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Strange lights on dwarf planet Ceres have scientists perplexed

A dwarf planet is shining two bright lights at a NASA spacecraft right now, and our smartest scientists are unsure what they are.<p>As bizarre as that …

Lockheed Martin thinks it can give the world unlimited clean energy in 20 years

Remember back in the '50s, when official-sounding newsreels promised that we'd have new-kew-lur-powered cars by the '70s and no one would ever be unhappy? Probably not, since we've gotten a skewed sense of history from watching too many episodes of <i>Futurama</i>. Still, several decades behind schedule, …

Experts Skeptical Of Lockheed Martin's 'Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough'

Ships, aircraft, and even entire cities may become fusion-powered a lot sooner than you might have imagined.<p>That's the word from aerospace giant Lockheed Martin, which announced Wednesday that a research team in its Skunk Works division has found a way to make a nuclear fusion reactor that's 10 …

US space plane lands after secret two-year mission - video

A US air force plane, resembling a small space shuttle, has landed after a secret mission that lasted 674 days. The X-37B touched down in southern California after circling the earth, often subject to much speculation. The Air Force says the vessel performs 'risk reduction, experimentation and …

American meat’s disgusting secret: Why factory farms are even worse than you thought

Journalist Ted Genoways probes deep into the pork industry’s horrific business plan<p>Fremont, Nebraska, 2004: Maria Lopez, a meat production line worker, gathers and bags fat trimmings while her co-worker slices pork shoulders. Struggling to keep up with the plant's accelerated assembly line, her …

From dyed shirts to dense matter – your science questions answered

Laundry “colour catchers” promise to save you from accidentally dyeing your clothes in the wash. But how do they work, asks Christoph, by email<p>Colour catchers are sheets that are popped in to the wash to prevent coloured items ruining your whites when they are washed together. Pioneered in the …

The Greatest Video Game Ever Might Never Come Out

The last installment of the Half-Life series dropped in 2007. That's <i>seven years</i> of waiting for the promised, almost mythical, game from the developers at Valve.<p><i>Half-Life's Gordon Freeman and Alyx Vance.</i><p>“<i>Half-Life 3</i> confirmed!” is one of those memes some internet people never get tired of: …

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In U.N. speech, Obama warns Islamic militants to leave battlefield

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama made his case to the United Nations on Wednesday for a more forceful, coordinated global response against Islamic militants in the Middle East that would seek to dismantle their “network of death.”<p>In a speech to the U.N. General Assembly in New …

Japanese company plans space elevator by 2050

Researchers heading into space in the not-too-distant future could be travelling by elevator rather than rocket if Japanese construction giant Obayashi Corporation has its way. The company announced two years ago that it has the capacity to build a space elevator -- and have it up and running by …

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Climate change: Imminent threat to the U.S. (Opinion) - CNN.com

Protections have already been added to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island in New York, but will they be enough in an era of climate change? Listing 30 at-risk sites, a report released by the Union of Concerned Scientists contends rising seas are endangering many of America's landmarks. Here's a …

American Southwest has 80% chance of decade-long drought this century

It has happened before, and warming won’t help.<p>In a good year, the management of water resources in the American West is contentious. When a drought …

As California Warms, Greener Mountains Will Mean Less Water for People

Trees growing higher on the slopes will soak up water before it can run into rivers, study says.<p>Scientists have more bad news for drought-stricken California: The climate warming expected in this century is likely to result in even less water flow from the mountains, as trees and plants growing …

Science Finds 'Tiny Computers' Embedded In Human Skin

We like to think that all our smarts are contained in our brain, but researchers at Umea University in Sweden have found that the neurons that extend into our fingertips perform the same sorts of calculations that take place in the cerebral cortex.<p>In other words, what we’ve been told about our …

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A Proposal To Save Electricity By Brightening The Moon

It's actually pretty fun to read.<p>Well, it gets points for creativity. Some pranksters—or perhaps just PR folks—at Foreo have put up a page proposing humankind solve its energy crisis by brightening the moon. A brighter moon would eliminate the need for nighttime streetlights, Foreo proposes. …

NASA’s Latest Space Drive Breaks The Laws Of Physics

It is one of the most fundamental laws of physics: Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. We all learned it in high school. It’s a principle we use every day, just by existing. And it might just have been proven to be completely wrong in a lab.<p>This requires some explaining. Space travel …

NASA tested an impossible space engine and it somehow worked

If the tests of the Cannae Drive technology hold up, a trip to Mars could take weeks instead of months<p>NASA has been testing new space travel technologies throughout its entire history, but the results of its latest experiment may be the most exciting yet — if they hold up. Earlier this week at a …

Predicting A Future Free Of Dollar Bills

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Simon Black is CEO at London-based</i> <i>Sage Pay.</i><p>Picture the scene. It’s 2020. You’re at the checkout in a convenience store with a carton of milk. But you’ve got no cash and you’ve left your cards at home. No problem. You scan your right index finger; the green light flashes. Purchase …

A Stinky Compound May Protect Against Cell Damage, Study Finds

<b>Correction appended, July 14.</b><p>Scientists from the University of Exeter say that a compound found in the smell of rotten eggs and human flatulence …

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Cross-Laminated Timber is the Most Advanced Building Material

Cross-Laminated Timber Continues to Impress Builders and Engineers<p>On a cloudy day in early October, the architect Andrew Waugh circles the base of a nondescript apartment tower in Shoreditch, a neighborhood in East London. Shoreditch suffered heavily during the blitz of World War II—“urban renewal, …

Hollow Earth conspiracy theories: the hole truth

For centuries, Hollow Earth conspiracy theorists have tried to prove that there’s a whole other world beneath our own. But first they need to find the way in...<p><b>Late at night, on October 4 2002, a strange guest appeared</b> on a cult American <b>radio</b> show. Coast to Coast AM with Art Bell had a reputation …

How DNA Scissors Can Perform Surgery Directly On Your Genes

These gene-slicers may help tackle HIV, Alzheimer's, and brain cancer.<p>Jay Johnson’s DNA was cut into pieces. Tiny molecular scissors chopped it into slices the cell couldn’t readily repair. The cell did its best at a speedy patch-up job, but the gene was left effectively useless. As the battered …

Custom Game Of Thrones House Targaryen Handgun

Note: Larger version HERE if you are into details. Me? I like everything as small and blurry as possible.<p>This is a Sig Sauer P220 customized with a …

New water-based organic battery is cheap, rechargeable and eco-friendly

Lithium-ion batteries have made portable, rechargeable electronics commonplace. Unfortunately, they do have some glaring drawbacks, including heat …

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Latest Climate Change Report Paints Dire Picture For Business

The U.S. economy faces great risks from climate change, according to a new study that focuses on the current and future effects of climate change on everything from jobs, to crop yields, to energy production.<p>Though the study presents no new climate science, it paints a dire picture of the business …

A few weeks in deep space with the Elite: Dangerous premium beta

We fought, we traded, we braved witch space—and we’re excited about what’s to come.<p>We wrote about the upcoming semi-private alpha and beta releases …

How mapping the human proteome reveals new insights into our bodies

Researchers recently announced that they had created an inventory of all the proteins in the human body – proteins that are encoded by the genome. We ask expert Professor Kathryn Lilley from the Cambridge Centre for Proteomics to shed light on this "human proteome".<p><b>What exactly is the human</b> …

When your Mac runs slow, give it a tuneup

Macs are solid machines, but just like their owners they have a tendency to get lethargic as they age. Launching and switching programs takes longer, simple tasks become arduous, and the dreaded beach ball of doom appears more often than it did when your machine was new. The operating system just …