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Solar Flare Could Trigger Auroras Tonight For Northern U.S.

Earth is in the line of fire of a powerful solar flare that has already begun hitting us, but most of the energy from the Coronal Mass Ejection, or CME, will skirt safely by, scientists say, with major disruptions to the electric grid, satellites and communications unlikely.<p>But if you're lucky — …

Newly found asteroid to pass close to Earth on Sunday

A newly discovered asteroid will pass "very close" to Earth on Sunday, NASA says.<p>The space rock is estimated to be 60 feet (18 meters) long. It's expected to fly over New Zealand about 2:18 p.m. EDT (11:18 a.m. PDT / 18:18 UTC.)<p>It won't hit Earth or any of the thousands of satellites orbiting the …

How Do Planets Form?

A nearby planetary system contains two baby planets that may refine astronomers' theories about how solar systems come to be.<p>In the past half-decade, we’ve learned about thousands of planets throughout the galaxy, but we still don’t really know what turns young, spinning baby stars into stable …

Sun throws 2 CMEs toward Earth; GPS could be affected, but you're fine

The sun is throwing stuff at us again.<p>A sunspot erupted Wednesday morning with a large, X-class solar flare that caused a wave of plasma called a Coronal Mass Ejection to shoot off the sun and come zooming toward Earth at the speed of 800 to 900 miles per second.<p>This material follows on the heels …

Woman in her twenties discovers that she was born without a cerebellum

She found out when she checked herself into the hospital because of a bad case of nausea<p>A woman living in China’s Shandong Province got a bit of a surprise recently when doctors at the Chinese PLA General Hospital told her that her brain was missing one of the most important centers for motor …

What You Need To Know About The Solar Storm Headed For Earth

Two solar flares have sent magnetic fields to our planet -- and scientists aren’t sure how they’re going to impact each other.<p>The sun has been regurgitating a lot of solar flares these days, and now, a couple will be knocking at Earth’s door this weekend.<p>The originator of these flares is a …

The US military is spending $2.9 million to develop a soft robot suit for soldiers

Harvard researchers are building a flexible exoskeleton based off human musculature<p>It's no secret the US military is looking to enhance soldiers of the near-future with the kind of gear and weaponry seen usually in sci-fi (see the TALOS "Iron Man" project as one prime example). But it's latest …

Ceramics don't have to be brittle: Materials scientists are creating materials by design

Imagine a balloon that could float without using any lighter-than-air gas. Instead, it could simply have all of its air sucked out while maintaining …

The Ozone Layer Is On The Mend

FTW<p>An international agreement to phase out use of chemicals that damage the ozone layer appears to be working. A new report finds that ozone-depleting substances in the atmosphere are down by 10 to 15 percent, and that the ozone layer is by and large getting thicker.<p>The reason is that nations have …

Twin solar storms arrive at Earth

‘Space weather’ experts say double event unlikely to cause problems but alert issued to power and communication networks<p>Twin magnetically charged solar storms will arrive at Earth on Thursday and Friday, raising concerns that GPS signals, radio communications and power transmissions could be …

New species of electrons can lead to better computing

Electrons that break the rules and move perpendicular to the applied electric field could be the key to delivering next generation, low-energy …

First Swimming Dinosaur Was 'Half-Duck, Half-Crocodile'

The fearsome <i>Spinosaurus</i> is one of the icons of the dinosaur pantheon. It was larger than <i>T. rex</i> (and larger than all other carnivorous dinosaurs, in …

Paleontology

Scientists Have Captured the Sound One Atom Makes

The detection of the softest sound theoretically possible could be a quantum computing breakthrough.<p>If an atom gets excited in a laboratory, does it make a sound? Turns out that it absolutely does, albeit it's the softest sound that scientists say is physically possible.<p>Researchers at Columbia …

Quantum Mechanics

Lasers Reveal Underground 'Super Henge'

The mysteries surrounding Stonehenge just got deeper. Literally.<p>Near the prehistoric Stonehenge monument, archeologists have found the buried traces of a "super henge" more than 4,900 feet in circumference. That's about as big around as the Astrodome and Cowboys Stadium combined -- and 14 times …

How to see the Summer Triangle in September

Even as September is beginning, you have several more months to see the large asterism known as the Summer Triangle.<p>The Summer Triangle consists of …

Astronomy

Enormous Carbon Capture Project Begins Construction In Texas

It'll trap tons of CO2 from a coal-fired power plant ... and then use it to mine for more fossil fuels.<p>What will eventually be the world's largest carbon capture facility has started construction near Houston, Texas.<p>The Petra Nova system will collect carbon dioxide leaving an existing coal plant by …

Significant auroras predicted for tonight

Reports from NOAA and elsewhere predict a chance of significant auroras, possibly observable as far south as the northern U.S. and maybe even farther …

Astronomy

Bigger than T. rex, this dinosaur hunted in water - Futurity

The first known semiaquatic dinosaur had giant thighs, blade-like claws, interlocking teeth, and other "alien" features.

'Mixed-up' farms are better for Costa Rica's birds - Futurity

Scientists counted 120,000 birds in three types of habitat in Costa Rica to see how agriculture affects biodiversity. The results are good and bad.

Chisel-Toothed Beasts Push Back Origin of Mammals

Jurassic skeletons show that early mammals didn't just hide in the undergrowth.<p>Squirrel-size mammals scampered through the trees above dinosaurs' heads, newfound Chinese fossils show, revising our image of the first furry beasts. Three newly described species suggest that mammals evolved earlier, …

Want Your Crops To Survive Extreme Heat and Drought? Add Fungus

The future of agriculture may be plant-fungus symbiosis, writes Issie Lapowsky for WIRED<p>The global population continues to grow, and climate change is already tangibly reducing food harvests. Can agriculture adapt to be both more productive and more resilient?<p>One answer to that question may be "add …