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Feds Spend 14 Times More On Green Energy Per Year Than Embassy Security

8:16 PM 02/12/2015<p>Here’s a surprising figure, the federal government has spent more per year on solar power and other green energy programs in the …

2014's most dubious 'science' stories | Dean Burnett

Photograph: Alamy<p>Still some surprises to be had with the human body.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2014/12/29/1419853655603/b1f8476f-efbf-4581-9ba9-accfbc83fd9a-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Alamy<p>Still some surprises to be had with the human …

Photo of Barack Obama's Irish Immigrant 3rd Great-Grandfather, Fulmoth Kearney, Discovered

<i>Family Resemblance? (Image of Fulmoth Kearney used with kind permission of Merlyn White)</i><p>It was seven years ago when I identified Fulmoth Kearney of Moneygall, Ireland as the most recent immigrant on the maternal side of Barack Obama's family tree. Inheriting land in Ohio from a brother, Fulmoth's …

The Truth About 'Truth Serum'

Mousetronauts To Live In Space For The Longest Stretch Yet

The record-breaking rodents will travel to the International Space Station this weekend.<p>Among the 2.5 tons of cargo that's set to go up to the International Space Station this weekend, there will be five mice with a particular genetic mutation. The mice lack a gene that normal mice have, called …

Space Exploration

I had my DNA analyzed, and all I got was this lousy story

With too much to account for, direct-to-consumer genetics isn't ready for prime time.<p>It’s a situation many have faced before or will in the future: …

The 10 Most Important Things In The World Right Now

<b>1. The Obama administration on Monday accused Russia of testing a ground-launched missile, a violation of the 1987 nuclear treaty signed by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev toward the end of the Cold War.</b> The New York Times reports that "prospects for resolving the violation [are] uncertain at …

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The Future of Moon Exploration, Lunar Colonies and Humanity

A rocket carrying more than a dozen privately built probes touches down on the moon. The robots burst from the vehicle in a race to beam back …

Space Exploration

Nest Hackers Will Offer Tool To Keep The Google-Owned Company From Getting Users' Data

Those with Nests in their nests have a smart thermostat that learns about their behavior over time for more efficient heating and cooling; if you’re never home in the afternoons, it knows that’s a good time to switch to low energy mode. It’s become one of the most successful members of the …

Electricity-Eating Bacteria Are Real and More Common Than We Thought

In the extreme world of bacteria, stunts such as living in hot springs or without oxygen are, like, totally unimpressive. But then there are bacteria …

Biology

Why do we have blood types?

More than a century after their discovery, we still don’t know what blood groups like O, A and B are for. Do they really matter? Carl Zimmer investigates.<p>When my parents informed me that my blood type was A+, I felt a strange sense of pride. If A+ was the top grade in school, then surely A+ was …

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Cosmic-Ray Hotspot Discovered, Offering Clues on Deep Space Mystery

A powerful telescope may have found clues to the origin of ultra-high-energy particles that bombard the Earth.<p>A "hotspot" in the sky near the Big Dipper may be a major source of the ultra-high-energy cosmic rays that routinely bombard the Earth, report physicists using a giant array of specialized …

Exoplanet names will be put to public vote

Planet-lovers, cast your votes. For the first time, the international organisation in charge of naming cosmic objects is asking the public to name …

Noctilucent Clouds over London

<b>This scene from the early morning hours of July 3 looks out across the River Thames from the Westminster Bridge. Part of a luminous timelapse video,</b> …

100 Most Spectacular Night Sky Photos of 2013

Los Volcanes, Venus y la Luna<p>Credit: Eduardo Davila<p>This stunning photo of Venus and the moon was taken in the early morning hours of Jan. 10th, 2013 …

Electronic Collision Propulsion E.C.P.

4 years ago14.2K views<p>DrN00BFollow<p>visit us: http://www.GeekNFreak.com<br>Electronic Collision Propulsion E.C.P.<br>Theoretical electric space pivot motor.<p>For …

ScienceCasts: A Summer of Super Moons

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What Happens To Your Body When You Get Drunk And Stoned At The Same Time?

The science of the spins<p>The intoxicating effects of alcohol and of marijuana have been widely studied, but their combined effect—getting "cross-faded"—is woefully underexplored scientific territory. Here's a look at what we know about how pot and booze together affect the brain.<p>First, the basics: …

4 reasons conservatives love global warming, won’t stop it

All efforts to stop the deadly impact of global warming will ultimately fail. Yes, fail. Our leaders are destroying us from within. Blame GOP, …

Anglican church synod urges Coalition to respect science on climate change

The Anglican Church general synod has unanimously passed a motion urging the federal government to respect the science on climate change.<p>Speaking at the gathering of Anglican diocese representatives in Adelaide, Bishop Tom Wilmot, of Perth, said the dismantling of the Climate Commission proved the …

Why Putin Turned Against the U.S.

Former ambassador Michael McFaul on what really motivated Russia to invade Ukraine<p>ASPEN, Colo.—One major divide in international relations, as well as in other social sciences, is between those who believe in structure and those who believe in agency. Members of the first group say leaders are just …

Night Sky, September 2018: What You Can See This Month [Maps]

The night sky tonight and on any clear night offers an ever-changing display of fascinating objects you can see, from stars and constellations to …

Moon

Young sun’s violent history solves meteorite mystery

<b>Astronomers using ESA’s Herschel space observatory to probe the turbulent beginnings of a Sun-like star have found evidence of mighty stellar winds</b> …

Interstellar travel: Raising children in space

If we are to colonise the stars, then humanity will have to embark on centuries-long voyages – and have families along the way. Can we raise children in space?<p>“Mars,” sang Sir Elton John in Rocket Man, “ain't the kind of place to raise your kids.”<p>Sir Elton might be lacking in Nasa-related …

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Ukraine crisis: Fighting in the east 'must end this week'

<b>Deadly fighting in eastern Ukraine must end "this week", Ukraine's new President Petro Poroshenko has pledged.</b><p>He was speaking at talks involving an envoy from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and Russia's ambassador to Ukraine.<p>Meanwhile, fighting has continued in and around …