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NASA Just Successfully Launched a Space Probe Towards a Nearby Asteroid

Great news!<p>NASA successfully launched a space probe bound for the asteroid Bennu on Thursday, September 8 at 7:05pm EST.<p>OSIRIS-REx, short for …

Fifth fundamental force: fact or fiction?

The strong, weak, electromagnetic and gravitational forces probably aren’t all there is. Did we just find evidence for a fifth?<p><i>“A careful analysis of</i> …

An Astrophysicist Used Math To Show Melania Trump Stole Her Speech

There's a 1 in 87 billion chance Melania didn't rip off Michelle, a McGill scientist says.<p>Since Melania Trump got caught red-handed at the Republican National Convention Monday night appropriating passages from a speech Michelle Obama delivered in 2008, Donald Trump’s team has engaged in a …

Life on Saturn’s frozen moon: Scientists believe they’ve discovered a habitable world

Enceladus contains a source of energy and a subterranean ocean. The challenge now is how to explore its surface<p>Saturn’s frozen moon Enceladus is a tantalizing world—many scientists are increasingly convinced it may be the best place in our solar system to search for life. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, …

Is there life after death? Some genes turn on after the body's demise, study finds

But now researchers have discovered that an animal’s genes can ‘live’ on for up to four days after its body has died, Science Magazine reported.<p>And …

Here's how Ron and Hermione's family looks 9 years after the 'Harry Potter' books

Fans have already seen the new versions of Harry, Ginny, and little Albus, and now we just got our first look at Ron, Hermione, and their daughter, Rose, as they will appear onstage.<p>Paul Thornley will be playing Ron Weasley, Harry's best friend and notorious comic relief in the series.<p>Hermione …

Scientists tested whether the spells in Harry Potter could work in real life

Could Gillyweed and Skele-Gro be used without magic?<p>University of Leicester students have been dissecting some very important matters: do the spells …

Ice on Mars: The Red Planet is going through an Ice Age

Mars is going through an ice age, according to a new study. Based on radar data collected by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, researchers at the Southwest Research Institute have found an increase in ice at Mars' north pole is consistent with the long-term drop in temperature associated with an …

Ice Age

Five Awesome Science Courses You Can Take Online Completely Free

Editor's Blog Photo credit: Yulia Grigoryeva/ShutterstockScience often gets a bad rap for being inaccessible. But it’s actually never been easier to …

Fishes Have Feelings, Too

Washington — IN March, two marine biologists published a study of giant manta rays responding to their reflections in a large mirror installed in their aquarium in the Bahamas. The two captive rays circled in front of the mirror, blew bubbles and performed unusual body movements as if checking …

Who Needs Males? Self-Cloning Females Heal Faster

One group of North American lady salamanders has evolved a way to keep its all-female lineage going over time.<p>One group of lady salamanders don't just survive without males—they thrive.<p>Some <i>Ambystoma</i> salamanders of northeastern North America don't need males to reproduce, instead cloning themselves …

Red is not its only color: NASA captures Mars you’ve never imagined (PHOTOS)

Vibrant pictures taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter reveal Nili Fossae, Mars’ northwest region, as one of the most colorful spots on the Red …

Badass Skydivers Show You Don't Need Magic To Play Quidditch

These daredevil Muggles are living out every Harry Potter fan's dream.<p>Quidditch just got real. Very real indeed.<p>Many Muggles have fantasized about playing Harry Potter's favorite game.<p>Participants have so far only played Muggle quidditch, which has its own World Cup and featured in “The Internship” …

Lone woman defies neo-Nazi march: 'I was angry'

<b>(CNN) —</b> On Sunday activist Maria-Teresa "Tess" Asplund, 42, stood alone in confronting several hundred neo-Nazi marchers in Sweden, her fist firmly raised in protest.<p>Asplund's defiant act only lasted for a couple of seconds -- just enough for Swedish photographer David Lagerlöf to capture the image.<p>…

Deep Space Industries partners with Luxembourg to test asteroid mining technologies

Deep Space Industries, the asteroid mining company, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Luxembourg Government to co-fund the development and launch of DSI’s first spacecraft. Known as Prospector-X, the small spacecraft will test key technologies in Low Earth Orbit that will be …

NASA's Next Big Telescope After Hubble Can Search For Another 'Earth' In Space

Astronomers at NASA have always hoped for capturing pictures of Earth-like planets located in far away galaxies. However, they would need to have a …

The Moon Tree That Orbited the Moon 34 Times

In 1971, between January 31 and February 9, a forest of trees flew to the moon with three astronauts, one a former "smokejumper" firefighter. They orbited the moon 34 times during the Apollo 14 mission, in the command module "<i>Kitty Hawk</i>," and returned to Earth.<p>The trees were 500 seeds from redwood, …

Sony just patented contact lenses that can secretly record what you see

Paulo Philippidis / flickr<p>A glimpse of the future<p>Our memories are fallible things. We remember something one way; but the reality can be quite …

The National Labor Relations Board has certified a union for hotel staff, but management looks likely to appeal the decision. Meanwhile, staffers reflect on their struggles to get by: ‘For Mr Trump, we’re just a number’<p>Maricella Olvera encounters Donald Trump on occasion, but she’s careful not to …

Donald Trump

Science or science fiction? How an Italian doctor hopes to perform first human head transplant

One Autumn day in 1974, when he was 9, Sergio Canavero visited his regular newsstand on a bustling street in Turin, Italy, to buy a comic book.<p>As a …

Comic Books

Trump's mention of 'woman's card' draws backlash

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's claim that Hillary Clinton is playing "the woman's card" drew intense backlash …

Mammal Embryos Develop Normally In Space

An indication that humans might be able to reproduce in the great beyond, too<p>It seems increasingly plausible that humans will colonize space. But to continue the human race as we know it, we would have to reproduce in space. Up until now, scientists weren’t sure that was possible—one 2009 study …

Space Exploration

Justin Trudeau Gives Snarky Reporter A Lesson In Quantum Computing

"Don't interrupt me," the Canadian PM quipped.<p>Forget the incredible yoga strength, the charming feminist talk, or that glorious hair. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is more than a pretty face.<p>Much more, according to the clip below from a press conference at the Perimeter Institute for …

March was Earth's 11th-straight warmest month on record

<i>UPDATE: April 15, 2016 3:45 p.m. ET</i><p>NASA's March temperature data was released Friday, showing that it was the planet's second-most unusually mild …

Global Warming

Stephen Hawking Is Building Thousands Of Tiny Spaceships To Find Intelligent Life

When asked what extraterrestrial intelligent life might look like, Hawking answered, "Judging from the election campaign, definitely not like us."<p>World-famous theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and Russian billionaire Yuri Milner announced Tuesday their newest attempt to find extraterrestrial …

Astronomers Just Found a Stable Planet in a Triple-Star System

That’s a lot of sunsets.<p>While we sit here on Earth looking up in wonder at how awesome our star, the Sun, is, astronomers have just found a stable …

Third Harry Potter coloring book dives deep into the Wizarding World

We may never be able to go to Hogwarts, but we can color it in.<p>The third edition in the series of <i>Harry Potter</i> coloring books hits stores March 29, …

NASA is sending a 3D printer to space that you can use

NASA is preparing to send its first commercial manufacturing facility to the International Space Station (ISS). The 3D printing company Made in Space has partnered with NASA to send their Additive Manufacturing Facility (AMF) to the space station on a launch scheduled to take place next …

Photos of Halden Prison

Anders Breivik motioning in court.AP<p>Norway's prison system is known as one of the most humane in the entire world.<p>But that hasn't stopped right-wing extremist Anders Breivik, who killed 77 people in Norway in 2011, from suing the state for alleged violations of his human rights at Oslo Prison.<p>At …