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Alabama state officials: We won’t comply with the EPA because God gave us coal

<b>(acilo via iStockphoto)</b><p>Alabama state officials say that EPA carbon standards violate God’s law. Seriously.<p>Joanna Rothkopf<p>July 29, 2014 8:03pm (UTC)<p>On Tuesday, Alabama state officials said they refused to comply with the EPA's new carbon pollution measures because God gave them coal.<p>I mean... …

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Weighs In On Ken Ham's Claim That Aliens Will Go To Hell

Creationist Ken Ham's strange comment about aliens rendered the usually loquacious Neil deGrasse Tyson almost speechless during his recent appearance on “Real Time with Bill Maher.”<p>Ham, the president and CEO of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky., said in a July 20 blog …

Maria Kirilenko Comments on Canceling Engagement with Alex Ovechkin

Women's tennis standout Maria Kirilenko called off her engagement to Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin, and she spoke publicly about canceling it for the first time on Monday.<p>The Associated Press, via ESPN.com, reported what Kirilenko had to say regarding the split.<p>"Our relationship is …

Rick Perry’s bizarre babysitters club: A new “solution” even too daft for him

<b>Rick Perry (AP/Tony Gutierrez)</b><p>The Texas governor is back and thinking about running for president. And wait ’til you hear about his hot new idea<p>Heather Digby Parton<p>July 22, 2014 3:50pm (UTC)<p>Everyone has undoubtedly noticed that Texas Governor Rick Perry is suddenly sporting a pair of hipster …

Fermi Paradox: Where Are the Aliens?

The Fermi Paradox seeks to answer the question of where the aliens are. Given that our star and Earth are part of a young planetary system compared …

National Academy of Sciences

APOD: How to Identify that Light in the Sky (2014 Jun 09) Image Credit & Copyright: HK (The League of Lost Causes) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140609.html Explanation: What is that light in the sky? Perhaps one of humanity's more common questions, an answer may result from a few quick observations. For example -- is it moving or blinking? If so, and if you live near a city, the answer is typically an airplane, since planes are so numerous and so few stars and satellites are bright enough to be seen over the din of artificial city lights. If not, and if you live far from a city, that bright light is likely a planet such as Venus or Mars -- the former of which is constrained to appear near the horizon just before dawn or after dusk. Sometimes the low apparent motion of a distant airplane near the horizon makes it hard to tell from a bright planet, but even this can usually be discerned by the plane's motion over a few minutes. Still unsure? The above chart gives a sometimes-humorous but mostly-accurate assessment. Dedicated sky enthusiasts will likely note -- and are encouraged to provide -- polite corrections. http://www.leagueoflostcauses.com/ https://www.facebook.com/LeagueOfLostCauses Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140609 #APOD

FYI: Can Anything Move Faster Than Light?

Yes, the universe itself will eventually outpace the speed of light. Just how this will happen is a bit complicated, so let's begin at the very beginning: the big bang. Around 14 billion years ago, all matter in the universe was thrown in every direction. That first explosion is still pushing …

The Engineer Who Proposed Powering The World With A Solar Satellite

Plus, a look at Popular Science's predictions for the future of solar energy in 1972, just as solar-cell research was picking up.<p>The conceiver of one of mankind's coolest ideas for boundless clean energy died last week. He was 90 and first published his ideas in 1968, a year before NASA put a man …

NASA announces technology experiments to fly on SpaceShipTwo

Science and space tourism shook hands this week with NASA announcing 12 technology experiments that will fly on the SpaceShipTwo spaceplane under a …

Gamma-Ray Flash Sets Astronomers All Atwitter

<b>Update for 2:30 p.m. ET May 28:</b> After the buzz broke, astronomers figured out that the flash was a false alarm. Check out the update.<p><b>Earlier:</b> A powerful flash of gamma rays, apparently coming from the Andromeda Galaxy, has set astronomers abuzz over the possibility that a clashing pair of neutron …

Universe

Supermassive Black Hole At The Centre Of The Galaxy May Be A Wormhole In Disguise, Say Astronomers

And if it is a wormhole, this is how it would look…<p>One of the most extraordinary objects in the Milky Way galaxy is Sagittarius A* (pronounced …

The 10 Best Things From May 2014

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Why Kerry's 'Apartheid' Remark Stirred Up Real Fears About Israel's Future

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Over the weekend, <i>The Daily Beast</i> reported that Secretary of State John Kerry told the Trilateral …

Spica, guide star to Omega Centauri

Tonight – April 14, 2018 – and throughout April and May, let the sparkling blue-white star Spica help you find the famous Omega Centauri globular …

Astronomy

Science Behind the "Global Warming Pause"

The ocean appears to be absorbing excess heat.<p>Although global temperatures have been rising over the past century, a slowdown in the rate of warming in the past few years has left some scratching their heads over a seeming "global warming pause."<p>The suggestion that global warming has stopped is …

Embryonic cloning shows promise for treating diabetes

Researchers said they created an embryonic clone of a 32-year-old woman with diabetes, extracted healthy stem cells from the clone, and then changed those cells into fresh ones that produce insulin.<p>The long-term hope would be to transplant new insulin-producing cells back into a patient and treat …

Don't start up the warp drive yet, Earth's cousins might be hard to spot

Unpack your bags and defrost your shipboard cryogenic chamber. New research out Monday suggests that it may not be as easy to identify potentially habitable planets as recent discoveries might have led us to believe.<p>Without getting too much into the weeds of spectroscopy and astrobiology, the …

There’s a “ring of fire” in the sky! 5 things you should know about tomorrow’s epic solar eclipse

<b>An annular solar eclipse in Zhengzhou, Henan province, January 15, 2010. (Reuters/Donald Chan)</b><p>Parts of the world will be able to see 2014’s first solar eclipse tomorrow morning. But this is no ordinary eclipse<p>Sarah Gray<p>April 28, 2014 3:10pm (UTC)<p>Earlier this month, stargazers all over the world …

Brazil hosts pole dancing world cup

More than 150 pole dancers from around the world are competing in the annual Pole World Cup in Rio de Janeiro.<p>Contestants from 36 countries are taking part in the three-day competition with judges looking at the difficulty of the moves and artistic performance.<p>Tim Allman reports.

Cliven Bundy's Racism Is a Problem for Republicans

The rancher's fight with federal land agents comes with a side of racist wingnut.<p><i>Photo via the We Support Cliven Bundy Facebook group</i><p>By now, you have no doubt heard about Cliven Bundy and his fight against the Bureau of Land Management. The Nevada cattle rancher’s armed standoff against federal …

Forests

APOD: The Antennae Galaxies in Collision (2014 Mar 16) Image Credit: Hubble Legacy Archive, NASA, ESA; Processing & Copyright: Davide Coverta http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140316.html Explanation: Two galaxies are squaring off in Corvus and here are the latest pictures. When two galaxies collide, the stars that compose them usually do not. That's because galaxies are mostly empty space and, however bright, stars only take up only a small amount of that space. During the slow, hundred million year collision, one galaxy can still rip the other apart gravitationally, and dust and gas common to both galaxies does collide. In this clash of the titans, dark dust pillars mark massive molecular clouds are being compressed during the galactic encounter, causing the rapid birth of millions of stars, some of which are gravitationally bound together in massive star clusters. http://hla.stsci.edu/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140316 #APOD

Bionic ears: let's hear it for cochlear implants…

Sitting at the kitchen table rolling a ball of Play-Doh, Oliver Campbell is a picture of childhood contentment. At just under two years old he is experimenting with words and is happily peppering his creative endeavours with them. But inside Oliver's head something extraordinary is happening. …

Leaves In Chernobyl Area Are Decaying Unusually Slowly

They just linger in a thick layer on the forest floor.<p>Strange to say, fallen logs, leaf litter and other forest debris doesn't decay as quickly around Chernobyl's most affected areas as it does elsewhere, <i>Smithsonian</i> reports. When scientists set out to study the phenomenon, they found that lingering …

Orion Star Factory May Be Deadly to Planets

Changing Planet<p>Artist’s concept of two proplyds, or protostars, around a massive O-type star. The nearer proplyd is having its planet-forming dust and gas blasted away by the radiation from the star. The farther one retains its planet-making potential.<br>Credit: NRAO/AUI/NSF; B. Saxton<p><b>The Great Orion</b> …

Everything You Need to Know About the Bitcoin Protocol

<i>This research is courtesy of Sander Duivestein, professional speaker and trendwatcher at VINT, the International Research Institute of Sogeti, and Patrick Savalle, founder and technical director at Mobbr crowd payments.</i><p>Bitcoin is big news again. The digital cryptocurrency is on the frontpage of …

Your Body Can Kill Cancer. It Just Needs Better Instructions.

Researchers have been programming peoples' immune systems to recognize and destory cancer.<p>Part of what makes cancers so insidious is that they’re not invaders: They’re our own cells turned against us. That means the body usually doesn’t see them as a threat. But over the last few years, teams at …

A Brief History of Mind-Bending Ideas About Black Holes

Physicist Stephen Hawking made headlines recently by saying that black holes – the incredibly massive astronomical objects that made him famous – do …

New Yellow Hypergiant Star Found in the Milky Way

A powerful telescope in Chile has imaged the largest yellow star ever discovered.<p>The star, called HR 5171 A, shines 12,000 light-years from Earth in …