High-pitch frequencies undetectable by humans have been used to levitate a sphere by researchers at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil and Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. The ultrasonic sound waves successfully levitated a 2-inch solid polystyrene sphere.
One of SolarCity's new products that'll be revealed and available this year is a complete solar roof intended for those who are having their roof replaced or are building a new home. The product was recently discussed by Elon Musk, who said it will truly be a roof, not a module.
SpaceX has completed another fully successful mission, ending with a Falcon 9 landing on the company's drone ship. This is the sixth time SpaceX has landed a rocket and the fourth time it has been successful with the ship. The mission began early in the morning.
Scientists are planning to unveil a new Earth-like planet that may have conditions favorable for life, reports Der Spiegel (Germany.) The exoplanet is in Alpha Centauri and it orbits a star known as Proxima Centauri. Because of its distance from its star, it may have water.
Deep Space Industries (DSI) plans to launch the first private mission to an asteroid by 2020 and it will establish the first private base on a space object when that asteroid passes Earth. According to the space mining company, it'll land a 110-pound spacecraft on an asteroid.
More than 1,000 new photos of Mars have been published by NASA and they were taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's HiRise camera, which has been focused on the planet since 2005. Between all of the images, you can see Mars' mountains, craters, and ice caps.
Venus is far from an ideal location for life, but that hasn't always been the case. Models from researchers at the NASA Goddard Institute show the planet may have had a much more forgiving and life-friendly climate as recently as 750 millions years ago.
Doctors in Japan recently called upon Watson, an AI system created by IBM, to help in the diagnosis of a patient. Within 10 minutes of working on the case, Watson correctly identified a 60-year-old woman's rare form of leukemia. Doctors misdiagnosed her months ago.
The US' FDA has granted Oxitec approval to use its genetically modified mosquitoes in the country and now it must receive approval from local agencies to begin its tests. Oxitec's mosquitoes carry a gene that'll kill off a large set of next-gen infected mosquitoes.
Moon Express' MX-1 robotic spacecraft will be allowed to travel to the moon next year, the FAA has announced. With the FAA's permission, Moon Express will be the first private entity to complete a lunar mission. The MX-1's mission includes documenting the lunar surface.
SpaceX has been given the chance to compete for another military satellite launch. The company's only competitor is the United Launch Alliance, since those companies are the only ones authorized to launch military payloads. SpaceX and ULA will bid on a 2019 mission.
The United States government will soon approve the first private mission to the Moon. A source close to Moon Express, a private company, says the government has granted it permission to send a lunar lander to the Moon's surface. The lander is the 20-pound MX-1.
Google has partnered with GlaxoSmithKline, one of the biggest names in pharmaceuticals, to create a joint venture. Called Galvani Bioelectronics, the company will work on a variety of products, including electrical implants that may be used to treat conditions like arthritis.
Astronauts who reach deep space appear significantly more likely to die from heart disease. Research on the Apollo astronaut crews has revealed traveling to deep space is more dangerous from a long-term health perspective than only entering low Earth orbit.
Offshore wind farms have already been established in a few countries and now the US is going to receive its first. Deepwater Wind is working with GE Renewable Energy to build a wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island's Block Island. It'll be attached to the grid this year.
SpaceX's journey to Mars with its upcoming Red Dragon mission is going to cost around $320 million. The 2018 mission involves sending a Dragon capsule to the planet, which will give SpaceX valuable data about landing large payloads on Mars, which has a difficult atmosphere.
Chinese scientists will test the CRISPR gene editing technique in humans for the first time. A team at Sichuan University's West China Hospital (Chengdu) wants to see how altered cells can be used in the treatment of lung cancer. Tests are set to begin in August.
The International Space Station received SpaceX's Dragon capsule early this morning using its 57-foot robotic arm. Inside the capsule is gear for the astronauts, equipment for experiments, and parts for the station. The ISS crew will now unload around 5,000 pounds of gear.
Sensor-filled threaded sutures that can record measurements from your body during the healing process have been created by engineers at Tufts University. The sutures record pressure, stress, strain, temperature, pH, and glucose levels. All of the data can be sent wirelessly.
NASA has finalized the design of its Mars 2020 rover that will land on the planet to research the Martian surface. The rover is operating as the first step in a larger multi-mission campaign to collect and bring back samples. Samples will be used to look for signs of life.