science

Helix’s Bold Plan to Be Your One Stop Personal Genomics Shop

$80 and a spit sample gets you a spot on one of Helix’s sequencing machines and a chunk of its cloud storage for your exome sequence.

Zero-G Blood and the Many Horrors of Space Surgery

Traumatic injury in space has a huge potential impact on a mission. And people barely know anything about how to deal with it.

Guess How Many People Can Actually Watch the Total Eclipse

When a total solar eclipse passes over the US on August 21, nerds will flock to the areas where they can see a total blackout. How many of them can fit?

Meet the Woman Trying to Prepare Your Town for the Total Eclipse

Kate Russo is the world's go-to guide for communities planning for the massive influx of eclipse tourists this August 21.

Climate Change Is Here. It’s Time to Talk About Geoengineering

World leaders should plan before they go meddling with the atmosphere.

A Keen-Eyed Robot Goes to Work for a Paralyzed Veteran

The Human Support Robot makes its way into the real world, giving a paralyzed veteran extra independence.

What’s Next for the ISS? Hell if NASA Knows

The giant floating laboratory is in the middle of a bit of a mid-life crisis.

Elon Musk offers updates on Falcon Heavy, Dragon 2 and Mars mission

 During a talk at the ISS R&D conference on Wednesday, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk provided a number of updates about progress on the Falcon Heavy rocket, crewed Dragon capsule development and his vision for an eventual crewed mission to Mars with the ultimate goal of human colonization of the red planet. Spoiler alert for those looking forward to the Falcon Heavy’s inaugural flight… Read More

SpaceX targets 24-hour first stage rocket re-use turnaround by 2018

 In a talk at the ISS R&D conference on Wednesday, Elon Musk shared some more insight into SpaceX’s path to fast and full rocket reusability. The company hopes to achieve its 24-hour turnaround window for used Falcon 9 rockets sometime next year, he said, and there is already “a technical path in place to achieving that.” Some of its reuse efforts aren’t… Read More

Your Brain Doesn’t Contain Memories. It *Is* Memories

Memories begin when your neurons respond to outside stimuli—and compound to rewire your brain.

Apple launches machine learning research site

 Apple just launched a blog focused on machine learning research papers and sharing the company’s findings. The Apple Machine Learning Journal is a bit empty right now as the company only shared one post about turning synthetic images into realistic ones in order to train neural networks. This move is interesting as Apple doesn’t usually talk about their research projects. The… Read More

At ClinicalTrials.Gov, Untested Stem Cell Clinics Advertise for Free!

Researchers believe the ballooning stem cell clinic industry is taking advantage of the federal repository's honor system. And patients will be the ones to pay, literally.