Science

Genes hold key to living longer than 100

Clive Cookson Financial Times 02.07.2010
Genes hold key to living longer than 100

Exceptional longevity results from favourable genes much more than from a healthy lifestyle and environment, according to the first extensive genetic analysis of people who lived past the age of 100.

NASA reschedules two final space shuttle launches

NASA said Thursday it was postponing the final two space shuttle launches before the program is phased out, citing a delay in needed equipment.


International Space Station sex ban

Commanders do not allow sexual intercourse on the International Space Station, it has been disclosed.

New Space Policy Calls for Global Cooperation

ANDY PASZTOR The Wall Street Journal 28.06.2010
New Space Policy Calls for Global Cooperation

The Obama administration as early as Monday is expected to call for significantly greater international cooperation than ever before in outer space, covering a wide range of civilian and national-security programs.


Amputee cat gets bionic feet

Yahoo! News 26.06.2010
Amputee cat gets bionic feet

A cat which lost both back paws after a traumatic accident involving a combine harvester has regained a spring in its step after being fitted with prosthetic limbs.

Gene data for all 'within a decade'

Alastair Jamieson Telegraph 25.06.2010
Gene data for all 'within a decade'

Personalised health care based on individual DNA coding will be an affordable reality within a decade, the scientist who led the Human Genome Project has predicted.


Now scientists read your mind better than you can; Scan predicted 75% of behavior

Brain scans may be able to predict what you will do better than you can yourself, and might offer a powerful tool for advertisers or health officials seeking to motivate consumers, researchers said on Tuesday.

Music of the sun recorded by scientists

Richard Gray Telegraph 21.06.2010
Music of the sun recorded by scientists

The sun has been the inspiration for hundreds of songs, but now scientists have discovered that the star at the centre of our solar system produces its own music.


Working lightsaber 'the most dangerous laser ever created'

Star Wars fans rejoice: someone has finally succeeded in creating a working lightsaber. And it can be yours for only US$197.97.

Iran could fire 'hundreds' of missiles at Europe: Robert Gates

US intelligence has shown Iran could launch an attack against Europe with "scores or hundreds" of missiles, prompting major changes to US missile defenses, Pentagon chief Robert Gates said on Thursday.


Moon Has 100 Times More Water, New Study Suggests

The moon's interior may harbor 100 times more water than previous estimates, according to a new study that took a fresh look at samples of moon rocks collected by Apollo astronauts nearly 40 years ago.

Solar light bulb to shine on developing world

Here's a bright idea for the planet. A Hong Kong-based company has introduced what it bills as the world's only solar-powered lightbulb with the hope of reaching millions of people with little or no access to electricity.


The end of the world as we know it

Chris Impey The Independent 14.06.2010
The end of the world as we know it

Forget man-made threats – the catalyst for the apocalypse will come from outer space, warns astronomer Chris Impey

World's biggest radiotelescope launched in Netherlands

Scientists in the Netherlands unveiled the largest radiotelescope in the world on Saturday, saying it was capable of detecting faint signals from almost as far back as the Big Bang.


The mini flying robot drones that join forces before takeoff - all without human help [VIDEO]

It conjures up a rather frightening vision of a future where intelligent robots work in packs without the need for human intervention. But scientists are developing robots which can 'dock' with each other and fly together in a swarm.

US company preparing first private space station

KENNETH CHANG The New York Times 08.06.2010
US company preparing first private space station

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. — At the Bigelow Aerospace factory here, the full-size space station mockups sitting on the warehouse floor look somewhat like puffy white watermelons. The interiors offer a hint of what spacious living in space might look like.


As the Sun Awakens, NASA Keeps a Wary Eye on Space Weather

Earth and space are about to come into contact in a way that's new to human history. To make preparations, authorities in Washington DC are holding a meeting: The Space Weather Enterprise Forum at the National Press Club on June 8th.

Russia launching 520-day Mars mission simulation

VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV Yahoo! News 03.06.2010
Russia launching 520-day Mars mission simulation

A manned mission to Mars may be decades away, but an international team of researchers will try to experience what one might be like by locking themselves up in a windowless capsule for a year-and-half — the time needed for a roundtrip to the red ...


Bomb squads sharpen skills in robot rodeo

Bomb squads from around New Mexico got a chance to sharpen their skills by using a remote-controlled robot — not to blow things up, but to make pancakes.

MIT robotics spin-out finds a home in Hong Kong

Scott Kirsner Boston.com 29.05.2010
MIT robotics spin-out finds a home in Hong Kong

The last time I saw Cory Kidd, he was at the MIT Museum in Central Square talking about the "social robot" he'd developed as a project at the school's Media Lab; it was designed to help dieters meet their weight loss goals. A robot with expressive...



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