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SpaceX puts its third booster in a barn—and the result is dazzling

The company now must test these landed boosters to see when they can fly again.<p>SpaceX has now successfully landed three rockets from space—one by …

How Profitable Is SpaceX? How Much More Profitable Will It Become?

Inquiring minds -- and investors in Boeing and Lockheed Martin -- want to know.<p>On Friday, April 8, 2016, at 4:52 p.m. EDT, SpaceX landed a Falcon 9 …

Investing

Watch SpaceX’s Incredible Video Footage Of Their Falcon 9 Rocket Landing At Sea

Elon Musk is definitely one step away from being a supervillain in a Marvel comic based on all of the crazy inventions and goals he has for his business exploits. That doesn’t take away from the amazing developments his company SpaceX has made in only the last few years of scientific advances. The …

NASA Just Opened Up Access To 2.95 Million Images Of Earth

Here are some of the most striking ones.<p>For the past 16 years, a Japanese-built instrument aboard a NASA research satellite has been quietly gathering data about Earth's changing surface.<p>Those changes include everything from volcanic eruptions and massive wildfires to the worst North Korean drought …

Wales

Supersized black hole discovery forces universal rethink

Massive galactic objects, billions of times heavier than the sun, could be more common than was thought, say scientists<p>Our universe could be riddled with monster black holes, new research has suggested.<p>The revelation comes after a black hole with a mass of 17bn suns was found in a large, virtually …

Universe

ESA sends crude oil to space to test Earth’s underground reservoirs

The European Space Agency has partnered with Chinese and French oil giants to launch containers of highly pressurised crude oil into space. The …

With £40bn for the taking, SMEs are venturing into space

The UK plans to capture 10% of the global space market and tech startups are being targeted for investment<p>The UK has big ambitions for its space sector. The Space Innovation and Growth Strategy, has set a goal of capturing 10% of the global space market by 2030 (up from about 6.5% in 2010, when the …

At Venus, a Japanese spacecraft is almost ready for big science

A Japanese spacecraft's long-awaited Venus campaign is finally about to begin.<p>Japan's Akatsuki probe was originally supposed to arrive at Venus in December 2010, but an engine failure caused the spacecraft to miss its target and zoom off into orbit around the sun. But this past December, Akatsuki's …

This Swedish Scientist’s Transparent Wood Could Transform Architecture

A new material design innovation has made wood practically invisible. Just watch for splinters.<p>You don’t have to shop at Ikea to see that Sweden is obsessed with wood. Over 57% of the country is covered in upwards of 51 billion trees, and lumber and paper products are one of the country’s biggest …

Global military spending nearly $1.7T amid Mideast conflicts

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Global military spending rose in 2015 to nearly $1.7 trillion, the first increase in several years, driven by conflicts including the battle against the Islamic State group, the Saudi-led war in Yemen and fears about Iran, a report released Tuesday shows.<p>The study …

The science behind the time travel in Quantum Break

Knocked for a loop<p>In the interest of determining whether <i>Quantum Break</i> is living up to its hype as smart science fiction — a real physicist consulted on the game! — we asked our science editor, Liz Lopatto, play the game and render a verdict.<p>Here’s the thing: Liz mostly does not play video games. …

MIT's new visualization tool is a goldmine for data nerds

Love impressing your pals with all there is to know about computer science? Or perhaps state geography is more your thing?<p>MIT Media Lab, in partnership with Deloitte and the data visualization startup Datawheel, has just gone live with perhaps the most extensive tool ever created for mining and …

Scientists just discovered a new state of matter

Quantum spin liquid, a state of matter predicted over forty years ago, has finally been discovered by a team of researchers.<p>The matter, which has …

Scientists Discover a Rare Planet That Has 3 Stars

Scientists have discovered a planet outside of Earth’s solar system that boasts a rare three stars, new research shows.<p>The planet, called KELT-4Ab, …

Newly-developed nanomachines can autonomously repair broken circuits,

We’ve always assumed that robots derive their marching orders from us humans and our programming skills, but sometimes, we’re just unnecessary. Such …

Learn the Counterintuitive Genius of Laser Cooling In Just Six Minutes

All you need is the right kind of light.<p>We usually see lasers as something that can burn, or making things hot. Or something that can get you arrested if you point one at a plane. But contrary to what you might think, lasers can be used to cool things down too.<p>The physics can be complicated. Dianna …

Everything You Need To Know About Staging Your Own Private Rocket Launch

<i>Is it legal to launch a small rocket into space from my house? Do I need to notify anyone? originally appeared on Quora –</i> <i>the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights</i>.<p><b>Answer by Sophia de Tricht, rocket motor design engineer, on Quora:</b><p>Regulatory …

SpaceX's Reusable Rockets Could Cut Launch Prices 30 Percent

A $43 million ride to space<p>SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket is already dramatically slashing the cost of launching stuff into space. A SpaceX launch costs about $61 million, compared to $225 million for a ULA launch (ULA stands for United Launch Alliance, a joint venture between defense giants Boeing and …

Five “Secrets” of Engine 2059 – Rocketology

Earlier this month, another successful test firing of a Space Launch System (SLS) RS-25 engine was conducted at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. …

The 17 equations that changed the world

In 2012, Mathematician Ian Stewart came out with an excellent and deeply researched book titled "In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations That Changed the World.<p>His book takes a look at the most pivotal equations of all time, and puts them in a human, rather than technical context.<p>"Equations …

Mathematics

Astronomers find white dwarf with 99% oxygen atmosphere

Astronomers have discovered a star that has an atmosphere made up of 99.9 percent oxygen.<p>The O²-rich atmosphere was found on a white dwarf 1,200 …

How Fast Does Earth Move Through The Universe?

Most likely, as you’re reading this right now, you’re sitting down, perceiving yourself as stationary. Yet we know — at a cosmic level — we’re not so stationary after all. For one, the Earth rotates on its axis, hurtling us through space at nearly 1700 km/hr for someone on the equator.<p>That’s not …

Universe

Tesla Announces Model Y, Building the Car ‘Detroit is Afraid to Build’

Tesla's Latest Move Will Shock Many<p><b>Hawthorne, Calif.—</b> In a bold move that’s sure to shock many, Tesla’s billionaire founder Elon Musk announced ambitious plans for the Model Y, an all-electric flying car expected to debut around this time next year. “When I was a boy, I was promised a flying car. …

Isro to launch record 22 satellites in single mission | india

India is all set to script history by launching a record number of 22 satellites, including a number of micro and nano ones from foreign countries, …

Space Exploration

NASA Just Released This New Hubble Image of Two Galaxy Clusters About to Collide

When worlds collide, literally.<p>NASA has just released a new image captured by the Hubble space telescope, revealing what it looked like moments …

No One Knows What Happened to Japan's Lost $273 Million Black Hole Satellite

Last month, Japan launched a satellite it described as “essential” to unlocking the mysteries of the universe. This weekend, that $273 million …