Jacob Zaccaria

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The Moon-Walking, Alien-Hunting, Psychic Astronaut Who Got Sued By NASA

A Radio Motherboard chat with the late astronaut Edgar Mitchell, the sixth man on the moon and a connoisseur of consciousness, psychics, and aliens.<p>Listen to Edgar Mitchell on Radio Motherboard via iTunes or Soundcloud.<p>On his way out to the Moon, there simply wasn't time for Edgar Mitchell to …

NASA Wants You to Design a New Logo

NASA is in the market for a new logo for one of its projects.<p>The space agency has launched a logo-designing contest, open to the public, in …

Planet Earth As You’ve Never Seen It Before

Stunning images of space explore the depths of the solar system but teach us most about our very own planet.<p>LONDON — Marveling at Michael Benson’s …

26 years ago, Carl Sagan gave us an incredible perspective on our planet

As NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft was about to leave our Solar System in 1989, Sagan, who was a member of the mission's imaging team, pleaded with officials to turn the camera around to take one last look back at Earth before the spaceship left our solar system.<p>The resulting image, with the Earth as a …

Space

101 things you thought were true, but have actually been debunked by science

No more.<p>It's time to put an end to the most alluring science myths, misconceptions, and inaccuracies passed down through the ages.<p>To help the cause we've rounded up and corrected dozens of the most shocking science "facts" that are bizarrely wrong about food, animals, the Earth, biology, space, …

Alcohol

New clues about how Earth got its moon

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's the only world besides Earth that man has set foot on. But we still don't know exactly how it got there.<p>Now, rocks brought back by the Apollo astronauts in the late '60s and early '70s are providing new clues about how Earth got its moon.<p>Many scientists have long theorized that the …

Extreme weather patterns close out 2015

As 2015 draws to an end, storms are triggering chaotic weather and causing severe destruction in parts of the globe.<p>Here's a closer look at areas most impacted:<p><b>United States:</b>Historic flooding in St. Louis, Mo., forced authorities to shut down a second major highway, Interstate 55, on Thursday …

The Loneliest Galaxy In The Universe

One hundred years ago, Einstein put forth his theory of General Relativity, replacing Newton’s concepts of absolute space and time with a dynamic fabric — spacetime — that would not only curve dependent on the matter-and-energy present within, but would expand or contract depending on some global …

The Dark Side of Creativity

Few psychological traits are as desirable as creativity — the ability to come up with ideas that are both novel and useful. Yet it is also true that creativity has been associated with a wide range of counterproductive, rarely discussed qualities. Being aware of these tendencies is important for …

Never quit a job you hate without first doing this

<i>The Leadership Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely</i> …

The climate change fix we need: We’ll never solve the problem until we do this

<b>Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz (AP/Reuters/Gary Cameron/Joe Skipper/Jose Luis Magana)</b><p>We can’t solve global warming until we fix our politics. Here’s how we start<p>Jedediah Purdy<p>October 24, 2015 3:59pm (UTC)<p>Democracy has not been doing well. For this reason, now is an awkward time to argue that …

The 15 most compelling scientific findings that suggest aliens are real

Over billions of years, these ingredients condense to form gas clouds, new stars, and planets, which means that the ingredients, and therefore the potential, for life beyond Earth are scattered across the universe.<p>What's more, a number of recent discoveries also strongly suggest that alien life …

Astronomy

The Crime Your Brain Commits Against You (And What to Do About It)

In 1932, Frederic Bartlett was working at Cambridge University when he conducted one of the most famous cognitive psychology experiments of all-time.<p>For this research study, Bartlett recited a Native American folk tale called "The War of the Ghosts" to each participant. Then, Bartlett followed up …

Do humans stand a chance in Earth’s sixth mass extinction?

Scientists recently suggested that the Earth’s sixth mass extinction has begun. As terrifying as that sounds, surely humans are too smart and too important to get wiped out? Paleontologists have long tried to shed light on this question by looking for general rules that might predict the survival …

Extinction

Here’s what happens when you try to replicate climate contrarian papers | Dana Nuccitelli

A new paper finds common errors among the 3% of climate papers that reject the global warming consensus<p>Those who reject the 97% expert consensus on human-caused global warming often invoke Galileo as an example of when the scientific minority overturned the majority view. In reality, climate …

Here’s What The Earth’s Mammal Population Might Look Like If Humans Never Existed

Things have changed.<p>When you want to go on a safari, you go to sub-Saharan Africa, the only place in the world outside of a zoo where you can see rhinos, elephants, hippos, and leopards all at once. According to a new study, this isn’t because Africa has the optimal climate and environment for …

The human 'superpredator' is unique — and unsustainable, study says

If you're looking for the world's top "super-predator," look no further than your own reflection.<p>A new study that examined 2,125 interactions between predators and their prey found that humans kill other carnivores at a rate far higher than all other top predators. But what solidifies our No. 1 …

Research

'Super Predators': Humans Hunting Animals of Wrong Size and Age

Humans are fishing and hunting animals that are the wrong size and age, in an unsustainable way that flies in the face of nature, a new study finds. Long-held conservation policies and traditions that tell fishermen to throw back small fry and encourage hunters to bag only the biggest trophies …

Amazing footage debunks the 200-year-old theory of how hummingbirds get their food

These tiny birds can suck 10 drops of nectar out of a flower every 15 milliseconds, researchers at the University of Connecticut recently discovered. For nearly two centuries, scientists have thought the birds used a much slower "wicking" technique, LiveScience reported.<p>It turns out that …

Birds

Early Britons: Have we underestimated our ancestors?

<b>Have we underestimated the first people to resettle Britain after the last Ice Age? Evidence from a variety of sources suggests that early Britons were more sophisticated than we could have imagined.</b><p>Archaeologists once thought that the story of the early hunter-gatherer Britons was lost to the …

Stone Age

Astronauts in space have captured a rare image of a giant red sprite

An astronaut took a beautiful photo of Earth at night, below, while flying over Central America in the International Space Station.<p>The moon is in the …

Duke University

By 2100, Earth Will Have an Entirely Different Ocean

A complete guide to the hotter, higher, trashier, fish-free oceans of the near future.<p>The ocean is in the midst of a radical, manmade change. It can seem kind of crazy that one of the most immense properties on Earth—the ocean washes over 71 percent of the planet—could be completely transformed by …

Astronomers discover the smallest known supermassive black hole

Here's a cosmic contradiction: A tiny supermassive black hole. Astronomers using the Magellan II telescope in Chile and NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory have discovered the smallest supermassive black hole yet found at the center of a dwarf galaxy.<p>The findings, published by the Astrophysical …

The real culprit in the Animas River spill

<b>(CNN) —</b> Last Wednesday, the United States experienced one of its worst hardrock-mining-related disasters in decades, and I wish I could say that I was surprised.<p>A gold mine that has been inactive since 1920 spilled 3 million gallons of toxic mining waste into the Animas River in Colorado after …

Pollution

Don't Panic, But Our Universe Is Dying

Don't get too attached to the universe. It won't be around much longer.<p>The universe will long outlast Earth. However, in the cosmic sense, it is slowly dying -- something scientists have believed to be the case since the 1990s, but recently confirmed in a new study.<p>A team of international …

Universe

Are plants intelligent? New book says yes

A new book, Brilliant Green, argues that not only are plants intelligent and sentient, but that we should consider their rights, especially in the midst of the Sixth Mass Extinction<p>Plants are intelligent. Plants deserve rights. Plants are like the Internet – or more accurately the Internet is like …

10 Things You Didn't Know About Cucumbers

Well, we know who has replaced Panacea, Greek goddess of universal remedy: the cucumber. They're delicious, yes, but cucumbers are so much more than just taste. Here are ten things that the supernatural cucumber does.<p><b>1. Is there more to cucumbers than just water?</b><p>Cucumbers also contain Vitamins B1, …

Cucumber

Rocks' Balancing Act Gives New Insight Into Earthquakes

Precariously balanced rocks: a different kind of PBR<p>Conventional wisdom in a large earthquake is that large unstable objects tend to fall down in the midst of all the shaking. But not always. In one area of California, close to the famous San Andreas fault, there are a few delicate geological …

Geology

Which U.S. States Are Most Responsible For Climate Change? This Handy Graphic Will Show You

The graphic here gives a sense of the task at hand. Put together by the World Resources Institute, it shows which states have the greatest emissions …

Climate