Karla Lant

Karla Lant

Freelance Writer and Editor

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NASA just admitted it can’t afford to send humans to Mars

NASA has been talking about getting humans to Mars for years, and continues to provide updated plans for getting there. Unfortunately, though, NASA’s chief of human spaceflight, William H. Gerstenmaier, just announced that the agency can’t achieve the Mars goal on its current budget.

E coli bacteria article
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A single gene in E. coli bacteria could hold clues for extending the human lifespan

Researchers at the Baylor College of Medicine have found the key to longevity in Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) worms — and maybe, someday, humans.

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Scientists are getting closer to detecting hidden black holes

We have detected supermassive and stellar black holes, but those of intermediate-mass have been absent. New research suggests that the growth rate of black holes might explain this phenomenon, and that gravitational waves might allow us to find them.

Quantum computing chip article
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Google is closer than ever to a quantum computing breakthrough

Google is maintaining its edge in the world of quantum computing. Its 20-qubit processor is currently undergoing tests, and the company appears to be on schedule to have its working 49-qubit chip ready by the end of 2017 as promised. Until it began trialing the 20-qubit chip, Google’s most powerful quantum chip was the 9-qubit effort from 2015.

Camp flegrei super crater article
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There's a massive 'super crater' of magma bubbling under Italy — and the situation is getting more dangerous

Recent earthquakes in Italy as well as ongoing monitoring of the Campi Flegrei Super Crater have people wondering what would happen if this supervolcano ever erupted again. Here's a look at the facts and predictions.

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The EPA's science office just removed the word 'science' from its mission statement

As President Donald Trump took office in late January, his administration began changing the language on government websites. Changes to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pages were among the more notable modifications, including the deletion of "science" from the mission statement of the EPA's Office of Science and Technology Policy (OST).

Electric car article
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Experts suggest electric vehicles could be cheaper than gas-powered ones by 2030

Battery wars power change.

Between now and 2021, battery production all over the world will more than double, Bloomberg reports. With more companies getting into the game, expansion and competition are up, and prices are down.

Solar workers article
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This industry is creating jobs 17 times faster than the rest of the US economy

A new report
released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) reveals that solar jobs in the U.S. (and other nations) are expanding quickly.