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March 2015

Hebdo shooting’s missing context: How long-held vilification of Muslims got lost in the discussion

<b>French soldiers patrol near the Eiffel Tower in Paris, January 9, 2015. (Reuters/Gonzalo Fuentes)</b><p>The shootings were obviously horrific — but the response has been transformed by a narrative of Islamic terrorism<p>Falguni A. Sheth<p>January 12, 2015 9:12pm (UTC)<p>Americans should have learned several things …

SpaceX Gets Set for Unprecedented Rocket Landing: Follow Along Online

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — For the first time, the SpaceX commercial rocket company will try to bring a rocket back for a soft landing after sending its payload toward orbit — and you can keep track of the effort online.<p>The attempt will come in the minutes after SpaceX's scheduled launch of a two-stage …

SpaceX

Best Winter Trips 2015

Travel<p>There’s no reason to hibernate when new adventures await on every continent. From fat snow biking in the Tetons to rumbling across Aruba by Jeep, our editor’s list of 10 best winter trip destinations—plus a bonus “Reader’s Choice”—includes unexpected ideas for both snowbound and sun-splashed …

National Parks

Three Videos of the Earth From Space Will Change Your Perspective on Our Planet

I do love time-lapse animations of the Earth seen from the International Space Station, and if you do too, this is your lucky week: No fewer than …

Stunning Time-Lapse Reveals Auroras and Earth From Space

Astronaut Alexander Gerst made the video from International Space Station.<p>As if Santa attached a GoPro camera to his sleigh, a new video reveals the Earth as few have seen it.<p>Published this week, the time-lapse shows stunning views of the Earth, sunrises, clouds, lightning, auroras, stars, and the …

The 9 Most Informative Maps Of 2014

By Morgan Clendaniel2 minute Read<p>A map is much more than a place to give you directions to your next destination. Used well, a map offers a view of …

'Dragon' dinosaur with ultra-long neck found by Alberta researchers

A new species of dinosaur with a neck half the length of its body has been discovered by University of Alberta paleontologists in China.<p>And the …

2014: A space odyssey

It's been a busy year in space. In a mixture of triumph and tragedy, space exploration reached new horizons, tested new technologies, and pushed the …

Record 17,000 join 'Pinstripe Nazi' anti-Islam march in Germany

A record 17,000 people have joined the latest in a string of demonstrations against Islam in Dresden, eastern Germany, celebrating the rise of their far-right populist movement by singing Christmas carols.<p>The march on Monday night was organised by Patriotic Europeans Against Islamisation of the …

NASA's Incredible, Futuristic, And Totally Real Plan To Establish A Human Colony On Venus

In fact, up in the clouds above its scorching surface, Venus is "probably the most Earth-like environment that's out there," Chris Jones of NASA told Evan Ackerman at IEEE Spectrum.<p>Forget Mars and its frigid temperatures and thin atmosphere when we can live like gods, afloat in the clouds of …

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Spacecraft Bound for Pluto Prepares for Its Close Encounter

The first spacecraft to ever visit Pluto is set to wake up on Dec. 6 in preparation for its midsummer rendezvous with the solar system’s most famous …

Bum-breathing turtles 'at risk of extinction'

Urgent action is required to prevent an endangered turtle that breathes through its bottom from being wiped out, a researcher of the species has …

10 Scientific Ideas That Scientists Wish You Would Stop Misusing

The last unmapped places on Earth

Have we mapped the whole planet? As Rachel Nuwer discovers, there are mysterious, poorly charted places everywhere, but not for the reasons you might think.<p>In 1504, an anonymous mapmaker – most likely an Italian – carved a meticulous depiction of the known world into two halves of conjoined ostrich …

“Our universe would be destroyed”: Inside the science of “Interstellar”

<b>Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and David Gyasi in "Interstellar" (Paramount Pictures)</b><p>The physicist who advised “Interstellar” explains the wild science behind the film’s otherworldly ideas<p>Kip Thorne<p>November 29, 2014 12:00am (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “The Science of ‘Interstellar'”<p>In <i>Interstellar</i>, the …

Europe has good reasons to fear Google

With great power comes great scrutiny<p>What the European Parliament is proposing sounds like Ayn Rand’s worst nightmare. Let’s take Google, one of the best and most cohesive set of web services we have, and fragment it into smaller businesses. Let’s introduce friction and bureaucracy between the …

Is it true that Jupiter protects Earth?

Jupiter’s gravity slings long-period comets out of harm’s way, while nudging some asteroids closer to Earth. And, in 1770, Jupiter took aim on Earth …

Hawaii no longer paradise for these native birds

The islands are facing drought and an explosion of feral sheep, and the palila’s survival hangs in the balance<p>John R. Platt<p>November 28, 2014 6:00pm (UTC)<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American.<p>You have to hike a pretty long distance if you hope to see the critically endangered …

Space Rock Sheds Light on Mysterious Mineral on Earth

A rock from space is giving scientists the first glimpse of a mineral long thought to be the most abundant mineral on Earth, but which researchers …

Earth Science

Europe will make Ariane rockets more competitive with SpaceX

No, not "airline" rockets. Ariane rockets. According to <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>, EU ministers are finally about to approve plans for a more affordable version of the Ariane series -- the same family that launched Rosetta back in 2004. What counts as affordable when developing a rocket, is reportedly …

Canada's process to protect endangered species is failing, study finds

The Canadian government may be shirking its legal responsibility to protect endangered plants and wildlife, a new study suggests.<p>Scientists found …

'Jurassic World' Dinosaurs Stuck in the 1980s, Experts Grumble

Out-of-date dinosaurs undercut the science seen in the movie's trailer.<p>Who doesn't love a dinosaur flick? Well, paleontologists have a few fossil bones to pick with <i>Jurassic World</i>, the latest in a line of dinosaur movies that once bragged about its scientific credibility.<p>The trailer for the new …

Google Helps Map Illegal Fishing

Google is lending its big data analytics technology to another environmental research project, this time it’s one meant to support the push for more sustainable commercial fishing initiatives.<p>The project, called Global Fishing Watch, is a collaboration between Google Earth, non-profit digital …

Are seals mutilating and killing porpoises? Scientists investigate

A gruesome series of killings has left porpoises stranded on the shores along the North Sea, and scientists now think they have a culprit: gray seals.<p>Turns out those adorable gray seals aren't so cuddly after all. The findings, described in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, reveal a …