• World’s biggest flying lab comes to Asia on air pollution mission

    Clark, Philippines - NASA has kicked off a series of marathon flights in Asia with the world's biggest flying laboratory, in...

    Starting this week in the Philippines, the US agency's DC-8 is flying for up to eight hours at a time, sometimes just 50 feet from the ground, to swoop up air particles for study.

    Millions of deaths each year are linked to air pollution, and improving the ability to identify its sources and behavior can lead to more accurate warning systems for the public.

  • Japanese lander disabled again but could restart after two weeks

    Tokyo, Japan - After a brief awakening, Japan's Moon lander is out of action again but will resume its mission if...

    The unmanned Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM) touched down last month at a wonky angle that left its solar panels facing the wrong way.

    As the sun's angle shifted, it came back to life for two days this week and carried out scientific observations of a crater with its high-spec camera.

  • KACST, ACWA Power sign pact

    The aim is to develop technologies for clean energy.

    The center will conduct studies, scientific research, and work to attain technical development in clean energy and water sector.

    It will also work in developing solar energy technologies, energy storage technologies to support future energy networks.

  • ‘Game changer’: Gene therapy offers hope for children born deaf

    Paris, France - A gene therapy that has allowed several children born deaf to hear for the first time is being...

    Several medical teams around the world are trialling the procedure, which focuses on a rare genetic mutation that affects only a small number of the 26 million people

    On Tuesday, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia revealed that 11-year-old Aissam Dam, who was born deaf, was now "literally hearing sound for the first time in his life."

  • Deaf boy can now hear after gene treatment

    The US hospital which carried out the treatment said the milestone represents hope for patients around the world with hearing...

    Aissam Dam was born "profoundly deaf" because of a highly rare abnormality in a single gene.

    Aissam, who was born in Morocco and later moved to Spain, may never learn to talk, as the brain's window for acquiring speech closes around the age of five.

  • NASA regains contact with mini-helicopter on Mars

    Ingenuity, a drone about 1.6 feet (0.5 meters) tall, arrived on Mars in 2021 aboard the rover Perseverance and became...

    NASA has lost contact with the helicopter before, including for two months last year

    It previously said that Ingenuity had attained an altitude of 40 feet (12 meters) on Flight 72

  • NASA loses contact with its mini-helicopter on Mars

    WASHINGTON, US - NASA has lost contact with its tiny helicopter Ingenuity during the hard-working craft's 72nd flight, the space agency...

    In a post on X, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory added that Perseverance was temporarily "out of line-of-sight with Ingenuity.

    NASA has lost contact with the helicopter before, including for an agonizing two months last year.

  • Japan literary laureate admits using ChatGPT for her novel

    TOKYO, JAPAN - The winner of Japan's most prestigious literary award has acknowledged that about "five percent" of her futuristic novel...

    The 33-year-old author of Tokyo-to Dojo-to openly admitted that AI heavily influenced her writing process as well.

    Set in a futuristic Tokyo, the book revolves around a high-rise prison tower and its architect's intolerance of criminals.

  • Bad day in space: Moon mission fails and NASA program delayed

    Astrobotic's Peregrine Lunar Lander blasted off Monday from Florida's Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, then successfully separated from its rocket....

    NASA has paid Astrobotic more than $100 million to ship scientific hardware to the Moon to answer questions about surface composition and radiation

    The failure doesn't mean the strategy of ramping up commercial partnerships is innately flawed, Michael Lembeck, a former NASA official turned associate professor said

  • Private US lunar lander mission imperiled by technical snag

    Washington, United States -- An historic private mission to land on the Moon was facing potential failure Monday due to...

    Astrobotic's Peregrine Lunar Lander blasted off overnight from Florida's Cape Canaveral, then successfully separated from its launch vehicle around an hour later.

    But teams at ground control found they were unable to point the unmanned spacecraft correctly at the sun.