Grant Imahara, host of ‘MythBusters’ and ‘White Rabbit Project,’ has died
Jul 14, 2020

By Joe Sutton and Hollie Silverman Grant Imahara, host of Discovery Channel’s “MythBusters” and Netflix’s “White Rabbit Project,” has died, according to a statement from the Discovery Channel. He was 49 years old. The host was known in Hollywood for his work in electronics and animatronics. “We are heartbroken to hear this sad news about …

SpaceX’s Historic Crewed ISS Launch Postponed After Dramatic Day
May 28, 2020

By Becky Ferreira and Jordan Pearson Elon Musk’s SpaceX was set to make history on Wednesday with the scheduled launch of its crewed flight to the International Space Station, which would have been the first space launch from U.S. soil in 9 years and marked the beginning of an era of private sector spaceflight, had it …

Space Telescope Director Says Best Is Yet to Come for Hubble
Apr 29, 2020

By Lee Billings Thirty years ago a team of NASA astronauts tipped the Hubble Space Telescope out of a space shuttle’s cargo bay and into low-Earth orbit. High above our planet’s starlight-smearing atmosphere, Hubble could study phenomena across the cosmos that ground-based observatories could never hope to see. It was not the first space telescope, …

How artificial kidneys and miniaturized dialysis could save millions of lives
Mar 13, 2020

By Charlotte Huff From the start, Mat Risher swore that dialysis wouldn’t upend his life. He had been working at a software company, conducting research on a car-racing simulator, when kidney damage from lupus forced him to start the blood-filtering treatments three times a week. Five years have slipped by, and the sessions have sapped …

See Curiosity’s Highest-Resolution Panorama of Mars Yet
Mar 5, 2020

By Ryan F. Mandelbaum If news from Earth has got you down, maybe this update from the Red Planet will take your mind off things. NASA’s Curiosity rover mission has produced an incredible 1.8-billion-pixel image of the surface of Mars. The image above doesn’t nearly do it justice, so be sure to watch the video below. You …

Super-precise CRISPR tool enhanced by enzyme engineering
Feb 11, 2020

By Heidi Ledford A super-precise version of the CRISPR genome-editing tool just got even better. Researchers have boosted the accuracy of a technique based on the popular but error-prone CRISPR–Cas9 system by engineering enzymes that can precisely target DNA without introducing as many unwanted mutations. The enzymes, reported on 10 February in Nature Biotechnology1, could make …

Quest to use CRISPR against disease gains ground
Jan 8, 2020

By Heidi Ledford The prospect of using the popular genome-editing tool CRISPR to treat a host of diseases in people is moving closer to reality. Medical applications of CRISPR–Cas9 had a banner year in 2019. The first results trickled in from trials testing the tool in people, and more trials launched. In the coming years, …

A Young Mississippi Woman’s Journey Through A Pioneering Gene-Editing Experiment
Dec 26, 2019

By Rob Stein When Victoria Gray was just 3 months old, her family discovered something was terribly wrong. “My grandma was giving me a bath, and I was crying. So they took me to the emergency room to get me checked out,” Gray says. “That’s when they found out that I was having my first …

Researchers built AI technology that uses algae to fight climate change, and they’re planning on releasing the design so anyone can build one
Dec 17, 2019

By Daniel T. Allen There are only a few ingredients needed for algae to take over: carbon dioxide, light, and water. The ancient microorganism is thriving thanks to record heat waves and fertilizers washed away into nearby waters. And that’s bad news for pretty much everything else. But what if a fourth ingredient — artificial …

NASA’s Finally Completed The Next Rocket to Take Us to The Moon, And It’s Glorious
Dec 10, 2019

By AFP NASA has completed the giant rocket that will take US astronauts back to the Moon, the space agency’s head announced Monday, pledging the mission would take place in 2024 despite being beset by delays. Towering 212 feet (65 meters), the equivalent of a 20-story building, The Space Launch System (SLS) is the tallest …

Google scientists say they’ve achieved ‘quantum supremacy’ breakthrough over classical computers
Oct 23, 2019

By Sarah Kaplan For the first time, a machine that runs on the mind-boggling physics of quantum mechanics has reportedly solved a problem that would stump the world’s top supercomputers — a breakthrough known as “quantum supremacy.” If validated, the report by Google’s AI Quantum team constitutes a major leap for quantum computing, a technology …

New ‘prime’ genome editor could surpass CRISPR
Oct 22, 2019

By Jon Cohen CRISPR, an extraordinarily powerful genome-editing tool invented in 2012, can still be clumsy. It sometimes changes genes it shouldn’t, and it edits by hacking through both strands of DNA’s double helix, leaving the cell to clean up the mess—shortcomings that limit its use in basic research and agriculture and pose safety risks …