Houston’s flooding shows what happens when you ignore science and let developers run rampant

Houston’s flooding shows what happens when you ignore science and let developers run rampant

The city's gung-ho approach to development has destroyed the area's natural ability to drain away hurricane floodwaters.

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Nanomachines that drill into cancer cells killing them in just 60 seconds developed by scientists

Nanomachines that drill into cancer cells killing them in just 60 seconds developed by scientists

Nanomachines which can drill into cancer cells, killing them in just 60 seconds, have been developed by scientists. The tiny spinning molecules are driven by light, and spin so quickly that they can burrow their way through cell linings when activated. In one test conducted at Durham University the nanomachines.

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Hubble delivers first hints of possible water content of TRAPPIST-1 planets

Hubble delivers first hints of possible water content of TRAPPIST-1 planets

An international team of astronomers used the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to estimate whether there might be water on the seven earth-sized planets orbiting the nearby dwarf star TRAPPIST-1. The results suggest that the outer planets of the system might still harbour substantial amounts of water. This includes the three planets within the habitable zone of the star, lending further weight to the possibility that they may indeed be habitable.

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Welcome to the future, where your phone can fix its own smashed screen

Welcome to the future, where your phone can fix its own smashed screen

Smashed screens, broken circuits, water damaged keyboards – we send millions of tonnes of broken electronics to the dump every year. But what if our phones and laptops could fix themselves? This month, it emerged that smartphone company Motorola had filed a patent for a self-healing phone display. The design includes a “shape memory polymer”, which the patent application says would at least partly reverse damage when exposed to heat. In theory, at least, users could hit a “repair” button and wait for their cracked screens to mend.

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