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The Butterfly Nebula Floats Toward Death in Hubble Photo

You don’t want to mess with this fiery butterfly. NGC 6302, or the Butterfly Nebula, has a wingspan of about 3 light-years that traverses across the …

Two massive magma plumes fuelled Deccan Traps eruption 65 million years ago

Mass eruption at one of the world's biggest volcanic features contributed to extinction of the dinosaurs.<p>Not one but two magma plumes fuelled the …

By Demanding Too Much from Science, We Became a Post-Truth Society

We live in an interesting time. The number of people who today openly question reality are not the tin-foil hat-wearing kind. Increasingly they are …

Why Space Companies Are Untouched By Trump’s Travel Ban

The tech industry is stressed about losing foreign workers, but the space industry never had the choice to begin with.<p>Because the tech sector relies so heavily on foreign talent, Silicon Valley stands to suffer from Donald Trump's executive order banning entry to the United States for nationals of …

New Close-Up Image of Jupiter's South Pole is Mind-Blowingly Beautiful

NASA’s Juno spacecraft has once again delivered stunning images of Jupiter, this time giving us a glimpse at the gas giant’s south pole. The image, …

NASA can now see solar flares that it couldn't detect before

NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope can now detect solar flares occuring on the side of the sun it cannot see. This could help scientists better understand solar storms and improve forecasts for future outbursts.<p><i>Video courtesy of NASA</i><p><b>Follow Tech Insider:</b>On Facebook

Eclipse, full moon and comet to occur at the same time and light up night sky in rare event

A beautiful, shining comet flying through the sky is a rare thing. But this week it's not even going to be the rarest.<p>Friday night wll in fact see …

Black holes are even stranger than you can imagine

Our love of black holes continues to grow as our knowledge of these celestial bodies expands. The latest news is the discovery of a rare …

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Scientists Have Figured out How Life Is Able to Survive

DNA-Repair Systems<p>Every day, the DNA in our cells gets damaged. This might sound scary, but it’s actually a normal occurrence – which makes DNA’s …

NASA Space Launch System Opens Pathway To Mars -- And Thousands Of Jobs On Earth

There’s a conference next week near Capitol Hill to discuss a project that may lead to the greatest technological achievement in history — and yet chances are, you haven’t heard about it. The project is NASA’s effort to develop a huge rocket and spacecraft that will one day carry astronauts to …

In Bacteria, Persistence Leads to Resistance

No, this is not a metaphor.<p>The threat of drug-resistant bacteria grows more pressing with every year. These microbes can shrug off the most potent antibiotics, including some drugs of last resort. Some bacteria have become resistant to <i>all of our available drugs</i>. Scary stuff, but bacteria don’t have …

Is dark matter made of black holes?

Could dark matter consist of primordial black holes, as numerous as the stars? It’s an old, improbable idea, but it made a Lazarus-like comeback a …

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