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Jupiter's Moon Ganymede

In 1610, Galileo Galilei looked up at the night sky through a telescope of his own design. Spotting Jupiter, he noted the presence of several …

Hubble’s planetary portrait captures new changes in Jupiter’s Great R

Scientists using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have produced new maps of Jupiter — the first in a series of annual portraits of the solar system’s …

A Storm On Saturn

What is a Wormhole and Will Wormhole Travel Ever be Possible?

Science fiction’s favorite method for exploring the universe, most recently in the movie Interstellar, won't be easy.<p>As a curious species, humans have long dreamed of traveling to the farthest depths of space. That's the major theme of the upcoming science fiction epic <i>Interstellar</i>, which will take …

Physics

Geometric Wooden Sculptures Depict Abstract Cityscape Formations

Philadelphia-based artist and craftsman James McNabb recently opened a new solo exhibition, called <i>Metros</i>, that expands upon his ongoing collection of stunning wooden cityscapes. The work is currently on display at the Robert Fontaine Gallery in Miami and “explores sociological concepts regarding …

Art

Liquid Glacial Table

As if it had been crystallized in the air, this amazing table is designed by Zaha Hadid from polished plexiglas. As a stream that was modeled by …

Nature And Anatomy Paintings

Italian artist Nunzio Paci is the author of very beautiful creations made with pencils and oil paintings techniques, which represent anatomic …

A Sofa That Can Turns Into A Bed And A Cabin

Goula Figuera Studio has made the “Orwell” sofa : a sofa that can turns into a bed and a little intimate cabin at once. Inspired by the book “1984”, …

A Weird Trip With Mushrooms, Painting Raccoons, and Kitty Litter | Artinfo

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Comet Will Buzz Mars Sunday: How to See It in Telescopes

A comet is on course for a super-close approach to the planet Mars this Sunday (Oct. 19) in a rare celestial encounter. And if you have a …

The Terrifying Story Of The First Person To Walk In Space — And How He Almost Didn't Make It Back

Nearly 50 years ago, on March 18, 1965, cosmonaut Leonov became the first person to ever walk in outer space. The Soviet cosmonaut's spacewalk represented a great leap for humankind, as well as a significant one-up in the Space Race between the Soviet Union and the US.<p>But this triumphant tale of …

Lunar Eclipse Provides an Extra Twist for Skywatchers: Selenelion

The full moon will turn red for half of the world when Wednesday's lunar eclipse occurs, but some Americans and Asians could be treated to an extra helping of astronomical weirdness — the sight of an eclipsed moon sharing the sky with the sun.<p>Just seeing a lunar eclipse is a treat: This is the …

Astronomy

Cheaper Than Coal? Fusion Concept Aims to Bridge Energy Gap

Researchers say they've developed a concept for a fusion reactor that could be built for less money than an equivalent coal-fired plant — but they acknowledge that they still have some questions to answer. For example, will the concept really work?<p>The design concept, known as the "dynomak," is the …

Nuclear Energy

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 …

This colorful tree is designed to grow 40 types of fruit

Even the most beautiful trees tend to bloom in only a single color, but artist Sam Van Aken is growing trees that turn into a kaleidoscopic array of flowers come spring. A project of his, the "Tree of 40 Fruit," has Van Aken grafting 40 different stone fruit branches onto a single tree, ultimately …

NASA’s Next Mars Rover Will Make Oxygen

Changing Planet<p>Illustration shows the suite of instruments that will be on NASA’s Mars 2020 rover. Courtesy: NASA<p><b>Living off the land looks like the key to survival on Mars, so NASA’s next red planet rover will help show the way by brewing up its own oxygen, the space agency announced Thursday. The</b> …

Tiny flying robots are being built to pollinate crops instead of real bees

Honeybees, which pollinate nearly one-third of the food we eat, have been dying at unprecedented rates because of a mysterious phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder (CCD). The situation is so dire that in late June the White House gave a new task force just 180 days to devise a coping …

How Nasa saw space stations of the future in 1970

Once upon a time, on a planet called Earth, in a place called the USA, folks knew what space stations were suppose to look like.<p>If they weren't big …

Robotic Exoskeleton Turns Korean Workers Into Ironman

This suit helps out with the heavy lifting<p>The South Korean company Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering is trying out something new: equipping workers with robotic exoskeletons. Workers are only testing prototypes for now, but future shipbuilders might strap on exoskeletons as easily as they …

Robotics

Bee, scorpion and snake venom may hold cancer cure

It's ancient medicine with a sci-fi-sounding twist.<p>A scientist at the University of Illinois, Dipanjan Pan, and his team say they may have found a way to stop cancer cell growth, according to a paper presented at the American Chemical Society conference this week.<p>The work is in very early stages, …

A 17-Year-Old Invented This Smart Device That Makes Clean Water And Power At The Same Time

The H2Pro turns dirty water and sunlight to clean water and power. What were you doing when you were 17?<p>Around the world, many of the 783 million people who don’t have clean drinking water also don’t have access to electricity. A new design from an Australian high school student aims to solve both …

Snorkeling

There’s Water In The Air, And We’re Getting Closer To Figuring Out How To Grab It

Eole Water is taking the age-old idea of fog harvesting and jolting it with a power boost to make water.<p>In dry, remote regions of the world, fog-harvesting is sometimes the best option for getting water. When groundwater is too deep to drill for, and lakes and rivers are too far away, it’s easier …

Solar Panels

These Floating Islands Are Made Of Trash That Normally Clogs The Oceans

The idea is to treat trash as an asset and encourage mangrove forest to grow into bird habitat.<p>Few environmental problems are as daunting as all the plastic pollution that’s in the oceans. There’s so much of it and it’s spread over such a large distance, that it’s hard to imagine doing anything …

Pollution

First-Ever Human Trial Of An Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Treatment Set To Begin

The treatment will make use of a biology breakthrough that occurred just eight years ago.<p>A Japanese patient with severe eye disease is set to become the first person to be treated with induced pluripotent stem cells, <i>Nature News</i> reports. Cells of this type have been considered promising for future …

Stem Cells

The Upside of Pessimism

The theory of defensive pessimism suggests that imagining—and planning for—worst-case scenarios can be more effective than trying to think positively.<p>I have pretty low expectations for this article. Oh sure, I spent a lot of time on it, and I personally think it’s a great read. But I’m kind of …

Can One Dose Of Antidepressant Lead To Changes In Your Brain?

It is estimated that up to 1 in 10 adults suffer with depression. Medications for treating depression can be effective, yet certain medications which are taken for depression such as SSRIs, (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) may take up to a month or longer before patients begin to …

The American family that built the world's biggest oil empire is going green

John D. Rockefeller's heirs pledge to sell-off nearly all investments in coal and tar sands by end of 2014<p>The name "Rockefeller" is basically synonymous with capitalism and oil, ever since family patron John D. Rockefeller founded Standard Oil in 1870 and went on to become the first billionaire in …

Is Civilization Natural?

So, there's the city and then there's the country, the built environment and the wilderness, nature and civilization. Whatever name the dichotomy goes by, we usually think of the world humans create and the world outside their creations as separate and unequal.<p>But as we enter the Anthropocene — an …