The non-profit foundation Mars One says its goal is to have the first human settlement on the Red Planet in 2025, but first must test out the Martian terrain through a robotic mission.
Comet ISON, which is billions of years old, is expected to travel around the sun on Thanksgiving day and scientists are anxiously waiting to see if it will remain intact.
Laser technology has taken a huge leap forward with the development of the world’s first digital laser system, a technology with application in multiple fields from dentistry to photo-copying. Conventional lasers are designed for specific purposes but the digital laser, developed by researchers in South Africa, promises to break new ground across a range of industries.
British scientists have created a molecule they say could greatly improve the effectiveness of sunscreens and reduce the incidence of skin cancer. Whereas most sun-screens protect against exposure to short-wave, ultraviolet B rays, the scientists are targeting long-wave UVA rays which they say cause just as much damage.
A new way of laying paths developed by a New Zealander living in the British countryside allows walkways to absorb light during the day and emit it at night, which could light streets all over the world more cheaply and efficiently than street lights. Joel Flynn shines a light on how the technology could pave the way to the future.
Researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute are developing technology to link computer chip-sized human organs together. They hope to create an artificial human body that will provide pharmaceutical companies with a powerful new tool to develop and test new drugs.
A privately owned prototype space plane aces its debut test flight in California but runs into landing problems on the runway.
Private U.S. space technology company, SpaceX says it has completed another successful test of its Grasshopper reusable rocket system, this time launching it to an altitude of 744 meters. Footage of the October 7 launch illustrates a spectacular new milestone for the technology and its potential for lower cost missions into space.
Scientists in South Korea say they have produced gasoline from genetically modified Escherichia coli, a bacteria more commonly associated with food poisoning in humans. The researchers, from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, say their work could one day lead to a new and sustainable source of clean fuel.
Steve Westnedge plays his saxophone for a Leopard Seal as part of a study on animal reactions to sounds at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia. Steve is also the zoo’s elephant keeper, and plays his saxophone to assist the animal music study by researchers at the Australian Marine Mammal Research Center.
The seal occasionally responds with his own sounds, depending on the time of year, which are normally used when wanting to attract mates or establish territories. (Photos by REUTERS/David Gray)