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Could space travel be the future of fruit? Researchers in China think sending fruit to space could help them develop better produce , and the first crop of "space mangoes" is about ready to come to fruition. According to Shanghaiist , researchers sent mangoes to space in November as part...
Stephen Hawking's synthesized voice is perhaps just as famous as his brilliant mind. The theoretical physicist and cosmologist has "spoken" using the same Intel-made computer system for the past two decades. Now, however, Hawking says he's ready for a replacement. SEE ALSO: Stephen Hawking has a message for Trump: Don't ignore climate change In a spoof video, the English scientist sifts through audition tapes from celebrities vying to provide Hawking's new voice. Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda makes his pitch with a rap, proclaiming his own voice "dope as hell" while Hawking's is "mad robotic, if I'm being honest." Actor Liam Neeson tells Hawking,...
In a study published in the Journal of Geophysical Research Planets, a team of scientists has identified a crater that they say was created by an asteroid that triggered one such event.
The self-propelling fluid was developed using filaments called microtubules and tiny molecular motors called kinesin.
Nasa is inching closer to achieving what could soon become high-speed space internet. The space agency is working on a long-term project aimed at boosting communications technology, which can help astronauts communicate better during future missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond. Nasa's LCRD (Laser Communications Relay Demonstration) will help understand how best to make use of laser communications systems, which according to the space agency, can "enable much higher data rates for connections between spacecraft and Earth, such as scientific data downlink and astronaut communications".
The images were captured using the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera on board NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
Are robots coming for your job? Although technology has long affected the labor force, recent advances in artificial intelligence and robotics are heightening concerns about automation replacing a growing number of occupations, including highly skilled or "knowledge-based" jobs. Just a few examples: self-driving technology may eliminate the need for taxi, Uber and truck drivers, algorithms are playing a growing role in journalism, robots are informing consumers as mall greeters, and medicine is adapting robotic surgery and artificial intelligence to detect cancer and heart conditions.
Iconic global monuments including the Eiffel Tower, the Kremlin, the Acropolis in Athens and Sydney's Opera House plunged into darkness Saturday to mark Earth Hour and draw attention to climate change. Millions of people from some 170 countries and territories are expected to take part in the annual bid to highlight global warming caused by the burning of coal, oil and gas to drive cars and power plants. The event, which originated in Sydney, has grown to become a worldwide environmental campaign, celebrated across all continents.
Ask Zhenan Bao why she went from designing batteries to creating synthetic, human-like skin and she'll give you a simple answer. Bao's 17-member Stanford team is developing is flexible, stretchable skin that can sense touch and temperature.
Although the search did not reveal any new asteroids in the fourth Lagrangian area, it demonstrated that a key instrument on board the asteroid Bennu bound spacecraft was functioning optimally.
Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created an insect-inspired, 3D-printed robot "skin" capable of changing color in response to the physical stimuli that it receives.
Any matter in its liquid form can only move from one point to the other on a sloping surface or if there is an external force applied. Researchers from Brandeis University in Massachusetts say the new kind of liquid - that is in early development - requires neither a slope nor a push as it relies on a squirming skeleton of microscopic fibres to move in a direction. The scientists add that they studied the biomechanical properties of microtubules that could be applied to a mixture to make it move in a single direction around a stagnant container.
Dinosaur research just got more high tech, thanks to drones which will now be used by researchers to track the footprints of the prehistoric creatures. Drone mapping of dinosaurs' tracks is expected to revolutionise the way researchers investigate the ancient crutures as they allow scientists the ability to create digital maps, which in turn provide more in-depth data. Australian researchers have begun using UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) to track dinosaurs' footprints in remote locations.
In a study published Friday, a team of scientist from the University of Vienna has provided the first experimental verification of a process with an indefinite causal order.
During the flyby, scheduled to take place at 4:52 a.m. EDT Monday, the solar-powered spacecraft would soar about 2,700 miles above the gas giant's cloud tops.
Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has spoken to a Hong Kong audience by hologram, showcasing the growing reach of a technology which is making inroads into politics, entertainment and business. The British scientist appeared Friday before an audience of hundreds who cheered and snapped pictures with their phones as he discussed his career and answered questions about the possibility of life on other planets, the use of technology in education and the impact of Brexit on Britain. The 75-year-old said the election of US President Donald Trump was one in a string of "right-wing successes" that would have grave implications for the future of scientific innovation and discovery.
"Noura's blood was not at the crime scene. And Jennifer's blood was not on Noura," says defense attorney Valerie Corder.
If the trailers for Jake Gyllenhaal's new space horror movie seem like something you've seen before, there's a good reason for that.
On Friday, March 24, 2017, President Trump addressed the media after the decision was made within the White House to pull the American Health Care Act bill ahead of a floor vote, which did not have the votes for it to pass.
The Genome 10K project wants to carry out gene sequencing for 10,000 different animals species, including those most at risk of extinction. And we thought the Human Genome Project was ambitious!
After House Speaker Paul Ryan reportedly told President Trump that Republicans lacked enough votes to pass the GOP health care bill, Republicans canceled a vote on the American Health Care Act on Friday, putting the president's promise to repeal and replace Obamacare in jeopardy.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi calls Republicans decision to pull their bill to repeal Obamacare a "victory for the American people."
The northern and southern lights are probably the eeriest cosmic views available to us here on Earth, and 150 people on a flight from New Zealand learned that first-hand this week. The Air New Zealand charter flight took off on March 23 to give passengers their best shot at seeing the cosmic lights thanks to the 12 hours of darkness provided by the equinox. SEE ALSO: 9 Stunning Images of the Aurora Borealis Over the U.S. A seat on board the chartered flight wasn't exactly cheap. Two economy seats were sold for $2,775, and two business-class seats went for $5,973. "What an amazing night we all had," one of the passengers said in a Facebook post. The northern and southern...
Brandeis University biophysicist and wine fan Daniel Perlman has used his considerable expertise to come up with a scientific miracle: A wine bottle that doesn't drip when you pour it.
Cosmologist Stephen Hawking spoke in Hong Kong on Friday - only he wasn't actually present for the speech. The world-renowned physicist actually gave his speech live via hologram for the 90-minute lecture about his life and work. He was beamed in for his lecture from the UK. SEE ALSO: Could mini black holes power Earth? Stephen Hawking thinks so "Hawking spoke about the human mind, societal trends and issues such as education and science and technology research and funding, as well as what the future holds in light of current affairs," according to a press release about the event. If you can believe it, this isn't the first time the famous scientist has given a speech via...
Two spacewalking astronauts ventured outside the International Space Station on Friday for a 6-1/2-hour spacewalk, the first of three to prepare the orbiting laboratory for future commercial space taxis and to tackle maintenance chores, NASA TV showed. U.S. station commander Shane Kimbrough, 49, and French flight engineer Thomas Pesquet, 39, floated outside the station's airlock as the $100 billion complex soared 250 miles (402 km) above Earth. Kimbrough, making his fifth spacewalk, first upgraded a computer relay box on the station's central beam, then worked on a docking system for new spaceships in development by Boeing and Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX.
By Crispian Balmer VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis told Europe's leaders on Friday the continent faced a "vacuum of values" as they marked the EU's 60th birthday, condemning anti-immigrant populism and extremism that he said posed a mortal threat to the bloc. Prime ministers and presidents from 27 EU member states have descended on Italy to mark the 1957 founding Treaty of Rome, receiving a papal blessing on the eve of the anniversary. "When a body loses its sense of direction and is no longer able to look ahead, it experiences a regression and, in the long run, risks dying," Francis told the leaders gathered in an ornate, frescoed chamber in the heart of the Vatican.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Republican Gov. Doug Burgum has signed legislation that will allow most adults to carry a hidden firearm without a permit, making North Dakota one of about a dozen "constitutional carry" states.
A plague of crop-destroying fall armyworm caterpillars has spread to East Africa where officials confirmed their presence for the first time in Uganda on Friday. An outbreak of the caterpillars in several southern African nations has already raised alarm with the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation warning they pose "a huge threat to food security". Uganda's Agriculture Minister Vincent Ssempijja said the presence of the innocuous looking but hugely destructive brown caterpillar had been confirmed in over 20 districts of the country.
These spiders all have different ideas of what constitutes romance.
From niche player to chart hit, the characteristic sound of videogames has had a considerable influence on music.
The giant honeycomb-like setup of 149 spotlights uses xenon short-arc lamps normally found in cinemas to simulate natural sunlight.
The staff of Fortune and a panel of experts recently assembled our annual list of the World's Greatest Leaders. Visionary, ideologue, risk-taker: None of these shorthand labels quite capture who Elon Musk is. Tesla , the automaker and sustainable-energy company that acquired SolarCity in 2016, is Musk's pathway to a carbon--emissions-free world.
You may hear about a lot of potential causes of multiple sclerosis, the progressive, incurable disease that damages the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. Theories have ranged from genetic to environmental triggers, some as simple as living with a pet. "If there were just one thing that caused MS, I believe we would have figured it out by now," says Dr. Robert Shin, a professor of neurology at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.
There's a new brown dwarf in town, and it's the biggest you have ever seen.
Ever since the National Park Service's main Twitter account appeared to "go rogue" on President Donald Trump's inauguration day, people have been using the department and its various park-specific social media accounts as a rallying point in the anti-Trump resistance. However, according to emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, that's not the full story. SEE ALSO: Twitter users finding hope in 'badass' national parks The emails show that staff at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area were actually coloring inside the lines of their guidance from the Trump administration when the park's official Twitter account tweeted climate change facts on Jan. 23,...
By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Two spacewalking astronauts ventured outside the International Space Station on Friday on the first of three outings to prepare the orbiting research laboratory for future commercial space taxis and to tackle maintenance chores, NASA TV showed. Working 250 miles (402 km) above Earth, the astronauts expected the spacewalk to last 6.5 hours as they work to reconfigure the $100 billion station, operated by 15 nations, and add docking ports for new spaceships in development by Boeing and Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX.
Scientists in Germany just switched on the world's largest 'artificial Sun' for the first time - producing light 10,000 times more intense than natural sunlight on our planet. The machine is 45 feet high and 52 feed wide - and produces temperatures above 3,500 degrees Centigrade, hotter than a blast furnace. It's called #synlight and is located in Jülich, Germany.
Research into the 2016 Kaikoura quake revealed a domino effect that could change our understanding of seismic events worldwide.
Floral arrangements were placed near Westminster Bridge and outside New Scotland Yard on Friday, part of tributes to the victims of Wednesday's attack outside the Houses of Parliament in London. As dusk fell on Thursday, several thousand people gathered in London's Trafalgar Square for a candlelit vigil to honor the victims and their families and to show London's unity in the face of militant attacks.
A new supersonic jet known as 'Baby Boom', backed by Sir Richard Branson, will be faster than Concorde - and will take its first test flight this year. Boom Supersonic says that the XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator will take off on a test flight earlier this year - and planes could carry passengers by the early 2020s. 'I have long been passionate about aerospace innovation and the development of high-speed commercial flights,' Sir Richard Branson said.
Most of us tend to be attracted to people who are similar to ourselves. But there's an important exception to this rule.
A team of scientists has identified a molecule that plays a key role in DNA repair. The discovery could, in the coming years, lead to creation of effective anti-aging drugs.
Weighing more than 1 billion suns and about 8 billion light-years away, the black hole was likely kicked out of its place by gravitational waves with energy equivalent to 100 million supernovas exploding simultaneously.
When NASA announced locating hydrated salts and intriguing dark icy streaks on Mars, they put a strong case for historical presence of water on Mars. A new study, now suggests that water's presence on Mars is doubtful and those icy streaks that NASA is referring to may just be sand. In a paper published in the journal Nature Geoscience, a team of researchers, led by Frederic Schmidt of Paris-Sud University in France say the long and narrow features, known as recurring slope lineae (RSL), may be sand avalanches that are triggered by sunlight alone with changes related to shadowing.
A state review has found California is on track to meet its tougher car-emission standards and urges regulators to draft more ambitious environmental targets for the future. California's Air Resources Board is expected to discuss the standards at a hearing in Riverside on Friday. The report is a midterm review of California's car emission standards for the years 2022 to 2025 and mirrors findings by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Obama administration that the targets are appropriate.
NASA conducted a test of the RS-25 engine at the John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi on March 23. The engine's controller, a computer that regulates thrusts and monitors fuel status, will eventually be installed on one of the four engines that will power the first flight of NASA's upcoming heavy launch vehicle, the Space Launch System, or SLS. Credit: NASA via Storyful
The European Commission (EC) is reportedly mulling over new legislation that would ban a majority of insecticides used in fields across the continent. The phenomenon is known as colony collapse disorder, with most scientists in agreement that it is caused by the effects of plant-protecting chemicals, in addition to habitat loss and natural diseases. The most damaging pesticides in question are called neonicotinoids and according to leaked drafts of the plans, acquired by the Guardian, the EC is considering a blanket ban.
It takes just about 27 days for the Moon we all know and love to make its way around the Earth, but it's going to take far longer for a giant model of the Moon to do the same. Museum of the Moon is an art exhibit that provides visitors with an up-close-and-personal look at our planet's only natural satellite, and it's currently traveling between festivals and universities so that everyone can experience its awesomeness. https://vimeo.com/186381069 Created by artist Luke Jerram, Museum of the Moon is described as "a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition." In practical terms, it's a huge model of the Moon measuring 30 feet in diameter, with every...