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A space rock from another star is spotted in our solar system — a cosmic first

For the first time, a space rock from another solar system has been spotted cruising through our corner of the universe.<p>The asteroid is about 400 meters across and moving at a clip of nearly 27 miles a second, according to NASA. For months, this interstellar interloper — a fragment of an alien …

Astronomy

Embryos that are human-pig hybrids offer hope for patients who need organ transplants

In a bid to make organs for patients in need of transplants, scientists have created embryos that were hybrids of humans and pigs and grown them until they were on the verge of developing the body parts that might one day save lives.<p>Researchers reported Thursday in the journal Cell that they …

Lost Dark Ages Fort Found in Scotland

The heart of a lost Dark Ages kingdom may have been discovered in southern Scotland.<p>A new book, "The Lost Dark Age Kingdom of Rheged" (Oxbow Books, …

Beyond Pluto: NASA's New Horizons Spacecraft Heads to Next Adventure

To Pluto and beyond!<p>Nearly two years after its historic encounter with the dwarf planet Pluto, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is getting ready for …

From UFOs to its psychic Stargate tests, the CIA just dumped 13 million declassified pages online

The CIA has dumped 13 million pages of declassified documents online to make them easier to find - and you can peruse them all here.<p>The mass file …

With tourists scarce, Egypt struggles to maintain heritage

With a shaky economy following years of unrest and a huge drop in tourists, Egypt is struggling to preserve its fabled archaeological heritage.<p>From …

Earth - Plants can see, hear and smell – and respond

Plants, according to Jack C Schultz, "are just very slow animals".<p>This is not a misunderstanding of basic biology. Schultz is a professor in the Division of Plant Sciences at the University of Missouri in Columbia, and has spent four decades investigating the interactions between plants and …

From Stonehenge to Nefertiti: How High-Tech Archaeology is Transforming Our View of History

A recent discovery could radically change our views of one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites, Tutankhamun’s tomb. Scans of the complex …

7 Mindful Rituals That Are Hard To Adopt But Will Benefit You Forever

I’m sure you’ve heard of ‘mindfulness’ before. From mental health experts to professional athletes, it’s being touted as the next big revolution in …

NASA figures out where on Mars we should land

A NASA workshop scheduled for February 2017 will help scientists determine a landing site for the Mars 2020 rover. <b>One of the key goals of the mission will be to find a location that might have hosted liquid water, thereby opening up the potential that the planet once supported life.</b> NASA is also …

How political bias affects your belief in conspiracy theories

Pizzagate, the wild goose chase of a conspiracy theory that involves Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Clinton campaign manager John …

Government

Proxima Centauri Orbits Alpha Centauri Pair, Astronomers Conclude 100 Years After Red Dwarf’s Discovery

Are the three stars that constitute the Alpha Centauri star system — Alpha Centauri A, B, and Proxima Centauri — part of one gravitationally-bound …

Trump to inherit more than 100 court vacancies, plans to reshape judiciary

Donald Trump is set to inherit an uncommon number of vacancies in the federal courts in addition to the open Supreme Court seat, giving the president-elect a monumental opportunity to reshape the judiciary after taking office.<p>The estimated 103 judicial vacancies that President Obama is expected to …

Donald Trump

Experts predict human-robot marriage will be legal by 2050

In the face of AI exerts repeatedly predicting the rise of sex robots, it’s increasingly difficult to insist that such machines strictly belong to a far-off, dystopian future. But some robotics experts predict we’ll soon be doing far more than having sexual intercourse with machines. Instead, we’ll …

The Future

Americans are finally meditating because corporations are telling them to

Yunha Kim built the meditation app Simple Habit after experiencing the grinding pressure of building and selling her first startup Locket (a smartphone lock-screen app) in 2015.<p>“I was so stressed at my previous startup that I started meditating five to eight times a day…and became a power user of …

A star will graze our solar system in a million years

In just over a million years, Earth inhabitants will get a closer look at a star than they might want. Gliese 710 is currently a safe 64 light years away, but scientists discovered in 1999 that the sun-like star was barreling directly toward us at around 32,000 mph. We've known for awhile that it …

Astronomy

Nearest Potentially Habitable Alien Planet Has Three Suns

Move over Tatooine — having two suns is old news. New research shows that the closest exoplanet to Earth — Proxima b — may have just one-upped the …

Proxima Centauri

Neil deGrasse Tyson thinks there's a 'very high' chance the universe is just a simulation

As we approach the end of 2016, a number of people might be wondering whether there's some chance that the past year was just some sort of weird dream.<p>It turns out that if you ask the scientists whose job it is to probe the nature of reality, the answer is actually: M <i>aybe</i>.<p>Maybe everything that's …

China Claims It Has Done the "Impossible" with EmDrive

The EmDrive — an “impossible” propulsion technology due to the fact that it defies the laws of physics — has been in something of technological …

Space Travel

5 Scientific Myths You Probably Believe About The Universe

The Universe is a vast, mysterious place, encompassing everything we’ve ever known, observed or could ever hope to come into contact with. For millennia, a look up at the sky — our window into the cosmos beyond our world — was met with wonder, awe, and a fascination with the unknown. Thanks to all …

Physics

The 7 Bluest Waters in the World, and Where to Find Them

There’s nothing like an idyllic beach screensaver to ignite your wanderlust. The water is so blue it’s hard to imagine somewhere <i>that</i> beautiful …

Putin says Turkey ambassador murder is ploy to wreck Syrian peace process | Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that the killing of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey was a despicable provocation aimed at spoiling Russia-Turkey ties and derailing Moscow’s attempts to find, with Iran and Turkey, a solution for the Syria crisis.<p>Russian President Vladimir …

Electoral College Vote Seals Trump White House Victory

The Electoral College formalized Donald Trump’s election victory on Monday despite protests around the country to encourage GOP electors to abandon the Republican.<p>The president-elect easily racked up the 270 electoral votes needed to send him to the White House. Interest in the normally mundane …

Ancient Sumerian Writings Reveal the Earth was Ruled by Eight Immortal Kings for 241,200 Years

More than a dozen copies of a mysterious text referred to as the Sumerian King Lists have been uncovered over the years by archaeologists in regions …

3tags.org

Did ‘dark stars’ help form the Universe?

Our vast Universe may have been formed with help of dark matter particles we haven’t been able to observe. The hunt is on to prove they, and the “dark stars” they created, exist.<p>Think of everything we know that exists in the Universe – the huge cosmic furnaces like our Sun. The gas giants that …

As Trump Dismisses CIA, Congress Looks To Confront Russian Cyberattacks

A bipartisan group of four senators is calling for Congress to take a closer look at allegations that Russia used cyberattacks to try to influence the American election in favor of Donald Trump.<p>The reports should "alarm every American," Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.; Jack Reed, D-R.I.; John McCain, …

World War II never 'formally' ended — Russia and Japan may change that soon

If all goes according to plan, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will slip into a steaming bath next week with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a hot spring in Abe's hometown of Nagato, which faces Russia across the Sea of Japan.<p>Abe's goal in hosting Putin at a traditional <i>onsen</i>, as such hot …