It's hard work hauling water into space. Having water on the moon would make future space missions a lot more efficient — if we can get to that water.
Scientists are working to create yeast that operates with custom-made DNA. They have long been able to make specific changes in an organism's DNA. Now, they're pushing into the more radical step of starting over, and building redesigned versions from scratch. Their work is part of a bold and controversial pursuit aimed at creating custom-made DNA codes to be inserted into living cells to change how they function, or even provide treatments for diseases. It could also someday help give scientists the profound and unsettling ability to create entirely new organisms. The genetic code is like a book written with an alphabet of only four letters: A, C, G, and T. Chemical building blocks that correspond
NEW YORK (AP) — "Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli has kept up his trademark trolling on social media during his securities fraud trial — calling the case "bogus" — but the jury won't hear him defend himself in court. Closing arguments are set for Thursday, with deliberations expected to begin as early as Friday. Shkreli, 34, is best known for raising the price of a life-saving drug by 5,000 percent and targeting his critics with online rants so nasty that they got him kicked off Twitter for harassment.
The US Navy has taken another step closer to swapping powder for electrons with the Office of Naval Research (ONR) announcing that its electromagnetic railgun has moved out of the laboratory. At the 2017 Naval Future Force Science and Technology Expo in Washington DC, an ONR spokesman revealed that the weapon is ready for field demonstrations at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division's new railgun Rep-Rate Test Site at Terminal Range. The ElectroMagnetic RailGun (EMRG) is one of a new generation of hypersonic weapons being developed by the major powers. With muzzle velocities of over Mach 6 (3,970 kts, 4,570 mph, 7,350 km/h) and a range of over 100 nm (115 mi, 185 km), the projectiles
Elon Musk has slammed Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s “limited” understanding of artificial intelligence. Musk was responding to Twitter user Darren Cunningham, who shared an article with recent comments from Zuckerberg.
Girl Scouts from Daisies to teen Ambassadors may earn 23 new badges focused on science, technology, engineering and math. It’s the largest addition of new badges in a decade for Girl Scouts of the USA. The effort takes a progressive approach to STEM and also nudges girls to become citizen scientists using the great outdoors as their laboratory. Among the new badges are those that introduce kindergarten and first-graders to the world of robots and engineering. Scouts can learn basic programming and build prototypes to solve everyday problems. Older Scouts will have the chance to enhance those skills, learning more about artificial intelligence, algorithms and how to formally present their work.
Ever since Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt and other Trump administration officials raised the idea of putting climate science up for debate, it's been an open question as to where the participants who doubt mainstream
On Monday August 21, a solar eclipse will cut across the entire United States. And wherever you are, you will be able to see it. Even though the “totality” — the area where the sun is completely blocked out by the moon — is only 70 miles wide, the whole country (even Alaska and Hawaii) will experience a partial eclipse. This is what you’ll see, and the time you’ll see it, in your zip code. We recommend punching in a few different ones to see how the eclipse experience will vary across the country. Salem, Oregon (97301), is going to see a total eclipse. Downtown Los Angeles (90012) will see 62 percent of the sun blocked at the peak. In Lake Charles, Louisiana (70601), it’ll be 71 percent. The
NASA engineers tested the RS-25 rocket engine, which will play a crucial role in eventual missions to Mars, on Tuesday. The test at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi is the latest in a series of RS-25 firings. ASTRONAUT HABITAT FOR MARS MISSIONS COULD BE MADE FROM RECYCLED SPACE SHUTTLE PARTS The forthcoming Space Launch System (SLS) rocket will be powered by four R2-25 engines firing simultaneously. The RS-25s will provide 2 million pounds of thrust, according to NASA and will work in conjunction with a pair of solid rocket boosters, which provide an additional 6.8 million pounds of thrust. The first unmanned flight of the heavy-lift SLS - a trip around the moon -
A morning visual check by museum staff revealed that Snooty was missing, and he was later discovered caught in a duct behind the tank he shared with three young manatees, Jeff Rodgers, the museum's provost and chief operating officer, said at a news briefing in Bradenton yesterday (July 23).
A man accused of accidentally sparking a massive Utah wildfire that forced some 1,500 people from their homes last month and cost about $34 million to fight was charged Tuesday. Iron County prosecutor Scott Garrett told The Associated Press that his office charged Robert Ray Lyman, 60, with two misdemeanors. Garrett declined further comment, but authorities have said the fire started when a man set a pile of weeds on fire and it raged out of control near a cabin in the ski town of Brian Head on June 17.
(CNN)Cut off from the mainland, Ngamba Island is a world away from the rest of Uganda. Perched in the waters of Lake Victoria, this lush outcrop, a short boat journey from Entebbe, is an idyl and a haven for mankind's closest relation. Chimpanzees face exploitation by humans, whether through deforestation or traffickers, but Ngamba's semi-tropical rainforest has become a happy stomping ground for the primate. Overseen by the Chimpanzee Trust, the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary's approach helps the apes stay fed and watered, but in the daytime they're free to roam and claim the island as their own. Ngamba's chimp population has endured difficult previous lives: orphaned, kept as pets, some
The growth of dark algae on the Greenland ice sheet may cause it melt “faster and faster”, scientists have warned. Warmer weather has caused algae to appear on the sheet’s surface, changing the very complexion of the country’s landscape. Unlike white ice, dark algae absorbs the sun’s heat, accelerating the melting process.
If you want to feel like an astronaut without leaving Earth, ISS-Above is a Raspberry Pi-based device that calculates where the International Space Station is at all times, displaying its location and a live video feed directly to your TV, or blinking when the ISS is nearby.ISS-Above is the brainchild of Liam Kennedy; PCMag met up with him at a recent gathering of makers and entrepreneurs at Supplyframe DesignLab in Pasadena, California. He was fixated on two monitors behind him—one with ISS data feeds, constantly being refreshed, and the other showing a live video feed from the ISS camera as it orbited overhead. The views of Earth were crisp, glorious, and truly inspiring. Kennedy was also wearing
Gov. Jerry Brown and his predecessor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, stood side by side Tuesday to cheer the extension of one of the most ambitious programs in the U.S. to reduce fossil fuel pollution, while condemning President Donald Trump's failure to see climate change as a deadly threat. Schwarzenegger, a Republican, joined Brown, a Democrat, for a sunny outdoor ceremony overlooking San Francisco where the governor signed legislation to extend a program limiting emissions of climate-changing carbons that both have urged the world to emulate. Within view of the city's skyscrapers on Treasure Island, a man-made low-lying island threatened by rising seas from climate change, the signing was full of open rebukes for President Donald Trump, who withdrew the United States from the global Paris accord to cut carbon emissions.
Red imported fire ants are regarded as pests throughout the Southern US, where they’ve thrived since they were inadvertently introduced from South America in the 1930s or ’40s. But at a Georgia Tech laboratory, the question at hand is not how to get rid of fire ants, but rather what we can learn from them. These ants build large structures with their bodies without a leader directing the colony. Those ant aggregations display some interesting material properties, which is why they’ve attracted the attention of mechanical engineers. Check out the video above to learn more, or watch on our YouTube channel.
The total solar eclipse being called the “Great American Eclipse” will pass through 14 states from Oregon to South Carolina on August 21. Fortunately, NASA and other experts are here to help. Watching an eclipse can be a mesmerizing, unforgettable event, but it can also cause permanent eye damage without the proper safety precautions.
Lemons were the acai bowls of the ancient Romans — prized by the privileged because they were rare, and treasured for their healing powers. In fact, this coveted fruit, as well as the citron, were the only citrus fruits known in the ancient Mediterranean — it took centuries for other fruits, such as oranges, limes and pomelos to spread westward from their native Southeast Asia, a new study finds. However, the citrus fruits that followed in later years weren't as exclusive as lemons and citrons, said the study's lead researcher, Dafna Langgut, an archaeobotanist at Tel Aviv University in Israel.
“The likelihood of a door being ripped open by a human being is very low,” said Dennis Tajer, a pilot who’s been working for American Airlines for 25 years. “The higher interior pressurization actually seals the door to the frame,” said Douglas Moss, a pilot for United Airlines for 20 years.
Using money to free-up time is linked to increased happiness, a study says. In an experiment, individuals reported greater happiness if they used £30 ($40) to save time - such as by paying for chores to be done - rather than spending the money on material goods. Psychologists say stress over lack of time causes lower well-being and contributes to anxiety and insomnia. Yet, they say even the very wealthy are often reluctant to pay people to do the jobs they dislike. "In a series of surveys we find that people who spend money to buy themselves more free time are happier - that is they have higher life satisfaction," said Dr Elizabeth Dunn, a psychologist professor at the University of British Columbia,
The one thing these two disciplines have in common is the night sky. Since then, advances in astronomy have helped the stars shed some of their mystery, leaving us with pretty little things that light up the night sky.
It was once nothing more than a Kickstarter dream, but earlier this year, Anova cemented its success after being acquired for an impressive $250 million. On Tuesday, the appliance maker announced a partnership with Field Company, yet another Kickstarter success story, whose cast-iron skillet raised over $1.6 million last year. Thanks to this new collaboration, Anova will be offering an exclusive limited batch of the Field Skillet before it’s made available to the general public.
At the site of an ancient city on the West Bank, archaeologists are hunting for evidence of the tabernacle that once housed the Ark of the Covenant. Associates for Biblical Research, a consortium of individuals and universities, recently completed four weeks of excavation in Shiloh with the goal of eventually locating the tabernacle. Related Image Dr. Scott Stripling, director of excavations at Shiloh and provost at The Bible Seminary in Houston, Texas, told Fox News that the site could offer up vital clues. “We have just begun the process of accumulating evidence but we’re confident that the tabernacle rested at Shiloh,” he said, adding that that the tabernacle was located at Shiloh for about
Japan's capital says it will start collecting suggestions this week for the name of a recently born giant panda cub. Tokyo's Ueno Zoo, Japan's oldest, has not shown the cub directly to the public. ShinShin's last cub was born in 2012 and survived only six days.