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These Bronze Age Humans Were History's Biggest Weed Dealers

The finest dank the Caucasus had to offer.<p>About 5,000 years ago, a mysterious tribe poured into Europe and Asia from the steppes of modern-day Russia and Ukraine. With them, they brought valuable knowledge of metalworking, horseback riding, and technology such as the wheel.<p>But historians believe …

Anthropology

Massive planet found within a triple-star system

It defies what researchers thought was possible<p>More than 340 light years away, a giant planet is trapped in a dance with three stars. It’s a unique world, where suns rise and set three times a day, and where one year lasts more than half a millennium. It’s so bizarre that the existence of such a …

It suddenly seems like life could be found almost anywhere in the universe

Researchers suggest we may need to expand our horizons when it comes to the search for life beyond Earth.<p>Science still has no solid proof that life exists beyond Earth. But the more we look around the universe, the more we see the <i>potential</i> for life just about everywhere, including in some really …

Jupiter's Northern Lights Look Absolutely Incredible

If you want to see beautiful auroras, forget Alaska, Canada, and Iceland—check out Jupiter. At the gas giant’s north pole, the most powerful and …

CNN

1200 Years old Ancient Hindu Temple made out of Single Rock

Twentynine Kilometers away from the City of Aurangabad in Maharashtra, India you can find 1200 years old Ancient Hindu Temple, Kailasa Temple. This …

Hinduism

Scientists have detected oxygen on Mars — and it could reveal something fascinating about the planet's past

But don't get carried away too quickly — <i>atomic</i> oxygen is very different from the stuff we breathe.<p>But it does affect how easily gases escape the Martian atmosphere, so these measurements will likely help uncover more about why and how the protective gases enveloping Mars eroded over the last few …

Universe

Kepler Has Nearly Doubled the Number of Confirmed Exoplanets in Our Galaxy

Wait, you thought the Kepler Space Telescope was dead? Think again. Today, NASA’s Kepler team announced the discovery of a whopping 1,284 new …

Are Cosmologists Fooling Themselves About The Big Bang, Dark Matter And More?

Richard Feynman once said of the scientific process, “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself — and you are the easiest person to fool.” The idea that scientists might be fooling themselves (whether out of ignorance or in order to preserve their jobs) is a common accusation made by …

Dark Matter

NASA Needs Lander To Find Life On Ceres

Ceres — the dwarf planet that has kept the world on tenterhooks with each new image from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft — is still an odds-on favorite to harbor past or even present microbial life, says the mission’s principle investigator.<p>The mysterious bright spots in its Occator crater, however, are now …

Astronomy

Ancient DNA sheds light on Irish origins

<b>Scientists have sequenced the first ancient human genomes from Ireland, shedding light on the genesis of Celtic populations.</b><p>The genome is the instruction booklet for building a human, comprising three billion paired DNA "letters".<p>The work shows that early Irish farmers were similar to southern …

Anthropology

I was terrified when my mind detached from my body – this is depersonalisation

On holiday with my family, I looked in the mirror and saw a stranger. Somehow, my brain can pull me apart and put me back together again<p>You’re staring straight ahead. Somehow your awareness peels away from you, in slow motion. It’s like you’ve cracked in two, and one half is facing the wrong way. …

Exclusive clip of Ceres from Syfy's new space noir 'The Expanse'

Syfy's next big space-opera undertaking, "The Expanse," will premiere its first episode Monday, but until then we've got an exclusive sneak peek at extensive space noir set in the far, future where humans have spread all the way to Mars.<p>Adapted from the popular "Leviathan Wakes" book series, "The …

Science Fiction

Astronomers capture first-ever image of forming planet

For the first time, researchers have photographed the birth of a distant planet.<p>Of the nearly 2,000 exoplanets we know about, only 10 or so have been imaged before, and all had long been finished becoming planets. Astronomers have also seen hints of planets forming, but scientists had never imaged …

MIT scientists have charted a course for Mars that they say beats NASA's by a landslide

It's a very different plan than the NASA astronauts in the latest sci-fi action film "The Martian" take.<p>Moreover, it's not what the real NASA describes in their outline for human exploration of Mars, called the Mars Design Reference Architecture 5.0.<p>But the US space agency might want to reconsider …

Space Science

Engineers are building a $1 billion telescope that will produce space images 10X sharper than Hubble

The Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) will weight 2.4 million-pounds and may revolutionize our understanding of the universe. It uses seven giant mirrors to collect and focus the light to a point and eventually feeds into a series of sensitive instruments for complex analysis.<p>Construction of the …

Astrophysics

SpaceX will launch the next GPS satellite, thanks in part to Vladimir Putin

It took SpaceX several years of rigorous inspections and a lawsuit to earn the right to bid for US military satellite launches. Now the company looks set to win its first competitive bid—but only after the sole opposing bidder bowed out, citing a US ban on business with Russia.<p>Bidding closed …

Space Travel

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 …

Dalai Lama: Religion Without Quantum Physics Is an Incomplete Picture of Reality

His Holiness on emptiness and entanglement.<p>Ever since Copernicus published <i>On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres</i> in 1543 to outline his heliocentric cosmology and thereby kick start modern scientific inquiry, an uneasy truce has existed between science and religion. Although Copernicus wasn't …

Quantum Mechanics

Astronomers saw a black hole wake up after 26 years and do something extremely violent

Such events are very rare, but astronomers managed to record incredible footage of the aftermath this summer.<p>The black hole is part of star system called V404 Cygni. The black hole is about 12 times more massive than the sun and is nearly 46 quadrillion miles away from Earth. Over at least the last …

Black Holes

NASA shortlists 5 possible new missions

NASA has announced five investigations for further study in its latest competition for new, relatively small-scale, robotic missions into our solar …

Neil deGrasse Tyson Changed Bill Maher's Mind About Water On Mars

Bill Maher was not into the big Mars news when it came out. Then Neil deGrasse Tyson came along.<p>On Friday's "Real Time," Maher explained deGrasse Tyson actually convinced him that the discovery of water on Mars was extremely important.<p>"I'm admitting, you know, I changed my mind," Maher said before …

Someone published thousands of photos of historic US space missions — here are some amazing ones

The 9,200 high-resolution images posted to the Project Apollo Archive were taken during every manned mission to the moon, both on the way there and back.<p>These aren't just photos of the moon's surface either. The entire film reels were uploaded so you can see the blurry outtakes along with some …

Space Science

NASA funds five space missions for possible launch in 2020

Five possible space missions have been selected by NASA to receive preliminary funding, ahead of a possible launch as early as 2020. Each of the projects, chosen as part of NASA's long-running Discovery program, will receive $3 million with which their creators can hone their designs, conduct …

Space Exploration

'Invisibility cloak' could turn beer bellies into six-packs

Ultra-thin skin created by US scientists can be laid over 3D shapes to make them look flat using thousands of nanoscale dots to reflect light<p>Harry Potter donned his to explore Hogwarts undetected, but an invisibility cloak made by US scientists could find a far more pressing use: making beer …

Polish explorer claims to have discovered secret Nazi tunnel complex

Krzysztof Szpakowski says discovery was based on evidence that gathered for decades, and recent reports of the Nazi gold train led to his decision to report it<p>A Polish explorer has claimed to have discovered a massive subterranean complex in the south-east of the country, which he says was built by …

Physicists discover ring of exotic 'exceptional points' - Futurity

Physicists have long known about the existence of "exceptional points" where two physical states coalesce. Now they've discovered a continuous ring …

Physics

Four future space technologies that will change the world in your lifetime

From ending natural disasters, to flying to Sydney in an hour, scientists are working on future technologies to solve some of humanity's biggest challenges<p>Imagine a world where severe storms, tornadoes, and flash flooding are no longer a threat to human life. Or a time when flying from London to …

Nebulas