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How to Start an Asteroid Mining Company Without a Mine

Deep Space Industries is an asteroid mining company without a mine—instead, it’s creating an entire industry.<p>Depending on how you look at it, outer space is a gold mine. Every year, thousands of asteroids and meteors loaded with valuable metals like gold, platinum, nickel and iron come whizzing by …

The Best Science Sites Of 2016 – So Far

Here’s my latest my-year list.<p>You might also be interested in:<p>Here are my choices for The Best Science Sites Of 2016 – So Far (not in any order of …

The Delicate Task Of Restoring One Of The World's Oldest Libraries

The copper craft makers in Seffarin Square in the historic district of Fez, Morocco, bang out designs on platters and shape copper pots to a rhythm.<p>Called the medina, neighborhood streets lined with domes and archways take you back through the history of the dynasties and occupiers that ruled …

United Nations

The Real Reasons Saudi Arabia Won't Support Oil Prices Above $40

Saudi Arabia had a clear and loud message to oil markets ahead of the upcoming Doha meeting: “the Kingdom rules out any production cuts.” This means that Saudi Arabia won’t support the recent run up of oil prices above $40 at this point.<p>Why? Because “markets are volatile” – that’s the official …

ExoMars spacecraft sends back first image and it looks like static

The ExoMars mission is well on track to visit and study the Red Planet, but first it needed to test out its photography capabilities.<p>NASA isn't the only space agency with big Mars plans. The European Space Agency and Roscosmos, the Russian Federal Space Agency, launched the ExoMars mission in …

Breaking: SpaceX successfully lands its rocket on a floating drone ship for the first time

It’s also the second time the company has pulled off a landing<p>SpaceX has finally landed its Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship at sea, after launching the vehicle into space this afternoon. It's the first time the company has been able to pull off an ocean landing, after four previous attempts ended …

Watch today’s SpaceX rocket launch to deliver an expandable room to the space station

SpaceX, Elon Musk’s rocket company, plans to launch a rocket to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral, Florida today (April 8). Among its cargo will be fungi and live mice for experiments, along with materials for growing veggies in space.<p>But the craft will also ferry a …

People With Most Diverse Ancient Human DNA Found

The worldliest people on the planet could be Melanesians, according to new genetic research.

Spring Is Here! Check Out the Equinox's Quirky Math

As the Earth makes its annual trek around the sun, certain events are of special importance, both to astronomers and to the public at large. Arguably …

Drone Price Hits $10,000 on Amazon

Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) sells drones for a little as $40. At the high end of the drone spectrum, Amazon has drones priced at $10,000. A drone …

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Trailer for 'Moon Shot' series will make you want to race to the stars

A new nine-episode documentary series will follow teams as they compete to be the first people to land a privately-built robotic spacecraft on the …

Moon

Hubble Shatters The Cosmic Distance Record; Most Distant Galaxy 'A Shocker'

Thanks to an incredible combination of luck, technology and human ingenuity, the Hubble Space Telescope has identified, measured and confirmed a galaxy farther away in space — and closer to the Big Bang — than ever before. Because the Universe is expanding, and the fabric of space in between …

Universe

A 5-dimensional black hole could break the laws of physics as we know them

The simulation has suggested that if our Universe is made up of five or more dimensions — something that scientists have struggled to confirm or disprove — Einstein's general theory of relativity, the foundation of modern physics, would be wrong.<p>In other words, five-dimensional black holes would …

The Next Generation Of Oil Fortunes

Age demographics do not care about the price of oil. Whether oil is at $100/barrel or at $30/barrel, babies get born, people age and pass away, and when they do, their assets get passed on to their families, dear friends, favorite charities, or alma maters.<p>This could be the great, untold story of …

Ask Ethan: How Fast Do Gravitational Waves Travel?

One of the most surprising predictions of Einstein’s General Relativity is the existence of not just matter, radiation and other particle-based forms of energy, but the existence of gravitational radiation itself, or fundamental “ripples” in the very fabric of spacetime. This is one of the toughest …

Physics

Oil dips below $30 a barrel, lowest level in 12 years

The relentless slide in oil prices, which hit 12-year lows Tuesday, is having only mixed results in helping California drivers save at the gas pump, analysts said.<p>Gasoline prices in the state have fallen from peaks reached last July. But because of California's unique gasoline market, the state's …

The next casualty in Saudi Arabia's oil price war might be its own economy

That's because, with oil revenues drying up, Saudi Arabia is about to make the same mistake that Europe has over and over and over again. What's that? Well, trying to cut its budget without cutting interest rates or otherwise softening the economic blow.<p>Now, it's true that Saudi Arabia has to do</i> …

The collapse in the price of oil is a challenge to the old world order

We’re awash with the black stuff – so we should celebrate the fact that the pessimists got it wrong<p>It is one of life’s mysteries that being wrong about everything has never been much of a barrier to success. Take Thomas Malthus, the British theologian: his big idea was that the number of human …

Oil

Linux Pioneer Ian Murdock Dead at 42

Ian Murdock, the 42-year-old programming phenom who developed the Debian Linux operating system back in the early days of open-source software, died …

Artificial Intelligence: What Will the Next 20 Years Bring?

In Stuart Russell and Peter Norvig's seminal book, <i>Artificial Intelligence: a Modern Approach</i>, the two authors wind up their work with a chapter looking at the future of artificial intelligence (AI). Their book is still the text of choice for teaching AI at many universities and so, I thought, …

Russia Says Elon Musk is 'Stepping On Our Toes'

If you ask Russia, Elon Musk is no Fred Astaire.<p>Speaking in an interview with Russia-based Rossiya 24 TV, Dmitry Rogozin, deputy prime minister in …

This humanoid robot is eerily lifelike

Meet Nadine, a robot designed to look as human-like as possible and based on its creator at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore.<p>Nadine was created to take on the role of a personal assistant or companion. Unlike other robots, this one has its own personality and can experience …

Massive trove of voters' election data discovered on Web

More than 191 million voter records, including personal information and voting activity, have been exposed. It's not clear who owns the server.<p>If you have voted in a US election recently, there's a good chance your personal information is included in a trove of voter data found on a publicly …

Saudi Arabia Plans Massive Budget Shakeup, Responding to Low Oil Prices

By Angus McDowall and Andrew Torchia<p>RIYADH/DUBAI, Dec 28 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia, its finances hit by low oil prices, announced plans to shrink a …

Scientists are on the cusp of these 15 discoveries that will transform the world

Technological innovation happens at an exponential rate.<p>Our smartphones are more powerful computers than the Apollo 11 mission to the moon used. Many …

Russia says Saudi Arabia destabilized oil market: TASS | News Home | Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has destabilized the global oil market by increasing production, TASS news agency quoted Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak as saying on Monday.<p>Russia's Energy Minister Alexander Novak arrives at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels ahead of a …

Could a Big Cosmic Mystery Be Caused by Asteroids Slamming Into Dead Stars?

Fast radio bursts may have a quite mundane explanation.<p>Since 2010, radio astronomers have been contending with a mystery: a handful of very intense, very short lived signals have been detected, and disappeared just as quickly. Only recently have we even had any indication as to their origin, and …