The space agency has announced plans to grow turnips, basil and cress on the moon by 2015. The experiment could be good news for astronauts sick of their freeze-dried fare. But researchers say the real goal is to see if humans could one day live — and farm — on the moon.
The company's Falcon 9 booster lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., carrying the satellite into a geostationary orbit.
Hundreds of millions of miles away and 10 years after launch, a European spaceship could be on the brink of discovering how life appeared on Earth
Eschewing the race for the South Pole, geologist and explorer Douglas Mawson took his scientific expedition to the eastern Antarctic – a region totally unmapped and unexplored
Theoretical physicists have forged a connection between the concept of entanglement — a mysterious quantum mechanical connection between two widely separated particles — and that of a wormhole, a hypothetical connection between black holes that serves as a shortcut through ...
Genetic testing firm 23andMe, which is backed by Google, stops marketing its products after a warning from US regulators, a spokeswoman says.
Some of the most wanted stuff in the universe may have shown its face in a simple tabletop experiment nearly a decade ago – only no one noticed at the time
A 35-year old woman in Hong Kong is currently in critical condition, a sign that the virus is now spreading across China
Large-scale ivory seizures have reached record highs this year, raising questions over trafficking and enforcement
Archaeologists have found a tomb of noble musicians and weavers from the ancient Chimú culture in the coastal desert of Peru.
Cheese made from human bacteria merely tops a list of unlikely cheeses that abound in the outer reaches of gastronomy.
Using plastic to absorb light could lower the cost of solar power.A thin sheet of dyed plastic could cut the cost of solar power, particularly for applications that require solar cells to be highly efficient and flexible.
Two houses in China were damaged by falling pieces of a rocket launched on Monday, prompting calls for an insurance scheme to cover future damage from the country's ambitious space program, the China Daily newspaper reported on Wednesday.
UPS confirms that it too is evaluating using drones to send packages.
Access to the Gutenberg Bible and other ancient manuscripts has just gotten easier. The Vatican Library and Oxford University's Bodleian Library put the first of 1.5 million pages of their precious manuscripts online Tuesday, bringing their collections to a global audience for the first time.
To forecast sudden global catastrophe — and, perhaps, head it off — we should be spying on the climate at least as closely as we spy on each other, an expert panel warns. Yet the primary global monitoring network has been cut by 30 percent.
A cookie in the oven almost looks like a monster coming alive. It bulges out, triples in size and then stiffens into a crisp biscuit. So how does an oven turn raw dough into a delight? A new animation explains the chemistry behind great baking so you, too, can unleash your inner mad scientist in the kitchen.
One-in-four children play on despite possible concussion while only 75% saw a doctor immediately, according to a study of nearly 100 cases at a Melbourne hospital
A new art exhibition on the Polymerase Chain Reaction shows how an anniversary can help us think about how science is doneCharlotte Sleigh
Engineer immune cells to recognise tumour cells they would otherwise overlook and they call a halt to cancers we thought were incurable
Fifteen times as many people die in the Philippines the year after a typhoon than are killed by the storm itself – and the majority are baby girls
The world's first analysis of bacteria in different grapes and grape-growing regions reveals which microbe combinations make the best flavour
A genetically modified version of an ingredient used in a Japanese soybean dish has cured hookworm infections in hamsters – and could one day work in humans too
No human teacher can keep up with thousands of students in massive open online courses. Smart software can now stand in, offering personalised guidance
The UN climate talks in Warsaw have ended with an agreement to protect vulnerable populations against the "loss and damage" caused by extreme weather
Excavations at a Buddhist pilgrimage site in Nepal have uncovered a shrine dating to the sixth century B.C.
The latest IUCN Red List has winners and losers in conservation, from sea turtles to forest giraffes.
Lithium-ion batteries can be designed to prevent fires, but there are inherent risks.
The term "humanoid robot" might call up memories of "Terminator," but the bipedal Atlas robot doesn't seem quite that threatening in this video, which has it gingerly picking its way across a path strewn with detritus.
The Food and Drug Administration has sent a warning letter to the company 23andMe demanding that its saliva test be taken off the market. The company claims the test can detect the genetic likelihood of more than a hundred diseases — a claim the FDA says the company has not proved sufficiently.