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The Massive Prize Luring Miners to the Stars

Osiris-Rex launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida in 2016. It has traveled over 1.3 billion kilometers since then, orbiting the sun for a year and …

Is It Time To Rethink The Scientific Method?

You no longer need to be a billion dollar company to pursue new discoveries<p>Designing an airplane has long been an exercise in tradeoffs. A larger airplane with more powerful engines can hold more people and go farther, but is costlier to run. A smaller one is more cost efficient, but lacks …

Will Mini Fusion Rockets Provide Spaceflight's Next Big Leap?

Fusion-powered rockets that are only the size of a few refrigerators could one day help propel spacecraft at high speeds to nearby planets or even …

How We Define Distance In An Expanding Universe

Recently the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) has completed the largest map of the universe thus far. The map focuses on the positions of quasars. These objects are powered by supermassive black holes in the centers of galaxies, and are so bright they can be seen from the farthest regions of the …

Universe

44 Years Ago Man Left the Moon

Though Neil Armstrong’s “small step,” as he became the first man to set foot on the moon, is the lunar soliloquy we all remember, Gene Cernan had a …

Is there life on Mars? Evidence of aliens may have been found on the Red Planet – in 2007

Evidence of alien life on Mars may have already been found by Nasa’s rover but scientists failed to notice, a new study suggests<p>In 2007, the Spirit rover photographed intriguing finger-like rock formations at the Home Plate plateau, a 300 square foot area in the Gusev crater near the Martian …

Astronomers Have Discovered an Unexpected Object Orbiting Our Galaxy

Surprise!<p>Scientists have discovered a hidden dwarf galaxy orbiting our own Milky Way - and it could change our understanding of how dark matter holds …

An Ancient Greek Algorithm Could Reveal All-New Prime Numbers

Moar primes!<p>In case you missed it, mathematicians are pretty obsessed with prime numbers - the limitless 'atoms' of the mathematical world that are …

Mathematics

8 Secrets Of Great Communicators

When it comes to communication, we all tend to think we’re pretty good at it. Truth is, even those of us who are good communicators aren’t nearly as good as we think we are. This overestimation of our ability to communicate is magnified when interacting with people we know well.<p>Researchers at the …

Were There Aliens Before Us?

Are we the only civilization-building intelligent species that has ever occurred in the universe?<p>It's one of science's oldest questions. Earlier this year, my colleague Woody Sullivan and I published a paper in the journal <i>Astrobiology</i> presenting new results that, I believe, throw new light on the …

Dark matter might be made of black holes

We would have to rethink how the universe was formed.<p>So just what is dark matter made of? Astronomer Alexander Kashlinsky of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland thinks the mysterious cosmic stuff could be made of black holes that formed soon after the Big Bang.<p>Gravitational waves were …

An Ivy League professor explains chaos theory, the prisoner's dilemma, and why math isn't really boring

<i>Math is a cool way for us to understand the world we live in. And to that end</i> <i>Business Insider recently spoke with Steven Strogatz</i><i>, the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Applied Mathematics at Cornell University.</i><p><i>Strogatz specializes in areas of nonlinear dynamics and complex systems, and he is the</i> …

'NASA images show giant hole at North Pole leading to hollow Earth' conspiracy theorists claim

These images reveal NASA is hiding a huge hole leading directly to the centre of the Earth, conspiracy theorists have claimed.<p>The “devastating” …

Why Isn't Edward P. Tryon A World-famous Physicist?

<i>Creative</i> <i>Commons via Wikimedia Commons, The History of the Universe</i><p>Why is there a Universe? Scientists simply don't know how to address why questions. They are out of the present formulation of modern science....Nor do we know, or have any prospect of ever knowing, why there is a Universe.<p>Eric …

Atoms 'scream' when they fuse inside a reactor, and the sound is frightening

Using the same physics that light up the sun, fusion reactors promise to generate almost infinite energy on Earth.<p>Physicists' favorite type of fusion …