Science

New Comet Photo Shows Fascinating Textures And Landscapes

Every time I see a new image of the Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet, I just get lost searching through all the detail, marveling at the variation of textures, and mostly watching in awe thinking about the chain of events that took the spaceship Rosetta to where it is today, 804.6 million kilometres from Earth.


The Newest Weapon In The Fight Against Land Mines Could Be...Plants

Land mines are not only explosive but also poisonous, leaking toxins into the soil that make plants sick. That’s unfortunate for the plants but fortunate for us — if we can figure out how to look for sick plants as harbingers of land mines. Aeroplanes equipped with a low-cost sensor that captures non-visible light might be the answer.


This Fireworks Show Is A 4.5 Billion-Year-Old Meteorite Exploding

Back in October 2012, a meteorite whizzed through our atmosphere and broke up in a dazzling display over California. One particular fragment, embedded in the roof of a house, was recovered by NASA for study. Now NASA is ready to reveal a bit more about the meteorite, which was likely formed in the same collision that made the moon 4.5 billion years ago.


How Do Satellites Orbit The Earth?

Take a look at the moon and it isn’t hard to imagine it as a planet. A 3476 kilometres-in-diameter ball of rock, with basalt plains and mountain ranges, whose gravitational pull produces tides here on Earth. Despite its vast mass and gravitational pull, the moon does an excellent job of not falling to Earth. Why? Because the moon is in orbit.


Extreme Close Up Photo Of A Living Human Brain

Photo: A living human brain. Looks gross. But think about how amazing this is. You have one of these things inside your head, a mass of organic matter in which billions of connections make you — every memory, everything that ever was in your life is inside this mass. So yes, it may look gross, but it’s freaking amazing.


New Video Shows NASA's Cool Flying Saucer In Action At Last

Video: At last, here’s the video of NASA’s LDSD test — the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator system that will take a new rover to Mars, one even larger than Curiosity. It’s impressive to see the entire system in action, working like clockwork even while the supersonic parachute display failed.


Ten Inventions From the James Dyson Award 2014 To Watch Out For

It’s not all about bagless vacuum cleaners, bladeless fans and blow-the-skin-off-your-fingers hand dryers at Dyson. Each year, the iconic brand holds the James Dyson Award, an international student design and innovation competition which aims to find the most promising young inventors and potentially bring their concepts to life.


CSIRO's New $122m Research Ship Is Ready For Service

The $122 million RV Investigator, CSIRO’s new blue-water research ship, has completed construction and sea trials and is about to make its first journey from Singapore’s shipyards to its new home in Hobart. Although it’s 11 months late for action, Investigator will add significant research capacity to Australia’s scientific endeavours.


This Alien Looking Creature Lives Right Here On Earth With Us

Briefly: When I first saw this X-ray photo I thought it was some frame from a sci-fi movie but I was wrong. It’s actually the embryo of a bat, from the Society Française de Biologie.


150 Neuroscientists Have A Problem With The EC's Human Brain Project

With the mysteries of particle physics well in hand, the European Union is moving onto another big fish in the realm of science: the human brain. The aptly-named “Human Brain Project” is aimed at figuring out how our grey matter works by using supercomputers to simulate its inner-workings. Not everyone is happy with the way the EU is going about the project however, with 150 neuroscientists publishing an open letter denouncing the HBP’s “overly narrow approach”, dramatically increasing its risk of failure.


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