Michael Parsico

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The World's Most Dangerous Naval Weapon

The weapon that has damaged more U.S. naval ships in the last 60 years is not the torpedo, the deck gun, the anti-ship missile or the terrorist attack.<p>It’s sea mines.<p>Fifteen U.S. Navy ships have been sunk or damaged by mines since World War II, almost four times more than any other weapon.<p>But …

This Solar-Powered Plane Could Stay In The Air Indefinitely

Switzerland has unveiled a solar-powered plane that could potentially stay in the air indefinitely. The newly finished aircraft will undergo its first tests in May and June, and plans to fly around the world in 20 days, spread out over three months.<p>The Solar Impulse 2 is an improvement over a small …

What Will Happen When the Earth’s Magnetic Field Switches

The Earth's magnetic field protects life on Earth, shielding it from damaging radiation and moderating our climate. So the idea that it could …

Scientists Discover How to Generate Solar Power in the Dark

Meet 'photoswitches,' a breakthrough set of materials that act as their own batteries, absorbing energy and releasing it on demand.<p>The next big thing in solar energy could be microscopic.<p>Scientists at MIT and Harvard University have devised a way to store solar energy in molecules that can then be …

Honeybees in East Africa Resist Deadly Pathogens

Bees in Kenya stay healthy despite parasites and viruses that collapse U.S. and European hives.<p>A surprising finding about East African honeybees lends new hope to the fight against colony collapses in the West. Scientists have discovered that bees in Kenya have strong resistance to the same …

'Most Earth-like planet yet' spotted by Kepler

<b>The most Earth-like planet yet has been discovered, scientists report in the journal Science.</b><p>The rocky planet, Kepler 186f, is close to the size of Earth and has the potential to hold liquid water, which is critical for life, the team says.<p>Nestled in the Milky Way, it is part of a five-planet …

The Birth of the Wanderers

Artist's impression of the protoplanetary disk around the young star TW Hydrae<p>One of the most significant pieces of information obtained from …