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The Martian's Andy Weir Is All Buddy-Buddy With NASA

When sci-fi author Andy Weir went to visit mission control at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, the International Space Station was going through a …

Obscure Particle Could Keep Iran Honest on Its Nuclear Deal

Last week, Iran made a deal with five other world powers about the future of its nuclear programs. But as President Obama made clear in his …

What We're Really Looking at When We Look at Pluto

The images of Pluto that the New Horizons probe beamed across 3 billion miles of hard vacuum are, in a word, breathtaking. Towering mountains of ice, …

What It's Like to Watch a Species Go Extinct

Karen Lips was a grad student when she came face to face with a mass extinction for the first time. It was the early 1990s, and she was doing …

Apple's Shares May Have Found A Bottom

Apple’s shares have taken a hit after it announced its June quarter results on Tuesday, July 21. Its stock closed at $130.75 that day and initially seemed to stabilize around $122 the following week but when the overall stock market got weak they closed at a low of $114.64 on Tuesday, August 4, on …

Stock Markets

Australians are making moonshine out of Vegemite

Nothing is more Australian than a Vegemite sandwich, so why is the government proposing a limit on how much of the spread people can buy?<p>The yeast in Vegemite is apparently being used to make bootleg alcohol: Yeast + sugary juice = not particularly delicious but nevertheless effective moonshine. …

Comfort Food

Helpful Tips For Nuking An Asteroid

Preparing for a worst-case scenario, scientists are stepping up research into the nuclear option.<p>“Did you see the movie <i>Deep Impact</i>?”<p>Yes, I did, I tell David Morrison, the chief scientist for the Planetary Defense Team at NASA's Ames Research Center. That’s the 1998 film where astronauts pilot a …

How fast could humans travel safely through space?

The current speed record has stood for 46 years. When will it be beaten, asks Adam Hadhazy.<p>We humans are obsessed with speed. Recent months, for instance, brought news that students in Germany have broken the record for the fastest accelerating electric car, and that the US Air Force plans to …

Physics

Scorching 'heat dome' over Middle East makes it feel like 162F in Iran

Iran is enduring a "heat index" of nearly 72C while Iraq has called a public holiday due to the sweltering temperatures<p>Iran is buckling under the pressure of a massive heatwave passing across the Middle East, with temperatures feeling like more than 70C.<p>Scorching heat levels of 50C have already …

India Will Become the World's Most Populous Country by 2022, the U.N. Says

India is on track to become the world’s most populous nation in less than a decade — or six years earlier than previously thought, according to the …

World's Smallest Sustainable House Can Fit a Family of Four

1/14<p>Nano Living System<p>Building "the world's smallest sustainable house" is a mighty big claim, but that's what one company says that they've done …

Sustainability

Sloshing Inside Earth Changes Protective Magnetic Field

Something beneath the surface is changing Earth's protective magnetic field, which may leave satellites and other space assets vulnerable to …

Magnetism

NASA created - Jul 29, 1958

On this day in 1958, the U.S. Congress passes legislation establishing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), a civilian agency …

Space Exploration

NASA's Next Megarocket Could Launch Mission to Europa

The huge rocket NASA is developing to get astronauts to an asteroid, Mars and other distant destinations should also greatly aid robotic exploration …

The Quest to Build a Simple Air Quality Monitor

When I asked Bernie War how he liked living in Shanghai, the Miami native said he liked everything about it, except the air. He’s been there for three years. First, he started work on an open source air purifier. Then, he looked at building an air quality monitor. His most recent project, the Ella …

Frontier Airlines will attempt to reinvent the middle seat

The dreaded middle seat is getting a makeover at Frontier Airlines. The low-cost US carrier will be widening the middle seats on its Airbus 319 and 320 planes, so that cramped passengers feel a bit more at ease in what’s traditionally the least-preferred spot on the plane.<p>The new seats will measure …

Customer Service

What Is the Point of the Female Orgasm?

A new study examines "orgasmability" to determine whether it serves a purpose or is just an evolutionary accident<p>There may be few questions of human sexuality more rancorous than those about the female orgasm. Scientists agree that women probably started having orgasms as a by-product of men having …

Singapore Botanic Gardens colorfully connects people with plants

If you've ever spent time in a tropical greenhouse, you'll know what strolling through the Singapore Botanic Gardens feels like.<p>Visually, though, nothing compares to immersing yourself in what Nigel Taylor, its director, describes as "the best and most spectacular of tropical flora." The garden …

Arunachal Pradesh

Your next phone could have USB Type-C (and that's a good thing)

These powerful, reversible charging ports are all the rage, and are coming to a phone near you. Here's everything you need to know as new USB-C phones rush out.<p>There's a tiny-but-terrific change happening in phoneland. USB Type-C, or USB-C is a new protocol for the charger port phone makers are …

Gear & Gadgets

Rubik's Cube champ reveals the secrets of his world-class speed

Collin Burns, 15, shares the techniques he used to become the world's fastest Rubik's Cube solver. It's not as complicated as you might think, but it's not anything anyone with weak fingers should try.<p>To most people, the Rubik's Cube looks like a simple toy. But then they start trying to slide …

Mathematics

Samsung's Galaxy A8 is the company's slimmest yet (pictures)

Phones

NASA: This planet is the closest thing to Earth yet

Data from the Kepler Space Telescope reveals a planet that hits the triumvirate of being just right: It's the right size in the right place, and is circling a star similar to our sun.<p>If any of the planet-ending tropes of sci-fi come to pass in real life, we could now have a place to point our …

Universe

NASA Chip Reflects Wi-Fi To Save Your Smartphone Battery

Thanks, NASA<p>Our modern world rests squarely on the shoulders of wireless communications; phones, computers and wearables all rely on a select few wireless protocols, like Wi-Fi. Upgrading one of these protocols means a potential upgrade to the way the world interacts.<p>A researcher at NASA’s Jet …

Wi-Fi

The Most Earth-Like Alien World Yet Has Been Found: Kepler 452b

And it could provide a glimpse into our planet's future<p>It’s a big galaxy, and there are a lot of planets out there. The Kepler Space Telescope has already discovered more than 4,175 possible planets, and today it’s adding another 500 to the list--including an Earth-like world that could show us a …

Planetary Habitability

A $2 billion solar energy deal is sending one stock up 40%

This deal will help SunEdison, already a giant in the renewable-energy space, expand in the market for residential and commercial solar energy.<p>According to the statement, SunEdison and TerraForm Power are buying Vivint Solar for $2.2 billion in cash and stock.<p>SunEdison is offering Vivint …

Boeing warns airlines: Lithium battery shipments are a fire hazard

Boeing has warned all passenger airliners that including bulk shipments of lithium-ion batteries in their cargo could cause fires that destroy …

New Horizons’ Latest: Fly Over Pluto’s Ice Mountains and Alien Plains

The hit parade from NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto continued on Friday with views of an alien-looking plain in the dwarf planet's "heart," dark streaks on the surface that look like windswept trails, and mountainous terrain named after Everest climber Tenzing Norgay.<p>The focus of Friday's news …

Solar System

Iran's Khamenei Signals Approval Of Nuclear Deal With 'Arrogant' U.S.

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, signaled his all-important approval of a historic nuclear deal forged with the West, but he portrayed the agreement as having been on Tehran's terms.<p>"Our policy toward the arrogant U.S. government won't change at all," Khamenei said in televised a …

South Asia

Pluto, Feathered Dinos, And Other Amazing Images Of The Week

Gold slumps to five-year low, dollar at highest in months | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Gold prices plunged to their lowest in more than five years on Monday, at one point dropping 4 percent on aggressive selling out of China, while the U.S. dollar hit a three-month high on expectations for higher U.S. interest rates.<p>Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock …

Stock Markets