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This High-Tech Floating Laboratory Will Be a Spaceship for the Sea


Credit: SeaOrbiter/ Jacques Rougerie It’s being called a starship Enterprise for the water, and not merely for its futuristic shape.

What It Will Take to Become an Interstellar Civilization


The new movie “Interstellar” is set in a not-so-distant future, but distant enough that they’ve managed to build something still elusive in 2014: a spaceship that can travel between solar systems.

Why Most of Your Body Is Younger Than You Are


When you take a sip of water it doesn’t just slake your thirst. It literally becomes you. The water that runs down your gullet will, within minutes and without processing of any kind, become some of the dominant fluid in your veins and your flesh.

Is Thalidomide the Next Big Cancer Drug?


This article was originally published on The Conversation. Innovative new drugs to treat cancer frequently make the headlines, either due to great success or controversy, as pharmaceutical companies get lambasted for selling the drugs at too high a price for state systems to afford.

Why Do Volcanic Eruptions Come in Clusters?


Bárðarbunga Volcano in Iceland erupting on September 4, 2014. Credit: Peter Hartree via Flickr This article was originally published on The Conversation.

How Close Are We to Star Trek Propulsion?


It’s popular to talk about how the original Star Trek, set in the 23rd century, predicted many devices that we’re using already here in 2014.

How Close Are We to Star Trek Propulsion?


It’s popular to talk about how the original Star Trek, set in the 23rd century, predicted many devices that we’re using already here in 2014.

Instead of Poppies, Engineering Microbes to Make Morphine


This article was originally published on The Conversation. The past few decades have seen enormous progress being made in synthetic biology – the idea that simple biological parts can be tweaked to do our bidding.

Forget Mars. Here’s Where We Should Build Our First Off-World Colonies


The collective space vision of all the world’s countries at the moment seems to be Mars, Mars, Mars. The U.S.

Forget Mars. Here’s Where We Should Build Our First Off-World Colonies


The collective space vision of all the world’s countries at the moment seems to be Mars, Mars, Mars. The U.S.

How Advanced Are We Earthlings? Here’s a Cosmic Yardstick


Updated 9/16/14 10:15am: Clarified calculations and added footnote We humans like to think ourselves pretty advanced – and with no other technology-bearing beings to compare ourselves to, our back-patting doesn’t have to take context into account.

How Advanced Are We Earthlings? Here’s a Cosmic Yardstick


We humans like to think ourselves pretty advanced – and with no other technology-bearing beings to compare ourselves to, our back-patting doesn’t have to take context into account.

Like GPS? Thank Relativity


In 1971—16 years after Einstein’s death—the definitive experiment to test Einstein’s relativity was finally carried out.

Like GPS? Thank Relativity


In 1971—16 years after Einstein’s death—the definitive experiment to test Einstein’s relativity was finally carried out.

3 Things You Didn’t Know About the Mites That Live On Your Face


Demodex brevis. Image by Alan R. Walker This post originally appeared at The Abstract. You are not alone.

3 Things You Didn’t Know About the Mites That Live On Your Face


Demodex brevis. Image by Alan R. Walker This post originally appeared at The Abstract. You are not alone.

Ignore IQ Tests: Your Level of Intelligence Is Not Fixed for Life


This article was originally published on The Conversation. We’re getting more stupid. That’s one point made in a recent article in the New Scientist, reporting on a gradual decline in IQs in developed countries such as the UK, Australia and the Netherlands.

Should Patients Be Given Experimental Ebola Drugs?


An Ebola victim is buried by the Guinea Red Cross in May 2014. ©EC/ECHO/Jean-Louis Mosser Official response to the Ebola outbreak reached new heights today, as the World Health Organization declared the Ebola outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern – a status that allows them to issue recommendations for travel restrictions.

How Faith – and Fear – Created the World’s First Time Capsule

Atlanta, Georgia, prides itself on being a world class city, but in 6,000 years it may be remembered for one thing only: a massive time capsule buried in its midst.

Readers Respond: When Did You Get Hooked on Science?


Scientific inquiry has yielded novel cures for diseases, revealed distant planets and unearthed ancient civilizations.


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