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Synthetic biology and biosecurity

10 hours 46 min ago
Vincenzo Natali's spine-tingling thriller Splice explores the ethical and scientific conundrums of synthetic biology where two rock-star scientists create a new synthetic life form by combining DNA from two different organisms. Just three weeks before the ...

Locals Warned That 'Malfunction' During Test at SpaceX Facility Could Shatter Windows

11 hours 17 min ago
Residents in Boca Chica Village, Texas, near a SpaceX facility in Brownsville received a warning from the Cameron County Office of Emergency Management that tests of the company's Starhopper prototype on Aug. 26 could break windows in their homes, ...

Study: Massive Planet May Have Crashed into Young Jupiter

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 23:01
No media source currently available. 0:00 0:05:55 0:00. Direct link. 128 kbps | MP3 · 64 kbps | MP3. Pop-out player. A new study suggests that the planet Jupiter may have been hit a long time ago by a still-developing planet, one about 10 times the size of ...

NASA spotted a floating island, and a volcano is to blame

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 22:56
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NASA scientists travel Down Under to simulate the environment of Mars

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 22:45
How do you practice for a trip to Mars? This week the NASA team overseeing the Mars 2020 mission joined European and Russian colleagues from the ExoMars mission to perform experiments in the Australian outback. The outback is a useful simulation of ...

Bioprinting complex living tissue in just a few seconds

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 22:35
Researchers from EPFL and the University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands have developed an extremely fast optical method for sculpting complex shapes in stem-cell-laden hydrogels and then vascularizing the resulting tissue.

Docking aborted for Russia's first humanoid robot in space

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 22:34
An unmanned spacecraft carrying Russia's first humanoid robot to be sent into orbit failed to dock at the International Space Station on Saturday, in a new setback for Moscow. “Russian cosmonauts issued a command to abort the automated approach of an ...

Giant Pumice Raft Floating Towards Australia Could Help Replenish Great Barrier Reef

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 22:26
A massive raft made of pumice stones is floating towards Australia, carrying marine organisms that scientists say could help replenish Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Some of the stones are as large as basketballs, and have formed a giant sheet stretching ...

A 360-Foot Asteroid Is Headed For Earth Tomorrow On Its Closest Approach So Far

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 21:38
A rather sizeable asteroid, one believed to measure as much as 360 feet in diameter, is currently speeding in Earth's direction and will swing by for a close, but perfectly safe, encounter tomorrow. Hurtling through space at a little over 13,000 mph, the rock will ...

Venomous brown recluse spider removed from woman's left ear

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 20:19
Spider did not bite Kansas City woman Susie Torres, who woke up hearing a 'bunch of swooshing and water in my ear'. Martin Pengelly · @MartinPengelly. Sun 25 Aug 2019 15.19 EDT. Share on Facebook · Share on Twitter · Share via Email. Shares. 4. 4.

THIS WEEK @NASA: New Commercial Docking Port at the Space Station, Orion's Hot Fire Test

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 18:55
ABOVE VIDEO: A new parking spot for future flights to the International Space Station, the sixth meeting of the National Space Council, and work in Ohio on our Moon to Mars effort … a few of the stories to tell you about – This Week at NASA! A New ...

Scientists develop implant to restore sight by stimulating the optic nerve

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 17:41
Blindness is difficult to treat, in part because it can be caused by so many different issues in the eye, the brain, or the optic nerve which connects the two. But recently, scientists from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) have developed a ...

Sky Shorts: Shine on Harvest Moon

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 17:28
According to folklore, the full moon for each month has a special name, which tells us something about that month or season. The full moon for September is most often called the Harvest Moon. The Harvest Moon is the full moon that falls closest to the ...

Manhattan-sized horde of floating rocks travels across the ocean

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 16:25
Kaboom. Somewhere beneath the waters of the tropical Pacific Ocean, likely around the island of Tonga, a volcano recently erupted. The proof lies in a sprawling raft of extremely lightweight volcanic rock called pumice, which is so porous that it floats.

International Space Station Gets Ready to Dock SpaceX Crew Dragon

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 15:10
Aug 25, 2019 | Florida News, Space News |. International Space Station Gets Ready to Dock SpaceX Crew Dragon. On Wednesday, NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Andrew Morgan took a six-and-a-half-hour stroll into space around the International Space ...

When aliens spot Earth, what will they see?

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 14:46
Researchers have made incredible advancements in the detection and study of exoplanets in recent years, spotting literally thousands of new planets and learning tantalizing details about them. Scientists can often tell how warm a planet's surface is, what its ...

A colossal new planet was discovered by astronomers. It's roughly 10 times Jupiter's mass and orbits a very young star

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 14:11
According to new research in Nature, another giant planet has been discovered in the Beta Pictoris system. The planet, dubbed Beta Pictoris c, is nearly ten times the mass of gas giant Jupiter. The giant planet is about as far from its star as the asteroid belt is ...

Delta IV Medium ends 17-Year run with 100% success

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 13:13
The 29th and final Delta IV Medium rocket lofts the second GPS III satellite into space for the United States Air Force. Photo Credit: Scott Schilke / SpaceFlight Insider. CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Earlier this week, United Launch Alliance's Delta IV Medium ...

Chandrayaan-2 to land on Moon on September 7; here's how you watch it live with PM Modi

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 13:11
Chandrayaan-2 will soon create history by landing on Moon on September 7, a moment everyone in the country is waiting for with bated breath. People not only in India but across the entire world will be closely watching Chandrayaan-2's successful landing ...

A giant pumice stone floating in the Pacific could help heal Australia's Great Barrier Reef

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 12:34
(CNN) A pumice "raft" the size of Manhattan is drifting towards Australia, bringing along with it new marine life that could help with the recovery of the Great Barrier Reef's corals, half of which have been killed in recent years as a result of climate change.

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