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Smithsonian scientist Harrison Dyar spent 20 years digging hidden tunnels under Washington D.C.

In 1924 a curious network of catacombs was discovered in Washington D.C. They were traced to Harrison Dyar, a Smithsonian entomologist who had been …

Elon Musk won’t be first man on Mars because risk of death is too high, but he encourages you to go

On Tuesday, SpaceX founder Elon Musk gave his most detailed plan to date for how he's going to create a human space colony on Mars. His plan involves …

Here It Is: Elon Musk's Master Plan to Start a Colony on Mars

For years, Elon Musk has talked about his goal of getting people to live on Mars. Now he's revealed how he plans to actually accomplish that.<p>Musk spoke on Tuesday about SpaceX's plan to get humans to the Red Planet--a mission that entails launching a reusable spaceship larger than any ship ever …

Wall Street

Mercury Is More Earth-Like Than We Thought

It’s the only other planet in our solar system that we know is tectonically active.<p>Mercury has been hiding an exciting secret: the closest planet to our Sun is perpetually shrinking, according to new data from NASA, which shows the appearance of new, tiny cracks on Mercury's surface called "fault …

SpaceX shows off its Interplanetary Transport System in new video

SpaceX has released a new video showing a CG concept of its Interplanetary Transport System, the rocket and spacecraft combo it plans to use to colonize Mars. The video depicts a reusable rocket that can get the interplanetary spacecraft beyond Earth’s orbit, and a craft that uses solar sails to …

Space Travel

There will be a Black Moon happening this Friday

Prepare to witness the rise of a Black Moon in the Western hemisphere this Friday night at 8:11pm EST, a rare event that occurs only once every 32 …

Hemisphere

Uber Is Working On A Vertical-Takeoff Aircraft

Might settle on autonomous helicopters instead<p>Uber, the hungry Silicon Valley company that turned people with cars and smartphones into a transportation fleet to rival taxis (while skirting things like labor regulations in the process), has set its sights on something much larger. Uber is already …

China

Man Pleads Guilty to Massive iPhone Celebrity Photo Hack

An Illinois man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to hacking the e-mail accounts of high-profile female celebrities in a scandal linked to the online release …

Pilots, air traffic controllers shifting to text messaging

CHANTILLY, Va. (AP) — Airline pilots and air traffic controllers are on schedule to switch to text communications at most of the nation's busiest …

Billionaire Elon Musk outlines plans for humans to colonize Mars

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (Reuters) - SpaceX is developing a massive rocket and capsule to transport large numbers of people and cargo to Mars with the ultimate goal of colonizing the planet, company chief and tech billionaire Elon Musk said on Tuesday.<p>Musk outlined his plans for the Mars rocket, capable …

Guadalajara

Martin Shkreli Is Auctioning Off a Chance to Punch Him in the Face

Martin Shkreli — the former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO who gained notoriety for raising the price of an AIDS drug more than 50-fold — is now …

World's First 'Three Parent Baby' Born Thanks to a New Fertility Technique

A new reproductive technique in which a baby is produced with the genetic material from three distinct parents has yielded its first human.<p>As …