SpaceX ISS Supply Mission BEAM

Watch live as SpaceX launches a rocket headed for the ISS

By on April 8, 2016 at 4:20 PM.

Watch live as SpaceX launches a rocket headed for the ISS

Just before 5:00 p.m. EDT today, a SpaceX rocket will launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida and it will include a critical payload for the International Space Station. The SpaceX rocket will deliver an expandable habitat that can expand to five times the size of its compressed state after 45 minutes. NASA continues to test ways to expand living quarters in space in preparation for deep space missions. More →

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Planet X Earth Theory

Have you heard about the gigantic mystery planet that could kill us all?

By on April 7, 2016 at 10:45 PM.

Have you heard about the gigantic mystery planet that could kill us all?

Conspiracy theorists keep finding proof of alien life on Earth, but if you’re going to be worried about deadly aliens causing a commotion on our planet then you’d have to look elsewhere – if only you could see that far. A huge alien force is believed to be so far out in our solar system that its presence can’t be confirmed yet. But a new theory suggests it regularly kills life on our beloved planet and the dinosaur extinction may have been its best work yet. More →

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Ecstasy Treatment PTSD Anxiety

Ecstasy may become an FDA-approved medical treatment in five years

By on April 5, 2016 at 9:30 PM.

Ecstasy may become an FDA-approved medical treatment in five years

As long as it’s used for medical purposes and obtained lawfully, marijuana can be legally purchased in the United States. The same might soon happen with MDMA (a.k.a., ecstasy), the party drug that’s showing great promise in treating PTSD and other anxiety-related disorders. More →

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Electrons New State Matter

Why it’s exciting that scientists discovered a new state of matter

By on April 5, 2016 at 6:30 PM.

Why it’s exciting that scientists discovered a new state of matter

It might sound boring to most people, but the fact that scientists have finally been able to prove there’s a new state of matter is very exciting, as it could have applications for the future of computing.

In short, scientists from the University of Cambridge and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennesse were able to prove that a state of matter theorized some 40 years ago does exist. The new state of matter is known as “quantum spin liquid” and is made of electrons that break into smaller quasiparticles, as Science Alert explains. More →

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Growing Artificial Heart Tissue 3D

3 new projects pave the way for growing human organs from scratch

By on March 30, 2016 at 8:49 AM.

3 new projects pave the way for growing human organs from scratch

There are more than seven billion people in the world, and life expectancy keeps growing thanks to the unbelievable advancements in modern medicine. However, the human body can’t outlive its expiration date, and organs often fail and require viable replacements. But because there never seem to be enough donors around, doctors are looking at various ways to create artificial organs that are either built out of human flesh or mechanical parts, and that could replace some of our internal components.

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NASA releases stunning Mars gravity map

By on March 22, 2016 at 7:35 PM.

NASA releases stunning Mars gravity map

NASA has released an incredible Mars gravity map, based on data collected from three spacecraft.

“Gravity maps allow us to see inside a planet, just as a doctor uses an X-ray to see inside a patient,” said Antonio Genova of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, Massachusetts, in a statement released by NASA. “The new gravity map will be helpful for future Mars exploration, because better knowledge of the planet’s gravity anomalies helps mission controllers insert spacecraft more precisely into orbit about Mars.”

Genova, who is based at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is lead author of a paper on the Mars Gravity research published in the Journal Icarus.  “The improved resolution of our gravity map will help us understand the still-mysterious formation of specific regions of the planet,” he added, in the NASA statement. More →

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Cochin International Airport Solar Power

An entire airport pays nothing for electricity thanks to solar power

By on March 19, 2016 at 9:15 AM.

An entire airport pays nothing for electricity thanks to solar power

Day by day, solar power is becoming a more viable source of energy for homes and businesses. If you need further proof of this, look no further than the Cochin International Airport in India that is now entirely powered by solar energy and pays nothing for electricity. The airport last year installed a solar power system with a 12-megawatt peak (MWp) capacity that added to its previous installation that had a capacity of 1.1 MWp, thus giving it enough solar energy to run the entire airport. More →

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Invisibility Cloak Harry Potter

Scientists create ‘invisibility cloak’ that can make microscopic objects disappear

By on March 15, 2016 at 9:41 AM.

Scientists create ‘invisibility cloak’ that can make microscopic objects disappear

Do we really need invisibility cloaks like the one Harry Potter uses at Hogwarts to move around undetected? Apparently, we do. At least two projects are studying materials that can hide the objects they’re placed on, though these newfound technologies won’t fool the human eye just yet. Instead, invisibility cloaks could conceal objects from cameras and from radar. More →

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Real Jurassic Park Chicken Dinosaurs

Scientists are one step closer to creating a real Jurassic Park

By on March 14, 2016 at 9:30 PM.

Scientists are one step closer to creating a real Jurassic Park

Some scientists have already created artificial intelligence capable of consistently beating humans at a game that’s too complex for ordinary computers, which has led some people to worry that we’re going to soon face a Terminator-style robotic apocalypse. But that’s not the only scary science fiction project researchers are working on, as some scientists are now adding dinosaur “components” to existing animals.

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