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How to Make a Worm Bin - DIY

<i>The following is an excerpt from</i> Making It: Radical Home Ec for a Post-Consumer World <i>by Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen (Rodale, 2010). In this ultimate</i> …

The Opportunity rover just celebrated 5,000 ‘sols’ on the Martian surface

The mission to Mars was only supposed to last about three months — apparently the Opportunity rover didn’t get the message. On February 17, 2018 the …

I Shot SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy and Got Retweeted by Elon Musk

My name is Brady Kenniston, and I’m a portrait and wedding photographer from a small town in Michigan, nowhere near the rocket haven that is Kennedy …

Social Media

A new company plans to launch huge, inflatable spacecraft into orbit — and sell reservations to countries and tourists

Robert Bigelow, who made his billions from the hotel chain Budget Suites of America, has officially launched a new spaceflight company called Bigelow Space Operations (BSO).<p>Bigelow, age 72, founded Bigelow Aerospace in 1999. That company develops space hardware and built an inflatable room, called …

Space Exploration

Surprise! Andromeda Isn't Much Bigger Than the Milky Way After All

A recent discovery would upend years of size estimates for our largest galactic neighbor.<p>Our nearest galactic neighbor, the Andromeda galaxy, is hurtling toward our own Milky Way at around 250,000 miles per hour. The two galaxies will collide in a few billion years.<p>Until recently, scientists …

News24.com | Lessons Jacob Zuma taught us

Now that President Jacob Zuma, once a seemingly invincible figure, is out of the public office that he had used as an instrument of plunder, it would …

South Africa

EFF shouts 'Ace!' as Ramaphosa vows to tackle corruption

Lizeka Tandwa<p>Ace Magashule after the result announcement at the ANC 54th national conference. (Elizabeth Sejake, City Press)<p>Video<p>Newly-elected …

Sacking of Gigaba the first step to repair a broken SA

Jacob Zuma’s late-night resignation as president of South Africa underlines Cyril Ramaphosa’s significant political skill.<p>He achieved Zuma’s exit in …

The Likely Losers in South Africa’s Imminent Cabinet Shake-Up

Cyril Ramaphosa was appointed South Africa’s president on Thursday, just hours after Jacob Zuma resigned from the post under pressure from the ruling …

First SpaceX internet satellites now set to launch Wednesday

Elon Musk's rocket company has been working on getting satellite broadband off the ground for years. Now the Falcon 9 is set to launch the first test.<p>For the second time in recent days, SpaceX has delayed the launch of a rocket carrying prototype satellites for its planned broadband internet …

Space Travel

Dubai space center is joining the race to Mars

Elon Musk has a new challenger in the race to colonize Mars.<p>The United Arab Emirates is using its oil wealth to finance a homegrown space program. It plans to launch its first mission to the red planet by 2021, and hopes to settle humans there 99 years from now.<p>The small Gulf state has so far …

Space Exploration

SpaceX Is Launching Its First Internet Satellites This Week

A launch this Saturday will put two test satellites into orbit.<p>Back in 2015, SpaceX announced one of its more ambitious proposals: a constellation of satellites in orbit around the Earth, providing internet access to everyone and everywhere. Their plan involved launching over 4,000 such satellites, …

Watch Elon Musk Freak Out Over the Falcon Heavy Launch

Unique footage shows the SpaceX CEO and his team in mission control in the moments leading up to the historic launch.<p>On February 6, SpaceX made history with the largely successful first launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket—and National Geographic was there, right alongside SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.<p>In …

Space Exploration

Tesla actually built the world’s biggest battery. Here’s how it works.

Get amped to learn about lithium-ion energy storage!<p><i>Note: This story was updated on December 1.</i><p>Elon Musk and Tesla have made good on an ambitious commitment, and the state of South Australia is now home to the world’s biggest battery. The battery installation is connected to a wind farm (that's …

Energy

The Startling Link Between Sugar and Alzheimer's

A high-carb diet, and the attendant high blood sugar, are associated with cognitive decline.<p>In recent years, Alzheimer’s disease has occasionally been referred to as “type 3” diabetes, though that moniker doesn’t make much sense. After all, though they share a problem with insulin, type 1 diabetes …

A 'super blue blood moon' eclipse is coming. Here's how to see it.

NASA is urging skywatchers to head outside early on Jan. 31 for a look at what the space agency is calling a "lunar trifecta."<p>It's the rare combination of a blue moon (the second full moon in a single calendar month), a supermoon (a moon that's full when it's at its closest point in its slightly …

Super Blue Blood Moon

New research will radically change response to strokes

Advanced brain imaging technology may give doctors an additional 10 hours or more to respond to some strokes, researchers said Wednesday, a development that may soon bring major changes to the way hospitals treat one of the leading causes of disability and death.<p>The research is upending doctors' …

Medical Research

How NASA Plans to Send Humans Back to the Moon

The U.S. space agency is rigorously testing its Orion spacecraft in hopes of launching its first mission to the moon as early as 2019.<p>NASA has been subjecting its Orion space capsule to a battery of tests designed to tell whether the spacecraft is ready to ferry humans into orbit and beyond. So …

Space Exploration

NASA is sending a robot to Mars this spring to understand how planets are born

In 2018, NASA hopes to put a robot spacecraft on Mars in an attempt to understand how the Red Planet, Earth and other rocky planets are born.<p>NASA has …

Habitats

There are 3 distinct types of narcissists — here's how to spot them

To be diagnosed with narcissistic personality disorder, someone needs to express five of nine specific traits. People with the disorder are often characterized as having a lack of empathy, a grandiose view of themselves, and a need for admiration.<p>Though many follow similar patterns, such as love …

Zuma lists conditions for stepping down as president: report

President Jacob Zuma has reportedly set a number of conditions which will need to be fulfilled before he steps down as South Africa’s …

Space travel: Here's what happens to the human body

<b>Space is a dangerous and unforgiving place, and spending time away from gravity takes its toll on the human body, as many astronauts have found out after returning to Earth.</b><p>But what exactly are the risks?<p>Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai this week may have briefly grabbed news headlines by …

How far is the Earth from the moon? Take a look yourself

The distance between London, where I live, and Oxford, where I used to live, is about 100 km (or 60 miles). It takes about 90 minutes by car and about 120 minutes by bus. I can easily make sense of that distance.<p>Harder to consider: the distance between the Earth and the moon, which is 384,400 km …

Earth

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How to Make Garlic Powder - Organic Gardening

A couple years ago we had a great garlic harvest, so we decided we’d save more than usual for seed and double our patch. We planted lots of garlic …

Winter jobs: sow seeds that need the cold to germinate

This is the last chance you will get to sow seeds that need a period of frost in order to germinate. Many of our native trees and shrubs – oak, beech, blackthorn, hawthorn, spindle – and other plants, such as alpines, that come from chilly places, use a period of cold as a way of timing germination.<p>…

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10 Ways to Kick-Start Your Spring Garden

Treat a trellis as art<p>Anything but ordinary, this circular trellis is a sculpture you can walk through. In <i>Sunset</i>’s test garden, our “moon gate” …

How to Grow Your Own Strawberries

Front-yard strawberry patch<p>Scrapping the front lawn comes naturally to Calvin Abe. “My garden is about exploring ideas,” says the L.A. landscape …