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Our only mission to Saturn is over. Here's what we've learned.

The Cassini spacecraft has been in orbit around Saturn for 13 years, beaming data and photographs back to Earth. When it deliberately dove into …

Astronomy

A year later, scientists keep listening to gravitational waves, the soundtrack of the cosmos

LIVINGSTON, La. — The speed limit on the LIGO access road is 10 mph, which is preposterously slow, particularly after you’ve spent the last hour hurtling across the bayou country on elevated freeways. You have to creep toward the guard booth. The scientists and engineers don’t actually care how …

LIGO

The Universe Is as Spooky as Einstein Thought

In a brilliant new experiment, physicists have confirmed one of the most mysterious laws of the cosmos.<p>There might be no getting around what Albert Einstein called “spooky action at a distance.” With an experiment described this week in <i>Physical Review Letters</i>—a feat that involved harnessing …

Scientists move Doomsday Clock 30 seconds closer to midnight

WASHINGTON (AP) — The keepers of the Doomsday Clock have moved the symbolic countdown to potential global catastrophe 30 seconds closer to midnight …

Climate Change

Earth Shines in Dramatic New Pictures From Space

The first high-resolution images from an advanced weather satellite show our dynamic planet in vivid detail.<p>Get ready to see our home planet in a whole new light, thanks to stunning photos of Earth taken by a next-generation weather satellite.<p>The GOES-16 satellite is the latest in a series of …

Weather

47 Insanely Clever Storage Ideas For Your Whole House

Your mother-in-law will be totally impressed.

Scientist finds dinosaur tail trapped in amber - and it's covered with feathers

Were dinosaurs the scaly, lizard-like monsters we know from movies and television – or were they really just misunderstood, oversized birds? It’s a …

Paleontology

NASA Just Published Hundreds Of Stunning Gifs – These Are 10 Of The Best

You'll be blown away.<p>With access to Earth’s best telescopes and most distant spacecraft, it’s no surprise that NASA’s space photography is …

Ammonia Has Been Detected in Earth's Lower Atmosphere For The First Time

There's no escaping it.<p>For the first time, scientists have detected trace amounts of ammonia in the upper troposphere - the lowest of Earth's …

Hubble Photographs NGC 4388 — A Distant Galaxy Feeling The Pull Of Its Neighbors

In a galactic commune far, far away, a galaxy is facing an identity crisis.<p>Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have captured an image of the …

In The Next 5 Billion Years, The Sun Will Expand 100 Times Over – Destroying All Life On Earth

A newly discovered star sheds light on how ours will evolve.<p>In the next five billion years, the sun will expand to one hundred times its current …

New elements complete seventh row of the periodic table

Officials have approved the names of four new elements. The new additions are named after a country, three cities and a scientist.<p>Top scientists …

12 ways to use Alexa in the kitchen

Amazon's Alexa voice assistant is helpful in many places around the house. Here are 12 ways Alexa can help make your time cooking easier and more hands-free.<p>Amazon's Alexa voice assistant, found in its Echo, Dot and Tap speakers -- and plenty more these days -- may be good for flipping on the …

Smart Homes

3tags.org

New Theory of Gravity Does Away With Need for Dark Matter

<i>Erik Verlinde explains his new view of gravity</i><p>Let’s be honest. Dark matter’s a pain in the butt. Astronomers have gone to great lengths to explain …

3tags.org

Confident Cannabis is the stock exchange of weed

Step 1: Build software for pot labs. Step 2: Find out who has the strongest herb. Step 3: Create a marijuana marketplace connecting dispensaries with the best growers.<p>That’s the plan that scored $3 million in <i>seed</i> funding led by Slow Ventures for Confident Cannabis. Right now it’s on Step 2, having …

As many as 240,000 women have tried DIY abortions because of strict Texas laws

Texas is seeing a rise in black market sales of misoprostol, which terminates pregnancy and makes it look as though it was a miscarriage.<p>Miso has long since been popular in regions like Latin America, where abortion access is both extremely difficult and risky.<p>"It was like we were back in the days …

Cool It With The Sushi, The Bluefin Tuna Population Is Down 97 Percent

Yeah, we get it. Sushi is delicious. We Americans love it so much that we’ve started to turn it into burrito and burger form, and we’re not judging—it’s just that, at some point, the fish are going to run out. Or, more specifically, the Bluefin tuna are going to run out. Last January, after a …

Why Do We Still Depict All Pot Smokers as Bong-Toting Losers?

These stock images are meant to help the media rethink the way they portray stoners.<p>According to a Health Canada report, about 39 percent of Canadians have tried smoking pot. There's no way they all look like Cheech & Chong, so why does the media keep portraying them that way?<p>As Canada's Liberal …

The Biggest Question About The Beginning Of The Universe

Our Universe is expanding, getting less dense and cooling today, teaching us that it was hotter and denser in the distant past. If we extrapolate backwards in time, we can reach epochs where:<p>gravitation hadn’t yet had time to collapse matter into clusters, galaxies or even stars,<br>• the temperature of …

Dark Matter

How Animals Think

A new look at what humans can learn from nonhuman minds<p>For 2,000 years, there was an intuitive, elegant, compelling picture of how the world worked. It was called “the ladder of nature.” In the canonical version, God was at the top, followed by angels, who were followed by humans. Then came the …

What will it mean if LIGO sees gravitational waves?

Just two days before its data was released, I wrote this story on what it all means. Come get the scoop!<p><i>“Einstein’s gravitational theory, which is</i> …

These cartoons perfectly capture what real love looks like

Love doesn’t always have to be visualized by grandiose, surreal or cinematic gestures. True love is in the small things. Those understated, every day …

Printable Budget Binder

Shares 832K<p>I am a statistic. Sad but true. It’s the new year and here I am talking about getting healthy and—- budgeting. I created accountability …

Space Photos of the Week: Pluto Gets a Little Psychedelic

Author: WIRED Photo DepartmentWIRED Photo Department<p>photo<p>11.14.15<p>07:00 am<p>Click through the gallery to see this week’s helping of images not made on …

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Here's what happens to your body when you eat a slice of pizza

Pizza is one of those foods that are just almost universally loved. And it’s not surprising. Pizza is a lot of amazing things. It’s delicious, it’s …

Every Type of Makeup Brush—Decoded

One makeup bag: <i>way</i> too many makeup brushes. That’s the story of my life, essentially. And it wasn’t until I emerged myself into the beauty world that …

Bill Nye Uses Science To Debunk The Logic Of Anti-Abortion Legislature

When Bill Nye the Science Guy tiptoes into the political arena, people take notice. Nye recently took on climate change deniers and isn’t afraid to “freak out” people who disagree with him. Nor will he shy away from controversial statements on the subject, and he’s an unapologetic shamer towards …