The human brain contains more synapses than there are galaxies in the observable universe (to put a number on it, there are perhaps 100 trillion synapses versus 100 billion galaxies), and now scientists can see them all - individually.
The NTSB says 'political pressure' on the FAA prevented it from stopping a dangerous program bankrolled by a delusional billionaire. Sources inside Virgin Galactic describe the breakdown.
WASHINGTON-- U.S. scientists have used high-tech detective work to identify the remains of four leaders of Jamestown, the New World's first successful English colony, more than 400 years after they died, the Smithsonian Institution said on Tuesday.
Spiny grass and scraggly pines creep amid the arts-and-crafts buildings of the Asilomar Conference Grounds, 100 acres of dune where California's Monterey Peninsula hammerheads into the Pacific. It's a rugged landscape, designed to inspire people to c
When children grow up dreaming of becoming scientists they have the purest of aspirations and if they were left to pursue their own studies they would be able to accomplish the unimaginable.
In the privatized-space heyday of the 1990s, the space community talked about a "Teledesic winter." Teledesic was a Bill Gates-backed company promising to launch hundreds of satellites into sky--so many that their shadows, some speculated, might
Roboticists at the Ransselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York have built a trio of robots that were put through the classic 'wise men puzzle' test of self-awareness - and one of them passed.
half cloned mice". Scientists in mainland China have successfully mass produced high-quality artificial sperm for the first time.
The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, also known as HAARP is to be transferred from military operation to "civillian control", as the site is handed over to the University of Alaska, which will continue to use the mysterious facilit
In the first study of its kind, UCLA and United Kingdom researchers found that neurons in a specific brain region play a key role in rapidly forming memories about every day events, a finding that may result in a better understanding of memory loss a
When it comes to communicating with each other, some cells may be more "old school" than was previously thought.
The universe can be a very sticky place, but just how sticky is a matter of debate.
Scientists have found a new type of centipede that is the deepest underground dwelling creature of its kind a species that has been found as deep as 1100 meters below the Earth's surface and was named Geophilus hadesi after Hades himself.
Those of us who grew up thinking the year 2000 would bring jetpacks and hover cars finally have something to look forward to: the world's first commercially available jetpack is set to go on sale in 2016.
The beautiful animal in the photo above is a Beaded Lacewing. While the adults are delicate and lovely, they begin life as ferocious tiny predators lurking in the nests of termites.
Some organisms' internal compasses relay direction via magnetic iron crystals, but in wood mice and birds, a totally different compass seems to rely on quantum processes.
The ancient Egyptian practice of preserving bodies through mummification is no longer the preferred method to pay homage to our dead, but it is still alive and well in research labs.
a Funny thing happened when two Danish college students injected tracking tags into starfish. The tracking tags kept mysteriously winding up on the bottom of the tank. The students – Trine Bottos Olsen and Frederik Ekholm Gaardsted Christensen -- t
A global taskforce of 174 scientists from leading research centers across 28 countries studied the link between mixtures of commonly encountered chemicals and the development of cancer. The study selected 85 chemicals not considered carcinogenic to h
European scientists are planning a risky maneuver to get their Rosetta spacecraft closer to the comet it is orbiting, so it can communicate with its robotic lander on the surface and start experiments that could unlock some of the universe's secrets.
In ancient times, and throughout most of human history, night used to be truly dark, and thus ideal for sleeping. While it's true, of course, that the sun still sets every evening, most of us are exposed to a barrage of artificial light sources all
Earlier this month, SpaceX carried out a successful test of the Crew Dragon's Launch Abort System (LAS), which would carry the capsule to safety in the event of an emergency.
Lightning path remains unpredictable, but at a smaller scale, discharges between two electrodes can be guided by laser beams. Scientists have discovered a way to guide electric discharges -- and even steer them around obstacles -- through the clever
Biologists have use highly conservative estimates to prove that species are disappearing faster than at any time since the dinosaurs' demise.
Biological nitrogen fixation - where diazotrophic bacteria fix atmospheric nitrogen and convert it to ammonium - provides a free way for plants to alter and absorb the nutrient. Farmers have long known that legumes like soybean fix nitrogen due to
Now a team of Canadian researchers from the University of British Columbia and National Research Council of Canada is studying the role that methane nanobubbles might play in the formation and dissociation of natural gas hydrates - crystalline lattic
Someday, treating patients with nanorobots could become standard practice to deliver medicine specifically to parts of the body affected by disease. But merely injecting drug-loaded nanoparticles might not always be enough to get them where they need
A new study finds that the recent spike in triggered earthquakes in Oklahoma is primarily due to the injection of wastewater produced during oil production.
If neutrinos had personalities, they'd be known best for their aloofness. These tiny particles, which can travel almost as fast as the speed of light, don't have much regard for matter; they sail right on through walls and buildings and planets.