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Scientists build thinking cap; Zaps brain to make more creative

SCIENTISTS have created a real-life thinking cap which works by zapping electricity through the brain.

2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal

Lev Grossman Time 11.02.2011
2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal

On Feb. 15, 1965, a diffident but self-possessed high school student named Raymond Kurzweil appeared as a guest on a game show called I've Got a Secret. He was introduced by the host, Steve Allen, then he played a short musical composition on a pi...


Pain Leads Art Professor to Remove "Third Eye" Camera From Head

A New York City professor's controversial art project is becoming quite a headache - literally. Wafaa Bilal, an assistant arts professor at New York University, needed to remove the camera he had installed into the back of his head earlier this mo...

EU, US partners plan 'low-cost' space launcher

European technology firm Astrium is teaming up with US company Alliant to make a "low-cost" space rocket launcher that could one day take tourists into orbit, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.


Scientists trying to clone, resurrect extinct mammoth

Instead of Jurassic Park, try Pleistocene Park. A team of scientists from Japan, Russia and the United States hopes to clone a mammoth, a symbol of Earth’s ice age that ended 12,000 years ago, according to a report in Japan’s Yomiuri Shimbun. The ...

Beautiful men, women are more likely to be smarter with high IQs, too: study

Beautiful people don't just get all the breaks, scientists say they're likely smarter than most people, too. A study in England conducted by researchers at the London School of Economics found that attractive men and women generally have higher IQs.


Hong Kong researchers generate new human stem cells

Hong Kong researchers generated animal product-free new human stem cells which can be derived into different human cell types and tissues, providing insights for clinical applications of stem cell therapy, according to the University of Hong Kong ...

At 6,000 years old, wine press is oldest yet found

Archeologists have unearthed the oldest wine-making facility ever found, using biochemical techniques to identify a dry red vintage made about 6,000 years ago in what is now southern Armenia.


Hubble telescope zeroes in on green blob in space

SETH BORENSTEIN Yahoo! News 11.01.2011
Hubble telescope zeroes in on green blob in space

The Hubble Space Telescope got its first peek at a mysterious giant green blob in outer space and found that it's strangely alive. The bizarre glowing blob is giving birth to new stars, some only a couple million years old, in remote areas of the ...

Hong Kong researchers store data in bacteria

The US' national archives occupy more than 500 miles (800 kilometres) of shelving; France's archives stretch for more than 100 miles of shelves, as do Britain's. Yet a group of students at Hong Kong's Chinese University are making strides towards ...


Core knowledge: Nasa applied contemporary seismological techniques to data being emitted from sensors left on the Moon in 1971. Scientists now think the Moon has a solid, iron-rich inner core and a fluid, primarily liquid-iron outer core

It's an unlikely marriage between state-of-the-art and 40-year-old technology that has yielded extraordinary results. Signals from seismic sensors left on the lunar surface by Apollo astronauts in 1971 have revealed that the Moon has a liquid core...

Viking Found 'Organics' on Mars

Irene Klotz Discovery.com 08.01.2011
Viking Found 'Organics' on Mars

More than 30 years after NASA's Viking landers found no evidence for organic materials on Mars, scientists say a new experiment on Mars-like soil shows Viking did, in fact, hit pay dirt.


God was behind Big Bang, universe no accident: Pope

Philip Pullella Yahoo! News 07.01.2011
God was behind Big Bang, universe no accident: Pope

God's mind was behind complex scientific theories such as the Big Bang, and Christians should reject the idea that the universe came into being by accident, Pope Benedict said on Thursday.

US approves new trial of embryonic stem cells

US biotech company Advanced Cell Technology said Monday it was cleared by the government to start its second trial using human embryonic stem cells to treat blindness, this time in older people.


Russian space officials fired over satellite crash

Alissa de Carbonnel Yahoo! News 30.12.2010
Russian space officials fired over satellite crash

President Dmitry Medvedev fired two senior Russian space officials Wednesday over the loss of three navigation satellites that crashed into the sea this month.

Researchers: Ancient human remains found in Israel

DANIEL ESTRIN Yahoo! News 28.12.2010
Researchers: Ancient human remains found in Israel

Israeli archaeologists said Monday they may have found the earliest evidence yet for the existence of modern man, and if so, it could upset theories of the origin of humans.


Life Ingredients Found in Superhot Meteorites—A First

Andrew Fazekas National Geographic 22.12.2010
Life Ingredients Found in Superhot Meteorites—A First

Hot on the heels of finding arsenic-loving life-forms, NASA astronomers have uncovered amino acids—the fundamental foundation for life—in a place where they shouldn't be. The acids—precursors of proteins—have been unexpectedly found inside fragm...

Solstice-eclipse overlap first in 456 years

This year's winter solstice — an event that will occur next Tuesday — will coincide with a full lunar eclipse in a union that hasn't been seen in 456 years.


Google Expands to a New Frontier: The Human Body

The company that wants to be your everything for search has just brought its technology to a new area: the human body.

As a Soyuz spacecraft slowly rolls to its launchpad on the icy cold steppes of Kazakhstan, even the most seasoned space fan cannot help but be spellbound by the sight. With NASA finally retiring the shuttle program next year, the venerable Russian...



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