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Space travel visionaries solve problem of interstellar slowdown
interstellar slowdownTuesday February 7, 2017 7:07AM ET
In the recent science fiction film Passengers, a huge spaceship flies at half the speed of light on a 120-year-long journey toward the distant planet Homestead II, where its 5000 passengers are to set up a new home.
Preschoolers correct speaking mistakes even when talking to themselves
PreschoolersTuesday February 7, 2017 3:49AM ET
One of the differences between adults and preschoolers when it comes to private speech is that adults typically talk to themselves in their heads, while preschoolers talk to themselves aloud.
Low level of oxygen delayed evolution for two billion years
EarthMonday February 6, 2017 4:05AM ET
A low level of atmospheric oxygen in Earth's middle ages held back evolution for 2 billion years, raising fresh questions about the origins of life on this planet.
Great Barrier Reef building coral under threat from poisonous seaweed
Great Barrier ReefSaturday February 4, 2017 6:29AM ET
The Griffith University study, conducted in collaboration with national and international experts in reef and chemical ecology, showed that if the world continues with "business as usual" CO2 emissions important reef building corals will suffer significantly by 2050 and die off by 2100.
Ceres may have vanishing ice volcanoes
CeresSaturday February 4, 2017 5:55AM ET
A recently discovered solitary ice volcano on the dwarf planet Ceres may have some hidden older siblings, say scientists who have tested a likely way such mountains of icy rock - called cryovolcanoes - might disappear over millions of years.
Better way to farm algae for biofuels
Biofuel algaeFriday February 3, 2017 7:45AM ET
Scientists have long known of the potential of microalgae to aid in the production of biofuels and other valuable chemicals.
NASA's Fermi sees gamma rays from 'hidden' solar flares
NASA FermiFriday February 3, 2017 6:00AM ET
An international science team says NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has observed high-energy light from solar eruptions located on the far side of the sun, which should block direct light from these events.
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