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Florida wants to establish a biofuel supply chain based around Brassica carinata, a non-edible plant that has already been used to produce 100 percent bio-derived jet fuel.

First joint France-China satellite to study oceans

France and China's space agencies unveiled their first joint satellite in Beijing Friday, which will be used to improve forecasting of ocean storms and cyclones.

Blue Origin stuns aerospace sector with its BE-4 rocket engine

Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture says it has successfully test-fired its BE-4 rocket engine, bringing the company one step closer to flying tourists into sub-orbit, and possibly even beyond.

Computerized brain training tackles bipolar disorder: Interview Special

A new study from Harvard University and McLean Hospital is the first to show that a type of computerized brain training can drive gains in measures of cognition among patients with bipolar disorder. To find out more, we spoke with the researchers.

US astronauts begin third October spacewalk to repair ISS robotic arm

Two American astronauts floated outside the International Space Station Friday for the third spacewalk this month aimed at repairing the orbiting outpost's robotic arm and replacing old video cameras.

The 'blue halo' effect: How some flowers seduce bees

Hundreds of flower species have evolved the ability to project ethereal halos of blue light invisible to humans in order to lure pollinating bees, researchers revealed Wednesday.

Is aging a disease that can be cured? Special

The oldest person that we know of lived to be 122 years old. Is that the limit? Is aging a disease that can be conquered and reversed? Scientists think it may be possible – and sooner than we think.

Loops of liquid lithium used to clean tritium in fusion reactions

Researchers have proposed a unique design that could improve the ability of future fusion power plants to generate safe, clean and abundant energy in a steady state or constant manner.

Neutron star smashup 'transforms' our understanding of Universe

For the first time, scientists have witnessed the cataclysmic crash of two ultra-dense neutron stars in a galaxy far away, and concluded that such impacts forged at least half the gold in the Universe.

Neutron star crash: 'The gift that will keep on giving'

The astrophysics world is abuzz after the first-ever observation of two neutron stars merging in a cataclysmic crash that left a rich trail of debris for scientists to comb through.

Neutron star smash-up the 'discovery of a lifetime'

"Truly a eureka moment", "Everything I ever hoped for", "A dream come true" -- Normally restrained scientists reached for the stars Monday to describe the feelings that accompany a "once-in-a-lifetime" event.

Essential Science: Gold nanoparticles to assess diseases

Gold nanoparticles, just 100 nanometers in size, have been developed to offer a truly innovative solution for health screenings. When these particles are coated they can be used to track blood flow within the smallest blood vessels in the body.

Ceramic pump developed capable of moving molten metals

Researchers have developed a ceramic-based mechanical pump able to operate at record temperatures of more than 1,400 degrees Celsius (1,673 Kelvin), opening the door to a new generation of energy conversion and storage systems.

Wearable solar thermoelectric generator invented

Power on the move has taken a step forwards with the invention of a new type of energy harvesting system. The system is capable of generating electricity by simply being attached to clothes, as well as windows, and outer walls of a building.

St Stephen's Chapel and Commons come to life using digital tech

The first dedicated House of Commons, destroyed in the 1834 Palace of Westminster fire, has been reconstructed using archival research and 3D visualization technology.

Scientist — A sixth mass extinction of marine species is possible

If humans go on burning fossil fuels, a sixth mass marine extinction will be the inevitable result. By the year 2100, we will have added so much carbon to the world's oceans that the critical threshold will be reached.

US spacewalkers install 'new eyes' at space station

Two US astronauts installed a high-definition video camera at the International Space Station Tuesday and made more progress on repairs to the lab's robotic arm, NASA said.

Essential Science: Graphene leads to efficient dialysis device

A significant advancement has been made with a medical device, in the form of a dialysis membrane, with the ‘super-material’ graphene at its core. This is a change from the core use of graphene, which is with electronic components.

Digital transformation of the chemical industry

The chemical and advanced materials sectors need to push ahead with digital transformation, according to the World Economic Forum. This will help to herald in new innovations.

Startup develops nanopatch for polio vaccine delivery

To help eliminate polio, a Nanopatch (a microscopic vaccine delivery platform) has been shown to be more effective for dealing with the poliovirus than needles and syringes. The patch comes from a university startup called Vaxxas Pty Ltd.

Photonic microchips will process information like the human brain

University of Exeter scientists have made an important step towards unlocking a mystery of computing: constructing microchips that can mimic the way the human brain works to store and process information.

Gene-editing technology repairs mutation for muscular dystrophy

A new way to deliver gene-editing technology inside has repaired the mutation that causes Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which is a severe muscle-wasting disease, in mice. The delivery system is CRISPR-Gold.

NHC: Tropical depression to become hurricane in Gulf by Sunday

The National Hurricane Center is tracking Tropical Depression 16, which has formed in the southwestern Caribbean and could form into a hurricane as it moves through the Gulf of Mexico.

That's cool! Flash-frozen pictures reveal molecular world

A groundbreaking technique awarded the Nobel Chemistry Prize on Wednesday has allowed scientists, using unearthly cold temperatures, to produce exquisitely detailed images of the tiniest structures in cells.What is cryo-electron microscopy?

Trio awarded Nobel prize for 'cool' method to study molecules

A revolutionary technique dubbed cryo-electron microscopy, which has peered closer at the Zika virus and an Alzheimer's enzyme, earned scientists Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson the Nobel Chemistry Prize on Wednesday.

Trio takes chemistry Nobel for 'cool' method to study molecules

Scientists Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson were awarded the Nobel Chemistry Prize on Wednesday for cryo-electron microscopy, a simpler and better method for imaging tiny, frozen molecules.

Sputnik, the tiny sphere that launched the space race

When the Soviet Union launched the first artificial satellite 60 years ago, it marked both the beginning of space exploration and the start of a race between Moscow and Washington.

US trio wins physics Nobel for spotting wrinkles in the cosmos

US astrophysicists Barry Barish, Kip Thorne and Rainer Weiss were awarded the Nobel Physics Prize Tuesday for the discovery of gravitational waves, offering a sneak peek at the Universe's very beginnings.

Time out: Dangers of disrupting your body clock

Messing with your body's clock is dangerous business, in fact it could make you sick -- or worse.The inner timekeeper dubbed the "circadian clock", governs the day-night cycle that guides sleep and eating patterns, hormones and even body temperature.

Essential Science: Smart tattoos for monitoring health

The next time you're feeling under the weather you might be simply able to look at a 'tattoo' fixed to your arm to see if it's changed color or not. The smart tattoo is an innovative new medical device.

FarmTech: Biotechnology for breeding healthier animals

By analyzing the genetic code of sheep, researchers have come up with information that will aid breeding programs leading to healthier and more productivity animals. This centers on a review of genes relating to different tissues and organs.

Dubai announces launch of massive Mars Science City project

The AED$500 million (US$140 million) simulation of a city on the Martian surface will cover 1.9 million square feet, making it the largest space stimulation city ever built and will provide a viable and realistic model to simulate living on Mars.

The last thing comet probe Rosetta saw

Robotic comet explorer Rosetta sent home a last-gasp photo of her target's rocky facade before crashing into its surface to end a 12-year deep-space odyssey, ground controllers said Thursday.

Moon village the first stop to Mars: ESA

Setting up a permanent village on the moon is the first step towards exploring Mars, the European Space Agency said Thursday as plans to reach and colonise the Red Planet gathered pace.

Man in vegetative state revived after 15 years

After 15 years in a vegetative state, a 35-year-old man regained consciousness through a novel method involving nerve stimulation.

Energy from water evaporation? Maybe...

Evaporation, the process that dries washing on the line and supplies clouds with rain water, could one day produce vast stores of clean energy, researchers suggested on Tuesday.

Essential Science: World Wide Web reveals protein secrets

What can the structure of the World Wide Web tell scientists about protein structures? Quite a bit according to Ohio State University researchers. The scientists have discovered molecular 'add-ons' that customize key protein interfaces.

A blood test by sound waves? New device protoyped

A new type of blood test, based on using sound waves, has been prototyped and the development could lead to a significant reduction in the time required to obtain a batch of medical tests.

Digital pathology market set to expand in 2018

A new report predicts a growth in the digital pathology market, with 33 companies set to produce products for hospital laboratories, and with the market value expected to reach in excess of $4 billion.

Regenerative medicine: Interview with a game-changing leader Special

Regenerative medicine is a game-changing area of medicine. It has the potential to fully heal damaged tissues and organs. To find out more about this innovative medical technology we spoke with RepliCel’s CEO, Lee Buckler.

Future of robotics: Merging, morphing, mobile machines

In news that will interest technology firms developing robots, researchers have created self-reconfiguring modular robots. These devices can merge, split and self-heal while retaining full control of its sensors and motor functions.