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China shows first images of Mars rover, aims for 2020 mission

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has showed off its first images of a rover it plans to sent to Mars in mid-2020, which is designed to explore the planet surface for three months, state media said, the latest aim of China’s ambitious space programme.<p>Concept portrayal of China's Mars rover and lander …

Ready to be confused? Neil Tyson explores the multiverse this Friday.

<i>Neil deGrasse Tyson, Chuck Nice and Paul Steinhardt.</i><p>The idea of a multiverse is pretty popular these days, possibly because it suggests that given an …

Physics

Fifth force of nature? Light particle may be key to understanding dark matter in universe

Recent findings indicating the possible discovery of a previously unknown subatomic particle may be evidence of a fifth fundamental force of nature, …

What's out there? Black holes could be 'back doors' to other parts of universe

A NEW study has claimed black holes could be "back doors" to other regions of the universe.<p>A NEW study has claimed black holes could be "back doors" …

Why haven't we found aliens yet? Some astronomers think we're just too early

From a statistical perspective, one of the trillions of other planets in our galaxy alone has likely produced intelligent life. So why hasn't it …

China successfully refuels a satellite in orbit

China is now one of the precious few countries that knows how to refuel satellites in space. The nation's Tianyuan-1 system (launched aboard the Long March 7) has successfully topped up at least one satellite in orbit. Officials aren't describing the process beyond likening it to that for …

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NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Could Study Planet 9

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) — arguably one of the most anticipated and talked about pieces of space hardware ever conceived — will certainly make observations of the ends of the universe that will likely shake cosmology to its core. But it would also be able to study the large …

Universe

Hitch a ride on SpaceX's rocket as it returns to Earth (plus spectacular new photos)

The reusable rocket rivalry between Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin and Elon Musk's SpaceX might be focused on not just engineering exploits, but possibly …

International Space Station's inflatable room successfully installed

The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, slated in 2014 for a 2015 installation, is now finally successfully installed, inflated and fully pressurised on the International Space Station. It was NASA's second attempt to deploy the inflatable module. The first, on 26 May, saw the BEAM failing to …

The hourly wage needed to rent a 2-bedroom apartment is rising

The pinched access to mortgage credit after the Great Recession is one reason why.<p>Another is that many Americans—especially the poor and people of color—haven't felt the effects of the economic recovery, and may not be able to rustle up the funds for a down payment.<p>A third reason is that …

Housing

Earth-like planet that ‘could be habitable’ discovered

<b>Good news.</b><p>If we use up all the earth’s resources and predictions of a global warming Dooms Day type-scenario do come true, there might be a get out …

A Guy Who's Been Living Off the Grid for 20 Years Explains How to Live Sustainably

I asked the guy living in Sydney's greenest house whether I'm too poor to live off the grid.<p>From the street, Michael Mobbs's inner Sydney terrace house looks like any other. But 20 years ago, Michael and his wife transformed their Chippendale home into an experiment in sustainable living: solar …

New Imaging Study Shows How Schizophrenic Brains Regenerate

A new study points the way toward future new therapies and maybe even, eventually, a cure.<p>To say that cures are rarely discussed within the context of mental illness would be an understatement. The reality is much closer to <i>never</i> and this becomes even more true as the mental illness in question …

Pain, then pleasure: My tattoos as symbols of divorce

The cashier at the checkout had the whitest teeth I’ve ever seen and four black birds tattooed on her forearm. As she ran my orange juice and cauliflower over the scanner, she reached out to touch my wrist.<p>“I love that,” she said quietly, pressing her forefinger to a black bass clef inked on my …

A Cave in France Changes What We Thought We Knew About Neanderthals

In a French cave deep underground, scientists have discovered what appear to be <b>176,000-year-old man-made structures</b>. That’s <b>150,000 years earlier</b> than …

Archaeology

Puppy Addicted To Heroin and Meth Is Drug-Free And Just Got The Best News

<b>***Update: July 22, 2016***</b><br>Seven-month-old Bubba has been through quite a lot in his short life. After police officers rescued him from his home with …

'Alice Through the Looking Glass' review

<b>(The Hollywood Reporter) —</b> "Poor, poor little Alice!" the critic G.K. Chesterton lamented of Lewis Carroll's most famous character.<p>"She has not only been caught and made to do lessons; she has been forced to inflict lessons on others." He was talking not about her Adventures in Wonderland and …

Why You Should Watch the Most Important Food Show Ever Created

As far as culinary docu-series go, <i>Chef’s Table</i>, which premiered its second season today on <i>Netflix</i>, is in another class. There’s never been anything …

A secret hidden within baby teeth may someday cure Alzheimer’s, heart disease, diabetes, and so many more serious conditions.

Imagine you are in a terrible car accident. You wake up to the horror of a missing limb. The doctor says you are lucky to be alive, but you feel the …

Stem Cells

Blue Origin will intentionally crash its spaceship during the next test flight

The empty crew capsule will launch with faulty parachutes<p>Blue Origin is planning the next test flight of its reusable New Shepard rocket, but CEO Jeff Bezos just revealed a twist: the empty crew capsule, which sits on top of the rocket, will crash-land on purpose.<p>"On this upcoming mission we also …

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Did Land, but It May Be Too Damaged to Fly Again - "This is the part where we blow up!" "Not today!"

SpaceX’s second, most recent rocket landing was an impressive feat that even founder and CEO Elon Musk wasn’t expecting, after the rocket propelled a …

Amazing Mars portrait: How did Hubble get that detail?

A new picture of Mars shows close details of its surface in breathtaking detail.<p>It may be years before ordinary Earthlings get to see the surface of …

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Jupiter's Ocean Moon Europa May Be A Good Place To Swim, But Could We Live There?

Europa has a frozen crust and high radiation, but some scientists anticipate finding life there.<p>Jupiter's ocean moon Europa -- one of the planet's four main moons -- may be chemically balanced to spawn life similar to Earth's oceans, according to a new study.<p>There's been a lot of recent talk, …

2016 May 21 - Milky Way and Planets Near Opposition

<b>Milky Way and Planets Near Opposition</b> <b><br>Image Credit & Copyright:</b> Tunç Tezel (TWAN)<p><b>Explanation:</b> In this early May night skyscape, a mountain road near …

Astronomy

Venus Is a Nightmarish Hellscape, Which Is Exactly Why We Should Study It

Venus might have been Earthlike in the past, and Earth might be Venuslike in the future.<p>Venus, Earth's radiant sister planet, has enchanted skywatchers for thousands of years. As the brightest object in the skies after the Sun and Moon, this world is often called the morning or evening star, as if …

Even with sci-fi tech, it may be impossible to explore the known universe

For the entire history of humanity, we’ve lived on this one small unassuming planet in the spiral arm of a very average galaxy called The Milky Way. …

Universe

NASA Invests In Suspended Animation, Growable Space Habitats, And More

To take us to Mars and beyond<p>NASA wants to put humans on Mars in the 2030s, and it's probably going to take some crazy ideas to get us there. Toward that end, the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program has just announced a second round of funding for 8 crazy, futuristic, brain-tickling …