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A Mysterious Man-Made Object Hurtling Toward Earth Is Baffling Scientists

Something is heading toward Earth, and scientists have no idea WTF it is.<p>The European Space Agency reports a piece of space debris appropriately …

Scientists are arguing about whether Voyager has left the Solar System

A new model suggests that it's feeling the interstellar magnetic field.<p>Has Voyager 1 reached interstellar space or not? That question was first asked …

Private space shuttle in taxi testing in California

A private U.S. space shuttle has successfully undergone ground tests in California designed to assess the spacecraft's braking and landing systems, …

Spirograph of Doom: Nasa maps dangerous asteroids

Thinking about the vastness of space can either be profound or depressing, but a new image released by Nasa makes the place feel positively crowded. …

NASA’s mission improbable | The Washington Post

Expedition 31 Flight Engineer Don Pettit captured long-exposure photos of star trails, terrestrial lights, airglow and auroras while aboard the International Space Station. Here's a look back at some of his amazing images of star trails from space: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/a25b This image was captured aboard the ISS on May 11, 2012.

Hubble Surprise: Shows Early-Universe Red Galaxies as Oddly Old

This accurately describes what we see in the region of space around us, but how does galaxy morphology change as we look further back in time, to …

You can help name newly discovered planets, if you follow the rules

For decades, the names given to newly discovered planets have almost always failed to live up to the excitement these celestial finds represent. (Take for example forgettable monikers such as CFBDSIR2149, HD 189733b, 55 Cancri e, and Kepler-69c.) The organization that oversee's the naming of new …

Obesity's death toll could be higher than believed, study says

Researchers find that 18.2% of premature deaths in the U.S. are associated with excessive body mass. The figure is almost four times higher than other estimates.<p>August 15, 2013|By Melissa Healy<p>The death toll of the United States' obesity epidemic may be much higher… (Spencer Platt / Getty Images …

Public Health

What Eating Crickets Is Really Like

A seven-item hors d'oeuvres tour through the wonders of bug-eating<p>The Future Food Salon describes itself as "a celebration of food in an arts-soaked setting that explores with enthusiasm what we will be eating in the future." This is not untrue! But it would be perhaps more descriptive to say the …

Kepler Space Telescope Is Beyond Repair, NASA Says

There's some sad news from NASA: The space agency says its Kepler space telescope is beyond repair.<p>The $600 million planet-hunting probe whose mission was to search other solar systems for Earth-like planets has lost its ability to keep its gaze on target.<p>Two of the four gyroscope-like reaction …

Falsifying memories

As a Ph.D. student, the young Elizabeth Loftus wasn't captivated by calculus: "I used to sit in the back of the seminars, kind of bored, writing letters to my Uncle Joe, or hemming skirts or whatever". The only girl enrolled on Stanford's mathematical psychology graduate program, she was voted the …

China Says It Will Stop Taking Organs From Executed Inmates

China says it plans to phase out the harvesting of organs from executed prisoners, ending a controversial practice that reportedly supplies most of the country's transplant patients.<p>Huang Jiefu, a surgeon and former deputy health minister who is in charge of organ transplants, says that beginning …

Exercise improves sleep, but not overnight

<b>NORTHWESTERN (US) —</b> It can take four months of regular aerobic exercise to help insomnia sufferers get a good night’s sleep, researchers say.<p>“If you …

5 Body Parts Scientists Can 3-D Print

Science Confirms The Obvious: The Pull-Out Method Is Not Great For Avoiding Pregnancy

It's even worse for avoiding herpes.<p>Today in scientific studies that confirm the obvious, we have a paper from the Duke University Medical Center that led to this stellar Reuters headline: "'Pull-out method' tied to unintended pregnancies." Well, um, yeah.<p>Most current guides on contraception cite …

No Martian chronicle, just a declassified report: Area 51 does exist

For decades, it was the government's Cold War-era secret. Now, documents acknowledge the mysterious test site in central Nevada.<p>August 16, 2013|By John M. Glionna<p>Extraterrestrial Highway near Rachel, Nev. In newly declassified documents,… (Laura Rauch / Associated…)<p>LAS VEGAS — For decades, it was …