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The sun has ‘gone blank’ for the second time this month. Here’s what that means.

The sun is blank for the second time in less than a month — not a single dark sunspot mars its surface. It’s a sign our star is entering a new period of decreased activity — one that will continue to last for about five years. But, despite the overall decline, history has proven that some of the …

Astronomy

How NASA Wants To Build a Supersonic Plane Without the Boom

Lockheed Skunk Works is ramping up design work on a quiet supersonic aircraft that could pave the way for commercial supersonic travel.<p>When the Concorde, a 1970s design, made its last flight in 2003, few may have guessed how hard it would be to achieve commercial supersonic flight once again. …

SpaceX just launched, landed rocket

SpaceX just successfully launched its fifth rocket of the year on Friday at 5:40 p.m. EST.<p>The Falcon 9 rocket launched out of Cape Canaveral, Florida, at twice the speed of a speeding bullet. It was carrying a rhinoceros-size communications satellite called Thaicom 8 that weighs nearly 7,000 pounds.<p>…

Five Awesome Science Courses You Can Take Online Completely Free

Editor's Blog Photo credit: Yulia Grigoryeva/ShutterstockScience often gets a bad rap for being inaccessible. But it’s actually never been easier to …

Science

13 tough interview questions you may have to answer if you want to intern at SpaceX this summer

So it follows that you're going to have to answer some tough interview questions to get the gig.<p>Each year, more than 700 interns join SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, for 80-hour workweeks at about $22 an hour in departments like avionics, dynamics, launch operations, manufacturing, …

Will Humans Ever Build Starships?

<i>This article originally appeared on Inverse.</i><p><b>By Neel V. Patel</b><p>"Will we ever live amongst the stars?"<p>This is Rachel Armstrong's big question -- and one she's determined to answer. A professor of experimental architecture at Newcastle University in the UK, Armstrong has been thinking about zero-g …

SpaceX landing hailed as giant leap for space travel

When<p>Elon Musk'sSpaceXrocket nailed its historic landing at Florida's Cape Canaveral on Monday night and the enormous dust cloud settled, it was more than an engineering feat hailed around the world.<p>The Falcon 9's landing made deep space travel seem attainable again — not just to aerospace engineers …

Space Travel

This trick from a famous physicist can help you learn anything faster

Feynman was not yet the famous physicist he would soon become (as his biographer James Gleick put it, "His Feynman aura...was still strictly local"), so he took his preparation seriously.<p>Feynman drove up to MIT, a campus familiar from his undergraduate years, and a place "where he could be alone." …

Richard Feynman

Key points of the landmark Paris agreement

U.N. climate talks reached a milestone Saturday when more than 190 countries adopted the first accord asking all countries to join the fight against global warming.<p>Here are some of the key elements of the deal:<p><b>LONG-TERM GOAL</b>: The long-term objective of the agreement is to make sure global warming …

Distant Galaxies Confirm Accelerating Growth of Universe, Dark Energy

The pesky reality that the universe's expansion is accelerating — an observation that prompted astronomers to invoke an unknown entity called dark …

Universe

This rocket engine could soon put planes into outer space

<i>This article was first published in the November 2015 issue of WIRED magazine. Be the first to read WIRED's articles in print before they're posted</i> …

NASA is recycling Space Shuttle engines for a very important purpose

When finished, this rocket will be able to launch up to 2.16 million pounds into space. That kind of weight requires a powerful engine — four of them, to be precise.<p>NASA will use four RS-25 engines — along with two rocket boosters — to get the SLS from ground to space and on its way to Mars. …

13 Top Scientists' Favorite Books And Movies

Everything from comic books to classic films inspired these bright minds.<p>There's a big difference between science and science fiction, but sci-fi books and movies have inspired some of the greatest minds of today.<p>"The best of the science fiction films will stimulate a curiosity and an interest in a …

Science Fiction

This Professor Can Teach Anyone Calculus Using These Simple, Beautiful Animations

Calculus: A word that triggers involuntary fear spasms in the best of us. But the days of slogging through tedious textbook derivatives are over, if …

It Takes 26 Fundamental Constants To Give Us Our Universe, But They Still Don't Give Everything

When we think about our Universe at a fundamental level, we think about all the particles in it and all the forces and interactions that occur between them. If you can describe those forces, interactions and particle properties, you have everything you need to reproduce our Universe, or at least a …

Physics

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Space cowboys: Geniuses spill universe's biggest secrets

The flags of Saudi Arabia and Saudi Aramco fly side-by-side (Photo by Anthony C. LoBaido)<i>(Editor’s note: In 2014, journalist Anthony C. LoBaido</i> …

Discovery Of Massless Weyl Fermion Particle Could Revolutionize Electronics

Two separate teams of researchers have found evidence for a theorized type of massless particle known as a “Weyl fermion.” The discovery was made by …

Historic pictures of planets in our solar system

A new image of Earth from space, and last week’s photos of Pluto, lead our collection of historic images of planets<p>Pluto photographs thrill Nasa scientists after nine-year mission Earth from a million miles away: Dscovr satellite sends new image

Astronomy

Top 10 aerospace mega projects (+Photos)

2. Airbus A380<p>The Airbus A380 generating a lot of excitement in the airline industry, with many people wondering if the world is ready for a plane …

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Breaks Up After Launch With Space Station Cargo

Space Exploration

Are scientists ready to embrace theories devoid of evidence?

Many of today’s leading physicists are pushing for the acceptance of “evidence-independent” cosmological theories, according to a recent op-ed in <i>The</i> …

Physics

China's space program is growing extremely fast

One up-and-comer is China. China's space program is showing the same kind of explosive growth as its economy, said Chris Impey, an astronomy professor at the University of Arizona, during an interview with NPR's Fresh Air host Terry Gross. That means it has grown roughly 10% a year for the past …

If the Universe Is So Big, Why Haven’t We Found Aliens Yet? (Video)

In the 19th century, a long-standing problem in cosmology was that the sky was curiously dark at night. If the universe is infinitely large, and …

Universe

Best Telescopes for the Money

<i>*Editor's Note: Today, check out our Cyber Monday deals page for up-to-date discounts on</i> <i>telescopes, binoculars and more gifts for all the space fans</i> …

Telescopes

How To Build A Hovercraft From Styrofoam Plates

Just in time for Marty McFly's arrival in the future<p>If you believe the old Hollywood prophecies, Marty McFly will be hopping out of Doc Brown’s DeLorean on October 21st. And when he gets to the future, he’ll need a hoverboard. You can do your part to prevent a time paradox--just slap together this …

DIY

Chinese astronaut calls for cooperation, access to International Space Station

<i>"Inside Space City," a world exclusive CNN interview with three of China's top astronauts, premieres on Friday May 29 at 11:30 pm ET</i><p><b>Beijing (CNN) —</b> China wants greater cooperation with other nations in space, particularly the United States, the country's most experienced astronaut has told CNN in …

Space Exploration