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Coverage of Disruptive Science and Technology

Is Everything Actually Shrinking?

<i>Whoa, here’s something to think about. Maybe the Universe isn’t expanding at all. Maybe everything is actually just shrinking, so it looks like it’s</i> …

Universe

Does Humanity's Destiny Lie in Interstellar Space Travel? (Op-Ed)

<i>Donald Goldsmith is a freelance science writer and co-author (with Neil deGrasse Tyson) of "</i>Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution<i>."</i> …

Exploring the universe with nuclear power

In the past four decades, NASA and other space agencies from around the world have accomplished some amazing feats. Together, they have sent manned …

Mining the moon becomes a serious prospect

With an estimated 1.6 billion tonnes of water ice at its poles and an abundance of rare-earth elements hidden below its surface, the moon is rich …

Wingless spaceplane will paddle back to Earth

With “plane” in the name, you expect to see wings. But the European Space Agency’s Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle IXV, or spaceplane, will have to earn them.<p>A critical test takes place Feb. 11, when the spaceplane will get a push into space aboard a Vega rocket and splash down 100 minutes later …

Why wormholes (probably) don’t exist

The test rig for the Dark Energy Camera (DECam) at Fermilab. I picked this image today because it kinda sorta looks like the wormhole-making machine …

Asteroid that flew past Earth on Monday has a moon!

Radar images of asteroid 2004 BL86 confirm the primary asteroid is 1,100 feet (325 meters) across with a small moon 230 feet (70 meters) across.<p>Wow! …

Michel Houellebecq’s Soumission becomes instant No 1 in Germany

The novel, in which a near-future France elects a Muslim fundamentalist government, tops German book charts in first week on sale<p>Still at the top of the charts in France, Michel Houellebecq’s divisive new novel Soumission has now conquered Germany, shooting to the top of the charts in its first …

Iran’s ‘Virginity’ Suppositories

When I was growing up in southern Iran, there were many dark and painful stories about young women and girls whose loss—or whose alleged loss—of …

Middle School

Black hole chokes on a swallowed star

A five-year analysis of an event captured by a tiny telescope at McDonald Observatory and followed up by telescopes on the ground and in space has …

Even for the active, a long sit shortens life and erodes health

Maybe those of us who sit for long hours in meetings, on phone calls, and tapping away at keyboards should be getting hazard pay. New research that distills the findings of 47 studies concludes that those of us who sit for long hours raise our average risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease,<p>type 2 …

Ergonomics

It’s On: Asia’s New Space Race

The general public in the West largely views the exploration of space as dominated by the United States and perhaps Russia. Sometimes, as in the case …

Space Exploration

Watch for These Top 5 Sky Events of 2015: Eclipses, Comets, and Planets

Starstruck<p>Lunar eclipses and the innermost planets will take center stage in the heavens.<p>Stay tuned, stargazers—the year ahead offers many heavenly delights, including a pair of lunar disappearing acts and a potentially surprising comet.<p>While scores of amazing astronomical phenomena are in the …

5 Insane Ways Famous Movies Are Bleeding Into Reality

We go to the movies to see things that could never, ever happen in real life, like Seth Rogen and James Franco's bromance leading to an international …

Space

Five exciting survival games for 2015

Eurogamer's resident survival game fan Ian Higton has his eyes on some brand new extreme adventures for 2015. So, after scouring deep space to the …

Reaching Down the Rabbit Hole review – fascinating tales about the brain

Neurologist Allan Ropper’s journeys into the brain illuminate the number of strange ways it can go wrong<p>The brain, that eternally mysterious blancmange of grey matter, has become very fashionable these days. That may seem a curious observation, given that our brains have always been at the centre …

Enlightenment's Evil Twin

There's a lot that psychologists still don't understand about depersonalization disorder, in which the self doesn't feel real.<p>The first time I can remember feeling like I didn’t exist, I was 15. I was sitting on a train and all of a sudden I felt like I’d been dropped into someone else’s body. My …

'Game Of Thrones' Latest Teaser Has A Huge Reveal

The new "Game of Thrones" teaser just arrived, and the visions are finally becoming clear.<p>Teaser 1 and 2 have left us a little hazy on details, but things are coming together thanks to this new tease. The video shows possible flashes of Arya, what's believed to be the door from the House of Black …

Professor Says Elf On The Shelf Is Preparing Your Child To Live In A Dystopian Police State

Philosopher and cultural theorist Michel Foucault warned of a future in which society is under constant surveillance. He used the "panopticon" -- a model prison watch system designed by 18th century political philosopher Jeremy Bentham -- as a symbol of modern societies that use surveillance as a …

Why I Don't Miss My Breasts Anymore

Shortly after my double mastectomy 12 years ago, my oncologist asked me how I felt about losing my breasts. I told him I was sad and afraid I would feel this way forever.<p>"How you feel will keep evolving," he said.<p>It turns out that was one of the truest things anyone told me about losing body parts, …

Earth's Moon is a Hollow Space Station: the Evidence

The Moon is the eye in the sky to the inhabitants of Earth. It provides us with the natural tidal cycles which are said to maintain the equ...<p>Cosmos, …

14 Romantic Gifts From Significant Others Who Really Pay Attention

A sparkly piece of jewelry or a designer purse is a lovely gift, no doubt. But if you really want to woo a lady, the most romantic thing you could get her is something personal -- something that is more about the thought behind the present and less about its price tag.<p>On Monday, one Redditor asked …

Balloon protest: the North Korean defector who won't be silenced – video

Pyongyang’s new airport is latest of North Korea’s ‘speed campaigns’ aimed at finishing top-priority projects in record time<p>Published: 22 Oct 2014<p>Second clash along border in 10 days comes despite hopes of easing animosities after rare visit by North Korean officials<p>Published: 19 Oct 2014<p>First …

Milky Way Mysteries Mapped

Changing Planet<p>The Hubble Space Telescope snapped this finely detailed image of the beautiful spiral galaxy NGC 6384, an island of stars thought to resemble our own Milky Way galaxy. Credit: ESA/NASA<p><b>Ever look up and wonder how many stars are out there in the night sky, and where did all these stars</b> …

Scientists ready to test lab-grown penises on men

Research aims to develop organs to help patients who have injuries or congenital abnormalities<p>Penises grown in laboratories could soon be tested on men by scientists developing technology to help people with congenital abnormalities, or who have undergone surgery for aggressive cancer or suffered …

A Spacecraft That Packs The Punch Of A Warhead

Hayabusa 2 could be the first to intercept and blast an asteroid.<p>After a dysfunctional Hayabusa mission returned to Earth in 2003 with a measly 0.1 milligram of asteroid dust, Japan's Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) didn't give up--it doubled down. In December, the $310-million Hayabusa 2 will …