Did asteroid that hit Australia help thaw ancient 'snowball Earth'?1/23/2020 11:56:18 PM Scientists have identified Earth's oldest-known impact crater, and in doing so may have solved a mystery about how our planet emerged from one of its most dire periods.
Hairy situation: Scientists explain how stress-related graying occurs1/22/2020 8:27:13 PM Marie Antoinette's hair turned white overnight, according to folklore, before she was executed by guillotine in 1793 during the French Revolution. The ill-fated queen embodied an extreme example of the phenomenon of stress-induced graying of the hair.
How VR helps kids with autism make sense of real world1/22/2020 5:00:31 PM A specialist care facility in England is using virtual reality (VR) headsets and data mining to help children with autism to acclimatize to scenarios they are likely to encounter outside of school.
To train more workers, companies turn to virtual reality1/22/2020 11:13:02 AM The future of employee training involves no embarrassing role-playing in front of new colleagues or boring web modules which take an hour each to click through.
SpaceX says 'picture perfect' test paves way for human mission1/19/2020 7:20:08 PM Elon Musk's SpaceX simulated a successful emergency landing on Sunday in a dramatic test of a crucial abort system on an unmanned astronaut capsule, a big step its mission to fly NASA astronauts for the first time as soon as this spring.
SpaceX astronaut capsule splashes down off Florida after rocket failure test1/19/2020 3:54:02 PM Elon Musk's SpaceX simulated a dramatic emergency landing on Sunday to test a crucial abort system on an unmanned astronaut capsule, the company's final milestone test before flying NASA astronauts from U.S. soil.A Crew Dragon astronaut capsule carrying two test dummies splashed down off the coast of Florida after ejecting itself from a rocket that cut off its engines 12 miles (19 km) above the ocean to mimic a launch failure.
Bad weather forces delay of SpaceX simulated rocket failure test1/18/2020 11:50:21 AM Bad weather forced Elon Musk's SpaceX to delay until Sunday a test in which it will destroy one of its own rockets in a trial of a crucial emergency abort system on an unmanned astronaut capsule.
'Dancing dragon' shows feathers grew differently on dinosaurs and birds1/18/2020 12:34:25 AM An exquisite fossil of a fierce little Chinese dinosaur dubbed the "dancing dragon" that lived 120 million years ago - an older cousin of the Velociraptor - is showing scientists that feathers grew differently on dinosaurs than on birds.
Deep-sea microbe sheds light on primordial evolutionary milestone1/15/2020 9:03:46 PM A microorganism scooped up in deep-sea mud off Japan's coast has helped scientists unlock the mystery of one of the watershed evolutionary events for life on Earth: the transition from the simple cells that first colonized the planet to complex cellular life - fungi, plants and animals including people.
Brain freeze: Russian firm offers path to immortality for a fee1/15/2020 1:40:25 PM When Alexei Voronenkov's 70-year-old mother passed away, he paid to have her brain frozen and stored in the hope breakthroughs in science will one day be able to bring her back to life.
U.S. flood risk model to be publicly available in boon for homebuyers1/14/2020 8:28:35 PM A climate research organization will offer access to a risk model that predicts the probability of flooding for homes across the United States, giving the public a look at the data institutional investors use to gauge risk.
Fly me to the moon: Japanese billionaire Maezawa seeks girlfriend for SpaceX voyage1/14/2020 12:37:14 PM Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa's search for a girlfriend to join him on a voyage around the moon will be the subject of a new documentary program, in the latest attention-grabbing stunt by the entrepreneur.
Oldest stuff on Earth found inside meteorite that hit Australia1/13/2020 9:27:13 PM A meteorite that crashed into rural southeastern Australia in a fireball in 1969 contained the oldest material ever found on Earth, stardust that predated the formation of our solar system by billions of years, scientists said on Monday.
Chinese woman with mystery virus quarantined in Thailand1/13/2020 1:15:49 PM A Chinese woman has been quarantined in Thailand with a mystery strain of coronavirus, authorities said on Monday, the first time it has been detected outside China.
China launches gigantic telescope in hunt for life beyond earth1/11/2020 10:13:55 AM China on Saturday officially opened operations of the world's largest radio telescope, which it will use for space research and help in the hunt for extraterrestrial life, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
Blackstone raises three-quarters of targeted $4.6 billion life sciences fund1/9/2020 11:19:28 PM U.S. private equity firm Blackstone Group Inc has secured $3.4 billion from investors for its first fund dedicated to investments in the life sciences sector, targeting $4.6 billion in total, a regulatory filing showed on Thursday.
Feces-smeared fakes: Scientists use rubber hands in OCD therapy1/9/2020 6:38:06 AM A new type of therapy using feces and fake rubber hands may be able to help patients with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) overcome their fears of touching contaminated surfaces, according to new research.
NASA, Boeing probe software glitch that stopped astronaut capsule from reaching space station1/7/2020 11:31:32 PM NASA is opening an independent investigation with Boeing over a software glitch that prevented its unmanned astronaut capsule from reaching the International Space Station in December, the agency said on Tuesday.
Lidar laser-sensing technology: from self-driving cars to dance contests1/7/2020 11:28:44 PM Self-driving cars employ lidar, a remote sensing technology using pulsed laser light the way radar uses radio waves, and lidar makers waiting for the automotive market to take off are courting new customers who would use the technology for everything from monitoring cattle to helping a disc jockey synchronize dance music.
No eyes? No problem. Marine creature expands boundaries of vision1/2/2020 11:07:33 PM A cousin of the starfish that resides in the coral reefs of the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico lacks eyes, but can still see, according to scientists who studied this creature that expands the boundaries of the sense of sight in the animal kingdom.