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SpaceX to Launch NASA's Exoplanet-Hunting Spacecraft Today: How to Watch Live

After a delay, SpaceX is winding up again to launch NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) today (April 18) from Cape Canaveral Air …

Space Exploration

Dark matter might be way darker than we previously thought

It doesn't interact with forces other than gravity, study finds.<p>Dark matter is a theoretical type of matter that has been posited to make up about 80 …

Dark Matter

Elon Musk Suggests a Market Price on Carbon at SXSW 2018

At his surprise Q&A session at SXSW on Sunday, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk took time to reflect on the importance of sustainable energy.<p>Musk told …

Obama says his White House 'didn't have a scandal that embarrassed us'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Barack Obama, speaking in private this week, extolled what he said was the drama-free nature of his White House and said it was a "low bar" now to avoid embarrassing presidential scandals.<p>It was a veiled but distinct jab at the current occupants of the West Wing, who …

Donald Trump

Parkland teens are calling out critics on social media

A backlash from gun rights advocates and conspiracy theorists hasn’t cowed these activists.<p>The teenage survivors of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, have emerged as the next leaders in the gun control debate. They are fighting for change and vowing “never again.” They’ve also been …

MIT Engineers Have Built a Device That Pulls Electricity Out of Thin Air

It doesn't need sunlight, batteries, or wind.<p>Temperature changes large and small are happening around us all the time, and scientists have come up …

China shot down another missile in space

Like a hypersonic bullet hitting another hypersonic bullet.<p>On February 5, China used a long-range missile interceptor, tentatively identified as the DN-3, to destroy a target missile in space. This isn't the first time the nation has managed it; in 2010, China used a midcourse interceptor, likely …

Military

Thinking Outside the Quantum Box

The counterintuitive predictions of quantum theory have now been experimentally confirmed with unprecedented rigor. Yet, the question of how to</i> …

Quantum Mechanics

Machine Learning Top 10 Open Source Projects (v.Feb 2018)

This is a new monthly series<p>For the past month<b>,</b> we ranked nearly 250 Machine Learning Open Source Projects to pick the Top 10.<p>We compared projects …

Machine Learning

The idea that everything from spoons to stones is conscious is gaining academic credibility

Consciousness permeates reality. Rather than being just a unique feature of human subjective experience, it’s the foundation of the universe, present in every particle and all physical matter.<p>This sounds like easily-dismissible bunkum, but as traditional attempts to explain consciousness continue …

Accounts of rape, burning children and murder: How a Rohingya massacre unfolded at Tula Toli

<b>(CNN) —</b> Discarded and left for dead, Mumtaz says she found herself on top of a mound of charred, entangled bodies.<p>"They killed and killed and piled the bodies up high. It was like cut bamboo," says Mumtaz, a Rohingya woman from the village of Tula Toli in western Myanmar.<p>"In the pile there was …

Rohingya

Trump to end key ACA subsidies, a move that will threaten the law’s marketplaces

President Trump is throwing a bomb into the insurance marketplaces created under the Affordable Care Act, choosing to end critical payments to health insurers that help millions of lower- ­income Americans afford coverage. The decision coincides with an executive order on Thursday to allow …

Health Care

Tillerson’s News Conference Only Highlights Strains With Trump

WASHINGTON — Long-simmering tension within President Trump’s national security team spilled into public view on Wednesday as Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson took the extraordinary step of calling a news conference to affirm his support for Mr. Trump, despite what associates describe as his deep …

Here Are 15 All-Time Best Photos From Cassini That You Absolutely Must See

Wow. Just, wow.<p>Cassini has been out there hard at work for a long time. The Saturn probe departed Earth in 1997 and spent seven years speeding across …

One of Our Fundamental Assumptions About Black Holes Was Just Overturned in The Lab

We have a problem.<p>Black holes are the most intense and mysterious cosmic phenomena in the Universe, and new research shows we understand even less …

Black Holes

As Earth's Climate Changes, Is It Time to Redefine the Four Seasons?

If you live in Earth's middle latitudes, you're accustomed to experiencing four traditional seasons: winter, spring, summer and autumn, also known as …

Astronomers discover a new type of star: BLAPs

It’s not every day (or night, I suppose) that astronomers discover a new kind of star. In this case, it’s not so much that the stars are totally …

Cassini's 'Inside Out' Movie From Within Saturn's Rings Will Make You Emotional

On September 15th, Cassini’s 20-year-long exploration of the Saturnian system will finally—regrettably—come to an end. But even in its final act, the …

Trump Associate Boasted That Moscow Business Deal ‘Will Get Donald Elected’

WASHINGTON — A business associate of President Trump promised in 2015 to engineer a real estate deal with the aid of the president of Russia, Vladimir V. Putin, that he said would help Mr. Trump win the presidency.<p>The associate, Felix Sater, wrote a series of emails to Mr. Trump’s lawyer, Michael …

Donald Trump

Physicists Just Achieved Quantum Teleportation Underwater For The First Time

Whoa.<p>Chinese scientists have successfully sent information between entangled particles through sea water, the first time this type of quantum …

10+ Unique Photos of The Eclipse You Really Need to See

Wowowowow.<p>If you're currently residing somewhere in the continental United States, chances are you were able to glimpse at least a partial solar …

Solar Eclipse

60 Years Of Starstuff: How Humanity Discovered Where Our Elements Come From

In science, you don’t have to get everything right in order to get the most incredible things correct. Sometimes good ideas emerge from a failed paradigm. An excellent example of both is the groundbreaking stellar nucleosynthesis paper (creation of complex nuclei from simpler ones) paper, published …

Physicists create mind-bending 'negative mass' that accelerates backwards and could help explain black holes

Scientists have created a fluid with "negative mass" which they claim can be used to explore some of the more challenging concepts of the cosmos.<p>Washington State University physicists explained that this mass, unlike every physical object in the world we know, accelerates backwards when pushed.<p>The …

Snap will report earnings for the first time on May 10

Mark your calendars.<p>Snap has set a date for its first-ever earnings call: Wednesday, May 10, after the public markets close.<p>It’ll be the first time that Snap, which just went public last month, reports earnings as a public company, and the first major update from the company since it released its …

NASA's first 4K broadcast from the ISS will be live from AWS

For the first time, NASA will be broadcasting live from the International Space Station (ISS). While NASA has posted 4K video from space before, this …

NASA's Never-Before-Seen Photos of Astronauts Going to Space Are Incredible

There was never a photo studio like space — and there was never a studio in space that was anything like the moon, as TIME explores in Unseen Apollo, …