David Whan

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Weird Science: Wormholes Make the Best Time Machines

If you're a science fiction nut like everyone here at SPACE.com, you most likely have already had an encounter or two with time travel. From Marty …

LHCb and CMS see rare decay of the strange B meson

<b>By Hamish Johnston</b><p>It’s a story with a hint of both “man bites dog” and “dog bites man” about it.<p>Physicists working on the CMS and LHCb experiments at …

Sabre rocket engine could open up access to space as never before | Stuart Clark

Imagine taking off from a runway as you would in a normal aeroplane but flying so high and so fast that when you unclip your seatbelt, you float …

NASA Will Join Japan And Italy On Mission To Mercury

A third trip so close to the sun<p>The U.S. is joining Italy and Japan on a trip to Mercury. Once there, the joint mission will determine the makeup and history of a planet that's been difficult to study because of its proximity to the sun.<p>NASA Administrator Charles Bolden visited Rome last week and …

Inside The Most Expensive Science Experiment Ever

Many machines over the past 60 years have been billed as the one that will make the big breakthrough in fusion science, only to stumble. This one could be different.<p>Some people have spent their whole working lives researching fusion and then retired feeling bitter at what they see as a wasted …

From DARPA, A Virtual Tool To Revolutionize Robotics

The DARPA-funded Gazebo simulation software could make robotics accessible to everyone.<p>The DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC), the most ambitious robot competition in history, cleared a key milestone yesterday. The Pentagon's research wing announced the results of the Virtual Robotics Challenge, a …

Voyager 1 Entered Weird Region In Space Last Summer

New papers describe an unexpected boundary region at the edge of the influence of the Sun.<p>Voyager 1 entered a strange and unexpected part of space within the solar system last August, scientists announced in three papers published yesterday.<p>A few different effects mark the area, which astronomers …

How does spacetime get bent?

Why three-parent babies are the way forward

Three-parent babies will likely spark concerns over the creation of 'designer babies'. But Michael Rimington, a practising infertility specialist, explains that while there is DNA from three people in the child, the genetic characteristics of the baby are those of the natural mother and father.<p>The …

Human Head Transplants Are Getting Closer To Reality

I want *that* head on *that* body.<p>Complete head transplants are enormously complicated, requiring the reconnecting of literally millions of nerve fibers, not to mention bones and tissue. We're not really sure how any of this will work, but it looks like we're getting closer to a full …

The Future Of Flight: Helicopters Will Fly Like Airplanes

Two new programs are coming to improve the U.S. Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) fleet.<p>In the wake of the unsuccessful Iran hostage-rescue attempt in 1980, when three of eight helicopters failed and crippled the mission, military planners came to a realization: The U.S. fleet was in desperate …

The Hunt for Exomoons Begins!

The latest exciting undertaking in exoplanet research is the search for exomoons. A team led by Dr. David Kipping at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center …

60 Billion Alien Planets Could Support Life, Study Suggests

Though only about dozen potentially habitable exoplanets have been detected so far, scientists say the universe should be teeming with alien worlds …

Habitable Zone

The Future Of Flight: Swarms Will Dominate The Sky

Coordinated swarms of drones could pollinate crops, monitor traffic, and more.<p>Last year, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Grasp (General Robotics, Automation, Sensing & Perception) Lab gathered a dozen or so quadrotor unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), programmed them to work in concert, …

Space Wind Really Does Exist

We detect a plasmaspheric breeze.<p>More than 20 years ago, researchers proposed the existence of a space wind--a steady flow of charged particles--inside the Earth's magnetosphere, the region of space governed by our magnetic field. After years of theoretical work, Iannis Dandouras, an astrophysicist …

Solar-powered 'family car' of the future prepares to race across the Outback

It's not quite a stylish sedan, but a team of students from the Netherlands' Eindhoven University of Technology have put together what they believe is the world's first solar-powered car that can tote around the whole family. The team debuted the "Stella" solar car today, which they intend to race …

The Energy Fix: Reinventing The Solar Array

Reinventing the array could usher in a new age for solar.<p>The solar market has been on fire. In the U.S., it's grown by 600 percent over the past five years, culminating in 3,313 installed megawatts in 2012. This past March, seven solar projects added the only new utility power of any kind to the …

The Energy Fix: How Waste Could Power The U.S. For Decades

The world throws away enormous amounts of energy each day. In the U.S. alone, waste streams could account for 100,000 megawatts of untapped electrical capacity. New technology could convert those overlooked sources into usable power.<p>The Radioactive Option<p>Next-Next-Gen Nuclear Power<p>U.S. nuclear …

The Next Big Thing for Exploring the Distant Universe: Balloons

A way to get 99 percent of the way into space, at 1 percent of the cost of a satellite<p>The history of space exploration is in many ways a history of lenses. From Galileo's <i>Starry Messenger</i> to the powerful telescope arrays we have today, it has been two basic facts -- the curve of a glass, the sheen …

Nanobots Could Perform Surgeries in The Future

Putting a robot in your eye could be the next innovation in medical technology.<p>Researchers in Zurich are building nearly microscopic bots to help …

Searching for DNA on Mars & Beyond --New MIT Chip for Future Life-Detecting Missions

Chris McKay, a planetary scientist with the Space Science Division of NASA’s Ames Research Center, says a radiation-resilient DNA-sequencing chip is …

These Cubesats Could Use Plasma Thrusters to Leave Our Solar System

Cubesats are all the rage these days: they’re usually inexpensive and quick to build and they can tag along on launches already scheduled for other …

Hubble spots azure blue planet - True colour of exoplanet measured for the first time

heic1312 — Science Release<p>Hubble spots azure blue planet<p>True colour of exoplanet measured for the first time<p>Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble …

Giant Blue Planet Discovered Where It Rains Glass And Winds Blow At 7000 Kilometers Per Hour | Beyond Science

A zoom from Hubble orbiting 600 km above the Earth’s surface towards the star HD 189733; flying through the asterism of the “Summer Triangle” and …

How Artificial Chromosomes Could Transform Humanity

Normally, an extra pair of chromosomes would be considered dangerous. But what if we could design our own? According to biologists, we could create …

World's 15 Most Inventive Cities

Tiny, biodegradable implants known as Bioneedles may soon replace the syringe, vial and needle trifecta as the standard delivery mechanism for vaccines.<p>If they are as clean, cheap and reliable as many medical researchers believe, Bioneedles will reduce hepatitis and HIV infection and vaccinate 25 …

4D printing: buildings that can change over time

What if buildings could adapt their shape and form – without any other input from us? Architect Skylar Tibbits says 4D printing could make materials that build themselves.<p>The way we build our structures has become more and more sophisticated. But the materials we build them from are static, waiting …

Emerging Technology

NASA Successfully Tests First 3-D Printed Rocket Engine Injector

Another step toward the day when 3-D printers spit out entire spacecraft.<p>We've seen 3-D printed aircraft and drone parts, and even plans for a printable private jet. Now NASA has demonstrated another 3-D printing first: The agency has just finished successful tests of a 3-D printed rocket engine …

A Few Fundamental Physics and Astronomy Questions for the Next Few Decades

There is no doubt that progress in physics and astronomy in the past century has been phenomenal. From the tiny matter particles (such as quarks, electrons, neutrinos) of the so-called "Standard Model" and the associated force-carrying bosons (such as photons, gluons, <i>W</i>, <i>Z</i>), to the cosmic microwave …