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Life on Earth began 4.1 billion years ago, says study

New evidence suggests that life on Earth began 300 million years earlier than previously documented, pushing the origin of life close to when the …

Comet Spreads Love And Joy By Releasing 500 Bottles Of Wine Per Second

Habitable? That's downright hospitable<p>Billions of years ago, comets might have brought the essential ingredients for life to Earth. And what could possibly be more essential than ethyl alcohol? Our favorite ingredient in wine, beer, and liquor has been found on the aptly named comet Lovejoy. It's …

This Tractor Beam Uses Holograms Made Of Sound To Move Objects

You can now lock on to (very small) targets<p>Every day it seems like <i>Star Trek</i> is looking more like actual science than science fiction. We're working on holographic doctors, transporter beams, and tricorders--and intelligent sliding doors are now a reality.<p>But what about the real-world status of the …

Astronauts are not the only life forms to inhabit the International Space Station

Astronauts are not the only life forms to inhabit the International Space Station.<p>The ISS is also home to trillions of microscopic space dwellers that live in the air and on the surfaces of the floating space laboratory. This community of fungus and bacteria make up the space station's unique …

Microbiology

Watch pumpkins breathe fire, barf molten iron, and levitate thanks to science

For my 10th grade physics class, my teacher constructed a catapult that he synchronized with a magnet holding a soda can to the ceiling of the classroom, so that with the flick of a switch the can would drop, the catapult would fire, and the projectile and soda would meet in a fizzy mid-air …

A NASA probe will fly through a giant icy plume on one of Saturn’s moons tomorrow

The maneuver will given Cassini a taste of the global ocean that lies beneath the moon's crust<p>On Wednesday, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will fly super close to Saturn's icy moon Enceladus, passing within 30 miles of its South Pole. That’s a little more than two times the length of Manhattan. It's the …

Elephant loss could change landscape forever - Futurity

A loss of big animals, like mammoths and elephants, can radically and permanently change the landscape, says Anthony Barnosky. "You can't go back."

Watch A B-2 Stealth Bomber Fly In High Definition

A tribute to an older bomber, or an advertising campaign for the next generation?<p>It’s hard to deny just how stunning the B-2 Spirit looks. A gorgeous, slick, all-black stealth bomber, its rudderless body and technological edge combine the coolness and menace of Batman and Darth Vader into one …

NASA Is Sending a Spacecraft Deep Inside an Alien Geyser

Flying just 30 miles above a massive plume of water erupting from Saturn’s moon Enceladus, the Cassini probe will gather the best samples ever from an ocean beyond Earth.<p><i>Updated Wednesday, October 28: Cassini made its closest approach to Enceladus at 11:22 a.m. ET.</i><p>The Cassini spacecraft takes its …

If Humans Go To Mars, Where's The Best Place To Land?

NASA is taking suggestions this week<p>In <i>The Martian</i>, a stranded astronaut has to survive a hostile Red Planet. This week, scientists will hold the first workshop to identify sites on Mars where astronauts might actually land one day.<p>Arguments may turn fierce when the workshop starts today as to which …

For Two Weeks, This California Town Has Averaged One Earthquake Per Hour

At 408 quakes so far, San Ramon sets a shaky new record<p>Large earthquakes can be incredibly serious, like the one that struck Afghanistan on Monday. But not all earthquakes are devastating, earth-shattering monsters. Sometimes, they're just...there.<p>Over the past two weeks, over 408 earthquakes have …

Discovered: A Brand-New Species of Giant Galapagos Tortoise

And there are only about 250 of them<p>Ever since a young Charles Darwin visited the Galapagos Islands in 1835 during his circumnavigation of the globe, the archipelago has been indelibly linked with the theory of evolution by natural selection. The incredibly specific and varied adaptations of …

Space Archaeologists Search For Dead Alien Civilizations

Extraterrestrial life might exist, but there’s no guarantee that it hasn’t destroyed itself. Here’s how to detect an apocalypse on another world.<p>Archaeology has gone interstellar.<p>The peculiar behavior of KIC 8462852—a star 1,500 light-years from Earth that is prone to irregular dimming—has prompted …

Busting Myths About Penguin Feathers

Emperor penguins reputedly have the highest feather density of any bird, with around 100 feathers per square inch of skin (15 per square centimeter). This “fact” crops up on Wikipedia and a host of other websites, and seems to trace to a statement made in a 2004 National Geographic news story.<p>It’s …

Birds

Einstein's Theory of General Relativity

In 1905, Albert Einstein determined that the laws of physics are the same for all non-accelerating observers, and that the speed of light in a vacuum …

Albert Einstein

Is Stephen Hawking Right About Hostile Aliens?

E.T. was the perfect extraterrestrial: Cute, smart and — best of all — a perfect pacifist.<p>Unfortunately, scientists aren't so sure that an actual …

Singularity

Stephen Hawking: 'The real risk with AI isn't malice but competence'

Artificial intelligence was one of the biggest topics during Stephen Hawking's Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) earlier this year. So it's not too surprising that Hawking used up a significant portion of his answers to that Q&A session, released by Reddit yesterday, by clarifying his stance on …