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NASA released the most detailed images of Saturn ever taken — and they’re stunning

NASA's Cassini spacecraft is on a daredevil mission that is taking it closer to the planet Saturn than it has been in over a decade. In December, the spacecraft skimmed by Saturn's outer rings, snapping some of the most detailed images we have ever seen.<p><b>Follow Tech Insider:</b>On Facebook

5 Hurdles to Reaching the Next Star System

Getting in Phase<p>A kilometer-scale array of lasers could be used to create a spacecraft-pushing beam with many gigawatts of power, but the light has …

Humans Must Reach Mars by 2033

Mission to Mars<p>We need to get to Mars, and we have to get there by 2033. At least, that’s what Norm Augustine, former chairman and CEO of Lockheed …

NASA: Space Alters Your DNA In Bizarre Ways

Does going into space fundamentally change our biology? It’s not a casual question. Human beings evolved to live in a very specific ecological niche, and no matter how tough DNA is, nature never planned for us to sit on a pile of explosives and fling ourselves into an airless void full of rocks and …

Genetics

What is a Butte?

During the 16h century, Spanish explorers ventured north from Mexico looking for gold and the legendary “Seven cities of Cibola”. What they found …

Scientists communicate with Locked-in patients

People with locked-in state have complete motor paralysis but intact cognitive and emotional processing.<p>They can think but cannot move any muscles. Groundbreaking new research could mean they can now communicate via new brain interface techniques.<p>The team was led by Professor Niels Birbaumer - a …

Getting humans to Mars begins at the South Pole

Subscribe to WIRED<p>Sending a manned mission to Mars has been the goal of national and international space agencies for decades. What once seemed like …

Earth's crust bears the scars of bombardment by shattered cores of failed planets - ExtremeTech

Earth’s crust bears the scars of bombardment by shattered cores of failed planets<p>By on February 1, 2017 at 11:01 am<p>This site may earn affiliate …

SpaceX takes a key step toward a reusable rocket launch

Launch of the used booster could come as early as March.<p>On Tuesday evening, SpaceX revealed that it has performed a critical static firing of one of …

How an Interstellar Starship Could Actually Explore Alpha Centauri

Last year, Stephen Hawking and Russian billionaire Yuri Milner hatched an ambitious plan to send a tiny probe to the Alpha Centauri star system. …

Asteroid discovered hours before it passes between Earth and moon - ExtremeTech

By on January 31, 2017 at 3:15 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>While you were sleeping last …

Astronomy

Outstanding Opportunity Rover Making ‘Amazing New Discoveries’ 13 Years After Mars Touchdown – Scientist Tells UT

13 Years on Mars!<br>On Christmas Day 2016, NASA’s Opportunity rover scans around vast Endeavour crater as she ascends steep rocky slopes on the way to …

Frogs use elastic tongues and reversible spit to catch prey

Check out these spitting images<p>Imagine all the things you could do if you had a long, sticky frog tongue. Perhaps you’d catch bad guys as they tried to run away or—no less admirably—grab a beer from the fridge without taking your eyes off the game.<p>Whatever shape your amphibious aspirations may …

How birds of a feather evolved together

<b>Citizen scientists have deduced how birds acquired a vast array of beaks over millions of years of evolution.</b><p>Bird enthusiasts joined forces with experts to investigate the beak shapes of birds from eagles to pelicans.<p>The study found there was a burst of evolution of different beak shapes early in …

If Earth's orbit is so crowded, why don't we see space junk in photos of the Earth?

It’s a matter of perspective<p>Sometimes, when we post a cool picture of the Earth taken from space, <i>Popular Science</i> gets questions about why, if there's so much garbage in space, we don't see an orbital landfill circling our planet in pictures of the Earth.<p>No, it’s not some massive conspiracy, and …

Space Exploration

Space travel altered Kelly's chromosomes - CNN Video

NASA has released early findings from its Twins Study, which tracked changes in astronaut Scott Kelly's health during his nearly one-year mission in space.

Space Travel

Space flight changes astronauts' brains, research reveals

Spaceflight changes astronauts’ brains, according to a new study that analyzed scans of people who traveled to space and back.<p>Researchers looked at MRI scans from 27 astronauts. Thirteen had flown on the Space Shuttle for a couple weeks, and 14 had spent about six months on the International Space …

You’d think scientists could answer simple questions like ‘when did the dinosaurs live?’. But the truth about science is bad news for those seeking certainty<p>With controversy about science communication, facts and alternative facts hitting the headlines recently, I’ve been having a number of …

Critical Thinking

NASA sent one identical twin brother to space for a year and studied how it changed him — here are the first results

Last March, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly returned to Earth after spending nearly one year in space. During his 340 days aboard the International Space Station, or ISS, scientists were also observing Scott's identical twin brother, Mark Kelly, while he hung out on Earth.<p>Because Scott and Mark have the …

Saturn's Rings Just Got the Ultimate Close-Up from Cassini (Photos)

Saturn's rings appear as bright waves against a black sky in detailed new pictures from the Cassini spacecraft, which made its closest pass by the …

Astronomy

Reality Is Not What We Can See

Some physicists, mind you, not many of them, are physicist-poets.<p>They see the world or, more adequately, physical reality, as a lyrical narrative written in some hidden code that the human mind can decipher.<p>Carlo Rovelli, the Italian physicist and author, is one of them. Following his best-seller</i> …

NASA’s Mars Rover A.I. Could Help Drive Autonomous Cars

When Neurala’s Max Versace says that his company’s deep learning A.I. software is “platform agnostic,” boy, he’s not kidding. Its core product was …

Autonomous Cars

'We've seen unprecedented change in the Antarctic ice shelf'

The British Antarctic Survey were integral in finding the first evidence of holes in our planet's ozone. Now Mike Dinn, operations manager at BAS, …

The women who helped put John Glenn into space - 'Hidden Figures' tells their story

‘Hidden Figures’ tells the story of three brilliant African-American women who worked at NASA and were the brains behind the flight of the first American astronaut John Glenn into orbit.<p>The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.<p>Pharrell Williams …

John Glenn

Origin of Our Galaxy’s Most Distant Stars

<b>The most distant stars discovered in the Milky Way might have been ripped away from a companion galaxy.</b>This illustration demonstrates how small the …

NASA announces plan to visit asteroid worth $10,000 quadrillion

On January 4, NASA announced a future mission to explore a Massachusetts-sized asteroid known as 16 Psyche.<p>The mission is seeking to learn more about the unusual body, which is thought to be the remaining core of a dead planet.<p>"This asteroid measures about 130 miles (210 kilometers) in diameter," …

2016 was the hottest year on record. Sound familiar?

2014 was the hottest year in recorded history. Then 2015 beat it. Now, 2016 has blown them both out of the water, according to data from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA. The average surface temperature over land and oceans was 0.94 degrees Celsius (1.69 degrees …

Global Warming

How Space Could Trigger a Future Economic Crisis

Solar flares pose a unique risk to power grids, and by extension economic growth.<p>A report published in the journal Space Weather this week makes for sobering reading. In four scenarios envisaging the economic impact of a solar storm, the mildest triggers a daily loss to the U.S. economy of $6.2 …

3 Lessons From the Last Man to Visit the Moon

Remembering the thrilling life of NASA astronaut Eugene Cernan.<p>NASA astronaut Eugene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, died this week in his Houston home. He was 82.<p>At 32 years old, Cernan, a Navy captain and pilot before he joined NASA, became the second American astronaut -- and the …

See Stunning Photos and Maps From New Horizons' Flyby of Pluto

After a historical flyby of Pluto, New Horizons is on its way to a smaller but no less exciting object in space nearby: 2014 MU69. At an event …

Solar System