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MIT Receives Millions to Build Fusion Power Plant Within 15 Years

MIT Receives Millions to Build Fusion Power Plant Within 15 Years

Nuclear fusion is like a way-more-efficient version of solar power—except instead of harnessing energy from the rays of a distant sun, scientists create miniature suns in power plants here on Earth.
Prion Disease Can Lurk in Your Brain for 30 Years Before Quickly Killing You

Prion Disease Can Lurk in Your Brain for 30 Years Before Quickly Killing You

Among the myriad of things that can sicken us, prions remain one of the creepiest pathogens out there. A new report, published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, highlights
These Hawaiian Stick Spiders Have a Profound Case of Evolutionary Déjà Vu

These Hawaiian Stick Spiders Have a Profound Case of Evolutionary Déjà Vu

Environments make species. This was the fundamental biology lesson that was drilled into Charles Darwin when he visited the Galápagos Islands back in 1835, a trip that ultimately inspired his theory
Common Bricks May Record Evidence of Nuclear Weapons

Common Bricks May Record Evidence of Nuclear Weapons

I hope you aren’t making nuclear weapons in your garage. If you are, your bricks know what you’re doing.Read more...
These Glowing, Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes Could Fight Malaria Instead of Spreading It

These Glowing, Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes Could Fight Malaria Instead of Spreading It

Genetic engineering, researchers hope, will fight disease both by altering the genes of people and by changing the genes of critters known to pass diseases on to us.Read more...
The Universal Flu Vaccine Is Still A Pipe Dream for Now, FDA Chief Says

The Universal Flu Vaccine Is Still A Pipe Dream for Now, FDA Chief Says

In a speech made to Congress Thursday, US Food and Drug Administration chief Scott Gottlieb took stock of how his agency handled the ongoing, record-breaking flu season this winter, as well as
California Startup Accused of Launching Unauthorized Satellites Into Orbit: Report

California Startup Accused of Launching Unauthorized Satellites Into Orbit: Report

The US Federal Communications Commission says Swarm Technologies—a communications startup run by Silicon Valley expats—launched four tiny internet satellites into space back in January. That’s a
GOP Senators From Oil States Revolt Against Trump’s Steel Tariff

GOP Senators From Oil States Revolt Against Trump’s Steel Tariff

Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski and John Cornyn, who represent two of the largest oil-producing states, are not big fans of the Trump administration’s plan to impose tariffs on imported steel and
Obstacles to Preventing Another Shutdown Include Hudson Tunnel, Border Wall

Obstacles to Preventing Another Shutdown Include Hudson Tunnel, Border Wall

House and Senate negotiators aim to introduce a $1.2 trillion spending bill by next Wednesday, according to members and aides involved in the talks.
Stanford’s Wallace Says Endowment Isn’t Used for Social Activism

Stanford’s Wallace Says Endowment Isn’t Used for Social Activism

The $27 billion Stanford University endowment “is not a tool for social activism,” said Robert Wallace, the fund’s chief executive officer.

Sea Level Rise in the SF Bay Area Just Got a Lot More Dire

An anonymous reader writes: San Francisco Bay Area residents have long been aware of the threat that sea level rise poses to their coastal existence -- but things suddenly look a lot more serious. A
NASA HAMMER project may use nuke to deal with nearby asteroids

NASA HAMMER project may use nuke to deal with nearby asteroids

Perhaps the proposal to blow up an inbound asteroid using a nuke isn’t so bizarre after all. Researchers and agencies all over the world have spent years developing concepts for redirecting or
California Startup Accused of Launching Unauthorized Satellites Into Orbit: Report

California Startup Accused of Launching Unauthorized Satellites Into Orbit: Report

The US Federal Communications Commission says Swarm Technologies—a communications startup run by Silicon Valley expats—launched four tiny internet satellites into space back in January. That’s a
Meteor size of minivan caused booming fireball over Washington

Meteor size of minivan caused booming fireball over Washington

On Wednesday night, many Washington residents were greeted by a loud and unexpected sight: a big fireball that lit up the sky. Witnesses reported hearing a loud, booming sound; others reported shaking
Meteor size of minivan caused booming fireball over Washington

Meteor size of minivan caused booming fireball over Washington

On Wednesday night, many Washington residents were greeted by a loud and unexpected sight: a big fireball that lit up the sky. Witnesses reported hearing a loud, booming sound; others reported shaking
A Lifetime of Cycling Keeps the Immune System Young, Study Finds

A Lifetime of Cycling Keeps the Immune System Young, Study Finds

Immortality may be a gift reserved only for the mole rats of the world. But staying highly active into your golden years might just offer the next best thing: a robust immune system that looks decades
This robo-bug can improvise its walk like a real insect

This robo-bug can improvise its walk like a real insect

There are plenty of projects out there attempting to replicate the locomotion of insects, but one thing that computers and logic aren’t so good at is improvising and adapting the way even the
Graffiti at Evergreen State College equates science with white supremacy

Graffiti at Evergreen State College equates science with white supremacy

"The slur against the sciences, however interpreted, is offensive and disappointing..." The post Graffiti at Evergreen State College equates science with white supremacy appeared first on Hot Air.

How Wikipedia Chose the Image for the ‘Human’ Entry

There is no ideal *Homo sapiens* specimen. But the internet had to decide on something.

Juno Captures Jupiter's Wild, Wispy Weather Anomalies

Juno has documented clusters of cyclones, including eight around the north pole.