NASA’s chief scientist says we’ll find aliens by 2025

During a panel discussion on Tuesday, April 7 NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan had some exciting news: “I think we’re going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade, and I think we’re going to have definitive evidence within 20 to 30 years,” Stofan said. However, Stofan and the team of panelistsContinue reading “NASA’s chief scientist says we’ll find aliens by 2025”

Boeing granted patent for world’s first real-life ‘force field’

The technology is reminiscent of the deflector shields popularized in the world of ‘Star Trek.’ There are several technologies from the world of “Star Trek” that perhaps seem forever relegated to science fiction: transporters, warp drives, universal translators, etc. But if Boeing has its way, you won’t find deflector shields on that list. The multinationalContinue reading “Boeing granted patent for world’s first real-life ‘force field’”

Laser Weapon Stops Truck — from a Mile Away

A laser weapon made by Lockheed Martin can stop a small truck dead in its tracks from more than a mile (1.6 kilometers) away, the company announced this week. The laser system, called ATHENA (short for Advanced Test High Energy Asset), is designed to protect military forces and key infrastructure, Lockheed Martin representatives said. DuringContinue reading “Laser Weapon Stops Truck — from a Mile Away”

Life ‘not as we know it’ possible on Saturn’s moon Titan

Taking a simultaneously imaginative and rigidly scientific view, Cornell chemical engineers and astronomers offer a template for life that could thrive in a harsh, cold world – specifically Titan, the giant moon of Saturn. A planetary body awash with seas not of water, but of liquid methane, Titan could harbour methane-based, oxygen-free cells that metabolise,Continue reading “Life ‘not as we know it’ possible on Saturn’s moon Titan”

Corpse Bride: Lizard Necrophilia Reported in Brazil

When zoologist Ivan Sazima went for a walk in the park in southeastern Brazil on a warm September day in 2013, he was hoping to find noteworthy animal behavior to study. But he did not expect to witness lizard necrophilia. Right in front of him, he saw a male reptile trying to court and mateContinue reading “Corpse Bride: Lizard Necrophilia Reported in Brazil”

The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think

by Johann Hari Author of ‘Chasing The Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs’ It is now one hundred years since drugs were first banned — and all through this long century of waging war on drugs, we have been told a story about addiction by our teachers and by ourContinue reading “The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think”

New Weapon in Fight Against ‘Superbugs’

By Ann Lukits A soil sample from a national park in eastern Canada has produced a compound that appears to reverse antibiotic resistance in dangerous bacteria. Scientists at McMaster University in Ontario discovered that the compound almost instantly turned off a gene in several harmful bacteria that makes them highly resistant to treatment with aContinue reading “New Weapon in Fight Against ‘Superbugs’”

Deep brain stimulation treatment for patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

It seems simple: Walk to the refrigerator and grab a drink. But Brett Larsen, 37, opens the door gingerly — peeks in — closes it, opens it, closes it and opens it again. This goes on for several minutes. When he finally gets out a bottle of soda, he places his thumb and index fingerContinue reading “Deep brain stimulation treatment for patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)”

Toyota thinks hover cars may be in our future

If you asked a guy in the 1960s what he thought we’d be driving today, he’d probably think about what he’d seen in a popular TV science-fiction show of the time and say “a hover car.” But 1960s guy would probably be a little disappointed that what people are actually driving are cars that lookContinue reading “Toyota thinks hover cars may be in our future”

Secrets of Ant Rafts Revealed

To negotiate floods and cross streams, fire ants band together — literally — linking together to form rafts and bridges in a feat of social cooperation and biophysics. Now, engineers have made a close study of the ants’ architectural technique, pointing the way towards new approaches for robot designers and materials scientists. To understand theContinue reading “Secrets of Ant Rafts Revealed”