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Cancer wars: another breakthrough offers new hope

Scientists have identified a gene responsible for stopping the movement of cancer from the lungs to other parts of the body, indicating a new way...

Discovery expands search for Earth-like planets

A newly discovered planet in a binary star system located 3 000 light-years from Earth is expanding astronomers’ notions of where Earth-like......

How it happened: Stowaway science

Turns out it’s the stable climb of an aircraft that gives stowaways a chance at survival....

Bigelow Aerospace’s inflatable space habitat

Bigelow Aerospace has unveiled a mock-up of the BA 330 inflatable space habitat. Learn more about expandable habitats and watch the BA 330 undergo testing...

How stunt planes fly

How stunt planes fly

Joshua Krisch's day with stunt pilot Jeff Boerboon revealed the limits of what stunt planes – and a person – can withstand. Go along for...

New tech lets you play DJ on a paper turntable

Kate Stone of Novalia has created a paper turntable by incorporating programmed printed electronics on paper, which when touched, makes cool, scratchy DJ sounds...

Saliva powers tiny microbial fuel cell

Fossil fuels are old-school. A newly identified renewable energy source is safe, portable – and free. It’s called saliva...

Sandia to transfer Copperhead IED detection tech to US Army

Sandia is transferring its Copperhead IED detection tech to the US Army to support combat military personnel by uncovering improvised explosive devices...

Tiny molecules may help battle depression

Scientists believe that a tiny molecule could hold the key to identifying people who suffer from depression and helping them to deal with it...

Heart-shocking shirt could save lives

Students at JHU have designed a lightweight, shirt-like garment to deliver lifesaving shocks to patients experiencing serious heart problems...

Green aircraft uses 70 per cent less fuel than current planes

An MIT-led team has designed a green aircraft that is estimated to use 70 per cent less fuel than current planes while also lowering emissions...

Soft robotics aims to mitigate the flaws of hard robots

The goal of soft robotics is to build autonomous machines out of malleable materials that work better in sensitive sites such as disaster areas...

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