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NASA's New 'Intruder Alert' System Spots An Incoming Asteroid

A large space rock came fairly close to Earth on Sunday night. Astronomers knew it wasn't going to hit Earth, thanks in part to a new tool NASA is developing for detecting potentially dangerous asteroids.<p>The tool is a computer program called Scout, and it's being tested at NASA Jet Propulsion …

Space

Google Just Quietly Launched a Fleet of Ultra-HD Spy Satellites

Google now has seven high-resolution imaging satellites circling the globe.<p>There aren’t many companies that can launch four incredibly high-tech, …

Imaging

The ‘Three Person Baby,’ Explained

It takes two to make a thing go right, and that generally includes human reproduction. But a new “three-person” baby is throwing social media into a tizzy, not just because “three person baby” is a killer name for a band but because the science behind it, and why it happened, may be key to reducing …

Genetics

An Ancient Greek Algorithm Could Reveal All-New Prime Numbers

Moar primes!<p>In case you missed it, mathematicians are pretty obsessed with prime numbers - the limitless 'atoms' of the mathematical world that are …

Mathematics

Researchers Discover Giraffes Are Actually Four Separate Species

Through genetic analysis of giraffes, scientists discovered that the animal is actually at least four separate species rather than just one, which …

International Union for Conservation of Nature

Want to Raise Wildly Successful Kids? Science Says Do This for Them (but Their Schools Probably Won't)

A 45-year study of 5,000 gifted students reaches some controversial conclusions.<p>This is a story about gifted kids, science--and a big mistake.<p>It starts with a longitudinal study of some the most intelligent young people the United States has ever produced--a study involving more than 5,000 students …

Education

Earth’s Collision With Another Planet Probably Started Life

Researchers from Rice University say that around 4.4 billion years ago, a Mercury-like planet smashed into Earth, seeding our primordial planet with …

The Best Time of Day to Do Everything, According to Science [Infographic]

Learn the best times of day for everything you do, according to science -- from eating meals and cleaning your apartment to brainstorming and holding …

Infographics

Science Explains Why Anxiety Can Be So Hard to Treat

Anxiety, and more broadly, stress, is a common part of everyone’s lives, and for good reason: It actually has its roots in a survival mechanism that …

The Brain

Ten Ways 'Proxima b' Is Different From Earth

At the end of August, a scientific team from the European Southern Observatory announced the discovery of Proxima b, the first exoplanet ever discovered around Proxima Centauri, the closest star in the Universe to our Sun. Discovered by the radial velocity method, where we can detect the tiny …

Science

Jupiter's north pole is 'unlike anything' researchers have seen

NASA’s Juno spacecraft recently captured stunning images of Jupiter’s north pole during a flyby on Aug. 27.<p>The images were taken from 2,500 miles above Jupiter’s clouds, during the first of 36 flybys Juno will make around the planet, according to NASA.<p>While Jupiter is recognizable to many for its …

Space Exploration

Wits University scientists predict the existence of a new boson - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

Scientists at the High Energy Physics Group (HEP) of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg predict the existence of a new boson that …

Cancer breakthrough: Scientists develop 'smoke detector' test that can spot disease before symptoms are noticeable

A simple blood test that can detect cancer before any symptoms are noticeable has been developed by researchers in a breakthrough that could save …

Unsafe levels of toxic chemicals found in drinking water of 33 states

Levels of a widely used class of industrial chemicals linked with cancer and other health problems — polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances …

Faroe Islands

New Experiment Hints at Why the Universe Is Made of Something Rather Than Nothing

Key differences between matter and antimatter could explain why the universe is filled with matter.<p>Sometimes the simplest questions are the most vexing. One of the biggest questions in science right now is simply: Why is there something rather than nothing? While it might sound like a debate topic …

Earth - The volcanoes no one has ever seen

We do not see them erupt, yet more than half of the Earth's crust can be attributed to their dramatic explosions.<p>It sounds almost like a riddle. But when you understand the facts, the truth might be even more surprising.<p>The remnants of hundreds of thousands of deep-sea eruptions lie on the ocean …

Geology

Scientists Just Discovered a New Kind of Fire

And it's got some pretty extraordinary properties.<p>Scientists have discovered a new kind of 'blue whirl' flame that could lead to cleaner ways of …

Engineering

Scientists Spot Rare Arabian Sand Cat for the First Time Since 2005

Cats are elusive creatures, but there's one species in particular that's so mysterious, even biologists don't know much about it: the sand cat. Turns …

Pets

Your Brain Has A 'Physics Engine' And Scientists Have Located It

If you’ve never been particularly good at physics in school, it might make you feel better to know that at the very least, your brain comes with a built-in “physics engine.”<p>In a new study published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists have located a set of brain …

Johns Hopkins University

The Audacious Plan to Save This Man’s Life by Transplanting His Head

What would happen if it actually works?<p>Like a little white Lazarus with red eyes, the paralyzed mouse was walking again.<p>A few days earlier, the mouse had been sprawled on an operating table while two Chinese graduate students peered through a microscope and operated on its spine. With a tiny pair …

Data Protection

How Scientists Created A Wormhole In A Lab

Wormholes don't only exist in space. Scientists have just created one in the lab...with magnets!<p><b>Related on TestTube:</b><br>How Do Wormholes Actually …

Physicists discover new form of light that could power quantum computers

It's possible to create a new form of light by binding the properties of photons and electrons, physicists have claimed.<p>The theoretical model was …

Quantum Mechanics

Science Says Doing This Regularly Could Add 2 Years to Your Life

Choosing the right kind of beach read could be beneficial to your health.<p>Most of us want to live long, healthy lives, full of purpose and vitality. While there is no fountain of youth, there are certain practices everyone knows help extend your time on earth: wearing your seatbelt, eating fruits …

Bill Gates

The Next Great Innovation Platform is Above Us

Print<p>This week ushered in some significant news stories in technology and innovation.<p>Facebook’s Aquila drone successfully completed its inaugural …

Innovation

How Long Is a Day on the Sun?

MinutePhysics tried to answer the question, “How long is a day on the Sun?” The answer is complicated because humans measure days according to the …

Earth Science

The most powerful camera in deep space just sent 1,000 more pics back to Earth | Ars Technica

The HiRISE camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter continues to dazzle.<p>It has now been nearly a decade since the HiRISE camera arrived in orbit …

Mars Orbiter

Unprecedented: US Government Approves First Private Company to Fly to Moon

Space Exploration

Another Earth? Kepler astronomers pinpoint likeliest candidates

Looking for another Earth? An international team of researchers has pinpointed which of the more than 4,000 exoplanets discovered by NASA’s Kepler …