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Rescued scientists bring back a warning from the Antarctic

The voyage was meant to retrace the steps of Douglas Mawson, the great polar explorer and scientist who led the Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911. What happened instead captured the world’s attention, something none of the scientists, journalists and paying public aboard could have foreseen.<p>…

Milky Way above Navajo sandstone in Arizona

Those who’ve been there say the drive to White Pocket – a swirling, twisted, multicolored landscape in northern Arizona – is an adventure in its own …

Believe it or not, whole Earth has longest days at solstice-time

The 2017 December solstice will arrive on December 21, at 16:28 UTC. That’s 10:28 a.m. CST for the Central time zone in North America. For us in the …

Astronomy

Watch Nasa's Orion spacecraft breaking through Earth's atmosphere - video

Africa2Moon to use crowdfunding for first phase, with organisers hoping to inspire next generation of engineers and scientists<p>Published: 5 Jan 2015<p>Lunar Mission One launches a crowdfunding drive on Wednesday, which offers donors a chance to have a digital memory box buried on the moon<p>1:30<p>Published: …

This Lightweight Snowblower Breaks Ice, Not Your Back

Tough on snow, easy on you<p>Normally, homeowners must choose between two types of snowblowers: a light, maneuverable single-stage model or a large, powerful two-stage one. The 922EXD combines the best attributes of both.<p>The secret is in the auger. Reinforced rubber-edged paddles wipe concrete clean, …

Where Has All the (Sea Trash) Plastic Gone?

Microplastics embed into deep-sea sediment—and there's a lot more than thought.<p>When Spanish scientist Andres Cozar Cabanas compiled the first ever global map of ocean trash last July, he inadvertently uncovered a mystery. Much of the plastic he expected to find bobbing in the oceans, given a …

Watch: what astronauts will see as they return from Mars in Orion

New video recorded during NASA’s Orion return through Earth’s atmosphere shows what the vehicle endured during the last ten minutes of its 4.5 hour test flight<p>The video released by <b>Nasa</b> shows Orion's re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere 10 minutes before it splashed down into the Pacific …

Satellite Images Show How Much More Light Americans Use During The Winter Holidays

People all over the world celebrate important holidays by turning up the lights<p>'Tis the season to use way more electricity than you normally would. U.S. cities use so much more light at night during December that the difference can be seen by satellite. U.S. suburbs emit 30 percent to 50 percent …

How Information Theory Unifies Quantum Mechanics

A new framework ties together wave-particle duality and quantum uncertainty with bits.<p>Two parallel mysteries of quantum mechanics, so-called wave-particle duality and the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, are in reality one and the same. This is according to a new framework developed by physicists …

NASA Envisions A Cloud City Above Hellish Surface Of Venus

Now if only we can get Lando Calrissian to spearhead the project<p>The planet Venus, named for the Roman goddess of Love, certainly wouldn’t be a very loving place to live. On the surface, Venus hosts scorching temperatures of more than 800 degrees Fahrenheit, a heat capable of melting lead, as well …

What’s So Scary About A Nuclear-Armed Drone?

In one word: Everything<p>It's a plane designed for the war no one wants to fight. The Long Range Strike Bomber is the Air Force’s secretive and long-running project to develop the next generation of nuclear-armed bombers, designed to unload hell in hostile skies. And there's a chance that it'll be …

Military