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25 photos that prove we're all stowaways on a tiny, fragile spaceship

From the ground, Earth looks like a boundless fertile plain that beckons to be explored and exploited.<p>But astronauts would beg — and even plead— to differ.<p>"You realize that people often say, 'I hope to go to heaven when I die,'" Jim Lovell, an astronaut who flew on the Apollo 8 and Apollo 13 …

Space

10 Reasons The Biblical Flood May Have Actually Happened

Perhaps of all the biblical stories and tales from ancient times, the legends of the Flood are the best known. To most people, these legends are …

List-Worthy

How to Trust That You'll Be Okay No Matter What

<b>“The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what comes next.” ~Ursula K. Le Guin</b><p>Did you play with …

Ursula K. Le Guin

Bannon’s Worldview: Dissecting the Message of ‘The Fourth Turning’

WASHINGTON — Stephen K. Bannon has great admiration for a provocative but disputed theory of history that argues that the United States is nearing a crisis that could be just as disruptive and catastrophic as the most seminal global turning points of the last 250 years.<p>This prophecy, which is laid …

8 Meditation Apps to Try Now

Now, with all of the stress around current events and how our personal lives will be affected, it’s important to build self-care into the day any way you can, whether it’s taking three deep breaths every few hours or listening to a guided meditation to soothe you into a very important good night’s …

The universe may be a giant broken hologram

For decades, scientists have been toying with the idea that our Universe is — or once was — a giant hologram, where the laws of physics require just two dimensions, but everything appears three-dimensional to us.<p>As you can imagine, it's not an easy hypothesis to prove, but physicists say they now …

Physics

The 9 best fantasy book series

There may have been a time when fantasy novels were the stuff of bookworms and nerds, but in the past 20 years, tales of witches, elves, magic, and …

Are We The Earliest Intelligent Life In The Universe?

The study of the formation and logic of the universe — cosmology — and the study of exoplanets and their conduciveness to life do not seem to intersect much.<p>Scientists in one field focus on the deep physics of the cosmos, while the others search for the billions upon billions of planets out there — …

Proxima Centauri

Why Do Humans Have An Innate Desire To Get High?

It’s easy to explain the appeal of drugs like heroin and cocaine, which directly stimulate the brain’s reward centres. What’s less easy to explain is …

Psychedelia

Why Whole Foods Wants You to Eat This Venomous Fish to Death

If you can't beat 'em, eat 'em.<p>It's not often you're told that by eating something—and a lot of it—you can help save the environment.<p>But that's exactly what Florida wildlife conservationists and local Whole Foods supermarkets want you to do.<p>This week, 26 Whole Foods outlets across Florida began …

Zoology

A Profound Contradiction of Human Existence

“<i>Science does not reveal the meaning of our existence, but it does draw back some of the veils.</i>”<p>“Be not deceived,” Epictetus writes in <i>The Discourses</i>, …

The Science Behind the Virgin Birth

Researchers have come up with several intriguing—if improbable—scientific explanations for the virgin birth of Jesus Christ.<p>Although the religious meaning of Christmas was long ago neutered, replaced with the secular joys of eggnog and mall Santas, at its core December 25 is still a celebration of …

Biology

What Is the Multiverse?

The idea that reality or ‘Creation’ may contain multiple worlds is an old one. Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and numerous other …

Dark Matter

Time Travel & The Multiverse – Many Worlds: Many Timelines

Time travel has enchanted and intrigued us since the earliest days of fiction, when authors such as H.G. Wells, Samuel Madden, Charles Dickens and …

Physics

The Author Of 'The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy' Perfectly Captured The 'Rules' About How We React To Technology

Adams fans will carry a towel with them all day, because the Hitchiker's Guide says that a towel is "the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have."<p>Adams died in 2001, but has the perfect, tongue-in-cheek quote about the way that people view technology that's still applicable …

Robots

5 Asteroids That Nearly Hit Earth

A whole lot of space rock is floating around out there, and some massive asteroids have come pretty close to Earth.<p>On Jan. 13, 2004, for example, …

Asteroids

5 of the Craziest Science Facts Out There, Part 2

1. How heavy do you think a cloud is?<p>The typical cumulus cloud weighs 216,000 pounds, according to science correspondent for NPR Robert Krulwich. …

Watch this: NASA takes you on a trip to see 'Earthrise' first-hand

"Earthrise," a photograph considered by many to be one of the most important photographs ever taken, has until now been only a photograph. But, for the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 8 mission that yielded the photo, NASA has digitally recreated the moment when astronaut William Anders captured it …

NASA

Discovery of oldest human DNA in Spanish cave sheds light on evolution

Scientists say DNA strands in thigh bone of 400,000-year-old early human can help build clearer picture of human family tree<p>Researchers have read strands of ancient DNA teased from the thigh bone of an early human who died 400,000 years ago in what is now northern Spain.<p>The genetic material was …

US Congress has close encounter over extraterrestrial life

Witnesses from Nasa and MIT suggest to House committee that scientists may be on verge of breakthrough in search for aliens<p>The search for extraterrestrial life crosses every boundary. It has surpassed the limit of where humans can travel and tested the limits of what we can see. The quest must pass …

The Nativity (scientifically accurate version)

The nativity is the classic Christmas story still told and performed in schools all over the UK. However, to reflect that we live in a modern, secular society, a new and more scientifically accurate update of the story is needed<p>The nativity is the traditional Christmas story of the birth of Jesus …

China's lunar rover Jade Rabbit lands on the moon – video

Footage released by Chinese state media shows China's unmanned Chang'e 3 lander as it touches down on the moon on Saturday. The lander carries a six-wheeled lunar rover called Jade Rabbit which will explore the moon for three months. It is the first soft landing of a probe on the moon in nearly 40 …

Earth seen from International Space Station – timelapse video

A series of timelapse images show the view of Earth taken from the International Space Station. Called The World Outside My Window, the video is made up of stills taken from the space station during three expeditions between September 2011 and July 2012. The ISS orbits Earth at a speed of five …

Earth and moon's 'dance' through space filmed by Juno spacecraft – Nasa video

Footage filmed from Nasa's Juno spacecraft shows the Earth and the moon moving together through space. The pictures were captured when Juno passed our planet in October, on its way to Jupiter. The Earth and moon enter the picture to the left of the screen when Juno was around 1m kilometres away, …

What is Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle?

How the sun shines and why the vacuum of space is not actually empty<p>The uncertainty principle is one of the most famous (and probably misunderstood) ideas in physics. It tells us that there is a fuzziness in nature, a fundamental limit to what we can know about the behaviour of quantum particles …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013 | WIRED

Jan. 19, 2014: Solar X-Flare<p>The largest sunspot group of the solar cycle unleashed a large (X1.2 class) flare just when it was facing right towards …

What We Now Know About The Chelyabinsk Meteor

A set of newly released papers reconstruct the fireball's impact.<p>Months after a 62-foot-wide fireball streaked through the morning sky over Chelyabinsk, Russia, scientists are starting to get a handle on the rock's composition, trajectory and impact. Three papers released this week, two in <i>Nature</i> …