• How 3D Printing Could Aid Space Exploration

    A new era in human spaceflight and exploration has begun, advocates of 3D printing say. The 3D printer aboard the International Space Station produced its first part Monday (Nov. 24), manufacturing a piece of itself called an extruder plate. The humble part is just the first of many objects that…
  • Helium: It gives NYC's Thanksgiving parade a lift

    NEW YORK (AP) — It'll never rank up there with turkey and pumpkin pie, but for millions of Americans the Thanksgiving experience just wouldn't be the same without ... helium.

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  • One for every leg: scientists map centipede genome

    LONDON (Reuters) - An international team of more than 100 researchers has mapped the genome of the centipede and found that, while it easily outpaces humans on number of legs, it falls short when it comes to genes.     Sequencing the genome of Strigamia maritima, a northern European centipede, the…

  • The Gates Foundation pushes to make more academic research free and open to the public

    Starting in January 2017, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will require all of the researchers it funds to be published in a manner that is free for the public to read, according to a recent statement. The Gates Foundation rules are in conflict with current policies at many top journals such…
  • Living in a Time of Constant Change

    It is said: "There is no constancy in life, except change." This is abundantly true for women. Over the past 50 years, women have made enormous progress in all aspects of American life. From politics to the arts and entertainment, from business to sports, women are represented at every level.…

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  • New Tech Venture Seeks to Tackle Global Food Crisis

    It pretty much goes without saying that over the past generation, the tech industry has revolutionized the way we live in ways both big (um, the entire Internet) and small (ordering pizza through your Xbox). But one enormous area of supreme significance to human existence has, to a fair degree,…
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    Monkeys in Space

    NASA launches the first mammals into space, but can they bring them back?

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  • Could economics benefit from computer science thinking?

    Economists are sometimes content asking whether or not a banking system could be stable or a market could continue to grow. But they and other scientists could benefit from a computational view that asks not just whether the right conditions exist but also how hard it is to find them, according to…

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  • Smartphone Innovations Could Transform Health Care

    Several new innovations on the way could dramatically change how people receive health care. New products that make use of smartphone technology — such as phone-based systems that track all of a person's health data, and sophisticated hardware and apps that let a person sample and test their own…
  • Cold hard facts: Underwater robot measures Antarctic sea ice

    By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Measuring the thickness of Antarctic sea ice, an important gauge of environmental conditions in this remote polar region in a time of global climate change, has proven to be a tricky task. But an underwater robot is providing a nice solution. Satellite…

  • Tattoo-Removal Laser Could Combat Acne Scars

    "In general, even those who had deeper scars seemed to be pleased with the results," said study author Dr. Jeremy A. Brauer, a dermatologist at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York. The patients reported that they were satisfied or very satisfied with the results of the treatment, according…
  • Germany orders some poultry kept inside to protect against bird flu

    By Michael Hogan HAMBURG (Reuters) - Farm poultry in German regions with a high risk of contact with migrating wild birds must be kept inside farm buildings to protect against the risk of contracting bird flu, German authorities said on Monday. The decision was taken by federal and state…

  • The Sound of a Cosmic Touchdown

    If a spacecraft lands on a comet 330 million miles away, and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? Yes, it does. And now we have a recording of it. Last week the European Space Agency released ...

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  • Nobel Medal for DNA discovery could fetch $3.5 million at auction

    By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Nobel Prize gold medal awarded to American scientist Dr. James Watson, a co-discoverer of DNA, is expected to sell for up to $3.5 million at auction next month in New York, Christie's said on Monday. Watson, along with Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins,…

  • How NASA will launch four spacecraft at once to study magnetic fields

    NASA has been planning to study the magnetic reconnection between the Earth and the sun for years, and now the agency has revealed how its scientists are going make it happen. Magnetic reconnection is ...

  • Served Over Ice: Antarctica to Architects: Only Sci-Fi-Looking Structures Allowed

    Photo by Emanuel Jacobi/NSF via IceCube South Pole Neutrino Observatory Antarctica is the most challenging place in the world to build. Thanks to the unforgiving temperatures, fierce winds, and icy ground, the only structures found there are polar research stations....

  • Here’s Why ADHD May Have Been An Evolutionary Advantage

    If you've ever learned something by playing a...

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  • "Avoid stigmatising Africa," musician says as West Africa Ebola song launched

    By Misha Hussain DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Some of Africa's top musicians launched on Monday an alternative Ebola appeal song to Band Aid's new recording of "Do they know it's Christmas' with proceeds also going to fight the virus that has killed more than 5,000 people in West Africa…

  • Artificial Intelligence and life beyond the algorithm: Alan Turing and the future of computing

    Turing is not just a historical figure; his work is still crammed with relevance - and tricky questions.