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Silent, not deadly; how farts cure diseases

It seems like it was only last week that a study by the University of Exeter revealed that smelling farts cures all manner of fatal illnesses, which lead to a lot of media coverage about the healing properties of nether-region emissions.<p>Some cynical types tried to combat this, metaphorically …

Space tourists could soon be blasting off from Scotland

The first commercial space flights from anywhere outside of the United States could be taking off from Scotland. The British government is planning to launch a port for commercial space flights by 2018, and six out of the eight potential sites in the UK are in Scotland. “Spaceports will be key to …

Space Travel

Buzz Aldrin's AMA: colonising Mars and the moon's 'magnificent desolation'

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second person to walk on the moon, responded to questions posed on Reddit’s Ask Me Anything (AMA) feature on Tuesday. He was on the site to promote the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, which is on 20 July, and a social media campaign connected to the …

New metamaterial gives light a one-way ticket

The light-warping structures known as metamaterials have a new trick in their ever-expanding repertoire. Researchers at the National Institute of …

NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) Launch From Vandenberg Air Force Base

Sending Robots To Print Infrastructure On Mars, So It’s Ready When We Get There

For almost two years, the University of Southern California’s Dr. Behrok Khoshnevis has been building machines that can extrude lunar and Martian …

Particles

The Surprisingly Strong Case for Colonizing Venus

Science fiction writers have come up with a plausible scenario for a floating city above the fiery planet.<p>Why worry about building a colony on Mars when instead you could float one high above the surface of Venus? Science fiction writer Charles Stross recently revived the idea of building a …

SpaceX Rocket Flies to 1,000M, Then Returns to Land

We were pretty impressed last month when SpaceX’s reusable Falcon 9 rocket conducted a successful test at 250 meters and, in the same vein, the latest video footage of it going even higher is equally as worthy of your attention.<p>SpaceX is aiming to shake things up and make all rockets reusable, a …

Dark Matter Might Be Hiding In Microscopic Black Holes, Astrophysicists Say

Dark matter, the invisible and mysterious stuff that makes up most of the material universe, might be hiding itself in microscopic black holes, says a team of Russian astrophysicists.<p>No one knows what dark matter is. But scientists do know that it must exist, because there is not enough visible …

Land Rover Gives Virgin Galactic a Lift on Road to Space

Virgin Galactic's customers will be riding Land Rover vehicles over rugged roads en route to their rendezvous with outer space, thanks to a newly announced partnership between the space travel company and the British automaker.<p>The deal was announced Monday night at a glittering event aboard the …

Large Hadron Collider discovers new form of matter

Researchers say that exotic hadrons -particles made up of two quarks and two anti-quarks – actually exist.<p>Physicists say they’ve confirmed the …

NASA's Mars Rover Curiosity Arrives at Next Destination

Space<p>NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has reached its next study area and is now scoping out rocks that it will take an up-close look at over the next few weeks.<p>The Curiosity rover snapped new photos of Mars after driving 98 feet on Wednesday and topping a small hill that affords a good view of the …

'Not Science Fiction': Navy to Test Futuristic Gun at Sea in 2016

Science News<p>The U.S. Navy is planning sea trials for a weapon that can fire a low-cost, 23-pound (10-kg) projectile at seven times the speed of sound using electromagnetic energy, a "Star Wars" technology that will make enemies think twice, the Navy's research chief said.<p>Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder, …

Zapping spinal cord with electricity helps paralyzed men move legs again

Four paralyzed patients have regained some ability to flex their toes, ankles and knees after receiving a novel type of electrical stimulation therapy known as epidural stimulation, according to a new study supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).<p>“The result of this study has been …

This ridiculously cool robot kangaroo stores energy between jumps (video)

A team of German engineers have completed work on a new robotic kangaroo that mimics the movements of the real-life flesh and blood animal.<p>The robot, officially called BionicKangaroo, is interesting because it pushes the boundaries of what most people think of when it comes to transportation. While …

NASA weighs the ethics of sending astronauts into space for years

Since NASA launched MAVEN on a yearlong mission to Mars at the end of last year, the organization has been thinking about sending more people into space for longer periods of time. To prep for these kinds of missions, NASA asked the Institute of Medicine, the health division of the National Academy …

Foodini is a 3D printer for everything from burgers to gnocchi

Who wants a 3D printer for just candy when you can have one that prints a five-course dinner instead? That's the idea behind Foodini, a new 3D printer that takes fresh ingredients and turns them into a culinary masterpiece. The device can do things like make custom ravioli, your own unique crackers …

Thinking about having a heart attack? Call an ambulance (and optionally, get married)

A little while ago we talked about a meta-analysis showing that, worldwide, the chances of surviving a heart attack are reduced if it happens out-of-hours – at night or at the weekend. Within a few hours of my blog post, Alan Bagnall, a consultant interventional cardiologist at the UK's second …

Military Dolphins and Sea Lions: What Do They Do and Who Uses Them?

Military-trained marine mammals, including dolphins, can detect underwater mines and intruders.<p>Russian activities in Crimea now include taking over a Ukrainian military unit made up of bottlenose dolphins, according to news reports.<p>It's unclear how the Russian navy intends to use these "combat …

NSA Program Monitors An Entire Country's Calls, Has Wizard Mascot

Which is more disturbing?<p>Here is your weekly dose of NSA revelations, reported in the _Washington Post _from the classified documents cache released by Edward Snowden: the NSA has a program called MYSTIC that can monitor an entire country's telephone calls--100 percent of them--and replay them up …

Surveillance

Radar Will Scan NYC Park For A Buried Luxury Bomb Shelter From 1964

We want to believe.<p>Is the Underground Home still underground? The New York City Parks Department doesn't think so, but others do. The home, built as an exhibit for the 1964-1965 World's Fair held in New York, has ardent fans who think it's still buried underneath the city's Flushing Meadows-Corona …

Ocean Waves On Saturn's Moon Titan May Have Been Spied By NASA's Cassini Spacecraft

After years of searching, planetary scientists think they may finally have spotted waves rippling on the seas of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. If confirmed, this would be the first discovery of ocean waves beyond Earth.<p>NASA’s Cassini spacecraft spied several unusual glints of sunlight off the …

Elon Musk Is About To Launch The Heaviest Rocket In Existence — And Yes, It Can Reach Mars

Put another way, this one ship has the liftoff thrust equivalent of <i>15</i> Boeing 747s tied together and running at full power.<p>Only one other rocket has been heavier than the Falcon Heavy will be, SpaceX claims. That was NASA's Saturn V ship, which carried the Apollo and Skylab missions into space from …

Elon Musk

Groundbreaking Blood Test Successfully Predicts Onset Of Alzheimer's Disease

Their study, <i>Plasma phospholipids identify antecedent memory impairment in older adults,</i> is published in today's online issue of <i>Nature Medicine,</i> …

Researchers revive moss trapped in Antarctic ice for 1,600 years

The revival of a 32,000-year-old flowering plant buried deep in Siberian soil was big news in 2012. The idea that researchers could resurrect past plant life by cloning the genetic material contained in frozen fruiting tissue seemed to come right out of a sci-fi novel. But a studypublished …

Stephen Hawking claims victory in gravitational wave bet

Stephen Hawking has claimed victory in a bet with a fellow scientist over the discovery of primordial gravitational waves, ripples in the structure of space-time from the birth of the universe.<p>The Cambridge cosmologist bet Neil Turok, director of the Perimeter Institute in Canada, that …