Unlucky Kids Lost Their School Projects In The Antares Rocket Explosion

Watching the unmanned Antares rocket explode after lift-off last night was devastating, but the loss was especially tough for a handful of school-kids across the US and Canada. In addition to the supplies onboard were projects they designed for the space journey.


You Can Feel This Touchscreen That's Made Of Thin Air

When’s a screen not a screen? When, err, it’s made of thin air we suppose — like this touchscreen, which is constructed from light and ultrasound vibrations alone.


The Antares Explosion Looked Even Worse From A Plane

The launch failure of Orbital Science’s Antares last night spurred a shockingly huge fireball — rocket fuel can do that. But here’s a perspective only a few people witnessed: The explosion from 900m up. To paraphrase the pilot who filmed it, HOLY COW.


Amazing New Image Of The Earth And The Moon Taken Outside Lunar Orbit

Briefly: China’s National Space Agency has released this stunning image of the Earth and the Moon from an extraordinary vantage point. Taken yesterday by their Chang’e 5 spacecraft on, the photo shows the far side of the moon with the Earth on the background.


From Ice Cream To Toothpaste: Seaweed's Hidden Uses

The humble seaweed may best be known for its ability to encase morsels of sticky rice and raw fish (not to mention spa-goers), but this plant-like organism has slowly worked its way into an impressive variety of human industries over the past 15 centuries. Now one can find seaweed, or at least one of its many prized extracts, in everything from toothpaste to wound dressings.


Space Whiskey Safely Returned To Earth

Back in 2011, a group of alcoholics masquerading as scientists managed to somehow persuade their bosses that sending (very small) vials of whiskey to space was a viable ‘experiment’. Four years on, the whiskey has eluded the clutches of the ISS astronauts and has landed safely back on Earth.


Google X Wants To Track Cancer With Nanoparticles And Wearables

Google X, the company’s secretive arm tasked with dreaming up the future, is as you would imagine pretty ambitious. But in the area of medicine, their plans seem ripped from the pages of science fiction. Today, at the WSJD conference, Google X announced a project that wants to track cancer in your blood with the help of nanoparticles and a wearable.


Pope Francis Says Evolution And The Big Bang Are Real

The Head of the Catholic Church has spoken: The Big Bang and Evolution are real — God was not “a magician, complete with a magic wand that can do all things,” Pope Francis said at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences yesterday. He was surprisingly clear where his immediate predecessors were muddier.


Scientists Create Sparkling Apple That Fizzes In Your Mouth

Scientists at Swiss fruit company Lubera have created a genetically modified apple that fizzes in your mouth. This new variety, called Paradis Sparkling, has big cells in the flesh that release effervescent juices when you bite into them.


You're Looking At Mars' Atlantis Basin

Briefly: Right in the centre, you’re looking at Mars’ Atlantis basin — now four billion years old — and the delightfully named Chaos that surrounds it. The Chaos is in fact hundreds of flat-topped hills, stretching 170km away from the flat basin. [ESA]


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