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Watch a 450-year-old supernova continue to bloom

Back in 1572, a white dwarf's explosion shone brightly on the sky. It was visible to the naked eye, and astronomers like Tycho Brahe were able to monitor the event despite not having the equipment we do today. We might have missed the chance to see what's now known as Tycho's supernova, but thanks …

The beginning of the end: Google’s AI has beaten a top human player at the complex game of Go

I’m sorry to be the one to tell you this, but we have entered the beginning of the end for the human race as we know it.<p>Earlier today, AlphaGo, an artificially intelligent algorithm developed by Google’s DeepMind subsidiary, categorically beat Lee Sedol, one of the best players of the Chinese board …

Artificial Intelligence

SpaceX’s Elon Musk turns the talk from Donald Trump to reaching Mars by 2025

SpaceX’s billionaire founder, Elon Musk, has had to bat down all sorts of reports about political associations over the past couple of weeks – and …

Elon Musk

NASA tries to shed light on mysterious geyser on Saturn's moon

The Cassini spacecraft looks for clues about the strange plume shooting out of Enceladus as the moon passes in front of Orion's Belt.<p>NASA's Cassini spacecraft is doing some serious stargazing today. It will orient itself to have an ideal view as a famous star passes behind the icy plume shooting …

Astronomy

Here's The Coolest Thing About NASA's EPIC Solar Eclipse Video

The web is brimming with photos and videos of Tuesday's total solar eclipse -- the only one this year -- but it's hard to beat the eye-popping composite video NASA just released.<p>The brief clip above lets you see the eclipse not from the surface of the Earth, as most of us do, but from deep space, …

Solar Eclipse

10 Cars That Were Massively Improved by a Redesign

The goal of redesigning a car is to make something better than what came before. That's fairly obvious. But in some cases, a simple generation-to-generation change can take an already decent car and make it truly great. Here are ten of our favorites.

How Scott Kelly’s Body Changed in Space

Bone loss, kidney stones, skin soreness, vision problems. Returning from space isn’t an easy trip.<p>Scott Kelly, U.S. astronaut and famed Instagrammer, …

Here's Some of the Most Jaw-Dropping Science Fiction and Fantasy Artwork of the Past Year

Every year, the Spectrum Awards pick the most amazing art in science fiction and fantasy, from a number of categories including book covers, …

Our ability to speak doesn't begin with our first words. It begins in the womb.

A kid learns in the womb. It took a study and an Australian soap opera to begin to figure it out.<p>A British psychologist published a study showing that pregnant moms who watched the 1980s show “Neighbours” every day gave birth to babies who reacted more strongly to the show’s theme song than those …

Pregnancy

Nanotechnology trial shows route to carbon negative cars

<b>Carbon dioxide can be used to make batteries for electric vehicles, US scientists have shown</b><p>Experiments show how electric vehicles could become a …

Electric Vehicles

Mysterious cosmic radio bursts found to repeat

Astronomers for the first time have detected repeating short bursts of radio waves from an enigmatic source that is likely located well beyond the …

Universe

Scott Kelly Is Now Two Inches Taller Than When He Left Earth

This could cause some twin envy.<p>Scott Kelly has made a triumphant and safe return from space, and now the science of how a year of microgravity affected his body can begin. There are bound to be some interesting discoveries as he's compared to his Earthbound twin Mark, but the first one is easy to …

Antimatter Spacecraft Could Sail To Alpha Centauri In Just 40 Years

The dream of interstellar travel could be closer than we think, or at least, that's the claim of physicists Gerald Jackson and Steven Howe, who have …

This New Experiment Will Allow Us to 'See' Quantum Entanglement With The Naked Eye

And it could allow us to quantum entangle two humans...<p>An experiment that would allow humans to directly perceive quantum entanglement for the first …

Quantum Mechanics

An Asteroid The Size of a Basketball Court Will Approach Earth This Week

Don't forget to wave!<p>A 30-metre asteroid is expected to zip past Earth some time between March 5 and 8, and while it’s an awesome reminder that yes, …

Astronaut Scott Kelly's Year in Space Ends Tomorrow

Scott Kelly has had quite a year. The 52-year-old astronaut has spent the last 340 days in space, breaking records, conducting experiments, taking …

Space Science

Conditions for life may hinge on how fast the universe is expanding

Scientists have known for several years now that stars, galaxies, and almost everything in the universe is moving away from us (and from everything …

Universe

The “super chill” reason SpaceX keeps aborting launches

Last night, SpaceX aborted its third attempt in four days to launch the SES-9 satellite, which bodes ill for a company hoping to demonstrate a speedy and predictable pace of rocket launches this year.<p>After bad weather on the first attempt, the last two failures to launch were linked to the upgraded …

Space Travel
Space

Hubble Captures Stunning Image Of Blue 'Bubble' In Deep Space

Behold this cosmic blue bubble.<p>The stunning celestial sight was recently captured by the Hubble Space Telescope.<p>Circling the Wolf-Rayet star known as WR 31a, which is located in the constellation of Carina some 30,000 light-years from Earth, it's actually an interstellar cloud of dust, hydrogen, …

Universe

NASA’s New X-Planes Will Be Seriously Cool

NASA will reportedly soon request money to build a new line of efficient and environmentally friendly X-planes.<p>NASA will ask for a $3.7 billion budget increase over the next decade. The planes are part of a 10-year plan called the New Aviation Horizons Initiative, reports <i>Ars Technica</i>.<p>One of the …

Aviation
Space Travel

Buzz Aldrin: We'll get to Mars by 2040, but that's the easy part

Second man to set foot on the moon, 86, believes getting to the planet would not be so difficult<p>The planet Mars may be around 250 million miles away, but getting there is the easy part, according to astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin.<p>The American, who in 1969 became the second man to set foot on the …

The White House Wants To Use Science Fiction To Settle The Solar System

Earlier this month, the White House’s Office of Science and Technology assembled a strange gathering: scientists, artists, engineers, and …

The Next Big Thing: NASA Officially Gives the Go-Ahead for WFIRST Telescope—An Interview With Dr. Neil Gehrels

An artist’s concept of the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST). NASA has officially chosen the infrared-space telescope as the scientific …

Universe

Astronomers Create Largest-Ever Catalog Of Cosmic Voids

Astronomers have released the largest and most extensive catalog of cosmic voids ever generated — extending out some 8 billion light years in an area covering a quarter of the sky, mostly observable from the Northern hemisphere. A team of Vanderbilt University-led astronomers used data from the …

Universe