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The 5 best fiction books of 2016

<b>1. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead</b> (Doubleday, $27)<p>This year's National Book Award winner is "something much more interesting than a …

This May Be the Best Use of 240 Square Feet We've Ever Seen

A lot of tiny houses look a bit like little dollhouses on wheels—peaked roof, petite double-hung windows, a tiny, almost vestigial porch. While these …

Living Rooms

SpaceX’s Rocket Explosion Was Set Off By A Truly Weird Accident

There’s a reason that “rocket science” is the gold standard metaphor for complex, difficult tasks. Rockets are finicky creatures as likely to blow up as they are to work — something SpaceX learned the hard way when their Falcon 9 rocket exploded on the launch pad in September, a blast so concussive …

Mysterious x-rays are streaming our way from Pluto, and no one knows why

X-rays appear to be trickling away from Pluto, even though the dwarf planet has no obvious way of making the high-energy photons, a new study reports.<p>Given what researchers have learned about Pluto since the New Horizons spacecraft flew by in 2015, the discovery is surprising. For many planets and …

X-rays

The discovery of a rare black dormouse is a reminder that this species needs our help

Exactly a month ago, a volunteer carrying out routine checks on dormice nest boxes around the Blackdown Hills, on the Somerset-Devon border, made a startling discovery.<p>In 26 years of hazel dormice monitoring in the UK, the only animals that have been spotted have had rich golden-brown fur. This one …

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Researchers Might Have Found Two Hidden Moons Around Uranus

Reexamined data from Voyager 2 reveals a spooky surprise.<p>Uranus’s rings are dark and full of surprises. Researchers detected a strange, wavy pattern …

Is Planet Nine responsible for the tilt in our solar system?

Compared to Earth, Planet Nine (P9) is 10 times more massive and 500 times farther away from the sun, researchers say.<p>The mysterious Planet Nine (P9) …

Physicist Says Our Universe Could Have Spawned From a Black Hole

What if the Big Bang was a black hole?<p>According to our best understanding of the Universe, if you travel back in time as far as you can, around 13.8 …

Mathematical analysis reveals architecture of the human genome

Mathematical analysis has led researchers in Japan to a formula that can describe the movement of DNA inside living human cells. Using these …

Mars Lander May Be Missing, But A Second Spacecraft Is Still Humming Along

The Schiaparelli Mars lander got very close to the red planet before something went wrong. It entered the planet's atmosphere, managed not to burn up as it hurtled down and unfurled its parachute. It's unclear what happened in the final minute of descent, but it wasn't what the European and Russian …

European Space Agency

How Snakes Lost Their Legs

Snakes used to wander the Earth on legs about 150 million years ago, before they shifted from strut to slither.<p>Now, two scientists have pinpointed the genetic process that caused snakes to lose their legs. What's more, they say the "molecular machinery" for leg development still persists in snakes …

Biology

The Biology of Dreams Offers an Evolutionary Theory That's Half Raunch, Half Romance

Carl Jung battled his one-time friend and mentor, Sigmund Freud, on a number of topics, though perhaps none as perniciously as dreaming. An entire …

NASA's MAVEN reveals hidden Martian processes through UV imaging

Ultraviolet photos, taken by the craft’s Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS), show dynamic radiation in the planet’s atmosphere.<p>Ultraviolet …

The Higgs Bison—mystery species hidden in cave art

Ancient DNA research has revealed that Ice Age cave artists recorded a previously unknown hybrid species of bison and cattle in great detail on cave …

Here’s What A Perfect 30-Minute Workout Looks Like

When life gets insanely busy (y'know, as life does), even an hour-long workout can seem like a luxury that you just don't have the time for. But even …

Scientists Can Now See More Sharply Than Anyone Thought Possible

A group of scientists has managed to overcome the theoretical limit on image sharpness.<p>A team of scientists have managed to bypass a theoretical limit on optical resolution, allowing them to see more sharply than ever before. Their results are published in a paper in the journal <i>Optica</i>.<p>Every optical …

Physicists Actually Create "Impossible" Time Crystals

<b>Time crystals</b> are hypothetical structures proposed by Nobel-Prize winning theoretical physicist Frank Wilczek in 2012. What’s special about them is …

Physicists Just Witnessed Quasiparticles Forming For The First Time Ever

It's a glorious moment for science.<p>For the first time, scientists have observed the formation of quasiparticles - a strange phenomenon observed in …

2016 October 9 - Hurricane Ivan from the Space Station

<b>Hurricane Ivan from the Space Station</b> <b><br>Image Credit:</b> Expedition 9 Crew, International Space Station, NASA<p><b>Explanation:</b> Ninety percent of the houses on …

Space

This Gif Illustrates The Mind-Melting Number of Galaxies in The Universe

We need a moment here.<p>Of the thousands of photos taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, one stands out as the shot that changed astronomy forever. …

27 ideas to make your small backyard cosy

Irrespective of size, having a yard at your home is nothing less than good luck! No wonder that these natural areas have the potential to become the …

Time Might Only Exist in Your Head, Say Physicists

Universal time doesn’t add up.<p>Out of all the pressures we face in our everyday lives, there’s no denying that the nature of time has the most …

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NASA has revealed the most compelling evidence yet that Europa may be able to support life

The Hubble Space Telescope first caught a glimpse of water vapor jutting off the surface of Jupiter's tiny moon Europa in 2013. But scientists were skeptical, so a team performed follow-up observations throughout 2014 to see if these jets of water would reappear. Sure enough, Hubble caught three …

Astronomy

24 photos that show how different a destination can look when it's photographed by a professional versus an amateur

There's a difference between the two, and that becomes especially apparent when browsing travel photos on Instagram.<p>We rounded up 13 beautiful places around the world and compared a professional's depiction of those places to an amateur's.<p>Keep scrolling to see the distinction.

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Astronomers Have Finally Solved The Mystery of Those Giant Green Space Blobs

We're not saying it's aliens.<p>Back in 2000, astronomers discovered their first space blob billions of light-years away from Earth. It was glowing as …

'Passengers' Almost Gets Deep Space Hibernation Pods Right

In the new trailer for <i>Passengers</i>, Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt are on a deep space journey that’s cut short when their hibernation pods …

A few thoughts on the difference between memorizing and learning

<i>Math on the Move: Engaging Students in Whole Body Learning</i> is organized around three basic ideas:<p>The body in math learning is best conceived as a …

Mathematics