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Recreating The 'Shocking' Origin Of Life In A Lab

Chemical gardens show how life may have gotten its first spark<p>You know that scene in <i>Frankenstein</i>, where the doctor uses electricity to bring the monster to life? While a work of science fiction, electricity does play a key role in all life on earth. Electrical impulses are all around us, powering …

Shadow on Mars appears to be a woman

Nasa's Curiosity Rover captures an image of what resembles the form of a woman on Mars<p>Nasa's Curiosity Rover took a picture while exploring a crater on Mars and captured what appears to be a woman.<p>The image looks to show a long haired woman on top of a cliff looking out over the land.<p>A website …

New Research Explores Why The Universe Is Dying

An international team of astronomers says new data show energy output measured across more than 200,000 galaxies is only about half as strong as it was 2 billion years ago. Scientists point to this latest study as further evidence that the universe is slowly dying.<p>The Galaxy and Mass Assembly …

As galactic light fades, astronomers study the death of the universe

Here's some cosmically bad news: The universe is dying. An international team of scientists that used seven powerful telescopes around the world to capture light coming from more than 200,000 galaxies has found that they're putting out half of the light that they did just 2 billion years ago – and …

Universe slowly dying as old stars fade faster than new ones are born

Without applause or encore, the lights are going out across the universe, as old stars die faster than new ones are born to replace them.<p>Astronomers described the slow death of the cosmos in fresh detail on Monday after training some of the world’s most powerful telescopes on a vast region of space.<p>…

Universe

What you need to know about biohacking and our cyborg future

We have a few cyborgs on staff. Ben Popper is arguably the reporter best known for peeling back his skin to insert a piece of technology, which he chronicled in his feature, Cyborg America. But others have gone under the knife. I wanted to know why. You know, because I have crippling FOMO.<p>This week …

Astronomers find 'teeny supermassive black hole'

University of Michigan astronomers have found the smallest black hole ever observed in the centre of a galaxy<p>As supermassive black holes go it’s really not that super or massive,<p>In a dwarf, disc galaxy 340 million light years away, University of Michigan astronomers have found the smallest black …

Black Holes

Vote To Name Alien Planets After Pro Wrestlers, Zombies, Or 'Game of Thrones’ Characters

Choose wisely, because this is for real<p>Up to now, the International Astronomical Union has been kind of a party pooper when it comes to planetary bodies. They demoted Pluto. Later, they stopped one of Pluto’s moons from being named after everybody’s favorite <i>Star Trek: OS</i> character. Then they …

Australian Eagle Takes Down A Drone In A Split Second

Nature 1, quadcopter 0<p>Nature abhors both vacuums and robots. The skies are already the domain of birds, who staked their claim millennia ago and have since perfected the skills and traits needed to maneuver through the air. Drones are newcomers to the air, and it turns out some birds don’t like …

Birds

That Amazing Tesla Video Was Made by Recent College Grads For $1,500

Tesla doesn't spend a dime on paid advertising, but a group of recent college graduates decided to make a video spot for the electric car brand …

Burger Robot

A new piece of robotic technology has the potential to revolutionize the fast food industry, but it may spell the end for fast food servers everywhere.<p>Momentum Machines a company based out of San Francisco and helmed by engineers from Berkeley, Stanford, UCSB, and USC, some of whom have had past …

Robotics

Startups Pitch Cricket Flour As The Best Protein You Could Eat

If you heard crickets chirping in your backyard, would it occur to you to grind them into a powder to mix into a protein shake?<p>That could become the next foraging trend if several edible insect companies can convince consumers that pulverized crickets are the next "it" protein.<p>"Insects are probably …

Windowless Airplane Will Give Passengers High-Res Panoramic Views

You don’t need a window for these views. Paris-based design company Technicon Design recently won an award for their IXION Windowless Jet Concept. …

The man with the missing brain

A medical recovery that is baffling science - and giving hope to head injury patients<p>"Are you ready for our drive then?” Simon Lewis, 56, comes hobbling into his parents’ living room in Sherman Oaks, a suburb of the San Fernando Valley, north of Los Angeles. An Englishman by birth, his …

Machine that keeps lungs alive outside body tested

DETROIT — Creamy-pink and glistening, they lie on a stainless steel exam table — this pair of lungs inflating and falling in a rhythmic, ghostly pattern.<p>At the University of Michigan, researchers are pushing the limits of medicine, eking out new ways to boost the numbers of organs that are …

Mind-controlled prosthetic arm from Segway inventor gets FDA approval

Nearly eight years ago, DARPA, the US Defense Department's advanced research agency, set out to find a better solution for amputees than the metal hooks still widely used today. Now, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted its approval to one of the projects that came from that effort: a …

A Calming Chamomile Tea That Relaxes Drinkers Through Shape-Shifting Silhouettes

For some reason, tea manufacturers seem keen on the idea that thoughtfully worded phrases of motivation are <i>the</i> cherry on top of our drinking …

In pictures: Europe's stealth drone Neuron

Stunning pictures of Europe's stealth drone Neuron (or "nEUROn" if you want to emphasise the punnage) have been released by Dassault Aviation.<p>The …

If This Is What Spaceships Will Look Like In 100 Years, You’re Going To Want To Get In Line Now

If we’re going to ever settle down away from this planet, we’re going to need spaceships like these–essentially living systems that can fly through space–to help get us there and keep us alive.<p>Within 100 years, humans may venture beyond the solar system. What would it take to make it possible to …

Beating human hearts grown in a lab: Tiny organs are being infected with disease to test pioneering drugs

• <b>Tiny human hearts that beat of their own accord being grown by scientists</b>• <b><br>Dundee's Abertay University is hoping to find cure for a heart disease</b>• <b><br>Heart</b> …

New Material Sucks Water From the Air and Stores It

As the changing climate pushes arid regions around the world to become drier, many are asking how we will continue to provide enough water for the …

When You Move Your Hand, This Room Changes Shape

We’re used to using gestures like swiping and tapping to control smartphone apps. But could we use the same movements to change the physical world around us? In a project called Breathing Wall, University of Southern California student Behnaz Farahi experiments with what it might look like if walls …

Newly Discovered Shrew May Look Like A Mouse, But It's More Closely Related To The Elephant

By Laura Zuckerman<p>(Reuters) - A new mammal discovered in the remote desert of western Africa resembles a long-nosed mouse in appearance but is more closely related genetically to elephants, a California scientist who helped identify the tiny creature said on Thursday.<p>The new species of elephant …

Ghost peppers: So hot it’s spooky

In 2007, the ghost pepper was determined to be the hottest naturally-occurring pepper on Earth.<p>In 2007, North India’s Bhut Jolokia – or ghost pepper …

This Squirrel Breaks Record For Tail Size... And May Eat Deer's Hearts

It usually eats fruits and seeds, but it has been said to have a taste for blood.<p>Behold the tufted ground squirrel, one of the strangest tree-dwelling rodents found on Earth. Native to Borneo, it is rarely seen--one camera trap study in a park on the island turned up only one of these squirrels, …

'Nothing is ever dry down here. Ever.'

Sixty feet below the sea, in the world's only underwater habitat, a group of scientists is trying to unlock the ocean’s secrets. But how do the crew of the Aquarius stay sane?<p>What Houston is to space stations, a turquoise two-storey home in Key Largo is to Aquarius, the world’s only underwater …

Scuba Diving

Researchers Create Walking, Muscle-Powered Biobots

In today’s mildly squiggy but kind of cool news, we learn that researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have created tiny robots that walk when current is applied to their bio-based muscular engines. The tiny robots can twitch their way across a surface or through a …

The Newest, Strictest Test Of A Quantum Computer Yet

…finds it's no faster than conventional computers. But scientists have some ideas for finding quantum speed-up in the future.<p>The latest and greatest test of a quantum computing device has found it doesn't solve problems faster than a classical computer. But don't give up hope yet. The researchers …