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Here's Why The Night Sky Is Dark Even Though Jillions Of Stars Are Shining Light Our Way

There are <i>a lot</i> of stars out there--an estimated 70 billion trillion. With so many stars beaming their light our way, it seems only logical that the night sky would be as bright as day.<p>This is the essence of the so-called dark night sky paradox, also known as Olbers' paradox after German astronomer …

What Next For The Ebola Outbreak? Here's What The Math Says

Everyone's talking about Ebola--and no wonder, now that the deadly disease has been diagnosed in the U.S. for the first time ever.<p>Will the mini-outbreak in Dallas be contained, as public health officials keep reassuring us?<p>The short answer is "yes," Dr. Lauren Ancel Meyers, a professor of …

#Today in 1954, Naval Research Laboratory’s Aerobee rocket took the 1st photos of a complete hurricane from space http://t.co/YFEMwmbSFt

Picture of sunspot 1302 I took a few years ago.

Giant Twisters in the Lagoon Nebula

Powerful Megaflare from Small Star Stuns Scientists (Video, Image)

A series of megaflares unleashed earlier this year by a nearby red dwarf has astronomers rethinking just what these small, dim stars are capable …

Why Wednesday's lunar eclipse will be so special

The refraction of light as it passes through the atmosphere during Wednesday morning's eclipse will create a 'selenelion,' allowing viewers to see …

Foom! 'Superflares' Erupt From Tiny Red Dwarf Star, Surprising Scientists

Don’t get too close to this little star! In April, a red dwarf star sent out a series of explosions that peaked at 10,000 times as powerful as the …

NASA Study Finds Earth’s Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

[image-69][image-96]<p>The cold waters of Earth’s deep ocean have not warmed measurably since 2005, according to a new NASA study, leaving unsolved the …

Scientists Say They've Created A Freaky New Form Of Light

It's easy to shine light <i>through</i> a crystal, but researchers at Princeton University are turning light <i>into</i> crystals--essentially creating "solid light."<p>"It's something that we have never seen before," Dr. Andrew Houck, associate professor of electrical engineering and one of the researchers, said in …

SpaceX's Dragon V2 Manned Spacecraft: How it Works (Infographic)

Revealed on May 29, 2014, SpaceX's Dragon Version 2 capsule can carry a crew of seven astronauts to the International Space Station. The reusable …

Space Exploration

Astronomers Found a Star Inside a Star, 40 Years After It Was First Theorized

Such Thorne–Żytkow objects promise to open up a whole new side to the universe that we’ve never known.<p>The universe is massive, and we can't see nearly all of it. That's the most exciting thing about space: The potential to find something completely unknown, something that brings fiction into fact, …

Half of all exoplanet host stars are binaries

Yet more evidence that many worlds in our Milky Way galaxy have two suns.<p>The fictional planet Tatooine of the first Star Wars movie provides the …

Small asteroid to sweep safely past Earth Sunday

Asteroid passes near Earth on September 7. At its closest (18:18 UTC / 2:18 p.m. EDT), it’s about the same distance from Earth as weather and …

New Deep-Sea Animal Species Look Like Mushrooms but Defy Classification

A new species discovered off Australia may reshape the animal family tree.<p>A handful of strange mushroom-shaped animals discovered in the deep sea off Australia in the 1980s have finally been named by scientists. The organisms are so unique that they may rearrange the earliest branches of the animal …

World's coolest molecules

It's official. Yale physicists have chilled the world's coolest molecules.<p>The tiny titans in question are bits of strontium monofluoride, dropped to …

Environment: News & features

A 'stellar fossil' holds hints of one of the universe's first stars

Astronomers say they've discovered the signature of one of the first stars in the universe whose remains were embedded into the body of another very old star.<p>The discovery, described in the journal Science, sheds light on an ancient type of star that existed during the dark ages of the cosmos.<p>The …

14 Things You Didn't Know About How the Sun Will Die

At some 4.6 billion years old, the Sun is about halfway through its life. In another 5 billion years it will be a normal "adult" star no more. Here's the skinny on the upcoming demise of the star that you owe everything to: light, warmth, energy, and life.<p>1. Stars like the Sun will shine for 10 to …

Nebulas

Week's Best Space Pictures: Meteors Shower, Sweden Burns, and Rosetta Orbits

The Perseids compete with a supermoon, a Swedish forest goes up in smoke, and the Rosetta spacecraft orbits a comet.

This Gorgeous Image From Hubble Shines New Light On Old Cosmic Mystery

Holy Hubble!<p>It's been almost 25 years since the Hubble Space Telescope was deployed in 1990, but the orbiting observatory keeps sending exciting new images. Just check out one of Hubble's latest images below, featuring a brilliant globular cluster full of stars that shine bright like</i> …

The best view of the Perseid meteor shower is from space

This week is a doozy for night sky watchers, with arguably the best meteor shower of the year in the Perseids (peaking tonight) and a concurrent supermoon to boot. While there's plenty of opportunity to play the role of bug-eyed meteor paparazzo here on Earth, some of the best views of the …

Samsung’s Galaxy Alpha blends style and mid-ranged specs

Samsung has announced its latest smartphone offering in the form of the Galaxy Alpha. The handset’s focus on a solid, stylish build at the expense of …

Spotify wants to help musicians sell stuff directly to fans

It's no secret that some musicians aren't the biggest fans of Spotify -- or, in general, any music streaming service. Still, there's also no denying that Spotify is often trying to find ways to put more money in artists' pockets. Today, in partnership with BandPage, a startup which allows musicians …

The Enactive Torch Is A Sensor That Helps The Blind “See”

A new type of sensor could help the blind “see” objects in front of them. Called the Enactive Torch, the device sends out infrared signals which enable the user to sense nearby objects, thanks to a small buzzer attached to the wrist which alerts them if they’re about to crash into a door frame or …

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat: The insane 707HP sedan you wanted

So you’re in love with the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat we drove last week but need some practicality with that ridiculous power, never fear: Dodge …

The Internet Is Getting Too Big, And It's Becoming A Problem For Some Service Providers

Recent reports suggest the system that routers use to share the map of the internet with one another has grown too large for some older routers to handle — which could result in poor connectivity.<p>The problem is, older routers can only process a certain number of routes contained in this internet …

Edward Snowden: The Untold Story

SCROLL DOWN<p>The message arrives on my “clean machine,” a MacBook Air loaded only with a sophisticated encryption package. “Change in plans,” my …