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First science results come in from New Horizons

A more detailed look at Pluto and its moons.<p>New Horizons has been sending back stunning images of Pluto and its system for a while now. As we’ve …

Doomsday: 9 Real Ways the Earth Could End

From catastrophic climate change to hostile aliens, Hollywood routinely envisions apocalyptic endings to humanity's stint on planet Earth.<p>For …

Climate Change

NASA finalizes design for rocket that will take humans to Mars

NASA has announced that the rocket that will eventually take humans to Mars, the Space Launch System (SLS), has successfully completed the critical …

Space Exploration

The Surprising Effect That Space Radiation Had on Mouse Brains

It’s one thing to send a rover to Mars. It’s another to send a biologically fragile human body. We don’t know much about how space will affect us–and …

10 Things You Didn't Know About the Moon

As the full moon approaches, its growing brightness tends to capture our attention.<p>The full moon occurs when the moon is on the opposite side of …

Astronomy

Mysterious Chunk of Space Trash is on a Collision Course With Earth

A rogue chunk of debris that orbited Earth far beyond the Moon is making a homecoming on November 13th, astronomers have concluded. WT1190F is one to …

12 Popular Science Inspired Halloween Costumes

There are options besides Donald Trump and Sexy Pizza Rat...<p>All Hallow's Eve is nearly upon us, but if you're anything like this author, you've waited until the last minute to pick out a costume. All of your friends are dressing up as Marty McFly, Donald Trump, and Pizza Rat (or Sexy Pizza Rat), …

This Tractor Beam Uses Holograms Made Of Sound To Move Objects

You can now lock on to (very small) targets<p>Every day it seems like <i>Star Trek</i> is looking more like actual science than science fiction. We're working on holographic doctors, transporter beams, and tricorders--and intelligent sliding doors are now a reality.<p>But what about the real-world status of the …

An Alaskan tunnel yields clues to Earth's fragile permafrost

Time travel in science fiction novels is tricky if not completely unpredictable. But it is possible to at least peer into the past as some climate scientists in Alaska are doing.<p>Scientists are actively trying to understand what's happening to the Earth's permafrost, the frozen layer of organic …

Global Warming

The 7 best places to live in the universe (after Earth)

ESA: ’WTF’ mystery object will hit Earth on Nov. 13

The piece of mystery space junk that the European Space Agency says will hit Earth and likely burn up in the atmosphere on Nov. 13 is officially labeled WT1190F ... but the Internet now knows this object as "WTF 1190."<p>And it is aptly named either way. While the object is thought to be an old rocket …

This Physicist Says Dark Matter May Have Killed Off The Dinosaurs

We can't see it or feel it. But as Lisa Randall says, dark matter may explain a lot about our universe--including the dinos' demise.<p>As every astronomy buff knows, dark matter is pretty elusive stuff.<p>We can't see it. We can't hear it or feel it, and we certainly can't smell or taste it. Even with …

If Humans Go To Mars, Where's The Best Place To Land?

NASA is taking suggestions this week<p>In <i>The Martian</i>, a stranded astronaut has to survive a hostile Red Planet. This week, scientists will hold the first workshop to identify sites on Mars where astronauts might actually land one day.<p>Arguments may turn fierce when the workshop starts today as to which …

'The Martian' Movie Review by a Rocket Scientist

As a person who helped build and launch rockets for NASA's Space programs, I naturally became curious about seeing the 20th Century Fox motion picture, <i>The Martian</i> directed by Ridley Scott, starring Matt Damon. As a rocket scientist, I am typically skeptical of science fiction movies dealing with …

Sweet comet is spewing alcohol across space

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's named Comet Lovejoy, and the space rock could certainly make some people on Earth joyful: It's pumping out as much alcohol as in 500 bottles of wine every second, according to Nicolas Biver of the Paris Observatory in France.<p>The discovery marks the first time that ethyl alcohol, the …

Astronomy

A giant asteroid flying past Earth on Halloween is the least of our nightmares

Although 310,000 miles away may not sound close, the giant space rock is zooming by only a little farther away than the moon is from the Earth — close enough to spot with an amateur telescope, says NASA. It's also important to remember the 1,300-foot-wide asteroid, called 2015 TB145, is moving …

You Can Charge Your iPhone 6s Wirelessly, But Is It Worth It?

Popular Science experiments<p>September's iPhone 6S release added many features to take on the competition. A 12-megapixel camera, faster fingerprint sensor and 3D Touch impressed during our iPhone 6S review. But what wasn’t included in the body of the now-unbendable Apple phone is a feature found in …

Mobile Technology

'X-Ray Vision' Device Uses Wi-Fi Reflections To See Through Walls

It can even track your hand movements<p>Researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) are presenting a new method for seeing through walls. They call it RF-Capture, and it builds on research CSAIL has been working on since 2013. The paper was accepted to the SIGGRAPH …