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Alien Microbes, A Mystery Moon, And The Search For Life

The tiny world Europa, one of 69 Jupiter moons, hardly seems right for life.<p>The temperature, unimaginably cold, is 250 degrees below zero Fahrenheit at the equator, 370 below at the poles.<p>The atmosphere, although mostly oxygen, is wispy, too thin to breathe.<p>The so-called habitable zone is more than …

Planet Nine, Show Thyself

Astronomers have found tantalizing new evidence that strengthens the case for a ninth planet beyond Neptune—but some still doubt its existence.<p>In 2016, when astronomers made the case for a ninth planet, orbiting far beyond Neptune, that could explain a strange clustering of objects in the outer …

Astronomy

The World’s Most Difficult Mountain May Soon Be Fully Conquered

What happens to climbing when the “last problem of the Himalayas” is finally solved?<p>There’s no one reason that K2 is often considered the most difficult mountain to climb. It’s not the world’s tallest mountain. It doesn’t have the highest fatality rate. It’s known for its steepness, yes, and for …

Mountaineering

The subtle power of uncomfortable silences

In business and in life, it could help you to get acquainted with the power of the pause.<p>At your next meeting, wait for a pause in conversation and try to measure how long it lasts.<p>Chances are – especially among English speakers – it will be a second or two at most.<p>Anglophones tend to be most …

Acquainted

Why Does The Proton Spin? Physics Holds A Surprising Answer

You can take any particle in the Universe and isolate it from everything else, yet there are some properties that can never be taken away. These are intrinsic, physical properties of the particle itself — properties like mass, charge, or angular momentum — and will always be the same for any single …

Physics

Next week's Perseid meteor shower could be like no other

The Perseid meteor shower — which is expected to hit its peak during the overnight hours from August 11 to August 12 — is usually considered one of …

Russia’s long-term aims and how the west will respond

How should we read Russia, and Vladimir Putin’s game plan with respect to the US, the west and Ukraine?<p>My own view is that Putin is in waiting mode, …

The Very Strange—And Fascinating— Ideas Behind Quantum Computing

IBM has been working on a new quantum computer that can dominate the industry for decades to come. If that sounds incredible, wait till you hear the …

Quantum Computing

Supersonic helicopters with stealth capabilities and formidable arsenals…

2016-07-21T16:15:56.000Z<p>By: Izabella Kaminska<p>Helicopter money has been going through an important conceptual transition this month. For years it was …

Japan flirts with helicopter money

The yen recorded its sharpest drop in the past three decades last week, as markets sniffed the possibility of helicopter money arriving in Japan. The …

NASA is sending a probe to explore a strange object a billion miles beyond Pluto

The agency has approved a proposal from the New Horizons team to send the spacecraft — which was first sent to explore Pluto — to 2014 MU69. That's the completely uninspiring name of a hunk of rock in the Kuiper Belt, the ring of icy rubble leftover from the birth of the solar system.<p>Pluto also …

Solar System

NASA is making a robotic spacecraft that can refuel satellites

NASA has not only given the Restore-L mission its seal of approval, it has also zeroed in on its first potential client: government-owned satellite Landsat 7. The mission's goal is to develop and launch a robotic spacecraft, which can refuel and do maintenance work on satellites already in orbit, …

'New Era' of Astrophysics: Why Gravitational Waves Are So Important

There was big news in astrophysics this week: An experiment detected ripples in space-time, known as gravitational waves, created by two black holes …

Raghuram Rajan: “I want to share with you that I will be returning to academia when my term as Governor ends on September 4, 2016″ [updated]

2016-06-18T12:01:53.000Z<p>By: David Keohane<p>Rajan is going ex-RBI.<p>A chunk from the statement that has just gone up on the Indian central bank’s</b> …

Russian Robot Escapes Laboratory, Wanders Into Street

Clearly the "independent locomotion" study was a success<p>When you see video of police officers arriving on the scene as a robot blocks traffic, you assume Skynet is involved.<p>Not so, thankfully, this time. While a Russian robot did "escape" into the street, it was actually just wandering around on …

Senate close to votes on gun-control measures but no bipartisan agreement in sight

By Karoun Demirjian<p>, Congressional reporter<p>The Senate is expected to vote Monday on a series of competing gun-control measures that will highlight the continuing divide between Democrats and Republicans over how Congress should respond to mass shootings.<p>All are likely to fail as the two parties …

Gun Control

What if Greece got massive debt relief but no one admitted it? (Part 2.5)

2016-06-14T19:07:20.000Z<p>By: Matthew C Klein<p>The replacement of market funding with increasingly concessional loans from the “official sector” may have …

Bitcoin companies come of age; start moaning about unfair playing fields

2016-05-27T18:17:30.000Z<p>By: Izabella Kaminska<p>Blockchain/fintech/bitcoin conferences are ten a penny these days, and we don’t mean to bore you with …

Has the age of quantum computing arrived?

It’s a mind-bending concept with the potential to change the world, and Canadian tech company D-Wave claims to have cracked the code<p>Ever since Charles Babbage’s conceptual, unrealised Analytical Engine in the 1830s, computer science has been trying very hard to race ahead of its time. Particularly …

Quantum Computing

Dutch, Australian climbers die after reaching Everest summit

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A Dutch man and an Australian woman died of apparent altitude sickness while descending from the summit of Mount Everest in …

Why Does Gravity Move At The Speed Of Light?

If you looked out at the Sun across the 93 million miles of space that separate our world from our nearest star, the light you’re seeing isn’t from the Sun as it is right now, but rather as it was some 8 minutes and 20 seconds ago. This is because as fast as light is — moving at the speed of light …

Physics

How Does NASA Decide Where Spacecraft Will Land When They Return To Earth?

<i>How does NASA decide where to land their spacecraft upon re-entry? originally appeared on Quora –</i> <i>the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights</i>.<p><b>Answer by C Stuart Hardwick, award-winning science fiction author, on Quora:</b><p>Spacecraft landing points …

3,000-year-old burial ground may reveal secrets of Polynesian migration

Scientists and explorers have long tried to understand how Polynesia came to be settled; the shape and contour of one ancient skull may provide a clue<p>Evidence from an ancient graveyard has begun to illuminate one of the great mysteries of the human journey: the peopling of the Pacific. A study in …

Anthropology

The year of the outer solar system: how space exploration reached new heights in 2015

Photograph: European Space Agency/PA<p>An artist’s impression of Beagle 2.<p>84<p>image/jpeg<p>http://media.guim.co.uk/261a98bb96cabbb98f38df8dff71933e1b57aefd/0_81_1700_1021/140.jpg<p>140<p>Photograph: NASA/Getty Images<p>Hale crater on Mars, showing Nasa’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter signs of liquid water.<p>84<p>image/jpeg<p>…

Gigantic Swiss Atom Smasher Breaks World Record

The world's largest particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider, has set a new world record for colliding two beams of more particles together …

Images of Pluto and Charon continue to captivate Nasa: 'This world is alive'

Photograph: Nasa/JHUAPL/SWRI<p>A high-resolution image of Pluto taken by New Horizons shows small features, from craters to faulted mountain blocks, to the texted surface of the vast basin informally called Sputnik …

Solar System

Review: 'The Martian' is just the movie space travel needs

You get the impression that Ridley Scott read Andy Weir's 2011 hit sci-fi survival novel <i>The Martian</i> -- with its detailed descriptions of chemical …

What the Modern Presence of Water on Mars Means

Mars may be the solar system’s most tragic planet. It once had a dense atmosphere; it once fairly sloshed with water; just one of its oceans may have …

8 Ways You Can See Einstein's Theory of Relativity in Real Life

1 of 8<p>Profound implications<p>Relativity is one of the most famous scientific theories of the 20th century, but how well does it explain the things we …

Physics