What does Martian wind sound like? Now we know
Dec 10, 2018 · 2 

By Soo Youn and David Kerley For the first time, humans can hear wind from Mars. InSight, or NASA’s Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport lander, provided the first “sounds” of Martian winds to human ears on Friday. The spacecraft’s sensors captured a “haunting low rumble caused by vibrations from the wind,” a …

Researchers have created a virtual reality simulation of a supermassive black hole
Nov 19, 2018

By BioMed Central The black hole at the centre of our galaxy, Sagittarius A*, has been visualised in virtual reality for the first time. The details are described in an article published in the open access journal Computational Astrophysics and Cosmology. Scientists at Radboud University, The Netherlands and Goethe University, Germany used recent astrophysical models of Sagittarius …

Video Shows Real-Life ‘Transformers’ Robots That See, Think, and Transform
Nov 6, 2018 · 2 

By Nick Lucchesi A team of roboticists have taken another step toward the inevitable future where real-life Transformers move among us. New research on modular, autonomous robots was published Wednesday that shows how robots can see, think, and decide to transform their shape based on the challenge facing them. A six-person team published this research paper — “An …

Solar neutrinos reveal how the Sun shines
Oct 25, 2018

By Aldo Serenelli Energy is generated in the interior of the Sun through sequences of nuclear reactions in which four protons fuse together to form a helium-4 nucleus. These sequences are accompanied by the release of two particles known as electron neutrinos. Models suggest that 99% of the nuclear energy released by the Sun originates from …

Laurie Anderson’s VR installation flies you to the moon
Oct 16, 2018

By CNN The moon has been receiving a lot of attention lately. From Elon Musk’s SpaceX trip around the moon — which recently signed on its first billionaire passenger — to NASA’s renewed plans for moon exploration, it seems we’re in a new lunar space race. The latest exhibition at Denmark’s Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, “The Moon: …

The Lie Generator: Inside the Black Mirror World of Polygraph Job Screenings
Oct 9, 2018 · 1 

By Mark Harris Christopher Talbot thought he would make a great police officer. He was 29 years old, fit, and had a clean background record. Talbot had military experience, including a tour of Iraq as a US Marine, and his commanding officer had written him a glowing recommendation. In 2014, armed with an associate degree in …

How digital drug users could help to halt the US opioid epidemic
Aug 15, 2018

By Sara Reardon With the tip of her syringe, Brandi pokes at a grey lump of heroin in a spoon. It’s a new variety of the drug that has shown up on the market in the past few days, and Brandi likes it. “I feel this more, I feel more of the pain resistance,” she says. …

NASA says nobody—not even Elon Musk—can terraform Mars
Aug 2, 2018 · 1 

By Tim Fernholz Given recent trends, you may think humans have mastered filling a planet’s atmosphere with carbon dioxide and heating it up. But scientists using data collected by NASA spacecraft say using this technique to make Mars habitable for humans is far beyond the technology we have today. The problem is one of supply: There’s …

A Huge Dust Storm on Mars Is Threatening NASA’s Opportunity Rover
Jun 14, 2018 · 1 

By Niraj Chokshi A vast dust storm blanketing about a quarter of the surface of Mars has threatened NASA’s Opportunity rover, plunging the solar-powered vehicle into what the space agency has described as a “dark, perpetual night.” With its primary energy source obscured, the rover, which sits in the Perseverance Valley of Mars near the center of …

Sucking carbon dioxide from air is cheaper than scientists thought
Jun 8, 2018 · 2 

By Jeff Tollefson Siphoning carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere could be more than an expensive last-ditch strategy for averting climate catastrophe. A detailed economic analysis published on 7 June suggests that the geoengineering technology is inching closer to commercial viability. The study, in Joule, was written by researchers at Carbon Engineering in Calgary, Canada, which has been …

‘Reprogrammed’ stem cells approved to mend human hearts for the first time
May 30, 2018 · 4 

By David Cyranoski Scientists in Japan now have permission to treat people who have heart disease with cells produced by a revolutionary reprogramming technique. The study is only the second clinical application of induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. These are created by inducing the cells of body tissues such as skin and blood to revert to …

Chinese satellite launch kicks off ambitious mission to Moon’s far side
May 22, 2018

By Davide Castelvecchi China has taken its first major step in a groundbreaking lunar mission. On 21 May, a probe launched from Xichang Satellite Launch Centre to head beyond the Moon, where it will lie ready to act as a communications station for the Chang’e-4 lunar lander. The nation hopes that the lander will, later this …