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Ancient nuclear power controlled by water

June 19th, 2012 § in Science

Nuclear power was invented in Africa 2 billion years ago. Now scientists think they have figured out how geological processes conspired to create the equivalent of a 100-kilowatt nuclear plant that produced pulses of power every three hours for a period of about 150,000 years. Th[...]

Air Force report calls for $7.5M to study psychic teleportation

June 18th, 2012 § in Science

By Dan Vergano, USA TODAY Star Trek fans may be happy to hear that the Air Force has paid to study psychic teleportation. But scientists aren’t so thrilled. The Air Force Research Lab’s August “Teleportation Physics Report,” posted earlier this week on the[...]

Scientists lift veil on Beagle 3

June 14th, 2012 § in Science

The team behind the Beagle 2 mission to Mars has unveiled its design for the successor to the British spacecraft. At a London meeting, Colin Pillinger, lead scientist on the previous venture, outlined plans for putting a new robotic lab on the Red Planet. Scientists hope to launc[...]

Plasma beam for 90-day Mars visit

June 3rd, 2012 § in Science

Advocates of a propulsion idea for spacecraft claim that it would enable a 90-day round trip to Mars. Using current technology, it would take astronauts about 2.5 years to travel to Mars, conduct their mission and return to Earth, US scientists estimate. It would use a space stat[...]

FDA approves computer chip for humans

June 1st, 2012 § in Science

WASHINGTON — Medical milestone or privacy invasion? A tiny computer chip approved Wednesday for implantation in a patient’s arm can speed vital information about a patient’s medical history to doctors and hospitals. But critics warn that it could open new ways to imperil th[...]

Paralysed man sends e-mail by thought

May 28th, 2012 § in Science

Brain chip reads mind by tapping straight into neurons. Roxanne Khamsi Controlling objects with thought is becoming a reality.© Alamy A pill-sized brain chip has allowed a quadriplegic man to check e-mail and play computer games using his thoughts. The device can tap into a hund[...]

Scientists Grow Square Bacteria In Lab

May 25th, 2012 § in Science

Salt-loving microbe will help study of life in extreme environments. Carina Dennis If bacteria grew on Jupiter or Ganymede, would they look like this?© Mike Dyall-Smith An unusual, square bacterium that has eluded scientists since its discovery almost 25 years ago has been grown[...]

People Are Human-Bacteria Hybrid

May 23rd, 2012 § in Science

Most of the cells in your body are not your own, nor are they even human. They are bacterial. From the invisible strands of fungi waiting to sprout between our toes, to the kilogram of bacterial matter in our guts, we are best viewed as walking “superorganisms,” highl[...]

The Odds of Surviving Into Your Hundreds

May 20th, 2012 § in Science

A genetic factor that protects you against heart disease during middle age could reduce the odds that you抣l celebrate your hundredth birthday. Research published in BMC Medical Genetics shows that a genetic trait, which is rarely found in centenarians, is associated with lower [...]

Beagle ‘Might be in a Crater’

May 16th, 2012 § in Science, Universe

Beagle 2 may have fallen down a crater on Mars recently discovered near where the lander was due to touch down, scientists on the project have said. The crater has been discovered on Isidis Planitia, a flattish basin where Beagle was targeted to land. Scientists said there was a [...]