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World's Largest Fusion Reactor is About to Switch On

If “The Stellarator” sounds like an energy source of comic book legend to you, you’re not that far off. It’s the largest nuclear fusion reactor in …

With Modified Jet Fuel, Planes Can’t Explode

Coming soon to your local airport<p>The four planes chosen by the September 11 terrorists were chosen for a reason. All four flights were traveling across the continent loaded down with huge quantities of jet fuel, the ignition source for the horrible tragedies that took place that day at the World …

Mars 'mystery solved': has Nasa found water flowing on the Red Planet?

Has Nasa found life on Mars? Speculation mounts ahead of press conference to unveil "a major science finding"<p>Nasa is preparing to unveil a "major science finding" from its Mars exploration programme, amid speculation it could have found water flowing on the Red Planet.<p>The space agency has scheduled …

Google [X]'s Astro Teller Sees The Future

If only he'd tell us what it is<p>In August, Google made the surprise announcement that it was changing the company’s name to Alphabet. Under the new structure, the moneymaking advertising business was separated from its loftier moonshot projects such as Google Glass, self-driving cars, and Internet …

Four Child Inventors Who Weren’t Arrested And One Who Was

Great things happen when schools reward inquisitive minds<p>On Sunday, 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed of Irving, Texas, built a digital clock using a circuit board, a digital display, and other components, all housed in a pencil case. It took him about 20 minutes, and he brought it to school the next …

Why does ice cream give you ‘brain freeze’?

Delicious frozen desserts come with a sting in their tail. But why?<p>One of the most mind-numbing types of headache comes from one of the greatest desserts ever invented. By some estimates, as many as one in three people suffer from “ice cream headaches” or “brain freeze,” as the phenomenon is …

Headaches

GoPro camera launched, lost in 2013 returns to reveal Grand Canyon from space

It took five friends a couple months of planning to record the perfect GoPro shot. It took two years to get the footage back.<p>Members of the group recounted the amazing journey that took a GoPro camera from the terrain of Tuba City, Ariz., to the edge of space and back in posts on YouTube and …

How SpaceX and Boeing plan to keep Nasa astronauts safe

To fly astronauts, private space companies must go through a series of rigorous tests – and make some morbid calculations. The Verge investigates.<p>Nearly a month after SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket disintegrated en route to the International Space Station, CEO Elon Musk announced what brought the vehicle …

WATCH: Octopuses Appear To Take Up Arms As Submarine Warfare Escalates

There may be an octopus arms race underway. And that's not even a joke about tentacles: Octopuses are actually fighting, and potentially using weapons.<p>The creatures are hardly team players under the best of circumstances.<p>"Octopuses in general are regarded as fairly solitary animals," says Peter …

Now You Can Make Diamonds in a Microwave

Diamonds really are forever, now that we can manufacture them.<p>There’s a growing market for man-made jewels grown in science labs, Bloomberg reports. …

Jewelry

New flu vaccine protects test animals from multiple strains

Every now and then, it happens. You take the time to get a flu shot, but you wind up sick anyway. Bummer. That's the problem with the flu, it's not just one virus -- it's multiple variant strains. Every year, researchers have to choose one common strain on which to base the season's new vaccine. …

Researchers may have found a cancer cell's 'off' switch

Aside from their abnormal growth rates, cancerous cells aren't that much different from normal healthy tissue. That's why radiation and chemo treatments can't effectively target <i>just</i> tumors. However, a team of researchers from the Mayo Clinic believe they've discovered a mechanism that can rein in …

History in the making: 2 women will graduate from Army Ranger course

<b>(CNN) —</b> Two women made history by becoming the first female soldiers to complete their courses at the Army's exhausting Ranger School, according to a statement from the women's families. The women will graduate Friday.<p>Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver are the first female soldiers to …

Military

Inflatable ‘space elevator’ invented by scientists

It is an idea that every small child has had at some point. Instead of sending up rockets into space, why not simply build a huge lift.<p>Now a Canadian firm has been granted a patent for a ‘space elevator’ which will shoot cargo 12.4 miles into the stratosphere from where it can be launched more …

Researchers Create Robots Capable of Evolving

Awww, look at the baby robot!<p>Robots are made, they are not born. Or are they? At the University of Cambridge, scientists have created a "mother robot" that can not only build smaller robots, it can also select the fittest among them for survival, and re-arrange the rest.<p>Welcome to the world of …

DARPA's XS-1 spacecraft could hit speeds of Mach 10

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” buzz has already kicked off, but in the real world, the US military has taken a step closer to making advanced spacecraft a reality.<p>The XS-1 is airplane-like space vehicle that can fly to space and rapidly launch small satellites, space weapons, and more into orbit at …

Science says your “gut feeling” isn’t a metaphor

The brain’s powers are a little overrated. To keep your body going, you don’t need a functioning brain, but you do need something to provide energy. Enter the gut.<p>We may not give it much thought—because, literally, it happens without conscious thought—but the process of extracting energy from food …

Neuroscience

Google’s radical restructuring creates a parent company called Alphabet and elevates Sundar Pichai to CEO

Google announced a wholesale restructuring that includes new leadership of its core business and a new holding company for all of its myriad interests.<p>Sundar Pichai will become CEO of Google. He is currently the search company’s head of product and has overseen its day-to-day operations since …

Google Search

Why Salad in Space Matters

Yes, yes, there was a daring spacewalk outside the International Space Station on August 10, as cosmonauts Misha Kornienko and Gennady Padalka spent …

Space Exploration

Should Bioethicists “Get Out Of The Way” Of CRISPR Research?

Steven Pinker claims that will speed up progress<p>The newly popular enzyme CRISPR-Cas9 has lots of impressive possible applications. Inevitably, it will be used to edit human DNA to fight disease. When a team of Chinese researchers tried this on human embryos for the first time last year, scientists …

Why three curries a week could lower risk of death

People who ate spicy food three times a week cut their risk of dying by 14 per cent, a study by Harvard University found<p>Curry really could be the spice of life after scientists discovered that eating hot food regularly can lower the risk of dying prematurely.<p>A study of nearly 500,000 Chinese people …

Hitchhiking robot that made it across Canada maimed on U.S. road trip

Robots of the world beware: Immigrating to the U.S. is apparently a perilous choice.<p>HitchBot, a talking robot built by Canadian researchers, was found maimed and battered beyond repair over the weekend in Philadelphia. It was trying to hitchhike from Massachusetts to California by relying on the …

This tiny Himalayan kingdom is teaching the world how to save the tigers

The world has a lesson to learn from Bhutan.<p>The small Himalayan kingdom is now home to 103 tigers, according to the country’s first-ever tiger survey that was released on Global Tiger Day on July 29. That’s significantly higher than an earlier estimate of 75 tigers in 1998—and even more than the …

Wildlife

WHO-led study shows Canadian-made Ebola vaccine works

It appears the world finally has an effective Ebola vaccine.<p>A new study reported Friday that a vaccine designed by scientists working at Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg induces a quick and highly effective response, protecting 100 per cent of the people who got it against the …

Winning formula: USA tops International Math Olympiad for first time in 21 years

<i>Updated</i><p>In 1980, the United States hockey team pulled off one of the greatest upsets in Olympic history, beating a powerhouse Soviet squad, 4-3, on its way to winning the gold medal. The game would go down in history as “The Miracle on Ice.”<p>Thirty-five years later, America pulled off another …

Musk, Wozniak Join Top AI Researchers in Call for Ban on Killer Robots

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and physicist Stephen Hawking have joined some of the world’s top artificial intelligence researchers in calling for a ban on "autonomous weapons" that can hunt down and kill people without human intervention.<p>The trio are among the nearly 2,000 …