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Heisenberg's Astrophysics Prediction Finally Confirmed After 80 Years

Discovering that our Universe was quantum in nature brought with it a lot of unintuitive consequences. The better you measured a particle’s position, the more fundamentally indeterminate its momentum was. The shorter an unstable particle lived, the less well-known its mass fundamentally was. Solid, …

Physics

How Animals Think

A new look at what humans can learn from nonhuman minds<p>For 2,000 years, there was an intuitive, elegant, compelling picture of how the world worked. It was called “the ladder of nature.” In the canonical version, God was at the top, followed by angels, who were followed by humans. Then came the …

Consciousness

Just How Toxic Is Richard Dawkins?

If you followed him on Twitter, you might think Dawkins was just a loudmouthed incendiary. Read his science writing and you encounter a brilliant …

Richard Dawkins says parents who make their children fast should be ashamed

Richard Dawkins, the Kenyan born British ethologist, evolutionary biologist and writer, has Tweeted about the plan to move secondary school exams in …

The Future Of Gene Editing Is Being Decided Right Now

How will CRISPR shape our future?<p>Today, hundreds of scientists are gathered in Washington, D.C. for the international summit on genome editing. The three-day conference will discuss the ethical and appropriate use of all genome-editing technologies, but it will likely pay close attention to the …

The Morning After the Paris Attacks: Pictures

Krakow

Nasa planning ‘Earth Independent’ Mars colony by 2030s

Humans will be living and working on Mars in colonies entirely independent of Earth by the 2030s, Nasa has said.<p>The US space organisation today released its plan for establishing permanent settlements on the red planet, setting out in detail plans to create ‘deep-space habitation facilities’ which …

Mars lakes may have existed long enough for life to evolve, scientists say

Nasa researchers believe some ancient lakes could have lasted for up to 10,000 years, which was enough time for life forms to take hold<p>Ancient lakes that came and went over millions of years in the Gale crater basin on Mars may have persisted long enough for life to evolve in them, researchers have …

Earth Science

NASA Eyes Sample-Return Capability for Post-2020 Mars Orbiter

WASHINGTON — A Mars orbiter NASA plans to launch in the 2020s could carry the mechanisms needed to collect and store sealed Martian surface samples …

Mars' Mysterious South Pole Revealed in New Photo

A newly released photo provides a great look at Mars' seldom-seen South Pole.<p>The swirling white dot toward the bottom of the photo, which was taken …

European Space Agency

Real-Life Mars Photos Show Where 'The Martian' Astronaut Would Have Been Stranded

NASA's love affair with Mars is at an all-time high. Not only did NASA release a detailed report last week on its goal of sending humans to the Red …

Mars Orbiter

Mars dune: Huge sand pile sculpted by Martian winds.

When I wrote my review of the movie <i>The Martian</i>, I mentioned how realistic the landscapes were. Much of the literally other-worldly scenery was based …

Astronomy

Mars is tearing its moon apart

A set of enigmatic grooves, signs of wear, on the surface of Mars’s moon Phobos suggests that the gravity of its planet is slowly tearing it apart. …

Robotic exploration of Mars is equivalent to human presence on Mars.

<i>From</i> <b></b><b>Our Robots, Ourselves: Robotics and the Myths of Autonomy</b> <b></b><i>by David A. Mindell. Out now from Viking.</i><p>The two mobile robots <i>Spirit</i> and <i>Opportunity</i> were …

Penguin Random House

A Brief History of Mars Missions

Dozens of missions have launched to Mars to better understand this close neighbor to Earth. Some were flybys, gathering information only in brief …

Space

NASA to Unveil New Findings About Mars' Atmosphere Thursday

NASA will reveal new results about the atmosphere of Mars this Thursday (Nov. 5), and you can watch the action live.<p>The space agency is hosting a …

Mars Mission

Is It Moral To Explore, And Colonize, Mars?

There are many thought-provoking moments in the new movie <i>The Martian</i>.<p>From the nature of human endurance to questions of science and politics, it's a film that deserves the success it has gained (how many films can throw around terms like hexadecimal and Hohmann Transfer like you already know …

Mars Mission

The Tangled Cultural Roots of Dungeons & Dragons

In 1984, the comic-strip artist Jack Chick, an evangelical Christian, published a tract called “Dark Dungeons.” In it, a young woman named Debbie is seduced into witchcraft through her participation in a Dungeons & Dragons campaign. The Mephistophelean figure in the strip is the Dungeon Master, a …

Board Games

The 10 Best Photo Essays of the Month

From the November issue of National Geographic magazine: How Solar Lanterns Are Giving Power to the PeopleAt a brick ki<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Rubén Salgado …

Foreign Policy

10 Places You Have to See to Believe

Are you ready for your daily dose of wanderlust (and then some)? These wonders around the world—from Seussian flower fields to seas that shine like stars—simply must been seen to be believed.<p>Zhangye Danxia Landform: Gansu, China<p>These striped, technicolor mountains are Mother Nature's answer to …

New Zealand

James Bond Movie Theme Songs, Ranked Worst to Best

From A-Ha to Adele, breaking down the franchise's legendary (and legendarily bad) opening numbers<p>James Bond movie theme songs are the cinematic …

The 26 happiest, richest, healthiest, and most crime-free countries in the world

Every year, the Legatum Institute, a London based think-tank releases its annual global Prosperity Index, a huge survey that ranks what it calls the most prosperous countries in the world.<p>The amount of money a country has is one factor of prosperity, but the Legatum Institute considered more than …

European Travel