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There’s a lot riding on today’s mission to resupply the International Space Station

Can private companies handle the responsibility of keeping the International Space Station resupplied? The proposition will be tested today when a US rocket attempts to fly nearly four tons (3.5 metric tons) of food and supplies to the six residents of humanity’s orbital outpost.<p><b>Update, 12/7:</b> After …

Radio pulses from space have stumped scientists for years. Now we may be close to solving the mystery.

By Rachel Feltman<p>Rachel Feltman<p>Bio<p>Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) are a big fat mystery. The pulses — first discovered about a decade ago — come from billions of light years away and last for just milliseconds. Only 16 pulses have been recorded since the first was heard in 2007, but scientists believe …

Universe

Highest Resolution Images Of Pluto Reveal The Frozen Universe

When you photograph a distant world, you have two methods available to you, each with their own drawbacks:<p>Photograph it from your current location, building as large a telescope and as sophisticated a camera as possible.<br>• Travel to that distant world and photograph it up close, then send the data …

Scientists come face to face with angry deep-sea squid

In the black depths of the deep sea, scientists have captured rare footage of two person-sized squid with giant flashing lights at the ends of their arms.<p>The animals, both of the species <i>Taningia danae</i>, approached and latched onto a remotely operated vehicle scientists were using in a part of the …

El Niños wreak havoc everywhere: As we brace for the coming El Niño, here’s why their effects are so dramatic

Generated in the vast Pacific Ocean, El Niño’s effects are legion — drought, severe rainstorms, major flooding<p>Simon Winchester<p>November 15, 2015 3:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Pacific”<p>The term <i>El Niño</i> first appeared in the English language at the end of the nineteenth century—and not so much because of …

Backpacker, Go Home: How Tourism Is Ruining Everything

Twenty years ago, when I first visited the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza, it was already one of Mexico’s most popular attractions. Though a fair amount …

9 Sneaky Causes Of Depression

From the weather to your lifestyle habits.<p>For some people, sub-zero temperatures aren’t the only difficult side effect of winter. Approximately 10 million Americans also experience seasonal affective disorder, a depression-related mental health condition that waxes and wanes depending on the time …

Astronomers are freaking out over this newly discovered Earth-sized planet — and for good reason

The exoplanet, dubbed GJ 1132b, is about the size of Earth and lives in a solar system roughly 39 light-years from Earth, a team of scientists reported in the November 12, 2015, issue of the journal Nature.<p>Furthermore, the exoplanet is the closest rocky Earth-sized exoplanet ever discovered, by far.<p>…

There’s an awful cost to getting a PhD that no one talks about

One night during the third year of my PhD program, I sat on my bed with a packet of tranquilizers and a bottle of vodka. I popped a few pills in my mouth and swigged out of the bottle, feeling them burn down my throat. Moments later, I realized I was making a terrible mistake. I stopped, trembling …

Inside The Z Machine, Where Scientists Turned Hydrogen Into Metal

Tackling an 80-year-old theory<p>For 80 years, researchers theorized that hydrogen could transform into a metal. This year, scientists at Sandia National Laboratories finally proved it.<p>They took deuterium, an isotope of hydrogen, and applied 3 million times the atmospheric pressure using the Z …

Peak Plutonium-238? U.S. Starts Making Nuclear Fuel For Deep Space Missions

In the next two or three years, the U.S. Department of Energy will begin producing small quantities of a material known as plutonium-238 at refurbished federal nuclear facilities in Idaho and Tennessee.<p>When fully operational, the facilities will be able to produce a little more than three pounds of …

United States

Mystery military activity forces LAX to reroute overnight flights

Mysterious military activity west of Los Angeles International Airport is forcing the airport--one of the nation’s busiest-- to temporarily divert overnight landings and departures.<p>KABC-TV reported Saturday that secret military operations being conducted over the Pacific Ocean may make for noisier …

Egypt antiquities officials scoff at Carson pyramid claims

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian antiquities officials on Monday scoffed at claims by Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson that Egypt's ancient pyramids …

Pluto's mysterious mountains could be ice-spewing volcanoes, scientists say

‘It’s the least crazy thing we can think of,’ said American scientists trying to solve the puzzle of two peaks towering several miles above Pluto<p>Scientists have discovered what appear to be ice-spewing volcanoes on the surface of Pluto, raising questions about how the tiny, distant world has been …

New Imagery Reveals That Mount St. Helens Is Sitting Atop a Small Sea of Magma

Evidence for a Pacific-Northwest supervolcano?<p>My home is in the Cascade Mountains of Washington state, roughly equidistant from three of the Northwest's largest active and potentially active volcanoes: Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, and the ever-rumbling Mt. St. Helens. Mt. Rainier isn't much further, and …

Werewolf cats are being bred and they are not cute

You may have seen headlines about a "werewolf cat" lately. If you thought they were going to be cute and cuddly, you were wrong. They are odd. Very odd.<p>The Lykoi is a new cat breed, unofficially called the werewolf cat. The felines have a fur pattern that's distinctly wolfish — the black fur is …

Did the Kepler telescope just find the first signs of alien life?

A recent paper published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society describes a star more than 1,400 light years away that dims and glows in a strange flickering pattern. A number of theories have been suggested to explain why this might be happening, but one of them has gained outsized …

A leading theory about how consciousness works may be wrong

Until now, it had been widely accepted that conscious thought requires complex, sustained and widespread brain activity, while the mind's unconscious workings involve much shorter and simpler processes.<p>However, the paper, which appeared in the journal Cortex, seems to show that some of the …

Data From New Horizons Mission Reveals Extremely ‘Unusual’ Characteristic of Pluto’s Moons

The moons orbiting Pluto spin and don’t keep one face pointed toward the dwarf planet they orbit, NASA announced Monday.<p>The space agency said that data from the New Horizons mission revealed that four of Pluto’s largest moons fail to rotate in sync with the planet.<p>“The New Horizons mission also is …

Astronomers discovered a new component of the Milky Way galaxy that they never expected to find

And now, a recent study shows that even our own cosmic neighborhood can surprise us at times.<p>Reporting in this month's Astrophysical Journal Letters, a team of astronomers identified a band of special, young stars residing in one of the last spots they expected: near the heart of the Milky Way.<p>The …

Poof! The Planet Closest To Our Solar System Just Vanished

The disappearance of Alpha Centauri Bb raises questions for planet hunters looking for Earth-sized alien worlds.<p>Scientists just made a planet disappear. According to a new study, Alpha Centauri Bb, a world in the nearest star system to us, was merely a ghost in the data.<p>The planet, thought to be …

Astronomy

Ancient Greek Warrior's Tomb Yields Eye-Popping Treasures

An American husband-and-wife team working in Greece has uncovered the 3,500-year-old remains of a prominent ancient warrior who was buried alongside …

Archaeology

Bizarre Dark Energy Theory Gets Boost From New Measurements

New measurements of the expansion rate of the universe lend new support for the theory of dark energy that suggests a mysterious force is pulling the …

New Horizons has gone to Pluto, and now comes the Great Beyond

Scientists say layers of haze stretch 100 miles into the atmosphere, much higher than anticipated. All this haze is believed to account for Pluto’s reddish color.<p>NASA’s New Horizons has sent back the first in a series of the sharpest views of Pluto it obtained during its July flyby – and the best …

Solar System

Pluto probe uncovers mysterious 'dark pole' on big moon Charon

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has spotted a strange dark patch at the pole of Pluto's big moon Charon, further whetting researchers' appetites ahead …

Johns Hopkins University

Hubble watches the loneliest galaxy

Not all space is created equal.<p>In fact, much like animals, galaxies and stars tend to cluster together, not by survival instinct, but by each other's gravity, creating clusters and rivers of celestial objects.<p>The Milky Way galaxy, for instance, belongs to a cluster of galaxies we call the Local …

Scientists just got the first close-up look at some perplexing white spots in space, and they're more mystified than ever

Last March, NASA's Dawn spacecraft made history when it became the first mission to ever orbit a dwarf planet.<p>Before Dawn, the best images we had of the dwarf planet Ceres were taken by the Hubble Space Telescope in the early 2000s from a distance of 257 million miles away. And about the only thing …

‘Jurassic World’ completely ignores these important discoveries scientists have made about dinosaurs

"It had a big influence on me in wanting to study Paleontology." Dr. John Hutchinson, an evolutionary biomechanist and professor at the Royal Veterinary College in London, explained to Business Insider. "The original film was a landmark in cinema, in many ways and also an important moment in …

Dinosaurs

The List of Vegetables That Are Making You Gain Weight

But in a world of confusion, at least there’s one thing you can rely on: Some foods will always be healthy and reliable. Like Mom says: Just eat your …