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Dracula’s Castle Is Ready To Welcome New Visitors

In 1897, Bram Stoker’s described a dream vacation house—a historic castle that offers 360-degree views as it “sits on the very edge of a terrific …

Top scientists explain how enormously exciting and important gravitational waves are

One hundred years ago, Albert Einstein published his general theory of relativity, which described how gravity warps and distorts space-time.<p>While this theory triggered a revolution in our understanding of the universe, it made one prediction that even Einstein doubted could be confirmed: the …

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Travel (South Africa)

Last-minute glitch, but British astronaut Tim Peake docks with space station

Failure of automatic docking system gives hair-raising end to otherwise perfect voyage for Peake and crewmates to ISS<p>Britain’s first European Space Agency astronaut, Tim Peake, has docked with the International Space Station after a tense, last minute glitch with the Soyuz spacecraft forced the …

We’re fundamentally altering the night skies, and it's threatening much more than our view of the stars

Admittedly, once radio telescopes began to make the first inroads into the invisible regions of the electromagnetic spectrum, the game changed.<p>Today, there's no portion of that universal hum of radiation that is off-limits to ground- or space-based telescopes. But optical astronomy - the …

Planets

Mystery Of The Bright Spots On Ceres May Have Just Been Solved

NASA also released stunning new flyover images of the dwarf planet.<p>The mysterious bright spots on Ceres may no longer be so mysterious.<p>The bright spots captured the public imagination when they were first spotted by NASA's unmanned Dawn spacecraft as it approached the dwarf planet in March. There …

Astronomy

Galapagos Expedition Reveals Unknown Seamounts, New Species

The Galápagos Islands have long offered researchers a natural laboratory in which to study unique volcanic features and a diverse population of …

Why aren’t astronauts blown away on space walks?

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora: I watched a space walk today. If the space craft needs to orbit at 17000 mph, how come there seems to be no effect on the astronauts?</i> <i>Answer by Robert Frost, instructor and flight controller at NASA.</i><p>Imagine you are on a passenger airplane, say a Boeing 777 …

Space Exploration

Shedding light on the mystery of missing ordinary matter

Matter known as ordinary, which makes up everything we know, corresponds to only 5% of the Universe. Approximately half of this percentage still …

A Scientist Is Taking A Stand After She Was Banned From A Conference For Being Pregnant

"It seems we still have a long way to go to achieve genuine gender equality."<p>"I get back to you because after a reflexion <i>[sic]</i> our colleagues from the European Commission are not very enthusiastic to take a risk for your health making you travel to Brussels at the late stage of your pregnancy," the …

This is the biggest shift going on in artificial intelligence

Machine learning superficially mimics the interconnected structure of the human brain, but beyond that, it looks nothing like how humans think or reason.<p>But when Tech Insider asked 26 AI researchers whether AI has to mimic the human brain to be truly intelligent, many of them flat out said no. Many …

Artificial Intelligence

Physicists: Nobody's Telling the Truth About That Downed Russian Warplane

Russia and Turkey each have their own version of what happened with that downed jet earlier this week, but science may have the last word. According …

New formula identifies limits to nanoscale heat transfer

How much heat can two bodies exchange without touching? For over a century, scientists have been able to answer this question for virtually any pair …

Bacteria cells group together in communities and use electrical signalling to survive

Groups of bacteria use electrical signalling to communicate, new research published in the journal <i>Nature</i> has found.<p>The electro-communication …

Ancient genomes reveal natural selection in action

The introduction of agriculture into Europe about 8,500 years ago changed the way people lived right down to their DNA.<p>Until recently, scientists …

First-of-kind dopamine measurements in human brain reveal insights into how we learn

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists have reported measurements of dopamine release with unprecedented temporal precision in the …

Six amazing dinosaur discoveries that changed the world

Recently, an auction of a dinosaur skeleton, discovered in Jurassic-aged rocks in the US, was held in West Sussex, England. The skeleton was that of …

Chemists craft molecule that self-assembles into flower-shaped crystalline patterns

The National Science Foundation has awarded $1.2 million to three research groups at Indiana University to advance research on self-assembling …

Scientists overcome key CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing hurdle

Researchers at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT have engineered changes to the …

Researchers Confirm Original Blood Vessels in 80 Million-Year-Old Fossil

Researchers from North Carolina State University have confirmed that blood vessel-like structures found in an 80 million-year-old hadrosaur fossil …

The accidental discovery of how to stay young for longer

Living longer usually means a longer dotage, but wouldn’t it be enticing to extend young adulthood instead? It’s such an appealing prospect that …

Research team finds detailed record of mysterious fast radio burst

Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs), brief yet brilliant eruptions of cosmic radio waves from the distant universe, have baffled astronomers since they were …

NASA Space Telescope Snaps Its First Black Hole Picture

NASA's newest space telescope has opened its X-ray eyes to take its first pictures of the high-energy universe, including a glimpse at a well-known …

An unspoken option if climate talks fail: Geoengineering

PARIS (AP) — It's the option climate negotiators here are loath to talk about.<p>What if they fail to curb global warming and the environment gets so …

This Microbial Animal Threw the Evolutionary Rulebook Out the Window

We typically think of evolution as a progression from simplicity to complexity. But one organism seems to have thrown the rulebook out the window: a …

‘False positives:’ More than half of NASA’s Kepler exoplanets aren’t actually planets

A five-year study of exoplanet data captured by the Kepler space observatory found that half the exoplanet candidates aren’t planets at all. They are …

Experiment Finds No Evidence the Universe Is a Hologram (But It Still Might Be)

One inconclusive experiment doesn't mean we're any closer to understanding the nature of space-time.<p>The world's first experiment designed to look for evidence that the universe exists as a hologram has found nothing to suggest that is the case.<p>But not-so-fast, Matrix naysayers: The result, …

The Universe is Dying? Now What?

<i>Paul Sutter is a visiting scholar at The Ohio State University's Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics (CCAPP). Sutter is also host of the</i> …

Found! Apollo 16 S-IVB Impact Crater

A decades old mystery is now solved! After many attempts searching through Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) images, the Apollo 16 S-IVB …

Daily Meditation: A Prayer For Mother Earth

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be part of bringing spirituality alive in your life.<p>Today's post features an interfaith prayer for the earth, provided by GreenFaith. As the Paris climate …