A large asteroid will pass Earth, closer than Moon

According to NASA, a large asteroid called 2005 YU55 is expected to pass at some 201,700 miles of Earth on Tuesday – closer than the Moon, and definitely closer than the Elenin comet. Now, before people start going all 2012 armageddon on me, let it be said that asteroids often pass at this distance from our planet; however, most of

Dubuque, USA leads the way for the smart cities of the future

The city of Dubuque, Iowa is a quite and clean city, housing a population of 60,000, making it the 8th largest city in the state. If you happen to pass through this tranquil ville you might get fooled to think this is just another town like any other, however this is not the case – Dubuque is making the transition

Astronauts set to return home after 520 days Mars mock-up mission

Almost one year and a half ago six volunteers embarked on a fictive mission to Mars, designed to simulate the harsh conditions of interplanetary travel and isolation from the rest of the world. Today, November 4th, the team composed of volunteers from Europe, Russia and China is set to end their mission, hypothetically land back on earth and exit the

Iceberg the size of NYC forming in Antarctica

Part of an ambitious NASA survey over the Antarctic, which intends on 3D mapping the continent’s glaciers in detail, one of the project’s planes has sighted a huge, emerging crack on the icy surface. The crack is a 8-mile-long break in an ice shelf, the first sign hinting to the formation of an iceberg that will be end up to be

Steve Jobs’ biography sells 379.000 copies in its first week, tops US charts

Steve Jobs can still sell much, much more than just iPads, iPhones, and iPods: he can also sell books, and a lot of them. According to data published by BookScan US, the biography written by Walter Isaacson sold 379.000 copies in its first seven days after it hit the shelves in the US alone. The $35 dollar book published by

We’ve been looking for life on Mars in all the wrong places – NASA says

There is still a good chance we might find life on Mars, but if we really want to do this, we’re going to have to dig a little deeper – literally. A new study conducted by NASA claims that if there ever was any life on the red planet, then it probably thrived below the planet’s surface – in the

Scientists uncover (new) oldest modern humans in Europe

A fresh look at some already known fossilized remains revealed quite a surprise: they turned out to be the earliest people in Europe. From analyzing stone tools and other such artifacts, researchers have long believed the earliest Homo Sapiens to settle on the continent some 42-44.000 years ago; the only problem is, there were no human fossils to confirm this

Sabre tooth ferret like mammal unearthed in Patagonia

A recent discovery of an extinct mammal called Cronopia promises to help scientists trace the ascent and spread of mammals. Even though it looks rather taken from a cartoon than from reality, Cronopio dentiacutus was the real deal. It had a long snout, huge sharp canines, and a powerful set of jaw muscles to bite and chew its prey. The

What you need to know about the new Gmail

As you may have already noticed, Google has unleashed a new interface of Gmail upon us; you can activate it by clicking in the left lower corner. To be quite frank – I love it. I think it’s about time they revamped the whole inbox, and the results are just nice to look at. But you should know a few

Angry Birds hits half of billion downloads; are you (still) playing?

If we recently welcomed the 7th billion person into this world, then every 1 in 14 people on the planet downloaded Angry Birds from official sources; add the ones who pirated or got it from someplace else, and the number of people who have played the game is just staggering. Furthermore, this makes it the most downloaded game in the

Google Launches Native Gmail App For iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, but kind of screws up

Google launched an extremely interesting native Gmail application which runs on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch today; you can get it from the iTunes App Store. Perhaps the app’s most interesting feature is the ability to do push notifications; aside from this, the application also features earch, autocomplete, support for attachments, priority inbox access, labels and other standard email

Sunstone viking “magical compass” proved by science

A very intriguing theory says that the Vikings used to navigate through traitorous Arctic waters, and possibly even through the Atlatic towards North America, by using a coveted mineral called the “sunstone“. These glowing, fabled stones used to guide the northsmen by revealing the position of the sun even when it was obscured by cloud or had sunk beneath the

Unmanned Russian cargo ship heads towards ISS

If the Americans and NASA are having some issues regarding their space program at the moment, the Russians are doing just fine; recently an unmanned Russian Progress cargo ship loaded with 2.9 tons of supplies and equipment traveled and docked the International Space Station without any notable incidents or accidents. “Capture. We have indicator mode,” cosmonaut Sergei Volkov, noted, while

Zombie worms found in whale fossil

As it turns out, zombies are not really only science fiction. Just a while ago I was telling you about a species of fungus that can turn ants into zombies, and how life on Earth may have actually originated from some ‘zombie aliens‘. Recently, researchers from the Natural History Museum in London have found evidence of millimetre-wide Osedax worms, which

Gecko-like robot climbs walls effortlessly

The gecko is one of the most fascinating lizards, because of its feet’s unique ability of dry adherence to solid surfaces allowing it to surmount any geometry and making it an excellent climber in the process. Unlike other animals which employ a liquid or some kind of suction to climb walls, the gecko uses inter-molecular attraction forces known as van der Waals. Scientists have

Beam me up Scotty – NASA researches tractor beam technology

Trekkies might rejoice at the news that NASA has recently decided to fund a research group employed to study how tractor beam technology might become applicable in space exploration missions. The agency has awarded a $100,000 initial grant to a team of reserachers who will study  three experimental techniques involving capturing small-particle samples with lasers. “Though a mainstay in science

Yahoo! buys interclick in $270 million deal

Part of deal that’s been speculated for a long while now, the dying tech giant Yahoo! has finally announced the take over of interclick, a New York based online advertising platform, at $9 per share; 22% more than its closing price on Wall Street. Founded in 2006, interclick has steadily risen along the years as a top go to for

Ideal hydrogen storage material may have been found

Developing safe, reliable, compact, and cost-effective hydrogen storage technologies is one of the most technically challenging barriers to the widespread use of hydrogen as a form of energy. Hydrogen is a great fuel, and if used in perfect conditions it can power numerous applications. However, with today’s tech a hydrogen powered car can’t even travel more than a few hundred

The Army’s MRE goes gourmet: caffeinated beef-jerky

“I’m never gonna get used to the 31st century. Caffeinated bacon? Baconated grapefruit? Admiral Crunch?” Fry, Futurama The clumsy, yet beloved Futurama hero did have an extremely valid point this time, and the latest product to come off a tiny Army research facility near Boston, where new food rations are developed and tasted tested, might turn him into an oracle

Freak of nature: two-headed snake hatched

A biblical-like creature has sprung out into the world recently, when a  two-headed albino milk snake was born – an event of extreme rarity. This comes right on the heels of the three-eyed fish found next to a nuclear power plant in Argentina. In this case, nature alone and its experimentation seems to be responsible. The snake hatched last week in an incubation