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The long wait for fusion power may be coming to an end

Renewable energy sources like solar and wind account for a growing share of the world’s electric power. That’s no surprise, given concerns about the carbon emissions from fossil fuel-fired power plants and their harmful effect on the climate.<p>Nuclear energy offers some advantages over renewables, …

Nuclear Energy

The immensity of the Universe, and our place in it

I suspect that if you asked most people, they could identify what a lot of basic astronomical objects are. Moons, planets, asteroids, stars. Fewer, …

Bulletproof Graphene: Paper-Thin Material Becomes Harder Than Diamonds On Impact

Graphene has revolutionized material science. This super-tight sheet of Carbon atoms is thinner than a sheet of paper but has some amazing physical …

Super Fast Cosmic Clouds Could Unearth a Slew of Hidden Black Holes in Milky Way

You don't hear that happening every day.<p>Clouds move at a snail’s pace in Earth’s atmosphere, but in outer space, they’re capable of zooming through …

Why We Still Don't Know How Long a Day is on Saturn

The ending of NASA’s Cassini mission is a truly intoxicating cocktail of emotions; on one hand, the data from this 20-year-long mission will fuel …

Trump condemns North Korean long-range missile launch

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump condemned North Korea's launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile on Friday.<p>"Threatening the world, these weapons and tests further isolate North Korea, weaken its economy, and deprive its people." Trump said in a written statement. "The United States …

North Korea

Ethereal Orion Nebula wows scientists with dazzling portrait

A new image of the Orion Nebula Cluster that reveals the inner workings of the fabulous formation has astronomers thrilled.<p>Just take a moment and look at this. The ghostly whorls and swirls of the Orion Nebula make it look like it's all one cohesive splash of beauty, but there's a lot going on …

Haze on Saturn’s horizon

Spectacular recent image from the Cassini spacecraft, now in its Grand Finale year around Saturn, taken from just above Saturn’s cloudtops, showing …

Microsoft Paint to be killed off after 32 years

Long-standing basic graphics editing program, used throughout childhoods since the 1980s, has been marked for death<p>Microsoft’s next Windows 10 update, called the Autumn (or Fall in the US) Creators Update, will bring a variety of new features. But one long-standing stalwart of the Windows …

Windows 10

Google CEO Sundar Pichai Appointed To Alphabet Board Of Directors

Google CEO Sundar Pichai, who has led the company for the past two years, is joining the board of directors of Alphabet, Google’s parent company said on Monday.<p>The move represents a vote of confidence in Pichai, who has led Google through a period of sustained growth.<p>“Sundar has been doing a great …

Sundar Pichai

Swole Jeff Bezos joins Instagram to tease his new rocket factory

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is looking pretty jacked lately, and like so many other fitness buffs, Bezos decided to join Instagram to show off his assets — …

Twitter says it’s punishing 10 times more users for being abusive than it was a year ago

Twitter claims its recent efforts to curb abuse are helping.<p>Back in January, Twitter’s product boss Ed Ho sent out a tweet with what many viewed as an overdue promise: That Twitter was finally going to buckle down on fixing its abuse problem.<p>“Making Twitter a safer place is our primary focus and we …

Did Nintendo just drop a clue that a Nintendo 64 Classic is coming?

With people still raging over NES Classic Edition's abrupt discontinuation, and hype through the roof for the upcoming SNES Classic Edition, it feels …

Elon Musk suggests SpaceX is scrapping its plans to land Dragon capsules on Mars

The company is abandoning propulsive landings for the Dragon<p>Today, Elon Musk suggested that SpaceX will abandon its plans to land the company’s Dragon capsule on Mars — a mission the company had been aiming to do as early as 2020.<p>SpaceX will not fully develop the landing technique it was going to …

Space Travel

VASIMR plasma engine: Earth to Mars in 39 days?

Artist’s impression of a 200-megawatt VASIMR spacecraft. Images Credit: Ad Astra Rocket Company<p>In Arthur C. Clarke’s classic science fiction novels …

Scientists Have Reversed Brain Damage in a 2-Year-Old Girl Who Drowned in a Swimming Pool

She was in the water for 15 minutes.<p>Researchers in the US have reported what they believe is a first-of-its-kind reversal of brain damage, after …

Swimming Pools

NASA's spectacular flyover video transports you to Pluto

Back in July 2015, NASA's New Horizons probe completed an historic flyby of the dwarf planet Pluto. Collecting over 50 gigabits of data during the …

Solar System

Jupiter's Great Red Spot may die within your lifetime

Get a good look while you can: Jupiter's Great Red Spot is shrinking, and it might fade into memory within your lifetime.<p>NASA's $1 billion Juno probe took stunning new photos of the tempest on Monday — the closest images we've ever gotten of the Great Red Spot — and scientists' jaws are dropping at …

A new generation of giant rockets is about to blast off

It’s been 44 years since the mighty Saturn V last thundered skyward from a launch pad at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The towering rocket, generating enough power to lift 269,000 pounds into orbit, had been the workhorse of the Apollo moon missions.<p>Later this year,<p>SpaceXplans to launch its most …

Space Travel

Scientists from Project Manhattan Wanted to Land on Saturn by 1970

“Mars by 1965, Saturn by 1970”<p>In the 1960s, the US government’s top secret Project Orion had its eyes on a target far further away than NASA’s lunar …

Planet Nine: Astronomers Say They’ve Found ‘Signs Of The Presence Of A Planet’

Two astronomers from Spain have announced that their research has uncovered evidence that corroborates the hypothesis of a potential massive Planet …

Neil deGrasse Tyson reveals the biggest misconceptions people have about the universe

Neil deGrasse Tyson explains some of the biggest misconceptions we have about the universe.<p><i>Darren Weaver contributed to an earlier version of this video.</i><p><b>Follow Tech Insider:</b>On Facebook<p><i>StarTalk Radio is a podcast and radio program hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, where comic co-hosts,</i> …

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin rolls out the red carpet for Mars

Forty-eight years after he landed on the moon, Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin on Saturday rolled out a red carpet for the red planet at a …

Space Exploration

Mission to Mars

<b>Fun Ideas for Mission To Mars Lesson</b><p>While Americans are celebrating this year's Fourth of July with picnics on the beach and backyard barbecues, the …

University of Washington

Is Time Travel Possible, According To Science?

Forwards? Absolutely. Backwards? Perhaps. Becoming your own grandpa? Only if you’re Philip J. Fry…<p>Have you ever dreamed of traveling through time? …

The Curious Omnipresence of 1: A Plot Hole In The Multiverse Theory

What do you think of when you hear the word <i>universe?</i> Most people naturally think, well, that’s what simply encapsulates everything that there is in …

Gravitational Lensing Is a Magnifying Glass Made by Gravity

We might be surrounded by cutting-edge technology, but nature still has some tricks up her sleeve. Here's one: while engineers painstakingly grind …

Hey NASA, Do You Want Your Stuff Back?

What would you do if you found hidden away artifacts of aerospace technology from the Apollo era?You call NASA.Two hulking computers — likely …

Hacking

Tardigrades are the toughest animals on Earth. What would it take to kill them all?

A lot.<p>In the end, there will be tardigrades.<p>If a cataclysm wipes out most of life on the planet — including humans — it’s likely that tardigrades will survive. These oddly cute microscopic animals are among the toughest creatures on Earth.<p>Some can withstand the shock of boiling water and …

‘Star Trek’s’ William Shatner Interviews Physicist Michio Kaku: ‘The Universe Is A Symphony’ All Is Music

<i>Star Trek’s</i> William Shatner interviewed theoretical physicist Michio Kaku for his documentary <i>The Truth Is In The Stars.</i> Kaku is the co-founder of …