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Life beyond Earth seems 'inevitable', US planetary scientist says

Astronomers are standing on a 'great threshold' of space exploration, Dr Sara Seager says<p>Astronomers are standing on a "great threshold" of space exploration that could see evidence of extra-terrestrial life being discovered in the next 20 years, an expert has claimed. Life beyond the Earth seems …

This Is Lake Erie's Toxic Algal Bloom As Seen From Space

Pretty and poisonous<p>Warm temperatures and fertilizer runoff fueled a large algae bloom throughout western Lake Erie over the past few days, turning water the color of pea soup. But the bloom wasn't just unsightly--the dominant species, a type of blue-green algae called <i>microcystis spp</i>, produce a …

Lake Erie

What Is The Speed Of Dark?

The speed of light zips along at 299,792,458 m/s. But what about the speed of dark? Dark is really just the absence of photons, but dark shadows can …

Speed Of Light

Video: Zoom to the Milky Way’s center

Zoom in to the Milky Way’s center until you see a close-up view of objects orbiting the supermassive black hole at the heart of our galaxy.<p>This zoom …

Black Holes

Do You Want To Be Happy? Don't Set Your Expectations Too High

Sure, money can't buy you love, but it's hard to imagine that winning rewards won't make us happy.<p>It does, researchers say, but only if our immediate expectations aren't bigger than the size of the payoff. Disappointment squelches happiness.<p>"Your happiness increases only if you do better than you …

Will Americans Buy Bug Snacks? Maybe ... If They're Funny And Cute

Insects can be a great source of protein, and in many parts of the world, people gobble them up.<p>But here in the U.S., a certain "ick factor" has kept consumers from eating crickets, locusts and mealworms. To combat the ickiness and convert skeptical consumers, bug-food advocates are trying a …

Secrets of the Water Bear, the Only Animal That Can Survive in Space

The microscopic tardigrade—also known as the water bear—is the only animal that can survive the cold, irradiated vacuum of outer space. We talked to leading tardigrade researchers to find out what makes these little guys so amazing.<p><b>What's so special about tardigrades?</b><p>Tardigrades are a class of …

Supermoon: views from around the world - video

A 'supermoon' lights up skies around the world as the moon's proximity to Earth makes it appear much larger and brighter than usual. The phenomenon, which scientists call a perigee moon, occurs when a full moon coincides with the closest approach the moon makes to Earth. The moon was 353,000 …

An experimental ebola treatment could be tested on the infected

The FDA's given a Canadian drug a new lease on life<p>An experimental drug designed to treat patients infected with the deadly ebola virus could be back on track for human testing following a decision from the US Food and Drug Administration today. The agency lifted a halt on testing TKM-Ebola, a drug …

IBM Chip Processes Data Similar to the Way Your Brain Does - MIT Technology Review

A new kind of computer chip, unveiled by IBM today, takes design cues from the wrinkled outer layer of the human brain. Though it is no match for a …

Quantum Computing

Beekeeper cured of life threatening allergy after three years of 'sting' treatment

A dedicated beekeeper who almost died from a bee sting underwent three years of venom injections so he could overcome his allergy<p>An amateur beekeeper who developed a life threatening allergy to bees has been cured after more than three years of treatment.<p>Simon Russ, a biology teacher, had been a …