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SpaceX rocket malfunctions and explodes during 'complex' test

No one ever said rebooting spaceflight was going to be easy. The SpaceX team might know that better than anyone, especially on a night like this: one of the company's experimental F9R rockets malfunctioned in a test flight over McGregor, Texas and automatically aborted by self-destructing. …

Why mosquitoes bite some people and not others

Science explains one of life’s great mysteries. Plus! A natural remedy to keep you insect-free all summer<p>Why are some people so much more attractive to mosquitoes than others? And what can you do about the pesky little bloodsuckers, especially if you don’t want to resort to DEET? (DEET, while …

NASA Sees Black Hole Bend Light

NASA's black-hole hunting telescope has captured a cosmic battle between dark and light.<p>NuSTAR, formally known as the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, has observed a supermassive black hole's gravity tugging on X-ray light that's being emitted near that black hole.<p>That light is getting …

Space station supply ship exits, now packing trash

Check out this HD footage of NASA's flying saucer in action

We've been following NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) program for awhile now, and finally have some HD video of it to share. The footage chronicles the LDSD's recent balloon-and-parachute-enabled test-flight and was captured with a number of high-def and high-speed cameras placed on …

NASA successfully tests microwave thruster, paving the way for speedier space travel

As with airplanes and many other self-powered machines, the fuel a shuttle engine requires can weigh nearly as much as the object it's propelling, increasing costs while significantly limiting range. It's a challenge we're going to need to overcome before launching long-distance treks through …

NASA's new telescopes could spot alien life within 20 years

Convinced that there's got to be life on other planets? You're not alone in the universe -- in fact, many NASA scientists agree with you. And a panel convened recently by the space agency (see the video below) believes that finding it could happen soon, too -- perhaps "in twenty years" -- thanks to …

Mars Efforts Ramp Up

Watch out, red planet—humanity is coming for you. Two major efforts to land humans on Mars have just announced big developments: Nonprofit Mars One has partnered with a major media company to broadcast its astronaut selection process in 2015, while the National Aeronautics and Space Administration …

Space Science

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The Unaddressed Business of Filling Our Souls: Mood Science and the Evolutionary Origins of Depression

<i>“Depression is a disorder of the ‘I,’ failing in your own eyes relative to your goals,”</i> legendary psychologist Martin Seligman observed in his essential treatise on learned optimism. But such a definition of depression, while true, appears somehow insufficient, overlooking the multitude of …

Europa's Ocean May Be Biological Dead End

At first glance, it looks more like a freshly-fertilized chicken egg than Jupiter’s fourth largest moon. But Europa’s fractured brownish-colored surface also suggests activity beneath its icy shell. In fact, some astrobiologists think that underneath this frozen veneer, there may be an ocean of …

NASA wants its next rover to bring a greenhouse to Mars

Any long-term human presence on Mars is going to require renewable food sources, and that likely involves plants. But how do we know that they'll flourish in the Red Planet's higher radiation and lower gravity? NASA may find out in the next several years. One of the proposed modules on its next …

NASA investigates how to keep crew healthy during deep space missions

Now that we're <i>this close</i> to sending humans to Mars, NASA thought it best to start preparing for one of its biggest goals: deep space exploration. Three NASA Ames Research Center studies that aim to explore the effects of deep space exploration on astronauts' health just got a total of $17 million …

Scientists discover a naturally occurring hormone that blocks marijuana buzz

A group of scientists from the French Institute of Health and Medical Research may have discovered the buzzkill in hormone form. It's called Pregnenolone, and a new study suggests it may be released as a natural response to counteract the mental effects of marijuana. Researchers discovered the …

International Space Station in partial shutdown due to cooling pump problem

Crew members shut down minor systems to reduce power load, though Nasa says issue is not an emergency at the moment<p>A possible coolant leak on the International Space Station has led to a partial shutdown, Nasa has said.<p>Astronauts hope to fix the problem by altering the software. But if that fails, …

NASA's Morpheus lander skips the inferno, actually lands (video)

The last time NASA's methane-fueled Morpheus lander took to the skies without training wheels (read: a tether), it didn't go too well. Unless crashing and burning was the plan all along, that is. The Morpheus team have been beavering away since that incident over a year ago, and in a recent test at …

16 Gift Ideas For People Who Travel Too Much

Whether it’s a jet-setting businessman uncle, a kid about to “study” abroad in Europe, or a pair of long-distance lovers, we all know people who can’t seem to stay in one place. Here’s our guide to the best-designed gifts for globetrotters.<p>CD

Amazing DIY Table + Free Downloadable Plans

23 Comments<p>Fiona and Doug of Cartolina just finished an amazing DIY table and office expansion to accomodate their new shipping and distribution …

DIY

Colorful Hexagonal Wall Tiles Made From Sound-Absorbing "Wood Wool"

These colorful hexagonal wall tiles by Form Us With Love strike a brilliant balance between sustainable materials, economy and functionality. The …

Furniture

REVIVE Alarm Clock Creates Effect of Simulated Sunlight In Your Room

I’m not a morning person, well, I bet most of you aren’t too. I have to drag myself out from under the blanket, I even hate my alarm clock for making …

Industrial Design