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Today in 1969, Apollo 11 Splashed Down

On July 24, 1969, the Apollo 11 crew returned to Earth on the Command Module Columbia. They splashed down in the Pacific Ocean and landed upside …

Space Science

The 6 Most Earth-like Alien Planets

Discovering the first true "alien Earth" is a long-held dream of astronomers — and recent exoplanet discoveries suggest that their dream will come …

Space Ace: Israeli Scientist To Uncover Jupiter Mysteries With Juno Probe

After a five-year trip covering nearly two billion miles in outer space, NASA’s Juno spacecraft finally went into orbit around Jupiter on July 4th — …

Scientists have a fascinating theory to explain why smart people should spend less time with friends

Ready?<p>"I'm just too intelligent."<p>Be sure to come with plenty of supporting evidence, namely an IQ score and the results of a recent study on the "<b>savanna theory of happiness</b>." Your pals will be sure to understand.<p>The study, led by psychologists at Singapore Management University and the London …

Psychology

What lies beneath... Iowa?

Sen—If you’re an object in the Solar System, it’s just a fact of existence that you’re going to get hit by some <i>other</i> object in the Solar System. The …

Star Wars: Rogue One: Forest Whitaker's character revealed

Meet the Rebel fighter who’s so extreme that the other good guys aren’t sure if he really is one.<p>Forest Whitaker’s character has been one of the more …

Human flights to Mars still at least 15 years off: ESA head

DARMSTADT, Germany (Reuters) - Dreaming of a trip to Mars? You’ll have to wait at least 15 years for the technology to be developed, the head of the European Space Agency (ESA) said, putting doubt on claims that the journey could happen sooner.<p>Monitors are pictured in the main control room of the …

The Real Reason Star Wars Will Never Let Go of Darth Vader

Despite the unpopular prequels, Anakin still has a choke hold on our biggest geek franchise.<p>Even before fans thought they heard the whisper of Darth Vader’s asthmatic breathing in the <i>Rogue One</i> trailer, there were rumors that the Skywalker villain would make an appearance in the next <i>Star Wars</i> film. …

Pluto might have a liquid ocean

When NASA's New Horizons spacecraft went by Pluto last year, it revealed that the dwarf planet may have once been home to a liquid ocean underneath its ice crust. A new analysis suggests that the ocean still exists today.<p>The study used a thermal evolution model of Pluto updated with the New …

Pre-Discovery: 14 unofficial Star Trek series and films (Gallery) | ZDNet

Star Trek fan films<p>With Star Trek: Discovery, the long-awaited next new series in the Star Trek franchise premiering Sunday on CBS All Access, I've …

This one feature on Mars could be a major obstacle for plans to colonize the planet

Perchlorate, which can form different salts, is a key reason why liquid water sometimes flows on the planet despite the atmospheric pressure. And it can be used as a major ingredient in rocket fuel. It can even be broken down and used as a source of electricity and oxygen for human explorers.<p>But it …

Mars

Russian space agency unveils grandiose plan to permanently base a dozen cosmonauts on the moon

Russia’s plans to reach the moon may have taken a giant leap, as the country’s space agency unveiled its intentions to base up to 12 cosmonauts on …

Space Exploration

The Stanford Rape Case Judge’s Controversial History

As he handed down a six-month sentence to Brock Turner for sexually assaulting a woman behind a dumpster, Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky …

Why Didn’t the FBI Stop Omar Mateen?

The face of terrorism is changing. And critics say the bureau has been too slow to catch on.<p>If Omar Mateen was a disciple of “radical Islam,” as Donald Trump angrily described him, and “one of the soldiers of the caliphate,” as the Islamic State approvingly deemed him, he wasn’t a very impressive …

Why Haven't We Explored the Ocean Like Outer Space?

The final frontier is right here on Earth.<p>Depending on who you ask, there exists not one—but two—final frontiers of discovery. Deep space has long captivated our imaginations, but the deep ocean, right here on Earth, remains one of the most underexplored places known to humans.<p>Only five percent of …

Strawberry moon coincides with Summer Solstice for first time since 1967

As the sun sinks beneath the horizon on the longest day of the year on the evening of Monday June 20, it will be worth looking up.<p>For the first time since 1967 the summer solstice coincides with a rare ‘strawberry’ moon and, clouds willing, the 17 hours of sunlight will give way to a bright moonlit …

Solstice

Celebrate Twins Day With Vintage Photos of Identical Twins

Caption from LIFE. At a party, teen-agers of the Bounds twins' set munch doughnuts and sip Cokes whenever they are not d<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Nina Leen—The …

Scientists studying starlight can tell you: Our universe is going dark

We know that our universe has already lived through great number of exciting phases. But new research released overnight shows the universe has long passed its peak and is slowly but surely dying.<p>The research was presented at the year’s largest gathering of astronomers at the International …

Black Holes

A Lightning Bolt and Rainbow Captured in One Shot

Tucson, Arizona-based photography enthusiast Greg McCown recently managed to capture a shot of a lifetime. While shooting landscapes near the small …

Five Great Fantasy Books Most Fans Don’t Know Exist

One of my favorite self-indulgences is browsing the mainstream shelves of bookstores in search of science fiction and fantasy. There’s a lot of it: …

Arrow Season 4/Constantine crossover details confirmed

In what has to be one of the most improbable crossovers in recent memory, it is being reported by Collider that Matt Ryan, who played the title role …

The 10 Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy Novels of 2015 So Far

Generation ships, sentient forests, exploding moons — there has been no shortage of action, speculation, and mystery in the year’s best sci-fi and …

No, Mars Won’t Be As Big As the Moon in the Sky

Oh for Ares’ sake. <i>This</i> again?<p>Yup, it’s August, and that means it’s time for the annual “two Moons in the sky” Facebook hoax. Maybe you’ve seen it; it …

Here's what it would take to colonize the largest planet in the solar system

Just a few videos ago, I blew minds with a "How to" on terraforming the Moon. Once we've developed a Solar System spanning civilization and have claimed mastery over the laws of physics, and have common-place technology which staggers and dwarf our current comprehension of what's possible it should …

Astronomy

Don't Panic, But Our Universe Is Dying

Don't get too attached to the universe. It won't be around much longer.<p>The universe will long outlast Earth. However, in the cosmic sense, it is slowly dying -- something scientists have believed to be the case since the 1990s, but recently confirmed in a new study.<p>A team of international …

Universe

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 …

Universe

That Moon and Earth GIF is totally real: debunking Twitter's conspiracy theories

Last week, NASA gave us a small cosmic gift — releasing a short GIF of the Moon passing in front of Earth. The GIF was made from a compilation of images taken by the Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) on the DSCOVR satellite, located 1 million miles from Earth. DSCOVR is meant to observe …

William Shatner Collects Thousands of Star Trek Selfies for Tribute to His Friend Leonard Nimoy

William Shatner is many things: actor, singer, writer – and now he can add the title “digital art curator” to the list.<p>On Aug. 1, Shatner, 84, asked …

Leonard Nimoy