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The Very Best Science Fiction And Fantasy Books Of 2015

This has been a really great year for science fiction, fantasy and horror books, taking us to fabulous worlds and opening our minds to new ideas and …

This transfixing video shows 1,000 exoplanets in their orbits

The Kepler space telescope has helped to discover more than 1,000 exoplanets since 2009, in 685 systems, with thousands more planets identified but …

Universe

Strange star has serious scientists talking about an alien megastructure

"It was kind of unbelievable that it was real data," said Yale University astronomer Tabetha Boyajian. "We were scratching our heads. For any idea that came up there was always something that would argue against it."<p>She was talking to the New Scientist about KIC 8462852, a distant star with a very …

Why do volcanoes erupt?

Volcanoes are channels that transfer molten rock from Earth’s crust to the surface. Here’s why eruptions happen.<p>Some people believe volcanic …

Geophysics

A history of the world in funny puns

World History

Best Space Books and Sci-Fi: A Space.com Reading List

There are plenty of great books out there about space — so many, in fact, that it can feel a little overwhelming to figure out where to start, …

Earthquakes may reveal new layer of the Earth: the inner inner core

Though you may be familiar with the phrase “molten core,” the reality is that Earth’s inner core is actually solid, and it’s the outer core that …

Geology

Earth's Dashboard Is Flashing Red—Are Enough People Listening?

As scientists and much of the public differ on the causes of climate change, the planet keeps getting warmer … and the effects are adding up.<p>Scientists are having trouble convincing the public that people are changing the climate.<p>A Pew Research Center survey, released last week as part of a broader …

Climate Change

Coastal Flooding More Frequent In U.S. Due To Sea Level Rise And Sinking Land, Study Finds

July 28 (Reuters) - Flooding is increasing in frequency along much of the U.S. coast, and the rate of increase is accelerating along the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic coasts, a team of federal government scientists found in a study released Monday.<p>The study examined how often 45 tide gauges along the …

Rogue Geoengineering Project May Have Increased Salmon Numbers

The salmon population in an area dosed with iron has doubled.<p>California businessman Russ George made headlines in 2012 when he, in cooperation with a group from a Native Canadian community, dumped more than 100 tons of iron sulfate into the Pacific, some 200 miles off shore. The iron then triggered …

The 2-Minute Workout That Works Your Abs From Every Angle

How strong is your core? Find out with this ultimate ab challenge<p>Ripped abs are reason enough to add some core moves to your routine. But a strong torso can also give you the foundation you need to lift more weight with less risk of injury. "Crunches alone won't get the job done, though," says Todd …

Sherlock Holmes is the archetypal scientist – brilliant but slightly scary

We are comforted by his ability to solve intractable problems, but our love of Sherlock, and science, is tinged with apprehension<p>More than 75 different actors have taken him on, making him the most portrayed character on film and television ever. Ian McKellen will be the latest to add his name to …

Dark Matter May Have Already Been Found, Researchers Say

The mysterious dark matter that makes up most of the matter in the universe may already have been detected with superconducting circuits, researchers say.<p>Dark matter is currently one of the greatest mysteries in the cosmos — an invisible substance thought to make up five-sixths of all matter in the …

Encounter of the first kind: Rosetta on track for historic comet landing

Hundreds of millions of miles away and 10 years after launch, a European spaceship could be on the brink of discovering how life appeared on Earth<p>At precisely 10am GMT on 20 January next year, a tiny electronic chip inside Europe's Rosetta spacecraft will flicker into life. The robot probe will …

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Tech Leaders, Economists Split Over Clean Energy's Prospects

There is a broad scientific consensus that to keep global warming in check, we need to phase out 80 percent of all oil, coal and natural gas by midcentury. President Obama has set a nonbinding target to do precisely that.<p>There are technologists who say this national goal is well within reach, but …

Mars Curiosity rover to continue roving after technical glitch

Nasa mission controllers will put Curiosity through basic moves in cautious return to active service after it went into safe mode<p>Nasa engineers have overcome a computer glitch that shut down the space agency's car-sized Mars rover, Curiosity, earlier this week.<p>The $2.5bn rover went into a …

Is climate change to blame for Typhoon Haiyan?

The Philippines has been hit by 24 typhoons in the past year but the power of Haiyan was off the scale, killing thousands and leaving millions homeless. Is there even worse devastation to come?<p>Just as the world was beginning to take in the almost unimaginable devastation wrought by typhoon Haiyan, …

Explaining nuclear fusion: is it the way forward for cheap energy?

With a new nuclear fission power station given the green light, Professor Steve Cowley examines whether nuclear fusion could soon be a viable alternative<p><b>The government has recently approved a new</b> <b>nuclear fission</b> <b>power station. But could nuclear fusion soon be a viable alternative? Professor Steve</b> …