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Amazing pictures of storms from America’s Tornado Alley

Photographer Mike Hollingshead chases the storms which form across the US Midwest every spring and summer – taking jaw-dropping photographs of nature’s power.<p>In spring and summer, the great plains of the US Midwest are visited by some of the most awesome and frightening storms on the planet. Mike …

Weather

What is an astronomical unit?

Astronomers use astronomical units – or AU – to describe solar system distances. Definition of AU here. Also, mean distances in AU to prominent solar …

Astronomy

Elnath is close to the galactic anticenter

Elnath, the 2nd-brightest star in Taurus, is the closest bright star to the galactic anticenter – the point in space directly opposite of our Milky …

Astronomy

When is the next meteor shower?

No major meteor showers are predicted until the Lyrid shower, peaking on the morning of April 23, 2015. Between now and then … fireball season!<p>After …

Astronomy

This Dwarf Planet Might Have More Fresh Water Than All Of Earth

And it's actually (relatively) nearby<p>This is poor, unfortunate Ceres. Discovered in 1801, it was at first called a planet, then soon classified as an asteroid, and recently as a dwarf planet, not quite qualifying for real planet status despite residing in the solar system's asteroid belt. But now …

Water vapor plumes raise question about life on dwarf planet Ceres | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The dwarf planet Ceres, one of the most intriguing objects in the solar system, is gushing water vapor from its unusual ice-covered surface, scientists said on Wednesday in a finding that raises the question of whether it might be hospitable to life.<p>NASA's Dawn spacecraft …

A winding river of stars called Eridanus

Tonight, you’ll need a very dark sky in order to see Eridanus the River. You won’t see this one from the city, or even the suburbs. Eridanus the …

Astronomy

Ceres, the largest asteroid in the solar system, lets off steam

Twin jets on asteroid Ceres, which has a surface area roughly the same as India, release 21 tonnes of water vapour every hour<p>Astronomers have spotted jets of steam coming from opposite sides of the largest asteroid in the solar system. The twin plumes of water vapour erupting from the space rock …

Cracked Arctic sea ice stirs up mercury concern

Large cracks in Arctic sea ice are helping pull atmospheric mercury down to the Arctic surface, according to new NASA research.<p>A report in the …

Global Warming

Why Sugar Makes Us Feel So Good

Last week, I reported that scientists are working their way toward a consensus that sugar is addictive. While some researchers are still hesitant to liken sweet stuff to drugs or alcohol, the evidence is accumulating to explain why some of us really struggle to resist or moderate our sugar intake. …

Um, Where Did This Little Orphan Planet Come From?

"I had often wondered if such solitary objects exist, and now we know they do."<p>How do planets—ours, and the others that stud the universe—actually form?<p>Our current, best knowledge posits that planets emerge from the formation of stars. Through a process like this:<p>A star and its planets form out of …

Loops of plasma on the Sun, four times wider than Earth

Loops of plasma on the Sun, four times wider than Earth.

First child 'functionally cured' of HIV remains in remission, scientists announce

In March, a team of medical researchers revealed that a two-year-old patient had been "functionally cured" of HIV after undergoing unusually early treatment with antiretroviral drugs. The instance marked the second documented case of HIV remission, and was the first such case involving a …

Why all we knew about planets is wrong

We thought we knew how planets form, but the discovery of hundreds outside our Solar System changed all that, even what type of world can house life like ours.<p>Up to only a couple of decades ago the perception of our Solar System was so simple. Every planet is unique: Saturn has its spectacular …

Universe

The human brain, its nervous projections, layers,... - Biomedical Ephemera, or: A Frog for Your Boils

<b>The human brain, its nervous projections, layers, and cortical blood vessels</b><p>Though we’re probably subconsciously aware of our brains on a day-to-day …

The gravitational orbit of any moon, planet, star or galaxy forms a helix, when you view it traveling through a time dimension

<b>The gravitational orbit of any moon, planet, star or galaxy forms a helix, when you view it traveling through a time dimension.</b> A 3-dimensional helix is a ‘slice’ of the 4-dimensional shape of the orbit of a planet; Y is a time dimension, X and Z are space dimensions. One 2D slice of a 3D helix is a circle, another is a wave. One 3D slice of a 4D helix is a sphere; a planet in a specific moment of time.<p>Interesting patterns are revealed when you start thinking about the 4-dimensional shapes of …

National Geographic Magazine

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The Myth of 'I'm Bad at Math'

Basic ability in the subject isn't the product of good genes, but hard work.<p>“I’m just not a math person.”<p>We hear it all the time. And we’ve had enough. Because we believe that the idea of “math people” is the most self-destructive idea in America today. The truth is, you probably <i>are</i> a math person, …

Red Sky at Night: The Science of Sunsets

A meteorologist explains why the sky is sometimes so colorful.<p><b>On a recent autumn night here in Washington, D.C., the sun seemed to personify a Dylan Thomas poem: Do not go gentle into that good night ... Rage, rage against the dying of the light. The scarlet skies inspired many viewers to grab</b> …

How the Brain Creates Personality: A New Theory

Are you a mover, a perceiver, a stimulator, or an adapter? Modes of thinking can be understood in terms of how the top and bottom—rather than right and left—parts of the brain interact.<p>It is possible to examine any object—including a brain—at different levels. Take the example of a building. If we …

Saturn eclipsing the Sun, imaged by the Cassini Spacecraft on July 19th, 2013

Saturn eclipsing the Sun, imaged by the Cassini Spacecraft on July 19th, 2013. Saturn’s rings and moons are brilliantly illuminated, and Venus, the Earth, Moon, and Mars are visible in the background, more than a billion kilometers away. At the time the image was taken, thousands of people on Earth were waving at Saturn as part of “The Day the Earth Smiled”. Full Resolution (9000x3500)

Heavy atoms help give black hole jets their power

Jets of a black hole known as 4U1630-47 contains heavy particles, such as iron and nickel. It helps explain why black hole jets pack such a …

Male and Female Brains Really Are Built Differently

The hemispheres of women's brains are more interconnected. Does that matter?<p>Ready your knowing smirk, because here comes a scientific gem that’s sure to enliven even the dullest of holiday parties.<p>By analyzing the MRIs of 949 people aged 8 to 22, scientists at the University of Pennsylvania found …

Cassini Photo: Stunning New Views of Saturn’s Hexagon Storm

Wildlife<p>NASA this week released the highest-resolution view yet of the unique, six-sided jet stream circling Saturn’s north pole—known as “the hexagon.” This movie (click image to run), made from images obtained by Cassini’s imaging cameras, is the first to show the hexagon in color filters. …

The Shape of Your Head and the Shape of Your Mind

How the archaic study of brain shape and head reading — the origin of terms like “highbrow” and “lowbrow,” “well rounded,” and “shrink” — shaped the modern obsession with the mind. One reason phrenology attracted so many followers was that it seemed to provide the toolbox for the American dream.<p>To …

The 50 Most Dazzling Pictures From Space

Taking pictures in space ain’t just point and shoot. When a spacecraft is billions of miles from home, it takes an awful lot of data processing and …

Scientists discover giant trench under Antarctic ice

A UK research team has discovered a massive ancient subglacial trough that’s deeper than the Grand Canyon.<p>Scientists from several universities in the …

Earth Science