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APOD: Martian Sunset (2014 Mar 02) Image Credit: Mars Exploration Rover Mission, Texas A&M, Cornell, JPL, NASA http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140302.html Explanation: What would it be like to see a sunset on Mars? To help find out, the robotic rover Spirit was deployed in 2005 to park and watch the Sun dip serenely below the distant lip of Gusev crater. Colors in the above image have been slightly exaggerated but would likely be apparent to a human explorer's eye. Fine martian dust particles suspended in the thin atmosphere lend the sky a reddish color, but the dust also scatters blue light in the forward direction, creating a bluish sky glow near the setting Sun. Because Mars is farther away, the Sun is less bright and only about two thirds the diameter it appears from Earth. Images like this help atmospheric scientists understand not only the atmosphere of Mars, but atmospheres across the Solar System, including our home Earth. http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/ http://physics.tamu.edu/ http://athena.cornell.edu/ http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140302 #APOD

Discovering The Next Metallica

As the founder and CEO of Metal Blade Records, Brian Slagel is known for giving Metallica their first break in 1982. Now some 31 years later – and amidst tumultuous industry headwinds – business has never been better. What’s the secret to his success? In this exclusive Q&A, Mr. Slagel provides …

7 Steps to Mindfully Manifest Your Goals

As a mind-body therapist and an international trainer I've helped thousands of patients and workshop participants learn how to mindfully access their core creativity and manifest their goals. Mindfulness is a powerful tool that can help one go beyond their fears and resistances to tap into their …

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The Real Space Oddities: Super-Earths and Jumbo Neptunes

Science loves big sample groups. When you’re trying to run a good experiment, your results will be a lot more reliable if you have a couple thousand …

Meet the Enemy of Killer Fungus That Turns Ants Into Zombies

One of most famous fungi in the world is the “zombie ant fungus”. It takes over the mind of an ant, causing it to climb up a branch and cling to the …

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Your Car Could Run on Volcano Power

Vulcanol is produced about 30 miles outside of Reykjavik, Iceland—it is a type of liquid fuel made with the help of a volcano.<p>A local geothermal …

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A Newly Discovered Underground Lake in Greenland Will Help Us Understand Climate Change

The Earth may be more than 4.5 billion years old, but it can still surprise us. Scientists have discovered a gigantic liquid water reservoir …

Pictures of the year 2013: space - Telegraph

Stunning Hubble Portrait of Stellar Light Echo

Changing Planet<p>This festive NASA Hubble Space Telescope image resembles a holiday wreath made of sparkling lights. The bright southern hemisphere star RS Puppis, at the center of the image, is swaddled in a gossamer cocoon of reflective dust illuminated by the glittering star. The super star is ten …

Lizard Has One-Way Breathing; Hints at How Dinosaurs Breathed?

Wildlife<p><b>The savannah monitor lizard (Varanus exanthematicus) doesn’t eat like a bird, but it does breathe like one, a new study has discovered.</b><p>Air flows only one way through its lungs—other than the American alligator, it’s the only other known reptile found to have this trait.<p>A savannah monitor …

New Discovery: Porcupine Species Identified in Brazil

Wildlife<p>The Coendou porcupines, also known as prehensile-tailed porcupines are nocturnal, herbivorous, solitary rodents native to Central and South America. Photograph by Hugo Fernandes Ferreira.<p><b>One prickly subject you can always discuss in public? Porcupines.</b><p>And now they’ll make a good …

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Crazy Bio-Hacks: A Mouse Cloned From Elvis’s DNA And A Human-Born Dolphin

Grow Your Own, a new exhibition about synthetic biology, features mindblowing bio-hacked creations.<p>This just in from science: One far-off day, a human woman might be able to incubate and give birth to a dolphin. This isn’t a sea-world sequel to <i>Stuart Little</i>, but one of the subjects explored in …

Can Cargo Drones Bring E-Commerce To Africa?

A growing number of people are asking: Why shouldn’t this idea apply to the continent’s commerce and shipping, too?<p>And what will Africa leapfrog to? …

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Instantly Identify Any Species With Your Cell Phone, Using The Barcode Of Life

As a group of scientists completes a database of every living creature’s DNA, everyone–from conservationists to border agents and homeowners battling insects–will be able to have their own easy mobile biology lab.<p>There are 1.8 million species in danger of extinction. You probably wouldn’t be able …

Could we harness power from black holes?

It might seem like an absurd idea, but physicists have long pondered whether black holes could one day be tapped for energy, says Phil Ball. But how possible is it?<p>Imagine the scene: highly advanced civilisations get enormous amounts of energy from black holes, be it extracting it from collapsed …

Human Rights Campaign names Electronic Arts one of the 'Best Places to Work 2014'

Electronic Arts’ efforts to make its offices and the wider gaming community a better place for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender people has earned it official recognition from the Human Rights Campaign.<p>EA earned a 100 percent rating in the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index, which judges major …

8 lessons you learn in Patagonia

My relationship with Patagonia began in 2006: a road trip from Buenos Aires guided by my father-in-law Adalberto. As someone who has been exploring …

5 language learning secrets every traveler should know

Among pre-travel rituals, nothing excites me more than learning to spout out a few phrases in a foreign language. Sometimes, it’s worked out great. …

NSA spying: Facebook, Google, Twitter demand controls

Major technology companies, stung by poor publicity for having helped the U.S. government access personal data, on Monday issued an open letter to …

Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013: A Journalist's Appreciation

National Geographic Editor in Chief Chris Johns remembers the African leader.<p><b>I met Nelson Mandela early in 2001 while working with writer Peter Godwin on a story about Peace Parks, wildlife reserves without borders. Arrangements for the meeting had taken a full year.</b><p>The interminable correspondence …

How The Platypus And A Quarter Of Fishes Lost Their Stomachs

The platypus is an anthology of weirdness. It has a leathery duck-like bill, a flattened tail and webbed feet. The males have a venomous claw on their hind feet, and the females lay eggs. And if you look <i>inside</i> a platypus, you’ll find another weird feature: its gullet connects directly to its …

Hubble Spots Hazy Worlds With Watery Atmospheres

<b>The Hubble Space Telescope has spied five alien worlds around distant stars that show clear signs of water vapor filling their atmospheres, according to a new study. The find represents the first conclusive detection and comparison of water vapor in the atmosphere of planets orbiting nearby …

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Presents<p>S2 E10 Picasso: Chapter TenAfter leaving Picasso, Françoise Gilot struggles to escape his shadow. Picasso (Antonio Banderas) withdraws to create the perfect painting.<p>Aired 6-20-18 • TV-14 LV<p>SEASON FINALE<p>Aired 5-29-18 • TV-PG L<p>• • •<p>SERIES FINALE<p>Aired 8-24-16 • TV-PG D<p>• • •<p>New<p>Aired 7-3-18 • …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013

SatireOther Microbes That Will (Not) Make Your Startup a Unicorn<p>Author: Adam RogersAdam Rogers<p>PhysicsWhy Do You Feel Lighter at the Top of a Ferris …

Craters within crater hint at moon’s ‘diversity’

Small craters on the moon that are within one of the largest craters in the solar system may offer clues as to how the moon formed.<p>A massive impact …

On Wildlife Conservation Day: Saving Our Last Wild Places

Changing Planet<p>Oil in the Arctic Wildlife Refuge of Alaska; minerals in unlogged forests of Congo and Gabon in Central Africa; new roads across the Serengeti in Tanzania and the Mayan forests of Central America; and oil palm plantations in Indonesia and Malaysia. Seldom does a week go by without a …

Nations Reach Illegal Ivory Trade Deal, Classify Wildlife Trafficking A 'Serious Crime'

Delegates from 30 countries gathered at the first ever African Elephant Summit this week to discuss urgent measures to protect elephants and agreed to try to put an end to the illegal ivory trade.<p>The elephant population has plummeted in recent years as poaching has led to the deaths of hundreds of …