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This Infographic Breaks Down 52 of The Most Common Misconceptions

You'd think that in the age of the internet, where more information than we can possibly consume in several lifetimes is at our fingertips, stubborn …

There are two types of time travel, and physicists agree that at least one of them is possible

Brian Greene, professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University and co-founder of the World Science Festival, explains what we know about …

“All-Weather” Tires Explained: Merging All-Seasons and Winter Tires

If you live somewhere north of the Mason-Dixon line, cold weather is an annual reality. And in places like our home state of Michigan, the beginning of fall often means thinking about getting one’s car (or in our case, our long-term test fleet) ready for snow, i.e., new winter tires. But not …

Weather

These are the world’s most endangered animals

It has been more than 25 years since a South China tiger was spotted in the wild.<p>In fact, the subspecies is considered by scientists to be …

Ask Ethan: Is Dark Matter The 'Aliens' Of Astrophysics?

Despite our knowledge of the laws of physics, and the successes of the Standard Model and General Relativity, there are a number of observations out there in the Universe that still lack a complete explanation. From star formation to high-energy cosmic rays, the Universe still has its mysteries. …

Dark Matter

Ask Ethan: How Can Worlds That Never Get Above Freezing Have Liquid Water?

The Solar System has proved a surprising place, and perhaps one of the biggest surprises is that Earth isn’t the only world with liquid water on its surface. Sure, there’s a tiny bit that temporarily exists on Mars, but worlds like Jupiter’s moon Europa, Saturn’s Enceladus, and even ultra-distant …

Astronomy

The Big Bang Wasn't The Beginning, After All

The Universe began not with a whimper, but with a bang! At least, that’s what you’re commonly told: the Universe and everything in it came into existence at the moment of the Big Bang. Space, time, and all the matter and energy within began from a singular point, and then expanded and cooled, …

Astrophysics

New Space Telescope, 40 Times The Power Of Hubble, To Unlock Astronomy's Future

Since humanity first turned our gaze skyward, we’ve realized that the cosmic story of our existence — our origins, all that exists today, and what our ultimate fate is — is literally written across the Universe. Our understanding of what our Universe truly is, what it’s made up of, and how it came …

Astrophysics

After Cassini: Giant-Planet Exploration Focus Shifts to Jupiter

With NASA's Cassini spacecraft now just a blur of molecules in Saturn's cloud tops, another gas giant is rotating into the crosshairs of the …

NASA's Mission To Saturn Is Over -- But These Facts Will Leave You Breathless For a Lifetime

The NASA Cassini Mission to Saturn lasted only 13 years but yielded generations of memories.<p>The mission was named after Christiaan Huygens (1629-1695), a Dutch scientist who is credited for discovering Saturn's rings and its largest moon (Titan), and Giovannia Domenico Cassini (1625-1712), who …

Astronomy

The US Air Force at 70: From early jets to stealth aircraft

US Air Force Thunderbirds<p>Douglas VC-54C Sacred Cow<p>USAF aircraft June 1950<p>North American F-86E Sabre<p>Chuck Yeager and the Bell X-1<p>Douglas C-47 Skytrain<p>Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar<p>Lucky Lady II<p>Sikorsky H-19 Chickasaw<p>Convair B-36 Peacemaker<p>Douglas C-124C Globemaster<p>Boeing B-47B Stratojet<p>Convair F-102A …

Here Are 15 All-Time Best Photos From Cassini That You Absolutely Must See

Wow. Just, wow.<p>Cassini has been out there hard at work for a long time. The Saturn probe departed Earth in 1997 and spent seven years speeding across …

Astronomy

NASA crashed the $4 billion Cassini spacecraft into Saturn. It was awesome.

For 13 years, Cassini explored the gas giant and its moons. On Friday, it ended its mission in an elegant dive.<p>On Friday, September 15, at 7:55:46 am Eastern time, NASA watched its 20-year-old, $4 billion-plus spacecraft crash into Saturn.<p>The space agency had no other choice. Cassini was nearly out …

Yes, humans are still evolving. Here's how you can tell.

Even more evidence that we’re continuing to change.<p>The nice thing about bacteria is that they multiply really fast. This is inconvenient if they happen to infect, but useful if you want to see how evolution works. Put antibiotics on a Petri dish with enough bacteria, and a few days later you’ll …

To Solve the Biggest Mystery in Physics, Join Two Kinds of Law

Reductionism breaks the world into elementary building blocks. Emergence finds the simple laws that arise out of complexity. These two complementary …