Scientists have developed, for the first time, a miniature stem cell which resemble the human brain of a nine week-old embryo.
Scientists have detected magmatic water — water that originates from deep within the Moon’s interior — on the surface of the Moon. These findings represent the first such remote detection of this type of lunar water, and were arrived at using data from NASA’s Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) carried aboard India’s Chandrayaan-1 lunar orbiter.
Dutch scientists have made another step towards reading people’s minds by creating a computer program, which uses brain scans to decode what a person is looking at. A team from Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands was able to extract information from the human brain by applying a combination of high-resolution MRI, shape recognition software […]
An international team led by astronomers in Brazil has used ESO’s Very Large Telescope to identify and study the oldest solar twin known to date.
Ten years after launching aboard a Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral, Fla., NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope continues to illuminate the dark side of the cosmos with its infrared eyes. Moving into its second decade of scientific scouting from an Earth-trailing orbit, Spitzer continues to explore the cosmos near and far. One additional task is helping NASA observe potential candidates for a developing mission to capture, redirect and explore a near-Earth asteroid.
No answers today, only a question. But it’s one of the most interesting and meaningful questions we can possibly ask. Where does life come from?
Enormous insects depicted in bad B movies exist mostly in the realm of science fiction. However, insects of giant proportions really did exist 300 million years ago. They were not as big as dump trucks, but some were many times greater in size than those of their modern relatives.
A French nuclear research center has been using ordinary pressure cookers to store and transport plutonium and other “sensitive materials” for 50 years, it has been revealed. The news leaked as the center posted a public tender for 4,000 pressure cookers. “We are seeking 4,000 stainless steel pressure cookers with a volume of approximately 17 […]
What would you say if someone asked you, “Why do our limbs grow at the same time and to the same length?” Think about it. Our limbs, such as our arms and legs, grow basically at the same time and to the same length. Why and how do our limbs do this?
Most of what scientists know of Jupiter’s moon Europa they have gleaned from a dozen or so close flybys from NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft in 1979 and NASA’s Galileo spacecraft in the mid-to-late 1990s. Even in these fleeting, paparazzi-like encounters, scientists have seen a fractured, ice-covered world with tantalizing signs of a liquid water ocean under its surface. Such an environment could potentially be a hospitable home for microbial life. But what if we got to land on Europa’s surface and conduct something along the lines of a more in-depth interview?
ESA’s Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano faced an unexpected situation during his second spacewalk in July: water began to accumulate inside his helmet, forcing him and Chris Cassidy to end their spacewalk early and return to the airlock as quickly as possible. In zero gravity, water inside helmets can be extremely dangerous, because an astronaut could inhale it and even drown.
Scientists develop new way to detect threatening nanoparticles in food
Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have obtained a vivid close-up view of material streaming away from a newborn star. By looking at the glow coming from carbon monoxide molecules in an object called Herbig-Haro 46/47 they have discovered that its jets are even more energetic than previously thought. The very detailed new images have also revealed a previously unknown jet pointing in a totally different direction.
The face of New York City will change forever, after Mayor’s Bloomberg 438-page proposal demonstrating various ways in which the city needs to adapt to survive storms like Sandy. The proposal is referring also in long-term investments, but NYC is actually now starts several infrastructure upgrades.