Splitting the world's largest radio telescope across half the Earth could resolve an international quarrel that is brewing between us and the South Africans, researchers say. Australia and South Africa are vying to host the Square Kilometre Array, which will peer back to the early universe, and now it's getting political.
Before it stopped colliding for good, America's defunct Tevatron collider saw a hint of the elusive Higgs boson, physicists have announced. Even more interesting: scientists spotted something unusual in the same energy range when their European colleagues glimpsed something unusual at the Large Hadron Collider last year.
A clump of bone marrow cells are the fastest cells in the world, moving at a glacial pace of 5.2 microns per minute across a petri dish. They beat a line of breast cells by a hair's breadth - OK, well less than that, because the entire race track was about a hair's breadth long.
The privately built Dragon space capsule's maiden flight to the International Space Station is just weeks away, but SpaceX and NASA already have big dreams for Dragon's next steps. In a presentation at NASA late last month, SpaceX and space agency officials discussed sending Dragon to Mars. A "Red Dragon" mission, as NASA officials have nicknamed it, would be a low-cost way to send an ice drill to look for signs of life at the Martian poles.
This spring's nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant released almost double the amount of radiation the Japanese government has claimed, according to a new analysis. The authors say the boiling pools holding spent fuel rods played a role in the release of some of the contaminants, primarily cesium-137 - and that this could have been mitigated by an earlier response.