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New research investigating the transition of the Sahara from a lush, green landscape 10,000 years ago to the arid conditions found today, suggests that humans may have played an active role in its desertification. The desertification of the Sahara has long been a target for scientists trying to understand climate...
Scientists have developed a retinal implant that can restore lost vision in rats, and are planning to trial the procedure in humans later this year. The implant, which converts light into an electrical signal that stimulates retinal neurons, could give hope to millions who experience retinal degeneration – including retinitis...
A new UCLA study could change scientists' understanding of how the brain works -- and could lead to new approaches for treating neurological disorders and for developing computers that "think" more like humans. The research focused on the structure and function of dendrites, which are components of neurons, the nerve...
China is working to develop a new spaceship that can both fly in low-Earth orbit and land on the moon. Their announcement comes shortly after the US announced plans to fly two private citizens around the Moon by late 2018, under private aerospace company SpaceX. China’s spacecraft will be designed to...
Congress has passed a new NASA bill, which authorizes $19.5 billion of spending in the fiscal year 2017. It includes things like manned missions to Mars and a Europa mission. According to SpaceNews, this is the first time in nearly six and a half years that Congress has passed a...
An Indian spacecraft that lost contact with Earth eight years ago has been rediscovered orbiting the Moon. NASA's Earth-based radars have detected the signal of the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) tiny Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, which left Earth for the Moon's orbit back in 2008, and was last heard from in...
Earlier this year, physicists had put together a blueprint for how to make and measure time crystals - a bizarre state of matter with an atomic structure that repeats not just in space, but in time, allowing them to maintain constant oscillation without energy. Two separate research teams managed to...
As Superman flies over the city, people on the ground famously suppose they see a bird, then a plane, and then finally realize it’s a superhero. But they haven’t just spotted the Man of Steel — they’ve experienced the ideal conditions to create a very strong memory of him. Johns...
Ever wondered if having sex is a good thing, an act that could actually make you a more productive person and help you perform better at work? Wonder no more, dear reader. A new psychology study claims that screwing at home makes people do better at the office. The entirely...
NASA scientists have proposed a bold plan that could give Mars its atmosphere back and make the Red Planet habitable for future generations of human colonists. By launching a giant magnetic shield into space to protect Mars from solar winds, the space agency says we could restore the Red Planet's...

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