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Dark matter might be made of black holes

So just what is dark matter made of? Astronomer Alexander Kashlinsky of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland thinks the mysterious cosmic stuff could be made of black holes that formed soon after the Big Bang.<p>Gravitational waves were first observed last September by the ground-based …

Alien Life? Radiation May Erase Mars, Europa Fossils

The hunt for signs of alien life in the solar system may be much tougher than researchers had thought, thanks to the damaging effects of …

Things are so bleak in the oil industry that an offshore-drilling company got a 90% discount on a $700 million rig

If you want a perfect encapsulation of just how bad it is for the energy industry, we've got a story for you.<p>Ocean Rig, an offshore oil-drilling company, just got an incredible "going out of business" deal on a deep-ocean drillship.<p>According to maritime-industry blog gCaptain, Ocean Rig got a …

Oil & Gas Industry

World’s biggest oil producers meet to discuss possible freeze on production

Rare off-scheduled meeting between Opec and non-Opec suppliers will focus on what they can do to staunch the continued global surplus of crude oil<p>The world’s biggest oil producers will huddle in Doha on Sunday in a rare off-scheduled meeting where discussion about what they can do to staunch the …

OPEC cuts 2016 oil demand growth forecast, warns of more

LONDON (Reuters) - OPEC on Wednesday cut its forecast for global oil demand growth in 2016 and warned of further reductions citing concern about Latin America and China, pointing to a larger supply surplus this year.<p>The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries also said top exporter Saudi …

Oil

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

ECONOMY Canada’s jobless rate hits lowest since 2008 as hiring spikes<p>RETAIL How Richard Baker plans to transform Hudson’s Bay Subscriber content<p>BCE aims to court frugal callers with budget Lucky Mobile brand Subscriber content<p>U.S. regulator says it will allow CME Group, CBOE to list bitcoin …

NASA's Kepler spacecraft is in 'emergency mode'

NASA's Kepler space telescope was supposed to be continuing its K2 extended mission to hunt down hidden exoplanets, but now scientists say the spacecraft is in trouble (again). While trying to make regularly scheduled contact on Thursday engineers found that it is operating in "emergency mode" and …

Solar storm scientists prepare for geomagnetic event that could destroy technology across the world for years

Scientists are preparing for a solar storm that could break communications for years and potentially put life on Earth in danger.<p>Many people are …

22 Science Jokes Only Smart People Will Understand

Old statisticians never die. They just get broken down by age and sex.

This Is How Long Sex Usually Lasts

We're not saying you've peeked through the blinds to see your neighbors doing the deed, but chances are you've wondered how your stamina stacks up …

The Science of Memory: How to Effortlessly Boost Your Retention and Recall

There's an easy way to improve your memory, but don't take my word for it - here's the research.<p>Have you ever had trouble remembering names? I know I have. There's nothing more embarrassing than having someone who "knows you" start a conversation while you're running through your mental Rolodex and …

USGS finds long-obscured earthquake fault in downtown Santa Rosa

Scientists probing the ground with airborne laser beams have mapped the Rodgers Creek Fault in the heart of Santa Rosa for the first time, they reported Tuesday.<p>A team from the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, led by geologist Suzanne Hecker, discovered the fault’s signs throughout the city’s …

Santa Rosa

How a distant planet might have caused mass extinctions on Earth

The theory might seem like science fiction, but a study by astrophysicist Daniel Whitmire offers scientific data to back up the claim.<p>Dr. Whitmire, who now teaches math at the University of Arkansas, says the mysterious planet has been causing extinction events at regular intervals - every 27 …

Universe

Climate change is sucking the Colorado River dry

Even as the number of Americans relying on the Colorado River for household water swells to about 40 million, global warming appears to be taking a …

Climate Change

This Newly Discovered Triple Sun Planet Would See Some Truly Bizarre Skies

Newly-discovered planet KELT-4Ab has three suns—but that triple-solar view isn’t the only weird thing you’d see happen overhead. Not by a long …

Star Wars-style lava planet discovered close to Earth

With its 18-hour year, this bizarre lava-world underlines the incredible diversity of planets in our galaxy. And it’s a bit like Star Wars planet Mustafar<p>First they thought it was a water world, a planet larger than Earth covered in nothing but ocean. Then they thought it might be a diamond world, …

Astronomy

Oil Prices Regain Ground, but Growing Supplies Loom

Oil futures rebounded from early losses on Thursday but the recovery was muted as the market's focus switched back to signs of growing oil stocks.<p>Brent crude had gained ground by midday, on track for its strongest March since at least 2007. U.S. crude earlier in the day fell to a more than two-week …

BNP Paribas

The most dangerous volcanoes on Earth

1. Yellowstone National Park, USA<p>Yellowstone National Park is an active supervolcano. Yes, the majority of the park is a volcano. There have been at least three eruptions, 2.1 million years ago, 1.2 million years ago and 640,000 years ago. The most recent eruption collapsed and created a giant …

Geology

Astronomers Can't Rule Out Alien Megastructure Around Kepler Star

Astronomers still can’t rule out the presence of an alien megastructure around Kepler star KIC 8462852 — located nearly 1500 light years away in the constellation of Cygnus. Strange dips in the star’s luminosity over four years of observations with NASA’s Kepler space telescope initially fueled …

Universe

Tundra Issue: How To Keep Oil Workers From Crossing Paths With Bears

March is when oil equipment starts using ice roads on the Alaskan North Slope. It's also when polar bears and cubs emerge from dens. Aerial spotters find dens so roads and workers can bypass bears.<p>Transcript<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:<p>Right now is a busy time of year on Alaska's North Slope. For oil …

WATCH: Scientists get up close and personal to an active volcano

Volcanologists from the University took part in an international volcanoes workshop which was held on the active Santiaguito volcano in …

Innovation

Geology and NASA: An Interview with Dr. Ellen Stofan, NASA Chief Scientist

Dr. Ellen Stofan is a planetary scientist, STEM advocate and Chief Scientist at NASA. Her research interests include the geology of Venus, Mars, …

Can Carbon Dioxide Trigger Geyser Eruptions?

The current perception of geysers—that their explosions are driven by hot water and steam—may not be exactly right. In a new paper published online …

U.S. Geological Survey

Geologists discover how Australia's highest mountain was created

Topography of Eastern Australia is shown.<p><i>Geologists from the University of Sydney and the California Institute of Technology have solved the mystery</i> …

Geology

Scientists To Drill 'Ground Zero' Of Dinosaur Extinction

For years scientists at the University of Texas have been planning an expedition to drill directly into Chicxulub crater, what many believe is “ground zero” for the mass extinction event 66 million years ago. Now, we are weeks away from drilling to determine what lies beneath the surface of an …

Earth Science

This super-map contains every known piece of geographical data about Alaska

Since William Smith’s publication of the first geologic map of England in 1815, geologists have used maps to show the distribution and character of rocks at the Earth’s surface, and display their interpretations of the underlying geology. These maps help guide exploration for natural resources and …

Maps

Mistakes Led to Needless Deaths From Worst Volcanic Blast

There were signs that an eruption was coming, but no one predicted how big it would be.<p>Government officials had plenty of time to ensure that everyone was safely evacuated from the area around Mount St. Helens, the Washington State volcano that erupted on May 18, 1980. The mountain had been showing …

Geology

Loud booms as M4.6 earthquake strikes near Mauna Kea Volcano, Hawaii - Eruption ahead?

A M4.6 earthquake struck near the Mauna Kea Volcano on the Island of Hawaii on March 20, 2016 at around 4:43pm UTC. It created a deep rumbling …

Natural Disasters