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Elon Musk Says SpaceX Is Going To Mars By 2018

Just when you thought Elon Musk couldn't possibly aim any higher, the billionaire tech magnate's private space company unveiled plans Wednesday to begin sending Dragon spacecrafts to Mars by 2018.<p>SpaceX told The Huffington Post the upcoming missions -- dubbed with the project name Red Dragon -- …

Space Travel

Kepler Has Nearly Doubled the Number of Confirmed Exoplanets in Our Galaxy

Wait, you thought the Kepler Space Telescope was dead? Think again. Today, NASA’s Kepler team announced the discovery of a whopping 1,284 new …

Space mission first to observe key interaction between magnetic fields of Earth and sun

NASA mission, with help from UMD physicists, is the first ever to observe how magnetic reconnection takes place, a critical step in understanding …

Physics

Scientists Discover 3 New Habitable Planets: How Long Would It Take to Get There?

<i>This article was originally posted on Inverse.</i><p><b>By Neel V. Patel</b><p>Monday's bombshell announcement that scientists found three new potentially habitable exoplanets raised our hopes of finding extraterrestrials more than any discovery beforehand. Now then, can we go there and see for ourselves if there …

Spacecraft
Space Exploration

Hubble captures comet's close Earth encounter

<b>(CNN) —</b> One of the closest encounters between a comet and Earth has been captured by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.<p>The American space agency released a series of images on Thursday of Comet 252P/LINEAR flying past our planet. The images were captured in early April — two weeks after the icy object …

Astronomy

2016 May 15 - Milky Way Over Quiver Tree Forest

<b>Milky Way Over Quiver Tree Forest</b> <b><br>Image Credit & Copyright:</b> Florian Breuer<p><b>Explanation:</b> In front of a famous background of stars and galaxies lies some …

Cosmology

2016 May 16 - Clouds of the Carina Nebula

<b>Clouds of the Carina Nebula</b> <b><br>Image Credit & Copyright:</b> John Ebersole<p><b>Explanation:</b> What forms lurk in the mists of the Carina Nebula? The dark ominous …

Cosmology

Texas man branded a ‘f**king faggot’ by thugs who savagely beat him outside his own home

A man was left with serious injuries after he was attacked while walking a dog outside his own home.<p>Craig Knapp, 50, was set upon by two men early on …

We Were Totally Wrong About What's Happening Inside Earth's Mantle

For the first time, geologists have compiled a global map of the wave-like motions called “convective currents” inside Earth’s mantle. They found …

The World's 20 Most Impressive Ancient Builds

The feats of the Ancients.<p>Suspension bridges and skyscrapers are marvels of modern engineering, but some of the world's most impressive constructions are thousands of years behind us. The Roman Colosseum is one such wonder, marking a crucial transition point between two vastly different ages of …

How Alexander the Great Changed the Art World Forever

A major new Met exhibit shows the breadth and richness of Hellenistic art. Prepare for gold-plated head-dresses, and two meter-tall vases.<p>The …

The queer film before Stonewall Lincoln Center series looks at early gay movies.

Jimmy, a blonde boy in a pristine white shirt, accepts a ride home from an older man, Ralph, after playing some ball in the park. The man buys him a …

LGBTQI

Makemake's MK2: Scientists Just Discovered a New Moon in Our Solar System

In case you needed any proof that we still have a huge amount to learn about space, astronomers just discovered a new moon in our own solar …

Astronomy

SpaceX will head to Mars as soon as 2018

Elon Muskhas finally put a date onSpaceX’s longstanding goal of going to Mars.<p>SpaceX tweeted Wednesday morning that it is planning to send an unmanned Dragon spacecraft to the Red Planet as soon as 2018.<p>The mission would demonstrate a way to land large payloads on Mars without parachutes or other …

Why Space and Time Might Be an Illusion

This past fall, the world of physics celebrated the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity, which forms the foundation of our modern understanding of the force of gravity. Einstein's creation has been the ultimate antidote to a blasé, seen-it-all attitude that sometimes …

Quantum Mechanics
Social Media
Fish

Sharks Glow, But Only For Each Other

Shark-eye camera shows how they may follow the light to find a mate<p>There are lots of species that glow in the dark, especially underwater. These species are genetically diverse, ranging from krill to squid, from sea snails to sharks, which makes researchers think that biofluorescence evolved many …

Biology

Through a Shark's Eyes: See How They Glow in the Deep

Scientists have built a camera that approximates how sharks see each other, revealing how they glow through biofluorescence.<p>For the first time, scientists have studied the eyes and skin of a group of shy sharks that live deep in the water, in a dark blue realm of low light. The team discovered that …

Biology

A Jewish kingdom in ancient Babylon

Least known is the kingdom of Mar Zutra, that rose to brief prominence in the period after the redaction and editing of the Talmud.<p>Cuneiform tablet …

Blog Ideas That Will Get People to Come Back to Your Blog

<i>What to do with my blog that will be so special and interesting to make users come back to read it all the time?</i><p>A lot of bloggers nowadays struggle …

High Heels

10 Huge Facts About Whale Sharks

This fascinating, filter-feeding species will finally get its close-up in this summer's <i>Finding Dory</i>. Here are a few things you might not have known …

Spacecraft finds bright craters on Ceres

<b>(CNN) —</b> Ceres, the dwarf planet that lies between Jupiter and Mars, has some shiny features.<p>NASA's Dawn space probe captured new images of bright craters on the dwarf planet, according to a report published Tuesday.<p>The images were taken 240 miles from Ceres, the closet the spacecraft has come to …

Astronomy

James Franco Says He's 'a Little Gay' as He Discusses His Sexuality In New Interview

James Franco has once again discussed his sexuality in a new interview.<p>Speaking with <i>New York Magazine</i>, the actor describes himself as “a little gay” …

41 Of The Most Suspenseful Books You'll Ever Read

*GASP*<p><i>Note: Entries have been edited for clarity and length.</i>

Books

Steam-powered spacecraft could help humans colonise the Moon

It sounds like an idea dreamt up while flicking through the pages of an HG Wells novel, but steam-powered spacecraft could help humans colonise the Moon and beyond, scientists believe.<p>‘Mining’ water ice from asteroids and the lunar poles could provide cheap fuel for probes , allowing them to hop …

Space Exploration

Land of the Giants: Anthropomorphic Landscapes (17th Century)

Prior to the Renaissance, landscape was principally used as a scene-setting backdrop for figurative art. Trees, fields, mountains, and storm-tossed …

Art

Once sold for scrap, Nasa's lunar rover prototype is up for six-figure auction

Three vehicles used in Apollo missions based on original model, which was recovered in an Alabama backyard and is expected to sell for at least $120,000<p>It cost $38m to develop and helped humans explore the moon – but ended up being sold for scrap in Alabama.<p>Now a prototype electric vehicle for …

Space Science