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NASA Details Its Plans for Sending Humans to Mars

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — What role will NASA play in getting humans to Mars, and when will the agency depend on participation from commercial companies? A top NASA official discussed the agency's plans this week.<p>Here at the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight (ISPCS) Wednesday …

Space Exploration

Practice Using the Periodic Table to Find Element Facts

Your Eyes Aren't the Only Parts of Your Body That 'See'

Welcome to the world of nonvisual photoreception.<p><b>By Thomas Cronin, University of Maryland, Baltimore County</b><p>We humans are uncommonly visual creatures. …

Biology

Unofficial Galaxy Note 8 render confirms design

Samsung has officially told us when to expect a Galaxy Note 8 announcement, which means we’re about to see a ton of rumors blow up while there’s …

Neil deGrasse Tyson Talks Astrophysics and Space Investing With The Motley Fool

Will we really visit Mars in our lifetimes? And if so, on whose spaceship?<p>A Harvard graduate, with a doctorate from Columbia and a post-doc from …

Scientists Sneak A Peek At How Ladybugs Fold Their Wings

Credit: University of Tokyo<p>With the help of high-speed cameras, CT scanners and some nail-art supplies, scientists in Japan have managed to catch a glimpse of the elaborate way that ladybugs fold their wings to tuck them away.<p>The research could have implications for everything from aeronautics to …

National Academy of Sciences

Stars as random number generators could test foundations of physics

(Phys.org)—Stars, quasars, and other celestial objects generate photons in a random way, and now scientists have taken advantage of this randomness …

Naked singularity might evade cosmic censor

Physicists demonstrate the possibility of a “naked” singularity in curved space.

Let’s Do the Shocking Physics of Why Power Lines Sag

You might look at an overhead power line and see an engineering problem. After all, those transmission towers are impressively huge. But if you've …

Mathematics

What is quantum entanglement? Part 2: Randomness and measurement

<i>This is part 2 in a lengthy series of posts attempting to explain the idea of quantum entanglement to a non-physics audience. Part 1 can be read …

Astronomers Are Attempting to Capture the First-Ever Photograph of a Black Hole

A system of radio telescopes around the world is peering at the gigantic black hole at the center of the Milky Way, a behemoth called Sagittarius …

One of the biggest mysteries in science: why is the universe dominated by matter?

<b>Why the universe is dominated by matter today, instead of being comprised of equal parts matter and antimatter, is one of the most intriguing</b> …

Dark Matter

Belarus police arrest over 400 protesters; many are beaten

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Police in Belarus cracked down hard Saturday on opposition protesters who tried to hold a forbidden demonstration in the …

Top 10 Castles of Europe

Do you ever wonder what it would be like to live in a real-life fairytale? Ponder no more.<p>At least once in our lives we’ve twirled in a glittery dress and tiara, or tussled with fire-breathing dragons from a crenulated tower. Indoctrinated by bedtime stories of our youth, we’d close our eyes and …

European Travel

Physicists have created an “impossible” state of matter that could power quantum computers

The laws of physics are supposed to be symmetrical in time and space. That means a ball thrown at a certain speed and in a certain direction would always go the same distance, no matter when you throw or where on Earth you throw it (assuming no other factors, like weather, came into play).<p>There …

Brad Pitt's Accent Sounds So Familiar in the Trailer For His New Netflix Movie

Here's your first look at War Machine.<p>Brad Pitt will star in Netflix's upcoming semi-biographical military satire, <i>War Machine</i>. He plays General Glenn McMahon, a fictionalized General Stanley McChrystal, "who leapt in like a rock star to command NATO forces in Afghanistan, only to be taken down by a …

If You Thought ‘The Hobbit’ Should Have Been Only One Movie, A Fan Has Made The Version For You

<i>The Hobbit</i> was somehow filmed as a trilogy (aka <i>The Hobbit: The Bloating Of The Five Pages</i>). In retrospect, stretching the tiny book (and some supplementary pages) that thin may have been helped along with winging it and cocaine. Well, maybe not cocaine (except for Beorn). But if you thought they …

Movies

A Texas boy found a rattlesnake in a toilet. Then a snake catcher found 23 more.

Jason McFadden was at work one morning in late January when he got a text message from his wife, Cassie.<p>“What the crap do I do?” it read.<p>That text was followed by a picture — of a rattlesnake inside a toilet at their Texas home.<p>“Like everybody else,” Jason McFadden said, “my jaw dropped.”<p>McFadden …

Snakes

Scientists want to give the world a second chance at Caspian tigers

Or at least something close<p>Caspian tigers once roamed all over Central Asia, ranging from modern day Turkey to northwestern China. The huge cats stalked through tall reeds and shrubbery, hunting boar and deer. But in the first half of the 1900s, hunting and poisoning decimated the subspecies, and …

Wildlife

You Can See the Most Beautiful Sights in America on This $213 Train Trip

A big adventure doesn't have to cost you a fortune.<p>If one of your 2017 resolutions is to see all of the beauty and history that America has to offer on a dime, then you're going to love this supremely affordable travel idea.<p>Thanks to a brilliant train route devised by travel expert and blogger …

Hubble Spies a Galactic Laser Beam Blasting Microwaves Into Space

Thank the cosmos we had Hubble around to help make a stressful 2016 a little easier. Even now, the space telescope has some spectacular new space …

Universe

Science says these are the men who will make you orgasm

Are you on the hunt for a man who is guaranteed to give you an orgasm every time you have sex?<p>Well, we have good news! A team of scientists have been …

Self-confidence

Trail Cam Photos Reveal What Wild Animals Do When Humans Aren't Around

(Image Link)<p>Trail cameras are set up to give rangers and scientists a way to track animal movement in the area or spot a rare and reclusive species, …

10 Downright Dreamy Trains to Take Before You Die

The most romantic — and civilized — way to travel.<p>If you've had enough of the indignities of air travel (and there are so very many) and long car …

Trains

Elusive 'ghost shark' captured on camera in the ocean depths

A bizarre and elusive creature has been captured in deep-ocean waters off the coast of central California for the first time.<p>The unusual fish is …

23 Must-Try Breakfast Meal-Prep Ideas

Your mornings are short on time and stressful enough! Make breakfast a cinch by taking some time over the weekend for these meal-prep ideas. A healthy, delicious, and filling breakfast will be ready in minutes.

Healthy Eating

The Best Books About Science of 2016

The best writing makes you see the world anew, and science writing is no different. Whether it’s shedding light on worlds beyond us (<i>Hidden Figures</i>) …

A Nobel prize-winning physicist identified three simple steps to mastering any subject

I wasn’t always a good learner. I thought learning was all about the hours you put in. Then I discovered something that changed my life.<p>The famous Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman understood the difference between “knowing something” and “knowing the name of something,” and it’s one of …

Scientists Think They Finally Found Evidence of Ancient Life on Mars

We’ve written about why scientists believe Mars is one of the places in our solar system most likely to have alien life. There are a few reasons, but …

11 of the Most Breathtaking Travel Photos of the Year

Prepare to get a serious case of wanderlust.<p>The Siena International Photo Awards recently announced the winners of their annual international photography contest and the results are stunning. With submissions from over 100 countries from Turkey to Myanmar, professional and amateur photographers …

National Parks