Amber Shaffer

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NASA Just Discovered Seven New Exoplanets... So What?

On Wednesday, the scientists at NASA <i>kind of</i> freaked out. They announced the discovery of some seemingly Earth-like planets outside of our solar system, a group of rocky globes they’re calling ‘TRAPPIST-1.’<p>How far away are these newly-discovered worlds? They’re about 40 light years from Earth. That …

Universe
Donald Trump

CNN host delivers brazen message to Trump campaign manager after allegations of media bias

CNN host Jake Tapper on Sunday morning refuted claims of media bias after Donald Trump's campaign manager, Paul Manafort, accused him of obeying the "Clinton narrative" while covering the election this week.<p>"These things, just because you say them, they are not true," Tapper told Manafort.<p>The …

Donald Trump

The 17 equations that changed the course of history

Mathematics is all around us, and it has shaped our understanding of the world in countless ways.<p>In 2013, mathematician and science author Ian …

BREAKING: Illinois Governor Vetoes Law That Would Have Registered 2 Million Voters

Late Friday afternoon, Illinois’ Republican Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed a bill that would have made the state the sixth in the nation to …

Fish with 'human teeth' found swimming in Michigan lakes

Fish with human-like teeth and a reported penchant for chewing on men’s testicles have been found swimming in Michigan lakes.<p>Several anglers have …

Papua New Guinea

400-year-old Greenland shark is oldest vertebrate animal

Shark, which would have reached sexual maturity at around 150 years, sets new record for longevity as biologists finally develop method to determine age<p>She was born during the reign of James I, was a youngster when René Descartes set out his rules of thought and the great fire of London raged, saw …

Biology

Trump stirs controversy with remarks on gun rights

WILMINGTON, N.C. (Reuters) - Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump suggested on Tuesday that gun rights activists could act to stop Democratic rival Hillary Clinton from nominating liberal U.S. Supreme Court justices, igniting yet another fire storm of criticism just as he sought to steer …

Donald Trump
Government

Newt Gingrich Repudiates Donald Trump's Economic Plan

WASHINGTON ― After a disastrous week for a Republican presidential nominee, you might have expected the party to circle the wagons and bring out its most prestigious leaders to defend their candidate, particularly in front of a friendly, conservative news outlet.<p>Speaker of the House Paul Ryan …

Republicans

100 Years of General Relativity: Why Einstein Still Stands

Despite numerous challenges to the theory, it remains foundational<p>One hundred years ago this month, Albert Einstein redefined what gravity is, overthrowing his own hero Isaac Newton.<p>Newton had imagined gravity to be a force like any other that pulls on things to get them going. But Einstein wove …

Massive 'Magnet' May Have Powered Monster Cosmic Explosion

One of the most powerful cosmic explosions ever observed by astronomers may have been powered by a massive, incredibly strong magnetic object, new …

10 Exoplanets That Could Host Alien Life

Photo Credit: PHL @ UPR Arecibo, ESA/Hubble, NASA<p>Slide 1 of 21<p>Introduction<p>As of April 2014, the Habitable Exoplanets Catalog lists 21 planets that …

History of the Roswell UFO Incident

On the evening of July 2, 1947, several witnesses in and near Roswell, New Mexico, observed a disc-shaped object moving swiftly in a northwesterly …

Mysterious Ice Plains Spotted on Pluto (Video)

Not far from a range of giant ice mountains on Pluto lies a vast stretch of icy plains whose surface is broken into cell-like blocks by snaking …

Solar System

Fastest Star in the Galaxy Has a Strange Origin

The fastest-known star in the Milky Way is on a path out of the galaxy, and new research suggests it was a supernova that gave it the boot.<p>The …

Weird 'Buckyballs' May Be at Root of Milky Way Mystery

Soccer-ball-shaped carbon molecules known as buckyballs may be the cause of mysterious bands seen in light across the Milky Way that have puzzled …

Universe

Wild Milky Way Map Reveals Hidden Loops of Multicolored Microwaves

Currents of bold color swirling in the image above look like an impressionist's painting, but are actually a map of microwaves emanating from the …

Bizarre Cometlike Alien Planet Is First of Its Kind

A Neptune-size planet appears to be masquerading as a comet, with a gargantuan stream of gas flowing behind it like a comet's tail.<p>The bizarre find …

Universe

New Pluto Photos Contain Multitude of Mysteries

Scientists are stunned at the incredible new images of the surface of Pluto, its largest moon Charon and its farthest-flung moon Hydra, which are …

Solar System

Enormous Black Hole Is Too Big for Its Galaxy

A newfound giant black hole nearly as massive as 7 billion suns is dozens of times larger than astronomers expected given its host galaxy's size, …

Jupiter's 'Twin' Found: Is This Solar System 2.0?

A planet similar in mass to Jupiter, and orbiting a sunlike star at about the same distance as the real Jupiter, may have been identified by …

Rare View of Black Hole Caught in 'Bull's-Eye' Eruption (Video)

Rings of X-ray light flare and fade around an active black hole in a stunning new set of observations by NASA's Swift space telescope.<p>The bull's-eye …

Stephen Hawking Helps Launch Massive Search for E.T.

A new $100 million, 10-year search for intelligent life in the universe was announced today (July 20) by famed scientist Stephen Hawking and other …

Lasers Could Blast Tiny Spacecraft to the Stars

Traveling to other star systems is a big dream, but achieving it may require going ultrasmall.<p>Blasting tiny, waferlike sailing spacecraft with …

Stephen Hawking: Intelligent Aliens Could Destroy Humanity, But Let's Search Anyway

This week, famed physicist Stephen Hawking helped launch a major new effort to search for signs of intelligent alien life in the cosmos, even though …

Breakthroughs

Mars Rover Curiosity Gives Advanced Sunspot Warning from Sun's Far Side

The Curiosity rover on Mars has turned its cameras skyward and found sunspots brewing on the far side of the sun, a view that's impossible to get …

Astronomy

This Lopsided Ancient Galaxy Is the 1st View of Early Galactic Assembly

The mysterious smudges central to this new image are an ancient galaxy in the throes of formation — and for the first time scientists can glimpse its …

NASA Unveiling New Exoplanet Discovery from Kepler Telescope Today

<b>Editor's note:</b> NASA announced the discovery of Kepler-452b, the closest Earth twin yet found by the Kepler Space Telescope. For our full story, read: …