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The International Space Station was never supposed to end like this

It wasn't supposed to end like this.<p>When the Trump administration released its latest budget proposal on Feb. 11, fans of human space exploration were dismayed to learn that it included plans to end America's involvement in the International Space Station.<p>The proposal calls for the U.S. to sell its …

The treasures of the Maya world revealed by science

The mysterious Maya city of Tikal in north-east Guatemala has been on the Central American tourist trail for decades, and swells with visitors during …

For Teens Knee-Deep In Negativity, Reframing Thoughts Can Help

"Why didn't she text me back yet? She doesn't like me anymore!"<p>"There's no way I'm trying out for the team. I suck at basketball"<p>"It's not fair that I have a curfew!"<p>Sound familiar? Parents of tweens and teens often shrug off such anxious and gloomy thinking as normal irritability and moodiness — …

Self-help

Over 59,000 people are pointing fans at Hurricane Irma in an attempt to blow it away

“That just might be crazy enough to work” is the mantra of nearly 60,000 people hoping to dissuade Hurricane Irma from making landfall in Florida. A …

Facebook worker living in garage to Zuckerberg: challenges are right outside your door

As the Facebook CEO travels across the US to ‘learn about people’s hopes and challenges’, the cafeteria workers at his company struggle to make ends meet<p>Mark Zuckerberg’s travels throughout the United States to fulfill his 2017 “personal challenge” to “learn about people’s hopes and challenges” …

Mark Zuckerberg

Universities face influx of lawsuits from students, as ministers plan to introduce new 'contract'

Students could sue their universities if they feel they have not been given the education they were promised, the Universities Minister Jo Johnson has said, as he announced plans to introduce a contract between institutions and students.<p>Under new proposals, institutions could face an influx of …

The Universe Itself May Be Unnatural

When it comes to the physical Universe, we fully expect things obeying the same fundamental laws to unfold in similar fashions, and to be comparable to one another today. By the same token, if they obey vastly different rules, we expect them to be different from one another today. If aspects of the …

Physics

Red sky at night, and other mysteries solved: The science of sunrise and sunset

Is the 'Red Sky at night' saying true? What's the difference between sunrise and sunset? And why does the sky go red in the first place? Jay …

Landscape Photography

Why tech workers showed up to March for Science

Science itself may be nonpartisan, but the March for Science this weekend simply couldn’t be.<p>Demonstrators, many tech workers among them, turned out in an estimated 600 cities around the world to rally for science and its role in policy-making. The march was organized after the Trump administration …

San Francisco

Canada's great outdoors: readers’ travel tips

Wildlife, mountains, islands and forests … Canada’s natural wonders – from Nova Scotia to Vancouver – have left an indelible mark on our intrepid readers<p>If you want to experience authentic, raw, outdoor Canada then a few days in <b>Willmore wilderness park</b> will take you out of your comfort zone. Motor …

What is Quantum Entanglement? Part 1: Waves and particles

If you follow science, or science fiction, to any degree, great or small, you’ve probably heard the term “quantum entanglement” before. You may also …

How to plan a post-Brexit holiday – from Serbia to the Lake District

Where should Brits holiday after Article 50 now the pound is squeezed? Emerging destinations offer an affordable alternative to the Costa del Sol. Plus, there’s always camping ...<p>Picking our way across the broken glass, we cross the beach to where the sea can just be seen, a distant grey smudge. …

European Travel

Island hopping on Scotland’s west coast

Unspoiled, unparalleled and replete with stunning beaches, amazing scenery and gourmet delicacies, Scotland’s west coast islands from the Firth of Clyde to the Outer Hebrides will repay a visit.<p>Crave getting away from it all on your own white-sand beach? Driving through spectacular scenery on the …

The 50 best horror movies of all time

Our Universe is too vast for even the most imaginative sci-fi

As an astrophysicist, I am always struck by the fact that even the wildest science-fiction stories tend to be distinctly human in character. No …

Why Robert Downey Jr.’s New Movie Might Be the Perfect Allegory for Donald Trump

Medical quack John Brinkley may have lived and swindled 100 years ago, but his story is a deeply familiar one of a celebrity turned populist politician.<p>Almost exactly 100 years ago, a man named John Brinkley came up with an idea that would make him famous. After buying a diploma from the completely …

Why is looking out into space the same as looking back in time? (Beginner)

<i>Why do people sometimes say that when we look at stars that are very far away that we are "looking back in time"?</i><p>This is because of the finite speed …

There's a castle in Wales with a fire-breathing dragon and it's up for sale

A castle with a fire-breathing dragon is on sale in Wales for £2.875 million. The property in Denbighshire, North Wales has massive stone walls and a dragon, carved from a 200-year-old tree, that can breathe fire at guests.<p>But Gyrn Castle, which sits on a hill overlooking the Clwd valley, and …

Scientists discovered an absurdly easy way to seem convincing

Over the holidays it's best to avoid any arguments, whenever possible. But if you can't, you may want to bring some scientific ammunition for your side of the discussion.<p>It turns out that if you want to convince someone that your explanation for something is the best way to explain it, you might …