to reveal yourselves before we launch a science missile.<p>Scientists at University College London have designed a 44-pound bullet that could gather scientific information on Jupiter's moon Europa. Last week, a prototype of the bullet slammed through a 10-tonne …

The Energy Fix: How Waste Could Power The U.S. For Decades

The world throws away enormous amounts of energy each day. In the U.S. alone, waste streams could account for 100,000 megawatts of untapped electrical capacity. New technology could convert those overlooked sources into usable power.<p>The Radioactive Option<p>Next-Next-Gen Nuclear Power<p>U.S. nuclear …

This Accelerator Can Supply A Whole City With Medical Isotopes Overnight

A refitted cyclotron could solve the shortage of Tc-99m, an isotope used in medical imaging.<p>Researchers at the BC Cancer Agency in Vancouver and TRIUMF, the Canadian national particle and nuclear physics lab, have successfully produced vital supplies of Technetium-99m, a medical imaging isotope, …

Raise Your Own Edible Bugs With This Decorative Kitchen Pod

In case the only thing keeping you from adopting a sustainable bug diet was a lack of attractive appliances.<p>The U.N. recently suggested (not for the first time) that we put a bit more crunchy insect protein into our diets. Eating bugs could provide a sustainable source of snackage--they produce …

Winbot: Window Washing Robot

An artist and a geneticist predicted how humans will evolve over the next several thousand years - but the illustrations are generating controversy: http://on.mash.to/13A9PpW

How three designers are teaching toddlers to code

Most parents will recall the moment when their kids master a ‘first’ with pride: their first steps, their first sentence. And these days, their first website.<p>Confident that toddlers can learn to code, three female entrepreneurs have developed a website and interactive book called My First Website. …

LRO Spacecraft Provides Data for Human Exploration

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is yielding information about the radiation environment humans will encounter as they venture into deep space.

Space Science

Quitting caffeine is now a mental health disorder

There's a slight tremor in your hands followed by cold sweats. You snap when a coworker asks you a question, and your piercing headache makes you unable to send the simplest email. It’s only noon but you've given up on accomplishing anything at work.<p>If you think this sounds like the description of …

4 Reasons Insects Will Soon Be a Staple of Your Diet

For most Westerners, the thought of eating a beetle or an ant triggers a gag reflex. We've been trained to hate and eliminate six-legged creatures of …