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National Geographic's One Strange Rock will change your view of Earth forever

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Planets

Yellowstone National Park

Travel<p>Yellowstone is a geological smoking gun that illustrates how violent the Earth can be. One event overshadows all others: Some 640,000 years ago, an area many miles square at what is now the center of the park suddenly exploded. In minutes the landscape was devastated. Fast-moving ash flows …

Wolves

Hubble telescope spies an exoplanet that snows sunscreen

Add exoplanet Kepler-13Ab to the list of planets you don't want to visit. It circles very close to its star, Kepler-13A, and its daylight side reaches scalding temperatures of about 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit (2,760 degrees Celsius), while its dark far side snows sunscreen.<p>Astronomers at Penn State …

Howard Blackburn: Heroism at Sea

Tales of small-boat survival and heroism at sea still occur, and always will, but they are not as common as they once were; today’s sailor is blessed …

These Rare Color Photos From the Second World War Are Incredible

A new book published by the Imperial War Museum features a rare collection of color photos from World War II, some of which haven’t been seen in over …

Prediction prof: Trump will be impeached

The professor who took hell for predicting President Donald Trump has a much longer case for predicting President Mike Pence — and it’s all in his new book, out next week.<p>Allan Lichtman, a professor at American University, reached meme-status last fall for predicting long before anyone else that …

Donald Trump

We May Be Able to Build a Rocket That Can Go 99.999% the Speed of Light

Theoretical Spacecrafts<p>Theoretical physics often lifts the sanctions we set on our own imaginations. Whether it’s exploring the possibility of warp …

Astronomers May Finally Have the First Picture of a Black Hole

Genius<p>Using a massive telescope network, scientists have data in hand that could open new frontiers in our understanding of gravity.<p>For the monster at the Milky Way’s heart, it’s a wrap.<p>After completing five nights of observations, today astronomers may finally have captured the first-ever image of …

Black Holes

Federal Judge Says Texas Voter ID Law Intentionally Discriminates

HOUSTON — A federal judge ruled on Monday that the voter identification law the Texas Legislature passed in 2011 was enacted with the intent to discriminate against black and Hispanic voters, raising the possibility that the state’s election procedures could be put back under federal oversight.<p>In a …

Civil Rights

Video of SpaceX rocket landing is powerful in so many ways

Last month SpaceX founder Elon Musk celebrated the realization of a goal 15 years in the making when one of the company's Falcon 9 orbital rockets touched down on the drone ship Of Course I Still Love You in the Atlantic Ocean -- for the second time.<p>On Wednesday, SpaceX took to Instagram to share …

Overcoming Self-Sabotage: How to Stop Attracting Pain

<b>“Life will bring you pain all by itself. Your responsibility is to create joy.” ~Milton Erickson</b><p>Sometimes, there comes a point in our lives when we …

Top Ten Weirdest Things in the Solar System

Weird

Try these simple 1-minute meditations to calm your mind

Meditation can be scary at first: You're supposed to sit alone, in silence with <i>all</i> of your thoughts, yet not let them distract you. It sounds nearly impossible right? Well, studies have found countless health benefits to meditation, so there's definitely something to it.<p>Though it might be best to …

Doing this simple stretch when you wake up can give you more energy

Tim Sitt, author of "Move Or Die: How the Sedentary Life is Killing Us and How Movement, Not Exercise, Can Save Us," explains a simple morning stretch that can give you more energy throughout the day. Following is a transcript of the video.<p><i>Spread your feet about 3 feet apart and you're going to</i> …

FBI’s Trump-Russia probe knocks White House on its heels

Trump’s team scrambles to contain fallout as Comey confirms investigation and debunks wiretapping claim.<p>The White House was knocked on the defensive ahead of its biggest week yet on Capitol Hill after FBI Director James Comey confirmed the existence of an active investigation into Russia’s meddling …

Empty Space Isn't Empty, And Quantum Researchers Now Have Direct Evidence

<i>Our editors delve into Curiosity's top stories every day on a podcast that's shorter than your commute. Click here to listen and learn — in just a</i> …

Watch this Dramatic Rescue of a Fallen Big Wave Surfer

Adventure<p>Brazilian professional surfer Pedro “Scooby” Vianna takes an epic spill from his board during a storm in Nazaré, Portugal.<p>Adventure<p>In late February, the best big wave surfers in the world caught wind of a storm headed for Nazaré, Portugal—a surfing destination only recently recognized for …

World Surf League

How we know that climate change is happening—and that humans are causing it

It's a matter of how, not if<p>“People come to Asheville to retire,” says Deke Arndt, “and data comes to Asheville to retire, too.”<p>He should know. Arndt and his colleagues sit atop a vast trove of current and historical climate data—data so valuable, it’s protected by multiple failsafes and even …

Climate Change

20 Powerful Quotes From Frederick Douglass

In his 1845 memoir, <i>A Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave</i>, the famed abolitionist wrote that, “I have no accurate knowledge …

Deepest Place on Earth Contains 'Extraordinary' Pollution Levels

One of the most remote places on Earth isn't immune to pollution that likely came from industrialized areas nearby.<p>In a surprise finding, scientists say the amount of pollutants in the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench—one of the most remote locations on Earth—is so high that it outpaces the amounts …

Former Oklahoma sheriff will not face more charges

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Prosecutors said Friday that they won't file new criminal charges against a former Oklahoma sheriff who has faced scrutiny since …

How was Russian mystic Rasputin murdered?

<b>Grigory Rasputin, a mystic peasant who captivated the Russian imperial court, met his death at the hands of aristocratic enemies 100 years ago.</b><b>Artem Krechetnikov of BBC Russian examines the grisly murder of Rasputin and finds that some details are more myth than reality.</b><p>Few characters in Russian …

The Psychological Research That Helps Explain the Election

At the end of most years, I’m typically asked to write about the best psychology papers of the past twelve months. This year, though, is not your typical year. And so, instead of the usual “best of,” I’ve decided to create a list of classic psychology papers and findings that can explain not just …

Welcome to the Universe: Neil deGrasse Tyson on space and other unknowns

Can we afford a no-holds-barred approach to scientific research? Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson tells DW why, when it comes to space, or any …

The World Is Running Out of Fish Faster Than We Thought

New research suggests the number of fish caught for consumption is double what is being reported.<p>Between 1950 and 2010, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) underestimated the total number of fish caught in the world's oceans by over half, according to new book <i>Global Atlas of Marine</i> …

Huge mysterious UFO disc-shaped object captured crossing moon's surface was alien spaceship, say ET hunters

Alien hunters are convinced this huge apparently disc-shaped UFO crossing the moon is yet more proof of extraterrestrial life.<p>Mystery surrounds the …

Legal age for pot sales disappoints members of Canada’s medical community

Members of Canada's medical community are disappointed over a federal task force's recommendation to allow cannabis sales to those 18 and over, with some warning unrestricted access could have a detrimental impact on developing brains.<p>As the government moves toward legalization, it also faces the …

Cannabis

Huge wave higher than 6-storey building spotted in Atlantic between UK and Iceland

Gigantic waves often occur in North Atlantic due to underwater plateaus and freak wind patterns.<p>A giant 60ft (19m) wave has been spotted in the North …

The EPA found that fracking can impact drinking water quality.

Its long-awaited report corrects the record on the scientific evidence regarding a controversial aspect of hydraulic fracturing. From the report’s …

Water

The science behind how a digital camera works

While technology plays an integral part in our daily lives, many of us have little understanding of how the devices we use every day actually work.<p>In the video above we reveal how a digital camera works, creating an image by allowing light through the lens and using a sensor to covert the data into …