Category: Science News

Gaia Spacecraft Creates Map of More Than 1 Billion Stars in Our Galaxy

The ESA’s Gaia spacecraft has already been studying the Milky Way galaxy for several years, and the first release of data included the precise location of more than 2...

NASA, ESA Aim to Bring a Piece of Mars Back to Earth

Space agencies have sent various missions to Mars and made fascinating discoveries in the process, but getting samples back to Earth would allow for much more detailed...

New MIT ‘Dormio’ Device Controls Your Dreams to Boost Creativity

Every time you go to sleep, you pass through a phase known as hypnagogia. This mental state straddles the line between “sleeping” and “awake.” Sometimes sleep...

Scientists Confirm Uranus Smells Terrible

Should astronauts ever make a trip to Uranus, they’ll want to hold their breath. Scientists have confirmed that Uranus smells really bad. That’s not a joke — well...

5 Reasons Space Exploration Is More Important Than Ever

Space may be the final frontier, but it’s an expensive one to explore. There are ample problems with which to contend here on Earth, and that leads some people to...

Carbon Fiber Artificial Muscles Can Lift 12,000 Times Their Weight

Today, most robots and machines that need to move around use motors to do it. In the future, they might use artificial muscles that work more like our own biological...

Silurian Hypothesis: What If Humans Aren’t the First Civilization on Earth?

Earth is completely overrun with humans. There are billions of us living and dying on this planet, leaving signs of our existence in the soil, atmosphere, and even in...

Google Builds Augmented Reality Microscope to Detect Cancer

Google has used machine learning to solve a lot of problems like beating humans at Go and spotting exoplanets. Those are noble endeavors, but now Google Research has...

A Tremendous Supply of Rare Earth Metals Is Sitting in Japanese Waters

Certain so-called “rare-earth” metals are vital to modern manufacturing and technology. Applications range from lasers and magnets to ceramic capacitors, oxidative...

Virgin Galactic Completes First In-Flight Rocket Engine Test

Virgin Galactic is today much closer to its goal to take passengers on quick jaunts into space. Its prototype vehicle known as SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity successfully...