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I’ve Got Your Missing Links Right Here (23 May 2015)

<b>Top picks</b><p>7% of all retracted papers between 1980 and 2011 were by one guy. Here’s how science’s biggest faker was caught. By Ivan Oransky and Adam Marcus<p>A much-publicised <i>Science</i> paper claiming that “short conversations could change people’s minds on same-sex marriage” turns out to be faked. Here’s …

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Nat Geo Staff Picks: The Best of Montana

Montana’s beautiful national parks and charming small towns are more than enough reason to add the state to your next travel itinerary. Not sure where to start your tour of Big Sky Country? We’ve got you covered.<p><b>Here are a few of the National Geographic Travel team’s favorite spots in …

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This Week's Night Sky: Jupiter’s Moons in a Double Eclipse

A backyard telescope will reveal the shadows of Io and Ganymede merge on the surface of the gas giant.<p>The moon acts as a guide to stunning celestial sights throughout the week, and Jupiter’s largest moons converge in a special eclipse.<p><b>Worlds align.</b> After nightfall on Monday, May 25, check out a …

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Ancient Mars May Have Been Habitable for Hundreds of Millions of Years

Mars may have been capable of supporting microbial life for hundreds of millions of years in the ancient past, new findings from a long-lived Red …

Neil deGrasse Tyson's answer to innovation stagnation: a space race to Mars

In the search to find the high-paying jobs and industries of the future, Neil deGrasse Tyson has an idea for a novel solution. How about a …

Brightest Galaxy in the Universe Found

A newfound galaxy 12.5 billion light-years from Earth is the most luminous one known in the universe, blazing more brightly than 300 trillion suns, a …

Astrophysics

Congress’ century-long history of ignoring science: The dangerous climate delusions our lawmakers just can’t shed

Author Cynthia Barnett explains why we keep thinking we can control the weather<p>There may be nothing we humans are more at ease with, or more practiced at, than talking about the weather.<p>Not, of course, that we're particularly apt to understand exactly what it is we're discussing. As author and …

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World's least-polluting nations aim to set Paris climate bar high

Least-developed countries line up to create plans to reduce their own already-small emissions<p>BARCELONA, May 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - If your …

How Big is Mars? | Size of Planet Mars

Mars, the fourth planet from the sun, is the second smallest planet in the solar system; only Mercury is smaller. Mars is about half (53 percent) the …

6.8 Quake: 3rd Earthquake In 3 Days Rocks Solomon Islands

SOLOMON ISLANDS (CBS SF) — The U.S. Geological Survey says a 6.8 magnitude earthquake has struck the Solomon Islands, a day after a 6.0 quake and two …

Rare 4.2 Earthquake Rattles England Right Before Napa Quake

<b>A map of the earthquakes triggered around the globe within a week of the April 2012 earthquake off the coast of Sumatra (white star). Courtesy of</b> …

4.8 earthquake strikes Nevada, felt in Las Vegas

A shallow magnitude 4.8 earthquake struck near Caliente, Nev. on Friday afternoon and was felt more than 100 miles away in Las Vegas.<p>The quake caused minor damage to a highway off-ramp and multiple people reported feeling the ground shake along the city's famed Strip.<p>The temblor occurred at 11:47 …

Natural Disasters

WATCH: The Return Of The Anunnaki And Planet Nibiru

Our world, our society, and our climate have changed rapidly in recent years.<p>Earthquakes, hurricanes, volcanoes and changes in sea level. We all …

Astronomers Observe a Supernova Colliding with Its Companion Star

Type Ia supernovae, one of the most dazzling phenomena in the universe, are produced when small dense stars called white dwarfs explode with …

The Moon, An Alien Observation Base For The Humankind

The moon has always been a place of wonder. When most people were boys and girls they looked up at the night sky and wondered what the moon was made …

The Mystery of the Female Orgasm, Explained With Science

Love is awesome. Sex is awesome. And as we point out elsewhere on this web site, the titles of scientific studies about sex things are the awesomest …

Does the North Star ever move?

It’s a symbol for constancy, but, if you took its picture, you’d find that the North Star makes its own little circle around the sky’s north pole …

Astronomy

Polaris is the North Star

The entire northern sky wheels around Polaris. But it’s not the brightest star in the sky. In fact, Polaris ranks only 50th in brightness.<p>The North …

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NASA finds hidden water ocean in Saturn moon, may contain alien life

NASA has found a subterranean ocean in Enceladus, <i>“a large underground ocean of liquid water.”</i> According to the space agency, this may be a potential …

China to extend military reach, build lighthouses in disputed waters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China outlined a strategy to boost its naval reach on Tuesday and announced plans for the construction of two lighthouses in disputed waters, developments likely to escalate tensions in a region already jittery about Beijing’s maritime ambitions.<p>In a policy document issued by …

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This Is What The Latest Obamacare Supreme Court Case Is All About

President Barack Obama’s big health care reform law is back at the Supreme Court. Justices are expected to issue a decision in June on a new challenge to the law. Depending on which way they rule, either nothing will change or people across the country will start losing their health insurance and …

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In Central Coast cattle region, drought continues to shrink the herds

From the front porch of the ranch house where Daniel Sinton grew up, the toll of drought is all too plain to see.<p>Grassland is turning into bare ground. Pine trees, some four stories tall, are dead or being eaten alive by fungal pathogens. And Sinton's cattle herd has shrunk to one-fifth its usual …

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