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NASA is teaming up with Russia to put a new space station near the moon. Here's why.

We all like having options.<p>At the International Aeronautics Congress in Adelaide, Australia, representatives of NASA and the Russian space agency Roscosmos announced that they had signed an agreement to work together on venturing into deep space, with the first conceptual goal being a deep space …

Space Science

Watch where you warp: Our galaxy is full of black holes

The Milky Way is shaping up to be a very dangerous place for travel. New research finds our cosmic neighborhood is dotted with black holes.<p>If we ever get to the point where we're able to warp Star Trek-style around the galaxy, we'll have to be especially careful of getting sucked into one of the …

Black Holes

How to Survive a Rip Current: First, Don’t Fight It

Around 2 a.m. on Sunday, Zuzana Oravcova, 24, went swimming with a friend at Point Pleasant Beach in New Jersey. About 17 hours later, Jevoney White, 19, did the same at Smith Point Beach on Long Island.<p>Less than 80 miles apart, Ms. Oravcova and Mr. White met the same fate: They were caught in rip …

Weather

60,000-year-old microbes found in Mexican mine: NASA scientist

NASA scientists have discovered living microorganisms trapped inside crystals for as long as 60,000 years in a mine in Mexico.<p>These strange ancient …

These historical menus show how drastically the way we eat has changed

Perusing the New York Public Library’s archive of historical menus is an eye-opening jaunt through the unfamiliar food cultures of yore. What’s …

Orangutan alarm calls may reveal origins of the first words in the human language, scientists say

Scientists studying the alarm calls of orangutans believe they may have revealed the origins of the first words in the human language.<p>The “kiss squeak” noises, which primates make to alert others, contain much more information than previously thought.<p>Previously, theories on speech evolution have …

Milky Way’s black hole may hurl galactic spitballs our way

<b>GRAPEVINE, TEXAS</b> — The gargantuan black hole at the center of the Milky Way is a little like an unruly kid, hurling spitballs. But unlike a child’s …

Universe

Scientists say your “mind” isn’t confined to your brain, or even your body

You might wonder, at some point today, what’s going on in another person’s mind. You may compliment someone’s great mind, or say they are out of their mind. You may even try to expand or free your own mind.<p>But what <i>is</i> a mind? Defining the concept is a surprisingly slippery task. The mind is the seat …

The Brain

Distant black hole may disprove Einstein's theory of relativity

More than 26,000 light years away, deep within the heart of our galaxy, lies Sagittarius A* - four millions Suns' worth of unseen mass concentrated …

Black Holes

The First Ever Video of This Living Ghost Shark Is Creepy as Shit

The deep ocean is a marvel, and is home to some serious treachery. It’s also brimming with mysterious creatures, like the elusive ghost shark, which …

GSA Official: Trump Must Fully Divest From D.C. Hotel

House Democrats on Wednesday said the General Services Administration told them President-elect Donald Trump must fully divest from his new hotel property in Washington, D.C. or he’ll be in violation of the lease.<p>Four Democrats of the key committees and subcommittees that oversee government …

Donald Trump

Why palaeontologists are aflutter over new fossil feather finds

A steady stream of new discoveries is developing our view of the colourful and fuzzy world of dinosaurs and ancient birds<p>Hello everyone, and welcome to a new episode of News from the World of Old Feathers. Sit back and relax, because my, my, we have some new ground to cover.<p>Colourful feathers are …

Paleontology

Bumble invests in gay dating app Chappy

Bumble, the dating app that puts women in the driver’s seat, has today announced that it is leading a seed round investment in gay dating app Chappy.<p>The company is not disclosing the details of the investment, but they did say that Bumble is the sole investor in the round and will take an equity …

Online Dating