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To develop more efficient computers, along with medical devices, scientists are examining nanomaterials. These are materials manipulated on the scale of atoms and which exhibit unique properties, opening a gateway to advanced technology.

One giant leap: 50 years ago, humanity's first steps on the Moon

"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind": it was with these words that Neil Armstrong became the first person to set foot on the Moon 50 years ago, an occasion celebrated by space enthusiasts globally Saturday.

Mathematics helps us understand the complexity of our microbiome

Understanding as much as possible about the human microbiome carries important implications for our understanding of health and disease. Unravelling the complexities proves challenging, and here new mathematical models may help.

American, Italian, Russian blast off for ISS

US, Italian and Russian astronauts blasted into space Saturday, headed for the International Space Station, in a launch coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.

New method for turning human waste into clean chemicals in space

Astronauts embarking on deep space missions (such as to Mars) or those residing on space stations will need to watch out for harmful microbes. Disinfectants are not easy to come by, so how about making some from human waste?

Space crew to blast off for ISS on moon landing anniversary

US, Italian and Russian astronauts are set to blast off into space Saturday in a launch coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

China's space lab Tiangong 2 destroyed in controlled fall to earth

China's Tiangong-2 space lab successfully re-entered the Earth's atmosphere Friday under controlled conditions, completing the latest round of experiments in Beijing's ambitious space programme.

NASA is drawing up a long checklist for the lunar 2024 project

The next mission to the Moon is on and a new team of astronauts are set to touch down on the lunar surface in 2024. With the date announced, how ready is NASA? Some commentators are wondering if the announcement is premature.

New type of cell discovered that keeps time regularity

Scientists have long wondered how the brain keeps in sync and there have been theories about a type of neuron that acts as brain's metronome. This may now be a reality, based on a new technique for measuring electrical activity.

Fungi onboard ISS survives high doses of ionizing radiation

New research presented at the 2019 Astrobiology Science Conference shows that mold on the International Space Station is capable of surviving high doses of ionizing radiation. This finding is important for future deep space missions.

India to make new bid to launch Moon rocket on Monday

India will make a new bid to launch a landmark mission to the Moon on Monday, a week after aborting lift-off at the last minute because of a fuel leak, officials said.

First US murder conviction overturned using DNA, family tree evidence

An American man was exonerated Wednesday for a decades-old murder he did not commit, using evidence based on DNA and a genetic family tree, the first such result using a revolutionary investigative technique.

Musk shows off progress on brain-machine interface

Futurist entrepreneur Elon Musk late Tuesday revealed his secretive Neuralink startup is making progress on an interface linking brains with computers, and said they hope to begin testing on people next year.

Op-Ed: The case for saving man's greatest technological achievement

Fifty years ago today, on July 16, 1969, at 9:32 a.m. EDT, the Apollo 11 Saturn V space vehicle - with Astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. lifted off from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A - heading for the moon.

50th anniversary gala for Apollo 11 held at Ronald Reagan Library

On July 15, it was announced that a 50th-anniversary gala that celebrates the Apollo 11 moon landing is held at the Ronald Reagan Library.

Essential Science: Big seaweed bloom triggers pollution concern

Scientists have discovered the biggest seaweed bloom in the world. This is a record-breaking belt of brown algae, from West Africa to the Gulf of Mexico. It’s here to stay for the long-term, and this means ecological trouble.

India races for launch fix after Moon mission aborted

Indian space chiefs pressed to quickly set a new date to launch a landmark moon mission after aborting one liftoff Monday just 56 minutes ahead of schedule, media reports said.

India calls off Moon mission launch 56 minutes before blast-off

India on Monday dramatically scrapped the launch of a rocket that was aiming to land a probe on the Moon less than one hour before blast-off because of a "technical" problem.

NASA project proves the New Mexico chile is out of this world

A team of scientists at NASA is working to launch the Española chile pepper into space. This would be the first fruiting plant the United States has grown and harvested at the International Space Station.

Japan's Hayabusa2 probe makes 'perfect' touchdown on asteroid

Japan's Hayabusa2 probe made a "perfect" touchdown Thursday on a distant asteroid, collecting samples from beneath the surface in an unprecedented mission that could shed light on the origins of the solar system.

'We have liftoff' — Washington Monument to become Saturn V Rocket

One of the coolest events commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch will be happening in Washington D.C. on July 16 through July 20 when a full-size digital projection of the Saturn V rocket will appear on the Washington Monument.

Apollo astronaut Charles Duke talks about 'Apollo 11' live show Special

Apollo astronaut Charles Duke chatted with Digital Journal about the "Apollo 11- The Immersive Live Show" and his aeronautical career.

Japan's asteroid probe Hayabusa2 set for final touchdown

Japan's Hayabusa2 probe began descending on Wednesday for its final touchdown on a distant asteroid, hoping to collect samples that could shed light on the evolution of the solar system.

Essential science: Google is running cold fusion experiments

Researchers working at Google (together with academic institutions) are investigating the so-called “cold case” of cold fusion. This is for an energy source and for other areas, which could also benefit other areas of science and technology.

Will the public ever accept lab-grown meat?

How can companies investing in lab-grown meat prepare the ground for public acceptability of the products? One answer is to sell ‘labriculture’. This means less emphasis on lab, and more emphasis on the cultural acceptance.

Technology links the minds of two people together to aid another

Is it possible for you and your friends can play a video game together using only your minds? Perhaps. New technology has led to a method enabling two people to collaborate to help a third person solve a task, via their minds.

Robot arm learns how to taste with engineered bacteria

Biologists working with engineers have developed a robotic gripping arm which makes use of engineered bacteria in order to 'taste' for certain chemicals. This represents a new development in soft robotics.

Can short bouts of exercise boost brain function?

Can short periods of exercise help to boost brain function? Possibly, according to new research. This relates to the discovery of a gene that is activated by brief periods of exercise.

Op-Ed: Psychedelics — A psychedelic reality built in to human brains

Psychedelic compounds occur naturally in the human and mammalian brain. They’ve been used for thousands of years around the world. Now, 50 years after the Summer of Love, they’re the Next Big Thing in science and medicine.

Are plants conscious? No, say researchers

New insights by botanists about how plants can respond to their environment has resulted in some scientists to hypothesize this is a sign of conscious awareness. This has been challenged by other researchers.

Apollo flight director Gerry Griffin talks 'Apollo 11' live show Special

Apollo flight director Gerald "Gerry" Griffin chatted with Digital Journal about "Apollo 11 — The Immersive Live Show," which will make its world premiere on July 5 in the Lunar Dome at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

Director Scott Faris talks 'Apollo 11 — The Immersive Live Show' Special

Director Scott Faris chatted with Digital Journal about "Apollo 11 – The Immersive Live Show," which will make its world debut on Friday, July 5.

Essential Science: AI generates 3D simulations of the universe

The world’s first artificial intelligence created universe simulation is described as fast and accurate. It may work effectively, but the creators of this virtual complexity do not actually know how it works.

Insect apocalypse: German bug watchers sound alarm

For almost 30 years they passed as quirky eccentrics, diligently setting up their insect traps in the Rhine countryside to collect tens of millions of bugs and creepy crawlers.

The largest ever biomedical academic research center opens

Northwestern University has opened the largest biomedical academic research building in U.S. Run by the Feinberg School of Medicine, the centre has the has fastest-growing National Institutes of Health funding in biomedical research.

Coffee could help fight obesity

Looking for a way to help fight obesity or a strategy to assist with weight loss? Coffee could be the answer, according to new research. But coffee drinkers will have to go without milk or sugar in order to gain the benefits.

Desert-dwelling carnivorous dinosaur found in Brazil

A desert-based carnivorous dinosaur that used claws to capture small prey 90 million years ago has been unearthed in southern Brazil, scientists said Wednesday.

Zombie-like fungus infects cicada with hallucinogens

A fungus that can infect species of cicada has been found to induce a hallucinogenic state and to trigger physiological changes, like limbs falling off. The hallucinogen is of a type similar to the chemical associate with magic mushrooms.

Russian, North American astronauts return to earth

The first crew to blast off to the International Space Station following a launch accident that deepened doubts over Russia's space programme returned to earth safely on Tuesday.

Q&A: How fruit flies aid personalized cancer treatments Special

London-based startup My Personal Therapeutics are pioneering the use of fruit fly avatars and big data to create fully personalized cancer treatments for patients. To find out more, we've interviewed founder Laura Towart.

Essential Science: The invention of universal computer memory

Technologists have created an alternative form of computer memory, designed to solve the digital technology energy crisis. This discovery turns decade old computer science theory into something practical.
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