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New Scientist is reporting that NASA engineer David Burns is making some bold claims about a conceptual new spaceship thruster he calls the “helical engine” — a concept the magazine admits “may violate the laws of physics.” “The engine itself...
A new comet discovered by amateur astronomer Gennady Borisov is an outcast from another star system, yet its properties determined so far are surprisingly familiar, shows a new study led by JU Astronomical Observatory researchers Piotr Guzik and Michał...
Astronomers at the University of California, Riverside, have discovered that powerful winds driven by supermassive black holes in the centers of dwarf galaxies have a significant impact on the evolution of these galaxies by suppressing star formation. Dwarf galaxies...
More than 200 square meters of our bodies -- including the digestive tract, lungs, and urinary tract -- are lined with mucus. In recent years, scientists have found some evidence that mucus is not just a physical barrier...
A UBC student has put his education to a very personal use, designing a new system that allows his special needs brother to control his wheelchair. Watching his older brother Daniel struggle with Duchenne muscular dystrophy—a disease that progressively weakens...
Astronomers have been trying to understand what they describe as a recycling process inside the Milky Way. Supernovas and stellar winds blow gas out of the galactic disc, but that gas falls back onto the galaxy to form new...
SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine eased two weeks of tension between them Oct. 10, saying they were on the same page regarding development of commercial crew systems. “This is a big deal for our...
Engineers at MIT have proven Leonardo da Vinci correct yet again, this time involving his design for what would have been at the time a revolutionary bridge design. Although clients rejected da Vinci's work at the time, over 500...
The ice shelves that stretch out from the edges of Antarctica are under attack from “upside-down rivers” of warm water. The findings, published today in Science Advances, describe a new process important to the future of Antarctica’s ice and the...
NASA’s ICON mission to explore where Earth’s weather meets space weather launched Thursday. The Ionospheric Connection Explorer, or ICON, will measure the highest region of the atmosphere where Earth weather interacts with space weather. Initially scheduled to go up Wednesday,...

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