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The origins of NASA's Parker Solar Probe mission can be traced back to a paper published 60 years ago by astrophysicist Eugene Parker, describing high speed matter emanating from the center of our solar system. Today the spacecraft carrying his name lifted off and is now en route to the Sun, where it will enter its orbit in an attempt to delve into these solar winds and their closely guard
Understanding how cells self-destruct, a technique employed by the human body to discard dangerous or damaged cells, could mean big things for the treatment of everything from cancer to brain disease to hair loss. Stanford scientists have shone the light on one kind of programmed cell death and watched on as the path of destruction was formed, with the speed on show offering vital clues as
Roving around the country with a guitar as a companion, busking for change, is how many legendary players paid their dues in the first half of the 20th century. But full-sized acoustic and electric guitars don't exactly make easy travel buddies – dreadnoughts are bulky and pickup-packing axes often heavy. Dedicated travel guitars can help, but players may have to make sacrifices for portab
We've already heard about flexible electronic "skins" that could give robots or prosthetic limbs a human-like sense of touch. Now, however, scientists from the University of Texas at Arlington are claiming to have developed a skin that's even more touch-sensitive than our own... Continue Reading Electronic robot skin out-senses the real thing Category: Robotics Tags: Electroni
Newsflash: Vegetables are good for you! OK, so this may not exactly be news, but a new study from a team of researchers has revealed for the first time one of the key biological mechanisms at play explaining exactly how chemicals produced by some vegetables can prevent cancer and colon inflammation... Continue Reading Scientists may have uncovered exactly how eating certain vegetables can
If you're building a spacecraft that's going to be landing on a planet that has an atmosphere, then you'd better equip it with a heat shield. Although some approaches to such shields can be heavy and/or complex, a University of Manchester PhD student has developed one that's simple, cheap and lightweight... Continue Reading New spin on heat shields could cut cost of spacecraft Category: S
When it introduced the exquisitely retro Type H WildCamp, Citroën teased that it had a second debut in store for this year's Düsseldorf Caravan Salon. We assumed it was saving it for the show, but we're still over a week out, and it's detailed the new Jumper Biker Solution. Far more modern than the WildCamp, but even more adventurous, this van loads two bikes with a built-in winch system a
We've already seen a couple of apps capable of detecting a heart condition which can cause strokes. Now, Spanish scientists have developed an Android app that lets users know if they've actually just experienced a stroke – and if it turns out that they have, it gets help... Continue Reading Stroke-detecting app could eliminate the guesswork Category: Health & Wellbeing Tags: A
In 2005, a combination vaccine called Tdap was introduced to protect against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. By 2013 the CDC began recommending the vaccine for all pregnant women as evidence suggested it effectively conferred immunity to the child. A large study from researchers at Kaiser Permanente has now shown prenatal Tdap vaccinations do not in any way increase a child's risk for d
A floating shed packed with musical instruments, a vintage taxi used as a spare bedroom, and a luxurious yurt complete with spiral staircase all feature in this year's Shed of the Year shortlist. Created by enthusiastic amateurs, the competition contains some of the most interesting self-built architecture you'll see in one place. .. Continue Reading From a floating shed to a vintage ta

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