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Mars brighter in 2018 than since 2003

Mars is getting brighter. By mid-2018, Mars will be at its brightest since 2003, when it was closer and brighter in our sky than in some 60,000 years.<p>…

Robots Are Evil: The Sci-Fi Myth of Killer Machines

<i>The third in a series of posts about the major myths of robotics, and the role of science fiction role in creating and spreading them. Previous topics: Robots are strong, the myth of robotic hyper-competence, and robots are smart, the myth of inevitable AI.</i><p>When the world’s most celebrated living …

Asteroid nicknamed Beast to fly past Earth June 8

Once they looked, astronomers began finding many asteroids near Earth. The one passing Sunday, June 8 is an especially big one, found only two months …

Ask Anything: Will We Ever Run Out Of Potable Water?

Short answer: Not if we get creative.<p>“There’s a lot of hype around this issue,” says Upmanu Lall, professor of earth and environmental engineering at Columbia University and director of its Water Center. But, he says, we’re in little danger of running out of water overall. One could conceive of a …

Mystery solved: This is the monster that ate that great white shark

It wasn’t the Kraken. It wasn’t Godzilla. And it wasn’t even a rabid killer whale. The mysterious animal that had killed and eaten the 9-foot great …

White Shark

Fossils Of Ancient Forest Fire May Hold New Clues To The Last Days Of The Dinosaurs

In the badlands of southern Saskatchewan, Canada, scientists discovered evidence of a 66-million-year-old forest fire locked in stone.<p>Fossilized plants found on top of the layers of ancient charcoal show that forests bounced back from wildfires during the last days of the dinosaurs much like they …

FYI: Can Anything Move Faster Than Light?

Yes, the universe itself will eventually outpace the speed of light. Just how this will happen is a bit complicated, so let's begin at the very beginning: the big bang. Around 14 billion years ago, all matter in the universe was thrown in every direction. That first explosion is still pushing …

Light from this 12-billion-year-old explosion just reached Earth

The rare gamma-ray burst occurred shortly after the Big Bang<p>It took 12 billion years, but light from a massive explosion that occurred shortly after the Big Bang has just reached Earth.<p>The rare gamma-ray burst could help scientists understand more about the early universe.<p>Recorded as GRB 140423A, …

There Might Be 100 Million Planets In The Galaxy With Complex Life

What a multitude of worlds! A new study suggests that the Milky Way could host 100 million planets with complex life, leaving no lack of choice for …

Universe

Why the moon doesn't have two 'faces' - Futurity

The moon's original formation helps explain why there is a "man in the moon" on the Earth-facing side, but not on its hidden "dark" side.

Greenland's snow is getting darker, and that's bad for you and me

Greenland has long has pure, white snow. But over recent years, that snow is becoming less white — seemingly a little bit dirtier.<p>For a long time, scientists thought this was because warmer weather was producing larger snowflakes, which tend to be darker. But new research revealed that the darker …

The 'Future of Air Travel' Looks Absolutely Absurd

New Airbus concept plane paints a pretty picture, but let's get real, shall we?<p><b>You have to hand it to us, we're an optimistic bunch.</b><p>Despite the increasingly declining comfort conditions of air travel, a poll of passengers by Airbus has revealed we still harbor romanticized notions about taking to …

NASA readies Mars 'flying saucer' for risky hypersonic flight test

The wispy atmosphere of Mars is 99 percent thinner than Earth's -- not great for slowing down space ships or metorites. NASA's testing a way to make it work, however, using a helium balloon, rockets and a Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) vehicle, which looks suspiciously like a UFO. The …

NASA Unveils Selfie of Earth Created With Tens of Thousands of Individual Pictures

Human Journey<p>A low-resolution preview of the 3.2-billion-pixel sized NASA Earth Day Global Selfie 2014 photo mosaic. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech/NOAA<p><b>Say “cheese!” NASA has unveiled a global selfie, a stunning mosaic of the planet Earth seen from outer space that was stitched together from tens of</b> …

Species Extinction Happening 1,000 Times Faster Because of Humans?

At the same time, new technology is helping conservation make big strides.<p>On May 19, 2010, at Joint Base Balad, north of Baghdad in Iraq, someone brought U.S. service member Jonathan Trouern-Trend a frog in a plastic bottle. The brightly colored amphibian had been hiding out in an unlikely place: …

NASA Facing New Space Science Cuts

A budget battle is shaping up over NASA's space-science efforts.<p>Alien worlds and the search for extraterrestrial life recently took center stage on Capitol Hill, a break from standard political fare in Washington D.C. (Related: "Future of Spaceflight.")<p><b>"Finding other sentient life in the universe</b> …

Martian Volcano May Once Have Hosted Life-Friendly Lakes

Lakes inside a glacier may have been oases for Martian microbes 210 million years ago.<p>Thanks to a series of discoveries made over the past year by the Curiosity and Opportunity rovers, planetary scientists are more confident than ever that the Martian surface probably had abundant water more than …

Venus Is More Than Just a Cautionary Tale

Venus shines more brightly in Earth’s sky than any of our stars, but it gets surprisingly little attention nowadays (unless it’s being used as an example of a planetary What Not To Do).<p>Not that long ago, though, humans seemed rather interested in hurling tons of hardware at our sister planet, which …

The Surprising Closest Relative of the Huge Elephant Birds

The largest birds that ever lived—the now-extinct elephant birds—looked a lot like super-sized ostriches. They were fast-running and flightless, just like ostriches are. And their island home of Madagascar was just a short distance from mainland Africa, where ostriches live.<p>If you had to put money …