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The key to Leonardo da Vinci's genius is a practice that anyone can learn

In late 2017, <i>Salvator Mundi</i>, one of Leonardo da Vinci's paintings, sold for $450.3 million.<p>For a child born out of wedlock in the 15th century, that's quite an accomplishment. And yet, many would argue that this isn't even close to being his greatest contribution to humanity.<p>When the word</i> …

Creativity

A Long, Complicated Battle Over 9,000-Year-Old Bones Is Finally Over

Last week, there was a big development in the long-running, bitter, complicated battle over a 9,000-year-old set of bones known variously as "Kennewick Man" or "The Ancient One," depending on whom you ask.<p>The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers confirmed that the ancient bearer of the bones is genetically …

Godless Universe: A Physicist Searches for Meaning in Nature

It is time to face reality, California Institute of Technology theoretical physicist Sean Carroll says: There is just no such thing as God, or …

Astronomers just discovered a structure that's bigger than anything that's ever been found in the universe

Astronomers have discovered a wall in space so huge that even Donald Trump would be impressed by its size. The wall, aptly named the BOSS Great Wall …

Richard Dawkins Gives Update on His Health in Audio Message

February 14, 2016 by Hemant Mehta<p>Following his “minor stroke” last week, <b>Richard Dawkins</b> released an audio message yesterday explaining his …

Awe-inspiring quotes from Carl Sagan reveal how we are fundamentally connected to the cosmos

Through his poetic, inspirational words, late astronomer Carl Sagan helped us realize that life on Earth is a precious gift.<p>Here, we've paired the latest photos by the revolutionary Hubble Space Telescope with some of Sagan's best quotes, which shine a glimmering light on who we are, why we're …

Universe

When Asked Whether He Was A Socialist in 1989, Carl Sagan Sounded a Lot Like Bernie Sanders in 2016

Bernie Sanders isn’t the only high-profile, outspoken, Brooklyn-born, University of Chicago graduate to be questioned on cable news about whether he …

Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Response to Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

In this beautifully animated short film, presented by The Gates Notes (Bill Gates’s blog), astrophysicist and general cosmo-boss Neil deGrasse Tyson …

Your atoms came from those stars

If you’re feeling down and insignificant, take a moment to listen to this short and uplifting speech by the American astrophysicist and author Neil …

Know Your Scientist: Stephen Hawking

Three Centuries After Galileo<p>Call it a coincidence or a destiny written in the stars, but on January 8, 1942, exactly 300 years after the death of …

Shattering the cosmic distance record, once again

Yale astronomers have found the farthest known galaxy in the universe — again.<p>Less than a year after aiding in the measurement of a galaxy 13.1 …

My suicide note

My birth is my fatal accident<p>Written by |<p>Good morning,<p>I would not be around when you read this letter. Don’t get angry on me. I know some of you …

The 2 most dangerous numbers in the universe are threatening the end of physics

It's the idea that we are reaching the absolute limit of what we can understand about the world around us through science.<p>"The next few years may tell us whether we'll be able to continue to increase our understanding of nature or whether maybe, for the first time in the history of science, we …

Physics

Something in the Dark

I watched the sun set, as I had done all the nights before — on the back deck of my Uncle’s house in Sedona, Arizona. Which in itself is something of …

A new giant telescope aims to answer the question: Is there anybody out there?

On a remote hilltop 8,000 feet above sea level in Chile’s Atacama Desert, scientists hope to answer one of the most fundamental questions facing …

What's the Total Energy In the Universe?

Considering the amount of energy packed in the nucleus of a single uranium atom, or the energy that has been continuously radiating from the sun for …

Star Facts: The Basics of Star Names and Stellar Evolution

Stars are giant, luminous spheres of plasma. There are billions of them — including our own sun — in the Milky Way Galaxy. And there are billions of …

Heartbreaking numbers comparing how much money NASA spends vs. smokers

Sometimes it's well-meaning friends and family who say that that money is wasted, and would be better spent on solving problems here on Earth.<p>In fact, that's a whole cultural meme. You see it played out over and over in the comments section whenever mainstream media covers a space story.<p>While …

Space Science

Carl Sagan: Cosmos, Pale Blue Dot & Famous Quotes

Called "America's most effective salesman of science" by Time magazine, astronomer Carl Sagan spent much of his career translating technical …

Scientists are raising important questions about the discovery of a new human ancestor

On September 10, scientists announced the truly remarkable discovery of thousands of bones belonging to a previously unknown species of human ancestor.<p>They gave the new species the name <i>Homo naledi</i>, after the Dinaledi chamber of the Rising Star cave where the bones were found.<p>The finding is already …

Anthropology

Astronomy Gear Guide: Tools, Tips and Tricks to Stargaze Like a Boss

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Telescopes

Big Rip will end the universe, scientists claim

Big Bang is how it all began for the universe – Big Rip is how it will end, new research claims to show<p>A group of scientists claim to have evidence supporting the Big Rip theory, explaining how the universe will end – in 22 billion years.<p>Researchers at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, …

Autism to Astrophysics: Jacob Barnett.

A boy labelled as severely autistic, and never to learn how to tie his own shoe laces, was placed into a special needs school after his diagnoses …

Einstein's Theory of General Relativity

In 1905, Albert Einstein determined that the laws of physics are the same for all non-accelerating observers, and that the speed of light in a vacuum …

Neil deGrasse Tyson says the moment he fell in love with astrophysics came from an embarrassing misunderstanding

On that night, Tyson formed what was most likely one of his first thoughts about the trillions of stars in our universe — a thought that would revolutionize his life and was actually embarrassingly, as he puts it, incorrect.<p>Two years before, Tyson — whom we now recognize as host of the wildly …

Stephen Colbert

5 ways the world's most controversial telescope could revolutionize astronomy

That is, if it's actually built.<p>Native Hawaiian protestors halted the construction earlier this year. Many consider the mountain sacred ground and there are concerns that the construction could have terrible consequences for the delicate mountaintop ecosystem.<p>Legally, TMT has the green light to …

Universe

15+ Breathtaking Photos Of Starry Skies That Will Inspire You To Look Up

These stunning photos celebrate Astronomy day, an annual event for astronomy enthusiasts and the general public to share the sky together. Started in …

'A God That Could Be Real' In The Scientific Universe

<i>Part One Of Two. (Read Part Two here.)</i><p>"God" is a word. If we define it, even subconsciously, as something that cannot exist in our universe, we banish the idea of God from our reality and throw away all possibility of incorporating a potent spiritual metaphor into a truly coherent big picture. But …

Best Space Books and Sci-Fi: Best Summer Reads

There are plenty of great books out there about space — so many, in fact, that it can feel a little overwhelming to figure out where to start, …