Scientists have been studying interstellar dust in the earliest, most distant galaxy seen by ALMA, gaining new insight into the formation of stars in the early Universe.
Distant galaxy yields evidence of earliest generation of stars
Corn genetically engineered to make ninja-like molecules can launch an attack on invading fungi, stopping the production of carcinogenic toxins.
How to grow toxin-free corn
Cars with no steering wheel, no pedals and nobody at all inside could be driving themselves on California roads by the end of the year, under proposed new state rules that would give a powerful boost to the fast-developing technology.
California to give green light to truly driverless cars
New research from the University of St Andrews has sparked debate about what it takes to live in stable, long-lasting social groups.
Study of woodpecker social groups sparks debate
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden are using fatty acid synthase, or FAS, to produce sustainable alternatives to petrol and jet fuel.
Yeast cell factories make gas, jet fuel alternatives
The International Potato Center (CIP) launched a series of experiments to discover if potatoes can grow under Mars atmospheric conditions and thereby prove they are also able to grow in extreme climates on Earth.
Indicators show potatoes can grow on Mars
Imagine a robot stacking boxes in a warehouse when it suddenly sees that one box is in the wrong stack. It goes back and puts the container in the right place. How did the machine know it had made a mistake?
Robots can read your mind to fix their mistakes
We are set to put 86 percent of the world's oceans under the combined stress of higher temperatures and ocean acidification by 2050.
Almost 90% of the world's oceans will be hotter by 2050
Mars isn't particularly habitable to humans at the moment, but NASA's latest brainstorm could one day bring back the planet's beaches — or at least some of its oceans, Engadget reported.
Scientists plan to bring back Mars' oceans
Metamaterials are substances engineered to have properties that are not found in nature. They are made from assemblies of multiple elements fashioned from composite materials and are capable of manipulating electromagnetic waves, for example, to make things invisible.
Researchers use artificial materials to enhance effectiveness of lasers

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