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Photonic Propulsion Could Send a Spacecraft to Mars in As Little As 3 Days

If the technology can actually be scaled enough to use on space probes, it might be the key to visiting worlds outside our solar system.<p>There's no argument in the astronomical community—rocket-propelled spacecraft can take us only so far. The SLS will likely take us to Mars, and future rockets …

Space Travel

The Best National Park for Every Type of Traveler

Grand Teton has some of the most rugged peaks and terrain in the country. Located only a few miles south of overly crowded Yellowstone, this park is …

5 research-backed ways to tell if someone is lying

We're going to see what the research has to say on detecting lies, avoiding deception and more. And this is the industrial strength package. We'll look at how to avoid being deceived by the pros in this arena: con artists.<p>To get the real answers, I called an expert. Maria Konnikova is a …

The key to halting climate change: admit we can't save everything

Climate change, and human resistance to making the changes needed to halt it, both continue apace: 2015 was the hottest year in recorded history, we may be on the brink of a major species extinction event in the ocean, and yet political will is woefully lacking to tackle this solvable problem.<p>Why …

Sea Level

26 years ago, Carl Sagan gave us an incredible perspective on our planet

As NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft was about to leave our Solar System in 1989, Sagan, who was a member of the mission's imaging team, pleaded with officials to turn the camera around to take one last look back at Earth before the spaceship left our solar system.<p>The resulting image, with the Earth as a …

Our brain sabotages all efforts at breaking bad habits, Johns Hopkins study finds

It hardly comes as a surprise that we’re our own worst enemies, but new research appears to conclusively prove that our brain is the biggest saboteur …

Researcher Illegally Shares Millions of Science Papers Free Online to Spread Knowledge

Welcome to the Pirate Bay of science.<p>A researcher in Russia has made more than 48 million journal articles - almost every single peer-reviewed paper …

The coolest thing I found at NASA's famous robot lab was in the parking lot

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is known for building awesome Mars-exploring robots and spacecraft that sends back data from billions of miles away, but you don't necessarily need to go inside the restricted labs to see something cool.<p>You can just take a stroll through the parking lot.<p>There …

License Plates

Gravitational waves will unlock these 'revolutionary' secrets of the universe

Ripples in the fabric of space, called gravitational waves, are careening across the universe, right through everything and everyone.<p>Scientists from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) experiment have detected some of the waves— a feat Einstein thought impossible 100 …

Here's an Easy Two-Minute Trick to Calm Your Racing Mind

<b>Obsess much? Here's a way to stop the cycle (and basically tell your brain to STFU).</b><p><i>By Amanda Schupak</i>, SELF<p>Photo: Kyle Ericksen/WWD<p>Replays of awkward interactions, missed opportunities and embarrassing regrets distract us during the day and keep us up at night. Think about how many times you've …

Stress Literally Shrinks Your Brain. Here Are 7 Ways To Reverse This Effect.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>We all know that living under stressful conditions has serious emotional, even physical, consequences. So why do we have so much trouble taking action to reduce our stress levels and improve our lives?<p>Researchers at Yale University …

9 timeless lessons from the great Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius

Marcus has remained relevant for 1,800 years largely due to his writings collected as "Meditations," which President Bill Clinton has said is one of his favorite books.<p>"Meditations" is closer to a diary than a philosophical treatise. Marcus wrote its 12 books sometime during the tumultuous last …

The Morning Routine Experts Recommend for Peak Productivity

What’s the best way to start your day so that you really get things done?<p>Laura Vanderkam studied the schedules of high-achievers. What did she find? …