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Homo florensiensis: 'Hobbits' living on Indonesian island were wiped out far earlier than previously thought

“Hobbits” lived in Indonesia and disappeared thousands of years earlier than we thought, according to new research.<p>Some had speculated that the small …

Anthropology

Could 'Planet X' Cause Comet Catastrophes on Earth?

As astronomers track down more clues as to the existence of a large world orbiting the sun in the outer fringes of the solar system, a classic …

Universe

Hubble shows the heart of the Milky Way

NASA’s Hubble Telescope has captured an image of the heart of Earth’s Milky Way Galaxy, showing more than half a million stars surrounding a …

Universe

Star Wars-style lava planet discovered close to Earth

First they thought it was a water world, a planet larger than Earth covered in nothing but ocean. Then they thought it might be a diamond world, covered in mountains of graphite and diamond. Now, researchers think that near-by 55 Cancri e has an entire hemisphere engulfed in lava.<p>The planet orbits …

Astronomy

The Tilting Of The Moon [Infographic]

Scientists have recently discovered that the Moon’s spin axis has moved . They calculate that the Moon’s poles shifted somewhere around 3 billion years ago and haven’t moved since.<p>Information was gathered from several different NASA missions to verify that a shift had occurred. Apparently, it is …

Astronomy

Adrift review

<i>Adrift</i> tells the story of an astronaut who's been marooned in space after her space station is torn to shreds by disaster. But "adrift" is also a fine descriptor for the game itself, which hovers between the narrative-centric style of <i>Gone Home</i> and <i>Firewatch</i> and a more mechanically dense and …

Found: Andromeda’s first spinning neutron star

Decades of searching in the Milky Way’s nearby ‘twin’ galaxy Andromeda have finally paid off, with the discovery of an elusive breed of stellar …

Astronomy

William Dalrymple's world in black and white pictures

<b>Author and historian William Dalrymple has recently published The Writer's Eye, a collection of black and white images taken during his travels around the world over the past 18 months. Here, he describes how he rediscovered his passion for photography.</b><p>Photography for me long preceded writing. In …

Photography

President Kennedy originally wanted the US to go to Mars

Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, discovered recently that President John F. Kennedy had originally wanted to go to send Americans to …

How a distant planet could have killed the dinosaurs

A new paper revamps the age-old theory of Planet X – a distant planet with an gravitational pull that dislodges stray comets and sends them toward …

Universe

See What Triggered the Milky Way's Most Recent Supernova

A collision between two white dwarfs—the remnants of a small star—likely caused the most recent supernova in our galaxy, according to new …

Universe

NASA Announces the Science Experiments That Will Ride on the Most Powerful Rocket Ever

In 2018 the Space Launch System (SLS), the most powerful rocket ever built, will blast off into deep space. The event will serve as an …

Space Exploration

Hubble's journey to the center of our galaxy

Peering deep into the heart of our Milky Way galaxy, this Hubble Space Telescope image reveals a rich tapestry of more than half a million stars. …

Universe

We May Need Fusion-Powered Rockets To Stop Comets From Destroying Earth

Sometimes you just need a rocket that flies at 2 million miles per hour<p>In 1994, Glen Wurden watched several huge pieces of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 crash into Jupiter, generating an explosion big enough to see from Earth. "Had they hit Earth, we would not be standing here today," said Wurden in a …

Space

Today Was World Backup Day, Are You Redundant And Protected?

Simply put, “save early and save often” is a mantra that has <i>saved</i> many people from all walks of life from catastrophic data, file and precious memories loss. You might find it tempting and convenient to rely on the cloud (iCloud, OneDrive, Google Drive or otherwise) to store your documents, music …

NASA takes a Super-Earth's temperature

NASA researchers recently trained the Spitzer Space Telescope at a nearby Super-Earth, 55 Cancri e, and, for the first time, have managed to map its temperature as the exoplanet orbits its host star. The map reveals that the planet suffers from extreme temperature swings, depending on its orbit. …

Supermassive Black Hole Simulations Suggest Dark Matter Origin

Cutting edge simulations have revealed for the first time exactly how the supermassive black holes at the heart of quasars were formed.<p>Quasars are some of the brightest objects in the visible universe and they are believed to contain supermassive black holes that are more than a billion times the …

Black Holes

Listen To The Sound Of Gravitational Waves

The 'chirp' would make a great ringtone<p>"Chirp!" That's the sound of the long-sought gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of spacetime, according to an announcement today from scientists working on the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) experiment.<p>Originally theorized …

Physicists have detected something unbelievable from space — watch the announcement live

Rob Ludacer<p>Called gravitational waves, the ripples in the fabric of space are caused by colliding black holes, merging neutron stars, exploding …

2016 January 25 - Where Your Elements Came From

<b>Where Your Elements Came From</b> <b><br>Image Credit:</b> Cmglee (Own work) CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL, via Wikimedia Commons<p><b>Explanation:</b> The hydrogen in your body, …

Cosmology

Special Report: Gravity’s Century

In 1915, the universe was small and static. Space was smooth. Gravity pulled things to the ground. At least that’s the way it was in the minds of all …

Physics

Time flies when you're a subatomic particle – new quantum mechanics turns spacetime on its head

Our ideas about time and the "direction" it moves in may need to go back to the drawing board, says physicist Joan Vaccaro, from Griffith University …

PIONEER 10 SPACECRAFT SENDS LAST SIGNAL

Feb. 25, 2003<p>Michael Mewhinney<br>NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.<br>Phone: 650/604-3937 or 650/604-9000<br>E-mail:</b> …

Astronomy

Is The Multiverse A Scientific Theory?

Anyone can come up with a theory, which in common parlance, simply means “an idea for how something works.” But in order to be a <i>scientific</i> theory, you have to do a lot more. In particular, any new scientific theory has to look at the current framework of science, including the current leading/best …

Dark Matter