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Carl Sagan Explains Your Mother

Consider the scale of the universe. If the Earth were the size of a marble, Jupiter would be approximately the size of a grapefruit, while the sun would be the size of a humble exercise ball. From there, one can extrapolate just how vast our solar system, our galaxy, and our universe_ _really are. …

When Will We Make Contact with Intelligent Aliens?

"Are we alone?" is a pretty big question. But if the answer is "no," humanity may have to grapple with an even bigger issue — how to cope with crowds …

How did we miss Planet 9? — Bob McDonald

New planet is dim and takes 12,000-20,000 years to orbit sun, so seeing it is like finding needle in haystack<p>While scientists are excited about the …

You Can See 5 Bright Planets in the Night Sky: Here's How

Skywatchers, get set. All five naked-eye planets — Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter — are appearing together in the pre-dawn sky for the …

The Neurobiology Of Anorexia Nervosa

Eating disorders are a serious problem. In the US alone, it is estimated that up to 30 million people suffer from an eating disorder, including …

Anorexia

Solar System Facts: A Guide to Things Orbiting Our Sun

The solar system is made up of the sun and everything that orbits around it, including planets, moons, asteroids, comets and meteoroids. It extends …

What You Should Know About the Possible New Planet in Our Solar System

Straight from the mouths of the researchers, here's a good primer to why we think there's a ninth planet, and how astronomers might find it.<p>There's a good chance there's a ninth planet in a far flung orbit at the outskirts of our solar system. A series of solar system objects with unusual orbits …

Universe

First flower in space heralds giant leap for zero-gravity gardening

A blooming zinnia follows a successful lettuce harvest at the International Space Station, taking astronauts a step closer to their aim of growing fresh food for a future manned mission to Mars<p>When there is no “up”, which way does a flower grow? Astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) …

Micro-gravity gardening: first flower blooms in space

Major Tim Peake has demonstrated his green fingers, coaxing a wilting zinnia flower into bloom on board the International Space Station<p>Britain is known as a nation of gardeners, so it seems appropriate that the first flower in space was coaxed into bloom by Major Tim Peake.<p>The UK’s first official …

Pluto images show possible dunes, jumbled mountains

New images of moons Charon, Nix and Hydra coming today<p>New mysteries and surprises about Pluto abound in the latest images sent back by the New …

Bright Spots On Dwarf Planet Ceres 'Gleam With Mystery,' NASA Says

New images of the dwarf planet Ceres give fresh detail to its most intriguing features: a cluster of bright spots that NASA says "gleam with mystery" and are intensely different from anything else on Ceres' surface.<p>Taken from fewer than 1,000 miles away, the images may finally help NASA figure out …

Astronomy

10 Things Emotionally Intelligent People Do Not Do

Emotional intelligence is probably the most powerful yet undervalued trait in our society.<p>We believe in rooting our everyday functions in logic and reason, yet we come to the same conclusions after long periods of contemplation as we do in the blink of an eye. Our leaders sorely overlook the human …

A Combination Supermoon and Lunar Eclipse Is Coming This Month

It's been more than 30 years since we've seen this in the sky.<p>Mark your calendars: The night sky is going to look stunningly gorgeous on September 27. <i>The Huffington Post</i> reports that a rare combination of a supermoon and a total lunar eclipse will light up the sky that night.<p>Such a combination is …

How to See the Farthest Thing You Can See

<b>Step by step, we explore the farthest things visible with the naked eye, from the most distant star to the hinterlands of the Andromeda …

Astronomy

Anxiety Is Not a Choice

When I was 5 years old, I was terrified of admitting that I couldn’t finish the gelatinous beef stew we summer program kids had been given for lunch. …

2015 September 10 - NGC 4372 and the Dark Doodad

<b>NGC 4372 and the Dark Doodad</b> <b><br>Image Credit & Copyright:</b> Marco Lorenzi<p><b>Explanation:</b> The delightful Dark Doodad Nebula drifts through southern skies, a …