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Goodbye, Saturn — It Was Nice Seeing You

The Cassini spacecraft brought the planet, its rings and its moons into stunning view.<p>Just six months after the Cassini spacecraft arrived at Saturn, …

Jupiter is so big it does not actually orbit the sun

But each time I read it to her — sometimes three or more times a day — I furrow my nerdy brow at this line: "Of all the planets that circle the sun, giant Jupiter is the biggest one."<p>The gas giant is indeed the largest planet in the solar system, weighing more than twice the mass of all the other …

Why We Still Don't Know How Long a Day is on Saturn

The ending of NASA’s Cassini mission is a truly intoxicating cocktail of emotions; on one hand, the data from this 20-year-long mission will fuel …

Yes, Amazon is convenient, but is it just too damn powerful?

Amazon is arguably the most feared name in all of consumer business at the moment.<p>The online shopping juggernaut is smothering retail chains, …

Donald Trump

'We've all been there Angela': Merkel rolls her eyes at Putin and the Internet couldn't handle it

"That Angela Merkel eye-roll is what's going to get me through the day", one person tweeted.<p>While the world waited with baited breath to scrutinize …

Spirit Airlines has given a baby born on one of its flights free lifetime travel

American carrier Spirit Airlines has given a baby born on one of its flights free lifetime travel.<p>Christoph Lezcano arrived during a flight from Fort …

How Does Earth Move Through Space? Now We Know, On Every Scale

Ask a scientist for our cosmic address, and you’ll get quite a mouthful. Here we are, on planet Earth, which spins on its axis and revolves around the Sun, which orbits in an ellipse around the center of the Milky Way, which is being pulled towards Andromeda within our local group, which is being …

Universe

The Purpose of Diarrhoea Is Way More Complicated And Important Than We'd Like

Don't fight it.<p>For centuries, scientists have been confounded by one of the messiest aspects of the human experience - diarrhoea, and why exactly we …

Microbiology

NASA Just Fast-Tracked Its Mission to Explore a $10,000 Quadrillion Metal Asteroid

It would collapse the global economy if we brought it home.<p>It might have just pushed back its manned mission to Mars, but NASA just fast-tracked a …

Bill Gates tells college students what careers he'd pursue today

Not plastics. Instead the Microsoft co-founder advises AI, energy and biosciences, and he also has a book recommendation.<p>"Plastics" may have been the career byword for Benjamin Braddock back in "The Graduate," but things have changed 50 years later.<p>Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates tweeted out a …

Self-improvement

New 'Australian values' test planned for citizenship | Reuters

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia plans to raise the bar for handing out citizenships by lengthening the waiting period, adding a new “Australian values” test and raising the standard for English language as part of a shake up of its immigration program.<p>Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (L) …

Australia

Spray-On Skin: 'Miracle' Stem Cell Treatment Heals Burns Without Scarring

Tech & Science Stem Cells<p>Pennsylvania state trooper Matt Uram was talking with his wife at a July Fourth party in 2009 when a misjudged spray of …

The Large Hadron Collider has proved that ghosts don’t exist, Brian Cox claims

To most of us, the Large Hadron Collider is just an incredibly expensive building in Switzerland which found the Higg’s boson – whatever that is.<p>But …

Faintest Galaxies Ever Seen Explain The 'Missing Link' In The Universe

To see farther than ever, we point our most powerful space telescopes at a single region and collect light for days.<p>The Hubble Frontier Fields program focused on massive galaxy clusters, using their gravity to enhance our sight even further.<p>The only problem? The cluster itself is closer and …

Universe

The case for eliminating sugar. All of it.

Gary Taubes argues in a new book that sugar is toxic and should be consumed as often as tobacco. As in, never.<p>For years, the conventional wisdom about diet has been that we get fat because we eat too many calories.<p>Gary Taubes, the enfant terrible of nutrition writing, has long been making the case …

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Tuck into tuna, salmon and eggs or take vitamin D pills – official health advice

Government health advisers are urging everyone to eat more tuna, salmon and eggs or take supplements in order to triple their intake of vitamin D to reduce their risk of bone disease.<p>Supplements may be necessary in the autumn and winter, when the sun which produces most vitamin D in people’s skin …

Vitamin D

Here's How You Should Be Charging Your Phone, According to Science

We've been doing it wrong.<p>Yes, we know. Our smartphone batteries are bad because they barely last a day.<p>But it's partially our fault because we've …