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Rare Sight of Super Blue Blood Moon and Lunar Eclipse: Pictures

Burma

New Falcon Heavy Rocket Represents a Major Bet for SpaceX

SpaceX’s long-delayed Falcon Heavy rocket, slated for its maiden flight on Tuesday, faces uncertain commercial prospects and lacks a clear role in efforts to send U.S. astronauts back to the moon or deeper into the solar system.<p>The company conceived the rocket at the beginning of the decade, when …

Space Travel

Ten Facts About the State of the Union Address

President Donald Trump is set to deliver his first official State of the Union address Tuesday night at 9 p.m. The White House has not revealed the …

U.S. Politics

How To Find and Download Apple’s Free User Manuals to Your Mac or iOS Device in iBooks

“How-to” books for Apple’s Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Apple TV have long been a popular way to learn more about your favorite toys. But, did …

First UFO sighting of 2018 reported from Mexico; expert says aliens are closely watching us [Video]

The upcoming launches by NASA and SpaceX would trigger the number of UFO sightings, said Pedro Ramirez, a UFO expert.<p>A mysterious UFO has been …

The biggest space missions and rocket launches we'll see in 2018

There’s a lot going on<p>Next year is already overflowing with exciting missions to space. NASA is launching a new lander to Mars, as well as a spacecraft that will get closer to the Sun than ever before. And two of NASA’s vehicles already in space will finally arrive at their intended targets: one …

Tesla's electric Semi trucks are priced to compete at $150,000

Could pay for itself in fuel savings alone<p>Last week Tesla unveiled its electric Semi to great fanfare. The four-motor truck was announced with a 500-mile range and some self-driving capabilities. What Elon Musk failed to provide was a price. Now that’s changed: the regular versions of the 300-mile …

Dawn Spacecraft Will Remain at Dwarf Planet Ceres Until It Runs Out of Fuel

NASA officials have decided that the Dawn spacecraft will spend its last days studying the dwarf planet Ceres. Rather than move on to another target …

Solar Dynamics Observatory

Quick Solar Outburst<p>A small eruption blew a bright, disjointed stream of plasma into space (Oct. 18, 2017). The source of the blast was just out of …

Stephen Hawking makes his doctoral thesis available online

Ever wondered how Stephen Hawking saw the universe as a doctoral candidate, when his theories about black holes were just coming into fruition? You don't have to hear about it second-hand -- you can now go straight to the source. The legendary cosmologist has published his 1966 doctoral thesis …

That Neutron Star Merger Was Metal As Hell, Literally

On Monday, an international team of scientists announced the first-ever detection of a gravitational wave from a smashup of neutron stars. While the …

With one giant wind farm, we could power the entire planet

Oil is running out. Coal is dirty. And fracking, the process used to extract natural gas, contaminates ground water. And using any of these fossil …

Six Google search tips to find anything faster

Start searching smarter.<p>Google is the go-to destination when you need to find something on the web—the verb "to google" even made it into the dictionary. But while everyone's heard of the popular search engine, very few know how to make the most of it.<p>Behind the unassuming Google interface, you'll …

Google Search

Teardown of New 4K 21.5-inch iMac Reveals Removable RAM and Modular CPU

<i>iFixit</i> has published a teardown of the new 4K 21.5-inch iMac, which reveals that – surprisingly – Apple's smallest all-in-one desktop machine has both removable RAM and a Kaby Lake processor that's not soldered onto the logic board.<p><i>iFixit</i> made the discovery by disassembling Apple's $1,299 mid-range …

Watching magnets morph liquid rocket fuel is hypnotically beautiful

This liquid rocket fuel becomes magnetised when near a magnetic field. So it dances and morphs when magnets are moved around it.<p>It is called ferrofluid and it was invented by NASA's Steve Papell to be a rocket fuel that could work in zero gravity due to its magnetic qualities.<p>Magnet Expert Ltd …

Is There a Better Way to Sequester Carbon Dioxide Hiding in Plain Sight? - MIT Technology Review

By squirreling away carbon dioxide beneath the Earth’s surface, we might be able to reduce the amount that accumulates in the atmosphere. Now, a team …

Fossil Fuels

Apple reportedly has a “super secret” project to change the way we treat diabetes

Apple is reportedly working on a “super secret” medical project: building sensors to monitor blood sugar levels without piercing the skin.<p>According to CNBC, the iPhone maker has been working on this for at least five years, quietly hiring dozens of biomedical engineers and sequestering them in a …

Diabetes

The factories of the future could float in space

Orbital manufacturing is already paving the way for better solar panels, faster internet, cleaner computer chips, and lab-grown human hearts<p>This past summer, a plane went into a stomach-churning ascent and plunge 30,000 feet over the Gulf of Mexico. The goal was not thrill-seeking, but something …

Space Exploration

Photographing a Black Hole: Historic Campaign Now Underway

The campaign to capture the first-ever image of a black hole has begun.<p>From today (April 5) through April 14, astronomers will use a system of radio …

Black Holes

U.S. fires missiles at Assad airbase; Russia denounces 'aggression'

UNITED NATIONS/MOSCOW/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Russia warned on Friday that U.S. cruise missile strikes on a Syrian air base could have "extremely serious" consequences, as President Donald Trump's first major foray into a foreign conflict opened up a rift between Moscow and Washington.<p>The warships USS …

Middle East

Elon Musk shares new Tesla Model 3 details

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is known for short bursts of activity on Twitter, oftentimes answering fans and reporters questions on the social media platform.<p>On Friday, as Musk was on a flight to Cape Canaveral—presumably to attend to business related to SpaceX, the aerospace company he also runs—the …

Tesla

How geologists found the world's oldest fossils in Canada

The geologist who dated what appear to be the world’s oldest fossils on what it took to make the discovery in Quebec<p>The oldest proof we have of life …

Paleontology

Recent Claims Invalid: Emergent Gravity Might Deliver A Universe Without Dark Matter

Gravity is one of the four fundamental forces of nature, which means it’s not derived from anything else – it just is. At least, that’s according to our presently accepted theories. But this may be about to change.<p>Physicists today describe the gravitational interaction through Einstein’s Theory of …

Dark Matter

When the Lights Went Out in the Universe

<i>Paul Sutter</i> <i>is an astrophysicist at</i> <i>The Ohio State University</i><i>and the chief scientist at</i> <i>COSI Science Center</i><i>. Sutter is also host of</i> <i>Ask a</i> …

Dark Matter

Meet Jane Little: The Musician Who Played with the Same Orchestra for 71 Straight Years, a World Record

Last May, when Jane Little died at the age of 87, a world record came to an end.<p>Standing only 4'11" and weighing only 98 pounds, Little began playing …

Orchestras

Harvard has created a 'liquid' battery that could last for more than a decade

Lithium-ion batteries power everything from phones to electricity grids but their lifespan is incredibly short, plus they're difficult to recycle. …

Clean Energy

How to Sort Your Playlists in Apple Music

Apple Music makes it easy to create fantastic playlists of all the songs you desire. But if you like to create a lot of playlists, it’s easy to lose track of your older ones or have a hard time finding the new ones. Depending on how you use Playlists in Apple Music, you can sort them in a way that …

Apple Music

Long Exposure Tips And Tricks

Many circumstances necessitate long exposures, but they’re most commonly reserved for low-light photography. Cityscapes at night, dawn and dusk …

Landscape Photography

Best app deals of the day! 6 paid iPhone apps for free for a limited time

Everyone likes apps, but sometimes the best ones are a bit expensive. Now and then, developers put paid apps on sale for free for a limited time, but …

Tesla quietly brings online its massive – biggest in the world – 80 MWh Powerpack station with Southern California Edison

After announcing the project back in September, we have now learned that Tesla and Southern California Edison (SCE) have completed the massive 80 MWh energy storage station using Tesla’s new Powerpack 2 at the Mira Loma substation.<p>There are a few bigger projects in various phases of development, …