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Astronomers have found a new crop of moons around Jupiter, and one of them is a weirdo

The total is up to 79 now<p>Ten more moons have been confirmed to orbit around Jupiter, bringing the planet’s total known satellite count to 79. That’s the highest number of moons of any planet in the Solar System. And these newly discovered space rocks are giving astronomers insight as to why the …

Astronomy

Astronauts explain why nobody has visited the moon in more than 45 years — and the reasons are depressing

Landing 12 people on the moon remains one of NASA's greatest achievements, if not the greatest.<p>Astronauts collected rocks, took photos, performed experiments, planted some flags, and then came home. But those weeklong stays during the Apollo program didn't establish a lasting human presence on the …

Space Exploration

Researchers improve conductive property of graphene, advancing promise of solar technology

In 2010, the Nobel Prize in Physics went to the discoverers of graphene. A single layer of carbon atoms, graphene possesses properties that are ideal …

nanotechnology

NASA robot finds 'building blocks for life' on Mars

The data was collected through drilling into the lowest point of the red planet's gale crater.<p>A NASA robot has found more building blocks for life on Mars, the most complex organic matter yet from 3.5 billion-year-old rocks on the surface of the red planet, the US space agency said on Thursday.<p>The …

Rocket Report: SpaceShipTwo soars, BFR engine advances, a self-eating booster

The autophage engine consumes its fuel tanks on the way to orbit.<p>Welcome to Edition 1.02 of the Rocket Report! This collaborative effort with readers …

Next-gen spoked magnet design spins up cheaper, lighter, more powerful electric motor

It comes in the form of an electric motor that has its magnets arranged like spokes around the central hub, and Foley claims it offers superior …

Quantum dots made from tea leaves lay waste to lung cancer cells

Full of antioxidants and vitamins, tea is pretty good for you, and green tea extracts have even been used as effective carriers for cancer drugs. New …

Robots That Grow Mini-Organs For Humans Could Help Save Precious Lives

These robots can mass produce a staggering number of organoids at a speed that would have shamed Henry Ford’s car assembly lines.<p>We now have robots …

Arch Mission Foundation’s ‘Lunar Library’ To Launch In 2020 With Everything On Wikipedia And More

The library, which stores all its information on a 'nickel microfiche,' will be among the payloads carried by Astrobiotic's Peregrine moon lander in …

When did the lights first come on in the universe? A galaxy close to the dawn of time gives a clue

It is springtime in the Northern hemisphere. Countless buds that have been waiting patiently on the stems and branches of trees and shrubs are now …

Hawaii's Kilauea: Explosive eruption visible from space

After two weeks of earthquakes and spewing lava, Kilauea has erupted again on Thursday, this time with great intensity.<p>Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has erupted again, creating an ash cloud so vast it can be seen by astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS).<p>Scientists are warning of more …

Shooting the Achilles heel of drug-resistant cancer: New treatment strategy exploits acquired vulnerability in drug-resistant melanoma

New treatment strategy exploits acquired vulnerability in drug-resistant melanoma<p>Cancer cells that develop resistance to drugs, also develop a new …

Boosting memory: Serotonin receptor may be the key

A recent study gains fresh insight into the specific receptors that are involved in creating memories. The scientists hope that, in the future, this …

Move Over, Double Helix: A New Form of DNA Has Just Been Discovered

This is the first time it's ever been seen in a living cell.<p>When we learn about human genetics in high school biology class, one of the most basic …

Genetics

Quantum radar will expose stealth aircraft

Quantum radar uses a sensing technique called quantum illumination to detect and receive information about an object. At its core, it leverages the …

SpaceX will build its massive interplanetary rocket in Los Angeles

SpaceX can start building its "Big Fucking Rocket," now that it has officially found a home in LA. Mayor Eric Garcetti has announced on Twitter that the private space giant "will start production development of the Big Falcon Rocket (the spacecraft's tamer name, apparently)" at the port of Los …

Elon Musk

Exploring the universe: the journey of Tiangong I

China’s first space lab, which was launched on September 29, 2011 and ended service in March 2016 after completing its mission, fell to Earth on April 2<p>China’s first space lab, Tiangong I, re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere on 2 April and fell into the central part of the South Pacific Ocean, …

10 Books to Read if ‘A Brief History of Time’ Was Too Brief for You

Inspired by the late Stephen Hawking’s beloved best-seller, the hosts of the ‘BookLab’ podcast offer more mind-bending musings on space and …

Physics

Banish Infection With These 5 Powerful All-Natural Antibiotics

Since the discovery of antibiotics in the 1920s and the development of new products through the 1980s, it has become much harder for scientists to …

Microbiology

50 perfectly-preserved dinosaur footprints have scientists freaking out

Dozens of giant dinosaur footprints have been discovered on a remote Scottish island, shedding light on period of dinosaur evolution which relatively …

'Natural insecticide' kills advanced prostate cancer cells

One of the hallmarks of advanced prostate cancer is a faulty PTEN tumor suppressor gene. Now, after screening compounds for their effect on cells …

Cancer

This “injectable bandage” made using seaweed could stop internal bleeding on the battlefield

The injectable hydrogel can also be used to deliver medication to a wound<p>When you’re shot or struck by shrapnel, it’s not necessarily the external …

Cell Biology

Space station now home to a delicious sprouting onion

Fresh vegetables are a luxury on the International Space Station, but the orbital salads are about to get an upgrade. There's now an onion sprouting a lovely green top in microgravity.<p>Cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev brought the onion on board for his stay. He arrived on March 23 along with two NASA …

This chemotherapy-free treatment could be a breakthrough in the fight against cancer.

<i>Cancer</i>. Just saying the word on its own can be scary, especially if you've ever lost a loved one to the disease or if you've faced it yourself.<p>And a …

U.S. regulator approves SpaceX plan for broadband satellite services

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. telecommunications regulator on Thursday gave formal approval to a plan by Elon Musk's SpaceX to build a global broadband network using satellites.<p>"This is the first approval of a U.S.-licensed satellite constellation to provide broadband services using a new …

Space Travel

Robots break new ground in construction industry

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As a teenager working for his dad's construction business, Noah Ready-Campbell dreamed that robots could take over the dirty, …

I Am An Astrophysicist. Here's What Stephen Hawking's Final Paper Was Actually About

On March 14, 2018, the most famous and celebrated scientist known to humanity, Stephen Hawking, died at the age of 76. He left a rich legacy behind in the fields of astrophysics and cosmology, sharing the wonders of the Universe with not only his colleagues but the general public as well. Best …

Out-of-control Chinese space station will crash back to Earth around March 31st, researchers say

Earlier this month, scientists attempting to forecast the eventual crash of China’s Tiangong-1 space station guessed that it would likely fall on or …

UK Doctors Used Stem Cells to Restore Eyesight in Two People

British doctors have taken a huge step towards curing a common form of age-related chronic eye condition.<p>Two elderly patients with macular …

Doctors Say They've Found a 'Game Changing' Stem Cell Treatment for MS

Doctors have found what could be a “game changing” treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS).<p>Interim results from an international trial of a stem cell …