Evan Sarris

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Everyone Hates NASA's Asteroid Capture Program

And they're finally saying something about it.<p>At first, the concept behind NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) sounds nifty.<p>In the early 2020s, the space agency will send a robotic vehicle equipped with an enormous bag to capture a 10-meter-diameter piece of a near-Earth asteroid and tug it into …

Extremely Rare Fox Seen in Yosemite—First Time in 100 Years

It's too early to say if the Sierra Nevada red fox is rebounding, experts say.<p>One of the rarest animals in North America, the Sierra Nevada red fox, has been caught on camera in California's Yosemite National Park for the first time in nearly a century.<p>Motion-sensitive cameras stationed in the …

WW1 Centenary Is Remembered on Flipboard

One hundred years ago today, Britain made a life-changing decision, declaring war on Germany in defense of its friend and neighbor, Belgium. Serbia …

Hubble sees 'zombie star' lurking in space: What it is, why it matters

Using the Hubble Space Telescope, researchers have spotted a "zombie star" lurking in deep space. What is this astronomical equivalent of the walking dead, and how did it get there?<p>The story involves a rare type of cosmic explosion, detective work and a NASA first.<p>It began 110 million years ago in …

What A Balloon Shouldn't Do, But For Some Reason Does

Great teaching — just plain old knock 'em dead, get it right, make 'em laugh, make 'em wonder instruction — is always going to be rare. Good teachers abound. Great ones are special. And "Destin," who goes by one name and has his own little physics channel on YouTube called Smarter Every Day, is, …

12-year-old scientist helps prove invasive lionfish can survive in nearly fresh water

Florida sixth-grader Lauren Arrington's school project ended up in a real scientific journal paper<p>Lionfish, with their tall, thin fins and red stripes, may look pretty to some observers. But they're highly venomous, and are considered an invasive species by the US government because they devour …

How Lego figures and rubber ducks reveal ocean secrets

Weird and wonderful objects washed up on the world's beaches shed more light on the workings of the ocean currents than you might think. Richard Fisher reports.<p>Marooned on an island, if you threw a message-in-a-bottle into the ocean, would you be saved? The answer, according to researchers, depends …

Wales

Does Earth have a second moon?

Mars has two moons, Jupiter has 67, Saturn 62, Uranus 27, Neptune 14. But our planet Earth has just one moon. Doesn’t it?<p>Many planets in our solar …

Rising Milky Way, laser light show, Singapore, July 21

Singapore is big on laser light shows. Has them every night! Justin Ng offers the “impossible:” Milky Way rising behind the laser lights and city …

Milky Way Galaxy

Lifeform of the week: Sea stars

You call them starfish? They’re brilliant by any name.<p>I’m not sure exactly when starfish began insisting on being called “sea stars”, but somewhere …

Zoology

Scientists baffled by appearance of giant crater in Siberia

Mysterious hole discovered in remote tundra in Siberia leaves Russian scientists looking for answers<p>It is a barren landscape so remote that even the locals call it "the end of the world." Now the bleak tundra of Russia's remote Yamal peninsula has been scarred by a vast crater that has left …

Why do we have blood types?

More than a century after their discovery, we still don’t know what blood groups like O, A and B are for. Do they really matter? Carl Zimmer investigates.<p>When my parents informed me that my blood type was A+, I felt a strange sense of pride. If A+ was the top grade in school, then surely A+ was …

Medical Research