Walter C Sloane Jr

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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 …

Humans came from distant galaxies, along with everything else in the Milky Way

Humans are formed from matter that flew billions of miles from another galaxy, according to a new study.<p>Much of the stuff around us and spread …

Humans, the entire Earth and the sun all exist in a giant void of nothingness

You've probably heard the cliché that humans are just tiny specks in the universe. It might literally be true. A recent study gives more evidence to …

NASA’s Hubble Spots Universe’s Brightest Galaxies, Thanks To Gravitational Lensing

Hubble Space Telescope, a collaboration between NASA and European Space Agency, has captured images of the brightest infrared galaxies in the …

Jupiter, Saturn and Venus Will All Be on Display in June

Get your popcorn ready!<p>When summer is so close you can almost taste it, people usually start saying "where has the year gone?" — on repeat. Well, guess what: It's officially that time of year again. The summer solstice is less than three weeks away and even though time is passing faster than ever, …

5 Reasons Why The 21st Century Will Be The Best One Ever For Astrophysics

It’s been a staple of science throughout the centuries: the arrogant thinking that we’ve almost arrived at the ultimate answers to our deepest questions. Scientists thought that Newton’s mechanics described everything, until they discovered the wave nature of light. Physicists thought we were …

Physics

Giant gold coin with Queen's head stolen from Berlin museum

A Canadian gold coin named “Big Maple Leaf” and bearing the image of Queen Elizabeth II was stolen from Berlin’s Bode Museum early on Monday.<p>The coin is pure gold, weighs about 100kg (221lb) and has a face value of C$1m (£590,000).<p>“The coin was stolen last night, it’s gone,” said a museum …

Germany

Does Dark Matter Exist, Or Is Gravity Wrong? The Answer Lies Billions Of Years In The Past

When we look out at the luminous matter in the Universe — stars, galaxies, clusters of galaxies and the hot gas in and between them — it tells a couple of different stories. One is the story of how normal matter (based on atomic nuclei and electrons) comes together to emit, absorb and otherwise …

Dark Matter

Thousands of worlds may lurk beyond Pluto — and a stunning new animation shows the ones we've found

You may be familiar with our solar system's eight planets — Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. There's also their famous dwarf-planet companion, Pluto.<p>But this icy world may just be an appetizer to what lurks in a region beyond Pluto called the Kuiper Belt.<p>As this …

Astronomy

17 Profound Quotes From the Dalai Lama That Will Change the Way You Think

The Dalai Lama is one of the most inspirational spiritual teachers living today. From the age of 16, he was inducted with enormous responsibility in …

We Tested Some of the Best Weed Vapes on the Market

Because if you're going to spend $200 on one, you should know what you're buying.<p><i>Photos by Jake Lewis</i><p><i>This post originally appeared on VICE UK.</i><p><b>Reminder:</b> <i>Unless you live in any of the places where cannabis is legal for medical or recreational use, remember: It's still illegal to smoke it or vape it or</i> …

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

What Happens If the Curiosity Rover Finds Life on Mars?

A deep-dive on whether we can handle the implications of such a discovery<p>After NASA’s announcement in late September that Mars has flowing water, many wondered when the Curiosity rover would start live-tweeting pics of the recurring slope lineae where NASA believes this water seasonally …

UN Agreement Lets Satellites Track Airplanes Over The Ocean

‘Lost’ no more<p>It’s easy to forget, in our world of ever-present GPS directions, that it’s still possible to get lost on this little planet. Then the ocean swallows an entire airliner, and then it does it again, and the world suddenly seems vast and unknowable again. Fortunately, technology exists …

Michael Moore’s gutsy new film: Our military has not won a war since World War II

Look out: Moore’s new film opens with assertion sure to inflame the right, then suggests we “invade” for good ideas<p>Michael Moore is no stranger to controversy. He has, after all, been threatened by Clint Eastwood—twice. And who could forget that notorious Michigan restaurant that banned him for a …

Watch the First Footage of the Planet’s Most Elusive Whale

An international team of marine biologists has made the first-ever field observations of rare Omura’s whales—one of the least known species of whales …

Whales

The Tantalizing Links between Gut Microbes and the Brain

Nearly a year has passed since Rebecca Knickmeyer first met the participants in her latest study on brain development. Knickmeyer, a neuroscientist …

This Ghostly Exoplanet Is A Volcanic Hell In Deep Space

Scientists have been hunting for planets outside of our Solar System – exoplanets – for decades, and we’ve found an incredible tapestry: some appear …

How Did The Halloween Asteroid Sneak Up On Us?

Fortunately it's not headed for Earth<p>Earth is getting a very large trick-or-treater this Halloween.<p>On October 31, an approximately 1,300-foot asteroid will hurtle by at about 1.3 times the distance of the Moon. It'll likely be our closest encounter with such a huge space rock until 2027.<p>The timing …

Astronomy

NASA Releases 8,400 High-Quality Images of Past Moon Missions on Flickr

One small step for man, one giant catalog of images for mankind.<p>A lot has happened regarding the topic of space in the last two weeks: from the discovery of liquid water on the surface of Mars to the release of Ridley Scott’s survival flick <i>The Martian</i>. Now, to keep the momentum up, NASA announced …

Space Science

Here's the disturbing impact that space has on the human body and mind

The mission saw a cosmonaut clock up more days in space than any other human being, the launch of the most audacious twin study in the history of science, and astronauts eating lettuce grown in space for the first time.<p>The crew have taught us plenty about how to survive beyond our own planet - …

Space Science

Some Apollo Moon Samples 'Crumbling to Dust'

Some of the moon soil collected by Apollo astronauts has deteriorated significantly during its four-plus decades on Earth, a new study …

Space Science

Neil deGrasse Tyson explains a fake Mars mission so well it almost hurts

If you aren't excited for the film adaptation of "The Martian," a bestselling sci-fi novel by Andy Weir, this new video starring Neil deGrasse Tyson …

Mars Mission

'Gene drive': Scientists sound alarm over supercharged GM organisms which could spread in the wild and cause environmental disasters

A powerful new technique for generating “supercharged” genetically modified organisms that can spread rapidly in the wild has caused alarm among …

Rain is sizzling bacon, cars are lions roaring: the art of sound in movies

Skip Lievsay, an unassuming-looking guy in his mid-60s with highly trained ears, stood before the stacks of speakers and giant movie screen in his office, fussing quietly. Lievsay is one of the preeminent sound designers working in film today, and whatever he does – whether it’s fussing or making …

Battlestar Galactica

7 Suggestions that Will Improve Your Low Light Photography

Have you ever tried to take a photo in a dimly lit situation only to have it come out as a grainy, blurry, discolored mass of pixels? And to make …

What Good Is Thinking About Death?

We're all going to die and we all know it. This can be both a burden and a blessing.<p>In the heart of every parent lives the tightly coiled nightmare that his child will die. It might spring at logical times—when a toddler runs into the street, say—or it might sneak up in quieter moments. The fear is …

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