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Enlarge / New Horizons’ high-resolution farewell to Pluto. reader comments 1 Share this story Even though all of the New Horizons spacecraft data taken during its 2015 flyby of Pluto has been downloaded to Earth for months, scientists are still piecing it all together. Now two scientists, Tod Lauer and Alex…

March 25, 2017 Steven Avery

reader comments 7 Share this story In the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, a coal mine will close in 2018. Aging coal infrastructure, low wholesale power prices, and a move away from the highly polluting power source all make renewable energy the political darling of the day. But that doesn’t mean…

March 24, 2017 Steven Avery

reader comments 0 Share this story Approximately ten thousand times each day, the DNA in our cells receives some damage, but most of that damage is repaired by our cells’ built-in DNA repair systems. The efficiency of these DNA repair systems decline with age, however, and that’s thought to lead to age-related health…

March 23, 2017 Steven Avery

Enlarge / Perovskite crystals in a photovoltaic cell. reader comments Share this story Currently, silicon is the dominant technology for photovoltaic solar power. There are a handful of competing thin-film technologies, which are easier to manufacture but rely on more expensive raw materials and don’t reach the same efficiencies. These…

March 23, 2017 Steven Avery

Cancer cells in culture from human connective tissue, illuminated by darkfield amplified contrast, at a magnification of 500x. reader comments 0 Share this story What causes cancer? High-profile culprits obviously include bum genes inherited from parents and harmful environmental and lifestyle factors, such a smoking or not wearing sunscreen. But…

March 23, 2017 Steven Avery

The Apple A8 die shot as mapped out by Chipworks. reader comments 3 Share this story The semiconductor industry is beyond remarkable when it comes to the the complexity and precision of the processes. A modern integrated circuit is not a single layer of circuitry, but many layers, all stacked on top of…