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Genetically modified flies 'could save crops'

<b>A type of genetically engineered fly which eventually kills itself off could be an effective method of pest control, according to new research.</b><p>These male mutant flies have a lethal gene which interrupts female development.<p>They were trialled in a greenhouse resulting in "population collapse".<p>If …

Biology

The Most Breathtaking Views Of Beautiful Earth From Above

This feature was updated to remove dead links.<p>Take in the beauty of the planet we call home with these majestic views shot from above. As we …

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Revered professor spent decades exploring the mysteries of the universe and authored one of the best-selling science books of all time<p>obituary<p>Iconic …

‘Earth’s Cousin’: Scientists Find Alien Planet That’s Most Like Home

Scientists say a world that's 490 light-years away qualifies as the first confirmed Earth-sized exoplanet that could sustain life as we know it — but in an environment like nothing we've ever seen.<p>The planet, known as Kepler-186f, is "more of an Earth cousin than an Earth twin," Elisa Quintana, an …

Universe

How Gravity And 100-Year-Old Tech Can Help Solve The Energy Storage Problem

Push a heavy train up a hill when power is aplenty. Let it roll back down when electricity is needed. Simple as that, says the startup pursuing the unconventional idea.<p>One of the biggest challenges for renewable power like wind and solar has always been storage, so the grid can keep running cheaply …

These Massive Mirrored Dishes Could Make Solar Cheaper For All

IBM Research is developing solar equipment that does a much better job at harnessing the sun’s rays than today’s designs.<p>So much sunlight hits the Earth each day that the world’s entire electricity needs could be met by harvesting only 2% of the solar energy in the Sahara Desert. Of course, using …

Gravitational Waves: Einstein Was Right, Again, Maybe

Cosmologists hope for a field-rocking announcement next week.<p>What's the latest cosmology gossip? According to the Guardian, the field is awash with rumors that next week, American scientists will announce the detection of gravitational waves: incredibly small ripples carrying energy across the void …

Every Red Dwarf Star Has a Planet—And There Are 200 Billion Such Stars in the Galaxy

A new astrophysics study shows there's more planetary real estate in the Milky Way than we ever imagined.

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Diamond: Britain's answer to the Large Hadron Collider

At the Diamond particle accelerator in Oxfordshire, experiments using beams of light 10,000 times brighter than the sun have implications for the fight against cancer, improved air safety and energy efficiency<p>The darling of particle physics might be the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at Cern, but as a …

Insane New Footage Of Felix Baumgartner's Edge-Of-Space Jump Released

We're warning you now: This new video of Felix Baumgartner's record-setting leap from the edge of space just might make you feel a bit queasy.<p>The supersonic skydiver made history in October 2012 when he plunged more than 24 miles to Earth's surface, breaking three records in the process.<p>Now, nearly …

2014 Is the International Year of Crystallography (‘What’s Crystallography?’ You Ask)

There once was a dark and distant time when we only understood molecules as equations of letters and numbers. With the advent of crystallography — …

Scientists hail breakthrough in embryonic-like stem cells | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - In experiments that could open a new era in stem cell biology, scientists have found a simple way to reprogram mature animal cells back into an embryonic-like state that allows them to generate many types of tissue.<p>The research, described as game-changing by experts in the field, …

Scientists create stem cells by traumatizing adult cells

Creating stem cells is becoming easier than ever thanks to a new technique being developed by researchers in Boston and Japan. The technique allows for the creation of embryonic-style stem cells by doing little more than applying stress to existing adult cells. Like other stem cells, this new type …

'Talking' cars that warn drivers about unseen hazards

BBC Click looks at how vehicle-to-vehicle communication that allows cars to broadcast unseen hazards could be used to help driver safety.<p>Many modern cars are fitted with sensors and cameras to help drivers avoid rear-end collisions, but these systems can only detect what the vehicle can physically …

Autonomous Cars

Stephen Hawking Says There Are No Black Holes

The physicist offers a new theory that allows energy to escape.<p>Stephen Hawking has a big announcement. No, it's not that aliens exist or that humans won't survive another 1,000 years on Earth. The physicist claims, in a paper posted online Wednesday, that the idea of an event horizon—the point of …

Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD)

Snowpocalypse or Not, 2013 Was One of the Warmest Years on Record

As I write this, I can see snow falling heavier and heavier outside my office window in midtown Manhattan. Up to 14 inches (36 cm) are projected to …

Space Dust Carries Molecules Of Water, Study Finds

Water and carbon may be… universal.<p>The grains of dust prevalent throughout the cosmos could carry with them molecules of water, according to a new analysis. They carry molecules of carbon, too, <i>New Scientist</i> reports, meaning the things that are necessary for life could be common in the universe. …

Chemistry

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Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD)

The World's Newest Island, Niijima

Our Favorite Science And Technology Reads From 2013

The best long-form stuff we read this year<p>It was a great year in reading, but no one could've caught all of the amazing science and technology stories. So we've rounded up a few--from <i>Popular Science,</i> as well as plenty of other places--and placed them here for your convenience. Enjoy, and feel free …

American Philosophy

Ozone Hole 2070: Hole Likely Won't Heal Until 2070, NASA Says

The ozone hole is healing but won’t be fully healed until about 2070, a NASA scientist said.<p>The space agency has just published findings that the …