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Tough Words From Pope Francis: 8 Great Quotes From His U.N. Speech

Pope Francis, addressing the U.N. General Assembly today, urged international cooperation not only to solve humanity's largest problems but to save humanity itself.<p>Quoting a speech to the U.N. by his predecessor Pope Paul VI in 1965, Francis said of the world today: "The real danger comes from …

Pope Francis

Watch SpaceX Test-Fire Its Upgraded Falcon 9 Rocket Engine

Now more powerful than ever, and getting ready for takeoff in November<p>SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, which has launched satellites into orbit and carried cargo to the International Space Station and back again on multiple occasions, is getting a serious upgrade. It's engines are getting higher throttle …

Space Travel

Brilliant 10: David Kipping Hunts for Moons Around Exoplanets

Some of them might even be friendly to life<p>In graduate school, David Kipping was hiking in the Himalayas when, staring up at the sky, he thought about how exoplanets are found—by detecting the change in brightness as it passes in front of a star. How would an exoplanet be affected if it had a moon, …

Planets

Are viruses alive? New evidence says yes

Evolutionary history suggests they evolved from ancient cells<p>Influenza, SARS, Ebola, HIV, the common cold. All of us are quite familiar with these names. They are viruses—a little bit of genetic material (DNA or RNA) encapsulated in a protein coat. But what we don’t really understand, and what …

Biology

Why ‘Generic’ Doesn't Mean ‘Cheap’

Is Sneaker Innovation Changing How We Move?

Bat Tongues, A Marijuana Forest, And Other Amazing Images Of The Week

Rocky Mountains

Who Is The Master Of Your Microbial Domain?

Your microbiome may not be pulling all the strings<p>It’s become something of a catchphrase: bacteria outnumber us ten to one. That in itself is a bit of a misnomer as it’s only about three-to-one; your body has about 37 trillion cells while there are estimated to be about 100 trillion microbes. Even …