Imagine if your spacecraft was punctured and it could do the repair itself, without the need of you going outside on a dangerous spacewalk. Well, a Canadian team has a prototype idea that could lead to self-healing structures in space.
Reuters / NASA / Lauren Harnett / Handout NASA is bravely venturing into new scientific territory with a plan to start growing plants on the moon no later than 2015. The experiment is designed to yield important knowledge about life’s long-term chances in space – including for us. The initiative comes courtesy of the Lunar […]
AFP Photo / Khaled Desouki Genetically modified foods such as soy and corn may be responsible for a number of gluten-related maladies including intestinal disorders now plaguing 18 million Americans, according to a new report released on Tuesday. The report was released by the Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), and cites authoritative data from the US Department […]
The planet-seeking Kepler space telescope had to stop its primary mission this summer after the failure of a second of its four reaction wheels, the devices that keep it pointing at a spot in the constellation Cygnus. NASA, however, has a backup plan. It’s considering stabilizing the spacecraft using the sun! You can see the details in this infographic.
Brain Research by UH Biologists Provides New Clues to Pavlovian Conditioning
A team of European astronomers has discovered a second solar system, the closest parallel to our own solar system yet found. It includes seven exoplanets orbiting a star with the small rocky planets close to their host star and the gas giant planets further away. The system was hidden within the wealth of data from the Kepler Space Telescope.
Billionaire Dennis Tito plans manned mission to Mars as early as 2017, when Mars and Earth become aligned, the closest they can possibly get to each other.
For centuries, archeologists believed the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, were built in the city, by Iraq by Emperor Nebuchadnezzar in 600 BC, because of the name. What has changed?
Is punishment or reward more effective for helping people learn. A lot of people would say different incentives motivate different people, or in different circumstances, but in psychology there is a sizable body of evidence that in order to learn skills, positive feedback is more effective. This fining has been verified not just with humans, but also with other species.
Some of the most familiar scientific breakthroughs and discoveries came while the researcher was looking for something completely different, while others were just plain luck. It always helps if you are open to the possibility of using what you’ve got as well as what you’re looking for!