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The US has reached the last stage before collapse

In <i>The History of the Decline and Fall of The Roman Empire</i>, Edward Gibbon luridly evokes the Rome of 408 A.D., when the armies of the Goths prepared to descend upon the city.<p>The marks of imperial decadence appeared not only in grotesque displays of public opulence and waste, but also in the collapse …

I-DEAS

Are Mass Extinctions Periodic? If So, Are We Due For One?

65 million years ago, a massive asteroid, perhaps five to ten kilometers across, struck the Earth at speeds in excess of 20,000 miles per hour. In the aftermath of this catastrophic collision, the giant behemoths known as the dinosaurs, which had dominated the Earth’s surface for over 100 million …

This New Explanation For Dark Matter Could Be The Best One Yet

Has it been shifting forms this whole time?<p>It makes up about 85 percent of the total mass of the Universe, and yet, physicists still have no idea …

Dark Matter

Dropbox cut a bunch of perks and told employees to save more as Silicon Valley startups brace for the cold

When Dropbox employees walked into their new office on Brannan Street last month, they were dazzled by something they hadn't seen before — a gleaming, 5-foot-tall panda statue made of chrome.<p>The statue was made in recognition of the company's panda mascot. It was seen as a stamp of approval, …

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Tonight’s meteor shower is going to be amazing thanks to one special element — here's how to watch

Right now, Earth is twirling through the tail of Halley's Comet, arguably the most famous comet in our solar system.<p>And as tiny grain-of-rice-size bits of debris smack into our atmosphere and burn up, they sizzle through the sky in a month-long annual spectacle known as the Eta Aquarids.<p>They run …

Astronomy

Earth - The real reasons nothing can ever go faster than light

It was September 2011 and physicist Antonio Ereditato had just shocked the world.<p>The announcement he had made promised to overturn our understanding of the Universe. If the data gathered by 160 scientists working on the OPERA project were correct, the unthinkable had been observed.<p>Particles – in …

Let's Invade One of Jupiter's Moon With Thousands of Tiny Robots

One small step for robots, one giant step for thousands for tiny robots.<p>The idea of life on Europa, one of Jupiter's moons, is one of the most intriguing hypotheticals in the solar system. Ever since the <i>Voyager</i> missions first flew past the tiny, icy world in 1979, the idea of figuring out what, if …

Astronomy

The Ugly Side of Wildlife Photography

Wildlife and their habitat are facing a new threat—from unethical practices deployed by a new breed of nature photographers. An exponential surge in …

NASA Really Is Trying to Grow Potatoes on Mars

Scientists cooking up test with potato pros in Peru; 65 varieties, red desert dirt<p>PAMPAS DE LA JOYA, Peru—As humans prepare to blast off to Mars, there is still the question of what they’ll eat once they colonize the red planet. Scientists who have traveled here to the Peruvian desert say they have …

Study Skills

You Lose Consciousness Every Minute of Every Day Suggests New Study

The world surrounding you right now appears to be fully realized, perceived by you in a continuous stream of information. But a new study suggests …

Controversial new theory of dark matter could rewrite history — NOVA Next | PBS

Dark matter is currently one of the greatest mysteries in the universe. It’s thought to be an invisible substance that makes up roughly five-sixths …

Dark Matter