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Astronomers Detect First Radio Bursts Originating From Galaxies Beyond the Milky Way

Astronomers, including a team member from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., have detected the first radio bursts known to …

The startling sense of smell found all over your body

Bemused biologists have found the machinery that helps us identify smells and tastes crops up everywhere – from our kidneys to sperm. After many years they think they might know why, as Veronique Greenwood reports.<p>Sometimes the results of science experiments are just too weird to believe. In 2005 …

Human evolution: the next stages

There have been a number of speculations lately concerning the eventual form humankind will take, particularly with regards to the role technology …

6 Cars For People Who Hate Cars

These futuristic cars could make you rethink your haterade.<p>Do Americans just not want to drive cars any more? Recent studies suggest that the United States has passed its driving zenith, with the number of miles driven per person peaking in 2005. As of April 2013 the number of miles driven per …

Radar finds ‘swamp’ under Antarctic glacier

<b>U. TEXAS-AUSTIN (US) —</b> Scientists have detected a swamp-like canal system under the ice of West Antarctica’s Thwaites Glacier that’s several times as …

Global Warming

What The X-47B Reveals About The Future Of Autonomous Flight

Five things you need to know about the X-47B, the U.S. military's first unmanned, autonomous combat jet.<p>When the Navy's X-47B drone screamed skyward off the aircraft carrier <i>USS George H.W. Bush</i> in May, those of us standing on the flight deck knew we were witnessing history: a robot flying …

Astronomers Witness Birth of the Milky Way's Most Massive Star

Astronomers using the ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimetre Array) telescope in Chile say they have witnessed the birth of the Milky Way's …

‘Parts list’ hints at evolution of hands, feet

<b>YALE (US) —</b> Thousands of sequences that control genes are active in developing human limbs and may have driven the evolution of human hands and feet, …

Administrative Law

Device Trains Blind People To 'See' By Listening

Seeing without sight<p>Researchers have found that newly blind people can learn to "see" with their ears. The key: technology called sensory substitution devices (SSDs) that can convert visual stimuli into aural representations of the surroundings, allowing users to reacquire lost abilities; a blind …

No pilot, no problem: Navy drone lands on carrier

History was made Wednesday as an unmanned aircraft landed on an aircraft carrier for the first time.<p>The X-47B, built by Northrop Grumman, took off …

Military

Barking Up The Family Tree: American Dogs Have Surprising Genetic Roots

America is as much of a melting pot for dogs as it is for their human friends. Walk through any dog park and you'll find a range of breeds from Europe, Asia, even Australia and mutts and mixes of every kind.<p>But a few indigenous breeds in North America have a purer pedigree — at least one has …

Video: Our solar system’s comet-like tail

Visualize the sun’s tail – which space scientists call the “heliotail” – with this video.<p>Our solar system has a comet-like tail. That’s what the …

How Drones Would've Altered The Course Of The Civil War

We ask the experts how today's technology would've influenced the outcome of the Battle of Gettysburg and the Civil War itself.<p>Last week marked the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, the bloodiest battle of the American Civil War. In the end, the battle halted an invasion of the north …

Smog-Destroying Pavement Coating Can Cut Pollution In Half

Let them eat smog!<p>A pavement coating tested in the Netherlands could reduce air pollution almost half, claims a paper in the <i>Journal of Hazardous Materials</i>.<p>Tested over the course of a year on a block in Hengelo, Netherlands, concrete blocks covered with a titanium oxide coating removed an average of …