The space probe Philae landed on a speeding comet in November, then remained silent for seven long months before “waking up” last month. A European spacecraft named Rosetta, orbiting the same comet, is said to have picked up strange organic clusters of material similar to viruses.
Engineers and imagers have been working together to try to understand how the two mysterious Renaissance bronzes were made and why they look the way they do by making accurate replicas of the originals. The latest technology-neutron imaging, XRF analysis, 360 degree laser scanning, 3-D printing and real-time x-ray videography— has been involved in this Renaissance “whodunnit.”
In rhesus monkey families— just as in their human cousins— anxious parents are more likely to have anxious offspring. And a new study in an extended family of monkeys provides important insights into how the risk of developing anxiety and depression is passed from parents to children.
Significant differences in life expectancies between the sexes first emerged as recently as the turn of the 20th century. As infectious disease prevention, improved diets and other positive health behaviors were adopted by people born during the 1800s and early 1900s, death rates plummeted, but women began reaping the longevity benefits at a much faster rate.
Spiders are adept sailors, using the wind to travel long distances and colonize new lands. Researchers found a half-dozen techniques the spiders use to travel along the surface of water, including using their abdomens as a kind of sail while doing a handstand-like posture on the water.
Chips made out of broccoli, chickpeas and kale. Wine-spiked ice cream. Popcorn that didn't quite fulfill its destiny. Those were some of the alternate-universe products at this week's 61st annual Fancy Food Show. Many have limited distribution and aren't easy to find, but could signal coming trends.
Agricultural use of drones is about to take off after being grounded for years by the lack of federal guidelines. The FAA has approved more than 50 exemptions for farm-related operations since January. Companies with those exemptions say business has grown, helped by quick advances in the technology.
A study of former National Football League players, led by neurologists and neuropsychologists, has found cognitive and structural brain changes in athletes with a history of concussion who experienced loss of consciousness.
Elon Musk and other prognosticators of the future are trying to avoid sci-fi scenarios posited in stories such as that of the blockbuster “Terminator” franchise. The Future of Life Institute announced last week it was awarding $7 million to thinkers around the world to gauge the risks and rewards of developing AI.
On Thursday, July 2, Liberia confirmed its third new Ebola case—just two months after it was finally declared Ebola-free from the 2014 outbreak. Officials have turned their attention toward dog meat and are investigated whether the disease spread through animals before resurfacing.
Reports of animals being extra-sensitive to coming natural disasters have abounded in history. Now, a group of Chinese researchers is monitoring some animals to see if they can be used to predict earthquakes.
Henk Rogers, famous for discovering the video game "Tetris" more than 20 years ago, lives in a solar-powered home that is completely energy independent. Rogers will announce his new company, Blue Planet Energy Systems, today. The new venture, which will sell and install battery systems for homes and businesses running on solar technology, plans to begin sales on August 1.
Saving water doesn't always mean saving money in parched California. Millions of Californians expecting relief on their water bills for taking conservation measures instead are finding higher rates and drought surcharges.
Nitrous oxide, commonly known as “laughing gas,” has been used in anesthesiology practice since the 1800s, but the way it works to create altered states is not well understood. In a new study, researchers reveal some key brainwave changes among patients receiving the drug.
The brain hidden inside the oldest known Old World monkey skull has been visualized for the first time. The creature's tiny but remarkably wrinkled brain supports the idea that brain complexity can evolve before brain size in the primate family tree.