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The very real threat to your job

Since arriving on the scene 30 years ago, 3D printing has become one of the world’s most exciting technologies, tipped to change production the way …

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We may already know how we will cure death—but should we?

A pair of advocates—they do legitimate research too, but their ardor is so intense, it’s hard to call them scientists—believe that they will, within their lifetimes, make ours the first generation of humans to live forever.<p>Their quest is elegantly laid out in <i>The Immortalists</i>, a new documentary …

NASA's game collaboration lets you steer asteroids without leaving home

<i>Kerbal Space Program</i> is the closest you'll get to running a space agency. The game lets you build and launch everything from orbital stations to interplanetary explorers, all in the name of collecting scientific data. It's only fitting, then, that the studio behind the title has teamed up with NASA …

Immigrants from the future

Special report<p>SCHAFT, A BLUE-LIMBED robot, lifts its right foot to the seventh step of the ladder, its left foot to the eighth, and stops; it sways …

Isaac Asimov

Walmart shows US-made hybrid turbine truck concept

<b>By Phillippe Crowe</b><p><i>The majority of the goods Walmart sells come from somewhere else, but this truck would use American engenuity to transport them.</i><p><i>If</i> …

A Futuristic Look At The Nation Of San Francisco

By Chris Dannen9 minute Read<p>“The best part is this, the people who think this is weird, the people who sneer at the frontier, who hate technology, …

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New gel to promote bone growth on implants used in surgical procedures

A research group at Uppsala University, Sweden has developed a new responsive coating for implants used in surgery to improve their integration into …

Will the Yellowstone supervolcano erupt in your lifetime?

The supervolcano under Yellowstone Park is one of the biggest in the world. When will it erupt again? This NFS scientist doesn’t think it’ll happen …

A miniature space robot might one day perform surgery on astronauts

Astronauts tend to be healthy people, but even the healthiest among us can feel the wrath of an inflamed appendix. So, scientists at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are trying to develop a tiny robot that can perform simple surgical procedures in zero gravity, reports <i>New Scientist</i> — for those …

Climate change is increasing infant mortality among deer, new study finds

Once Europe's most robust example of vertebrate success, a new study shows that the roe deer's luck is about to run out<p>According to a UN reportreleased yesterday, climate change is already having an effect on human health, agriculture, and water supplies across the globe. Now, a new study released …

Shy Women Can Still Have Great Sex

There’s been a lot of ink spilled recently about introversion, extroversion, and the benefits and drawbacks of both. The way people interact with one another affects every aspect of their lives, from the office to the bedroom. And one recent study, published late last year in the journal <i>Sexual</i> …

Why are so few university professors tweeting?

University scholars are largely resisting the use of social media to circulate their scientific findings and engage their tech-savvy students, a new …

The teen brain is more sensitive to untrustworthy faces

Making a snap decision usually means following your initial reaction—going with your gut. That intuitive feeling sprouts from the limbic system, the …

Why does ice float?

DARPA opens biotech office to utilize biology for national defense

"Starting today, biology takes its place among the core sciences that represent the future of defense technology." That's according to a press release today from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announcing its new Biological Technologies Office, which will work on things like …

Stem cell scientist Haruko Obokata found guilty of misconduct

A young researcher who shot to fame in scientific circles when she published an apparently radical and simple way to create stem cells has been found guilty of misconduct by a committee charged with investigating her work.<p>Haruko Obokata, at the Riken Centre for Developmental Biology in Kobe, …

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Clean Coal Test: Power Plants Prepare to Capture Carbon

Can coal be cleaned up? Power plants in Mississippi and Canada will soon find out.<p>In Juliette, Georgia, Southern Company operates a coal-fired power plant that is the single largest source of planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions in the United States.<p>In Kemper County, Mississippi, the same …

Carbon nanotubes move closer to competing with silicon

An international team based at Stanford has reached an important milestone in pursuit of faster computing: It can now create stable carbon nanotube …

'Paleo Ale' Brewed From Yeast Found On A 40-Million-Year-Old Whale Fossil

Yum.<p>A Virginia brewer soon plans to serve a beer made from yeast found hanging out on a 40-million-year-old whale fossil, the blog Symbiartic reports. Depending on your disposition, I imagine you're reacting in one of two ways right now, "Yecchh!" or "Cool!"<p>The beer will be called Bone Dusters …

Tsunami warning issued after 8.2 quake in Chile

A 8.2 earthquake struck off the coast of Peru. Tsunami warnings have been issued for Chile, Ecuador, and Peru.<p><i>[Update April 1 9:45 EDT]: A tsunami</i> …

Mad Coding Skillz? Put Them To Work

Way, way back in the day (we’re talking 1979) there was an arcade game called Asteroids. A multi-directional shooter, your job was to take out the fast-moving asteroids on your screen.<p>Fast forward to 2014, and we now understand a whole lot more about these big hunks of rock. Asteroids are a …

How Many People Does It Take to Colonize Another Star System?

A multigenerational journey between stars would require a lot more passengers than scientists previously thought.<p><b>Back in 2002, John Moore, an</b> anthropologist at the University of Florida, calculated that a starship could leave Earth with 150 passengers on a 2000-year pilgrimage to another solar …

California water managers ease delta pumping limits

Officials announced Tuesday that they are temporarily waiving an endangered species protection to enable water managers to send more Northern California water south.<p>The move comes as fishery agencies are under increasing political pressure to take advantage of late winter storms and ramp up pumping …

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