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3D Printed, Livable Tiny House Built in Only 24 Hours by the Vesta V2 Concrete Printer

There’s something very alluring about the tiny house movement currently growing in the United States. I can’t imagine living long-term in one of the …

Architecture

Cure: A Journey Into the Science of Mind Over Body review – can illness be ‘all in your head’?

There are certain kinds of illnesses that seem to cause great distress to doctors; and there are certain kinds of patients that medicine seems almost incapable of helping. It can seem to some people that doctors are almost hostile to them. We often read in illness memoirs of doctors who have been …

WorldView-3 Satellite Will Upgrade Google's Earth Images

DigitalGlobe's WorldView-3 satellite, due for launch on Wednesday from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base atop an Atlas 5 rocket, should provide pictures of Earth that are twice as sharp as the current standard — and that could generate a new round of buzz about pictures of the planet. Google, …

NASA Sees Black Hole Bend Light

NASA's black-hole hunting telescope has captured a cosmic battle between dark and light.<p>NuSTAR, formally known as the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, has observed a supermassive black hole's gravity tugging on X-ray light that's being emitted near that black hole.<p>That light is getting …

A Google Chrome Experiment Visualizes The 36-Year Journey Of A Spacecraft

A Google Creative Lab project explains the life of NASA’s ISEE-3.<p>In 1978, NASA launched the ISEE-3, a spacecraft designed to study the Earth’s magnetic field and its interactions with solar wind. It would later become the first spacecraft visit a comet. NASA decomissioned the spacecraft in 1997, …

EmDrive Is an Engine That Breaks the Laws of Physics and Could Take Us to Mars

An experimental engine is gaining acceptance among scientists, and could introduce a new era of space travel — it only had to break a law of physics …

Dinosaurs shrank to evolve into birds over 50m years

Huge meat-eating dinosaurs shrank steadily over 50 million years to evolve into small, flying birds, researchers say.<p>The branch of theropod dinosaurs which gave rise to modern birds decreased inexorably in size from 163kg beasts that roamed the land, to birds weighing less than 1kg over the …

Want to Colonize an Alien Planet? Send 40,000 People

<i>This story was updated at 1:00 p.m. EDT on July 28.</i><p>If humanity ever wants to colonize a planet beyond the solar system, it's going to need a really …

This Aspiring Astronaut Might Be The World's Most Amazing Teen

At age 7, Gideon Gidori knew exactly what he wanted to be: a rocket ship pilot.<p>The only thing was, he was living in a tiny Tanzanian village where his school only went through grade six and books about space (or, for that matter, any books) were scarce.<p>But that didn't stop him. Now 15, Gidori is …

What's Next For NASA? Asteroids!

NASA has not sent astronauts to the moon since 1972. While that remains a historic event, President Barack Obama’s cancellation of the Constellation …

Space Exploration

Russia spotted editing Wikipedia page about downed Malaysia Airlines jet

A Twitter bot that keeps watch on Wikipedia pages edited by those inside the Russian government spotted major changes to an entry about yesterday's crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which killed all 298 people on board. <i>The Telegraph</i> reports that a Russian language page about Boeing 777 …

Close encounter with Comet 67P may reveal origins of life on Earth

Several hundred million miles from home, one of the most ambitious space missions ever attempted is closing in on its target: Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, a massive ball of ice, dust and organic materials that orbits the Sun every six-and-a-half years.<p>The probe Rosetta – built for €1bn by the …

Black Holes May Explode Into 'White Holes' And Pour All Their Matter Into Space, Physicists Say

Black holes might end their lives by transforming into their exact opposite — 'white holes' that explosively pour all the material they ever swallowed into space, say two physicists. The suggestion, based on a speculative quantum theory of gravity, could solve a long-standing conundrum about …

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Scientists claim to have successfully teleported data

It ain't the Star Trek Transporter Room, but it's a start. John Markoff in the NYT:<p>"Scientists in the Netherlands have moved a step closer to …

Virgin Galactic Gets FAA Approval, Hopes to Start Space Tourism by End of 2014

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Virgin Galactic has signed a deal with the FAA that will formally allow them to charter space …

DARPA developing brain-zapping implants for injured soldiers

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is launching a program to develop technologies to treat psychiatric disorders by electrically stimulating the brain.<p>DARPA's SUBNETS program (short for Systems-Based Neurotechnology for Emerging Therapies) will fund teams of researchers to …

Watch SpaceX's Big Reveal of Dragon V2 Spaceship

LOS ANGELES — SpaceX is literally pulling the curtain away on Thursday from its Dragon V2 spaceship, an upgraded version of its workhorse capsule that could soon start carrying astronauts into orbit — and you can watch the curtain drop online.<p>The venture founded by billionaire Elon Musk is planning …

'Cosmic Inflation' Pioneers Snag Prestigious Kavli Prize

Three physicists who helped further the theory that the universe experienced an extremely rapid burst of expansion right after it was born — a process known as cosmic inflation — were awarded the prestigious Kavli Prize in Astrophysics on Thursday.<p>Alan Guth of MIT, Andrei Linde of Stanford …

A Second Life For Exoplanet Hunter Kepler

The Kepler space telescope, famed for its exoplanet discoveries, gets a new mission after equipment troubles put it out of commission last year.<p>After five years' work, and a disappointing mechanical failure, NASA's exoplanet-hunting Kepler telescope is moving into the second phase of its …

Universe

Black hole doughnut theory cast into doubt

A fresh analysis of data collected by NASA's WISE telescope has cast doubt on the widely accepted unified model for the composition of black holes. …

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Asteroid-Capture Mission Will Bring Mars Within Reach, NASA Chief Says

NASA's wild plan to capture an asteroid and park it near the moon is only one step on the way to Mars, NASA chief Charles Bolden said Wednesday …

Space Exploration

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Sooner Than You Think, We Will Connect To The Cloud Directly From Our Brains

Ray Kurzweil, the inventor and futurist who now works at Google, explained at this week’s TED conference how computers are becoming more and more …

Scientists: Global Warming Likely to Surpass 2°C Target

They argue for new “narrative” so world can better prepare for dangerous climate change impacts.<p>It took a long time for nations to set a speed limit on the road to a warming world.<p><b>But for the past four years, even though negotiators have never arrived at a plan for avoiding dangerous climate</b> …

The Month in Plagues: Nazi Mosquitoes, Agricultural Espionage, And More

Here are some links on infestations, contagions, and controls from around the web this past month. Have more? Add them in the comments.<p><b>In vaccine news</b><p>A crowd-funded vaccine for HIV called Immunity Project falls under scrutiny, according to Erika Check Hayden for Nature.<p>Mounting evidence suggests …