Nicholas Whitaker

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The Latest: Russia: Missiles aimed at Syrian air base downed

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S.-led missile strikes on Syria (all times local):2:50 a.m.The Russian military says Syria's Soviet-made air …

Middle East

8 mind-blowing facts about black holes

Black holes do not suck.<p>Illustration of a young black hole, such as the two distant dust-free quasars spotted recently by the Spitzer Space Telescope.<p>…

It turns out graphene has been deceiving us this whole time

While graphene, an atom-thick form of carbon, has shown itself to have enormous potential for plant electronics and ultra-efficient water …

Chemistry

Life on Europa could survive off nuclear energy, research finds

Evaluating Europa<p>Jupiter’s moon Europa is a hotbed of astrobiological interest. Below its icy crust is a deep ocean of liquid water, kept warm by …

Sci-Fi Short Film Explores What Happens When You Travel at Light Speed

Adam Stern and Artifex Studios present a new short film detailing the incredible story of astronaut Ethan Kane, the first person attempting to travel …

Top 10 Insane Sci-Fi Military Tech & Machines That Actually Exist

Working Out in a Group Is Better for Your Mental Wellbeing Than Going at It Alone, Suggests Study

The way we exercise and who we choose to do it with is a very personal thing, but new research suggests that working out in a group setting has its …

Scientists just found another worrying link between sugar and depression

Lately, the science has really been stacking up evidence against consuming sugars in excess.<p>In addition to being linked to conditions like obesity, diabetes, inflammatory diseases, eating high levels of sugar has been associated with mental illnesses like depression. In a study published July 27 in …

Diabetes

Diving deep into the world of emergent gravity

Getting rid of dark matter would be a big ordeal, so we talk to the man behind the theory.<p>The Universe is a strange place. Apart from the normal …

Dark Matter

The Earth is not a planet for the same reasons that Pluto is no longer considered as one

Pluto is no longer considered a planet by the International Astronomical Union (ISU), much to the dismay of planetary scientists around the world. …

Astronomy

Why Doesn't Antimatter Anti-Gravitate?

Why aren’t there any particles that fall upwards in the gravitational field of Earth? It would be so handy – If I had to move the couch, rather than waiting for the husband to flex his muscles, I’d tie an anti-gravitating weight to it and the couch would just float to the other side of the …

Physics

New York Architects Plan Enormous Skyscraper Hanging From An Asteroid In Space

The quest to cram ever more human beings into ever-decreasing square footage of city real estate continues – with a skyscraper suspended from an asteroid.<p>A New York architecture firm is proposing a design for the world’s tallest building Analemma Tower, which would hang down from the sky suspended …

Architecture

Congress just cleared the way for internet providers to sell your web browsing history

Resolution is now off to the president’s desk<p>Internet providers now just need a signature from President Trump before they’re free to take, share, and even sell your web browsing history without your permission.<p>The House of Representatives passed a resolution today overturning an Obama-era FCC rule …

Is AI a Threat to Christianity?

Are you there, God? It’s I, robot.<p>In his relatively short tenure, Pope Francis has been hard at work welcoming spiritual seekers into the Catholic Church. He’s refused to judge LGBT people, sought to integrate divorced couples, and extended priests’ ability to forgive abortion. But Francis’s wide …

The 15 best pullup variations

There are few exercises as timeless and effective as pullups. But, while they’re tried-and-true, there’s no denying they can get boring. That’s where …

Workouts

Prep These Make-Ahead Breakfast Bowls for Faster, Easier Mornings

Breakfasts that you can make ahead of time in bulk, like burritos or mini omelets, give you a quick, filling breakfast for any morning. Breakfast …

Boeing just unveiled its slick new 'Starliner' spacesuit to protect a new generation of NASA astronauts

NASA isn't thrilled about having to pay Russia billions of dollars to launch US astronauts on Russian rockets inside of Russian spacesuits.<p>But that's the current spaceflight pickle the space agency finds itself in; there's really no other option unless you're China.<p>However, two aerospace companies …

Cheap-to-buy, easy-to-build mini Lego drone is the stuff of childhood dreams

What self-respecting kid (or, perhaps, what kid who would rather stay indoors than play outside) didn’t at some point use their Legos to piece …

Life, but not as we know it: Scientists engineer first semisynthetic organism with three-base-pair DNA

Researchers at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) claim to have created the first stable semisynthetic organism with extra bases added to its …

This soft-shelled exosuit might put Iron Man's duds to shame

Exoskeletons of the future look like high-tech workout clothes<p>The word exosuit has become all but synonymous with a hard-shelled suit that imbues its wearer with superhuman abilities—leap tall buildings, lift multi-ton items, and make the paralyzed walk—thanks to some awesome looking robotics. But …

Robotics

Meet China's Sharp Sword, a stealth drone that can likely carry 2 tons of bombs

It just won a technology prize, so China's pretty proud of it.<p>The Sharp Sword UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle), China's stealthy attack drone, just won second place in the National Science and Technology Advancement Prizes. Considering the secrecy surrounding stealth drones to come out of China—there …

Aviation

New ideas on gravity would vanquish dark matter

New ideas on gravity predict rotation curves of galaxies without dark matter.<p>Throughout the Universe, there are lots of signs that there's more …

Dark Matter

Experimental Lasers Could Temporarily Turn Earth's Atmosphere Into a Magnifying Glass

The Laser Developed Atmospheric Lens will serve as a deflector shield against enemy anti-aircraft lasers.<p>A new laser under development by BAE Systems could boost a high-flying airplane's ability to spot targets on the ground, creating a temporary floating "lens" in midair that magnifies objects. …

2nd week of Trump confirmations off to bumpy start

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Even as Donald Trump readies to take the oath of office on the west side of the Capitol, some of his top Cabinet picks are off to a rocky start this week inside the building, facing surprising heat.<p>Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer opened Inauguration Week Tuesday morning by …

Donald Trump

7 things your muscles are trying to tell you

If you've ever spent the day after an intense workout soothing your sore legs with a foam roller, you know your muscles can give you plenty of feedback about how you're feeling. Usually the message is pretty straightforward—if your glutes are sore after doing a million squats, that's a …

NASA's 'Impossible' EmDrive Could Actually Work, Even If It Breaks The Laws Of Physics

Even NASA doesn't know how it works.<p>NASA scientists have determined that an ‘impossible’ engine that could take us to Mars in just 10 weeks does …

High-Speed Electrons Have Been Spotted Outside Earth's Magnetic Field, And NASA Can't Explain It

So fast, they break current physics models.<p>In the region of space just outside Earth’s magnetic field, NASA has detected electrons that are being …

Watch This Robot Solve a Rubik’s Cube in Less Than a Second

The machines want our games as well as our jobs.<p>The fastest human with the most dexterous hands can solve a Rubik's cube in 4.74 seconds. There's a few different tricks and strategies puzzlers use to solve a cube that fast. One strategy even claims people can get through any scrambled cube in under …

Donald Trump doesn't believe in climate change — here are 16 irrefutable signs it's real

Trump's stance on the environment contradicts thousands of scientists and decades of research, which has linked many observable changes in climate, including rising air and ocean temperatures, shrinking glaciers, and widespread melting of snow and ice, to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions …

Global Warming