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NASA spacecraft record magnetic explosions above Earth

Scientists have published their first findings from the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission.<p>Space might look like a sprawling, inky abyss, but invisible to the human eye is a wealth of magnetic activity. Earth has a magnetic field called the magnetosphere, which is frequently buffeted by solar …

Mystery Mission: Air Force's X-37B space plane nears 1 year in orbit

The U.S. military's uncrewed X-37B space plane is nearing one year in orbit on its latest secret mission.<p>The robotic space plane launched atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on May 20, 2015, kicking off the X-37B program's fourth flight. This mission, dubbed OTV-4 (short for Orbital Test …

The Moon-Walking, Alien-Hunting, Psychic Astronaut Who Got Sued By NASA

A Radio Motherboard chat with the late astronaut Edgar Mitchell, the sixth man on the moon and a connoisseur of consciousness, psychics, and aliens.<p>Listen to Edgar Mitchell on Radio Motherboard via iTunes or Soundcloud.<p>On his way out to the Moon, there simply wasn't time for Edgar Mitchell to …

This Is How to Increase Grit, According to Research

Ever feel like you just wanna give up on something? How can you develop the inner strength necessary to achieve your long term goals?<p>Turns out that …

Patents from Boeing, NASA, Google, and more

Drawing inspiration from living beings, NASA intends to put “pain” receptors throughout in the outer shell of spacecrafts. The result: the space crafts exterior turns into a living skin capable of sensing even the slightest “discomfort” in the form of stress or physical damage.<p>The shell of the …

U.S. House unanimously passes email privacy bill

<i>(Reuters)</i> – The U.S. House of Representatives voted unanimously on Wednesday to require law enforcement authorities to get a search warrant before asking technology companies to hand over old emails.<p>The bill’s prospects in the Senate remain unclear, though the 419-0 vote in the House was likely to …

Privacy

Use Text Sets to Spark Unstoppable Learning

Thematic text sets that tap into the social worlds and narrative driven lives of adolescents can spark "unstoppable learning," say literacy educators …

Solar cell mystery solved, expected to greatly increase efficiency

(Phys.org)—For the past 17 years, spiro-OMeTAD, has been keeping a secret. Despite intense research efforts, its performance as the most commonly …

Surveillance as a tool for racism

I have to be honest with you. I’ve been working in the privacy space for the last six years, and privacy never really mattered that much to me.<p>When I first understood, via Edward Snowden, that the U.S. government was collecting data on all of us, I didn’t knee-jerk freak out. I can’t say I was ever …

Los Angeles

Solar-plane pilots say trip was also test of human endurance

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — The two Swiss pilots taking turns to fly a solar-powered airplane around the world said Sunday the endeavor is not only …

NASA moves to begin historic new era of X-plane research

Although it may not wind up being the first of the New Aviation Horizons X-planes to actually fly as part of the three-legged stool of research, …

March 2015

Morgan Freeman's New Nat Geo Series Contemplates God, and What in God's Name Some of Us Are Doing

You could look at <i>The Story of God With Morgan Freeman</i> as a sequel to <i>The Bucket List.</i><p>Smashing up expensive racing cars with Jack Nicholson is fun and all that, but what happens, you know, next?<p><i>The Story of God</i>, a six-part National Geographic special that launches Sunday at 9 p.m. ET, lets Freeman …

How the Impossible Becomes Possible

Arthur C. Clark insisted that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Yet most of us have to live in a world of …

Antimatter changed physics, and the discovery of antimemories could revolutionise neuroscience

The theory of antimemories could help explain many cognitive problems in the brain such as autism and schizophrenia.<p>One of the most intriguing …

25 changes to make in your 20s to set yourself up for lifelong success

In fact, one psychologist calls this time period the "defining decade," since it sets the stage for the rest of your life.<p>We understand that might sound intimidating. To reduce some of the pressure, we put together a road map of sorts based on several Quora threads on how to make the most of your …

Success

Deep learning will be huge — and here’s who will dominate it

Artificial intelligence* is developing much faster than we thought. Just last month, Google’s DeepMind AI beat Lee Sedol, a legendary Go player, at his own game in a defining moment for the industry. What enabled this win is a relatively new AI technique called deep learning, which is transforming …

Just Because Lockheed Says They Can Build A Mach 6 Spy Plane Doesn't Mean We Need One

Extreme speed is once again becoming a prized quality at the Pentagon after a two decade long hiatus following the retirement of the SR-71 Blackbird. …

Can France Succeed Where Boeing and Lockheed Martin Failed?

Arianespace is cutting costs -- and attracting a couple of very high-profile backers.<p>A funny thing happened at United Launch Alliance last week.<p>Brett …

Lawsuit reveals how aircraft operators can bypass federal safety standards

Jean-Pierre Forest's 1,857th skydive ended in disaster.<p>Mr. Forest was one of eight people on board a Beech King Air when it crashed in a cranberry field in August, 2008, about 400 metres west of Pitt Meadows airport. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada found the left engine failed as the …

San Diego Composites starts key work on Orion spacecraft

Defense and aerospace contractor San Diego Composites is starting advanced work on the coverings that will be used to help protect the launch abort …

Aerion Project at Critical Stage

For all the money and effort Aerion Corp. has invested in trying to be first to market with a supersonic business jet, the start-up and its backers are facing what may be their biggest hurdle thus far: reaching an agreement with an engine manufacturer to provide a current-generation powerplant that …

Reaching for the stars: How lasers could propel spacecraft to relativistic speeds

How do you send man-made probes to a nearby star? According to NASA-funded research at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), the answer …

Scientists have identified the minimum set of genes needed for life

In a paper published in Science on March 25, the researchers, headed by genomics pioneer J. Craig Venter, reported that their cell survived and reproduced with only 473 genes, which is the smallest genome of any organism found in nature.<p>The human genome, in comparison, has between 19,000 and 25,000 …

Scientists have found a way to recycle sunlight, and it could cause a solar-power revolution

The world of solar cells could be on the cusp of a revolution, as researchers seek to boost efficiency by harnessing the power to recycle light.<p>A new study, published Thursday in the journal Science, considers the properties of hybrid lead halide perovskites, a group of materials already making …

Solar Panels

Dangers of Meditation

A few years ago, after I discussed the benefits of meditation in one of my workshops, a student said to me: “Well, what you’re actually saying here …

Spiritual Intuition - Journey to Enlightenment, Awareness and Inspired Life

Discover Your Spiritual Intuition<br>and<br>Embark Upon a Purpose-Driven Life<p>By Carl Bozeman<p>Your journey to the discovery of <b>spiritual intuition, inner power,</b> …

Uniting Psychology and Spirituality: Awareness Is Freedom

Psychology and spirituality are often seen as opposite, even antagonistic, ventures. The scientists who conduct psychological research raise their eyebrows skeptically when the topic of spirituality is raised: It all seems so fuzzy and subjective. On the other hand, spiritual practitioners are …

A new space mining law could kick off an extraterrestrial gold rush

In a first, President Barack Obama signed legislation at the end of November that allows commercial extraction of minerals and other materials, including water, from asteroids and the moon.<p>That could kick off an extraterrestrial gold rush, backed by a private aeronautics industry that is growing …