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This is how the lone American in space is voting in the presidential election

<b>UPDATE: Nov. 2, 2016, 5:41 p.m. EDT</b> This story has been updated to reflect a correction. NASA's Shane Kimbrough has not yet voted and is, in fact, …

Largest Map Ever Made Will Unlock The History Of The Universe

1.2 million galaxies<p>What you're looking at is a slice of the entire universe, a web of galaxies billions of light years away. You're also looking into the past, since the further into the distance you look, the longer it took that light to reach your eyes. It all seems a lot smaller until you …

Dark Matter

Google has developed a 'big red button' that can be used to interrupt artificial intelligence and stop it from causing harm

AI agents, as they're sometimes known, can already beat us at complex board games like Go, and they're becoming more competent in a range of other areas.<p>Now a London artificial-intelligence research lab owned by Google has carried out a study to make sure that we can pull the plug on self-learning …

Artificial Intelligence
Marvel Universe

16 terrific Raspberry Pi project ideas

The tiny computer board known as the Raspberry Pi has been with us for more than four years now, and we've seen several upgrades in that time. The …

'Captain America: Civil War' Shows Exactly Why 'Batman V. Superman' Failed

This weekend, <i>Captain America: Civil War</i> became the latest Marvel film to open as both a critical darling (90% on Rotten Tomatoes) and a box office smash hit ($181 million domestic). That means four of the six highest box office openings of all time are now Marvel movies released in the last five …

Marvel Universe

Could these newly-discovered planets orbiting an ultracool dwarf host life?

Three Earth-sized planets are thought to have surface temperatures which would allow liquid water, making them potentially hospitable to life<p>Three distant worlds that orbit a feeble star in the constellation of Aquarius are the most likely places discovered so far to find life beyond the solar …

Science

2006: a space oddity – the great Pluto debate

Long known as the ninth planet, Pluto was downgraded in 2006, sparking a scientific spat that raises basic questions about how we understand the universe<p>Imagine that you have nurtured an ambition for 25 years to head up an expedition to the last unexplored planet in the solar system. You’ve worked …

Solar System

Einstein's Theory of Relativity to be Tested

NASA is preparing to put Albert Einstein's Theory of General Relativity to the test. The Gravity Probe B (GP-B) spacecraft will use four …

Vandenberg Air Force Base

NASA's Stellar Saturn Explorer Has Just One Year Left

The clock is ticking for the beloved spacecraft.<p>Launched in October 1997, the Cassini spacecraft entered orbit around Saturn in 2004 and started sending back iconic image after iconic image of the gas giant and its incredible moons. Now, the end is near. Last week the Cassini's <i>Grand Finale</i> mission …

Nintendo NX launching March 2017, new mobile games on way

Nintendo's new console is less than a year away. The Japanese games giant announced that its highly-anticipated NX console will launch globally in March 2017, with the latest Legend of Zelda game slated to arrive for both the NX and Wii U.<p>While we finally have an official release window, we still …

NASA now uses giant touchscreens to teach astronauts how to fly to space

Preparing to fly new capsules from SpaceX and Boeing<p>Before NASA astronauts can fly in new spacecraft from Boeing and SpaceX, they'll have to rack up hundreds of hours of practice on training simulators. This week, two of NASA's commercial crew astronauts tried out new touchscreen simulators in a …

Space Exploration

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

NASA Says It Will Help SpaceX With Mars 2018 Mission

While cutting funding for its own Mars programs<p>SpaceX just announced it's hoping to land an uncrewed Dragon capsule on Mars in 2018, which would make it the first private company to land on another planet. But it's not going alone.<p>According to a blog post today from NASA Deputy Administrator Dava …

Space Exploration
Universe

NASA wants to catch the solar wind to sail through space

The space agency begins testing a revolutionary new sail that aims to harness solar wind for propellant-free propulsion.<p>The edge of the solar system is a long way away. It took Voyager 1, the only human-made object to travel beyond the edge of the solar system (a barrier called the heliopause), 35 …

Physics

Kepler Is Saved! How NASA Used Its Deep Space Network to Avert Catastrophe

The Deep Space Network is a crucial link to spacecraft beyond Earth.<p>It's been a nail-biting few days for the planet-hunting community, after NASA announced late last week that its Kepler space telescope had unexpectedly switched to "emergency mode," and was rapidly burning up its fuel some 75 …

Space Science

We Could Have a Moon Base for As Little as $10 Billion

A big increase in a NASA budget could put a permanent base on the moon in six years.<p>Everything has a price, and the one for getting a moon base going might not be as much as you'd think. A group of NASA researchers, Google Lunar X Prize foundation leads, and other stakeholders assembled in secret …

Watch the First-Ever Video of a Star Exploding

For the first time, scientists have captured images of the big shockwave of an exploding star.<p>Data collected by NASA’s Kepler space telescope, and …

Universe

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Congress wants to make it harder for the president to change NASA's long-term plans

A bill could give Congress more direct power over NASA<p>NASA’s priorities are vulnerable to new presidential administrations, but a bill debated today in Congress could make it more difficult for the White House to alter the agency’s long-term goals. The bill is called the Space Leadership …

Space Science

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NASA scientist thinks lasers could send a craft the distance to Mars in just 30 minutes

So, everyone knows that Mars is really far away, right? Right now, it takes months to travel the vast distance, but one scientist thinks there is a …

Space Travel

Photonic Propulsion Could Send a Spacecraft to Mars in As Little As 3 Days

If the technology can actually be scaled enough to use on space probes, it might be the key to visiting worlds outside our solar system.<p>There's no argument in the astronomical community—rocket-propelled spacecraft can take us only so far. The SLS will likely take us to Mars, and future rockets …

Doctor Who lands on Amazon Prime after being pulled from Netflix

Stream to your heart's content for $99 a year<p>Just one month after the BBC yanked <i>Doctor Who</i> from Netflix, the beloved sci-fi series has found a new home on Amazon Prime.<p>The streaming service released a 15-second video on Twitter alerting subscribers to different series and seasons that would become …

Nasa scientist: We can get to Mars in 3 days with photonic propulsion

One day we could send spacecrafts to Mars in just three days by using a system known as "photonic propulsion", Nasa scientist Philip Lubin has said. …

Space Exploration Could Herald the Beginning of the Post-Human Era

<i>This is the fourth installment of a five-part WorldPost series on the world beyond 2050. The series is adapted from the Nierenberg Prize Lecture by Lord Martin Rees in La Jolla, Calif. Part one is available here. Part two is here. Part three is here. The final part will be published next week.</i><p>With …

Space Exploration

HoloLens video demonstrates Windows 10’s augmented reality user interface

Microsoft’s HoloLens augmented reality device seems too futuristic to exist, but everything we’ve seen makes it look like it works as advertised.<p>A new video meant for developers (via WinBeta) is giving us our first decent look at the HoloLens user interface in action. The tutorial shows the …

NASA Researchers Are Working on a Laser Propulsion System That Could Get to Mars in 3 Days

"There is no known reason why we cannot do this."<p>Despite how far we've come in space exploration, one thing still holding us back from interstellar …

Space Travel

Nasa's laser-powered engine could get us to Mars in 72 hours (if it works)

For all its real-life benefits and future potential for saving our entire civilisation, space travel is still a long-term effort. Current estimates …

Space Travel