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An astronaut planning a mission to a distant star shares 'an unpleasant truth I have to tell everyone'

As a species, we have long looked to the stars. They have provided navigational guidance, spurred our imaginations, and inspired us to explore.<p>We are …

Star Trek

Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Worry About The Apocalyptic Theories Surrounding Planet Nine

Did you know that the world is apparently about to end? Several stories, published across the web at the <i>New York Post</i> and <i>Maxim</i>, has the rumors of Doomsday back in the headlines and it’s at the feet of the newly discovered Planet 9. We explained a bit about Planet 9 back in January, explaining what …

A killer planet is rapidly heading toward Earth

Scientists believe they have discovered a planet, currently unnamed but being referred to as Planet 9. Unfortunately, this might not be great news, …

Humans Should Edit Genes to Survive In Space, Scientist Says (Video)

To brave the conditions of microgravity, thin air and harsh ionizing radiation for any length of time, humans may need to borrow genes from some of …

Scientists Fear Possible Planet X Can Destroy Life on Earth

<b>Scientists fear a planet they believe orbits the outer fringes of the solar system could potentially kill all life on Earth.</b><p>Caltech researchers …

Exploding stars leave radioactive clues beneath Earth's oceans

During the past 10 million years, a series of stars in the Earth’s neighborhood exploded, raining a radioactive form of iron onto our planet that left its signature in the material beneath the world’s oceans.<p>The remnants of these supernovae hit the Earth between 1.5 and 3.2 million years ago, …

Solar panels that also use rain for power could change the world forever - Pocket-lint

Solar power is fast becoming a more energy efficient green power conversion source, but mainly in sunny places. A breakthrough with graphene could …

Bombardments likely enhanced conditions for life on Mars, study finds

<b>(CNN) —</b> It could be another tantalizing clue in the search for life beyond Earth. Picture this:<p>It's some 4 billion years ago.<p>Earth, and Mars, which formed around the same time in the solar system, have been in existence for roughly 500 million years.<p>Mars is pummeled by gigantic comets and asteroids …

The DEA will soon decide whether the US should stop treating marijuana like heroin

While 23 states and Washington, DC now allow some form of medical marijuana, weed remains in the tightly-regulated Schedule I category alongside heroin, LSD, ecstasy, and other drugs deemed to have no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Cocaine and methamphetamine are among the …

In ancient DNA, the story of how Native Americans thrived — and then were wiped out

By Sarah Kaplan<p>Sarah Kaplan<p>Reporter for Speaking of Science<p>Email Bio Follow<p>It all began with a tiny, brave band of people who strode across the land bridge connecting Asia to Alaska and into the unknown. Within a few millennia they would conquer the Americas, laying the groundwork for civilizations …

Anthropology

Earth - Why there might be many more universes besides our own

Is our Universe one of many?<p>The idea of parallel universes, once consigned to science fiction, is now becoming respectable among scientists – at least, among physicists, who have a tendency to push ideas to the limits of what is conceivable.<p>In fact there are almost too many other potential …

Dark Matter

The Two Big Bangs

When you think about how the Universe got its start, from a scientific point of view, there’s one theory that explains what we see above all others: the Big Bang. But not everyone agrees on what “the Big Bang” actually means. In particular, there’s always some news that periodically goes around …

Scientists discovered the last lake on Mars, which might be preserving ancient life

Though Mars has no liquid water today, the Red Planet was submerged under vast oceans billions of years ago. And where there's water, there's the potential for life.<p>Scientists suspected that after the oceans evaporated, that was it for water — and life — on Mars. But a recent paper published in the …

Plate tectonics may depend on 3 key elements

Planet Earth is situated in what astronomers call the Goldilocks Zone—a sweet spot in a solar system where a planet’s surface temperature is neither …

NASA's New Horizons Discovers Second Mountain Range in Pluto's 'Heart'

Space<p>NASA's New Horizons probe sent back this image of a newly discovered icy mountain range located in the "heart" of Pluto.<p>Reaching about a half-mile to one mile high, the peaks are similar in height to the Appalachian Mountains and are located on the southwestern margin of Pluto’s Tombaugh Regio …

Black Holes: Facts, Theory & Definition

Black holes are some of the strangest and most fascinating objects found in outer space. They are objects of extreme density, with such strong …

Pluto's Moons Raise New Puzzles for NASA's New Horizons Mission

Space<p>For a long time, Pluto was considered an oddball planet — and although that perception has changed, astronomers now report that its tiniest moons rank among the oddest in the solar system.<p>"The Pluto system is more interesting than we thought," said Mark Showalter, a planetary scientist at the …

Are Dying Carbon Stars The Ultimate Source Of Our DNA?

News of recent lab experiments — demonstrating how chemical “cosmic barbecues” around nearby dying carbon-rich stars might have created life’s prebiotic building blocks — glossed over one key point. That is, would enough of such material have survived the journey from interstellar space through …

SpaceX Falcon 9 certified for NASA’s ‘medium-risk’ science missions

After years of delay, NASA has finally certified SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, designating it suitable for Category 2 space mission launches which carry …

Earth's Capacity to Absorb Carbon Dioxide Has Gone Up: Study

<b>Washington:</b> Researchers have found that along with the rise in carbon emissions, the Earth's capacity to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere …

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Even Cosmic Distances Need To Be Adjusted For Inflation

One of the great achievements of modern science was learning not only how the Universe originated — from a hot, dense, rapidly expanding state known as the Big Bang — but to definitively measure how old it is. Thanks to multiple independent sources of information, including<p>the ages of the oldest …

Slay 'vampire electronics' to save big money

Americans spend $19 billion a year, or around $165 a household, on something completely wasteful. You’ve probably never thought about the electricity your “always on”— but idle — electronics consume all day and night. According to the Natural Resource Defense Council, so-called “vampire …

Pyramids of Meroë stand as Last Remnants of a Powerful Civilization

The Great Pyramids of Giza are among the most recognizable structures in the world today. Yet just south of the Egyptian border is a set of equally …

This Is The World's Most Efficient Solar Electricity System, Swedish Researchers Claim

A new efficiency world record of 34 percent has been set.<p>A Swedish technology company has installed a new solar electricity generation system in …

Clean Energy

'Playing Around With Telescopes' To Explore Secrets Of The Universe

Shrinivas Kulkarni, an astronomy and planetary science professor at the California Institute of Technology, is a serious astronomer. But not too serious.<p>"We astronomers are supposed to say, 'We wonder about the stars and we really want to think about it,' " says Kulkarni — in other words, think …

Russian rocket carrying Mexican satellite malfunctions, crashes

A Russian rocket carrying a Mexican satellite malfunctioned and crashed Saturday in Siberia shortly after its launch — the latest mishap to hit Russia's troubled space industry, whose Soviet-era glory has been marred by a series of launch failures.<p>The rocket, a Proton-M, was launched from the …