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How to blow up a star

NEWS FEATURE<p>Supernova simulations are resolving a 50-year-old mystery about stellar death throes.<p>Elizabeth Gibney<p>Search for this author in:<p>Pub …

Physics

80 New Genes Identified in Hunt for Depression's DNA Roots

This is compelling evidence that depression is a real illness.<p>Depression affects approximately 322 million people worldwide, making it the largest …

Genetics

Unit 731: Japan discloses details of notorious chemical warfare division

National archives lists members of army branch that conducted lethal experiments on Chinese civilians in 30s and 40s<p>Japan has disclosed the names of thousands of members of Unit 731, a notorious branch of the imperial Japanese army that conducted lethal experiments on Chinese civilians in the 1930s …

History

Elon Musk's new plan involves a rocket and a party balloon

Guess what: Elon Musk has a new crazy idea.<p>This time, thankfully, it doesn't have to do anything with boring tunnels. The SpaceX CEO now wants to …

Tesla

Woman fired for giving Trump motorcade the finger pens op-ed

Giving the president the finger ought not to be a fireable offense, a woman who lost her job after doing just that wrote in a Washington Post op-ed published on Thursday.<p>Juli Briskman was captured by a White House photographer last summer giving President Donald Trump’s motorcade the finger as it …

Donald Trump

Mueller’s Interest in Obstruction Is Probably Just the Tip of the Iceberg

One takeaway from Donald Trump’s unhinged Twitter meltdown over the Robert Mueller investigation this past weekend — aside from indications that the …

Donald Trump

Man swept away by giant wave after asking for permission to marry girlfriend

HARBOUR ISLAND, Bahamas - A young man had just asked his girlfriend's family for permission to marry her when he was swept away by a giant wave in …

NASA's remarkable image of Earth from 39.5 million miles away shows just how tiny we are

NASA has published a new image of the Earth and the moon taken from 39.5 million miles away by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft.<p>The Earth is the bright dot …

California Water Agency Officials Charged With Burying Hazardous Waste And Corruption

California's attorney general has charged five former and current employees of the Panoche Water District in central California with felonies, including using public funds for personal items and illegally burying barrels of hazardous waste.<p>The Department of Toxic Substances Control at California's …

Corruption

A.I. Is Getting Cheaper. That’s Also Bad News.

SAN FRANCISCO — A Silicon Valley start-up recently unveiled a drone that can set a course entirely on its own. A handy smartphone app allows the user to tell the airborne drone to follow someone. Once the drone starts tracking, its subject will find it remarkably hard to shake.<p>The drone is meant to …

Artificial Intelligence

How Six Americans Changed Their Minds About Global Warming

More Americans than ever say that climate change is mainly caused by human activity. We talked to six people about what changed their minds.

Global Warming

NASA is Developing A Space Submarine to Investigate Saturn's Wildest Moon

Many decades later, NASA is putting The Beatles to shame with their take on a super trippy submarine.<p>Researchers from Washington State University are …

Astronomy

Black box under desert could hold key to discovering alien life

The box is the most precise scientific instrument of its kind ever built; more than 10 times stronger than the most powerful spectrograph in …

You've Got It All Wrong. This is What Elon Musk Is Really Selling

Elon Musk and his team have mastered the art of touching people's emotions.<p>Elon Musk and his space exploration company SpaceX made headlines on Tuesday when they successfully launched the most powerful operational rocket in the world, the Falcon Heavy.<p>But why do so many people care about this …

Tesla

Trump slowly pushing US toward kleptocracy

Illustration: Peter C. Espina/GT<p>The US certainly has a different kind of president from what it is used to have. What distinguishes Donald Trump from …

Trump's Plan to Gut Clean Energy Research Is Misguided and Dangerous

Foiled in his bid to slash the Department of Energy’s clean energy research programs in 2018, Trump is apparently going to try again: As reported by …

Naked mole rats just threw science a huge curve ball, and it might lead to the Fountain of Youth

Naked mole rats might not be the most appealing members of the animal kingdom, aesthetically speaking, but what they lack in visual appeal they more …

We interviewed the mind behind the greatest fake Coachella lineup ever

Botnik Studios created a fake Coachella lineup using a neural network and team of comedy writers.<p>Just about everything in the world is awful, except …

You think it and a robot sees it: The future is here with mind-reading AI

The first “this could change everything” AI story of the year comes to us in the form of (yet another) AI that’s supposed to read minds. This time however, there’s no parlor trick. We’re one step closer to being able to broadcast our thoughts to a screen, thanks to artificial intelligence.<p>Japanese …

Artificial Intelligence

This TV Meteorologist Has Absolutely Had It With The Flat-Earth Movement

Count meteorologist Keith Carson among those working in the scientific community who’ve had just about enough of the “flat-Earth” movement.<p>Carson, who works for NBC affiliates WCSH and WLBZ in Maine, spent nearly five minutes flattening the movement’s arguments. And if that wasn’t enough to …

Flat Earth

Watch the Historic SpaceX Reusable Rocket Launch Here

After several delays (and let’s face it, a horrible yesterday), it’s probably about time that NASA/SpaceX get a move-on and show us that incredible …

Space Travel

How to Make It Easier to Wake Up in The Morning, According to Science

Just five more minutes...<p>Getting a good sleep can be tough, and this can lead to feeling less than refreshed when you wake up in the morning.<p>Falling …

Australian Universities

A Mysterious 3,000-Year-Old Castle Has Been Found Under a Lake in Turkey

Sometimes legends are true.<p>Sunken cities are typically the stuff of legend, but now archaeologists have found the real thing hiding deep within Lake …

Surgeon Claims He's Done The First Human Head Transplant, But There Are Huge Red Flags

Unbelievable.<p>Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero claimed on Friday that he had completed the world's first human head transplant between two corpses …

Defying Russia, Serbia holds military drills with Americans

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — American and Serbian paratroopers held joint military exercises Friday in Serbia, watched with unease by Russia, which is trying to increase its influence in the Balkans and keep the country within its fold.<p>Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic attended the last day of the …

U.S. Army

Russian Olympic official says doping whistleblower should be executed

Leonid Tyagachev says Grigory Rodchenkov ‘should be shot for lying’ Tyagachev: Russia ‘are not going to beg on our knees’ over Winter Games<p>A top Russian Olympic official has said Grigory Rodchenkov, the whistleblower who alleged the country ran a systematic doping programme, should be …

Russia

NASA Just Spotted a Super Rare Particle Cloud on the Sun

The sun, otherwise known as that hot ball of gas keeping us all alive, is occasionally pretty creepy. Late last month, NASA’s Solar Dynamics …

Astronomy

How vintage rocket tech could be NASA's ticket to Mars and beyond

Dangerous radiation. Overstuffed pantries. Cabin fever. NASA could sidestep many of the impediments to a Mars mission if they could just get there faster. But sluggish chemical rockets aren't cutting it — and to find what comes next, one group of engineers is rebooting research into an engine last …

The simple change you can make to stop wasting food

Our global food system is drowning in waste. About one third of all food produced for human consumption is wasted every year, and the US alone wastes as much as 40% of its food. More food ends up in American landfills and incinerators than any other single material.<p>Many people have undertaken …

Magnificent chaos reigns at Jupiter's poles

On October 24, 2017, the Juno spacecraft swung low over Jupiter’s poles for the ninth time. Accelerating by the giant planet’s powerful gravity to …