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Shape-Shifting Frog Found, Goes From Spiky to Smooth in Minutes

Dubbed the "punk rocker” frog, the marble-size amphibian is the first vertebrate known to change its skin texture.<p>Deep in the rain forest of Ecuador lives a very indecisive frog.<p>On a nighttime walk in 2009, scientist Katherine Krynak spotted a well-camouflaged, marble-size amphibian that was …

My 15 Favorite Commander Hadfield Photos : Earth Matters : Blogs

“Who’d have thought that five months away from the planet would make you feel closer to people,” mused Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield a few days …

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Amazing Video of Saturn Stitched Together from Old NASA Photos

A spectacular new video combines NASA images of the Saturn and Jupiter systems into an eye-popping montage of moons, rings and swirling otherworldly …

What it Would Look Like if the Sun was Replaced with Other Stars?

How would our horizon look if Earth orbited around another star, such as Alfa-Centauri, Sirius, or Polaris? Roscosmos TV has released two new videos …

See the Incredible Image Astronomers Are Referring to as ‘God’s Hand’

Astronomers are calling it “God’s Hand.”<p>An incredible image, released Wednesday by the European Space Agency, depicts a faint nebula — cometary globule CG4 — located about 1300 light-years away from Earth in the constellation of Puppis.<p>The cometary globule CG4, referred to as “God’s Hand” or “The …

Universe

Hubble Captures Image of Strange Giant Galaxy

The Hubble Space Telescope shot this image of a strange giant galaxy that is somewhere between a spiral and an elliptical galaxy.<p>NGC 7049 is a type …

'Cosmogology' Blends Art, Astrophysics, and Myth into Science Fictional Wonder

French artist Vincent Broquiare crafts science-fiction without words.<p>French artist Vincent Broquiare is known for his humorous and minimal small-scale art that manifests as pen and paper illustrations, books, animated videos, and installations. Through these various media, he explores the …

The best science books of 2014: chemistry, physics, maths

Today, I share a list of what I consider to be the best popular physical sciences books of the year, hoping that you’ll find lots of interesting and unusual ideas for all the maths-astro-physics-chemistry buffs on your holiday gift-giving list!<p>Today, I continue my series of “best of 2014” books …

Hubble peeks inside a stellar cloud

These bright stars shining through what looks like a haze in the night sky are part of a young stellar grouping in one of the largest known star …

Prediction For 2015: Probes Solve The Mystery Of Dwarf Planets

What will we find when we reach Pluto and Ceres? We don't know, but it’s going to be wild.<p>For the first time, humans are about to explore two new planets in the same year—and not just new planets but new kinds of planets. Pluto and Ceres are dwarf planets, meaning they are big and round (like …

Astronomy

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The Most Beautiful Space Photos Of 2013

The vortex of Saturn's north polar storm is seen in this false-color image taken from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The eye<p>... VIEW …

Scientists Are More Creative Than You Might Imagine

But original thinking could be declining among students because of the growing emphasis on test-taking in schools.<p>Scientists don’t usually have a reputation for being very creative. They have to adhere to the scientific method, use statistics and data, and carefully measure their results—activities …

The Best Science Books of 2014

On the heels of the year’s most intelligent and imaginative children’s books come the most stimulating science books published this annum. (Step into the nonfictional time machine by revisiting the selections for 2013, 2012, and 2011.)<p>1. THE ACCIDENTAL UNIVERSE<p><i>“If we ever reach the point where we</i> …

Ten things you might not know about space

Ten oddities and misconceptions about space that you may — or may not — have heard before.<p>Astronomy provides a fascinating and even downright …

Universe

26 Pictures That Will Make You Re-Evaluate Your Entire Existence

The universe, man... THE UNIVERSE.

Universe

Rosetta mission lander detects organic molecules on surface of comet

Philae spacecraft beams back evidence of carbon and hydrogen that could provide clues about origins of life on Earth<p>The Philae lander has found organic molecules – which are essential for life – on the surface of the comet where it touched down last week.<p>The spacecraft managed to beam back evidence …

25 Breathtaking Night Sky Photos Around The World

From the milky way galaxy in France to the Northern Lights in Norway, these 25 spectacular shots of the night sky around the world remind us of the …

NASA's new SoundCloud account will make you feel spaced out

Otherworldly sounds from classic and new NASA missions are here, including 'Houston, we've had a problem'<p>Space has never sounded better (literally it hasn't, as it is a near vacuum where sound waves don't propagate). NASA launched its first official SoundCloud account last week in time for …

Isolation and hallucinations: the mental health challenges faced by astronauts

Why the mental health of astronauts is one of the biggest hurdles when it comes to successful space missions<p>The sight of the entire Earth, visible to the naked eye, has had a profound effect on those who have seen it. Astronaut William McCool described it as “beyond imagination”, and many have …

A spacewalk selfie, the Giant Squid Nebula and an origami solar array – in pictures

On 24 August a flare erupted from the sun, seen on the left edge of our home star in this image from Nasa’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (above). Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation, which can’t penetrate the Earth’s atmosphere to harm humans but can disrupt the layer through which GPS and …

Nixie: A Tiny Flying Camera Drone You Wear On Your Wrist

If the idea of a wearable camera drone seems downright strange to you, you’re probably not alone, but a new wrist-mounted flying concept camera …

Space Elevator Planned by Japanese Engineers for 2050

A Japanese construction firm has announced it plans to have an operational space elevator in service by 2050.<p>Obayashi Corporation said the …

Stunning Footage of AC-130s Deploying Flares

When modern warplanes have missiles fired at them, they deploy flares or chaff to lead those missiles off-target. The magnesium-containing flares are …

Researcher shows that black holes do not exist

Black holes have long captured the public imagination and been the subject of popular culture, from Star Trek to Hollywood. They are the ultimate …

India's spacecraft inches closer to Mars... and history

India enters Mars orbit on first attempt<p><b>STORY HIGHLIGHTS</b><p>India's Mars Orbiter Mission entered Mars' orbit Wednesday<br>• India's spacecraft cost $74 million, a fraction of the $671 million spent by NASA's MAVEN<br>• India PM Narendra Modi praises country's efforts<br>• Entering Mars' orbit is complicated, as nearly …