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The Longest Aircraft in the World Unveiled In England

The Airlander 10 is one part plane, one part airship, and over 300 feet long.<p>The world just got its first look at the revamped Airlander 10, the longest aircraft in the world. The behemoth is 302 feet long and has a 1.3 million cubic-foot compartment for helium, roughly the volume of 15 Olympic …

Aviation

By 2100, Earth Will Have an Entirely Different Ocean

A complete guide to the hotter, higher, trashier, fish-free oceans of the near future.<p>The ocean is in the midst of a radical, manmade change. It can seem kind of crazy that one of the most immense properties on Earth—the ocean washes over 71 percent of the planet—could be completely transformed by …

Climate Change

Thoth Technology patents 12-mile-high inflatable space elevator

The hardest part about space travel is actually getting to space. Tearing through Earth’s atmosphere and escaping its gravitational pull requires a …

New 'Tatooine' Discovery Confirms Circumbinary Planets Aren't Just Science Fiction

To the delight of "Star Wars" fans, a team of astronomers has spotted yet another "Tatooine."<p>Much like the iconic desert planet from the movies, Kepler-453b is circumbinary, meaning it circles not one, but two separate stars.<p>(Picture a young Luke Skywalker gazing out at a double sunset.)<p><b></b>Nader …

The Science Of The Death Star: The Physics Of Destroying An Earth-Sized Planet

One of the most iconic sequences in all of movie history comes from the original <b>Star Wars</b> film, where the Galactic Empire brings Princess Leia to her home planet, Alderaan, and threatens her with the destruction of her world using their “superlaser” unless she reveals the secret location of the …

Physics

Inflatable ‘space elevator’ invented by scientists

It is an idea that every small child has had at some point. Instead of sending up rockets into space, why not simply build a huge lift.<p>Now a Canadian firm has been granted a patent for a ‘space elevator’ which will shoot cargo 12.4 miles into the stratosphere from where it can be launched more …

Here's what would happen if the sun disappeared right now

What would happen if the sun disappeared this very second?<p>The sun is about 333,000 times the mass of Earth and produces the same amount of energy as 100 billion hydrogen bombs every second!<p>Its giant mass makes the sun the dominant gravitational force in the solar system that locks all eight planets …

Seafloor

Close encounter: What if the Moon orbited much closer to Earth?

<i>Note: In a weird coincidence, I was working on this post when I got word about the similar Saturn video I wrote about earlier. Since Saturn was at</i> …

Close call: Video of a skydiver almost hit by meteoroid.

A couple of days ago, a video taken by a skydiver hit the ‘Net like an asteroid impact. That’s because that’s exactly what the claim was: footage of …

Close encounter: What if Saturn swung by Earth?

Over the weekend, Saturn reached opposition in the sky. This means it’s opposite the Sun—literally, the Earth is physically between Saturn and the …

2013: The best of Bad Astronomy.

The end of 2013 marks my first full year writing for <b>Slate</b>. It’s been a lot of fun for me, to be honest. The folks behind the scenes have been …

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Private European Space Plane Prototype Passes 1st Drop Test (Video)

A potential European entry into the suborbital space tourism industry now has a few flights under its belt.<p>A quarter-scale prototype of SpacePlane, a …

An Astronomical Eloping: How Rare is a "Friday the 13th Honey Moon?"

Ah, Friday the 13th. Whether you fear it or it’s just your favorite slasher flick, it’s coming right around the bend later this week. And while it’s …

Astronomy

Surprise! The Earth And Moon May Be 60 Million Years Older Than We Thought

Wondering why a new research team says the Earth and the Moon is 60 million years older than previously believed? Well, it’s a gas. It has to do with …

Universe

Where Life Is: The Search for a Planet Like Ours

The hunt for Earth-like planets is hampered by funding issues, but scientists still believe.<p>Residents of the Pacific Northwest sometimes refer to the region as “God’s Country,” not for the ceaseless rain that soaks the land from October until May, but for those few glorious summer months when the …

The nuclear submarine that can remain underwater for 25 years

In a Barrow-in-Furness shipyard, Stuart Godden, the director of engineering for BAE Systems' submarines division in Cumbria, is narrating a slide …

Cracks May Hint at Ancient Ocean on Pluto’s Moon Charon

When NASA's New Horizons probe streaks past Pluto, scientists will be looking for cracks in the surface of its biggest moon, Charon, to figure out whether it was ever warm enough to maintain a subsurface ocean.<p>It seems hard to believe, considering that the surface temperature on Pluto and its moons …

Solar System

Huge Impact Crater In Russia Tied To Ancient Mass Extinction

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — New evidence implicates one of Earth's biggest impact craters in a mass extinction that occurred 33.7 million years ago, according to research presented here Wednesday (June 11) at the annual Goldschmidt geochemistry conference.<p>Researchers from the University of California, Los …

We could travel to new worlds in NASA's starship Enterprise

NASA announced in 2012 that it was working to build a "warp drive" that could enable "faster-than-light" travel. Two years later and the space agency hasn't built a spaceship capable of such speeds yet — but thanks to artist Mark Rademaker, we now know what one could look like. The result is the …

Opinion: We Could Find Life on Another Planet. Do We Have the Will?

The discovery of geysers on Jupiter’s moon Europa has made it easier and cheaper to determine whether life exists there, says Bill Nye. Now the mission needs funding.<p>Every one of us has wondered if we're alone in the universe. Are there living things elsewhere? Is the Earth the only place we'll …

Time-lapse: Formation of a supercell in Wyoming.

Yesterday, while I was enjoying relatively clear skies in Colorado, just one state north of me the weather was just a tad more dramatic. A group of …

Rosetta Detects Water on its Target Comet

It’s no surprise that there is a lot of water in comets. The “dirty snowballs” (or dusty ice-balls, more accurately) are literally filled with the …

Space

Waves Discovered on Saturn’s Moon Titan?

Wildlife & Wild Places<p><b>Surfers rejoice! Fresh waves are still out there to conquer—on Saturn’s moon Titan. There, astronomers report a first sighting of waves rolling on an alien sea.</b><p>Using its cloud-penetrating radar, the international Cassini spacecraft team mapped the frigid surface of Titan, the …

NASA considers sending quadcopter drone to look for life on Titan

While one NASA probe whizzes by Saturn's moon Titan on Thursday to analyze its atmosphere, the American space agency is also considering a plan to …

RIA Novosti

Never Before Seen Object Observed on Saturn's Titan

Reporting in the journal Nature Geoscience June 22, the scientists say this may be the first observation of dynamic, geological processes in Titan's …

10 Most Amazing Flying Machines Ever

<i>This is part of a</i> <i>SPACE.com</i> <i>series of articles on the Most Amazing Flying Machines Ever, the balloons, airplanes, rockets and more that got humans off</i> …

Space Exploration

Ancient Asteroid Destroyer Finally Found, And It's a New Kind of Meteorite

For 50 years, scientists have wondered what annihilated the ancestor of L-chondrites, the roof-smashing, head-bonking meteorites that frequently …

NASA Witnesses the Crazy Effects of Gravitational Tension Between Earth and the Moon

The gravitational relationship between Earth and the Moon is so strong that it regularly creates deformities in both bodies. Scientists have known …